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The weakening of fundamental human rights such as the rights of association and of expression, the State-sponsored intrusion in the private realm via secret electronic surveillance, the creation of powerful media conglomerates, the reduction of citizenship to voting rights, etc.: in the wake of such events, even the most charitable observer of liberal democracy could ask if this regime is not experiencing an authoritarian turn.
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Premiers gathered in Ottawa last week to talk about pressing needs for Canadian infrastructure investment. As the Council of the Federation meeting, chaired by PEI Premier Robert Ghiz, began to address the infrastructure deficit, Federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver emailed a media statement: ".. some premiers appear oblivious to the consequences of the current global instability and the dramatic decline in the price of oil."
More needs to be done by the government to address the ongoing crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in B.C. and the rest of Canada, according to a report released by a human rights group earlier this week.
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) have been studying the issue since 2012 when the organization held a hearing on "The Situation of Aboriginal Women and Girls in Canada" at the request of the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) and other feminist groups.