“Love and courage”—Canada’s NDP elects Obama-style pitchman as leader

October 7, 2017

Canada’s New Democratic Party (NDP) elected Jagmeet Singh as its new leader on the first ballot of its leadership vote last Sunday. His victory represents a further shift to the right by Canada’s social democrats and underscores that this big business party long ago abandoned any connection with the working class or even the fight for significant social reform.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/10/07/sing-o07.html

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Canada rejects refugees, economically exploits the countries they come from

October 7, 2017

If you take a nation’s mineral resources do you have a moral responsibility to also accept its people?

On Sunday about 40 people rallied outside a Montreal Metro station against deportations to Guinea. The protesters called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to live up to his “Welcome to Canada” rhetoric and allow asylum seekers from the small West African nation to stay

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/yves-englers-blog/2017/10/canada-rejects-refugees-economically-exploits-countries

Environment commissioner tells Trudeau to get cracking on climate change

October 5, 2017

Justin Trudeau signed the Paris accord with much enthusiasm. He has been much slower to act on reducing greenhouse gas emissions

http://rabble.ca/multimedia/2017/10/environment-commissioner-tells-trudeau-get-cracking-climate-change

Huge ‘People Over Pipeline’ Victory as TransCanada Forced to Kill Energy East

October 5, 2017

In what environmentalists are calling a major victory for pipeline opponents and the planet, TransCanada announced Thursday that it is abandoning its Energy East pipeline project, which would have carried over a million barrels of crude oil across Canada per day.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/05/huge-people-over-pipeline-victory-transcanada-forced-kill-energy-east

 

Canada blocks Chelsea Manning visit, citing ‘treason’

September 25, 2017
Whistleblower Chelsea Manning has been denied entry into Canada due to her conviction for passing classified US intelligence documents to WikiLeaks.

Posting evidence of the ban on Twitter, Manning showed that her temporary visitor application on September 22 was rejected “on grounds of serious criminality.”

 

Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois is taking Quebec by storm

September 25, 2017

He was on the front lines of Quebec street protests against the former Jean Charest Liberal government’s tuition hikes in spring 2012. Today, he’s riding a new wave of momentum that could shake Quebec’s political landscape.

Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, 27, is a rookie member of the National Assembly for the Montreal riding of Gouin. He’s also one of the three members of the left-leaning, pro-independence Québec Solidaire (QS) party elected to the legislature.

http://www.nationalobserver.com/2017/09/22/news/gabriel-nadeau-dubois-taking-quebec-storm

Trudeau Government seeking to oust Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro

September 24, 2017

Alongside Washington and Venezuela’s elite, the Trudeau government is seeking to oust President Nicolás Maduro. While Ottawa’s campaign has recently grown, official Canada has long opposed the pro-poor, pro-working class Bolivarian Revolution, which has won 19 of 21 elections since 1998.

https://dissidentvoice.org/2017/09/trudeau-government-seeking-to-oust-venezuelas-president-nicolas-maduro/

The Myth of Canada’s “Benevolent” Foreign Policy

September 13, 2017

A house built on an imaginary foundation may be a “dream home” but it can never be lived in. The same holds true in politics.

One need not mythologize Canadian foreign policy history to oppose the Trudeau government’s egregious position on nuclear arms. In fact, ‘benevolent Canada’ dogma weakens the critical consciousness needed to reject the policies of our foreign policy establishment.

https://dissidentvoice.org/2017/09/the-myth-of-canadas-benevolent-foreign-policy/

Quebec Liberals expand chauvinist bill targeting Muslims

September 8, 2017

..the reception from the Quebec and Canadian elite has been cold, if not hostile. Migrants are widely portrayed by the media and the establishment parties as “illegals,” even “invaders,” including by the two main opposition parties in Quebec, the Parti Québécois (PQ) and the Coalition for Quebec’s Future (CAQ), and by the Conservatives, the Official Opposition in Ottawa.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/09/08/qcli-s08.html

How can we fight corporate propaganda?

September 5, 2017

The machinations of corporate thought-control experts, as propaganda expert Edward Bernays cautioned, have to be carefully concealed from public view. But occasionally the screen is pulled away and the puppeteers revealed, as in the books written by former PR whiz John Stauber and his colleague Sheldon Rampton.

In Toxic Sludge is Good for You, they exposed the antics of the PR agencies employed to present a favourable image of the industries with the worst pollution records. In Trust Us, We’re Experts, they explained how the media are deployed to instill and perpetuate a favourable public perception of the transnational corporations.

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/views-expressed/2017/09/how-can-we-fight-corporate-propaganda