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NorthReport

Let's give most Canadians what they really want, eh!

Most Canadians would restrict power of PM, Premiers

http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/national/Most+Canadians+would+restri...

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kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

Harper and Mulcair are on the same page when it comes to military affairs.

Ready Aye Ready says the Official Opposition.

Quote:

The Conservative government has cobbled together a nascent political consensus with the Opposition NDP that should permit an extended deployment of Canada’s heavy-lift military cargo plane, which is ferrying war equipment into Mali.

New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair agreed Sunday to allow the air force’s C-17 cargo plane to continue assisting French and African forces as they battle al-Qaida-linked militants, said NDP foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Wednesday the government is looking at “whether and how” to extend its support of France, which launched an offensive Jan. 10 to dislodge the terrorist organization from northern Mali.

http://thechronicleherald.ca/canada/511801-ndp-backs-pm-s-mali-plan

 

Of course there is a good reason for Canada to support this mission.  Its great that fighting for democracy can coincide so well with the business interests of our mining companies.  I think it must just be an example of serendipity.

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Canadian miners in Mali are grappling with security as a French-led assault pushed rebel forces further away from the capital on Tuesday.

Some companies have reduced operations, cancelled exploration or pulled out foreign workers. But mining operations are still carrying on normally in Mali’s gold-rich southwest, where most companies work hundreds of kilometres from the fighting that has gripped the vast West African nation.

Toronto-headquartered IAMGOLD evacuated about six Canadian workers from several areas in early January when rebels began advancing southward toward the capital, Bamako, as a “precautionary measure,” said Bob Tait, vice president of investor relations.

It has cut some exploration activities but its two mines continue to operate normally, he said.

IAMGOLD holds equal shares in the Sadiola and Yatela gold mines with AngloGold Ashanti, which operates both mines.

Mali is Africa’s third-largest gold miner after Ghana and South Africa. Production — and investment — is rising as its government looks to take advantage of high metal prices worldwide.

As of 2011, Canadian mining assets in the country were nearly $500 million, ranking it ninth in Africa. There are more than 15 Canadian mining and exploration firms working in the country, according to Natural Resources Canada.

Mali saw Canadian exports of more than $26 million in 2011, mostly equipment and machinery.

About 14 per cent of Canada’s mining assets are in Africa, a number that’s on the increase.

Exploration company Merrex Gold Inc. has halted drilling in its joint venture with IAMGOLD at Siribaya in the southwest corner of Mali, said president Gregory Isenor.

“Mali is a great jurisdiction to work in, lots of gold potential, and this unrest is not good for exploration,” said Isenor. “We still maintain the project, it’s our flagship project and I’m sure that these problems will clear up in the short term… We’ll put it on hold for the time being.”

Vancouver-headquartered Great Quest Metals Ltd. had to clear out from the Tilemsi phosphate project in northeastern Mali.

http://www.thestar.com/business/article/1318626--canadian-miners-caught-...

 

NorthReport

Those silly Greens are at it again.

What Mulcair actually said was, out of respect for May, as the Leader of the Greens, he would respond Leader to Leader

http://www.hilltimes.com/news/politics/2013/01/22/may-slams-mulcair’s-order-to-ndp-mps-not-to-respond-to-her-electoral/33431

NorthReport

The right-wing frustration with the strength of the Mulcair-led NDP is beginning to show as we inch closer to the next federal election.

http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2013/01/25/chris-selley-from-attawap...

nicky

In reponse to Ms May's latest posturing perhaps Tom should call her bluff and propose that the NDP stand down and back the Greens in those ridings in which the  Greens polled better than the NDP in 2011. In return the Greens should stand down and endorse the NDP in the ridings where the NDP did better.

There are precisely 3 ridings in the first category. There are 305 in the second.

janfromthebruce

Almost fell out of my chair last night when watching the National with Rex Murphy.

Liberals Need More Than Trudeau

There's another person in the game, who very wisely in my judgement, has been playing things calmly and low key up to this point - call him the anti-Trudeau.

He avoids the "attack of the day syndrome" others in his spot have so learned to love. He speaks, it seems, only when he chooses to; not to spark a headline.

He didn't waltz into Theresa Spence's dubious hunger strike. He's the Leader of the Opposition, he owns a huge Quebec caucus, he's disciplined - perhaps he's willing to let Trudeau shine for a while because he's not impressed with "shine."

It appears that Rex has respect for Mulcair - he may not agree with NDP positions but he can respect leadership qualities.

Unionist

NorthReport wrote:

The right-wing frustration with the strength of the Mulcair-led NDP is beginning to show as we inch closer to the next federal election.

http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2013/01/25/chris-selley-from-attawap...

