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Petition thanking Immigration Minister Jason Kenney posted to his own websiteRelated
petition thanking Immigration Minister Jason Kenney for his efforts to reduce
health benefits for refugees, look no further than his own website.
petition thanking Immigration Minister Jason Kenney for his efforts to reduce
health benefits for refugees, look no further than his own website.
Sorry Justin but this is not your father's Canada or Liberal party
Whether error or ill will, voting system needs fix
Taking political discourse down, step by toxic step
What the Cabinet shuffle really means
Dear Stephen Harper: thanks for not shuffling your cabinet.
Kicking up some dust over Quebec's Asbestos loan
Freedom to sell legal products
Second World War not over for would-be Canadian
Stage set for final chapter of Afghan mission
Ontario PC leader Hudak's anti-union plan builds new Wisconsin
For their own good, Ontario's unions need to give some ground
Why no one is in a hurry to lead the Liberals
Vic Toews should welcome the chance to exit politics gracefully
A judgeship for Toews
Stampede snub? No meetings for Alberta Premier and Mulcair
Alberta premier expects same oilsands song from federal NDP leader Mulcair
Green Party's Laraque downplays fraud accusation
Feds to announce shipbuilding contracts in Halifax on Tuesday
Canada's PM Stephen Harper faces revolt by scientists
Newfoundland NDP surges to first place in polls in historic shift
Note to media: PM makes the call, and no one else
Stakes are high in Etobicoke Centre Supreme Court hearing
Etobicoke Centre election dispute turning into a test of Canada's democratic machinery
British Columbia's ridings to be 'changed dramatically' for 2015 election; Tories have most to gain, says Lyle
Alberta environmentalists set up tipline to report pipeline spills
New mortgage rules come into effect today
New JNF announces PM as Negev honoree
Stampede a can't miss event for politicos of all stripes
Nenshi is king in 'politician petting zoo'
Justin Trudeau stampedes into Calgary
Explaining the 2011 Federal Election III: The Money and the Metrics
NDP, Libs step up fundraising game following record year for Tory fundraising
First wave of public servant exits start in August
PBO still waits for PCO's response on feds' $5.2-billion budget cuts
To ensure prosperity, immigration reform must not halt the flow of newcomers
Young Pierre Trudeau and the creeping decay of Canadian democracy
Note to media: PM makes the call, and no one else
Afshin-Jam: No conflicts in this house
Close Combat Vehicle Bids Delayed Until September Contract Still Expected To Be Awarded in 2013
Canada assures Afghanistan aid won't dry up when foreign troops leave
40 years after Summit Series face-off, players set for rematch
Scientists unite to protest 'death' of research
Higher ocean acidity is climate change's 'evil twin,' major threat to coral reefs: US official
Decaying concrete raising concerns at Canada's aging nuclear plants
Candu Energy employees hit the picket lines in three provinces Monday
Female B.C. Mountie files 2nd lawsuit against RCMP
R edford spurs MLAs through Stampede week
Reborn Bluenose II trapped on dry land
Maioni : Kicking up dust over Quebec asbestos loan
Spears : Scientists unite to protest 'death' of research
Pundits : Federal election money & metrics
Warren: When Canada had the power
Big Step for Big City Farming
'Why Not More Progress?' Asks UN Homeless Investigator
If the Dollar Rules, Let's Dam the Fraser
Do Ghoulish New Cigarette Packages Go Too Far?
From Moran Dam to Enbridge: The Danger of Focusing on Economics Over Environment Read more...
Immigration Bill C31: Auschwitz Survivor Wiesel Confronts Harper "Enbridge executive's company awarded first crime Bill C-10 $38.5-million prison project". Read more of this post
The Economist Insulted Progressive Canadians' Intelligence
For blacks, a lasting loan fallout
Crime DOES Pay For The 1%
Libya: CET Teleport Facilitate Violation of Human Rights, Occupation of Libya
Libya Elections: World Capitalist Media Hail Dead Democracy
World Silent on Abduction of Political Prisoner, Gross Human Rights Violations
Agenda 21: How Globalist Domination Happens on a Local Level
LIBOR: the "Mega-Scandal of All Mega-Scandals" is Upon Us
U.N. Finalizing Arms Trade Treaty, U.S. Claims Second Amendment will be Protected
The "Monsanto Rider": Are Biotech Companies About to Gain Immunity from Federal Law? Read the Article
Billionaire Intrigue, Political Deception and the Fight for the Soul of the Chicago Public Schools Read the Article
Nonprofit Groups Shield Millions in Political Spending From Big Business Read the Article
Building A Strong Defense Against Immigration Audits Read the Article
A New Europe: Growing Beyond Growth for True Democracy Read the Article
Election Countdown 2012: Drone Pilots May Practice by Tracking Civilian Cars, and More Read the Article
Hot Air and the Stench of Brimstone Read the Article
Numbers Tell of Failure in Drug War Read the Article
Sand Land: Frac Sand Mining in Western Wisconsin Watch the Video and Read the Article
The Paraguayan Coup: Agribusiness, Landowners, Media Elite, and the US Lead to Destabilization Read the Article
Click here for more Truthout articles
Robert Reich on the Stagnant Unemployment Rate and Obama's Campaign Read the Article at Robert Reich's Blog
More Than 50,000 Mexicans Protest Election and Alleged Vote-Buying Read the Article at Guardian UK
Colorado Firefighters Take on the Fight for Health Insurance Read the Article at Daily Kos
Afghanistan Offered $16 Billion in Aid, With Strings Attached Read the Article at Associated Press
California Legislature Considers "Anti-Arizona" Immigration Measure Read the Article at ThinkProgress
Police Reform Activists Targeted By NYPD Won't Give In to Threats Read the Article at AlterNet
What Could Tighter Voter ID Laws Mean in November? Read the Article at The Christian Science Monitor
Turning a Blind Eye to Catastrophic Truths Read the Article
The Cowardly Lions of Free Speech Watch the Video and Read the Transcript
Yes Men Do Dallas - Party Ends Badly for U.S. ... Read more...
