Tagged with Conservative Party of Canada

The stories we don’t hear: Michael Harris’s talk

I consider myself fairly non-partisan, politically. I’d vote for any party with a platform that was rational. There is no such thing in Canadian politics, of course, so I am forced to vote for the party with the least irrational platform, but I hold no strong attachment or animosity to any particular political party. All […]

Voting for pizza: electoral reform illustrated

So electoral reform is on my mind again – no, not for that reason, but because the next federal election is coming up. Last year I wrote a post for Canadian Atheist about electoral reform, and I was shocked and horrified to discover how little most Canadians know about the issue. My goal this year […]

Oxfam Canada denied charitable status because “preventing poverty” is not an acceptable goal

What if I told you that the Harper government refused to grant charitable status to Oxfam Canada? What if I told you that the reason they gave for refusing was because they objected to Oxfam Canada’s goal of “preventing poverty”? Ridiculous, right? Has to be something from The Onion, right? No, friends, this really happened. […]

The Paul Calandra way of answering questions

Paul Calandra, Conservative MP for Oak Ridges—Markham, has been parliamentary secretary to the PM since just September. In that short time, he made a name for himself as a nasty, dissembling thug who would respond to questions with deflections, attacks, and general non-answers – it got so embarrassing the Conservatives even stopped letting him answer […]

What’s the harm with metadata?

Thanks to Edward Snowden, CSEC has been outed as just as underhanded and illegal as the US‘s NSA – spying on innocent Canadians in violation of both reason and their legal mandate. But taking a page from the NSA‘s defence when they were caught red-handed, CSEC claims what they were doing was not really spying, […]