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The Centrist


Assault on unions: is Canada next?

 The startling move by the Governor of Wisconsin to eliminate the right of its public sector workers to collective bargaining has sent shock waves through North American business and labour....

Treaties: the Neo-Cons take over

In a fiercely worded press release this week, the Sliammon First Nation, located just north of Powell River, "strongly condemned” the federal government for stalling the treaty process, a “delay that...

In Harperland, hypocrisy, cynicism and deceit

Five years ago, a third of the country decided to give the newly branded Conservative Party a trial run. We wanted a change, but we didn’t know if we could trust Stephen Harper. So Canadians gave him...

Citizen participation essential to preserve democracy

In the summer of 2009, when I was first thinking of standing for a seat in the House of Commons, I consulted a number of people whose judgment I respect and trust. Besides my wife and other...

Subterfuge and incompetence

Scott Brison, Liberal Party of Canada Finance Critic, today took the highly unusual step of rising in the House of Commons to ask the Speaker to rule on a question of privilege. The Speaker is being...

Canada is not for sale

Is Stephen Harper prepared to defend his country at his meeting with President Obama?

Harper corporate tax cuts reckless and unaffordable

Unlike in 2007 when these corporate taxes were voted on, Canada is now running a $56-billion deficit and has accumulated more than $200 billion in new debt under the Harper government. These extra...

Canada's first man in space vows to fight for "open and innovative internet" in Parliament

The Liberal Party, led by Liberal Industry, Science and Technology Critic Marc Garneau, have vowed to fight for a free and open internet.

Empowering First Nations

BC has a wealth of raw aboriginal talent that needs help in tooling up for the economy of the 21st century. Let's just do it.
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