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NDP Convention 2013: New Democrats’ constitution gets a new preamble

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By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Perhaps the biggest take-home thing from the New Democrats’ biennial policy convention in Montreal was the adoption of a new preamble to the party’s constitution. With a vote of 960 to 188, delegates approved the preamble, described by leader Thomas Mulcair, as “the way to connect and reach out beyond our traditional base.” Also,… Read More

NDP Convention 2013: Federal Leader Thomas Mulcair’s Keynote Speech

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Tex of NDP leader Thomas Mulcair‘s prepared speech, delivered to delegates to the New Democrats’ biennial policy convention in Montreal on Saturday. Thank you very much. Look at this crowd. What energy. Thousands of New Democrats from coast-to-coast-to-coast. From the Northwest Territories to Southern Ontario. From Victoria to the coast of Labrador. From… Read More

Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair are distant cousins

Justin Trudeau

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Oh, crap! The looming NDP-Liberal battle to replace Stephen Harper and the Conservatives in 2015 is only a family feud. Soon-to-be Liberal leader, Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair, the leader of the New Democrats, are distant cousins, according to Their connection goes back 400 years to Mathieu Amiot and Marie Miville, their shared… Read More

Canada’s New Democrats condemn violence against Rohingya Muslims

A soldier patrols through a neighbourhood that was burnt during recent violence in Sittwe on June 14, 2012. © 2012 Reuters

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s Official Opposition has unequivocally condemned the ongoing genocidal violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Burma. A systematic campaign of violence facilitated by and at times involving state security forces and government officials since June 2012 has displaced more than 125,000 Rohingya and Kaman Muslims in western Burma’s Arakan State. During another orgy… Read More

Greens won’t contest Labrador by-election, urge the NDP to also desist

Elizabeth May.  (Photo: Wikipedia)

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Last week, Liberal leadership hopeful and Member of Parliament for Vancouver MP, Joyce Murray, called for opposition electoral cooperation in the Labrador by-election. To void splitting the vote. To ensure a “progressive win and Harper fail“.  The Greens immediately heeded the call and are now challenging the federal New Democrats to also… Read More

Harper’s CNOOC/Nexen deal pushes Canada closer to becoming a China-dominated petro-state

Stephen Harper (Photo: Remy Steinegger)

by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Oct. 12, 2012: Thanks to our petro-Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives, Canada is on the verge of becoming a China-dominated petro-state. Last Friday, the Harper Government approved the $15.1 billion takeover of Nexen Inc., a Calgary-based Canadian energy company, by the China National Offshore Oil Co. (CNOOC), a state-owned Chinese company.… Read More

Jason Kenney spent $750,000 spying on Canada’s ethnic minorities

Jason Kenney, Canada's Immigration Minister

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:  Over the past three years, Conservative minister Jason Kenney’s Department of Citizenship and Immigration blew almost $750,000 in Canadian taxpayers money “monitoring ethnic media”, according to The Canadian Press. The political daily media monitoring madness assessed ethnic minorities “perceptions” of Kenney and “issues related to the department’s mandate.” According to the Canadian… Read More