By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:
The Idle No More movement for Indigenous rights and sovereignty is scheduled to spearhead the commemoration of Mother Earth Day in Ottawa.
Activists are expected to confront the Harper government’s agenda against Canada’s Aboriginal peoples. In an earlier press release, Idle No More explained this insidious agenda:
to weaken all collective rights and environmental protections, in order to turn Canada into an extraction state that gives corporations unchecked power to destroy our communities and environment for profit. Harper is trying to extinguish Indigenous Peoples’ Inherent, Aboriginal and Treaty rights to their territories, because these rights are the best and last protection for all Canadians.
Budget is an opportunity to start building a fairer, greener, more prosperous Canada
by: New Democrats | Press Release:
Peggy Nash. Photo credit: Andrijko Z
OTTAWA – With our economy continuing to underperform and structural imbalances worsening, NDP Finance Critic Peggy Nash (Parkdale – High Park) is calling on the Conservative government to change course and take action to better protect our economy against global economic volatility.
“Instead of tackling the serious economic challenges facing Canadians, the last Conservative budget attacked essential programs and services like health care and Old Age Security and gutted environmental protections,” said Nash. “Budget 2013 is a chance for the Conservatives to start putting Canadians first, instead of ploughing ahead with an agenda that serves only a well-connected few.”
by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 5, 2013:
Former Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff says Harper’s power-grab “is harming democracy” and he’s 100% right.
Photo by Remy Steinegger [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
With unassailable majorities in both the House of Commons and Senate, Prime Minister Stephen Harper
is potentially the most powerful leader in the world. He’s much more powerful that U.S. President Barack Obama
who has to content with Congress on major decisions. In addition to the power that comes with the office of the prime minister in a parliamentary system, Harper has also accumulated more power through various anti-democratic means.
Harper is undermining Canadian democracy through his iron-clad control of the Conservative caucus and parliamentary committees. Through senate appointments. Through his oil-driven foreign policy and pro-Big Oil domestic policies that are turning Canada into a petro-state. Through what Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence once described as a paternalistic approach towards Aboriginal issues. Through his diabolical First Nations termination plan.