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Former PBO Kevin Page: ‘Ottawa is Putinesque’

Former PBO Kevin Page: ‘Ottawa is Putinesque’ | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Former parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page slammed Prime Minister Stephen Harper in a speech in Halifax on Thursday, comparing him to Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia.
Page, asked to speak about accountability in Ottawa, said he thinks Canada has changed so much in recent years, it needs a long, drawn-out American-style election to air all the important questions.
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Page:  “I don’t see this government changing, and I see them dismantling institution by institution. We need to start the debate now.”

 
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​US, Canada and Ukraine Vote Against Anti-Nazism Resolution at UN

​US, Canada and Ukraine Vote Against Anti-Nazism Resolution at UN | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
UN General Assembly’s Third Committee passed a Russia-proposed resolution condemning attempts to glorify Nazism ideology and denial of German Nazi war crimes. The US, Canada and Ukraine were the on...
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World's Scientists Call Out Harper

World's Scientists Call Out Harper | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Hundreds of scientists around the world are asking Prime Minister Stephen Harper to end "burdensome restrictions on scientific communication and collaboration faced by Canadian government scientists."

The call was made in an open letter ...
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Thanks again to PM Harper for making us proud.

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Stephen Lewis roars once more in takedown of Stephen Harper government: Tim Harper | Toronto Star

Stephen Lewis roars once more in takedown of Stephen Harper government: Tim Harper  | Toronto Star | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Canada and its politics, the former Ontario NDP leader says, are in free fall.
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“Somewhere in my soul,” Lewis says, “I cherish the possibility of a return to a vibrant democracy, where equality is the watchword, where people of different ideological conviction have respect for each other, where policy is debated rather than demeaned, where the great issues of the day are given thoughtful consideration, where Canada’s place on the world stage is seen as principled and laudatory, where human rights for all is the emblem of a decent civilized society.”

  
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Discrimination based on genetics could soon be illegal, and it’s right on time

Discrimination based on genetics could soon be illegal, and it’s right on time | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Even a decade ago, the idea of genetic discrimination sounded like science fiction. Today, it’s a reality Canadian law could soon address.
It is increasingly easy to have your personal genome sequenced and analyzed for genetic markers.
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$200M allocated for military mental health

$200M allocated for military mental health | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Additional $200M announced for military mental health programs over 6 years
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Can you say - election?

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Julian Fantino tries to repair fractured relationships with some veterans groups, but not all of them

Julian Fantino tries to repair fractured relationships with some veterans groups, but not all of them | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Veterans Affairs is embarking Wednesday on an effort to rebuild bridges with groups that represent disgruntled ex-soldiers, but it is excluding some organizations that have threatened to campaign...
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The Harper government is doing more harm than good for the oil sands - Macleans.ca

The Harper government is doing more harm than good for the oil sands - Macleans.ca | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Canada's oil and gas industry must demand that our government take the problem of greenhouse gas emissions seriously
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The government's own projections show it will fail to meet GHG emission reduction targets. 

 

"The figure clearly shows that not only are current measures expected to leave Canada short of meeting its target in 2020, our government expects to see emissions heading up in every year between now and then, barring the introduction of new policies. If Environment Canada’s analysis holds true and no new policies are introduced, we’ll find ourselves with emissions 122 Mt greater than the level to which we committed to reduce them in 2020."

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Veterans critics angry over unspent funds | National Newswatch

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Canada can be green without sacrificing growth: Goar

Canada can be green without sacrificing growth: Goar | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
New think tank aims to disprove the notion that a healthy environment comes at the price of economic growth
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Liking this:

 

"The primary obstacle is “a mindset that Canada can’t have both a healthy environment and a strong economy,” he said. “That view is fundamentally wrong.”

 

But it is deeply entrenched. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has spent eight years inculcating it in the public consciousness.

