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MayDay 2011: Anti-Harper Rally

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People:  stand up for Canada and attend anti-Harper rallies across the Canada.

The next one will be held in London, Ontario TODAY!

Event details:

  • Location:  Four Points Sheraton on 1150 Wellington Rd South, London, ON
  • Time:  3:30-5:30 PM
  • Date:  TODAY!

Join the Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=212414468776134

If the media is there, be sure to ask reporters why Stephen Harper isn’t being put on trial for contempt against Parliament (as an appetizer).

The Cost of Carbon and the Canadian Economic Action Plan

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This article reminded me of the conditions applied to Canadian Economic Action Plan programs:  no environmental review.

This will cost us all.

My hope is that sooner rather than later Canadians will have the ability to audit these programs, not just economically but also with respect to their impact on the environment.  And when we do, we’ll likely realize that Canada’s Economic (In)Action Plan will be much more costly than originally thought.

Stay tuned.

Stop the Bailouts, Stop the Cuts

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I was going to title this piece "Failure of CanWest = Failure of Conservatives = Failure of Capitalism", but that was too long.  And … given that the Cons are still in control of this country, the focus should instead be on the level of ripe corruption that is really annoying me.

Before I go on, follow this link, express your ‘regrets’ with this call and spread the word that this is unacceptable .

OK. Where to begin?  I guess now that CBC has finally made the cuts to its personnel and programming , it’s only a matter of time before we have ads on public radio, repeat programming and other lame tactics to discourage Canadians from watching and listening to quality Canadian content compare to American imports of programming and product placement that we get from our other media conglomerates.

And because the CBC is limited in terms of its ability to raise funds, cuts are the only option when you’re up against a bunch of folks who won’t give you a percent of a percent when it comes to the MASSIVE federal deficit that Deficit Jim, Harper and Iggy created just a month ago.

But don’t let that stop senior executives from collecting ‘well earned bonuses’.  No way indeed.  I mean, firing and deconstructing and absolute failure are central themes when it comes to progress and promotion, right?  And why are public officers receiving bonuses anyways?

And don’t let that stop our friends at CONWest and other media shops from pandering to the Cons for handouts.  They and at least 2-3 other companies are waiting in line for cold hard cash from the Harper Regime, partially, I suppose as just rewards for treating them so nicely in the run-up to the last election, but also because, well, capitalism is a failure too, isn’t it?  I mean, if it wasn’t, they would just go to the public markets and RAISE SOME DAMN CASH LIKE ALL OTHER COMPETENT PRIVATE ENTERPRISE DOES.

But then, why would they do that when they and other comglomerates in this country already receive billions a year for programs like the Canadian Federal Film and Video Tax Credit so they can run "Red Dawn" on the History Channel and call it "Canadian Content"?

I’ll tell you this:  if they do get extra public money, the public will not be pleased.  Folks in this country may not appreciate what’s happening to their beloved ‘mother ship’, but they’re smart enough to smell a rotten deal when they see one.

Here are some additional links to this very important story:

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090318/national/tories_tv_help

http://impolitical.blogspot.com/2009/03/harper-government-looking-to-help.html

http://www.desmogblog.com/harper-handout-friends-natinoal-post

Funding of CBC:  http://impolitical.blogspot.com/2009/03/james-moore-claiming-he-didnt-know-cbc.html

http://www.hilltimes.com/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=2009/march/23/canwest/&c=2 (Maybe I’ve read this wrong, but I can’t believe that Charlie Angus is expressing anguish about CanWest pubs failing)

http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5irva0_ZTubOLDWe_eqv2gZVUJU8A

http://westerngrit.blogspot.com/2009/03/time-to-let-media-conglomerates-fail.html

http://farnwide.blogspot.com/2009/03/you-scratch-my-back.html

http://www.acreativerevolution.ca/node/1730

http://act.friends.ca/ea-campaign/clientcampaign.do?ea.client.id=33&ea.campaign.id=2971

Canada: A Tale of Two Georges

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anada is again being mentioned in international headlines as a superstitious backwater.
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And even the Globe had something to say about this.

The RCMP response can be found here (PDF).

The good news is that no one knew about George Galloway a few weeks ago and now he’s top of the list for most Canadians that care about why we would limit a democratically elected official from the UK and yet we would allow someone who stole an election to come to speak to the folks in the oil patch.

That’s right:  enemy number X of the UN George Bush, wanted for crimes against humanity, came into the country to talk to the Albertans.  No arrests were made, despite our obligation to abide by international agreements related to war criminals.

Unfortunately for all of us, Canada has entered a new era of fascist stupidity.

How To Win A Canadian Election

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As it stands, the Canadian economy and democratic institutions are in a state of paralysis.

Iggy is now courting the evangelicals.  He is silent on issues related to Bush being a war criminal and slush funds created for the benefit of the Cons and people that support them.

Harper is … well, Harper.  There have been many articles posted here and by other bloggers (most in the ProgBlog realm) that have clearly (and easily) identified the foibles and wretchedness of this man’s government.  He and his party are currently reaching up to touch bottom.

And what are the alternatives?

The NDP is plunging in the polls and the Green Party will likely never get a seat, despite their rising popularity.  Instead, the Greens will only shred all hope of any of the other parties from gaining a majority.

I’ve backed away from supporting politicians because none of them have offered the kind of inspiration, consistency in position and reliability as leaders.

That said, I can’t help but to provide policy recommendations.  I guess it’s in my blood.

In the following weeks, I’ll post a number of articles devoted to the topic "How to Win a Canadian Election".  I invite all of you to provide comments and your ideas as well, partly because I trust your opinion, but also because I think we might have a serious crack at creating ‘the ultimate progressive handbook’ or for anyone that wants to abide by it.  I don’t there’s much of a point in creating a new party, mainly because it’ll just force another split down the left, but I haven’t closed that door either.

My goal will be to keep things simple and I’ll do my best to provide additional research when necessary.

In most cases, I’ll also do my best to identify two elements:

  1. Policy:  What is the specific action that I’m recommending
  2. Strategy:  what is the intended outcome of this idea, chiefly from a campaign tactical perspective

Again, if you have feedback or ideas to share on this, please post comments and get the dialogue rolling.