Category Archives: Opinion

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Olivia Chow Should Follow Her Own Political Path

 The buzz: Jack Layton‘s widow, Olivia Chow, will likely run for the leadership of the Federal NDP.  Bad political decision if the MP for Trinity-Spadina, Toronto, does. The world over, political widows often capitalize on the legacies of departed spouses to build or boost their

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Canada’s Unenviable Royal Race To The Past

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:  Defence Minister Peter MacKay announced Tuesday Ottawa’s decision to restore the “Royal” moniker to the Canadian navy and air force. All in the name of embracing Canada’s “heritage”. This uninformed race to the past unmasks the Conservatives. It exposes their dangerous parochialism and

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Symbolic: Canada’s “New” Sanctions Against North Korea

Canada’s Conservative government will do anything to shore up it’s new militaristic approach to complex global crises. And that includes, imposing symbolic sanctions on a rogue regime. And imposing such sanctions on the same regime within eleven months. Such was the case with yesterday’s announcement of

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Double Standards And Chauvinism In The Nycole Turmel Affair

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: For over a week now, politicians, the media and pundits have relentlessly sniped interim NDP leader Nycole Turmel for her past association with the Bloc Quebecois. To them, it’s not enough that Turmel canceled her membership with the Quebec separatist party

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Ontario Provincial Election Opportunity To Defeat Stephen Harper

While attending  a barbecue hosted at Toronto mayor Rob Ford’s family home, Prime Minister Stephen called for Liberal Premier McGuinty’s defeat during the October 6 Ontario Provincial election. This isn’t just meddling in provincial politics. Harper has kindly asked Ontarians to put him, and not McGuinty, under the microscope. Before Canada Tar Sands Propaganda An Insult to Canadians

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:  Former federal Conservative operative, Alykhan Velshi, is at it again. As Immigration Minister Jason Kenney‘s communications director, earlier this year, Velshi stirred controversy when he used Canadian government stationery while canvassing for Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party. Now he’s lobbying for the

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What Jack Layton Sees In Interim NDP Leader Nycole Turmel

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: The intensifying scrutiny of Nycole Turmel, NDP leader Jack Layton‘s choice to replace him while he’s away for cancer treatment is healthy for Canada’s democracy. But the negativity by the right-wing media misses the point. Self-righteous right-wing pundits are blind to what Layton and all progressives