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Conservative MPs keep abortion debate alive on floor of Commons with petitions

Conservative MPs keep abortion debate alive on floor of Commons with petitions | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it

It’s been two months since the House of Commons rejected a controversial abortion-related motion, but Conservative MPs are using a tried and true parliamentary tool to keep the issue alive.

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The power of one

The power of one | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA -- There are 308 members of Parliament. In the House of Commons, Elizabeth May occupies seat ... - FYI - Winnipeg Free Press.
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Grain shipping firms face railway backlog, deteriorating service

Grain shipping firms face railway backlog, deteriorating service | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
A coalition of agriculture associations says the grain industry is dealing with deteriorating rail service and an 11 per cent shortfall in the supply of railway cars.

The Ag Transport Coalition released a report saying that the railways have failed to supply more than 11,000 cars that were ordered in the first five months of the crop year.
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Free Trade Faults: Europeans Fear Wave of Litigation from US Firms - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Free Trade Faults: Europeans Fear Wave of Litigation from US Firms - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
When Bernd Lange talks about the advantages of a free trade agreement with the US, he often cites the example of the VW bus. The hippy favorite has been the target of a 25 percent tariff since 1964, a punitive move after the European Economic Community raised levies on imported chicken, shutting the Americans out of the market. Sales have been hampered for decades as a result. But if the levy were significantly reduced, its price tag would plunge.
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All Of A Sudden, Stephen Harper Discovers Manufacturing

All Of A Sudden, Stephen Harper Discovers Manufacturing | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - The Conservative government is considering a strong focus on the manufacturing sector in the upcoming budget, part of a general shift in attention towards Ontario and its prospective voters.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has faced sharp criticism from the opposition parties that he has ignored Canada's industrial heartland in favour of the energy sector in his home province.

"While Mr. Harper was busy not caring about manufacturing jobs drying up, his finance minister was telling Ontarians they had 'no one to blame but themselves,"' Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said in a speech to caucus earlier this week in London, Ont.
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Facebook Created HOW Many Jobs In Canada?

Facebook Created HOW Many Jobs In Canada? | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
If a new study from Deloitte is to be believed, Facebook is one of Canada’s largest indirect employers, responsible for creating 82,000 jobs in the country.

But some question whether the study is to be believed.

Titled “The global economic impact of Facebook” and commissioned by the very same company, it says Facebook is responsible for the creation of 4.5 million jobs around the world, and added $227 billion U.S. to the global economy last year.
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Alaska to proceed with B.C. ferry terminal despite anti-sanctions law

Alaska to proceed with B.C. ferry terminal despite anti-sanctions law | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
The state of Alaska is pushing ahead with a project to rebuild a B.C. ferry terminal with U.S. steel, undaunted by Ottawa’s vow to punish companies that bend to Buy America rules.

A senior Alaska government official vigorously defended Governor Bill Walker’s refusal to seek a waiver from the protectionist purchasing rules that apply to all U.S. government-funded transportation projects.
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Newfoundland Suspends Participation In All Trade Agreements

Newfoundland Suspends Participation In All Trade Agreements | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Newfoundland and Labrador says it is suspending its participation in all trade agreements because of its dispute with Ottawa over a promised federal-provincial fisheries fund.

The provincial government says the federal government has failed to honour its commitment to provide $280 million in exchange for the province relinquishing minimum processing requirements for fish plants as part of a free trade deal with Europe.
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This Is Why A Falling Loonie Won't Rescue Canada's Economy

This Is Why A Falling Loonie Won't Rescue Canada's Economy | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Until a few months ago, the complaint that Canada’s economy isn’t diverse enough, and is too reliant on energy exports, seemed to be a purely academic matter.

When economists warned, for example, that Canada is running an enormous deficit in non-energy trade (i.e. we just aren’t making and selling much other than energy), a common response would be, “So what? In a global economy, we don’t need to produce everything we consume, do we?”

That certainly was the attitude of our federal government which (until very recently) saw little reason to prop up central Canada’s struggling manufacturing sector, and focused much of its efforts on convincing the U.S. to build a pipeline for Canadian oil.
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B.C. Burial Site Deal Is 'Big Success' For First Nations

B.C. Burial Site Deal Is 'Big Success' For First Nations | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
B.C. First Nations are celebrating a "big success" after news that the provincial government is purchasing a controversial piece of land from a private owner.

Grace Islet, located off Saltspring Island, is a First Nations burial site containing at least 16 cairns. First Nations have been raising the alarm about the potential for development there since 2006, but the site drew major attention last summer when owner Barry Slawsky began constructing his retirement home.
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Advocate Keith Neville ordered to stop work with veterans' appeals

Advocate Keith Neville ordered to stop work with veterans' appeals | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
A veterans' advocate in Whitney Pier said he's been told by the federal government he can no longer help former military members navigate the bureaucracy of the Veterans Review and Appeal Board.

