Svend is back!

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Svend is back!

This makes me feel good.

pietro_bcc

Of course a section of the first article I read about this is about how he stole a ring, and it takes up 1/3rd of the article. Interesting how no one mentions how my MP and the current government whip, Pablo Rodriquez was arrested for drunk driving (and never took responsibility or even stepped down because of the arrest.) The sins of the establishment are always forgiven.

Debater

What riding is Svend running in?

I assume he won't run against Hedy Fry in Vancouver Centre again.

pietro_bcc

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burnaby_North%E2%80%94Seymour

Burnaby North-Seymour, a very winnable riding based on last election's results.

Sean in Ottawa

pietro_bcc wrote:

Of course a section of the first article I read about this is about how he stole a ring, and it takes up 1/3rd of the article. Interesting how no one mentions how my MP and the current government whip, Pablo Rodriquez was arrested for drunk driving (and never took responsibility or even stepped down because of the arrest.) The sins of the establishment are always forgiven.

This article deals with the ring story but not in an unfair way it seems, including the explanation. I don't think the article hurts or intends to hurt.

It clarifies where he will run and who he will run against -- Terry Beach not Hedy Fry.

The only thing I think is missing is that it does not mention Robinson's work as an MP which was widely admired even outside the party. Younger people may be less familiar with this part of the story. He was probably the best Foreign Affairs critic of any party and was a very strong advocate for justice before it was fashionable to really devote your life to it.

I agreed when Svend got out of politics and decided after consideration to make that a longer term thing. I also think that he has much more that he can contribute now.

Debater

It will be interesting to see what happens because the Liberals are still polling ahead of the NDP in British Columbia, although both parties seem to have lost a few points in BC since 2015, while the Conservatives seem to have gained a few.

The Cons finished a solid 3rd in 2015, so they have an outside shot at the riding.

Is Carol Baird Ellan running for the NDP nomination again, or will Svend be unopposed?

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

Thrilled that Sven is back!

pietro_bcc

This article deals with the ring story but not in an unfair way it seems, including the explanation. I don't think the article hurts or intends to hurt.

My issue isn't necessarily with the fact that it was mentioned but more with the inconsistency.

When someone in the establishment commits a crime it must be forgotten and can never be brought up again. But when someone like Svend commits a crime suddenly it is worthy of mention in the first article about his attempt at a political comeback 15 years later. Show me the article when he was appointed as government whip that mentions Pablo Rodriguez's arrest and how the police officer smelled alcohol on Rodriguez's breath when he investigated the scene of the accident Rodriguez caused. Then I will concede that the media is treating both establishment and progressive politicians equally.

For reference:

https://www.macleans.ca/general/pablo-rodriguez-had-booze-on-his-breath-...

According to police documents examined by the Halifax Chronicle Herald, Liberal MP Pablo Robdriguez had bloodshot eyes and alcohol on his breath after his BMW hit a parked car last April 16.  A police report into the incident notes Rodriguez initially denied having had anything to drink prior to the accident and then admitted he’d had “two small glasses of wine” before leaving Ottawa that night for Montreal. When the officer tried to administer a breathalyzer test, “Rodriguez breathed very weakly and cut his breath repeatedly, all the while holding the plastic tip at the edge of his lips.” After several unsuccessful attempts to administer the test, the police officer warned Rodriguez he could be charged with refusing. “Rodriguez told me several times that we were going to damage his career that he had taken 30 years to build,” the officer reported. “He also mentioned that he hoped that it wasn’t because he was in the Liberal party that I was charging him. I told the monsieur that I was only doing my job.”The Montreal MP told reporters last month he would plead not guilty to a charge of refusing the breathalyzer test on June 15.

 

 

This is the real media bias, what the media chooses to remember and what it chooses to forget.

WWWTT

Total bias against the NDP and Svend!

Debater

Well, as you can see above, the drunk driving charge against Pablo Rodriguez has been reported in the media.

