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  • The 2017 Ontario NDP Convention: Lessons Learned, Steps Forward

    Canadian Politics

    In June 2014, The Ontario NDP wrapped up a fairly disappointing election. While the results on the surface were acceptable for Andrea Horwath and the ONDP—maintaining their 2011 seat total, and adding one percent of the popular vote—the end result was a Liberal majority government built on the relative collapse of Progressive Conservative support, which was driven by strategic voters looking to reject the politics of extreme austerity.

  • Trudeau runs risk keeping flawed politician as foreign affairs minister

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    Now Canada is demanding that “Assad must go” (via Freeland) – pure posturing especially given there is no evidence yet of who used gas against Syrian civilians. Then Trudeau added to the embarrassment by demanding Russia abandon Assad. Someone should ask Trudeau just who he is trying to please by keeping this flawed politician in such a powerful post.

  • Justin Trudeau’s dangerous Syrian Trump gambit

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    The fact that Trump is a megalomaniac whose motives for this attack are anything but humanitarian, that supporting his actions helps to normalize his vile administration, and that these same liberals were denouncing Trump on every front right up until they got to get in on the political boost that seems to come with a certain kind of media endorsed violence, does not factor into their amoral, opportunistic, sad thinking at all.

  • ‘Anti-Terror’ Laws Already Eroding Free Speech, Debate

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    Less than six months after Canada introduced new travel restrictions to bring its policies in line with the U.S., they are already being used to limit the free flow of ideas and academic debate in this country. The government has barred Antonio Negri, one of the foremost philosophers of our time, from entering the country.

  • Toronto’s Jewish Defence League is a far right group with powerful friends

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    The U.S. JDL was labelled “a right-wing terrorist group” by the FBI in 2001. Its members were convicted of a series of acts of terror, including the killing of the regional director of the American Arab Anti-discrimination Committee and a plot to assassinate a congressman. A member of the JDL’s sister organization in Israel killed 29 Palestinian Muslim worshipers in the Cave of the Patriarchs Massacre two decades ago.

  • EKOS poll: Canada should support Israeli sanctions, not demonize them

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    What could possibly justify Trudeau’s irrational stance when it comes to promoting peace between Israel and the Palestinians? In determining its policy towards Israel the Trudeau government has three apparent motivations at play: defending Israel’s right to exist, tending to Canada’s specific national interests and reflecting Canadian values.

  • Second NDP Leadership Debate: With Youth Issues as Backdrop, Differences Start to Emerge

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    This time around, the focus on youth issues showcased greater specificity, and thus brought out both different positions, along with divergent means to reach similar ends. The politics of pineapple pizza aside, even the ‘lightning round’ questions were more substantive this time. All of this means that an undecided NDP member was given some guidance about who they may support.

  • Housing in the age of austerity: Toronto’s war on the poor

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    It wasn’t always this bad for Toronto’s non-rich residents. In 1970, 66 per cent of Toronto neighbourhoods were middle-income. This was when the labour market allowed for single-income families, when social services were better available to the poor and when affordable housing was constructed according to need.

  • Nazis, NATO, and Canada’s Latvian Love-in

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    The official spin on NATO deploying some 4,000 troops — including an estimated 450 Canadians — into the Baltic States is that this will be a tangible deterrent to the evil Russians. Such a bold troop deployment right on the Russian border could also be viewed as an unnecessary provocation towards the Kremlin.

  • Evidence of good faith lacking in Trudeau’s Indigenous agenda

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    We gave Trudeau’s government more than a year to put some good faith on the table. Instead, we see a lot of talk but very little substantive action on the matters that matter most to us. If our right to free, informed and prior consent before development on our lands is not respected, that is the equivalent of breaching our Aboriginal, treaty and title rights. How does that make him any different from Harper?

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