Tell your friends to pull offensive CWB ad: Ashton calls on Ritz to act
by Niki Ashton MP (Press Release) | Feb. 6, 2013:
OTTAWA – Today in question period, MP Niki Ashton (Churchill) called on Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz to pull an offensive Canadian Wheat Board ad.
The ad titled Still on the Fence?, is meant to encourage farmers to sign up for the board’s winter pool to sell their grain.
“Mr. Speaker, after the government dismantled the farmer owned and operated Canadian Wheat Board the minister appointed unelected directors to re-brand the institution. It has not been a success. So much so that they are reverting to 50s pin-up ads to sell wheat,” said Ashton.
Way back in 2001, Elections Canada charged a certain Paul Bryan for violating section 329 of the Canada Elections Act. Stephen Harper, then President of the National Citizens Coalition, a conservative lobby group that has campaigned against public services, the Canadian Wheat Board, the Canada Health Act, the Canadian Labour Congress and the admittance of Vietnamese refugees (“boat people”) to Canada, wasn’t too happy. Especially mind-boggling is Harper’s pretense to caring about individual freedom, freedom of speech, the Internet and the “free flow of information.”
by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Nov. 18, 2011:
Even as the threat of eviction from Confederation Park looms larger, the Occupy Ottawa movement is getting stronger, says Arun Smith.
Yesterday, the movement held simultaneous marches before four key Ottawa landmarks: the Canadian Human Rights Monument, US embassy, Novotel hotel and the Sparks Street Mall.
Before leaving the park, the protesters observed a minute of silence to honor Occupy movements facing eviction and police brutality across the world.