I think the reason the Svend ring theft received a lot of coverage is because it had a more dramatic fallout -- it led to his departure from politics. (for a while)

Plus, an MP stealing a ring is a lot more unusual than an MP with a drinking problem, which sadly seems to be very common.

lagatta4

A drinking problem and a petroleum problem. People can drink, when they are off the job - as long as they hire a taxi.

I'm thrilled to see Svend. I'm so sick of the Canadian version of Blairites...

cco

Indeed. I backed Niki without hesitation in the last leadership race. If Svend runs in the next one, and she runs again, I'm going to have a hard decision to make.

pietro_bcc

With all that being said, I wish Svend all the best and hope he can win next election :)

R.E.Wood

I still regret that Svend conceded to Alexa McDonough after he led the first ballot in 1995. I wonder where the NDP might have gone if he had become leader instead of her. I met him once and he was very nice. It's exciting to see him come back to politics again... Who knows one day he may yet become leader of the NDP!

Mighty Middle

R.E.Wood wrote:

I still regret that Svend conceded to Alexa McDonough after he led the first ballot in 1995. I wonder where the NDP might have gone if he had become leader instead of her. I met him once and he was very nice. It's exciting to see him come back to politics again... Who knows one day he may yet become leader of the NDP!

Even if they went to a second ballot Svend knew that he didn't have the votes to win - as Lorne Nystrom delegates were prepared to go to Alexa. She would have won on the second ballot. So instead of going to the second ballot, Svend reasoning was that he wanted to unify the party 100%, thus conceding on the spot.

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My biggest regret with Svend is he decided to back Jack instead of running again when Alexa resigned.  Jack talked like a socialist while he was in negotiations with Svend and Svend's support with his national profile and LGBT connections were invaluable to Jack's election. I wish he had run the second time.

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

Debater wrote:

Well, as you can see above, the drunk driving charge against Pablo Rodriguez has been reported in the media.

I think the reason the Svend ring theft received a lot of coverage is because it had a more dramatic fallout -- it led to his departure from politics. (for a while)

Plus, an MP stealing a ring is a lot more unusual than an MP with a drinking problem, which sadly seems to be very common.

It's not even clear that it WAS an actual theft.  He put the ring in his pocket, possibly absentmindedly, left the shop, realized he had the ring, went straight back and returned it.  The store owner, IIRC, was glad to let it go at that. There wasn't even any cost to the store at all.  It's not like he tried to sell it on eBay or anything.  

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

cco wrote:
Indeed. I backed Niki without hesitation in the last leadership race. If Svend runs in the next one, and she runs again, I'm going to have a hard decision to make.

I doubt she would run if Svend did.

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

Ken Burch wrote:

It's not even clear that it WAS an actual theft.  He put the ring in his pocket, possibly absentmindedly, left the shop, realized he had the ring, went straight back and returned it.  The store owner, IIRC, was glad to let it go at that. There wasn't even any cost to the store at all.  It's not like he tried to sell it on eBay or anything.  

Sorry Ken it was a theft and Svend himself agrees. Lets just say the owner was very gracious to Svend. I was on his riding executive when it happened and was in an emergency meeting prior to the news going public.  The truth is that I loved Svend but when we elected Bill I discovered he made a better MP in every respect.

NDPP

It's water under the bridge and most people are prepared to forget it now and welcome his return to politics, but he confessed after all so let's not pretend, like Layton's little rub and tug, that it never even happened...

Svend Robinson's Explanation 'Almost Laughable' Jeweller Says

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/svend-robinsons-explanatio...

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

kropotkin1951 wrote:

Ken Burch wrote:

It's not even clear that it WAS an actual theft.  He put the ring in his pocket, possibly absentmindedly, left the shop, realized he had the ring, went straight back and returned it.  The store owner, IIRC, was glad to let it go at that. There wasn't even any cost to the store at all.  It's not like he tried to sell it on eBay or anything.  

Sorry Ken it was a theft and Svend himself agrees. Lets just say the owner was very gracious to Svend. I was on his riding executive when it happened and was in an emergency meeting prior to the news going public.  The truth is that I loved Svend but when we elected Bill I discovered he made a better MP in every respect.

