Canadian Politics

  • Putting the RCMP raid on the Wet’suwet’en in historical perspective

    Despite Canada’s promises to strengthen its “Nation-to-Nation” relationship with Indigenous peoples, the events in Wet’suwet’en territory confirm that Canada remains committed to its “might is right” approach. History shows us that this is a losing strategy. Meaningful reconciliation will require Canada to switch tactics, trading armed police and military invasions for negotiation and diplomacy.

  • The Wet’suwet’en, Aboriginal Title, and the Rule of Law: An Explainer

    The RCMP’s enforcement of the Coastal GasLink injunction against the Wet’suwet’en has ignited a national debate about the law and the rights of Indigenous people. Unfortunately, misconceptions and conflicting information threaten to derail this important conversation. Below, we attempt to provide clear, straightforward answers to address some of these fundamental misunderstandings.

  • The Council of the Haida Nation Stands in Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en

    As a sovereign nation, the Wet’suwet’en have the right to live in balance with their lands and waters. The Haida Nation calls upon the Canadian Government to uphold its commitment to Indigenous peoples, reconciliation, and UNDRIP by meaningfully recognizing and respecting Wet’suwet’en authority to make decisions on projects that impact the wellbeing of their people and way of life.

  • Lima Group meets in Gatineau: Trudeau consolidates his position as main Trump ally

    Trudeau may seem to be victorious in his insatiable quest for international recognition to fulfill his goal of a seat on the UN Security Council, using Venezuela and Lima as the vehicle. However, he like Trump, are “emperors without clothes,” as their puppet Guaidó was booted out of the Caracas airport by the people when he landed after his international tour that included the US and Canada.

  • Greenpeace Statement on Arrests of Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders and Solidarity Protesters

    “Over the past five days, we’ve seen people from all walks of life take to the streets, blockade ports, occupy government buildings and even interrupt rail service across the country in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en people, who are being forced to put their lives on the line in an effort to protect their territory and their rights.”

  • Canada is celebrating the agents of Palestinian misery

    A top diplomat organizing an event to celebrate Canadians fighting for another country’s military ought to generate criticism. Doing so while that force humiliates Palestinians at checkpoints in the West Bank, fires on protesters in Gaza and bombs Syria in violation of international law is an outrage that must be condemned.

  • Dauphin jail closure: Manitoba NDP must abandon failed law and order politics

    The closing of the Dauphin jail is a victory: keeping jails open is not a way to keep anyone safe, together with family, or to improve conditions in particular places. Now, The Manitoba NDP must either distinguish itself as a party genuinely committed to new politics, or confirm that it will continue with failed law and order politics which increased jail capacity by 52% while doubling the jail population during their 17-year hold on power.

  • Canadian Jews Stand With Palestinians in Rejecting Trump’s “Peace” Plan

    Independent Jewish Voices Canada stand with the Palestinian people who are taking to the streets in the thousands to denounce what many have called Trump’s “apartheid plan”. We call on the Canadian government to unequivocally denounce this plan, and instead to remind Trump, Netanyahu, and the international community of their responsibilities to follow the principles of international law and justice.

  • What is shaping Canada’s foreign policy: human rights, democracy or bankers’ bottom-line?

    The Liberals have said little about hundreds of killings by regimes in Haiti, Honduras, Bolivia, Chile and Colombia, yet they have aggressively condemned rights violations in Venezuela and Nicaragua. Many on the left would say this is because those governments are aligned with Washington, which is true. Yet it is also because they are friendly to corporate Canada. If you want to understand Ottawa’s position on Latin America, listen to what Canadian bankers have to say.

  • Is Canada Driving “Surveillance Capitalism”?

    Artificial intelligence is not just a harmless technological fad. This new technology is being used to fuel unethical capitalism and discourage dissent. Allowing it to be developed unquestioningly within Canada is ethically problematic.

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