Ragan estimates it will take six years to dismantle and replace it, policy by policy. The commission will start by identifying measures that encourage businesses and consumers to “treat the environment as a free garburator.” It will put forward tax and pricing policies that send the right economic signals. It will take its message across the country, speaking out at public forums. It will communicate “in language everybody understands,” Ragan promises.

 

Its objective is not to shame or alienate politicians. The commission will need them to carry out its reforms.

Its aim is to convince Canadians there are better ways of raising — and using — public funds to build the kind of country they want."

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Mount Polley expert panel calls for public submissions into dam collapse

Mount Polley expert panel calls for public submissions into dam collapse | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
A B.C. government-appointed expert engineering panel has made an unusual call to the public for written submissions on the cause of Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley tailings dam collapse. Coming three months after the panel was appointed, the call was posted on the panel’s website (www.mountpolleyreviewpanel.ca) on Nov. 7 and sent in a limited release to some groups such as First Nations and newspapers in the Central Interior.
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Canada The World Leader In Deforestation, Study Finds

Canada The World Leader In Deforestation, Study Finds | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Add another black mark to Canada’s environmental image around the world: The country now leads the planet in the degradation of untouched forests, according to a study from Forest Watch.

Some 8 per cent of the world’s virgin forests we...
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The imagery shows severe loss of forests in the northern parts of the Prairie provinces, including around the oilsands operations near Fort McMurray, Alberta. Very little new forest coverage has been added to compensate.

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Angry vets mount ‘Anyone But Conservatives’ campaign for 2015 election

Angry vets mount ‘Anyone But Conservatives’ campaign for 2015 election | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
People, pictured on Nov. 11, 2014, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa. ‘We need equality.
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Mr. Blais was asked whether he thought it was ironic that Afghanistan war veterans must battle the government for financial as well as psychological support while the government re-dedicated the mandate of the National War Memorial to explicitly included recognition of service by soldiers who served in Afghanistan as well as other post World War conflicts.

 

“I don’t find it ironic, I find it despicable,” he said. “I’ve often found that, you know, the Prime Minister flies in from China, leaves this morning for New Zealand, for what, a photo-op? I mean, really, we have a nation that’s adrift and we’re adrift because our leader, our prime minister, has not embraced the sacred obligation to those he sent to war.”

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George Shultz Gone Solar. Now That's a Sign of Thawing in the U.S. Climate Debate

George Shultz Gone Solar. Now That's a Sign of Thawing in the U.S. Climate Debate | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
As Ronald Reagan’s secretary of state, George Shultz faced off against Muammar Qaddafi, the Soviet Union and Chinese communists.
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Shultz recalled the Montreal Protocol he helped Ronald Reagan broker in the 1980s to reduce chemicals that were eroding the ozone. There were skeptics then, too, “but we got them to agree that we should take out an insurance policy,” he said. “There were consequences, we could see the consequences.”

 

Shultz, a former University of Chicago economics professor, supports a system to reduce emissions through a revenue neutral tax on fossil fuels that would recycle the money collected back to citizens in the form of a carbon dividend check.

 

The consequences of not acting could affect more than just the environment, he said. It could involve national security as well, creating new political, health and social threats globally, according to Shultz.

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Author Michael Harris’s new book is a takedown of Stephen Harper | Toronto Star

Author Michael Harris’s new book is a takedown of Stephen Harper | Toronto Star | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Party of One by Michael Harris argues that Prime Minister Stephen Harper is destroying Parliament and Canada’s reputation in the world.
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It's time we address this. Bring on the election.

