A saying in political circles goes something like this: the public will always forget after six months. This is probably what Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper must be hoping for in light of the Senate scandal.
Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper has finally fulfilled his dream: a free-trade agreement with the European Union. At least, that’s what he’s telling us. It will still be at least 18 months before the agreement is ratified by the Canadian provinces and each EU member state.
Canadians have every reason to rejoice in the fact that all senators will be vetted and audited. After months of scandals involving such senators as Mike Duffy or Pamela Wallin, it is about time that Canadians learned the full extent of corruption and cheating in the Red Chamber.
The Harperites really don’t understand Canadians very well, as evidenced by the recent Verizon fiasco. As has been revealed, the Harper government tried to collude with the US telecom company Verizon to lure it to Canada. Verizon would have been given special treatment and privileges to the detriment of Canadian companies and consumers. Now, however, clearly appalled by the negative press the company has been given in Canada over this scandal, Verizon has turned tail and is said not to be interested in a Canadian adventure at this time.
Some conservatives never cease to shock and appal. When Canadians follow what “America’s Taliban”, the Tea Party, is up to, they sometimes get literally sick to their stomachs. Once in a while, though, this kind of stupidity also rears its head right here in Canada.
Rule number one for refugees under international law is that a refugee must seek asylum in the nearest or next safe country. For the Roma in Hungary, therefore, Canada cannot, and never will, be that country.
What a rewarding day this has been. This morning Canadians learned, from their federal media regulator, the CRTC, that Sun News Network’s application for mandatory carriage, and thus its extortionist plan to extract money from all cable subscribers, including those who’d never watch Sun News, had been denied.
When people don’t have the ability to think for themselves, they tend to repeat the same message or mantra that someone else implanted in their dysfunctional brains. Once they have been sufficiently programmed in this way, they run on autopilot, like robots.
John Manley, probably the best prime minister Canadians never had the joy of having, and head of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, has torn into Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government for supposedly undermining Canada’s wireless industry.
Sammy Yatim lost his life in a standoff with Toronto police. At the time of the shooting, there were no other passengers left on the streetcar. They had all left after Yatim started acting up by brandishing a knife, exposing himself and yelling at people.