Posts Tagged ‘Liberals’

Justin Trudeau’s giant corporate giveaway

August 6, 2017

A privatization spree in Canada could cost regular people billions, erode democracy and undermine the fight against climate change


Justin Trudeau versus Stephen Harper: What’s the difference?

April 1, 2017

By 2015, for most Canadians, the Harper government had run out its time. Voters decided to replace it with the Trudeau Liberals. How is that working out?

‘No country would find 173 billion barrels of oil in the ground and just leave them’: Trudeau

March 10, 2017

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau received an unusually warm reception of his keynote address at an energy industry conference in Texas on Thursday evening.

“No country would find 173 billion barrels of oil in the ground and just leave them there,” Trudeau said in his address to oil and gas industry executives at Houston’s CERAWeek conference, discussing Alberta’s vast oil sands reserves.


Liberals tack right, jettison progressive policy

February 22, 2017

When the Canada-Europe trade deal known as CETA came up for vote in the European parliament February 15, the Progressive Alliance Group opposed it: 254 members of the European parliament voted no; 33 abstained; and 408 voted yes.

While in Europe championing CETA, a deal fostered by Stephen Harper, Trudeau lined up with the conservative Christian Democrats — not the Democrats, or Socialists, or Green Party members. On key issues such as Indigenous rights, climate change, and protection of the marine environment from fuel spills, Justin Trudeau has his party moving right, taking positions defended by the Conservatives. Why is he putting his progressive image at risk?

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.

Trudeau’s Kinder Morgan approval final, cynical betrayal to Canadians who voted for real change

November 29, 2016

As expected, Justin Trudeau defied the popular will of Canadians, scientists, environmental groups, municipalities, the province of B.C. and the sovereignty of First Nations by approving the embattled Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline.

Trudeau’s Trumpishness bulldozes Indigenous rights

November 23, 2016

In a tribute to the relentless spin that long ago replaced any semblance of reasoned political discourse, Trudeau (like most Liberals who replace hated Conservatives) is getting away with policies that continue the Harper legacy (attacking pensions, privatization, an ongoing love affair with the tar sands, a refusal to return door-to-door postal delivery, signing the Saudi weapons deal, keeping intact the repressive C-51, and utter contempt for Indigenous peoples). Such behaviour indicates his relationship with Trump may not be as frosty as many predict.

Which failed pipeline project is about to get a major facelift?

November 18, 2016

Is a week enough to mourn yet? No, of course not. But there’s work to be done. Namely, Canada is about to undergo a pipeline renaissance. Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are definitely toying with the idea of reviving at least two, if not all three major bitumen pipeline projects that had been all but crushed by the First Nations, advocacy groups and millions of Canadians who opposed them. There have been occupations, court challenges, petitions and marches. But now, pipelines are back in a big way — and about to get bigger.