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I’m so annoyed by all these Trudeau/Trump memes. Trudeau has done exactly nothing to condemn Trump, and even said explicitly during the meeting that he doesn’t want to tell another country how to govern themselves. Not only that, but he hasn’t rescinded the Safe Third Country agreement or increased the number of refugees that Canada is accepting, both of which would have benefited refugees affected by Trump’s islamophobic policies.
At least Tom Mulcair is willing to straight up call Trump a fascist.

the white TA for my Canadian History course in high school was wicked. the teacher gave her some free periods to let her teach us about whatever in canadian history she though was important and insted of being like ‘hey kids we’re going to talk about the coureur de bois and filles du roi from hundreds of years ago in this class :^)’ she was like ‘hey kids today we’re talking about the current indigenous housing crisis in the Attawapiskat First Nation and about how the Harper government continually disregards aboriginal peoples requests’

Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs refuses to stand or clap when the Truth and Reconciliation announces a recommendation for an inquiry for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. 

Mulcair is giving him such a disappointed look.

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Stop the mass deportation of thousands of immigrants on April 1st.

I know we usually post news articles and not petitions, but it was fairly difficult to find articles that weren’t super shitty on this issue, either scaremongering about the rise that will occur in “illegal immigrants” or mostly being concerned about the loss of workers and economic potential for Canada rather than the rights of human beings. 

My name is —–, I am a migrant worker employed under Canada’s temporary foreign workers program. I work under the ‘low-waged temporary foreign worker’ scheme, a Federal Government program that ties me to an employer, denies me the opportunity to work for another employer and excludes me from many protections that other workers enjoy. I paid tens of thousands of dollars to work at my minimum wage job. I came to Canada to provide an opportunity for my family so that my children can go to school and have a better life.

 However, on April 01, 2015, the Federal Government will take away my ability to work. This is because the ‘four and four’ rule will come into effect. All low-waged temporary workers like myself as well as migrants employed under the Live-In Caregiver streams who have worked in Canada for more than four years will be banned from working and forced to leave. Tens of thousands of migrants will lose their job. This is one of the largest deportations in Canadian history.

 I am urging you to support me and the hundreds of thousands of other workers by urging the Federal Government to:  

  1.  An end to the 4 & 4 rule so migrant workers can continue to work here.

 2.  Grant migrant workers in Canada permanent residency.

 3.  Ensure migrant worker access to all social benefits and entitlements  

 4.  Enact legislation to grant permanent residency for all migrants upon arrival.

 I and the hundreds of migrant workers, and community advocates who have been raising the alarm bells on the program are urging you to take a stand against this mass deportation order. We want meaningful changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker program that levels the playing field so we can work with dignity and pride. The temporary foreign program in its current form is flawed and only provides a pathway to precariousness. 

 We migrant workers know that government policies divide Canadian and migrant workers. Popular myths that migrant workers are stealing jobs and driving down wages of Canadian workers are untrue. The problem is with provincial laws that allow us to be paid less, and deny us real protection to ask for our rights. The solution is not to get rid of us, it is for all of us to work together to ensure no one is paid less than they need to live, and everyone can demand and win their rights. 

On October 19 2015 here are some reason why not to vote for Harper.

I know there has been a lot of focus on the American politics lately but we need to focus on the upcoming Canadian election that is happening very soon.

