Archive for February, 2014

Why Did Canada Help Overthrow Haiti’s Elected Government?

February 27, 2014

Why did Canada help overthrow Haiti’s elected government? That’s a question I heard over and over when speaking about Canada in Haiti: Waging War on the Poor Majority, a book I co-authored with Anthony Fenton. Most people had difficulty understanding why their country — and the U.S. to some extent — would intervene in a country so poor, so seemingly marginal to world affairs. Why would they bother?

I would answer that Canada participated in the coup as a way to make good with Washington, especially after (officially) declining the Bush administration’s invitation (order) to join the “coalition of the willing” that invaded Iraq in 2003. Former Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham explained: “Foreign Affairs view was there is a limit to how much we can constantly say no to the political masters in Washington. All we had was Afghanistan to wave. On every other file we were offside. Eventually we came on side on Haiti, so we got another arrow in our quiver.”

Montreal’s economy lags behind other Canadian cities, BMO president says

February 26, 2014

A comparison with five other Canadian cities shows that Montreal’s GDP grew by only 37 per cent over the past 15 years, compared to 59 per cent on average for Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa, Edmonton and Vancouver.

Montreal’s population only grew by 16 per cent compared to 33 per cent for the other cities.

Unemployment remains at about 8.5 per cent in Montreal compared to 6.3 per cent in the other cities.

And Montrealers’ disposable income has risen by only 51 per cent in 15 years, compared to 87 per cent for residents of the other five cities.

Half of Quebec non-francophones consider leaving

February 26, 2014

Half of Quebec’s anglophone and allophone population have considered leaving the province in the past year, a new EKOS poll commissioned by the CBC suggests.

While only 11 per cent of francophone respondents said they had considered leaving, the top reasons why people said they have considered leaving weren’t centred on language.

“The results are actually quite surprising. That’s an awfully large number,”  said Frank Graves, president of EKOS research.

“It’s a pretty drastic decision to actually vote with your feet and leave your place of residence. I was frankly a little surprised at how complex the reasons were.”

Sorry, America! Canadians Apologize For Winning Those Two Hockey Gold Medals In Sochi

February 25, 2014

Team Canada Tribute: ‘Stay Gold’ by Annakin Slayd

February 19, 2014

The Real Stephen Harper Exposed!

February 12, 2014

Ken Dryden On ‘George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight’

February 10, 2014

What The Hell Is The TPP And How Does It Affect Me???

February 9, 2014

22 Minutes: Not Ford Nation

February 9, 2014