Keith Neville has successfully advocated for 48 veterans having their cases heard by the Veterans Review and Appeal Board, which provides veterans and other applicants with an independent avenue of appeal for disability decisions made by Veterans Affairs Canada.
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malek's comment, January 14, 1:39 PM
Put him under enhanced interrogation to get compliance..lol
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Missing women: Canada can’t hide anymore

Missing women: Canada can’t hide anymore | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
In July, 2012, Lydia N. (not her real name) sat in a hotel room not far from Highway 16 – the “Highway of Tears” in northern British Columbia where so many indigenous women and girls have been murdered or disappeared – and told me about her efforts to keep her 15-year old daughter safe from violence. She said she had spoken to the police six times, urging them without success to press charges against her daughter’s adult boyfriend for an incident in which he choked her daughter on a public street. It was not the first episode of abuse, and Lydia doubted it would be the last. She told a constable, “The next day you hear from me you’re going to hear that my daughter’s dead.” In the end, she said, “We’re First Nations and they just don’t care. That’s how I feel.”
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Special status produces general problems
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Canada's campaign to block NAFTA's oil sands tailings pond probe slammed by critics

Canada's campaign to block NAFTA's oil sands tailings pond probe slammed by critics | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Reactions to the federal government's attempts to stop NAFTA's environmental oversight commission from investigating environmental damage caused by tailings ponds in Alberta's oil sands came fast and fierce from critics.

“There’s compelling evidence that [industry contamination] is happening," said Dale Marshall of Environmental Defence, "and that the federal government is denying it, and not allowing that information to be known to Canadians and the people who live in that area." 

"It's disheartening. The Canadian government is more interested in protecting oil sands companies," added Marshall.  

Canada has already stopped NAFTA twice from investigating its environmental record in the past year. The trade organization’s environmental oversight commission seeks to review public complaints that Canada is ignoring its fishery laws by not acting strongly enough to protect the Athabasca River from industry pollution. 
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The War on Knowledge by Stephen Harper’s Conservatives - Georgian Bay News

The War on Knowledge by Stephen Harper’s Conservatives - Georgian Bay News | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
The War on Knowledge by Stephen Harper’s Conservatives

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It's Official: Layoffs At Tim Hortons

It's Official: Layoffs At Tim Hortons | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
TORONTO - Tim Hortons is laying off an unspecified number of employees at its headquarters in a reorganization of its operations.

The coffee chain, which was taken over by Burger King Worldwide last year, did not immediately respond to questions about how many employees would be cut at its Oakville, Ont., offices.
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Soldiers who died for Canada weren't citizens: government response to petition

Soldiers who died for Canada weren't citizens: government response to petition | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
"What does it matter that maple leaves adorn tombstones of various cemeteries in Europe...? Canada has lost none of its nationals during the last two World Wars, at least not officially," begins an article recently published in Le Monde, France's most famous newspaper. 
 
"Because, according to Ottawa, Canadian citizenship never existed before the Citizenship Act on January 1, 1947". 

It's a fact many Canadians don't consider as government officials honour soldiers on Remembrance Day, but the feds' official position is that Canadians who died during the world wars were never citizens, since modern citizenship law only came into effect after the fighting ended.
 
That 1947 cutoff date poses enormous challenges for certain Canadians today. A 92-year-old Canadian war veteran, and an Ontario-raised war veteran's daughter are among those still fighting to be recognized as citizens, due in part because of their pre-1947 birthdate. 
 
"It's really, really wrong. How is a government supposed to serve its citizens if it doesn't even know what it is?" said citizenship advocate Don Chapman, who is a spokesperson for a group called the Lost Canadians — legitimate Canadians, some of whom served in the army and paid taxes in Canada for decades, only to discover they were disqualified from citizenship due to arcane provisions of old laws.
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On Terrorism, Harper is all Talk and No Walk

On Terrorism, Harper is all Talk and No Walk | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
They say politics is show business for ugly people. And with only nine months or so until the writ is dropped, Canadians can only expect the theatrics from their government to reach new heights.

No issue, it seems, will be spared the prime minister's play-acting, not even when it comes to Canada's national security.

The two terrorist attacks in October and the Charlie Hebdo incident in Paris have created a climate of fear in Canada around terrorism.
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Nearly Half Of Canada's Metro Areas Are Seeing Falling Incomes

Nearly Half Of Canada's Metro Areas Are Seeing Falling Incomes | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
You’ve probably read stories about how Canada’s wage growth is nothing to write home about, but new research from the Broadbent Institute adds a surprising dimension to the story: No fewer than 15 of Canada’s 32 largest metro areas saw incomes slide during 2006-2012.

Economist Andrew Jackson, a senior policy adviser at the Broadbent Institute, compiled StatsCan wage data to see how Canadian incomes have held up in the era of the Harper government.
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MacKay Disagrees With Top Mountie

MacKay Disagrees With Top Mountie | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
MONTREAL - Justice Minister Peter MacKay said he doesn't see the need for an in-depth examination of police and justice system protocols as suggested by the head of the RCMP after the recent shootings of two Mounties in Alberta.

