Our Times 3

John Ryan

  • Censorship in Canada? Vanessa Beeley’s talks on Syria

    Frankly, I can hardly believe what has happened. To me it is outrageous that a person of Beeley’s credibility as an investigative journalist and the author of a wide range of superbly documented articles and books should be barred from presenting a talk on a critically important subject at a Canadian university or a public library. What has happened to our supposed “freedom of speech”?

  • The Pallister conservative threat to Manitoba Hydro

    If Brian Pallister’s Conservatives get re-elected and they follow through with their secret age-old plans to privatize Manitoba Hydro, this is exactly what may happen here. And so instead of Manitobans having the lowest electricity prices in North America, we may face what happened in Alberta and Ontario.

  • Review of the renegotiated NAFTA: Benefits and drawbacks to Canada

    The text of NAFTA 2.0, now to be known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, leaves out in their entirety Chapters 6 and 11 of NAFTA 1.0. By not being in the new agreement the provisions of these chapters are simply no longer applicable. This is a fact of major consequence, yet it has received very little coverage in the mainstream media.

  • Proposals to reinvigorate the NDP platform

    Since it can no longer pretend to be the government-in-waiting, the NDP must rethink its role in parliament and indeed in the country. In the course of its soul-searching the NDP should acknowledge the fact that during the 2015 election it lost support from the public largely because of the failure of the party to present bold, progressive ideas.

  • The Bank of Canada should be reinstated to its original mandated purposes

    If properly and fully pursued it could be of great help in getting support from the electorate. As it stands, it seems that the international banking cabal appears to have such a grip on Canada’s current capitalist government that it has refused to act in Canada’s best interests. As in the case of getting Medicare enacted in Canada, it may be up to a social democratic party to eventually get the Bank of Canada reinstated as the country’s bank.

  • Open Letter to Jagmeet Singh: NDP’s reactionary foreign policy positions must be changed

    It is absolutely certain that those Canadians who have taken the trouble to discover the truth about Canada’s minister of foreign affairs are dismayed and perplexed. But where is the NDP on this matter? From what I know, there hasn’t been a word from them on this issue. Mr. Singh, could you possibly do something about this? In this letter I have presented several matters that require the NDP’s attention.

  • Open Letter to the NDP: Retract your support for White Helmets Nobel Peace Prize

    I am writing to alert you that the NDP has made a very serious mistake in recommending to the federal government that Canada should nominate the White Helmets for the Nobel Peace Prize. To some extent this error may be understandable in light of the fact that a commentator has recently said, “Coverage of the Syrian war will be remembered as one of the most shameful episodes in the history of the American press.”

  • Open Letter to Stéphane Dion: reject Harper-era foreign policy towards Ukraine and Russia

    When your government came into office last fall you inherited Harper’s foreign policy towards Ukraine and Russia which was in lock-step with that of the USA. My purpose in writing to you was to alert your new government to the fact that there was considerable evidence that for a variety of reasons Harper’s foreign policy positions were at variance with the reality of the situation.

  • A blueprint for Canada’s energy policy

    When Ralph Nader called Gordon Laxer’s book After the Sands “a myth-destroying blockbuster” it couldn’t have been better put. This is a long-overdue insightful analysis of not only Canada’s oil and gas industry, but also the economic and political framework within which it operates.

  • Lament for a Party that has lost its way

    In due course, with such a meaningful platform and a dynamic leader who would support these causes, the NDP might be able to win the support of the Canadian public. Canada could then have a government that could change the course of history for this country.

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