On the Left Side

thomas-mulcairTPP Deal: Mulcair Says NDP Not Bound By Agreement If Party Forms Government

ballot-boxIncorrect voter information cards sent out to hundreds of Canadians

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mideast-saudi-arabia-canadaCampaign cone of silence descends on Saudi Arabia arms deal

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cheryl-thomasVictoria Liberal Candidate Carol Thomas Drops Out Of Election

MartinBarker Conservative Martin Barker Featured In Nine Candidate Scandals in Nine Days:

unifor_logoUPDATE--Unifor walk back criticism of NDP for raising Saudi arms deal in debate

unifor_logoUnion asks NDP to keep Saudi deal 'under wraps'

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11391555Hardball politics slammed as fearmongering

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AP123306403942Shell pulls the plug on Arctic oil exploration-Video

Conrad Black speaks out against Bill C 51
Conrad Black predicts NDP will 'slip' in Quebec (Video)

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Alistair MacGregor
Alistair MacGregor Shows Needed Leadership On Weir

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No-chance Candidates Have Until September 28th 5PM to Quit for Good of Canada

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CBC/Radio-Canada flag in front of their headquarters in Montreal.The Canadian Press Images-Mario Beauregard
Alain Saulnier, Ex-CBC Exec, Says Broadcaster ‘In Danger Of Disappearing Forever'

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau addresses supporters during a campaign stop on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Why politicians have nothing to say on the campaign trail

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dianne_wattsConservative Campaign of Fear

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Stephen Lewis, Ashley Callingbull, Joseph BoydenLeap Manifesto In Line With Mainstream Thought

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11302492Municipal leaders call for environmental bill of rights for clean water, air and food

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Canadians Are Turning Into A Bunch of Racist Assholes

This post by Bert Bulmer appeared on Facebook. He absolutely nails it.

Bert Bulmer

Bert Bulmer

So a number of you have asked that I momentarily come out of my self-imposed FaceBook exile to comment on the current Canadian election campaign. I’ve politely denied these requests as my reasons for leaving FB are still very valid, but then I started to notice a disturbing trend:

Canadians are turning into a bunch of racist assholes.

Let me put it plainly…


Beautiful woman wearing a Niqab

If you believe that the current controversy regarding the wearing of the Niqab by Muslim women at the Canadian Citizenship Ceremony is anything other than a desperate, cynical attempt by the Harper re-election machine to distract the populace from what is arguably the worst job performance by any Prime Minister in our young country’s history then please do us and your children’s children a favour and step away from the adult’s table; go play in the corner with all the other victims of the Conservative’s glaringly obvious attempts at obfuscation and misdirection and talk about whatever ridiculous conspiracy theories you’ve been parroting on their behalf over the last 8 years. Please step away from the rest of us who aren’t fooled by Harper’s desperate – but sadly effective – machinations and while you’re doing that please do us one last favour:

Don’t vote.

Please don’t vote because if you do we’ll not only be the last generation to fully remember the dream that was Canada but we’ll also be the generation responsible for killing it.

Lynton Crosby

Lynton Crosby Master of the Political Dark Arts

Don’t believe me? Here’s a name I want you to Google: Lynton Crosby. (Here it is.)

This is the guy Harper’s just hired to ‘advise’ his campaign.

Crosby is a monster. He’s been called Australia’s Karl Rove and is a master at negative campaigning and ‘wedge’ issues, specifically race politics.

The Niqab policy and the current ‘Old Stock Canadian’ comments are rife with his handwriting. He’s a master of dark, divisive politics and the fact that Harper’s even talked to him should alone be a reason not to vote Conservative, let alone the fact he’s now essentially a member of staff.

The Muslim’s aren’t coming to get us; never were, never will. The fact is, countries in the Middle East have always had far more to fear from us than we have from them. ISIS didn’t spring out of some evil impulse mysteriously lying at the core of Islam, it sprang out of the inevitable blowback which results after a poor region is subjected to over 5 decades of the most cynical interventions of rich regions; from the 1953 Iranian coup d’état to the Iraq War, the West’s hands are covered in blood.

Don’t get me wrong: ISIS are no more than a gang of near-illiterate thugs who probably should all be shot, on this point no one – not the West, not the vast majority of the Middle East – disagrees. The point however, is that while most people in the Middle East understand where the aggression comes from, very few people in the West do…

…and this is what Harper is counting on.


PM Steve Harper

I’ve gone through the citizenship process and if the Canadian one is anything like the British (which it is, I’ve checked) then what everyone needs to really know is that by the time you get to the ceremony bit of the process – which is truly just that: ceremonial – you’ve been interviewed, vetted, checked and re-checked dozens of times over a period of about 5 years. To think that someone can just show up on the day of the ceremony with his or her face covered, be handed the certificate and then go “fooled you!” is madness.

