image from subMediaTV from ThinkPol The RCMP are preparing to carry out a mass arrest operation against the indigenous Unist’ot’en Clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation in northwestern BC under Harper government’s Bill C-51 labelling as terrorists First Nations activists exercising their Aboriginal Title and Rights to protect their lands from oil and gas development, according to a joint statement by…
The New Democratic Party has the backing of an unprecedented 40 per cent of Canadians, a level of support that could secure Thomas Mulcair a majority in the House of Commons, a new poll has found.
The Forum Research poll for the Toronto Star projects the NDP with enough support to win 174 seats in the Oct. 19 election. Justin Trudeau’s Liberals now sit in second place with 30 per cent support, while Stephen Harper’s Conservatives are losing support and have the backing of just 23 per cent of the 1,440 Canadians surveyed.
The poll, conducted on Sunday and Monday, may have captured both anger at the revelations emerging from testimony of Conservative officials at Sen. Mike Duffy’s fraud trial, as well as the recent stock market scare, which has heightened talk of a faltering Canadian economy, said Forum Research president Lorne Bozinoff.
“Maybe you could say it’s a perfect storm for the Tories because they’re the ones who seem to have taken this on the chin,” he said. “We’ve said all along that if this economy goes south it’s over for the Tories. They’re in charge, they’re it and on top of that they’ve built a lot of their campaign around being great economic managers.”
Harper’s campaign headaches seem to have benefitted the NDP, which now has 54 per cent support in Quebec, 41 per cent in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and 39 per cent in British Columbia.
In Ontario, the province with the most seats in the House of Commons, Mulcair’s New Democrats lead with 36 per cent of respondents saying they would vote for the party. The Liberals are second with 33 per cent and the Tories have 26 per cent support.
“The strength of the NDP is pretty pervasive across age groups, across regions of the country,” Bozinoff said.
It makes becoming a citizen a longer and and more expensive process.
It outlines conditions in which the government can revoke a person’s citizenship, mostly related to terrorism, spying, or treason (even if not convicted in Canada). This affects dual citizens and not born Canadians, and therefore essentially creates two-tier, “second-class” citizenship. Canadians who are eligible for dual citizenship (by having parents from another country) are affected by this as well.
The Canadian Senate is a legislative body that is appointed by the prime minister. They are not elected by the public, and therefore not accountable to constituents. Members of the Senate are embroiled in scandal, from invalid expense claims to having sex with an underage girl.
FOR THOSE OF YOU NOT INFORMED, HARPER LITERALLY JUST SOLD CANADA TO CHINA.
THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO OVERTURN FEDERAL AND PROVINCIAL LAWS THAT WOULD STOP THEM FROM DOING SHIT LIKE FRACKING, EVEN IF IT’S ON NATIVE LAND. CHINA IS ALLOWED TO OVERRULE THE SUPREME COURT OF CANADA, AND THE CONSTITUTION.
Four of the five questions go to tour media—those journalists who are on the official Conservative campaign bus—and one goes to the local media.
To get on that bus, you’ll need to shell out $3,000 a day. Or, alternatively, you can get discounted long-term rates of $12,500 a week, or $78,000 for the entire two-and-a-half-month campaign.
Local reporters, on the other hand, have their questions vetted to ensure they’re “local” enough. Local reporters are not permitted to ask national questions. Teneycke vets their questions.
We national reporters—who are neither paying that huge sum of money, nor are local reporters—assumed that we’d still be able to ask questions. Turns out not. […]
This is where we’re at, folks. A half-dozen reporters, the ones that are willing to shell out the hefty sum of money, will be the only ones permitted to ask national questions of the prime minister. That’s the media strategy of the Conservative Party on this campaign.
Also a possibility: the prime minister didn’t want to answer my question, so he spiked it himself.
Michael Ignatieff fired back at the Conservatives on Friday for turning his compliment of Justin Trudeau into an attack ad.
Earlier this week, Ignatieff — the former Liberal leader who left politics after losing to Stephen Harper’s Conservatives in 2011 — was quoted in a National Observer story describing Trudeau as an “actor” who is ready to take the political stage.
“He’s an actor, a professional politician who fully inhabits the role with a confidence that comes from having always known this was the role he was born to play,” Ignatieff told the Observer.
The Conservatives posted a shortened version of the quote on the party’s Facebook page along with photos of the two Liberals and the words “just not ready” — their oft-repeated attack ad slogan against Trudeau.
Ignatieff called the online broadside “typical Harper” and described it as “deceitful misquotation in the service of attack politics.”
