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We've spent the better part of the past three days sending updates to over 3,500 Canadians who emailed us about Bill C-10. I'm happy to report that many, many Canadians have told us they're determined to continue resisting changes to pay equity and the Navigable Waters Protection Act at Senate committee hearings. Contact information is available here if you're keen to join them. You can also join the Facebook groups for pay equity and for rivers which are still growing.
In the meantime, kudos to Runesmith who's started a Facebook group to support Kevin Page, the Parliamentary Budget Officer. And also to the environmentalists who outed Minister Jim Prentice's plans to rewrite the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. His plans are outlined in this internal memo. Finally, just in case you missed it, the indefatigable Kady O'Malley deserves our gratitude for liveblogging the ultra-right wing Manning Centre conference last Saturday.
Kady's reporting tends to prove the point one of my friends emphatically asserted last year, namely that the Conservatives really are committed to changing the fundamental DNA of our nation. Never mind that their credo has been convincingly discredited by the collapse of global economic systems. After all, as PM Harper assured them, that's not their fault – the US is entirely to blame and he himself plans to stick to "objectives broadly defined by our conservative principles." No wonder many Canadians are willing to keep up their resistance to travesties like the Public Sector Equitable Compensation Act and the Navigable Waters Protection Act.
Posted On Mar 16 09:55PM
Have you seen this latest anti-democratic move by the Conservatives? I'd say they won't be gathering fans if they try to keep incumbents like Rob Anders in place. Could it possibly be the straw that breaks the proverbial camel's back in oh so loyal Alberta? Ironic, really, given Harper's own track record. He actually ran against his mentor, Jim Hawkes, years ago, defeated him and then quit in a huff a couple of years later. I guess he knows too well the threat that traitorous supporters pose. Now he's trying to prevent others from being like him. Go figure.
Posted On Mar 16 08:41PM
Surely so, CrownVic. This continued assaults on our sensibilities must come to an end. If they serve to motivate a lot of Canadians to protest, so much the better. The broader the attacks, the better off we'll be in the short term, because it will trigger more and more of us to get active. Even here in Alberta!
Posted On Mar 16 08:27PM
There's something inherently democratic about what is occuring here. Namely, concerned citizens getting together and acting collectively to achieve political change.