Archive for December, 2016

Canadian PM Trudeau Signals He’ll Work with Trump to Restart Keystone XL

December 27, 2016

Increased cuts push Canadian health care toward privatization

December 23, 2016

We live in a society that’s riddled with elitism and special privilege. One of the few holdouts is medicare, Canada’s public health-care system, where a billionaire can’t bypass a fast-food worker waiting for medical care. Access is determined by medical need, not wallet size.

What’s ultimately at stake is whether there will be sufficient public funding to prevent provinces from turning over more of our health-care system to the private sector.

Canada defends record $11bn arms sale to Saudi Arabia in court

December 21, 2016

The Canadian government is fighting a court battle against an anti-war activist seeking to derail a record arms deal with Saudi Arabia. The activist argues the weapons could be used to violate human rights, including in the Saudi intervention in Yemen.

‘Trudeau has opened a path to a democratic future. We’ll get there by leaving him behind’..

December 11, 2016

In just one year, Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has gone from being an agent of change to a scion of entrenched power. Though the dozens of consultations the Liberals have unleashed are ultimately discrediting the party, they may have already opened the door to a more hopeful and democratic future.

We’ve heard the story of Trudeau’s quick trip from hope to demoralization a few times at this point, but here’s a quick recap.

Liberals’ online survey is a tactic to derail electoral reform

December 8, 2016

The current Liberal government has put a big chunk of the electoral reform process in the hands of a data analytics firm called Vox Pop, and that is truly disturbing.
If you go to the Democratic Reform section of the Government of Canada website you will be directed to Vox Pop’s survey. What you will find is simplistic and manipulative.
The questions and options offered point to a clear bias against electoral reform, especially any reform that would include a large element of proportionality.
This may or may not be intentional.

Canada Oil Pipeline: Trudeau Just Knocked Over the First Domino

December 5, 2016

This post reminds us that while we’ve all been fixating on US pipeline policy, both current– e.g. DAPL — and future– under president-elect Trump, the US has no monopoly on poor pipeline decisions that in the long-run will only exacerbate climate change. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to approve a major expansion of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline has major international implications, as author Kevin Grandia spells out below.

Justin Trudeau ‘disengaged’ on nuclear weapons file

December 4, 2016

At the United Nations in late October 123 countries voted in favour of a recommendation endorsing the launch of negotiations aimed at prohibiting nuclear weapons. Canada voted no. Douglas Roche, this country’s former Ambassador for Disarmament at the UN, is clearly piqued. “The government turned its back on an important nuclear disarmament initiative,” he says, “and sided with the nuclear weapons states that want to keep and modernize their nuclear arsenals for the rest of the 21st century.”

Roche adds, “the blame for the Canadian diplomatic debacle belongs squarely on the desk of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose office won’t even answer letters or phone calls from high-ranking persons trying to alert him to the need for Canadian action.” Roche says that Trudeau seems “disengaged” on nuclear arms control and that his government has undermined the nuclear disarmament work championed by his father Pierre Trudeau.