My name is Donald Sutherland. My wife’s name is Francine Racette. We are Canadians. We each hold one passport. A Canadian passport. That’s it. They ask me at the border why I don’t take American citizenship. I could still be Canadian, they say. You could have dual citizenship. But I say no, I’m not dual anything. I’m Canadian. There’s a maple leaf in my underwear somewhere. There used to be a beaver there, too, but I’m 80 now and beavers are known to take off when you’re in your 80s.
We live in Canada all the time we can. Our family house is here. Professionally, I still have to think twice when I say “out” or “house.” I have to restrain myself from saying “eh?”. In 1978, that’s nearly 40 years ago, the Canadian government made me an Officer of the Order of Canada. The Governor-General gave me the Governor-General’s Award a while back. I am on your Walk of Fame in Toronto. My sense of humour is Canadian. But I can’t vote.
Did you know that? If you don’t live here all the time you can’t vote. Americans who live abroad can vote. They can vote because they’re citizens! Citizens! But I can’t. Because why? Because I’m not a citizen? Because what happens to Canada doesn’t matter to me? Ask any journalist that’s ever interviewed me what nationality I proudly proclaim to have. Ask them. They’ll tell you. I am a Canadian. But I’m an expatriate and the Harper government won’t let expatriates participate in Canadian elections.
Did you read the editorial in Le Monde? A full page saying essentially that Canada isn’t Canada any more. That the beautiful, peace-pursuing dream that was Canada, the Canada you once knew and were so proud of, is no longer “Canada.” The article goes on to detail just who we’ve become and it isn’t pretty. It’s very sad. And this new “Canada,” this Canadian government that has taken the true Canada’s place, has furiously promoted a law that denies its citizens around the world the right to vote. Why? Is it because they’re afraid we’ll vote to return to a government that will once again represent the values that the rest of the world looked up to us for? Maybe.
I’m not able to vote yet, but if you’re a Canadian citizen over 18, you freaking need to.
If our nation has to suffer another 4 years, under Harper, we’re toast. From what I can gather, the majority of the country despises this man. If he wins again, it will be all the proof I need that he is committing election fraud, and all 35 million Canadians are living under a dictatorship.
Bills C-51 and C-24 are taking rights away from anyone born outside of Canada - even if they’ve since become citizens.
There have also been so many environmental issues during Harper’s years as Prime Minister.
He’s been in office since I was six, and we have no laws limiting how long a person can be Prime Minister here. This means I can’t remember a Conservative-free life.
What I’m trying to get across is that it’s time for Canada to turn over a new leaf, and leave Harper’s Conservatives in the dust. It’s time for a new government, and a new nation.
I don’t care what you vote. Liberal. NDP. Green. Even Bloc Quebecois. Just don’t vote Harper. Our nation will crumble to the ground if he does.
We need to be strong. We are Canadian. We have done things others have thought impossible - won Vimy Ridge, reached our objective on D Day before both America and the UK, gotten independence by asking nicely, one of the first nations to legalize same sex marriage.
But we’ve also violated human rights horribly. Residential schools. Chinese head tax. Japanese internment. Now, bills C-51 and C-24. Harper will do more to harm our country and our Canadian brothers and sisters.
We need to rise. We need to fight (nicely). We need to challenge the spirits of our nation’s valiant dead who thought in the World Wars and the Korean war and so many more for a new generation. So they don’t have to suffer the way we have.
It’s time to start the War on Harper.
In conclusion? Down with the Conservatives. Down with bills C-51 and C-24. Down with ugly sweaters. Down with Stephen Harper.
Apologies for the rant, but he needs to be stopped now and forever.
On February 6, 2014 the federal government introduced Bill C-24, a law that changes the Citizenship Act of Canada. This new law changes core aspects of Canadian citizenship as we know it. […]
New immigrants will have to wait longer before they can apply for citizenship. Older and younger people will now have to pass language and knowledge tests to qualify for citizenship. The citizenship application fees have been tripled. There will be no right of appeal for those who are refused.
1. Language and Canada knowledge tests: Under the new law, all applicants aged 14 to 64 will have to pass language and Canada knowledge tests in English or French. Currently only those age 18 to 55 have to prove their language and knowledge abilities. If Bill C-24 is passed, many older immigrants will have great difficulty passing the language tests. Also, any children and grandparents without documents to prove their language ability will have to pay for the language test.
2. Increased cost of applying for citizenship: The government imposed language testing fees last year. The application fee will now be tripled. As a result, the price of applying for citizenship will now cost 4 times more than it did in 2006.
3. Delay: Today, applicants wait 4-6 years to become citizens due to government delay and inefficiency. With the new law, you will have to wait 8 to 10 years in total to become a citizen from the date you become a permanent resident.