OK. Thanks for the additional information.  

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

NDPP wrote:

It's water under the bridge and most people are prepared to forget it now and welcome his return to politics, but he confessed after all so let's not pretend, like Layton's little rub and tug, that it never even happened...

Svend Robinson's Explanation 'Almost Laughable' Jeweller Says

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/svend-robinsons-explanatio...

Kind of a cheap shot about Layton there.   The man's been dead for seven years.  

Debater

Ken Burch wrote:

cco wrote:
Indeed. I backed Niki without hesitation in the last leadership race. If Svend runs in the next one, and she runs again, I'm going to have a hard decision to make.

I doubt she would run if Svend did.

I don't think Svend is going to run for the NDP leadership -- he's 66, almost 67, amongst other reasons.

Plus, since Singh is favoured to win Burnaby now, there probably won't be an opening for NDP Leader until at least after the 2019 Election.

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

Svend has a chance of winning the Burnaby North-Seymour riding. He was the MP for the Burnaby side of that riding before they added parts of the other side of the inlet. The Liberal who won the seat was very anti-pipeline and is likely going to have a hard time since his riding included the unceded territory of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation.

As you can see we do not stand alone in this battle. But, we ask you as well, to stop and take a step away; to stand by our side – the side that is right, the side that will win – and answer the call of history: for my people, for an industry that is on the sunset side of its day and for your own best interests.

This pipeline and the danger that it brings places you firmly outside the shifting tide. While we respect the foundation that fossil fuels have given us, they, and the pipelines that transport them are on the wrong side of history now.

https://twnsacredtrust.ca/councilor-charlene-alecks-remarks-kinder-morga...

Aristotleded24

cco wrote:
I backed Niki without hesitation in the last leadership race. If Svend runs in the next one, and she runs again, I'm going to have a hard decision to make.

Easy decision for me. Still Ashton on the first ballot, with Svend way down on the list, if he even makes it there at all.

josh
MegB

Here's the official statement from Svend:

STATEMENT OF SVEND ROBINSON ANNOUNCING CANDIDACY IN BURNABY NORTH-SEYMOUR FOR 2019 FEDERAL ELECTION

15 January 2019

 

Thank you for coming this morning to this beautiful place across the street from the house I lived in as a boy in Burnaby several decades ago…and across the inlet from the Seymour part of the Burnaby Seymour riding.

I am here to announce that I will be running in the upcoming federal election as the New Democrat candidate in this riding, the riding of Burnaby North-Seymour. I grew up here in north Burnaby, had a Province paper route here on the Hill, graduated from Burnaby North, and for over twenty five years had the honour of representing Burnaby in Parliament. During that time I worked tirelessly on behalf of my constituents, and I was proud to be recognized by them, and by the media, as ‘the best constituency representative in Ottawa’….in the words of respected former Vancouver SUN Ottawa reporter Peter O’Neil.

As I knocked on hundreds of doors in Burnaby and Seymour, even though it has been fifteen years since I served in Parliament, many people welcomed me back home with memories of my service to them and to the community, and of my strong stands for human rights, the environment, and global justice. They remembered my long advocacy for LGBT issues, speaking out for the rights of indigenous peoples and the environment at Haida Gwaii and Clayoquot Sound, and with the Penan in Sarawak, my support for the courageous efforts of my friend Sue Rodriguez for the right to die with dignity, fighting anti-semitism, Islamophobia, and racism, and my deep commitment to human rights in China, Taiwan and Tibet, in Palestine, in India, in Iraq and beyond. They spoke of my advocacy for better pensions and respect for seniors in our community, my engagement with students and young people, including donating my MP pay increases to scholarships for students, my work for small businesses in the community that led to being named an honourary member of the Burnaby Chamber of Commerce, and always being there to support my constituents. That’s why I was the longest serving MP in Burnaby’s history, serving for more than a quarter of a century. It was an incredible privilege.

