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Peter Penashue: Harper’s “strong voice” rarely heard in the House

Peter Penahue and Peter MacKay. Photo: Facebook

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:  A new analysis by democracy advocacy group, Samara, suggests that the Conservatives’ characterization of Peter Penashue as a “strong voice” for Labrador in the House of Commons is a grotesque political exaggeration. In fact, the Conservatives insulted our collective intelligence when they warned that “if Newfoundland and Labrador want to continue to have a… Read More

NDP demands action on missing $3.1 billion in anti-terrorism funding

Parliament Building, Ottawa

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:  Last week, the Auditor General reported that the Harper Conservatives can’t account for $3.1 billion of the $12.9 billion allocated to the Public Security and Anti-Terrorism Initiative [PSAT] for the period 2001 to 2010. The New Democrats are demanding action and accountability. Via a motion that was scheduled for debate in the House of… Read More

Harper Conservatives Nuked More Than 15,000 Public Service Jobs in 2012

Gutting Ottawa

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:  A report tabled in the House of Commons last Friday reveals that the Harper Conservatives nuked more than 15,000 public service jobs last year, 8,000 of them fulltime positions. Strangely, the cuts seem to be waging a war against Canadian women and the future. 7,000 of the gutted positions benefited students and casual employees, the… Read More

Justin Trudeau to defend muzzled Conservative backbenchers?

Justin Trudeau

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:  Apparently, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s forthcoming Liberal Opposition Day motion seeks to defend Conservatives MPs who are being muzzled by Stephen Harper. At least that’s how most of the media has interpreted the motion, to be debated and voted in the House of Commons Monday. “Justin Trudeau riding to the rescue of rebellious… Read More

NDP MP urges Harper Conservatives to take Aboriginal claims seriously

Idle No More

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:  New Democrat Aboriginal Affairs critic, Jean Crowder, is calling on Stephen Harper and the Conservatives to respect Canada`s First Nations. And take their land and other outstanding claims seriously. The full text of Crowder`s motion, tabled in the House of Commons on Thursday: That this House call on the government to: (a) abandon its… Read More

House of Commons Approves NDP’s Transgendered Rights Bill C-279

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: The House of Commons has passed Bill C-279, the NDP’s transgendered rights bill, by a 149-137 vote. The bill, sponsored by New Democrat Randall Garrison (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca), now proceeds to the Senate. This is a great victory for human rights in Canada. The bill prohibits discrimination against transgendered Canadians.