4. More difficult residency requirements: The new law will require people to live in Canada as permanent residents for at least 4 years before they can apply for citizenship. The current rule is 3 years. Under the new law, any time spent in Canada before becoming a permanent resident (as a student, a worker or a refugee) will no longer count toward the four years residency requirement.
5. No right of appeal to the courts: If your citizenship application is refused, you will no longer have a right of appeal to the Federal Court to challenge the refusal. There will be judicial review but that is not a full and proper appeal.
Why will citizenship be easier to lose?
The new law divides Canadians into two classes of citizens: first class Canadians who hold no other citizenship, and second class Canadians – dual citizens, who can have their right to live in Canada taken away from them. Even if you are born in Canada, you are at risk of losing citizenship if you have dual citizenship or the possibility of dual citizenship. You may not even know that you possess another citizenship. If you have a spouse, parent, or grandparent who is a citizen of another country, you may have a right to citizenship without ever having applied for it. The proposed law would put you at risk of losing your Canadian citizenship if the Minister asserts that you possess or could obtain another citizenship. The burden would be on you to prove otherwise to the Minister’s satisfaction.
The new law will make it easier for the government to take away your citizenship in the following ways:
1. For all naturalized citizens, a federal government official can revoke your citizenship if he believes you never intended to live in Canada. This could happen if you decide to study in, accept a job in, or reside in another country. In contrast, Canadian citizens born in Canada cannot lose their citizenship by living outside of Canada.
2. For Canadians with potential dual citizenship, an official may remove your citizenship for a criminal conviction in another country, even if the other country is undemocratic or lacks the rule of law. The official may also remove your citizenship for certain serious criminal convictions in Canada, even if you have already served your sentence in Canada.
3. The power to remove your citizenship will be given to an official of Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The decision may be made in writing with no opportunity for you to speak to the official. Under the current law, to take away your citizenship, the government must make an application to a Federal Court judge where you will have an oral hearing to defend your right to citizenship.
Sen. Patrick Brazeau, who was expelled from the Conservative caucus, is urging Canadians to vote Stephen Harper out of office in an online essay that likens his leadership style to a dictatorship.
“Harper is a control freak,” Brazeau wrote in a 1,608-word column published by the online political news site Loonie Politics. The essay begins with his thoughts on how Harper has been responding to questions about the criminal trial of Sen. Mike Duffy.
“When I was in caucus, very few challenged him. Those who did were shut down, those who had differing opinions were silenced,” wrote Brazeau, claiming he once “shamed” Harper in front of his caucus for not calling an inquiry into the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women.
“When you contradict, shame or make the PM look bad regardless of its significance, watch out because some of his soldiers are coming after you,” Brazeau wrote.
“Is that ‘PROVEN LEADERSHIP?’ No, it’s ‘PROVEN DICTATORSHIP’ and it scares me and it should scare you. I’m afraid of what Harper and his entourage will do to achieve their ends because I have lived it and they have done everything imaginable to ensure I lose my job even though I have been honest, open and accountable. For heaven’s sake, I haven’t had a fair trial yet. Luckily, that day will come for me. Unfortunately, that day will come for the Harper Conservatives,” Brazeau wrote.
To summarize Stephen Harper today (not in order):
-we’re having an election
-I’m as racist af
-we balanced to budget and no amount of actual math will convince me otherwise
-ew poor people
-the other guys are bad because… just trust me, they are
-I’ve made Canada great… but only if you’re white and rich, or get off on the idea of being a dictator
-go me! I mean, go my party
Canada’s acceptance of Hungarian Roma asylum-seekers is on an upswing after plummeting to record lows just a few years ago.
In 2009-10, only one to two per cent of refugee claimants from Hungary were accepted as the Conservative government initiated a crackdown on “bogus” refugees.
But data from the Immigration and Refugee Board show the acceptance rate has steadily increased: to 20 per cent in 2013, 35 per cent in 2014 and 68 per cent in the first half of 2015.
“The Canadian government designated Hungary as a safe country (for refugees) in 2012. These figures show that Hungary is not, in fact, a safe country for hundreds of recognized refugees,” said Sean Rehaag, an Osgoode Hall Law School professor specializing in immigration and refugee law.
Citizenship and immigration officials declined to comment on the apparent softening stance. […]
It was a while back.. But I heard that instead of Harper visiting with people that travelled from another country to visit him he was not in his office and off buying pandas. Have you heard about this? Do you know if it's true? (Sorry it's so vague)
You’re a bit incorrect but you have the right idea:
Cree youth (in Quebec) walked 1,600km to Ottawa in order to speak to the Prime Minister and bring awareness to First Nations issues. Where was Stephen Harper? He was in a photo-op accepting a group of 2 Panda’s to be placed in a Canadian zoo.