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Neoliberal rampage in Canada 2

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I'm scared to post anything of substance in the first post, because I can't edit it, and I'll be forever tarred on the internetz with this opinion. I hope you understand my reticence, and thank you for your time and attention.


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Harper and Kenney are targeting Roma refugees from Hungary and Rumania - because these are "democratic countries", just like ours.

Even if we had real opposition parties, they would have trouble just keeping up with the pace of destruction of Canada:

Refugee system faces "unprecedented dismantling"

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The Conservative government's new plan to reform the refugee system will prevent legitimate claimants from telling their stories and will damage the Immigration and Refugee Board's ability to review those claims, says one immigration expert.

The reforms were announced Thursday by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, who said Canada is being preyed upon by "bogus" refugees from democratic countries with strong human rights records.

Under the proposed changes, refugees from so-called "safe" countries will have to file a claim within 15 days of arriving, and will not have the option of appealing the Immigration and Refugee Board's decision or accessing social services such as welfare.

 


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Unionist wrote:

I'm scared to post anything of substance in the first post, because I can't edit it, and I'll be forever tarred on the internetz with this opinion. I hope you understand my reticence, and thank you for your time and attention.

Posted as the first in a thread on "neo-liberal rampage" I can understand your reticence(overcome by chutzpah) linking it to classical racist action against the Roma. :)

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M. Spector
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M. Spector, in the previous thread-chunk wrote:

PSAC seems to have adopted the general Canadian opizishin strategy of pleading for "information and transparency" from the Harper government, rather than aggressively advancing an alternative vision for Canada.

We know what the Harper agenda is; we don't need more windows on his corrupt and brutal machine. We need to smash it and build a new one. Who will show us how to do that?

Fidel, in the previous thread-chunk, apparently in reply to M. Spector, but avoiding altogether the opportunity to answer the question posed by him, wrote:

Yeah who needs transparency or accountability to the public? 

I much prefer being lied to, misled, and-or officially misinformed of the pro-Washington, pro-conservative nanny state agenda in Ottawa. Personally speaking, I don't mind the long-time stoogery in Ottawa. Truth is overrated anyway. They are only following orders from Washington.

Our's is not to question why only to trust and obey - it's the only way. The NDP should stop asking so many questions of our corporate stooges in Ottawa. And besides, the NDP are only delaying government biznesss by asking questions on behalf of Canadians kept in the dark and fed sheep manure as a rule. The lack of transparency and accountability to the official opposition party is basically telling Canadians that what we don't know can't hurt us. Lies and half-truths and misleading comments to the NDP in Parliament is the same as lying and witholding information from Canadians in general. That's bad for democracy.

Apparently the only ones in Canada who can't figure out what Harper is up to are PSAC, the entire NDP caucus, and Fidel himself.


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Yeah who needs an official opposition party demanding transparency and accountability in federal government when we have wise crackers on the internet to rely on to tell us the way it is?

This is the same wise guy who fully believes in the CIA's imperial tale for "blowback", and that Qaeda are really a group of loosely affiliated, socially responsible Arab proletariats avenging the empire's oppression of Palestinian, Saudi and other serfs since 9/11. And they did it all on a shoestring budget, too. No need for transparency there, either, because Warshington and Langley can always be relied upon to cough-up the truth about why Canaidan troops were sent to Afghanistan, and a near miss in Iraq and not because paul martin didn't want to donate Canadian lives to a phony war on terror in the Middle East, either.

Yeah who needs the NDP asking so many questions for the official democratic record when we have clear-minded virtual leaders like this on the internet to depend on for truth, transparency and accountability in Ottawa, and whatever information trickles North from imperial head offices in the capital of Warshington and Langley? By gum!


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Fidel ought to be a candidate for the federal leadership of the NDP. His ability to change the subject and avoid dealing with simple, direct questions, surpasses even that of Nathan Cullen.


Fidel
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M. Spector wrote:

Fidel ought to be a candidate for the federal leadership of the NDP. His ability to change the subject and avoid dealing with simple, direct questions, surpasses even that of Nathan Cullen.

Hello? The topic of discussion for this thread is neoliberal ideology in Canada and not Warshington's latest military marching order handed to our vicious toadies in government.

Points to anyone who can identify the year or even the decade in which neoliberal ideology began in Canada and more specifically, Ottawa.

