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by Contributor on Wednesday Nov 03 2010

“Like others, the Green Party of BC was surprised by the timing of Gordon Campbell’s announcement that he is stepping down and has asked the BC Liberals to hold a leadership convention as soon as possible,” said Jane Sterk, leader of the Green Party of BC. “We thought he would wait around until after the HST referendum so that the next leader had some hope of recovering any level of support...

by Murray Dobbin on Wednesday Nov 03 2010

So the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan drama is about to come to a head Wednesday with the Harper government’s decision on whether or not to approve the takeover bid by Australia’s mega corporation BHP Billiton.  Most are predicting that Harper will cave under the pressure from Brad Wall, Saskatchewan Party premier and Harper’s closest ally amongst all the premiers.Wall is a very effective...

by Murray Dobbin on Monday Oct 25 2010

 I have argued that ideology makes you stupid and if you have power it makes you dangerous. One of the best examples is the idiocy of more and more tax cuts with the supposed goal of making Canadian business internationally “competitive.”

First, tax rates regularly come about sixth or seventh down the list of factors that actual CEOs look at when deciding whether or not to invest.  For...

by Murray Dobbin on Monday Oct 18 2010

 When asked recently what she thought of Jack Layton’s proposal to increase the payout of the Canada Pension Plan (by gradually increasing premiums paid by workers and employers) Elizabeth May, the leader of the Green Party replied:

“I’m not sure why Jack would propose that. I...

by Murray Dobbin on Wednesday Oct 13 2010

What are the key issues that progressives need to be fighting to rid the country of Stephen Harper's wrecking crew? One is the tar sands and the Enbridge pipeline, which would see giant oil tankers plying the waters off the B.C. coast. Another key issue is the Harper government's oft-announced plan to begin its so-called budgetary austerity program, starting with the spring 2011 budget. That,...

by Harvey Oberfeld on Friday Oct 08 2010

Well, so much for the “Democratic” in the New Democratic Party!  Cariboo North MLA Bob Simpson was politically hauled in, drawn and quartered , his remains expelled in the middle of the night from the NDP caucus, for daring to criticise the content--or lack of content--in a SPEECH by party leader Carole James.

 

Judging by the massive over-reaction by James, you would have thought...

by Murray Dobbin on Wednesday Oct 06 2010

It’s quite a come down. From in-your-face arrogance to a total retreat in a matter of a few months, the big money behind Quebecor’s determination to set up a Fox news North is now looking pretty humble.

There’s no doubt that part of this is overreach on the part of Pierre Karl Peladeau and his junkyard-dog front man Kory Teneycke.  But mostly it is a huge victory for every Canadian...

by Harvey Oberfeld on Monday Oct 04 2010

Almost hate to admit it, but I am old enough to remember the advent of television in Canada. In Montreal, in the early 1950s, it all began with two television stations: CBMT (English) and CBFT (French), and we would watch, mesmerized by anything they broadcast',even the Indian head test patterns, with their various very technical-looking circles and numbered vertical and horizontal lines. This...

by Murray Dobbin on Friday Oct 01 2010

Stephen Harper's hypocritical performance at the United Nations, in aid of winning a seat for Canada on the Security Council, should be enough by itself for Canadians to rise up in unison and say we don't deserve it. Both the NDP and Liberals have said that the seat is for Canada, not for the Conservatives, and that Canadians should therefore support the bid. But if Harper is successful...

by Harvey Oberfeld on Wednesday Sep 29 2010

The Liberal strategy for fighting recall is now very clear: go after Bill VanderZalm personally, since they apparently don’t believe they can beat recall on the issues.

 

And their attack strategy has been picked up by their mouthpieces in the media: either deliberately, trying to scuttle recall, or naively by taking up the Liberals’ refrain in a drawn out, sustained fashion...

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