If you honestly believe this is even remotely possible then congratulations because a): you’re as exactly gullible as Stephen Harper needs you to be, and b): you’ve successfully wasted a tremendous amount of time and brain power on an imaginary non-issue which could’ve been better spent on the actual horrors Harper has foisted upon the Canadian public – chief among these being a complete contempt for those organizations promoting the rights and equalities of women.

From canceling the nascent national child care program to closing 12 of the 16 Status of Women offices to his immobility on pay equity to his cozy (and secret) $15 billion arms deal with the notoriously anti-female government of Saudi Arabia, Harper has shown he has far more in common with those he claims to protect us against than he has with the majority of the Canadian public…

…that is, if the Canadian public is the same one I used to be part of and on that I’m growing increasingly unsure.

I hope ordinary Canadians will come ‘round. That’s the trouble with FaceBook though is that everyone ends up speaking to the converted. Those of you who’ve gotten this far in my little diatribe probably were on my side of the fence to begin with.

big leaderIt’s very frustrating because Canada’s always been more or less immune to this type of US style horseshit. Maybe it’s ‘our side’ who are really the gullible ones, believing Canadians were better than the Americans, British, Australians and numerous others this has already fooled – because fear seems to be working for Harper. Not even the fact that he’s had the worst economic record of any Prime Minister since the war seems enough to overpower this carefully cultivated manipulation.

Harper’s has destroyed – or is in the middle of destroying – virtually every institution that stood Canada apart and above every other Western nation. I write this as someone who’s had his right to vote stripped away. The most basic tenant of democracy has been denied me and 1.4 million other Canadians but all everyone can talk about is whether an immigrant who has spent thousands of dollars and endured years of bureaucracy to become Canadian should be allowed to wear a bit of cloth on her face.

Well, at least she’ll get to vote.

Thanks for reading, I’ll be back in FB exile until after the election but feel free to cross post all of this as you see fit.

Wayne Gretzky poses with Stephen Harper during a campaign event in Toronto. Handout/Postmedia Network

Wayne Gretzky poses with Stephen Harper during a campaign event in Toronto. Handout/Postmedia Network

…on the not-so-off-chance that a CSIS agent is reading this please be aware that although the above could now legally be considered terrorist literature under bill C-51 (not kidding here, look it up), I am most definitely not a terrorist. I’m just a grumpy old white man telling kids to get off my lawn. (Really, please don’t arrest me. I’ll take it all back if I have to.)

…and on the very, very, very, very off chance that this post somehow finds its way into Wayne Gretzky’s inbox:

Please go fuck yourself. You were a God on the ice but are clearly a simpering idiot when it comes to politics. I don’t know what they call it in the States when someone endorses a candidate who’s taken away their right to vote but in Canada we call it lunacy. Please retreat back inside your mansion and leave the rest of us to the business of saving the country you abandoned.


Please send this on to your contacts, FB, Twitter etc.


Maroc on Pope Francis and Kim Davis-Time To Take A Deep Breath


Can we perhaps sit down and take a deep breath before we set our hair on fire over Pope Francis having a 15-minute chat with Kim Davis, the fifty-year-old county clerk of Rowan County,

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Harperman-Singing Across Canada Plus Other Songs

Harperman singers


Beverley McKeen leads Cowichan Singers in their version of ‘Harperman’

It is amazing the number of songs that have sprung up across Canada aimed at dumping Harper and his ultra right wing government.

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Harperman-Cowichan Style

Harperman singers

“I am in shock,” said long-time wild salmon campaigner Alexandra Morton

Alexandra Morton-Marine Biologist



“I am in shock,” said long-time wild salmon campaigner Alexandra Morton when she heard the news that multi-national fish farming corporation Cermaq, based in Norway, had towed away their newly installed salmon farm

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Blue Rodeo Releases Song Slamming Stephen Harper-VIDEO


Another article from the National ObserverWritten By Charles Mandel

Iconic Canadian country-rock band, Blue Rodeo, has released a protest song and video against Stephen Harper and his Conservative government.

Titled ‘Stealing All My Dreams,’

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Potentially Scandalous Probe into Muzzled Scientists Not Likely Out by Oct.19


Here is another excellent National Observer article. This time By Mychaylo Prystupa looks into the reality facing Canadian muzzled scientists.

Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault in a photo by The Canadian Press

A potentially explosive

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B.C. Liberal Candidate Resigns Amid Backlash Over 9-11 Comments


Richard Hughes Independent Strategic Voter

Cowichan-Malahat-Langford’s Liberal candidate, Maria Manna has stepped down over her comments posted on Facebook doubting the official government line about the 911 tragedy.

The comments were posted a few

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Donald Sutherland Speaks Out About Canadian Politics–Would Vote NDP, If He Could.

Donald Sutherland

RMR-New Night Light-Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid!


José Mujica, nicknamed Pepe Mujica, was President of Uruguay from 2010 to 2015.

Jose Mujica

José Mujica, nicknamed Pepe Mujica, was President of Uruguay from 2010 to 2015. A former Tupamaros freedom fighter in the 60s and the 70s, he was detained, like a hostage by the dictatorship between 1973

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Here is the latest Adbusters Attack Ad!

Montreal Police

Here is the latest Adbusters Attack Ad!

Come Clean, Ms. Green

Murray Dobbin

The Green Party has betrayed their lofty ideals and continue haughty denunciations of the other parties.  



Come Clean, Ms. Green

by Murray Dobbin


The Green party and its leader Elizabeth May

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Project Democracy Call Out Green Party Over Their Inaccurate Pamphlet Blanketing Vancouver Island Ridings


Richard Hughes-Independent Strategic Voter

Perhaps it is one of the results of an extended election period but Green Party leader Elizabeth May, once voted as parliamentarian of the year by her peers, has it

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I Don’t Know About You But This Election is Unbearable By Gerry Caplan


This article published in Rabble.ca struck a chord and rings true with many soldiers of the left persuasion.

Gerald Caplan has an MA in Canadian history and a Ph.D. in African history from the School

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Harper’s ‘Dog Whistle’ Messaging to ‘Old Stock Canadians’ — Was Heard And Understood

Bush and Harper-Kindred Spirits

Don Maroc’s post on Harper’s thinly veiled ‘Old Stock Canadians’ was welcomed by many Cowichan Conversations readers.

He was certainly not the only one to hear the ‘Dog Whistle’ messaging from Steve Harper.

Bill Tieleman’s

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The Harper Song-Canadian Lies–A Parody


Harper’s Talking Points Released To Raeside!


Obviously Adrian has an inside source who shares Steve’s talking points. LMAO

What Is The Difference Between Canadian and American Political Leaders Debates?


This Is Why The Syrian Refugees Cannot Simply Go Back To Where They Came From!


1984 Was Supposed to be a Warning…


“Any society that would give up liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both”–Benjamin Franklin

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Who Are Stephen Harper’s “Old Stock Canadians?”


Don Maroc

During the recent three-way federal election debates outgoing Prime Minister Stephen Harper explained his plans for immigration of Mideast war-driven refugees.

After he distorted the truth about his cutting off medical care

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Healthcare in China-Largely An Individual Responsibility

Dr. Connie Harris

Cowichan Bay’s Dr. Connie Harris and Tom Shandel are in Shanghai for a month. Connie is teaching baby pharmacology at a children’s hospital in Shanghai and sent this report along.

I will be asking her

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Here is a limerick that will set you all a twitter


Elizabeth May is no quitter So when the Globe wouldn’t admit her

Elizabeth Said,”I reckon instead I’ll simply debate them on Twitter “

This was posted in the National Post the other day and

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Steelhead LNG and KERN have even more grandiose plans for Sarita Bay on Port Alberni Inlet

Maroc at the Helm

Don Maroc

Steelhead LNG and the Malahat First Nation have scheduled another public meeting to try to convince local south Cowichan residents of the incredible benefits of operating a floating liquid natural gas processing

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British Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn Hails Huge Mandate as He Sets Out His Green Left Wing Agenda



Many have wished that we would have a political voice of relevance and have cast eyes south to Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders.

Bernie does not beat around the bush and would have

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Jeremy Corbyn: The Green Britain I Want to Build

Jeremy Corbyn

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Here is an address from British MP Jeremy Corbin while he was running to become the next British Labour Party leader.

Pegged as a long shot, turns out that he was

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Michael Enright–CBC Sunday Morning–Where’s the Poetry in our Politics? (Audio)

Host-Michael Enright


In Case You Missed It   This is one of the best episodes that I have heard in years and it absolutely nails it. In the middle of a serious Federal Election the politicians,

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Harper Hires Infamous Australian Political Strategist From ‘Spin Doctors Without Borders’ ***Update ***

Lynton Crosby

Richard Hughes

Here we are in a three way race, according to the polls, with Harper hugging the margins of being the underdog to both the NDP’s Mulcair and Liberal’s Trudeau. This is fertile

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Michael Harris – Harper On The Hot Seat!

Michael Harris