What does this say about democracy? After several weeks, Thomas Mulcair announces that NDP will pointlessly grandstand as the Cons jam through their anti-terror legislation. Good for him, for sure. But at the same time the Liberals are on the other side pointlessly supporting it. All so they can essentially cause no real change or input and then grandstand on one side or the other come election time.
Joe Clark, Jean Chretien, Paul Martin and John Turner have all called for more oversight of security agencies.
The Cons claim "rigorous oversight" but these appear to be empty words. Watchdog staffing levels and budgets are on the decline. 14 people work in the SIRC office! 14 people are watching the watchers.
Michael Geist outlines just how Big Brother crazy the new "anti-terror" law actually is.
May as well limit debate on the fucker. Why the fuck not?
And the slippery slope begins. The RCMP warns of the growing environmental terrorist threat. Could it be growing because under new laws we'll be able to call a whole bunch more people terrorists?
It is kind of absurd that a bunch of white kids trying to kill a bunch of random people is not considered "terrorism" in the eyes of Peter McKay and his new legislation due to lack of "cultural motivation". Fucking code words. And then he turns into a pouty asshole and refuses to answer questions about his answer.
Al-Shabaab makes a threat against the West Edmonton Mall that nobody is taking seriously. Our Minister of Public Safety suggests that this proves that we need to strengthen our anti-terror laws and "fight against ISIL". Do the new anti-terror laws give us super Youtube sleuthing powers? Have our troops started fighting in Somalia? Am I missing something?
Steve's insistence on appealing his loss of the niqab ruling is kind of insane. He says Canadians are "offended". I would hazard that most really don't care.
Trudeau calls Harper out for his anti-Muslim fear mongering. Over the wearing of a niqab. Not, you know, in stoking fear over terrorism.
And I think that brings to the end this weeks discussion about foreign radicals and terrorism.
Oh. Maybe that's why they didn't want to tell us how much the ISIS mission is costing? PBO pits cost of Iraq mission as much as $44M more than estimate
This brings up an amazing point. The government has been including Temporary Foreign Workers in their "jobs created" stats. This is really misleading. As many as 1/5th of the jobs "created" by the Cons went to TFW's.
This may have been a good decision, but the optics are tough. Over $350,000 to fly Luka Magnotta back to Canada. How much would an extradition hearing have cost?
The Cons are pumping $11 million more into their advertising budget. By "their advertising budget" I mean "our money used to advertise on behalf of the Conservatives".
The Cons continue their crusade against Palestine in the UN.
Who are our resources here for? Should companies be allowed to extract them for pennies and turn around and sell them for dollars? Is "providing jobs" and paying taxes enough? Or should people demand more? A new BC government policy will charge Nestle $2.25 for a million liters of water and the government is claiming it will aid in "conservation". Because when I think "conservation", I think of handing a company millions of liters of water for nothing so that they can put it into tiny bottles and sell it for a huge profit.
Wow. These right wing imbeciles, the Macdonald Laurier Institute, have some knowledge to pass along:
- More railway regulations would be a bad thing!
- Judges are evil!
- A public inquiry into violence against women is the last thing we need!
I guess we're in trouble then. The Cons are changing the law so that rail companies have a bit more responsibility if they blow shit up or leak shit all over the place.
Progress! Oil train derails, doesn't explode! Merely catches on fire.
The Cons never met a strike they didn't like. To end via back-to-work legislation. CP gets the treatment. Until they don't need it.
Cons have more problems over taxpayer funded mailouts.
Hollywood hopes that part of the TPP will include sending people to jail for file sharing. The US Government might be on their side.
Big words about vaccination. Little money.
Don't worry. There's a loophole that says this Con MP hiring her daughter's fiance is okay. He's not "family" quite yet.