So why am I now coming back into public life, why subject myself to the slings and arrows of social media and politics, and run in this election? For the past decade, I had the incredible opportunity to serve in a senior diplomatic post with The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria in Geneva, working around the world to help prevent illness, save lives, promote access to medicines, and speak out for gender equality and human rights. I retired from The Global Fund in 2017, and recently I moved back home to Burnaby. Many people, both in the NDP and others, encouraged me to run for office in my old turf of Burnaby North. Of course the riding also includes the Seymour area of North Vancouver, traditionally more challenging for the NDP but we have won there in the past both federally and provincially, and recently North Vancouver elected the first New Democrat MLA in many years, the terrific Bowinn Ma. Both of the provincial ridings in Burnaby North are held by excellent New Democrat MLAs, Janet Routledge and Katrina Chen.

The NDP ran a strong second in the 2015 federal election, losing to a candidate who promised that Liberals would fight Kinder Morgan and end the first past the post electoral system. Both promises, of course, were betrayed.

I am running for election to represent the people of Burnaby North-Seymour for two main reasons: two profound threats to our communities, climate change and inequality, in particular the crisis in housing affordability.

This is why I am running in this election: [IPCC Report] the recent report of the IPCC. This group of respected global climate scientists tells us that we have twelve years only to prevent catastrophic impacts of global warming on our planet. It tells us we must reduce global carbon emissions by 45% from 2010 levels by 2030. Twelve years. This Liberal government has shamefully failed to respond to this alarm, and is betraying the futures of our children and our planet. As the Federal Court of Appeal recently ruled, this Liberal government showed contempt for the rights of indigenous peoples and the safety of our precious coastal waters and resident orca population. Liberals used the Conservative process, and the Liberal MP for this riding bragged about that process. We have already felt deeply the impact of climate change in this community with the smoke from forest fires, impact on health and environment.

I am running to put climate change, global warming, at the top of our political agenda, to demand that we mobilize the same way nationally that we mobilized to fight a war, only this time it is a war to save our planet, a war with that does not take lives, but saves lives, a war for our children’s future. That means radical changes, transitioning rapidly away from fossil fuels to renewable energy, no new oil and gas infrastructure, a massive transition to green energy and green jobs, electric vehicles, major public transit and high speed rail infrastructure, energy retrofitting, cleaning up the terrible waste left behind by oil and gas extraction, and ensuring that all energy workers and their unions are at the heart of this transition and treated with respect and dignity. A Green New Deal, some are calling it. And it means that we listen to and respect the voices of indigenous leaders, both hereditary chiefs and elected councillors, including in this riding the Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish nations, and honour the principles of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

This next election is our last chance to turn this around, to elect enough MPs who will put climate change at the top of our country’s priorities. The last thing we need is another ineffective Liberal or Conservative voice from Burnaby North-Seymour.

I am deeply honoured that my campaign in this riding has the support of environmental icon David Suzuki, who will be speaking at my nominating meeting this coming Saturday, along with our national leader Jagmeet Singh.

And the second main reason I am running in this election is because we face another crisis in this community, in Burnaby and in Seymour, and that is the crisis in access to affordable, decent housing. My nephew Jason, who grew up in Burnaby, a journeyman electrician, his wife Sarah, and their three kids can not live in this community on their combined incomes. That is an outrage, and that is the reality faced by too many people and families in this riding every day. This house that I lived in as a boy, we rented. It was built in 1932, and is rented now. It was just assessed at over $2.3 million dollars.. But people in houses like this, and in apartments in Burnaby and Seymour, face demovictions. Nowhere to go. We must take a totally new approach to housing, as a fundamental human right, and recognize that the market has failed. It is good at building luxury condos for offshore speculators, but how many units of affordable rental housing, of seniors housing, of student housing, of coop housing, have been built in Burnaby or Seymour in the 25 years since the Liberals killed new social housing? Zero. None. I am running to call for a massive programme of non-profit, non-market housing construction, energy efficient and affordable for people like my nephew and his family. Liberals and Conservatives just do not get the gravity of this housing crisis. It is by far the biggest issue that is raised with me on the doorsteps in Burnaby and Seymour.

