Politics in Canada


LeftWords Festival of Books and Ideas

May 6, 2012
Ryerson Students' Centre
55 Gould. St.
Toronto , ON
43° 39' 28.7352" N, 79° 22' 42.6864" W
Ontario CA
LeftWords is a free public event that celebrates and promotes the work of Canadian and international writers and thinkers whose works appear in books and magazines by Canadian independent publishers.

Our pensions are at risk! Forum on pension security

Apr 21, 2012
Hasting Community Centre
3096 East Hastings at Lillooet Street
Vancouver , BC
49° 16' 50.3688" N, 123° 2' 21.9084" W
British Columbia CA
Please join Libby Davies and guest panelists to learn more about Harper's proposals for the OAS and GIS.

Capitalism and colonialism: Moving forward looking back

Apr 13, 2012 to Apr 14, 2012
SFU Harbour Centre, rm 1400
515 West Hastings Street
V6B 5K3 Vancouver , BC
49° 17' 3.0228" N, 123° 6' 43.542" W
British Columbia CA
Educational and experiential lectures plus workshop investigating the relationships between capitalism and colonialism.
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NDP Socialist Caucus Releases Spring 2012 Edition of Turn Left Magazine

The NDP Socialist Caucus (SC) is happy to present the Spring 2012 edition of Turn Left, the official magazine of the SC, in preparation for the upcoming federal and Ontario provincial conventions.

Spring 2012 Edition of Turn Left

This issue features articles on the corruption in Canada's banking system, Aboriginal struggles, the corporate media, student protests in Quebec, book reviews, our statement of support for Niki Ashton, profiles of our team of candidates who will be running for the Ontario NDP Executive in April, and much more.

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BC Premier's New Media Strategy

Recently former Harper Communications tough gal Sara MacIntyre was "hired" by the BC government to do damage control for the flagging BC Premier. What was the result. Well, a recent video came out where the Premier, under threat of....QUESTIONS...stepped aside to let the "veteran" question deflector take over. The result is quite telling. I predict in a matter of no time the media will be expected to vet all questions through an amped up communications department and the same thing will happen to BC media outlets that happened federally: a blackout of information.

I've attempted to embed the video below. I hope it works out (I'm a Luddite with HTML)

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Thoughts on Turmel?

Friday marks the final day that interim NDP and Opposition leader Nycold Turmel will stand in question period as leader of the party. 

It was unquestionable a tough job for her and jumping from a brand new MP to leading the main opposition party must have been daunting, especially given that she had to face up to a majority Conservative government.

Turmel has said this about her leaderhip of the party:


We had to grieve Jack Layton [and] then I had to learn, pretty fast, the job. It was a big challenge. I had to learn everything at the same time...I won't say we under performed...I would say, yes, we had some challenges in the fall with all the new people to be known, to be recognized for their experience.


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A few folks have asked questions about the liberal left wing of the churches or religious groups, and some have noted that Harper has a grip on the religious folk in Canada right now.

I wonder if there is a religious left in Canada that should be approached and reasoned with about the benefits of social justice for the poor, folks who may not have a voice in Parliament like the homeless, folks on disability pensions, the sick who need good quality psychiatric care?

I have zero connections in the religious community, but I wonder why these connections with the left have been lost? They could be a powerful allie if we could get some leftie churches and religious organizations involved. Or are they too rich to care?

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Green vs. NDP

Hello to anyone I hadn't messaged in my introductory post.

In that first thread, I mentioned I like a bit of the platforms of the Liberals, the NDP, and the Greens. But as I visit each party website and read about their policies, I find it hard to differentiate on more than a few areas of policy.

Given that I am a former libertarian who has since "seen the light" (for lack of a better phrase), I am what you might call a free agent looking for a place to belong. I'd like to get more involved on the left, and thought about joining a party - and the more I read the more I've boiled it down to the NDP or the Green Party.

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NDP Socialist Caucus Supports Niki Ashton as Next NDP Leader

The NDP Socialist Caucus (SC) is a group of left-wing New Democrats aiming to move the NDP to the left and create a more democratic and activist party.

Over the past month, members of the Socialist Caucus throughout the country have debated the leadership race and several proposals on who the SC should collectively support as leader.  After days of voting by email, on Facebook and by phone, the majority of SC members supported the position which urges a vote for Niki Ashton, with no recommendations for a second, third or further choice.


The Mint Film Festical celebrates World Water Day with arts and activism

Mar 22, 2012
Royal Ontario Museum
100 Quen's Park, Toronto
M5S 2C6 Toronto , ON
43° 40' 3.2592" N, 79° 23' 39.8904" W
Ontario CA
Tony Clarke Co-Author "Blue Gold" and Polaris Institute Dir. speaks after award-winning film Spoil about Northern Gateway pipeline plus comedy, musical guests, artists + more for World Water Day.

Fair Tax Summit: Building a Better Canada

Mar 29, 2012 to Mar 30, 2012
Lord Elgin Hotel
100 Elgin Street
K1P 5K8 Ottawa , ON
45° 25' 17.8788" N, 75° 41' 35.0736" W
Ontario CA
A conference aimed at building a movement for progressive taxation in order to protect vital public services and build a more equal society.
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Aavaz: Defending Democracy By Hijacking Democracy?

The following is an email I received this morning:

"Emma Ruby-Sachs - Aavaz.org

Dear friends across Canada,

Only 39% of Canadians voted for this Government and they still won power. This could happen again unless we all join our national political parties and encourage cooperation. Click below to sign up or click here if you're already a party member:


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