 


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They do have difficulty in discussing (grasping?) recent political-economic history, eh Fidel? :) Better at the level of Grand Theory. Haven't yet been able to bring about discussion of the political hold of neo-liberalism on Mainstreet and a valid means of fighting it.And many New Democrats tend to slide back into a dependency on the tactics that worked when the GDP was expanding.

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Don’t tell us it’s not a class war

The entire world seems to be one huge advertisement for The Shock Doctrine. Naomi Klein showed in her revelatory book how the corporate-political-military-media complex exploits crises to further impose their harsh right-wing agenda – even when they themselves created the crisis. In a sane world, the economic meltdown and deep recession of the past four years would have led at minimum to stringent regulation of financiers and speculators plus programs to assist their victims. But in this world, you have to be nuts to believe in a sane world.

In reality, everything that’s happened in the past several years has gone to further empower and enrich the 1 per cent (or maybe the 5 per cent) at the expense of the rest of us. Look anywhere you want. What else does the universal demand for austerity programs mean? What else does the sudden concerted attack on public sector workers mean? What else does the intransigent line taken by multinational corporations against their unions mean? What else does the demand for “right-to-work” laws mean? What else does the widespread attack on seniors’ pensions mean?...

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/second-reading/gerald-capla...


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Hospital workers vote 91% in favour of strike

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Last year, registered nurses received a wage increase of 5.1 per cent through binding arbitration, making them the highest paid in the Maritimes.

"These workers deserve the same rate increase as the RNs received … they work for the same employers, they work in the same facility and they deliver health care. It's cost of living issue," Jessome said.

The Capital District Health Authority is offering a wage increase of one per cent in each of the next three years. It also wants concessions on sick time and overtime.

"We're seeing high levels of labour unrest in many areas of our province, so I'm not surprised at all that the members showed up in record numbers and are feeling very strongly that they want to send a message on this issue," MacNeil said.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2012/03/19/ns-nsgeu-hosp...



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Fidel wrote:

M. Spector wrote:

Fidel ought to be a candidate for the federal leadership of the NDP. His ability to change the subject and avoid dealing with simple, direct questions, surpasses even that of Nathan Cullen.

Hello? The topic of discussion for this thread is neoliberal ideology in Canada and not Warshington's latest military marching order handed to our vicious toadies in government.

Points to anyone who can identify the year or even the decade in which neoliberal ideology began in Canada and more specifically, Ottawa.

Starting dates are hard to pick. Fidel you'll have to educate me but I'm guessing, for conversation sake, how bout either the decade of the Avro Arrow when we decided to become US toadies, or the decade my prof lost his pension to a 401k - the late eighties or early 90's - just spitballing here. Can I redeem my points for valuable Air Miles if I win?


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Rabble_Incognito wrote:

Starting dates are hard to pick. Fidel you'll have to educate me but I'm guessing, for conversation sake, how bout either the decade of the Avro Arrow when we decided to become US toadies, or the decade my prof lost his pension to a 401k - the late eighties or early 90's - just spitballing here.

The AVRO sellout of thousands of Canadian workers was just business as usual for the Diefenbaker Tories at the time. Sellouts to corporatocracy were actually well underway during previous Liberal government reign at a time when the CCF was fighting for workers committees to have input to important decisions surrounding allocation of natural resources and a wide range of issues affecting who would undertake heavy industry and other industrial developments in Canada. The Liberals began selling out Canada's economic democracy to corporate control early on. But that was then before the period of neoliberal counter-Enlightenment began in Canada by 1975.

As Canada's William Krehm describes it, the neoliberal era marked a sort of Stalinization of economic theory throughout the halls of power and finance as well as Canadian universities which began churning out uniform Milton Friedman clones like so many capitalist widgets.

In 1975 Canada's central banker, Gerald Buoey, gave a speech that would have done Milton Friedman proud. In fact, Milton Friedman said at the time that Bouey's speech was so good that he couldn't have said it better himself. And from that point on the feds in Ottawa started borrowing money from private and foreign sources at higher interest rates.

The debt ball started rollling with momentum. And then another coup occurred in 1991 with Mulroney's crew ramming changes to the Bank of Canada Act through Parliament and without any discussion or debate. And it was the time of the great bank heist in Canada and represented an additional bailout extended to Canada's increasingly deregulated big six banking monopoly that was bailed out before for their gambling losses on foreign stock markets, oil speculations and Canary Wharf real estate speculations gone bad. 

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Can I redeem my points for valuable Air Miles if I win?

Absolutely. And you can tell them Fidel endorses the transaction.