Oakland Takes On Goldman Sachs Watch the Video
Syrian Opposition : Any Transition Deal Should Entail Assad's Prosecution for War Crimes Watch the Video and Read the Transcript
The Wall Street Scandal of All Scandals Read the Article
A Primer on the Colonialism of Israel's Settlers Read the Article
After Five Years: Report Card on Crisis Capitalism Read the Article
Why Letting the Bush Tax Cuts for the Rich Expire Will Not Hurt the Economy Read the Article
Appreciating Undocumented Americans Read the Article
Pennsylvania Mayor Cuts Police and Firefighter Pay to Minimum Wage, and More Watch the Video and Read the Transcript
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The United States Is Profoundly Uncomfortable With Peace Read the BuzzFlash Commentary
Three Ways the Rich and Powerful Have Cheated Young Americans Read the Article at BuzzFlash
Corporations Line Up to Sponsor Meeting of Nation's Governors Read the Article at Republic Report
Mitt Romney's Current Focus: The Conservative Evangelical Base Read the Article at BuzzFlash
For Black Americans, Financial Damage From Subprime Implosion Is Likely to Last Read the Article at The Washington Post
Paul Krugman: What Mitt Romney's Gray Areas Say About America Read the Article at The New York Times
Walmart's Dirty Partners: Does the Retail Giant Turn a Blind Eye to Subcontractors That Abuse Their Employees? Read the Article at Salon
The GOP's Class-Warfare Hypocrisy, From Nixon to Romney Read the Article at The Daily Beast
Lieberman says will reject any compromise on IDF draft bill
Israel court sends police officers to prison for leaving Palestinian to die by side of road
Annan meets Assad in Damascus, as Syria military drill enters second day
Prominent U.K. jurist says boycott of West Bank settlement products is legal
Google gives Benito Mussolini a digital afterlife
Restructuring Europe - For Whom?
Nuke Free Independent Scotland? Read more...
Russell Brand Addresses UK Parliamentary Commission on Drugs Use Policy Read more...
Determined Ignorance: Disappearing the Bomb Read more... Read more...
Chris Hedges: How to Think http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/07/09-8
Rate of Climate Change's 'Evil Twin' Has Scientists Worried http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/07/09
US Has Warmest Year-to-Date As Drought Expands http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/07/09-1
Surging Surveillance: Shocking Number of Cell Users' Data Tracked http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/07/09-2
'Romney has a Koch Problem': Protesters Stake Out Romney's Fundraising Sweep http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/07/09-3
Egyptian Parliament to Defy Military Dissolution http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/07/09-0
Bill McKibben: The Politics of Global Warming http://www.commondreams.org/video/2012/07/09
Ari Berman: You Can Vote with a Handgun Permit but Not a Student ID http://www.commondreams.org/video/2012/07/09-0
Robert Reich: Libor: The Wall Street Scandal of All Scandals http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/07/09-5
Daphne Wysham: A Perfect and Hot Storm http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/07/09-3
Eric Margolis: Arafat: Murder Most Foul http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/07/09
Brian Moench: As the West Burns: Speaking Truth to Fire http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/07/09-6
Robert Parry: The Silence on Global Warming http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/07/09-0
Donna Smith: For Our Health or Your Wealth, That is the Question http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/07/09-10
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18h57 - SNC-Lavalin · Les travailleurs syndiqués d'une filiale sont en grève
18h07 - Georges Laraque · Accusé de fraude dans une histoire de vente de glace synthétique
16h57 - Tétraplégique refusé · Un restaurateur devra dédommager un client
11h27 - Conflit étudiant · Manifestation nationale le 22 juillet
09h25 - Transports · Le pont Jacques Cartier sera fermé dans la nuit de lundi à mardi
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Subject: FW: Daily digest for July 9, 2012
Hi! This is to honour my Great, Great, Great, Great, Great Grandmother Elizabeth (Marsh) Kilbourne and Great, Great, Great, Great, Great Grandfather Joseph Kilbourne, their sons Timothy and his wife Clemment Woodhull, and Aaron and his wife Hannah Woodhull. What a wonderful work of art these artists and writers have created. I still haven't read them all. Jean
Here it is: What everyone has been waiting for. Through vision, creativity and hard work, the thirty block Longwoods Quilt is completed. Click above on Stories to find the story that goes with each block. What a project we have created to commemorate the War of 1812 women. Thanks to Northcott Fabric and Joan [...]