I'm not following. What was "right-wing" about that op-ed? Full disclosure: I agree with it.

Brachina

http://www.producer.com/2013/01/ndp-leaders-promise-of-prairie-breakthro...

Producer makes some good points on the NDPs chances for a breakthough in the Prairies.

I'd like to add the 22,000 family farms have gone under under Tory rule. Even in the Rural areas Harper is vulnerable.

http://www.ndp.ca/news/conservatives-failing-family-farms

NorthReport

This is more Liberal nonsense, but Canadians indeed do need to stop moaning, and start doing something about this.

It's long overdue for this country's citizens to give their collective heads a shake

 

Canadian politics fundamentally realigned despite popular vote

 

http://www.capebretonpost.com/Opinion/Columns/2013-02-06/article-3171515...

NorthReport

Federal Conservatives acknowledge they’re behind Saskatchewan ‘push poll’ robocalls

 

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/02/05/federal_conservatives_ackn...

 

NorthReport

Tories fight riding changes that would aid NDP Prairie revival

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/tories-fight-riding-changes...

NorthReport
NorthReport

 

NDP puts pitch to postpone PBO's departure to full House vote

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/inside-politics-blog/2013/02/ndp-puts-pi...

Brachina

Kevin Page has done a wonderful Job, which is why the Tories will never agree to an extension, but its good to attempt keeping him anyway.

NorthReport

NDP motion kicks off 'Kevin Page Appreciation Day' in the Commons

 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/inside-politics-blog/2013/02/ndp-motion-...

NDPP

Leading Party Strategists Join Forces to Create Advisory Firm

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/leading-party-strategists-j...

Three experienced partisan strategists from across Canada are going into busijness together to offer advice on influencing government decisions in Ottawa and provincial capitals. The firm, Kool, Topp and Guy Public Affairs, will announce its creation on Friday..."

 

David Young

Does this mean that Topp may not be an NDP candidate in 2015?

 

janfromthebruce

It doesn't mean that David. He's running a consulting business which does not preclude anything such as managing the election for Dix and the BCNDP.

David Young

janfromthebruce wrote:

It doesn't mean that David. He's running a consulting business which does not preclude anything such as managing the election for Dix and the BCNDP.

Thanks for the re-assuring word, jan.

I'm counting on Topp to be one of the 70+ candidates to help fulfill the Tommy Douglas prophesy...

"Give us (CCF/NDP) 170 seats, and we'll turn this country right-side up!"

 

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

Partnering with this asshole has now put Topp in great company.  I wonder why many of us have lost faith that an NDP government would be any different.  When he starts openly sleeping with the enemy who can trust him.  He is alright with a sexual harassing asshole to the extent that he will go into business with him. Women's rights like that will be a priority if Topp was to become a MP. 

Instead of the Brazeau treatment Topp is giving him the whitewash treatment back into respectability.

This is disgusting but don't worry Topp will not be running in the next election and that is a good thing for women in this country.

 

felixr

Classic Topp, playing all sides of the fence. He's been smarter than Anne McGrath in his transition to being a lobbyist, because he's managed to convince the media that his firm will only do "advising," which is "different" from directly lobbying. Anne McGrath could say the same thing but she does do some direct lobbying as part of her registration. I also find it curious that Topp is partnering with Boessenkool, given that Boessenkool's latest claim to fame is this:

Globe and Mail wrote:
 As has been widely reported, Mr. Boessenkool was dismissed for purportedly making an unwanted advance at a Victoria bar toward a young female political staffer in the B.C. government. In his letter of resignation, which did not describe what happened, Mr. Boessenkool admitted to acting “inappropriately” and said he regretted his behaviour. He apologized to his wife and four young daughters.

I suspect there are many babblers and Ontario Liberals that don't remember Don Guy ("the Godfather of Queen's Park") with much fondness either. Then there is the fact that Boessenkool's reputation is for being one of Canada's most forceful neoconservatives, even within the Conservative Party. Interesting new partners that Topp has found.

ETA: I wonder if some of Topp's first customer's will be the unions he resigned positions in to start this new company.

felixr

Anne McGrath, ENsight lobbyist, parties hard with NDP staffers. She and Topp are as pure as driven snow.

Aristotleded24

kropotkin1951 wrote:
Partnering with this asshole has now put Topp in great company.  I wonder why many of us have lost faith that an NDP government would be any different.  When he starts openly sleeping with the enemy who can trust him.  He is alright with a sexual harassing asshole to the extent that he will go into business with him. Women's rights like that will be a priority if Topp was to become a MP. 

