If there was any doubt that Stephen Harper is going for an early election, maybe even sooner than most people imagine, now there can be none. For not only is he rushing his flawed prostitution bill through Parliament. One of Parliament’s most high-profile bills appears set to become law without major changes – as one senator says the committee considering Bill C-36, aimed at reining in the sex trade, is “highly unlikely” to call for changes. Even though it would make the lives of sex workers even more dangerous, and is almost certainly unconstitutional. He's also stepping up his plans to declare war on the unions. Read more »
They marched in Canada, they marched all over world, and in New York it was one of the biggest demonstrations that city has ever seen.
Legions of demonstrators frustrated by international inaction on global warming descended on New York City on Sunday, marching through the heart of Manhattan with a message of alarm for world leaders set to gather this week at the United Nations for a summit meeting on climate change. More than 125 world leaders will be attending the summit meeting, answering Ban-ki moon's call for urgent action. Time is running out. The more we delay, the more we will pay. Climate change is accelerating and human activities are the principal cause...Climate change is not just an issue for the future, it is an urgent issue for today. Instead of asking if we can afford to act, we should be asking what is stopping us, who is stopping us, and why? But Stephen Harper will not be one of them. Read more »
I see that the Canadian Human Rights Museum has finally opened its doors in Winnipeg. Which as someone who has fought all his life for human rights, is something I would normally celebrate. Except for the ghastly almost unbelievable fact that it doesn't recognize Canada's aboriginal genocide. Because Stephen Harper and his disgusting Con regime won't acknowledge what was done to our precious native people. Read more »
It hasn't been easy being a YES supporter in the 48 hours since Scotland's latest glorious failure. First there was the pain of defeat. Then a mob of unionist bigots descended upon them in Glasgow's George Square where they had been peacefully camping out for days...
Tossing flares, singing Rule Britannia, chanting the Orange Lodge slogan "No Surrender," or racist stuff like "Asians out." Giving the Nazi salute...
Assaulting them, stealing their flags. Or just acting like only some of the Protestant supremacist thugs in that city can act... Read more »
A few days ago I told you that I honestly believe that Stephen Harper is preparing for an early election to try to avoid the trial of Mike Duffy. In case the trial should start soon enough to be a factor in the next election campaign. And some of my friends said they thought I was pushing it, that he just wants to be ready so he can strike ANYTIME. And they may be right. He may be looking for a war so he can pose as a Great Strong Leader. Or waiting for a big trial so he can pit the rabble against the judiciary. But like Scott Reid, I believe that nobody should underestimate the impact of the Duffy trial. Read more »
I couldn't have asked for a better sight to pick up my sagging spirits. In Stephen Harper's miserable Parliament, where democracy goes to die. Where there is all the time in the world to talk about war, but no time to talk about all those murdered and missing aboriginal women. And absolutely no time or money for an inquiry into why that happened, why it keeps happening, again, and again, and again. And what can we do to stop this MASSACRE...
There was the wonderful sight of the NDP outsmarting the Cons and forcing a debate on the issue. Read more »
In my last post I told you how Stephen Harper's obsession with destroying Justin Trudeau is slowly driving him over the deep end. Making him believe that only by destroying Justin can he make himself popular again. But he does have a Plan B. And as Michael Harris reports, it's just as CRAZY. Read more »
According to the Ottawa rumour mill Stephen Harper is now so obsessed with Justin Trudeau, that none of his faithful flunkies dare mention Justin's name in his presence. Lest he fall to his knees and start biting the carpet, or THEM. And for more evidence of that all you have to do is look at the speech he delivered today at of all places the Canadian Heritage War Museum Because it's crazy stuff. Read more »
Well it was a long night and a disappointing one. The YES side in the Scottish referendum didn't do as well as I had hoped it might. Scotland will have to wait a little longer to become independent. And fear conquered hope. Scotland voters have opted to continue as part of the United Kingdom after 307 years in an historic referendum vote, although most observers believe there will be a change in the relationship in the coming months. With just one centre of 32 remaining to report, 55.4 per cent of voters had voted No to independence, with 44.6 in the Yes camp. But while that poor guy in the picture might not realize it for a while, there is still a lot to celebrate. Read more »
We know he loves total control. We know he rules by fear. We know he likes to muzzle his opponents. But did you know that Stephen Harper has turned his entire government into a massive Spy Machine? Ottawa has kept tabs on hundreds of demonstrations across Canada and around the world over the last eight years, from peaceful protests to public university lectures to riots. Newly released documents show about 800 public demonstrations and events were observed and reported on by government departments and law enforcement agencies since 2006. And when you look at the list of those on his surveillance list it couldn't be more outrageous: Read more »
And so it ended, with wild rallies all over the country. After two long years Scotland's amazing referendum campaign is finally over.
