There seems to be virtually no limit to Stephen Harper's efforts to diminish government and democracy in this country. The prime minister's obvious contempt for democracy keeps getting underlined by the grotesque corruption of the people he appoints and surrounds himself with. If he had a modicum of genuine respect for democracy he would be more careful about who he appoints to the Senate and who he allows to run for the Conservatives. More importantly, he would create a political culture that unequivocally rejects the kind of unethical behaviour that has now become the trademark of his administration. These miscreants know exactly what Harper expects of them -- power at any cost and a wink and a nod at personal graft, until you get caught, of course.
Some have called it a controversial policy proposal, but to others it just seems like good sense. Newly nominated NDP candidate in Toronto Centre Linda McQuaig has called for higher taxes on the rich, while NDP leader Thomas Mulcair has reportedly ruled out increases on personal incomes taxes.
Do you support a tax increase on the rich in Canada?
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Once again Conservative ideology has trumped what's right.
Prominent Toronto filmmaker/professor John Greyson and London, Ontario, physician/professor Tarek Loubani have been locked up in an Egyptian jail for nearly 40 days.
After a prosecutor recently extended their detention by 15 days, these two courageous individuals launched a hunger strike demanding their release or to at least be allowed two hours a day in the fenced-in prison yard.
For years now, the federal government has been censuring, muzzling, de-funding, and laying off scientists, librarians, archivists, statisticians, and researchers in its efforts vacate government involvement in core research, and to shift its focus to industry-specific needs.
Following the Lac-Megantic disaster in July, there has been growing discussion across North America about the rapid expansion of oil-by-train transport. CP Rail has recently come under fire in Calgary, following derailments and complaints from local residents.
What should be done about oil-by-train in Canada?