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Thomas Mulcair joins Weibo, world’s largest Chinese social network

“Weibo reaches out to the vast and growing number of Chinese-Canadians on the Internet,” Mr. Mulcair said in a statement. “It’s a way to connect with them directly and hear the issues they face. I’m excited to join this large online community and I look forward to engaging with them.”

Mr. Mulcair is the first prominent federal politician to join the Twitter-like site,


http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/thomas-mulc...

 


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Wow, what an incredible source for political punditry in Canada. Truly amazin'

Why did Crossroads pull the webpage, eh!

Chris Selley: Tom Mulcair’s foreign aid hypocrisy

Opposition leader Tom Mulcair could not be clearer in his view that the Conservative government should not enlist the evangelical Christian aid organization Crossroads to do good works in Uganda. His reasons, however, poke another hole in a big Canadian can of worms.

“It’s shocking to hear [International Co-operation Minister Julian] Fantino … standing up today and defending a group that on its website is attacking something that’s recognized and protected by Canadian law,” he told reporters on Monday. He was referring to a Crossroads web page (since disappeared) listing homosexuality, which Uganda has considered making a capital offence, as a “sexual sin” and a “perversion.”

“It goes against Canadian values. It goes against Canadian law,” Mr. Mulcair continued. He accused the Conservatives of undermining their opposition to Uganda’s persecution of homosexuals by “subsidiz[ing] a group … whose views are identical to those of the Ugandan government” — an extraordinary smear that Crossroads quickly and credibly denied.


http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2013/02/13/chris-selley-tom-mulcairs...


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Finally the NDP wades into the HD Mining issue - good on Mulcair

Mandarin not an official language: Mulcair

Federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair pointed out Sunday that Mandarin is not an official language of Canada, while taking aim at the federal government for its handling of the HD Mining controversy.

Clad in traditional Chinese garb for Vancouver's Chinese New Year parade, Mulcair said the government has not been clear on its position regarding the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

"I don't think that the government's got a handle on it," he said. "Minister (Diane) Finley flips back and forth on any given day on this subject."

HD Mining plans to import 201 miners from China to work at its Murray River coal operation, claiming it could not find Canadians with the expertise to fill the positions.

Public attention increased after the United Steelworkers Union found advertisements for the job listing Mandarin as an important asset for the positions, an approach Mulcair admonished.

"Canada has two official languages and Mandarin isn't one of them," Mulcair said.

The NDP leader later focused his answer in a phone interview.

"If you need another language at a desk in a hotel because your clientele speaks that language, that's one thing," he said. "But if you're having a blanket requirement to bring in temporary foreign workers and you're requiring a language other than French or English, that's another thing."

The federal government has argued on the side of the company in court after two BC unions filed for a review of the company's permits for the miners.

The company recently sent 16 miners back to China, citing it needs more certainty about the project's viability before continuing.

http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/politics/archives/2013/02/20130218-...


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Mulcair says foreign investment can benefit economy if done right

 

 

http://www.globalnews.ca/canada/mulcair+says+foreign+investment+can+bene...


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I suspect that Mulcair is right and he has a lot in common with the business crowd. 

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Mulcair, the leader of the official Opposition, made his remarks to a business luncheon in Calgary.

He acknowledged that the crowd wasn't exactly a bastion of New Democrat support but said there may be more in common than one might expect.

 


kropotkin1951
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I wonder if Mulcair realizes that having meetings to prove how business friendly the NDP is was the strategy that Carole James used in her career as leader? 


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Canada is a trading nation. Always has been, always will be.

 

http://rabble.ca/news/2013/02/note-thomas-mulcair-friends-dont-let-frien...


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You're not suggesting we should trade Mulcair, are you? He's my MP. Who are you offering?

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No we shouldn't trade him, unless that is, we can get a really good left winger, eh!  Wink


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NDP leader promises to partner with oilpatch on energy development

 

The federal NDP leader said pipelines to carry oil from the West to the East should be a priority because they would build energy security, get higher prices for Canadian oil, and create jobs.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

The federal NDP leader said pipelines to carry oil from the West to the East should be a priority because they would build energy security, get higher prices for Canadian oil, and create jobs. 

http://business.financialpost.com/2013/02/19/ndp-leader-promises-partner...

 


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 Clad in traditional Chinese garb

Fucking hell fuck.

Yell


Maysie
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Getting back to the thread topic, Mulcair meets my expectations once again.

When the Financial Post sings your praises, you know something's wrong.

(from the link at post 11)

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But in Calgary on Tuesday, Mr. Mulcair hit the right notes when he spoke about the need to clarify the rules on foreign investment, particularly by state-owned enterprises like those from China.

The federal NDP leader also said pipelines to carry oil from the West to the East should be a priority because they would build energy security, get higher prices for Canadian oil, and create jobs.

Both positions show greater political maturity for the aspiring prime minister.


Arthur Cramer
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I guess I got duped about moving the center to the NDP. I thought that meant convincing people we were the right choice. I didn't realize it meant becoming the Liberals.


lagatta
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Unionist, no you can't have my MP! Or my MNA!


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Yes I can, lagatta... I can move!

Oh, and you're just envious because we had an anglojewmayor in CDN-NDG before Montréal did! Yeah!!


lagatta
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Well, at one point I did live in what was the district represented by Fred Rose, but that was before my time.

Not fair! If I called someone a "Jew Mayor", I'd be quite rightly accused of bigotry!