Instead of the Brazeau treatment Topp is giving him the whitewash treatment back into respectability.

This is disgusting but don't worry Topp will not be running in the next election and that is a good thing for women in this country.

I never trusted Topp's lefty pronouncements when he was running.

NorthReport

Wednesday, Tom Lukiwski, the government’s deputy House leader,  told Saskatoon radio station CKOM the calls were “deceptive” because they didn’t identify that they came from the party. On CBC Radio, he said that the party’s political director, Jenni Byrne, should be held responsible.

But when NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair stood in the House of Commons and accused the party of lying about the call until presented with proof, Harper said it had followed the rules.

DeLorey and Byrne did not respond to calls or emails on Wednesday to explain how the calls complied with CRTC rules – which require that such calls identify the source – or to say why it took the party so long to realize that it had made the calls.

On the CBC phone-in show, Lukiwski said he was unhappy about the calls, and blamed the party.

“I don’t know which party official it would be, but I know that Jenni Byrne, who is the executive director, said, well, ultimately the buck stops with her,” he said. “She would take full responsibility.”

 

 

http://o.canada.com/2013/02/06/tory-mp-says-partys-political-director-sh...

NorthReport

What the heck is Topp thinking?

Is he still involved with the BC NDP re-election campaign?

Brad Zubyk anyone?

http://www.wazuku.ca/about-us/our-team/Brad-Zubyk

Or Warren Kinsella perhaps?

This is apparently what sharpie lawyers do - lawyers from different political parties work together in a law firm so that when one party loses power they don't lose their lucrative governement contracts.

 

 

 

NDPP

MP Apologizes For Awarding Medal to BC Radio Manager Facing Firearms Charges

http://www.globeandmail.com/news/politics/mp-apologizes-for-awarding-dia...

"An NDP MP is apologizing for awarding a Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal for community service to a Surrey, BC radio manager who is facing a trial on firearms chages from a 2010 shooting. Maninder Gill, manager of Radio India, said New Democrat Jinny Sims presented him the medal a few days ago.."

'DOH!'

I don't see the problem, Her Majesty has presented lots of medals to people who shot other people. In any case these things are obviously cheap dross fit for the bottom of a box of Cracker-jacks.

NorthReport

What the herck is he doing walking around with a gun in an urban area?

theleftyinvestor

Jinny Sims isn't exactly my idea of an inspiring New Democrat... When I saw her speak in summer 2011 at the Vancouver NDP convention, she gushed over Jack Layton's leadership on fighting the HST. Really? You have to come up with one thing you like about the man and you come up with the HST? Most people I spoke to at that convention were really uncomfortable with the HST fight, so I bristled when she brought it up.

NorthReport

Abolish this craphouse, home of Canada's "I don't give a fuck for the rest of you Canadians" elite

A town where truth is a moving target

http://www.ipolitics.ca/2013/02/13/a-town-where-truth-is-a-moving-target/

NorthReport

Good on Mulcair forcing Harper to try and defend the indefensible

Harper defends Sen. Wallin’s ‘reasonable’ $350K travel budget — after all, she’s only the third most expensive senator

Embattled Tory parliamentarian Pamela Wallin has skirted questions about whether she has a Saskatchewan driver’s licence or health card after she became the latest in a growing number of senators to find her expense claims and living arrangements under close public scrutiny.

Stephen Harper was forced to defend the Saskatchewan senator yesterday after it was revealed Wallin had billed taxpayers $142,190.26 for trips between March 1, 2011 and Feb. 29, 2012.

During another barrage of House of Commons questions about Senate conduct, the prime minister claimed the expenses were perfectly reasonable.

“Her travel costs are comparable to any parliamentarian travelling from that particular area of the country over that period of time,” he said.

“Last year, Sen. Wallin spent almost half of her time in the province she represents in the Senate. The costs are obviously to travel to and from that province, as any similar parliamentarian would do.”

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair attacked Wallin’s travel bill, saying in French it was well-known the former broadcaster was the “star of Conservative party funding” — suggesting she was being whisked around the country to attend Tory events.

 

http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/02/14/harper-defends-sen-wallins-reaso...

NorthReport

Mulcair is on a roll these days. Good for him.

Opposition leader stands by claim that Christian sexual beliefs violate Canadian law

http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/opposition-leader-stands-by-claim-that-...

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Arthur Cramer Arthur Cramer's picture

I posted on the web site to which the article took you. They removed my comment, and blocked me. Typical right wing cowards. What's the matter, truth hurts?

knownothing knownothing's picture

on Powerplay today, it was said that Jack Layton was negotiating for NDP Senators during the coalition talks of 2008.

