Debating the Canadian Police Association

Yesterday morning I took part in a televised debate with the Canadian Police Association President Tom Stamatakis on the government's impending "Lawful Access", or Online Spying legislation. Check out the debate...

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Ontario - Deficits - The Liberal and NDP Story

Queer Thoughts

The Ontario Liberals talk a good game about being fiscal managers of our money.  They suggest that the NDP would spend wildly, driving the deficit even bigger.  It's not based on facts.  Its based on a myth that NDP governments can not manage the books.  Its simply not true.

If you look at the record of the Ontario Liberal party over the last eight years, you will see they have only managed to

Mike Harris laughing as Libs adopt his Tax Cuts

Queer Thoughts

Mike Harris - Former Conservative Premier

It appears the Ontario Liberals after being in power for eight years, run up the largest deficits in years, now claim they have a remedy, a remedy they told Mike Harris would never work.  Mike Harris must be having a good laugh over this one.The Liberals in Ontario want to slash Corporate taxes.  The Liberals had a different song book for many years...

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cmkl - Chris Lawson's personal web site

For the first time ever last week the number of Firefox visitors to my blog exceeded the number of Internet Explorer visitors. By less than three per cent admittedly, and my audience is neither statistically significant nor representative of the population of the Internet, but I take it as a sign. A sign of what? [...]

Let us make one thing perfectly clear


Ontario is parliamentary democracy, albeit within it's own constitutional jurisdiction. As such it is the Ontario legislature that determines who will be in the government and form the Cabinet. As in all parliamentary democracies a government is legitimate if, and only if, it has the confidence of a majority in the legislature. This majority can be made up of members of one party or, as is actually more common in western democracies, be made up of a coalition of members of several parties.

The Fundamentals Are Pretty Shaky

The Progressive Economics Forum

Thanks to Arthur Donner’s Economic Comment for bringing this to my attention.

The official line we hear everyday is that the Canadian fundamentals are great, while other countries are in deep trouble because they are spending beyond their means and borrowing too much from the rest of the world.

Yet IMF projections show that Canada’s Balance of Payments deficit on current account is now just about the worse among the advanced economies – worse than the US, and set to be even worse than Italy and Spain in 2012.

Statement by New Democrat Leader Nycole Turmel on updated Official Opposition critic roles

NDP - Press Releases

Today I announced the following changes to the New Democrat Official Opposition shadow cabinet:

Jean Crowder (Nanaimo-Cowichan) will take over as Chair of the Standing Committee on Access to
Information, Privacy and Ethics and Kennedy Stewart (Burnaby-Douglas) will take over as Associate
Natural Resources Critic for Western Canada.

In addition, Hélène Laverdière (Laurier – Sainte Marie) will become Foreign Affairs Critic, while Jinny
Sims (Newton-North Delta) is appointed Critic for International Cooperation and Associate Critic of
Foreign Affairs.

These changes show the streng

Statement by NDP Leader on Mental Illness Awareness Week

NDP - Press Releases

Today my New Democrat MPs and staff will wear an orange ribbon in the House of Commons to mark the start of Mental Illness Awareness Week.

Mental illness affects more than six million Canadians. Sadly, approximately 4,000 Canadians commit suicide each year and it is the most common cause of death for people aged 15 to 24.

Desmond Tutu, Naomi Klein endorse ONDP Candidate

Queer Thoughts

NDP candidate Anil Naidoo and family

The Ontario election is getting exciting, especially when you have candidates getting the kinds of endorsements that Anil Naidoo is getting.  Naidoo is the NDP candidate in the October 6th Ontario election for Ottawa Centre.

It seems fitting he is the candidate for this riding due to his extensive activism and the list of people endorsing his campaign.

New study indicates global warming could cost Canada billions

The Reeves Report

Melting glaciers are not our only concern in a warming world.

Encouraging Early Political Engagement:

Politics, Re-Spun

It is not an accident that I am a political junkie.

The Politics of Hate and Anger. . . . .

KirbyCairo: From Politics to Poetry

I don't know if I am just getting old and being nostalgic about the past but it seems to me that politics is certainly gotten nasty over the years. Perhaps it is thanks to men like Karl Rove whose political style has gotten so popular with political parties everywhere.

Letter to Supporters: Did we change the online spying plan?

Under the intense pressure of our viral videos and the 70,000-strong Stop Online Spying campaign, the government pulled its invasive online spying bills from its omnibus crime package. If you signed the petition to Stop Online Spying, watched the videos, or helped fund the ads in Public Safety Minister Vic Toews’ riding, take a moment to give yourself a pat on the back.

Letter to federal MP Matthew Kellway (Beaches-East York).

To Ride, Shoot Straight and Speak the Truth

Dear Mr. Kellway,

I am writing to you as resident of Beaches-East York to express my concerns regarding the government's Bill C-32, An Act to Amend the Copyright Act. While this Bill does make for some reasonable reforms, it contains two serious flaws.

Canada’s a fit place for art, artists - and the CBC

Brian Topp

So why does Harper keep playing to Tory base with threats to drop the axe?

And a few scenes from New Brunswick

The Woodstock Ontario Independent News

Searching for that elusive heron that wakes me up everyday

A long condemned bridge over the Miramichi river

Experts Line Up Against Online Spying Legislation


New Mini-Doc Features Leading Legal and Privacy Experts