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A single-issue election: The anti-Harper vote

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By now, under a typical government, a federal election in Canada called on August 2 would nearly be over. But Stephen Harper's fetish for trying to manipulate the public created an 11-week campaign instead of the ordinary 37 days. A seemingly everlasting election gives Harper's Conservatives more time to raise money while exhausting their opponents' bank accounts.

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| August 13, 2015
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The efficient vote to #HeaveSteve

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With less than five months to the next federal election (October 19 is the election date fixed by law), polling by EKOS Research confirms a tight three-way race is underway.

Current EOKS projections show the Conservatives losing their majority in the House of Commons, but winning the most seats.

There are enough Canadian voters who want to "heave Steve" to ensure a Conservative defeat … except that the Canadian electoral system makes votes for winning candidates efficient votes, and consigns votes for losing parties to the dustbin.

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From Israel to ISIS: Harper's 'Orwellian' foreign policy

It's getting difficult to remember a time when the Canadian Parliament actually tried to make principled decisions regarding foreign policy and our place in the community of nations. But we should try. Perhaps a first step in returning to such a time was the decision of the NDP and Liberal Party to oppose Stephen Harper's most recent ill-considered and cynical march to war with his decision to join the bombing of Iraq.

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| June 23, 2014

NDP's big ideas. Right here. Right now.

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"Dream no little dreams," Tommy Douglas was fond of telling us. As premier of Saskatchewan and leader of the federal NDP, Tommy was true to his words -- delivering the first publicly funded health care system in North America while balancing 17 consecutive budgets.

Decades later, New Democrats are still dreaming big.

In his latest piece, "We need a federal politics of Big Ideas" Tyee and rabble columnist Murray Dobbin rightly points out that successive Liberal and Conservative governments have emptied the federal coffers by doling out billions in wasteful corporate tax giveaways while doing nothing to stop the growing income inequality in our country.

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| January 23, 2014

Growing support for Omar Khadr's freedom and next steps to justice

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Despite recent legal setbacks in Omar Khadr’s long struggle for justice, there is a growing wave of Canadian and international support from those who believe in his innocence, who are outraged at the gross injustice he has suffered and who demand his immediate release.

Equally encouraging are two voices from the U.S. military, Dr. Stephen Xenakis a retired Brigadier-General, and Sam Morison a lawyer with the U.S. Department of Defense, who recently travelled to Edmonton, where Khadr is currently detained in a maximum-security prison, to share their opinion that Khadr should be released.

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