Teaching ESL to adults in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, the question came up. Someone spoke about a "Jew Lawyer" - she did not mean that in any discriminatory or bigoted way, it is just because Juif/Juive means both Jew and Jewish in French. So I had to explain that... I don't remember why the religious/cultural heritage of the individual came up, but it wasn't in a stereotyped manner, it had something to do with an actual case.

The Wiki article on Fred Rose states:

"As a Member of Parliament, Rose proposed the first medicare legislation and the first anti-hate legislation".

But he was tarred with accusations of espionnage during the postwar Red Scare, and wound up stripped of his citizenship, back in his native Poland, after a jail term on trumped-up charges: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Rose_%28politician%29

His family arrived from Lublin, then part of the Russian Empire, when he was 9. Fortunate that he did evidently speak Polish, to live and work there... almost all Yiddish-speakers there had been murdered by the Nazis in the interval.


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lagatta wrote:

Well, at one point I did live in what was the district represented by Fred Rose, but that was before my time.

I lived there too - long ago (but not in Fred's time!).

Merrily Weisbord (do you know her?) is the only journalist/writer that Fred Rose ever agreed to give an interview to after his McCarthyite trial, loss of citizenship, and deportation to Poland. After his death in Warsaw, she ended up having to look after his remains. She wrote about him and much else - such as growing up as a "red diaper baby" - in The Strangest Dream. Here's an excerpt.

I guess we're straying from the thread topic?

 


epaulo13
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..this is not the road to good goverenance. this is the road to..you know. greece. spain and portugal.


kropotkin1951
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Note to federal NDP. Bitumen is not oil no matter what Calgary's 0.1% tell you.


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It was exceedingly culturally sensitive for Mulcair to a don a traditional Chinese costume.  I can hardly wait to see him at a powwow.  His message though was the kicker.  When he waded into the temporary workers scandal it wasn't with an incisive analysis of the problems with the program.  No way, in keeping with cultural sensitivity he highlighted the fact that the program had called for Mandarin in the Other Skills part of the HD Mining form.  Of course he rightly pointed out that if the form had asked for either of Canada's official languages as a requirement then it would have been proper. 

I am not sure what audience he was playing to. I am heartened to know that if this company had used the scam of advertising for French as a requirement instead of Mandarin then it would have been okay. After all in BC less than 1% of the population speak French at home.  I am sure that there are enterprising lawyers on Howe Street going, "that's the ticket."  In the future watch for foreign firms wanting to bring in temporary workers to be asking for French as a skill.  It is an even better way of showing that there are no qualified applicants in our regional market and workers have to be imported.

Like I said nice cultural sensitivity, especially while in full costume.

To bad we still don't know how the NDP would fix the temporary workers program that has our Tim's being staffed by an underclass of non voting non identities.

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In 2011, 51.8% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 0.7% spoke only French and 41.7% spoke only a non-official language. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 80.5% for only English, 0.4% for only French and 15.4% for only a non-official language.

http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2011/as-sa/fogs-spg/Facts-...

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Of the 712,000 people who reported speaking an immigrant language most often at home, nearly 18 per cent reported speaking Punjabi.

But the combined number of people who spoke either Cantonese, Mandarin or an unspecified Chinese language accounted for 40 per cent of the population who spoke an immigrant language as their main language at home.

In Greater Vancouver, the number of people whose mother tongue is something other than French or English is now nearly one million people.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2012/10/24/bc-censu...

 


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And we (well, some of us) had such high hopes when he won the leadership. Frown


kropotkin1951
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I had high hopes when I saw all those young activists elected from Quebec that with people like Libby and Peter helping mentor them the party would move left.  Sadly none of the above seem to have a real voice in the big issues.  A tightly controlled PMO will be Mulcair's style as well if his time as Leader of the OO is any indication.


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Tom is doing what he has to do to make himself heard in the media. His instincts are those of a former Quebec minister. New Democrats are more used to hearing from the leader of a third (or fourth) party His upcoming trip to Washington should prove interesting.

On the Euro trade deal, he says he is not opposed in principle, but wants to see it done right. O.K. by me. Easier to say I would support it if it were a good deal, but this is poor because ... rather than ursup the Council of Canadians role, so long as he does oppose it in the end, and it will be poor.

If he blows the trade call, he drives supporter away, and he helps Justin. That's my feeling. Others will stay with the party whatever it does.


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Maybe to start with, Canada could implement an excellent apprenticeship program such as they have in Germany, and properly train our own young people. And who says the Mulcair-led NDP does not support that - but education just happens to be provincial jurisdiction.

And maybe Canadians need to take a serious look in the mirror and begin to uderstand there are great futures for many of our young people by getting themselves a trade. White collar workers and parents sometimes need to climb down from their high horses, and help their kids obtain a decent paying future, rather than some worthless university degree.

 

 


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I don't believe that a university degree is "worthless". I don't believe one has to devalue one kind of education over another. I think that entering a trade is excellent opportunity, as well as community college, a technical school, or going directly into work.


Arthur Cramer
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I don't know Jan, I have a BA, and aside from the Service, my BA hasn't given me an edge anywhere. I graduated in 79 double honours, History and Economics. I am not sure that in this short attention span culture in which we live today education matters much. Call me a cynic.


Caissa
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Education is always good in and unto itself. it's not a commodity.


Boom Boom
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Caissa is right on the money. I went to two different colleges, and two different universities, just to soak up as much as I could. I'd do it again if I had the money. Learning was an amazing experience, but so is direct work experience of whatever kind. In our short 70 - 90 years on this earth, every moment counts.

That said, there is associated socialization during the experiences of life in learning and work. I remember one university that shall be unamed (Trent Laughing ) that was really "party central" most of the time.


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