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Subject: The Latest from Impolitical
From: Impolitical <email@example.com>
Posted: 08 Jul 2012 04:48 PM PDT
Clearing out the dashboard right here and now with this quick list of things that caught the eye this week...
1. Great column by Tom Friedman, " The Rise of Popularism." Nudged on me by a pal and I totally agree with its worthiness as a read. An excerpt:
- When you have technologies that promote quick short-term responses and judgments, and when you have a generation that has grown used to short-term gratification -- but you have problems whose solutions require long, hard journeys, like today's global credit crisis or jobs shortage or the need to rebuild Arab countries from the ground up -- you have a real mismatch and leadership challenge. Virtually all leaders today have to ask their people to share burdens, not just benefits, and to both study harder and work smarter just to keep up. That requires extraordinary leadership that has to start with telling people the truth.
3. This Guardian article, " British democracy in terminal decline," is being discussed at Canadian Progress today.
4. Loved this Rolling Stone piece on Rachel Maddow. Very nuanced look at what she's trying to do with her show and her struggle to do a good one. Heroic girl!
5. " Dean Del Mastro agrees to meet with Elections Canada over donation allegations." Of course he has finally agreed to do so because he really has no choice. Saying you can't meet with Elections Canada because you've been told you can only do so under a legal caution was a ludicrous public position for an MP to take.
6. Have you seen the over the top War of 1812 ad by our Harper government? It has all the hallmarks of trying to militarize our founding by emphasizing 1812 over 1867 Confederation. Harper on Canada Day: "the military struggle that made Canada possible," "It was during the War of 1812 the batttle for Canada that the very foundations of this great country off ours were laid."
7. " Ontario judge strikes down mandatory minimum sentence for first-offence gun trafficking." Part of a pattern in the courts of late, worth paying attention to how the Charter and the courts are moderating this government's designs - constitutionally.
8. Noticed this: Uniting Calgary Progressives: An Interactive Workshop with Nathan Cullen. An event this week in anticipation of the Calgary-Centre by-election due to Conservative MP Lee Richardson's retirement. Not sure how much traction there is for Cullen's meeting and whatever that effort will be. Elizabeth May is saying her party is serious about the Calgary by-election and the Liberals have two nominees thus far who are expressing interest in the nomination.
9. Yup: "Flanagan credits central management of voter and donor ID for party's continued fundraising success."
10. There is no 10! Can't have a list of 9. Have a good night.
From: Steve Campbell
July 7, 2012
Mankind is at a crossroads. Humanity faces a decision: embrace the dreams of the universe and the fact that humanity is special and has potential, or succumb to the death of domination by a predatory elite bent on wrecking the species and limiting the paradigms of the mind.
From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: Total criminality of Big Pharma no longer a conspiracy theory: The facts come out
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The rampant criminality of Big Pharma has just graduated from the realm of "conspiracy theory" to "judicial fact." GlaxoSmithKline just pleaded guilty to criminal fraud and is now paying a monster $3 billion fine for bribery, fraud, price fixing and more:
But of course no one is being arrested in all this, so it's back to business as usual. Merck, meanwhile, faked its vaccine efficacy studies by spiking blood samples with animal antibodies, then threatening its own employee whistleblowers if they didn't stay silent, allege two former Merck virologists. Here's a compilation of the fraud, criminality and lawsuits now involving Merck, Glaxo and Pfizer:
P.S. I'm hosting the Alex Jones Show today, beginning at 12 noon Eastern. Listen in LIVE at www.PrisonPlanet.com - the topics will be powerful and hard-hitting. Guests include Jon Rappoport to discuss Big Pharma's runaway criminality... this will be a truly eye-opening worldwide broadcast.
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Big Pharma criminality no longer a conspiracy theory: Bribery, fraud, price fixing now a matter of public record
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From: "S Booiman"
Subject: German Engineering
Some of you may have seen this incredible video.
Want to see why the Germans have a positive trade balance
in spite of paying workers some of the highest wages in the world?
Watch this: It is truly incredible.
From: Ray Strachan
Subject: The human factor
What is our concernes as Canadians, as human beings.?
Unfortunately it is , because of Government, we "Are paying taxes."
Like the Alberta "Conservatives" Known widley as ," The Future Canadian Government."
We will take over the Old Conservatives and install "Heaven" eh Becky?? Well happened.