 

Does anybody know more about that?

Brachina

Fairy tale nothing more. There is not a chance in hell that is true. Jack wanted nothing to do with the one NDP senator, why would he want more to give the cold shoulder too. Plus the Liberals would happily have granted that as it would validate thier beloved corrupt instititution, so yeah I doubt buy it.

Smears against a dead man.

NorthReport

Why the Senate won't let the auditor general in

As the stench of impropriety wafts through the Senate, former auditor general Sheila Fraser says the only way to air out the Red Chamber is to open its books to full public scrutiny.

As things stand, the Senate conducts its own largely secret internal audits, and has only let the auditor general through its doors twice in its long history — the last time was Fraser in 2011 for a report presented to Parliament last year.

Now, instead of calling in the current auditor general, Michael Ferguson, to review the controversial travel expenses and housing allowance claims of four senators, the upper chamber enlisted the private accounting firm Deloitte Touche to take this on.

The difference is that the auditor general almost certainly would have made the results of his investigation public. The Senate may never reveal Deloitte's findings, despite Conservative Senate leader Marjory LeBreton's pledge Thursday to make public the "results of these investigations."

In an exclusive interview with CBC News, Fraser said that the auditor general should have full and permanent access to the books of both the Senate and the Commons to conduct the same "comprehensive audits" imposed on all federal departments and agencies.

"It is public money and not an insignificant amount of public money," Fraser says of the roughly $500 million Canadian taxpayers spend on MPs, senators and the operations of Parliament every year.

"While I believe the vast majority of people in both houses are honourable, there will always be a few who will try to circumvent the system."

An uphill battle

Fraser suggests that the auditor general conduct comprehensive audits of the Senate and Commons at least every 10 years, or more frequently if the spending watchdog smells possible trouble.

 'There should be accountability.'Former auditor general Sheila Fraser: 'There should be accountability.' (Canadian Press)

"All these allegations are calling into question the reputation of the Senate," she argues. "So it goes beyond the individuals and really to the institutions."


http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2013/02/14/f-vp-weston-senate.html

addictedtomyipod

knownothing wrote:

on Powerplay today, it was said that Jack Layton was negotiating for NDP Senators during the coalition talks of 2008.

 

Does anybody know more about that?

Although I don't know more about that, I do know this taken from wikipedia...

 

'On December 2, 2008, Liberal leader Stéphane Dion spoke to May about Green Party support for a possible Liberal-NDP coalition government. According to May, these discussions included discussion of a possible Senate appointment for May'

Lizzie May admits she was willing to sell her soul to be bought and paid for.  So shocking as she always plays the holier than though card.

NorthReport

Mulcair, Harper approval ratings tied, but NDP leader has cause for concern: EKOS

“It’s quite clear now, seven years now into [Harper’s] mandate, that this is possibly one of the first administrations in Canada that can operate successfully with majority disapproval,” Graves said, noting the Conservative Party’s dedicated group of loyal supporters. “My basic sense of Prime Minister Harper is he’s kind of in a pretty stable position.”

http://www.ipolitics.ca/2013/02/16/mulcair-harper-approval-ratings-tied-...

NorthReport

Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair must negotiate between the interests of the NDP's Quebec base and those of the rest of  the country.

The NDP’s Quebec challenge

How can the NDP hold its Quebec support without alienating the rest of the country?

 

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/2013/02/14/the_ndps_queb...

NorthReport

Are we still even asking that question?

That's a no-brainer!

 

Podcast: Should we abolish the senate?

 

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2013/02/14/podcast_should_we_a...

Arthur Cramer Arthur Cramer's picture

NorthReport wrote:

Mulcair is on a roll these days. Good for him.

Opposition leader stands by claim that Christian sexual beliefs violate Canadian law

http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/opposition-leader-stands-by-claim-that-...

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Tom is here in Winnipeg to speak to us at a Lethbridge Declaration meeting. I did not really have a chance to speak to him but he came to a session I was in to shake hands. I stopped him and told him he was right about his stance, that it was rightous, and not to back down. He simply looked at me, smiled, shook my hand and said quote, I do not plan to. That was it.

It was good to hear him say it with no hesitation and conviction. Now, that is fearlessness. Makes me feel good to be a New Democrat. Our cause is rightous. I truly believe that. And that sets us apart from the Libs, pure and simple.

NorthReport

NDP aims for boost in PrairiesMust make inroads, leader Mulcair says

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/ndp-aims-for-boost-in-prairies-19...

