If Brazeau stays on as an independent Senator, he’ll cost Canadian taxpayers at lease $7-million by the time he retires approximately 37 years from today.
By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:
Sen. Patrick Brazeau
Conservative Sen. Patrick Brazeau’s charges of assault and sexual assault offer Prime Minister Stephen Harper the opportunity to do the right thing concerning his much-touted plan to reform the Senate. It’s not enough for Harper to eject Brazeau from the Conservative caucus. If we care enough about Canadian democracy and the integrity of its institutions, then Senator Patrick Brazeau must go! He must be recalled from the unelected red chamber.
Brazeau, an Algonquin from the Kitigan Zibi First Nation in Quebec, was arrested at his Gatineau home yesterday for what police then called a “domestic violence dispute”. He appeared in court this morning and was charged with assault and sexual assault.
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.
RCMP Officers Monitor Peaceful Occupy Activity on Parliament Hill, Sept 2012
by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Jan 15, 2013:
Ontario Superior Court Justice Harriet Sachs says police behaviour during the Toronto G20 protests had “the eerie overtones of the worst sort of abuse orchestrated by fascist states.” She passed the harsh verdict while ruling on the case of Eva Marie Botten, an activist whose Charter rights were infringed when Toronto police mass-arrested 263 protesters during the 2010 protests.
One particular officer prompted the judge’s scathing words. According to the Toronto Star, while arresting Botten, he shone his weapon’s laser beam at her and chanted: “Eenie, meenie, minie, mo, arrest a protester by the toe.”