Why was I not a believer when this disease was taking root in Alberfta. I mjst have been more stupid than i would ever admit to.. Just add the word "|Religion" . Does anyone even remember the name of that twisted sister that has acutally taking over Canada? Well at the top, there was always the preacher, pardon me, Preacher. Well they kicked the preacher out and took on The Rabi to lead us.
War 1 Lybia, War 2 coming up.
From: "Stephen(dot)Leacock" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: "When cabinet had the power" -- " a constitution Similar in Principle to the UK"
To: "Letters email@example.com
Mr Warren, Editors
Thank you for When cabinet had the power Ottawa Citizen July 6/2012 (& National Newswatch who included the column in their Sat July 7th aggregation of significant CDN thinking)
You've hit on my favourite topic - How the PMO became "king"/autocrat of Canada (quite contrarily to the design and intentions of the BNA /Constitution Act 1867)
Your column asserts:
- "We have, in Canada as in the United Kingdom, executive power now entirely centralized in the Prime Minister's Office."
- "Yet the overall budgetary policy is set from the start, and political adjustments to it (such as stimulus runs) are dictated, from the PMO."
- "Ministers are there to front for policy originating in the PMO, and to take the fall when it fails or changes."
- "It was Chrétien who cleverly used Martin as his straight man: implicitly allowing him to take the blame for any cuts. That's how things are done in a PMO-centric universe."
- "This is not how Parliament was supposed to work, or did work in the ancient past."
- "We should pine for those days"
Aside -- the PET quote was "50 FOOT" nobodies ( para 5 Hansard), but who's quibbling - the meaning is the same ;) must have been pre-metrification :)
You make two fine observations about our BNA/Constitution that was created in 1867 to be "similar in Principle to that of the United Kingdom"
- "Whereas the Provinces of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick have expressed their Desire to be federally united into One Dominion under the Crown of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, with a Constitution similar in Principle to that of the United Kingdom"
The key differences are but 3 -
1) ours IS written and we have
2) a penultimate (local) Executive Power (superior & supervisory), residing in the Office of the Governor General (With or Without the Advice &/or Advice and Consent of some/any/all/none (s.12 vs s.13) of His/Her independent, Vice Regal advisors in the Queen's Privy Council for Canada ( s.11). The as-written text ascribes to the GovGen the power to Withhold Royal assent and/or Reserve-for-Signification ( s.55) any Bill presented by the (inferior) Legislative Powers of our One Parliament ( s.17)
3) ultimate power entrusted (by themselves to themselves) in the Monarch-in-Council ( until 1982 that is, EndNote #80) who holds the power to Disallow any Canadian Bill within 2 years of their receipt (by ship) of it ( s.56)
In contrast in the U/K., quite functionally & factually differently (but definitely similarly in principle), there is no Office of GovGen and the U.K. Cabinet/Privy Council directly advises the bound-to-agree Monarch under the convention/tradition/principle (some say pretext) of "Ministerial Responsibility" whereby the Monarch is held faultless, if a decision must be reversed, the Minister/Ministry that proffered the "bad advice" must fall one his/her sword to protect the Monarch.
So ...after an intro to all that boring "bedrock-of-governance-in Canada" stuff that is never taught, never studied (it seems), widely misunderstood through benign neglect, but STILL the ultimate law of the land ... we can finally focus on your essential question:
- "Why is the PMO/PCO so extra-ordinarily powerful in today's Canada, when the Office-Holder is but One Individual, One Cabinet Member, One MP and ... the office of Prime Minister itself is not described/mentioned in any way in 1867-1982 BNA/Constitution Acts (except as being cited as the Organizer of a few Prov-Fed Conferences in the 1982 "Patriation" changes)
It might be just a co-incidence that the long-serving Clerk E. J. Lemaire had just retired on Jan 1/40 and that the GovGen Lord Tweedsmuir had suddenly died on Feb 11/40.
In the absence of any supervisory/advisory "cat" (and under cover of phony-war, emergency mobilizations/nationalization) the little "mouse" Mackenzie King got his revenge (served very cold) for the rebuff of his 1926 request for a Parliamentary dissolution in the " King-Byng Affair" (King was wrong - he had but the second greatest number of seats in the 1925 election (101) - the Conservatives had the greater number (116), albeit not a majority either)
Please examine the Order in Council P.C.1940-1121 (it's not available anywhere else) and think of how well-conceived and well-executed was Mr King's plan - his diary of March 13th/40 lines it all out.
The PMO/PCO is so powerful because one (anti-constitutional) Order in Council made it that way ... but nobody can remember and the "institutional memories" of constitutional lawyers, constitutional professors, Supreme Court Justices, Cabinet Members, Privy Councillors, Cabinet Members, MP's, professional pundits, aggrieved citizens and smart-aleck columnists and Parliament Hill reporters doesn't go back that far.
So now it's in your institutional memory.... are you best to ignore it (after all who is this guy?) or spread it far and wide?