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson said last weekend the fact the suspected shooter was let free despite having a violent criminal history including a series of overlapping firearm bans may spark a review.

"I don't think, in my view, in my experience, having some sort of a pause where we have a full-blown examination or royal commission or some sort of a study is really going to provide us the answers that we need," MacKay said Tuesday in Montreal.
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Our ‘impartial’ broadcasters have become mouthpieces of the elite

Our ‘impartial’ broadcasters have become mouthpieces of the elite | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
When people say they have no politics, it means that their politics aligns with the status quo. None of us are unbiased, none removed from the question of power. We are social creatures who absorb the outlook and opinions of those with whom we associate, and unconciously echo them. Objectivity is impossible.
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Kinder Morgan not required to provide full oil spill response documents: NEB

Kinder Morgan not required to provide full oil spill response documents: NEB | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
The B.C. government won't be getting the full, unredacted version of oil spill response documents from Kinder Morgan for its proposed pipeline expansion, the Vancouver Observer learned on Friday. 

In an email, a Ministry of Environment spokesperson said Kinder Morgan will not be required to provide the documents for Trans Mountain, as the Province requested in a motion in December.  

The government's request was denied on the basis that "sufficient information has been filed from the existing Emergency Management Plan documents to meet the [NEB's] requirements at this stage of the process".  

The decision was made just one day before the information request deadline in the second round of the NEB hearings on Kinder Morgan’s proposed oil pipeline expansion. The Texas-based oil giant is currently applying to triple the capacity of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline, which carries crude oil from Alberta to a terminal in Burnaby, B.C.  
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Because the taxpayer will pay for any clean-up of oil spills - as per usual! 

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Alberta Has More Working Poor Than Any Province: Report

Alberta Has More Working Poor Than Any Province: Report | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
A new report says one in eight, or approximately 12 per cent, of people in Edmonton are currently living in poverty.

The report, released by the Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) and titled "A Profile of Poverty in Edmonton," also found that Alberta has a higher rate of working poor than any other province in Canada.

The report outlines that while Edmonton's job market has been thriving and increasing in past years, there are several groups that remain in disproportionate circumstances financially.
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Sony to close all 14 Canadian stores within 2 months

Sony to close all 14 Canadian stores within 2 months | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Sony is closing all 14 of its stores in Canada over the next six to eight weeks, the company announced in a statement today.

Approximately 90 jobs will be affected, a spokesman for Sony Canada told CBC News. Sony Canada is not saying why the stores are being closed.
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government "Action Plan" in action
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Canadian police fail to protect female Aboriginals: report

Canadian police fail to protect female Aboriginals: report | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Canadian police have failed to adequately prevent and protect indigenous women and girls from killings, disappearances and extreme forms of violence, a U.S.-based human rights group said on Monday.

The damning 127-page report by the branch of the Organization of American States said police failure and systemic discrimination against Canada's Aboriginal community has contributed to the plight of missing or murdered indigenous women and the poverty that is at the root of the violence.
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Ex-Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page on muzzled scientists, secrecy and "broken" government

Ex-Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page on muzzled scientists, secrecy and "broken" government | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
"There's no accountability. It's completely, completely broken," said former Parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page, who was hailed as a "national hero" for insisting that federal government be accountable for its spending. 

Before he stepped down in 2013, Page exposed the federal government's overspending of billions of dollars on F-35 jets, the war in Afghanistan, and challenged Harper's claim that government couldn't afford to maintain Old Age Security for 65-year-olds. He took the federal government to court for refusing to provide details on its austerity budget, which earned him the wrath of the Prime Minister's Office. 

Page spoke out about the lack of trust in public service, as well as the damaging effects of government muzzling of scientists. 
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Murdered and Missing Aboriginal Women 'Groundbreaking' Report Released

Murdered and Missing Aboriginal Women 'Groundbreaking' Report Released | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
A new report into missing and murdered indigenous women in B.C. is breathing new life into an acrimonious debate between advocates of a public inquiry and the Canadian government, which says it is taking action to address the problem but refuses to c...
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Canadian court hands victory to First Nations in lawsuit against Rio Tinto

Canadian court hands victory to First Nations in lawsuit against Rio Tinto | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Quebec's highest court has refused to hear an appeal of a last year judgment that rejected a motion to dismiss the millionaire lawsuit against the miner's Iron Ore Co. of Canada (IOC).

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malek's comment, January 9, 9:26 AM
I still don't like this special status in Canada
pdeppisch's comment, January 16, 9:41 PM
Ah - special status???? I suspect that white people have a lot off special status / privileges that First Nations' people can only dream off.
malek's comment, January 17, 4:16 PM
it cuts both ways