NorthReport

Lion dancers and federal NDP leader celebrate Chinese New Year in Vancouver

 

Captured using a slow shutter speed, a lion dancer performs during the 40th annual Chinese New Year Parade in Vancouver, B.C., on Sunday February 17, 2013. According to the Chinese zodiac 2013 is the year of the snake. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

 

http://www.thestarphoenix.com/entertainment/Lion+dancers+federal+leader+...

 

Slumberjack

So, on the advent of Harper providing form to his new office of religious freedom, Dewar inquires as to what other human rights initiatives Harper is prepared to support.

theleftyinvestor

And an atheist friend of mine is wondering, how about the freedom *not* to be religious?

Coldwell Coldwell's picture

NDP Preamble (redux)

Kady O'Malley reported last month that the Fed. NDP Convention, set for Montreal this April, may re-visit the contentious debate over proposed changes to the preamble of the Party's Constitition, which affirms the NDP's commitment to the principles of democratic socialism. 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/inside-politics-blog/2013/01/ndp-may-revisit-proposal-to-rewrite-pro-socialist-preamble-this-spring.html

She quotes National Director Nathan Rotman as saying a panel which was struck on the preamble issue after the 2011 Convention was due to report to Federal Council earlier this month. I have heard no word on what came of it.

Does anyone have any information to share on the status of the preamble issue?  I suspect we'll see a repetition of what happened in 2011--namely, disclosure on the eve of convention of a watered down, neoliberal-friendly draft preamble, delivered in advance to the corporate media, who will give it their grudging approval.  

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

The NDP needs to change its Preamble because it is not consistent with the party as it is in 2013. In effect it is a lie and the truth would be a better idea for the party.

I am not sure what the NDP stands for but I know that they are not going to be running on a platform that includes  some of the ideas in the Preamble in the next election or in any foreseeable future election.

 

 

NorthReport

Four meaty issues on PM’s plate in coming months

http://thechronicleherald.ca/opinion/572862-hebert-four-meaty-issues-on-...

NDPP

It's a testimony to the moribundity of the Socialist International that the No Difference Party hasn't been chucked out of there as well. On the other hand, there's no shortage of sellout 'socialists' in the world these days a la Francois Hollande...

Coldwell Coldwell's picture

kropotkin1951 wrote:
I am not sure what the NDP stands for but I know that they are not going to be running on a platform that includes  some of the ideas in the Preamble in the next election or in any foreseeable future election.

That's a rather fatalistic attitude: one that would have the NDP concede the future to neo-liberalism now and forever more. In politics, never say never.

For too many years, timorous souls on the left bought into the right-wing canard that government is responsible for all our economic ills. Election defeats at the hands of the right, combined with an increasingly strident corporate media, accentuated this craven tendency. But the evidence is in--and in spades--about the utter failure of the Friedmanite project. Why, then, do social democrats continue to turn the other way when the times demand a hard-headed analysis of capitialism's shortcomings and a discussion of bold and innovative solutions?  Like generals re-fighting the last war, too many SI member parties have fallen behind the times. They need to be reminded of their historic raison d'etre in politics: to wrest control of the economy from the corporate elite and to bring it under democratic governance, through a variety of means, including public ownership. 

The current preamble, drafted in 1983 by people like Allan Blakeney and Ed Broadbent, could be updated somewhat, but is bascially a sound statement of what the CCF-NDP used to be all about and what it could and should be about today. 

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

Coldwell wrote:

The current preamble, drafted in 1983 by people like Allan Blakeney and Ed Broadbent, could be updated somewhat, but is bascially a sound statement of what the CCF-NDP used to be all about and what it could and should be about today. 

I agree totally with the above. 

Given that the NDP is no longer about the statement in the Preamble it is just as disingeniousness for the NDP to tout itself as a socialist party in any shape or form as it is for the Liberal's to call themselves a progressive party.

Either could become what they claim to be but I am not holding my breath. In Canada we have 5 parties that all share much the same world view.

The three largest ones go from very right, to right to center.  Reluctant participation in NATO aggression, "freedom for corporations" trade agreements and the selling off of carbon as fast as possible are all going to be the policy of the next government no matter which of the three possibilities are elected. None of the parties will advocate for state ownership of any of the oil and gas industry in this country, none of the parties will question the imperial wars that are being waged in our name and none of the parties will advocate extracting ourselves from the free trade shackles that have been placed around our economy and governments. We should also remember the flip side of the "freedom for corporations" agreements that allow our mining companies to plunder ancestral homelands around the globe despite the protests of the indigenous peoples whose lands they are on.

There is no major party in Canadian advocating for peace and justice although I wish there was.

 

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