  • Bill C-51 known as the Anti-terrorism Act was designed to, “encourage and facilitate information sharing between Government of Canada institutions in order to protect Canada against activities that undermine the security of Canada.”  Bill C-51 allows law enforcement to step in and arrest, without question, a person they suspect is about to carry out a terrorist attack.
  • In Spring of 2011, a federal court found that Harper’s Conservatives willfully violated the $18.3 million election spending limit, during the campaign which originally brought them to power in 2006. 4 Conservatives including 2 Conservative Senators currently face charges and possible jail time. 
  • In 1993, the Conservatives chalked up a $38 Billion deficit. By 2006, under non-conservative leadership, this had been turned around into a $16 Billion surplus. Four years later, and Harper’s Conservatives have returned Canada to a record $56 Billion deficit.
  • One of the Conservative platform promises was more accountability. Since making this promise, Harper has shut down Parliament twice. Once for several months to block an inquiry into Afghan detainees and to stall government bills, and a second time to avoid a vote of non-confidence which he was expected to lose.
  • Since coming into power, Harper has cut funding for women’s advocacy by 43 per cent, shut down 12 out of 16 Status of Women offices in Canada and eliminated funding of legal voices for women and minority groups, including the National Association of Women and the Law and the Courts Challenges Program. 
  • One of Harper’s top aides, Bruce Carson, had been convicted of 5 counts of fraud, and is currently under investigation by the RCMP. Most recently he was lobbying the government to buy water filtration systems, from a company where his wife was employed. 
  • At the 2010 G20 summit in Toronto, Harper spent $1.9 million building an artifical lake and nearly $1 Billion on security for the 3 day event. 1,105 arrests were made - the largest mass arrest in Canadian history. Of those 1,105 arrests, only 99 criminal charges were laid. 
  • In 2008, Linda Keen, President of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, reported that the aging Chalk River nuclear facility was at a risk 1000 times greater than the international average. Harper quickly fired her. 
  • Despite consistently pointing out that Canada’s economy is a global leader - Harper used the excuse of poor economic times to freeze aid to some of the world’s most impoverished countries. An example of this is the African nation of Malawi, one of the 10 poorest nations in the world. Before Harper, Canada was the 6th largest aid donor to Malawi, and the largest supplier of school books. After coming into power, he closed the Canadian embassy in Malawi and took the country (alongside 6 other African nations) off of Canada’s aid priority list. Harper cut aid to Africa in half, before finally freezing all foreign aid in 2010
  • In the 2011 budget, the Harper government failed to allocate any new funding for drinking water on First Nations reserves. 100 First Nations communities currently have water advisories, including 49 communities which are high risk. He also refuses to sign the UN declaration designating clean water as a human right. 
  • The long form census is how our government determines the state and needs of the country, and is used extensively in various fields of research. In eliminating the census, many projects would be affected negatively, and it will become much more difficult to understand the needs of the country. We will see the aftermath of this for 100 years or more.
  • In 2007, Harper cut $1.2 Billion from the establishment of national childcare, but failed to keep his promise of cutting the $1.4 billion in tax breaks he gives to oil companies, which continue to see record profits. 
  • Protecting the interests of large oil companies, Harper has fought global efforts to deal with climate change. In 2009, he cut science research funding by $138 Million, and imposed limitations on scientists at Environment Canada, requiring that they obtain permission to do interviews, and often screened their responses. The result is that Canadian media coverage of climate change science has been reduced by 80%. His efforts here have been so destructive, that in 2009 prominent politicians and scientists called for Canada to be removed from the Commonwealth. The last time this mark of shame was used, it was against South Africa while it was still under racist apartheid rule.
  • The Kelowna accord was a $5 billion breakthrough agreement to improve the quality of health and education for Canada’s First Nation’s Peoples. Harper cancelled it in 2006, immediately after taking office. 
  • We detained, and handed over for severe torture, a lot of innocent people.’ in 2009 Canadian Diplomat Richard Colvin shocked the nation with these words. In Afghanistan, Canada captured 6x more prisoners than the British and 20x as many as the Dutch. Colvin explained that ‘Many were just local people: farmers; truck drivers; tailors, peasants…the likelihood is that all the Afghans we handed over were tortured.' 
theguardian.com
Canada has failed to protect indigenous women from violence, says UN official
UN special rapporteur says Canadian government has repeatedly failed First Nations women and calls for national inquiry into decades-long epidemic
By Tom McCarthy

Canada has repeatedly failed to put an end to a decades-long epidemic of violence against First Nations women, according to the UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous people, who renewed a call for a national inquiry into the problem.

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