So those are the main reasons I am running in this election. Two huge crises. And to fight them we need to transform our economic system, to put people and the environment before profits. A fair tax system, transferring military expenditures to fight the real enemies of climate change, inequality, racism, and the threat of nuclear war, and long overdue justice for indigenous peoples.

I am confident that the people of Burnaby North-Seymour support these priorities, and I look forward to representing them once again with dedication and hard work after the next election.

Finally, I want to say a word about what journalist Mike Smyth yesterday called the “ring thing”. Fifteen years ago I made a terrible mistake. I stole a ring. I will regret that for the rest of my life, even though both the prosecutor and the judge accepted that I was struggling with mental illness at the time. I took full responsibility for my actions, gave up the job I loved, did community service with Burnaby Wildlife Rescue, and got the professional therapy and medication I needed to get back on my feet. I spoke out in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association on the stigma and discrimination facing millions of Canadians living with mental health challenges. And I went on to do international humanitarian work for the last decade. I am not the only elected person who has had a run-in with the law, as we know very well here in BC, from a former Premier to a respected former MLA and MP Frank Howard, who served with distinction after a record of armed robbery. As he said afterwards “How many times does one have to pay for a stupid mistake?”

I am asking the people of Burnaby North-Seymour, and Canadians, to judge me, not on the basis of one serious mistake 15 years ago for which I paid the price, but for my lifetime of public service to my community, to my country, and for the past decade, globally. That is who Svend Robinson is…that is who I am.

 

Contact: Svend Robinson 604 628 5480

svend@svendrobinson.com

 

Unionist

He's back! Thanks for posting, Meg.

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

So those are the main reasons I am running in this election. Two huge crises. And to fight them we need to transform our economic system, to put people and the environment before profits. A fair tax system, transferring military expenditures to fight the real enemies of climate change, inequality, racism, and the threat of nuclear war, and long overdue justice for indigenous peoples.

..gotta like that! txs meg.

Misfit Misfit's picture

Good! Svend is back!!!

Now...

Libby! Libby! Libby!

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

KelvinGawley‏ @KelvinGawley

On the Wet’suwet’en land dispute, Svend Robinson departed from party leader Jagmeet Singh, who said he supports the Coastal GasLink project. Robinson said he stands in solidarity with the hereditary chiefs.

 

Aristotleded24

Since Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn became popular at the same time, people around the world have been comparing their own politics and if they have a "Bernie Sanders" of their own. For the longest time, I believed that we didn't, but that the closest we had was Niki Ashton. Rhetorically, at least, she supports the party's left flank. The issue with her is that Sanders and Corbyn had a decades long experience fighting for progressive causes even when their own party would not, and were doing so long before Niki could see over the top of an MP's desk in Ottawa. Well, Svend Robinson might actually be closer. True, he's been out of the public eye for over a decade, however as a public servant he ruffled feathers within the NDP establishment in defense of positions he thought was right. He even has the political capital he needs to take positions left of the party establishment (such as epaulo pointed out with the pipelilne) without being muzzled for it because the NDP is obviously going down in flames right now anyways. (I never personally liked him because I thought his approach was rather alienating, even if I agreed with the actual policy positions he took, but that's beside the point.) Granted, the issue with stealing a ring will be a liability, especially among regular people who think that politicians get away with more than the average person, however at least we can acknowledge that right now, rathern than think a candidate is "perfect" before being elected leader only to find out that this person isn't.

Will Svend even run for leadership after the next federal election? Good question. That, in my mind, would place him in a competition with Niki Ashton for who truly represents the party's left flank. Robinson's logstanding record is an asset, however many of the younger voters who the NDP will be trying to court don't (yet) know who he is. Niki is still very ambitious and is obviously going to run for leadership again when the post opens later this year. Interesting to watch.

Left Turn Left Turn's picture

There were about 300 people out today at the Burnaby North--Seymour nomination meeting at which Svend was acclaimed. Many in attendance were from outside the riding. I myself live in Burnaby South. A group of my friends from COPE: The Coalition of Progressive Electors (municipal party in Vancouver) were there, including our elected city councilor Jean Swanson.