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Some vets forced to wait months for case manager, records show

Some vets forced to wait months for case manager, records show | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino was warned in May that nearly 300 veterans had been waiting months for a case manager to help them gain access to support services.
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Kinder Morgan protesters arrested 2:34 - CBC.ca

Kinder Morgan protesters arrested 2:34 - CBC.ca | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
About 100 anti-pipeline protesters marched up Burnaby Mountain Saturday and police say 15 were arrested for crossing into the Kinder Morgan work site as the company continued with test drilling that started Friday night...
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Gormley: Threats to journalism, threats to us all

Gormley: Threats to journalism, threats to us all | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
The journalist was pretty scared. Of course she was. She’d been threatened by an Uber executive who was shocked — shocked! — that a reporter would report — report! —on his company.
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..."the global press is less free today, thanks partly to terrorism and modern authoritarianism"

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Watch: Turn the tables and reject the Interim Land Claims policy

Watch: Turn the tables and reject the Interim Land Claims policy | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
The Harper government is trying to accelerate the elimination of Aboriginal rights so it can push through pipelines. We have to say no!
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Parliament Hill harassment to be debated in secret this morning - CBC.ca

Parliament Hill harassment to be debated in secret this morning - CBC.ca | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
A committee of MPs met today to discuss allegations of personal misconduct by two MPs who were kicked out of the Liberal caucus nearly two weeks ago.
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Ottawa skipped internal study on $550M tax credit, relied on interest group

Ottawa skipped internal study on $550M tax credit, relied on interest group | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
The Harper government passed up conducting its own internal analysis on the job-creation potential of its $550-million small-business job credit, relying instead on numbers produced by an interest group, the finance minister revealed Wednesday.
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Joe Oliver outsources the thinking to the CFIB...

 

"The department does not analyze every measure that we introduce," Oliver told the hearing as he responded to a question.


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Conservative candidate tells CBC that renewable energy supporters are "extremists" | Press Progress

Conservative candidate tells CBC that renewable energy supporters are "extremists" | Press Progress | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Holy black-and-white logic, Ron Liepert! Liepert, a former Alberta Energy Minister and Conservative candidate for Calgary Signal Hill in the upcoming 2015 election, delivered a master class in ad hominem reasoning this week for listeners of CBC Radio's The Current.
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Ron Liepert is working on being as much of an embarrassment as Rob Anders was...

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The myth of federal health care “cuts”

The myth of federal health care “cuts” | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
A IRPP Research Program Study
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This is a good essay. Obscuring reality or sacrificing clarity for the sake of making a good argument is a common mistake in politics.

 

There is no net gain from misleading people to achieve a short term "win" because building credibility and maintaining your reputation is a long term process. 

 

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Watch Stephen Lewis rip apart the "absurd" Conservative family tax plan | Press Progress

Watch Stephen Lewis rip apart the "absurd" Conservative family tax plan | Press Progress | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Stephen Lewis is fired up. In a keynote address to the Child Care 2020 conference in Winnipeg, the former Canadian ambassador to the UN ripped apart the Conservatives' claim that their new income splitting tax scheme and expanded Universal Child Care benefit will offer meaningful help to families struggling with their child care needs.
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"It has absolutely nothing to do with child care," said Lewis. "Why would anyone allow them to sell that?"

 

Rather, "it's a debate about tax policy. It's a debate about tax benefits. It's not a debate about child care."

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PS jobs disappearing faster than expected, report says

PS jobs disappearing faster than expected, report says | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Canada's Conservative government has wiped nearly 37,000 people off the federal payroll and reduced key services for Canada’s veterans and the unemployed and budgets for food safety in the “rush” t...
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What are YOU doing today to stop this madness?

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Canada's carbon emissions projected to soar by 2030

Canada's carbon emissions projected to soar by 2030 | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Tar sands expected to help drive 38% increase in emissions, Harper government admits in submission to the UN
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The Canadian government has never attempted to implement the policies or slow the rapid expansion of the tar sands that could have enabled Canada to meet its 2020 target, said Mark Jaccard, an energy economist at Canada's Simon Frasier University and former Harper government appointee.

 

"Now it's too late. The government is not telling the truth to Canadians about the climate impacts of its energy policies," Jaccard told the Guardian. "We in Canada are living an Orwellian nightmare when it comes to our government and climate."

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