Canada can no longer count itself among the world’s cleanest democracies, according to the 2010 Global Integrity Report. The report, recently issued by Global Integrity, ranks Canada 19th out of 100 countries. That’s a significant drop from the country’s previous 11th position.
Granted, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservatives won an outright majority last night, bagging 167 of the 308 seats in the House of Commons. But the real winners were Jack Layton, his New Democratic Party (NDP) party progressive Canadians.
Obert Madondo, a Zimbabwe-born, Toronto-based, blogger, progressive and activist offers his “immigrant take” on Canada’s 2011 Federal election campaign.
President Barack Obama’s release of his official long-form US birth certificate was a monumental mistake. The world’s most most powerful man allowed himself to received a dose of the psychological humiliation his own father and other non-white natives routinely received under European colonial rule.
The Harper Conservatives’ “micro-targeted” campaign ads, recently released in minority languages like Mandarin and Cantonese and Punjabi, patronize ethnic voters.
ProPublica reveals that multinational companies operating in Libya bribed corrupt government officials with “bonuses”, lobbied against disclosure rules.
David McBean, an adjudicator with the Immigration and Refugee Board, has been rehired by Harper after rejecting all 169 cases he adjudicated since ’07.