Speakers included (in addition to Svend): Indigenous welcome from the Tsleil-Watuth nation; David Suzuki; Jagmeet Singh; Janet Routledge (Burnaby North NDP MLA); Katrina Chen (Burnaby--Lougheed NDP MLA); Svend's first constituency assistant (age 93); the head of the SFU NDP youth club; and an NDP councilor from the District of North Vancouver.

Part of Svend's speech is what was included in the press release that MegB posted upthread. Svend also went further, and said explicitly that he is fighting for socialism, for which he got a standing ovation.

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

Now if we can talk Bill Siksay into running again I would be ecstatic.  Svend's response on Coastal Gas is the only right response and Jagmeet needs to learn that like all rights indigenous rights have to be respected not paid lip service to.

Unionist

kropotkin1951 wrote:

Now if we can talk Bill Siksay into running again I would be ecstatic.  Svend's response on Coastal Gas is the only right response and Jagmeet needs to learn that like all rights indigenous rights have to be respected not paid lip service to.

Yes, yes, and yes!

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

Unionist wrote:

kropotkin1951 wrote:

Now if we can talk Bill Siksay into running again I would be ecstatic.  Svend's response on Coastal Gas is the only right response and Jagmeet needs to learn that like all rights indigenous rights have to be respected not paid lip service to.

Yes, yes, and yes!

And three more yes's from here!

NDPP

epaulo13 wrote:

KelvinGawley‏ @KelvinGawley

On the Wet’suwet’en land dispute, Svend Robinson departed from party leader Jagmeet Singh, who said he supports the Coastal GasLink project. Robinson said he stands in solidarity with the hereditary chiefs.

 

NDPP wrote:

He didn't support those who stood for sovereignty at Gustafsen Lake and publicly refused an open letter from Jaggi Singh appealing for support for an inquiry into the actions of the BC NDP government during the 1995 month long standoff. He should clarify why he suddenly  supports Indigenous sovereignty now and not then.

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

NDPP wrote:

epaulo13 wrote:

KelvinGawley‏ @KelvinGawley

On the Wet’suwet’en land dispute, Svend Robinson departed from party leader Jagmeet Singh, who said he supports the Coastal GasLink project. Robinson said he stands in solidarity with the hereditary chiefs.

 

NDPP wrote:

He didn't support those who stood for sovereignty at Gustafsen Lake and publicly refused an open letter from Jaggi Singh appealing for support for an inquiry into the actions of the BC NDP government during the 1995 month long standoff. He should clarify why he suddenly  supports Indigenous sovereignty now and not then.

Maybe it just means he's learned?  Look, I get it that Gustafson Lake was the incident that informs your all-out hatred of the NDP-and yes, you have every right to regard that as a betrayal-but can you not take it as a good thing that Svend is on the right side of justice and history NOW?

NDPP

I hate any party that repeatedly deceives and betrays its constituency and its ideals. Not unless he makes good on his earlier mistake and says so.

quizzical

whose Jaggi Singh?

Pogo Pogo's picture

Remind me who Svend went to jail for.

Left Turn Left Turn's picture

quizzical wrote:

whose Jaggi Singh?

Quote:
Jaggi Singh (born March 4, 1971 in Toronto, Ontario) is one of Canada's most high-profile anti-globalization and social justice activists. He is an anarchist.[1] Singh lives in Montreal, where he works with groups such as Solidarity Across Borders (a local migrant-rights organization) and the No One Is Illegal collective, among others. Singh graduated from St. Michael's College School of Toronto and attended the University of Toronto. He also attended the University of British Columbia.

