The NDP is incoherent on Gaza genocide
Canadians deserve to know the extent of our government’s complicity in the destruction of Gaza, but the NDP is talking out of both sides of its mouth. While criticizing military exports to Israel, New Democrat leaders have largely adopted Israel’s framing of the war and condemned voices speaking out in support of Palestinians. This has occurred at both the federal and provincial level.
Selina Robinson didn’t just abuse her position—she abused the legacy of the Holocaust
What was done to our relatives, our families, and our culture must not be allowed to happen again. But it would be disrespectful to the memory of all those lost to suggest that edict be limited to Jews: it must not happen again to anyone. Our people’s history of oppression isn’t a license to oppress, it’s a call to dedicate our lives to creating a world without oppression.
Eby says the true part about Big Media out loud
If Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took his lead from BC Premier David Eby, he might actually win points with the public. A series of blunders on his watch has made a mess of our media, which already needed a lot of cleaning up, so a very hard line against behemoths such as Bell may be needed now more than ever.
Manulife-Loblaw reversal shows urgent need for universal pharmacare
Canadians are fed up with the private sector’s encroachment on health care as much as they are with backroom corporate deals that would negatively affect their rights as consumers. It took less than one week to kill what may have been an incredibly lucrative financial agreement. Progressives would be mindful to remember the power of sustained direct action and bad publicity.
Scandal grows around BC NDP minister Selina Robinson
Beside exceeding the bounds of her position, and beside interfering in the democratically-run internal affairs of a post-secondary institution, and beside capitulating to the demands of an external propaganda group, NDP MLA Selina Robinson revealed both abysmal ignorance and a fundamentally racist and colonial conception of an oppressed people.
Ottawa shrugs off ICJ genocide verdict while cutting funds to Palestinian refugees
What will follow this historic ICJ ruling? Unless the US exerts leverage on Israel to rein in its genocidal military campaign against Palestinians, little will happen. While ICJ rulings are legally binding, Israel has never let international law moderate its violence, whether the massacre of civilians or the expansion of illegal settlements.
Gaza and Canada’s refugee double standard
The different treatment of Ukrainian and Palestinian refugees exposes a clear double standard. The Trudeau government’s response to Ukraine was swift and comprehensive. There was no cap on how many could apply and they did not need to have Canadian relatives. Ottawa eventually received 1,189,320 applications from Ukrainians and approved 936,293, with 210,178 arriving in Canada.
Liberal studies students subjected to decidedly illiberal guest speaker
What kind of Institute for Liberal Studies funds a Calgary-based conservative commentator to spread right-wing conspiracy theories to its students about government censorship of the news? Apparently the one at Vancouver Island University does. The irony is that Jen Gerson’s recent talk was actually the least controversial aspect of her appearance.
Canada has gone from complicity through silence to active participation in genocide
The international community has two paths towards normalizing shipping through the Red Sea: intervene to stop an ongoing genocide, or intervene by punishing a country already devastated by decades of Western interventionism and war in the hopes that it will force their military to disengage. That choice seems like an obvious one.
Events in Iraq and Niger put spotlight on Canadian troops abroad
The fact that Canada has soldiers stationed overseas, in countries including Iraq and Niger, almost never comes up in domestic political discourse. It is rarely covered in Canadian media. It isn’t a topic at debates. No major political party runs on bringing Canadian soldiers home. As Owen Schalk argues, Canadians should start asking why that is.
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