And as I write these lines, Scots are heading to the polls to decide whether Scotland should become an independent country. The campaign ended with a final message from the YES side urging them to take their own future in their hands, and choose hope over fear.
Our nation is alive with energy and excitement about the future. And the collective democratic awakening in Scotland goes further and deeper than the independence movement alone. For all of this, Scotland is richer. It is this popular energy which gives confidence for Scotland’s future. Together, we can harness the passion, drive and vision that abounds in Scotland today and use it to build a better society.
Well now that I know that Stephen Harper is planning to stay on and lead his Cons into the next election. Unless the Duffy trial starts sooner than he is hoping. And now that I know that despite what he said about Michael Ignatieff...
He's not here for us either, and the next election will be all about HIM. Read more »
With one day to go before Scotland's historic referendum vote, the excitement is building and the polls are narrowing. Support for the Yes campaign is increasing but it still lags just behind No on the eve of Scotland’s independence referendum, an exclusive poll conducted for The Scotsman reveals today. The Yes vote stands at 48 per cent compared with 52 per cent for No, when the undecided voters are excluded, the survey of more than 1,000 voters by ICM found. And the fact that the YES side is still standing, let alone so close to victory, is truly amazing. Considering the campaign of fear that has been waged against them. And the way they have been shafted by the media. Read more »
It's taken a long time, but Mike Duffy's trial process has finally begun, and you can be sure that Stephen Harper must be absolutely terrified. Especially after Duffy's lawyer said Harper could be called to testify. Suspended senator Mike Duffy’s lawyer will not rule out calling Prime Minister Stephen Harper as a witness, as his client’s fraud case goes to trial. fter petitioning the court Tuesday morning to set the earliest possible trial date for his client, Donald Bayne said the defence is “considering any potential witness. It’s too early to rule anything out.” And Ol' Duff is doing what he can to try to make sure the trial could have a BIG impact on the next election. Read more »
Well there he was yesterday, kicking off the new session of Parliament, not in the House of Commons, but at the Ottawa Convention Centre. Strutting across a stage in front of a giant Canadian flag, and the Con seals in his caucus. Looking like a used car salesman, or an American televangelist. Promising tax cuts for the faithful at an election-style rally. Read more »
Well there he was today, David Cameron, the leader of Britain's savage Con regime. The Prime Minister who has inflicted the most pain on the British people since the bestial Margaret Thatcher. Trying to bully the Scottish people into voting NO by threatening them with a "painful divorce." Read more »
I've already written what I think about Stephen Harper's sellout trade deal with China. I've called it the worst deal this country has ever signed. An act of treachery if ever there was one. But even that isn't enough. For what can you say about a document that even the conservative columnist Diane Francis has called the worse deal since the one Neville Chamberlain made with Hitler. Read more »
Twas the night before Parliament, and at 24 Sussex Drive not a creature or a mouse rat was stirring. Except in the dark basement where Stephen Harper was planning his triumphal return, after his golden photo-op summer. And no doubt rehearsing his new role as Indiana Harper or Great Explorer Leader. The man, who in his mind at least, led the successful search for the Franklin expedition. As I'm sure you remember...
But sadly for him I fear his flight voyage of fancy will be short-lived. Read more »
We know how many millions the Cons have spent on their ghastly porky propaganda designed to brainwash into believing that Stephen Harper is a great leader. And that they are a great government instead of the worst one in Canadian history. We know how much of our money Harper has spent pursuing the ethnic vote, in Ukraine, Israel, and soon China. Even if that means selling this country down the river. But when you see how much money they spent trying to buy votes on this summer's BBQ circuit it's absolutely shocking. Read more »
There couldn't have been an uglier sight. Thousands of members of the anti-Catholic Orange Lodge marching through Edinburgh to show their support for the NO side.
Or one more representative of the NO side's attempt to bully the YES side into submission.
For by now the combined forces of Big Business, the corporate media, and the Westminster political establishment have tried everything to crush this peaceful people's revolt. The crudest threats, the most absurd predictions of doom like this latest one...
All designed to scare people into voting NO. And the good news is that at this point at least it isn't working. Read more »