1997 APEC summit

Singh first came into the public spotlight during the protests outside the 1997 APEC conference held in Vancouver. According to Canadian Member of Parliament, Svend Robinson, the day before the summit started: "Jaggi Singh, one of the organizers of the APEC alert ... [was] arrested, wrestled to the ground on the UBC campus by three plainclothes police officers, handcuffed, thrown in the back of an unmarked car with tinted glass, driven off and locked up during the APEC summit."[2] Singh was charged with assault after allegedly yelling into the ear of a campus security guard with a megaphone and spent the duration of the conference in jail. In February 1999, the assault charge was dropped by Crown prosecutors before going to trial.[3]

Singh was one of 51 people to file a complaint against the conduct of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) at the APEC summit that sparked a formal investigation by the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP. In March 2000, he was one of three people to formally withdraw from the inquiry, alleging that Prime Minister Jean Chrétien's rejection of an invitation to testify before the Commission was proof that the process was flawed.[4]

In one of the findings condemning RCMP behavior issued in the final report by the Commission, it was noted that: "Mr. Jaggi Singh was arrested on a warrant based on a spurious charge; the manner of his arrest was inappropriate in the circumstances; the timing of the arrest was calculated to prevent him from attending protests on November 25; the bail conditions sought were overly restrictive."[5]

For more info:
Jaggi Singh (Activist) -- Wikipedia

quizzical

 tks left turn but the link doesn't work.  looked it up myself though.

he hasn't been an active activist in over a decade. did they break his spirit?

 

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

NDPP wrote:

I hate any party that repeatedly deceives and betrays its constituency and its ideals. Not unless he makes good on his earlier mistake and says so.

Isn't he essentially doing that here?  Does he specifically have to reference Gustafson Lake by name before you'll accept his sincerity on this?  

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

quizzical wrote:

 tks left turn but the link doesn't work.  looked it up myself though.

he hasn't been an active activist in over a decade. did they break his spirit?

 

here's a corrected version of the link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaggi_Singh_(activist)

Left Turn Left Turn's picture

quizzical wrote:

 tks left turn but the link doesn't work.  looked it up myself though.

he hasn't been an active activist in over a decade. did they break his spirit?

 

Redid the link, and it works fine now for me.

The most recent activism by Jaggi Singh mentioned in the Wikipedia article is the G20 protests in Toronto, which was 8 1/2 years ago.

I seem to recall hearing something on the news a while after the G20 protests about Jaggi giving up direct activist activities, but I don't recall the details.

Left Turn Left Turn's picture

Pogo wrote:

Remind me who Svend went to jail for.

Svend was imprisoned during the Clayoquot Sound protests in 1993, in which he participated in blocking logging trucks. Over 900 people were arrested in the Clayouquot Sound protests, the second largest mass arrests in Canadian history after the Toronto G20 protests in 2010.

He was also imprisoned in China for a few days when he went there a couple of years after the Tiennamen Square massacre to raise the issue of human rights abuses by the Chinese government.

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

Left Turn wrote:

Pogo wrote:

Remind me who Svend went to jail for.

Svend was imprisoned during the Clayoquot Sound protests in 1993, in which he participated in blocking logging trucks. Over 900 people were arrested in the Clayouquot Sound protests, the second largest mass arrests in Canadian history after the Toronto G20 protests in 2010.

He was also imprisoned in China for a few days when he went there a couple of years after the Tiennamen Square massacre to raise the issue of human rights abuses by the Chinese government.

BTW, has Elizabeth May ever gone to jail over any issue, or even ever taken any significant personal risk at all as an act of conscience?  

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

She was arrested last year and charged with criminal contempt of court.  She got a fine, rather than jail.

swallow swallow's picture

Left Turn wrote:

quizzical wrote:

 tks left turn but the link doesn't work.  looked it up myself though.

he hasn't been an active activist in over a decade. did they break his spirit?

 

Redid the link, and it works fine now for me.

The most recent activism by Jaggi Singh mentioned in the Wikipedia article is the G20 protests in Toronto, which was 8 1/2 years ago.

I seem to recall hearing something on the news a while after the G20 protests about Jaggi giving up direct activist activities, but I don't recall the details.

Jaggi remains active. Latest media report is on him leaving a job at Concordia’s QPIRG, where he was targeted by pro-Israeli government voices. https://thelinknewspaper.ca/article/jaggi-singh-will-leave-qpirg-concordia 

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My passive aggressive point was that Svend went to jail for aboriginal rights. Trying to paint him as not an ally of first nations is just silly.

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