The Majority of Canadians P.A.C.
Similar In Principle Chartv43.htm
From: Geoffrey West
Subject: Cosmic Vision News breaks story on historic lawsuit being filed in Toronto
Cosmic Vision News was the only pseudo-official news/media program to cover what could arguably become the biggest news story in Canadian history. At the moment, CVN has the coverage of any news related to this lawsuit. This story was covered in my newscast on July 6. CVN has technically and officially 'broken' this story, in terms of media coverage. There is another lawsuit in the U.S. that is beginning to get attention and is directed towards a fairly large number of high-profile individuals and organizations.
The information about this lawsuit will be meaningful for your readers. The mainstream media ignored this story completely, demonstrating the extent to which they are still manipulated and controlled.
Official Revision: Breaking News Report from the International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS) and the Association of Citizen Prosecutors (ACP)
Class Action Lawsuit against Church, State and Big Pharma is given Green Light
July 5, 2012: Toronto, Canada -
History was made yesterday when the Association of Citizen Prosecutors (ACP), headed by Jason Bowman, took the first step towards in exposing Vatican, Crown of England and other parties, and in holding these cartels to account in the Federal Court of Canada.
A Federal Court in Toronto examined Bowman's materials and essentially outlined the framework by which this unprecedented undertaking shall now proceed in Federal Court.
The result granted leave for a full application to be filed, and still provides the applicants with the opportunity to file additional motions for directions if, and as required.
According to Bowman, who acted on behalf of both the ACP and ITCCS,"We expected to simply file a motion Instead, the Court directed that we file not only the ex-parte motion materials, but also our entire Application a full week earlier than we were expecting. Naturally, I was elated."
A crowd of supporters accompanied Bowman to the Federal Court and were present as the Court's outline was explained in great detail.
Afterwards, the group held a press conference nearby and was harassed at least one agent provocateur - a 'blogger' known as "Greg Renouf", who tried to incite violence and discredit both Bowman and ITCCS founder and co-applicant Kevin Annett. Renouf has since then posted a derogatory and untruthful you tube posting about the event.
An attempted live stream broadcast of the event was inexplicably disrupted, although blog media activists who were present reported the news extensively on the internet.
None of the "mainstream" media in Toronto attended the press conference.
The ACP-ITCCS lawsuit is the first of its kind: a class action aimed at so-called heads of state, including the Pope and the Queen of England, on behalf of victims of alleged crimes against humanity committed by churches, governments and corporations.
Also named in this suit as defendants are the government of Canada, the United Church of Canada, the Church of England, and pharmaceutical companies, all of which are charged with crimes against humanity and criminally conspiring to obstruct justice.
Kevin Annett, who is named in the court application as a plaintiff against the Crown, Pope and other defendants, commented,
"As usual, the corporate media ignored us and paid operatives tried to discredit and stop us, but this time, we got our foot in the door of the court system. Wherever that leads us, we've taken another step
towards forcing criminals in power to do time for their crimes. Whether it's in this court or in a common law de jure one, the tables will be turned."
Stay tuned for you tube postings, and more updates, at www.itccs.org and http://federalclassactions.wordpress.com
See the evidence of Genocide in Canada and other crimes against the innocent at www.hiddennolonger.com and at the website of The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State at www.itccs.org .
Messages for Kevin Annett can be left at 250-591-4573 (Canada).
Watch Kevin's award-winning documentary film UNREPENTANT on his website www.hiddenfromhistory.org
In peace, and in service to humanity and our planet,
From: The Natroses
On Veterans Today, an essay or a really long article named Fixing Elections Through Fraud is of interest. Two paragraphs caught my eye -
"It was Canada's Red Tory Prime Minister, John A. Macdonald, who renewed and deepened Canada's integration into the British Empire with the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway as facilitated by the passage in the British parliament of the British North American Act of 1867. The building of the CP Railway helped to incorporate British Columbia into the coast-to-coast imperialism of the Dominion of Canada, a constitutional monarchy wherein Her Majesty's first minister is now Stephen Harper.
This history of this primal split in North American political culture helps to put the symbolism entailed in the robcon scandal in its larger temporal and political context. Underneath the broadly-based condemnations of the Harper Conservatives for electoral fraud boils the anxiety of many Canadians who fear that the sovereignty of Canada is being further undermined by yet another form of creeping colonialism."
And yet the politicians of the exported American right-wing Republican ideology does protest in unison.
"As many see it, Stephen Harper is following Preston Manning's lead in throwing overboard the Red Tory tradition of the indigenous Progressive Conservative Party and replacing it with the right-wing conservatism that finds its most distilled and radical expressions in the US Republican Party. Permeating the psychology of the robocon scandal is the pervasive unease of many Canadians with the apparent preference of our federal government's current leadership for the US versions of conservatism over the more left-leaning heritage of Canadian conservatism.
