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Decorum in the House

Friday, 30 Apr 2010 - Further to my last blog, I want to share an effort to improve the behaviour in the House moved by none-other than Michael Chong, whom I mentioned favourably in my last blog, and jointly seconded by...
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Culture Wars

Thursday, 29 Apr 2010 - Parliament is not a happy place.  If anything, it has gotten worse since when I wrote Losing Confidence.  This week I have been in Ottawa, for the Speaker’s ruling and other events.  Going to...
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Investigations

Thursday, 15 Apr 2010 - While reporters scratch their heads and keep digging to unravel the mystery of why the Prime Minister called the RCMP on his former minister for the Status of Women, they seem so obsessed that other...
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Scientists at East Anglia vindicated by U.K. House of Commons

Sunday, 04 Apr 2010 - After months of having allegations of fraudulent behaviour trumpeted in the media (huge spread in the Globe and Mail, and Margaret Wente erroneously claiming the emails were “leaked”, similar...
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Budget as Bulldozer: Take two

Thursday, 01 Apr 2010 - Last year, I wrote a blog with this title.  I was shocked to find the 2009 Budget Implementation Bill was being used to gut the Navigable Water Protection Act (NWPA).  The NWPA had been cornerstone...
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The tar ponds “clean-up” will not work

Wednesday, 24 Mar 2010 - CBC News announced today that the clean up of the tar ponds has begun. The country’s worst toxic waste site will be completely remediated by the mid-1990s. Sorry.  Wrong press release.  That was the...
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POP Quiz for Democracy fans!

Saturday, 20 Mar 2010 - OK, everyone really committed to regaining democracy in Canada; can you spot the whopper in the following statement from the Prime Minister? “Do I realistically expect that everybody who works for me...
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Airport Tantrums

Friday, 19 Mar 2010 - I am writing a blog about this because I think I am the only person in political life who remembers Alan Redway. Alan Redway was a Progressive Conservative MP in the Mulroney government.  If memory...
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Getting corporate concentrated media to cover the problem of media concentration

Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010 - Earlier this week, we issued a news release on the enormous opportunity presented by the upcoming sale of the Asper empire of newspapers, CanWest Limited Partnership (LP).  That conglomerate now...
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An invitation for Earth Day

Sunday, 14 Mar 2010 - It occurred to me the other day that the next April 22 will be the fortieth anniversary of Earth Day.  Back in 1970, I was in Grade 10 when the first Earth Day took place.  I remember writing flyers...
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