by: Obert Madondo | @Obiemad:
Photo: Remy Steinegger. Via Wikimedia Commons
Allan Gregg, a prominent media commentator, chairperson of polling firm Harris/Decima, and strategist for the Progressive Conservatives under Brian Mulroney, says Stephen Harper‘s Canada is reminiscent of Orwell’s nightmarish “1984” world. So he said in an impassioned delivered at Carleton University on September 5, 2012.
Gregg tells us: “A quick review of the some of the Bills passed or on the order paper of this session of Parliament gives you the sense that this government might have studied under Orwell.” For example, the draconian omnibus crime Bill C-10 was titled “An Act to Enact the Justice for Victims of Terrorism” and sub-titled “The Safe Streets and Communities Act”. In Canada, more people die from swimming pool drowning than terrorism. Bill C-18 is called the “Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act”. It dismantled the Canadian Wheat Board.
By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 14, 2013:
PBO Kevin Page. (Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press)
Showing their burgeoning disdain for accountability, transparency, financial oversight and the independence of federal watchdogs, the Harper Conservatives earlier this week nuked a progressive NDP motion on the role of the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO). The motion, tabled by the Official Opposition’s Finance critic, Peggy Nash, sought to extend the mandate of Kevin Page, the current PBO, until a competent replacement is found. Page’s term ends March 25.
But the motion sought to do much more. It sought to protect the soul of Canadian democracy.
by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 12, 2013:
Anonymous Activists in LA. Photo credit: Wikipedia
Prime Minister Stephen Harper‘s Internet surveillance Bill C-30 is dead. The demise of the deceptively christened Protecting Children From Internet Predators Act is a victory for the Internet. For Canadian democracy. For Canadians. Federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson confirmed it yesterday when he announced that the Conservatives won’t be pursuing the adoption of the police-state-style online surveillance legislation.