Conservative Prime Minister John A. Macdonald was the primary architect of the British North America Act of 1867 followed by the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway
This now-orphaned Red Tory tradition of conservatism goes back to the Tory opposition directed against the whiggish secessionists in British North America who took up arms in 1776 with the hopes of transforming the Thirteen British Colonies into a United States of America. [xx] There are many in Canada who remember and resent the zeal of the long knives led by Stephen Harper in their haste to replace theProgressive Conservatives with a Canadian clone of the Republican Party. As the weird machinations of the Tea Party and its aspiring presidential acolytes attest, US conservatives can become easily confused and disoriented in a country born of a liberal revolt against the conservatism inherent in the struggle to retain the unity of British North America."
They protest when the history is brought up, that speaks more of uniting for a common purpose and the realities of the 1700s and the first half of the 1800s. Canada, or before Canada was a nation, the majority of the people and the natives rejected the brand of conservatism hailing from United States. The kind that seeks out to serve their self-serving interests, to the detrimental of others around them. The kind that sought out opportunistic conditions to create their own wealth, on the behest of the British crown. In the United States, it became the type where the robber barons rule the roost, long with the land barons amassing acres upon acres of land, the railroad and transportation barons to where whatever best suit their self-serving interests. The emerging American identity based on common values or the polar opposite of values the British crown; American republicanism, the origins emerge from conflicting values of the new realities in the new world and the old realities of the old world.
In Canada, the Red Tory conservatism took centre stage, for the very reason of the British crown trying to prevent the same upheaval and unrest that took place prior to the American War of Independence. What is never seen in the history books, the British knew that they were not beloved by the settlers and only tolerated by the natives, and the British crown proceeded to share the wealth among the settlers and the natives. Unlike the early days in what is now United States; all wealth was transferred to the British Crown, and the hand-picked elite of the British saw to it. Along the way, the hand-picked elite amassed their wealth to served their own self-interests. The placed to go to in Canadian history, is the Newfoundland files, and the fish merchants who ruled the roost at the behest of the British crown. One of the reasons why NL is still struggling and still ruled by the old ideology and dogma of British colonialism. Harper and his gang, his brand of conservatism has returned NL to colony status, where Halifax is ruling the roost on the federal file, and hand picked elite to ensure colony status for a long time in the future.
At the end of the essay, the conclusions - "Generally speaking the taking on of massive debt by the Western democracies in order to hand over huge sums to the world's largest financial institutions represents history's most substantial transfer of wealth ever from those at the bottom and middle to those at the top of the global socio-economic pyramid. The causes of the financial debacle lie in the overzealous application of the rhetoric of deregulation as advanced by the government of the Ronald Reagan and his worldwide circle of devotees including Stephen Harper, Tom Flanagan and the other technicians of the unite-the-right movement in Canada.The massive transfer of wealth from the future earnings of taxpayers to the big financial institutions in Canada represents the formalization of a kind of socialism for the most entitled branches of society. This application of corporatist principles epitomizes a kind of Keynesianism for those at the top to be followed by programs of government austerity to pay down the debt incurred in the bailouts. The obvious injustices and inconsistencies in this government catering to the demands of the rich at the expense of the other 99% of society helped to make 2011 a year of major transnational protest. In this protest millions of citizens demonstrated their loss of confidence in politics as usual, including in the institution of political change through the agency of ballot boxes. They demonstrated the view that that the political system as presently constituted is rigged to the disadvantage of average people everywhere."
Good point - a valid point because the British Crown was transferring massive wealth from the colonies to the British Crown to pay down the British debts that was accumulating fighting wars, colonizing the new world, and exploration.
In the economic files - speaking about Europe and the Euro crisis - a bit of history.
"The trials and tribulations of the European Union, its debt crisis and the Euro and the suggestion that part of the solution lies in a stronger fiscal union reminds me of the forces behind the drive for Canadian confederation in the mid-nineteenth century. Canadians are usually taught in school that major forces driving Confederation were the potential threat of territorial aggrandizement by the United States in the wake of the Civil War or the need for a larger market given Britain's move to free trade and the end of Reciprocity with the Americans or the desire to generate the economic resources to build a railway to the west so that it could serve as an investment frontier.
One factor that receives very little mention is the fact that the prior to 1867 the colonies of British North America were heavily in debt and faced a fiscal crisis of their own. The solution to the colonial debt crisis that Confederation allowed was the creation of the federal government that was given strong revenue raising powers and assumed provincial debts and thereby stabilized the public credit. Public debt charges in 1867 already accounted for 29 percent of federal budgetary expenditure and by 1880 had only been whittled down to about 24 percent. Canada was born in debt.
Canada was created with a large debt as the provincial and local levels of government had invested heavily in transportation infrastructure canals and railways in particular. In 1850, there were only about 66 miles of track in operation but by 1860 about 2000 miles of track had been built in eastern Canada. The total cost of building these railways in British North America up to 1867 was 145.8 million dollars the bulk of which was for the Province of Canada Ontario and Quebec. By way of comparison, Canada's GDP in 1870 has been estimated at about 383 million dollars.
