Chief Theresa Spence, Mushkegowuk People of Attawapiskat First Nation and the International Indian Treaty Council file urgent “Action Request” with U.N. human rights body
By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 25, 2013:
Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence hasn’t given up her fight against Prime Minister Stephen Harper‘s draconian omnibus Bills C-45 and C-38. On Jan. 24, she ended a 44-day hunger strike in here Ottawa protesting the Conservatives’ inhuman treatment of Canada’s First Nations.
Now she’s banding together with the Mushkegowuk People of Attawapiskat First Nation and the International Indian Treaty Council in a request for consideration under the “Early Warning and Urgent Action Procedures” of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD).
by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 15, 2013:
John Duncan. Photo: Chris Wattie/Reuters
Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan resigned from Prime Minister Stephen Harper‘s cabinet Friday after admitting that he lobbied a tax court judge on behalf of an unnamed constituent. Duncan, the Conservative MP for Vancouver Island North, issued a statement in which he said he wrote “a character reference letter to the Tax Court of Canada on behalf of an individual to whom my constituency staff was providing casework assistance on a Canada Revenue Agency matter” in 2011.
If Brazeau stays on as an independent Senator, he’ll cost Canadian taxpayers at lease $7-million by the time he retires approximately 37 years from today.
By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:
Sen. Patrick Brazeau
Conservative Sen. Patrick Brazeau’s charges of assault and sexual assault offer Prime Minister Stephen Harper the opportunity to do the right thing concerning his much-touted plan to reform the Senate. It’s not enough for Harper to eject Brazeau from the Conservative caucus. If we care enough about Canadian democracy and the integrity of its institutions, then Senator Patrick Brazeau must go! He must be recalled from the unelected red chamber.
Brazeau, an Algonquin from the Kitigan Zibi First Nation in Quebec, was arrested at his Gatineau home yesterday for what police then called a “domestic violence dispute”. He appeared in court this morning and was charged with assault and sexual assault.