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  •  Why did Canada have such a hard right turn? (0+ / 0-)

    Is the movement popular or are Canadians enjoying themselves some Justin Bieber.

    "Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die," - Buddha.

    by sujigu on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 01:37:23 PM PST

    •  It didn't, but... (2+ / 0-)
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      SilentNoMore, Fresno

      ....first past the post elections have a rather predictable outcome when there are four parties splitting the left wing to centerist vote (Liberals, NDP, Green, and PQ) and only one for the right wing. Roughly 60% of Canadians voted against Harper one way or another, but he got a plurality (also cheated some, but that's another story).

      Take it as a grim warning against trying third-party games in the US.

      "They smash your face in, and say you were always ugly." (Solzhenitsyn)

      by sagesource on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 02:16:54 PM PST

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    •  Opposition Support for Idle No More/Chief Spence (1+ / 0-)
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      Fresno

      Harper only received 39.62% of the popular vote. As Sagesource also noted, the remaining votes were split among various centre and left parties and so Harper ended up with a solid majority of seats in the House of Commons. Since then, he has been ramming through right-wing legislation with no consultation or possibility of amendment, as if he has some kind of mandate which he clearly does not.

      There has been an outpouring of support for Idle No More and Chief Spence from across the centre-left political spectrum. The NDP Official Leader of the Opposition Thomas Mulcair has called upon Harper: I ask that you please act swiftly to avoid a personal tragedy for Chief Spence. The Liberal Member of Parliament and Critic for Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development Carolyn Bennett has likewise called on Harper to meet with Chief Spence: The hunger strike of Chief Theresa Spence of Attawapiskat, which began on December 11, illustrates the profound frustration of First Nations leaders with your refusal to listen to or act upon their legitimate concerns. The Dec. 21st Idle No More rally on Parliament hill included MPs and speakers from the Liberal, NDP and Green parties.

      Chief Spence and Idle No More have finally focused public attention, both in Canada and internationally, on Harper's disastrous policies for indigenous rights and the environment, as well as for many other issues.

    •  Harper and Justin Bieber (1+ / 0-)
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      Fresno

      Speaking of Justin Bieber, several days ago one of the frequently retweeted topics at #idlenomore was outrage that Harper found time to meet with Bieber and then on Friday to tweet about Homer Simpson. Yet Chief Spence was well into two weeks of fasting, and was only a five minute limo ride from Parliament Hill.

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