The result was a large amount of public debt to finance this construction. Along with outright subsidies of land and cash for which governments borrowed heavily, governments also provided bond guarantees for railway companies. The government debt of the Province of Canada (Ontario & Quebec) alone grew from 18.7 million dollars in 1850 to 54.1 million dollars in 1859 an increase of 189 percent over a mere decade. On top of it, the late 1850s ended in economic depression and railway companies went bankrupt. There was over expenditure on railways during this period reminiscent of the tech bubble investment that was supposed to bring about the new economy in the 21st century.
Moreover, not just provincial governments got into the act. The desire for each community to be "on-track" in the new economy led to municipalities also acquiring large amounts of debt. Glazebrook's classic history of transportation in Canada mentions how during this era little Port Hope in Ontario with a population of 4,000 incurred a debt of 740,000 dollars to invest in railway infrastructure.
Confederation was designed to fix a massive debt problem. Creation of a new political entity the dominion government - would allow for the current debt burden to be serviced and for more credit to be obtained on foreign markets to fund the railway projects of the late 19thcentury the CPR, Canadian Northern, etc Confederation was a solution to the debt crisis but required a form of government that reduced sovereignty for the member units in order to stabilize the public credit. In the Canadian case, as acrimonious as the discussions were, the process was facilitated by the fact that the member units were all British colonies with similar institutions. Europe today despite the EU's half century of working together more closely, is still quite diverse both economically, politically and socially."
Just think about it, because if Canada was United States - filled with the same kind of republican right wing conservatism, Canada would be a much different country without health care, road tolls, and a country where divisiveness and dissension rules the day. Back to the Hall essay, in it he writes, " Harper was deeply influenced in his rightward turn by a single book, The Patriot Game, published in 1986 by Peter Brimelow, a researcher at the Stanford University-based Hoover Institution. The Hoover Institution's mission is to "sustain for America the safeguards of the American way of life," to support "the Constitution of the United States, its Bill Of Rights and its method of representative government." [cv] Brimelow criticized a host of Canadian institutions including the entrenched status of career civil servants, Canadian content rules to protect Canadian culture, and Pierre Trudeau's National Energy Policy. The NEP put the national objectives of Canada ahead of Alberta's oversight of the US-based oil and gas industry. [cvi]"
Harper and the gang is trying to return colonialism in its rightful place in Canada, and discard the values and shared values that Canada was built on. Our first prime minister, MacDonald is being use as the front guy, to masked the real intentions of the Harper government. In so doing, it makes a mockery on everything that Canada once stood for.
"Dr Anthony Hall and the Ideological Pollution of Red Toryism"
"He insists that the conservatism represented by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party of Canada is not only not indigenous to Canada, but possibly even un-Canadian.
Dr Hall suggests that the problem begins with the American revolution and the rejection of British Imperialism by the American revolutionaries. Those who resisted the revolution were classical conservatives; those who supported the revolution were classical liberals.
Dr Hall predicates his essay on an almost-comical assumption that those who have embraced the values of classical liberalism (with its primary focus on individual rights) over the values of classical conservatism (with its primary focus on obligations to the state) have bastardized Canadian conservatism."
The writer above tries to prove his point by using of all historical people, SIr William Johnson. ""Sir William Johnson is my personal nomination as the true founder of the Red Tory tradition in North America. Before he passed away in 1774, Johnson had played an instrumental role in the imperial expansion of British North America much like that played in the Middle East by TE Lawrence, aka Lawrence of Arabia," Hall writes. "While Lawrence encouraged pan-Arab unity among Indigenous peoples to push back the influence of the Ottoman Empire, Johnson attempted a similar strategy during the Seven Years War to entice Indian nations away from support for the French imperial government in the contest for control of North America."
One viewpoint, that has omitted most of the historical context and below is the Wikipedia link on SIr William Johnson and the Canadian link on the same man.
I highly doubt that Johnson was the true founder of the Red Tory tradition in North America. In fact, Johnson represents the true founder of the robber barons emerging in what is now United States, amassing great wealth at the expense of others. If Johnson was in Canada, he probably be driven out if not the climate, but by the people - the settlers. Plenty of examples in the history files, that speaks volumes on self-serving interests at the expense of others. In the Wikipedia link, "During the American Revolution, the rebel New York legislature seized all of Johnson's lands and property, as his heirs were Loyalists. In 1960 Johnson Hall was named a National Historic Landmark. It is a designated State Historic Site and open to the public."