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NS teachers petition province against cuts

On Saturday morning 12 teachers were at the Seaport Farmers' Market collecting signatures on a Nova Scotia Teachers Union petition against provincial education cuts. They stayed until 2:00 p.m.

The province plans to cut more than $13 million from the education budget. Ramona Jennex, Minister of Education, said last month that the cuts are necessary given Nova Scotia's declining school enrolment.

NSTU local president Keri Butler said that's not acceptable. "Declining enrolment doesn't mean a decline in the amount of funding that you provide to schools," she said.

"Schools still cost the same amount of money to run, buses still cost the same amount of money to run them, to get the kids to school, and with those increased costs students aren't seeing much of that funding."....

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2012/03/24/ns-teachers-p...


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100s of jobs cut from P.E.I. Transportation

As many as 237 casual positions are being eliminated from P.E.I.'s Highway Maintenance Summer Program, says the union representing the workers.

Most provincial departments are being asked to cut at least three per cent from their budgets for the coming fiscal year, and this cut is expected to save government $1.15-million.

"You're going to see huge impacts in the rural areas, western and eastern ends of the Island," said P.E.I. Union of Public Sector Employee president Shelley Ward.

"There isn't a lot of work. You see a lot of casual employees in both of those areas."....

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/story/2012/03/26/pei-...


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White Birch employees accept concessions to save jobs No guarantee plant will reopen

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Significant concessions

The offer will cut pay by 10 per cent and reduce annuities for retirees by 30 per cent and by 55 per cent for current workers.

"I think it's a tragedy we experienced tonight, because we voted for something terrible," said Danielle Beaudoin, whose husband also works at the plant.

Other workers said they were happy to see a deal reached, even if it meant giving up pay.

"I’m satisfied,” said Vincent Viel, one of the 600 workers who voted on the offer. “After three months out of work, we all need to start working again.”.....

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2012/03/25/white-birch-offe...


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Hospital brass say wage freeze prompting union drives

Thirteen Ontario hospitals have seen portions of their workforces unionize over the past two years.

Hospital brass say they will be watching Tuesday’s budget closely to see whether the province plans to lift or extend a wage freeze, which they say has created inequities among employees and is behind the certification drives.

The Ontario Hospital Association says workers are increasingly unionizing to get around a two-year wage-freeze that applies only to non-union counterparts.

That wage freeze expires at the end of the month and, with hospitals anticipating a budget hike of only 0 to 1 per cent, the smallest in recent memory, the sector is nervous about how the province plans to deal with the compensation issue. They hope it’s addressed in the budget.

The increasing unionization is adding to fiscal pressures facing hospitals, said Mark Rochon, interim president of the Ontario Hospital Association.....

http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1151776--hospital-brass-say-wage-fre...


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Ontario hopes deep budget cuts will calm debt markets

This is a budget aimed at pleasing none, except Ontario’s creditors.

With its much-anticipated 2012 budget, the Ontario government seeks to repair the province’s deteriorating fiscal position, chip away at a debt burden headed toward unsustainability, and avoid a downgrade to its credit rating.

A mix of cost control and revenue increases will eliminate the $15.3-billion deficit over the next six years, finance minister Dwight Duncan said in the provincial legislature Tuesday.....

http://business.financialpost.com/2012/03/27/ontario-hopes-deep-budget-c...


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..austerity in these economic times brings recession which brings even more auterity which enriches the few. canada will be no different if this master plan is not resisted across the board in a radical way.
Spain may not see economic growth for years

MADRID – Belt tightening in the board room and the living room, deep public budget cuts and anaemic bank lending may be setting Spain up for years of economic stagnation that could eventually force it to seek a bailout.

Under pressure to chop Spain’s deficit to the European Union limit and stick to new fiscal rules, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has promised to present a budget on Friday that will be “very, very austere.”

With the economy on the verge of its second recession in three years, soaring unemployment and rising borrowing costs, some economists are predicting a lost decade of growth such as the one experienced by Japan in the 1990s from which it has never fully recovered.

Others, including Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, say Spain could drag the eurozone back into a deep crisis.

“We’ve signed a suicide pact in Europe by agreeing that we all need to make cuts,” said Luis Garicano economist at the London School of Economics and head of Spanish think tank Fedea....

http://business.financialpost.com/2012/03/27/spain-may-not-see-economic-...


