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Elizabeth May shares her 2002 hunger strike experience, begs Harper to meet Chief Spence

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By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:  During my 85-day hunger strike against Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s New Jim Crow-style crime Bill C-10, the deceptively christened “Safe Streets and Communities Act”, a prominent opposition MP told me hunger protests weren’t part of the process of democratic engagement in Canada. I was shocked and disappointed. First, during our conversation on the… Read More

Obert Madondo’s Canada crime Bill C-10 hunger strike: Response from the Minister of Justice

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By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Justice Minister Rob Nicholson has responded to my 85-day hunger strike against Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s New Jim Crow-style crime Bill C-10, the deceptively christened “Safe Streets and Communities Act”. I ended the peaceful protest on June 6 after a beautiful meeting with NDP MP and justice critic, Francoise Boivin, on Parliament Hill. Two of my demands: the immediate repeal the Safe Streets and… Read More

The real “gateway drug” is alcohol, not marijuana


With the recent passage of crime Bill C-10 into law, we can expect a lot of young and first-time Canadian marijuana users in our high school system to do real time in jail. That’s because of the Conservative government’s’ tough-on-crime agenda and legendary disdain for evidence. And, especially, the long-standing societal myth that marijuana is the… Read More

Bill C10: Vic Toews Met With Lobbyist for U.S. Prisons Profiteer GEO

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:  During the heated public debates on the omnibus crime Bill C-10, Canadian progressives argued that the Harper Government’s controversial legislation was the beginning of the privatization of Canada’s prison system. Turns out that a leading U.S. prison profiteering company lobbied the federal Public Safety Minister and other Canadian officials. So reveals… Read More

What Republican Texas Said About Harper’s Crime Bill C-10

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:  In this video, the CBC News reported from Texas where even tough-on-crime Republicans told Canada not to follow America’s failed path of mandatory sentences and massive prison expansion, which cost them billions and drove crime rates up. The report warned about the consequences of this un-Canadian and vindictive criminal justice approach: billions of taxpayers’ dollars;… Read More

The Obert Report: Harper and Obama Argue About The War of 1812 (VIDEO)

In this Canada Day Special, Co-hosts Obert and Anita dramatize a recent secret conversation between Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and US President Barack Obama. Harper and his Conservative majority government are militarizing Canadian society. They’re re-writing the country’s history to fit their fledgling right-wing worldview. Canada‘s Independence Day is around the corner and Harper… Read More

Worst Canadian in The World: Senator Patrick Brazeau

Tory Senator Patrick Brazeau

By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, June 27, 2012: Meet Patrick Brazeau (pictured), the sexist Canadian senator who called Ottawa-based reporter, Jennifer Ditchburn, a “bitch” yesterday. Her crime: she’d done her job by highlighting his poor attendance record in Canada’s appointed upper house of Parliament. He immediately issued a “reluctant” apology. Why did Brazeau call a report… Read More