This is what happens, the inevitable outcomes of seeking out to serve only the interests that will give the person the greatest economic and political benefits. And yet the author of Dr. Anthony Hall and the ideological pollution of Red Toryism, seeks to connect Johnson to red toryism, without putting it is the historical context. "The United States was founded in opposition to Johnson's Red Tory policies recognizing treaty federalism with Indigenous peoples. The hostility of the founders of the United States to the indigenous conservatism of Johnson and his associates was marked by the stinging condemnation of King George in the American Declaration of Independence," Hall insists. "By following Johnson's advice, the British sovereign stood accused by the founders of the United States of 'bringing on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.' This seminal instance of racial profiling in one of the world's most influential political manifestos pointed towards the kind of conquistador conservatism that would make the war machine of the United States by far the world's largest and most aggressive apparatus of military conquest."
And yet, Johnson only used the natives to served his best interests, and the amassing of wealth, and along the way he discovered the Indians were not savages nor war mongering people. Like a good many of the early settlers in North America, much to the chagrin of the British and French crown.
I highly doubt that the imported brand of republican conservatism and its ideology that is in Canada will remain a fixture. True, if the Harper gang manages not to succeed in their desires to sell of Canada and its sovereignty.
" On the face of it, this was one strange announcement from Heritage Canada. The minister, James Moore, said in a news release Friday that the Target retail chain set to invest $3.5-billion in Canada and employ up to 25,000 people would be allowed to sell cultural products. As the release put it, Target "has been granted approval under the Investment Canada Act to sell cultural products in its Canadian stores."
Or destroying habitats, species and ignoring the warnings - "There is an "elevated risk" that threatened populations of boreal caribou in Western Canada will disappear before oilsands developers have the chance to restore old growth forests being disturbed for industrial expansion, Environment Minister Peter Kent was warned in a newly released memorandum."
Or welcoming ideology of the extreme right into Canada, that goes against the collective values of what Canada was built on, yet not realized but something to live up to. "All loving Christians are invited to celebrate the word of God at Rev. William Collier's annual conference that is, as long and they are white."
Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/alabama-pastor-holds-whites-only-conference.html#ixzz1zxMM7qPD
Or the ongoing saga of election fraud, and the quiet dropping by the media on Fatino. "Since the election fraud story appears to be dying an entirely undeserved death at the hands of the perennially moronic professional media, I thought I'd stir the pot a little with this post.
As you may be aware, our country has strict limits on election financing. You can donate up to $1100 to a candidate, and if you donate more than $200, he or she has to list your name, city, and postal code in a form they give to Elections Canada, which makes them available here.
Well, most candidates do, anyways. Associate Defence Minister Julian Fantino, the man currently at the centre of a brewing scandal over allegations of a covert black bank account held by his riding during his campaign, had just two donors to his campaign. They donated $65,585 and $117,600 respectively:
Or the ongoing threat of private health care, and the right wing republican conservatism declares it is socialism. "The eve of July 4th gave me another thought on further extending these options for people who don't want health insurance to sign pledges which forbid the government from financially assisting them if they fall in dire need of healthcare and cannot afford it. We were having dinner at the house of some friends, and the husband mentioned that a young person at this workplace said that he was against the Affordable Healthcare Act because he was young and healthy and why should he support the medical needs of other people."
Why indeed? Never thinking beyond the ideology and dogma, supporting selfishness as opposed to the common good and welfare. Supporters of the right wing brand of republicanism conservatism, that 30 percent of Canadians support, would probably like the next idea to import from the United States. "Childersburg, Alabama - Three years ago, Gina Ray, who is now 31 and unemployed, was fined $179 for speeding. She failed to show up at court (she says the ticket bore the wrong date), so her license was revoked.
When she was next pulled over, she was, of course, driving without a license. By then her fees added up to more than $1,500. Unable to pay, she was handed over to a private probation company and jailed charged an additional fee for each day behind bars.
For that driving offense, Ms. Ray has been locked up three times for a total of 40 days and owes $3,170, much of it to the probation company. Her story, in hardscrabble, rural Alabama, where Krispy Kreme promises that "two can dine for $5.99," is not about innocence.
It is, rather, about the mushrooming of fines and fees levied by money-starved towns across the country and the for-profit businesses that administer the system. The result is that growing numbers of poor people, like Ms. Ray, are ending up jailed and in debt for minor infractions.
"With so many towns economically strapped, there is growing pressure on the courts to bring in money rather than mete out justice," said Lisa W. Borden, a partner in Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, a large law firm in Birmingham, Ala., who has spent a great deal of time on the issue. "The companies they hire are aggressive. Those arrested are not told about the right to counsel or asked whether they are indigent or offered an alternative to fines and jail. There are real constitutional issues at stake."
Perhaps they may get a taste of it, when the American troops are criss-crossing the Canadian and American borders, on the pretense of a security risk, only to track down the Canadians that have not paid their ticket fines, on traffic offences committed in some state. Much like the British governors who seem to think it was fun, to round up the settlers for breaking the many British laws on trade with the natives and who one traded with, or round up the settlers for another fun time at aiding the British in one of their wars.
The Harper Conservative government, is just that a new kind of conservatism, reformed for the 21st century called colonialism Conservatism. The same kind that was in operation in North America back in the 1700s and the first half of the 1800s.