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New Brunswick to cut civil service and sell Crown assets to fix its fiscal house

FREDERICTON - New Brunswick is cutting its civil service and selling off Crown assets in an effort to fix its finances as it struggles to overcome a net debt expected to near $11 billion in the next year.

The cash-strapped provincial government delivered a budget Tuesday that focuses on getting its own fiscal house in order, looking within for spending cuts instead of implementing rounds of tax hikes.

http://www.globalmontreal.com/canada/new+brunswick+to+cut+civil+service+and+sell+crown+assets+to+fix+its+fiscal+house/6442608942/story.html
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Civil service cuts coming, Higgs says Provincial budget sees position reductions, benefit changes

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Changes to sick leave

Civil servants will also see changes to their sick leave program, which could save “many millions of dollars,” said Higgs.

A comprehensive attendance management program will carefully control and manage employee sick leave usage, he said....

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/story/2012/03/27/nb-provinci...


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Between having to park bail out bucks at the IMF and the ECB to assist shoring up the UK and Continental banking system, to the ongoing requirement to ante up to our share of the global purchase of US T-Bills in order to keep that end of the global financial system from teetering over, I think we can take it to the bank that there will be an ongoing requirement for deeper austerity cuts going forward. The US housing market is still flat lined on the slab, with millions of units kept on ice in the shadows that haven't yet been unthawed for the market; out of fear that housing prices will plummet even further than the typical unit costs from 2001. Austerity itself has a self perpetuating draw down effect on economic growth as we can see with the example Greece provides to us, requiring increased borrowing as general revenues fail to keep pace with program spending, which in turn cues up even more austerity measures to keep the lending class happy. When you have signs of slowing economic expansion in China and India, and across the region as a whole, all the cheerful TV business news faces combined are not enough to make it all go away. We're either faced with an out of control monster that no longer responds to its handlers, or we're confronting a purposely designed and well executed global rip off scheme. Either way it's Ayn Rand meets Frankenstein.


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I wouldn't worry a lot about China or the BRIC countries. Their state-owned banks will be fueling those economies well after our own governments are pronounced bankrupt twice over by pirates and privateering banksters in the west. It's why Atlantic Alliance countries are surrounding them militarily. Our corrupt stooges and their friends have run out of money, countries to conquer, and fresh ideas in general. They require new hosts and new blood in order to survive.


Slumberjack
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Long term double digit growth is unsustainable for any region.  The BRICS industrial output and growth is what maintains Wall Street and Europe on life support.  There are slim to nil avenues for the type of growth percentages required by late stage Capitalism in the austerity ridden societies.


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I think Chimerica is undergoing a bitter divorce for sure. CCP in Beijing are pursuing domestic consumption economies as a result. What was popular in North America between WW II and the 1970s is now the way in China. And China's workers, despite a lack of trade unions with teeth or much in the way of workers rights in general, are enjoying personal savings rates of anywhere from 35 to 45 percent. For seniors in China it's 50%.

Meanwhile most North Americans are depending on credit and using our homes as ATM machines to pay for consumption and lives worth living in general. The cold warriors' political promises to N. American and Euro workers are suddenly off the table, and people aren't very happy about it. Limbo low voter turnouts reflect their illegitimacy in the halls of power, and the CPC in Beijing are not convinced that western style liberal democracy is worth pursuing. Not like the Russians and Slavs were hoodwinked into believing in the 1980s-90s.


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Alternative Budget Moves Nova Scotia Forward, Not Back

HALIFAX – The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Nova Scotia released its 2012 alternative provincial budget today. In contrast to the Nova Scotia government’s 'back-to-balance' plan of across-the-board cuts, the Nova Scotia Alternative Budget 2012: Forward to Fairness makes strategic investments; and finds creative ways to save money and increase revenue.

“Our alternative budget puts the people of Nova Scotia at the centre,” says Christine Saulnier, CCPA-NS Director. “Budgets, like all public policies, are about choices, and we’ve chosen a path towards a more fair and equitable province where people have better access to education, jobs, and are able to share the province's collective resources.” A minimum “tax cut” to a few individuals does not have the same “bang for the buck” as the provision of public services to all of the residents of Nova Scotia.

