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Liberals follow in Conservatives' footsteps with government by the PMO

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[The inherently undemocratic influence of the PMO remains strong despite changes that, like so many other things, Trudeau promised to make during his election campaign. *RON*]
Duncan Cameron, rabble.ca, 18 April 2017

The prime minister's personal staffers have a partisan mission. Each political cycle ends with an election: the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) is supposed to make sure the government comes out on top.

While Prime Minister Trudeau enjoys personal popularity, his government is exhibiting signs of political amnesia. They keep forgetting why they were elected.

With 18 months in office, on key files the Liberals seem incapable of distinguishing themselves from the previous Harper Conservatives.

It may be reassuring for Justin Trudeau to have his campaign team making policy, but it is not working out well with Chief of Staff Katie Telford and Policy Advisor G.M. (Gerry) Butts running things from the PMO.

How could the Trudeau governmen…

Ontario to launch basic income test this spring in Hamilton, Lindsay, Thunder Bay

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[The Ontario government will test out a program to give money to a certain number of residents, even if they aren’t working. I hope this gets well researched and information about the project is widely distributed in a timely manner. *RON*]
Jessica Smith Cross, Canadian Press / CTV News, 24 April 2017
Ontario is launching a basic income pilot project this spring, aimed at providing financial stability for low-income residents in a time of precarious work and a changing economy.

Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the details of the province's three-year basic income project during a speech in Hamilton Monday.

"The project will explore the effectiveness of providing a basic income to people who are currently living on low incomes, whether they are working or not," Wynne said. "People participating in our pilot communities will receive a minimum amount of income each year -- a basic income, no matter what."
The pilot will launch…

B.C. belongs to resource companies. Clark's just the paid caretaker.

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[2017 ELECTION BC!! "In B.C., it comes down to cold, hard cash — lots of it. There are virtually no financial limits on political donations and seemingly no limit on out-bound government contracts in B.C. — the eternal quid pro quo of a profession where money is mother’s milk." *RON*]

Michael HarrisIPolitics, 20 April 2017
Unless Christy Clark’s bulldozer hits a ditch, the Liberal party’s power in British Columbia will probably grow. Just like the provincial debt, the horrid finances of BC Hydro and the evolution of Vancouver into a vast private club for the super-rich.

All this is supported by the nonsense view that Christy posing beside hulking dump trucks once every few years vanquishes all — including any zany notion of standing up for the environment. Even from a distance, surveying B.C. politics is like watching a python swallow a peacock.

What has politics become in British Columbia — and just about everywhere else in western dem…

No Joke: U.N. Elects Saudi Arabia to Women’s Rights Commission, For 2018-2022 Term

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[Hard to know where to begin. See: Saudi women drivers 'freed from jail'; When a Saudi woman daring not to wear a hijab leads to calls for her beheading, maybe it's time the UK paid attention; not to mention crucifixions, jailing teenage 'dissidents' and journalists, murdering Shias, abusing foreign workers, lying about 9/11 and the ongoing worldwide funding of terrorists. But they sell the West oil and buy zillions of dollars worth of Western weaponry. *RON*]

UN Watch, 22 April 2017


The Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch condemned the U.N.’s election of Saudi Arabia, “the world’s most misogynistic regime,” to a 2018-2022 term on its Commission on the Status of Women, the U.N. agency “exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.”

“Electing Saudi Arabia to protect women’s rights is like making an arsonist into the town fire chief,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Wat…

‘They Starve You. They Shock You’: Inside the Anti-Gay Pogrom in Chechnya

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["Among the fatalities documented by the organization were one man who succumbed during torture and two others who died in 'honor killings' by relatives after the police released them.... The security officers told the captives’ male relatives that, if they had any honor, they would kill the young men." *RON*]

Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, 21 April 2017

GROZNY, Russia — It was supposed to be a night out. But for the young man who calls himself Maksim, as for scores of other gay men arrested in a pogrom this month in Russia’s Chechnya region, it pivoted into nearly two weeks of beatings and torture.

Maksim said it had started with a chat room conversation with “a very good old friend who is also gay,” and who suggested that they meet at an apartment. When Maksim arrived, however, he was greeted not by his friend but by agents who beat him. Later, they strapped him to a chair, attached electrical wires to his hands with allig…