The Nova Scotia Alternative Budget’s plan to move Nova Scotia “Forward to Fairness” include:

  • Strengthening primary healthcare by investing in ten 10 community health centres, 10 new nurse practitioners, and 12 more midwives;
  • Investing $45 million to begin to phase-in an Early Learning and Child Care System that is affordable and accessible;
  • Investing $14.5 million in special needs education and $6 million for African Nova Scotian and Aboriginal students;
  • Increasing the personal allowance for income assistance, creating new affordable housing stock, and supporting additional housing supports;
  • Reducing tuition fees for the Nova Scotia Community College by 50 percent;
  • Investing $30 million in water and wastewater infrastructure to ensure access to clean drinking water;
  • $20 million in start up funds to create a provincial transit system for rural Nova Scotia.

The provincial NDP government has taken an austerity approach to balance the budget in 2013-14 by cutting $772 million in public spending (over four years). Government spending impacts GDP growth and employment. The estimated impact of the government’s $772 million in cuts is the loss of well over 10,000 jobs. These job cuts will be compounded by federal public service cuts, estimated to result in 5,400 jobs cut in Atlantic Canada.

The alternative budget suggests the elimination of the annual deficit in 2015-2016, instead of 2013-14. It does not try to balance the budget to fit the timing of the electoral cycle. According to NSAB contributor and Economist, James Sawler, "This budget reflects the actual fiscal situation in Nova Scotia. Over the past 10 years, the province’s debt-to-GDP ratio and debt charges as a percentage of total government expenditures have decreased substantially."

“Austerity does not come for free,” continued Saulnier. “The alternative budget’s approach of investing in the people of our province is a balanced approach suited for long-term forward progress, instead of a short-sighted obsession with balancing the budget.”

http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/news-releases/alternative-budg...


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Oh Canada! Imposing Austerity on the World’s Most Resource-rich Country quote

The Bankers’ Silent Coup

Why are governments paying private financiers to generate credit they could be issuing themselves, interest-free?   According to Professor Carroll Quigley, Bill Clinton’s mentor at Georgetown University, it was all part of a concerted plan by a clique of international financiers.  He wrote in Tragedy and Hope in 1964:

The powers of financial capitalism had another far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent private meetings and conferences. The apex of the system was to be the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the world's central banks which were themselves private corporations.

Each central bank . . . sought to dominate its government by its ability to control Treasury loans, to manipulate foreign exchanges, to influence the level of economic activity in the country, and to influence cooperative politicians by subsequent economic rewards in the business world.

In December 2011, this charge was echoed in a lawsuit filed in Canadian federal court by two Canadians and a Canadian economic think tank.  Constitutional lawyer Rocco Galati filed an action on behalf of William Krehm, Ann Emmett, and COMER (the Committee for Monetary and Economic Reform) to restore the use of the Bank of Canada to its original purpose, including making interest free loans to municipal, provincial and federal governments for “human capital” expenditures (education, health, and other social services) and for infrastructure.  The plaintiffs state that since 1974, the Bank of Canada and Canada’s monetary and financial policy have been dictated by private foreign banks and financial interests led by the BIS, the Financial Stability Forum (FSF) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), bypassing the sovereign rule of Canada through its Parliament.

Today this silent coup has been so well obscured that governments and gamers alike are convinced that the only alternatives for addressing the debt crisis are to raise taxes, slash services, or sell off public assets.  We have forgotten that there is another option: cut the debt by borrowing from the government’s own bank, which returns its profits to public coffers.  Cutting out interest has been shown to reduce the average cost of public projects by about 40%. 

Game over: we win. http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=30074

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Seeking 'Clean Slate' Baird Pulls Plug on Rights and Democracy

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/seeking-cle...

"The Conservative government is scrapping the beleagured Rights and Democracy, citing the need to find savings and turn the page on the problems at the Montreal-based agency. Legislation will soon be introduced to transfer the non-partisan organization's functions to the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Jim Baird said on Tuesday.

Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett said in the House of Commons that the Conservatives were continuing an 'ideological assault on anyone who does not share its narrow views.."


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I wonder if that loudmouth Broadbent will bemoan the death of the organization which he served as its first President, appointed by a grateful Brian Mulroney for services rendered during the 1988 election?

 


Fidel
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Yewhoo? The TOD should resemble the thread title. Somewhat. Anything close will do. 


NDPP
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Fidel wrote:

Yewhoo? The TOD should resemble the thread title. Somewhat. Anything close will do. 

NDPP

I thought since the CONs are neolibs and this cut was made supposedly for economic reasons, that it might fit as part of their 'rampage'. But you're probably right it should have gone elsewhere. Apologies for the drift then.


Fidel
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No, your post was fine. Sorry, I should have read it and posted a reply because it has everything to do with the neoliberalorama. My bad. 


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