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Conservative MP Anders: Sorry for saying Mulcair hastened Jack Layton's death

Conservatives were left cringing once again over the ramblings of caucus colleague Rob Anders, this time over his suggestion that an ambitious NDP Leader Tom Mulcair helped hasten the death of predecessor Jack Layton.

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Santorum: ‘We Will Never Have… Smart People On Our Side’

Speaking Saturday at the Values Voters Summit, Rick Santorum said that “smart people” would never side with conservatives. Watch it, via RWW:

Santorum also claimed “the media” and “colleges and universities” would not be “on our side” because “they want to tell you what to do.”

Rather, according to Santorum, the conservative movement will be supported by “the church and the family.” This summer, however, a group of Catholic nuns have launched a bus tour “to shed light on the effects the House Republican budget would have on the poor.”


OP: WHY ARE THEY CLAPPING? "Woo hoo! I'm a IDIOT!" Man, I can so be a politician if these are the standards. No wonder the country is going down the toilet real fast. I'm flabbergasted. Can you imagine a speech like that at any other time in this countries history?

Lincoln: "Vote for me! I'M AN IDIOT AND PROUD!"

I guess it may work for the conservatives. I mean, since conservatives are apparently idiots now, so how would they know anyway? Man. Nice how he insults his own party.

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   Chris Grayling and Jeremy Hunt rise as cabinet reshuffle takes shape   
Rightwinger replaces Kenneth Clarke as justice secretary, while culture secretary is promoted to health post

David Cameron's new cabinet is taking shape as beaming ministers troop out of Downing Street to take up new roles and sacked ministers lick their wounds away from the cameras.

In one of the most significant moves, the rightwinger Chris Grayling was promoted to the cabinet to replace the "one nation" Tory Kenneth Clarke, who was demoted to the position of minister without portfolio with a roving economic brief.

The prime minister's original plans were disrupted when Iain Duncan Smith refused an offer to replace Clarke as justice secretary. Duncan Smith, who had indicated that he was only really interested in his work reforming welfare, thought about the move overnight. On Tuesday morning he told the prime minister he would like to stay put even though justice secretary is technically a more senior post.

Duncan Smith's approach contrasted with that of Andrew Lansley, who was demoted from the post of health secretary to become new leader of the Commons, replacing Sir George Young. Lansley had always said he would only ever serve in the cabinet as health secretary.

Jeremy Hunt replaces Lansley as health secretary. He described his appointment as a huge task and the biggest privilege of his life.

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OP: So we have a Justice Secretary who thinks it's okay for B&B owners to ban gay guests, an Equalities minister voting against equality legislation and Jeremy Hunt (aka the man who made a mess of the BSkyB bid) as Health Secretary. Oh and 3 out of 5 women in the cabinet demoted as opposed to 1 out of 19 men.

First post, so I hope I got everything right!
A protester who made it into a Conservative party barbecue in Edmonton says he was dragged out of the event and arrested by police when he tried to ask Immigration Minister Jason Kenney a question.

Bashir Mohamed, 17, planned to confront Kenney about the federal government's cuts to refugee health care. Mohamed says he was born in a refugee camp in Kenya and came to Canada with his parents when he was three.

He said he stood up and began to ask a question while Kenney was speaking, but was quickly grabbed by four men who pulled him outside.

He says police arrested him, but he was later released without charges.

"The police were very nice. They just wanted to figure out what was going on. I have nothing against the police," Bashir said shortly after he was released.

Steven Dollansky, the president of the Edmonton Centre Conservative Association and a member of the group that organized the barbecue, explained that the protester was removed because he interrupted the minister in the middle of his speech.
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A Conservative private members’ bill that repeals part of Canada’s hate speech laws has passed the House of Commons with scant media attention, and even less commentary. But it's being cheered by many Canadian conservatives as a victory for freedom of speech. And it's being cheered most vocally by another group: White supremacists.

Bill C-304, introduced by Conservative backbencher Brian Storseth, repeals Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, which bans hate speech transmitted over the Internet or by telephone. It passed third reading in the House of Commons on Thursday and is now headed to the Senate.

“This is a huge victory for freedom in Canada,” a poster calling him or herself “CanadaFirst” posted on the website of StormFront, a notorious white supremacist group. “However, we still have other unjust Zionist ‘hate’ laws that need to go.”

“Way to go, Harper. I know we can’t get everything we want, but I stand a little taller today as a Canuck,” wrote “OneMan.”
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Why would the Harper government cut Canada's Library and Archives budget?

Heritage Minister James Moore explained the 10 per cent overall cut would not hurt the agency because records could be digitized and made available to Canadians via the Internet.

But the 2012 budget cut the digitization staff by 50 per cent.

If that doesn't add up, then let's examine some other reasons the Conservatives led by Stephen Harper may have decided to reduce public access to the nation's archival records.

1. Who needs national records when you have the Bible?

Stephen Harper has to satisfy his party's evangelical base.
As well, since 2006 Harper has been a member of Ottawa's Eastgate Alliance church, which is affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. The statement of faith of this church declares that:

"The Old and New Testaments, inerrant as originally given, were verbally inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of people. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice."

Inerrant. Period. Goodbye archives.

2. Who needs facts if they screw up your favourite story?
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a more detailed look at the cuts: The Wrecking of Canada's Library and Archives
There's no profit in archives! The bottom line is that we don't know what will be a future historical document. So the greed and short-sightedness continues.
Downing Street has brushed off the controversy over the treatment of unpaid jobseekers who provided security during the Queen's diamond jubilee celebrations.

In a rebuff to Lord Prescott, who has accused the government of "exploiting cheap labour", the prime minister's spokeswoman dismissed the treatment of the jobseekers as a "one-off" and an "isolated incident".

The spokeswoman said: "This is a one-off … This is an isolated incident. The company has apologised."

Downing Street responded to the criticism at its weekly lobby briefing shortly after Prescott accused the government of presiding over the development of labour camps following revelations that unpaid jobseekers on the government's work programme were asked by the Close Protection UK (CPUK) security firm to sleep under London bridge before stewarding the Queen's diamond jubilee celebrations over the weekend.

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Over the Victoria Day weekend Canadians lost another vital national institution that quietly stood on guard for the nation's 4 million lakes.

Just as citizens flocked to their cottages and launched their boats, the government of Stephen Harper pulled the plug on Canada's greatest freshwater defender and scientific achievement: the Experimental Lakes Area.

And though its muzzled scientists haven't been able to talk about the program's impressive research in recent years without Ottawa's approval, this uniquely Canadian endeavor both changed and educated the world. It also drove global public policy on watershed protection.

In a move that stunned and appalled scientists around the world the Harper government laid off as many as 40 scientists associated with the legendary program working out the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Winnipeg's office.

According to Ottawa's tiresome newspeak, the program no longer "aligned with the department's mandate and is not responding to our research priorities."
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Valuing only what makes a profit allows a few people to get rich and impoverishes the majority. This reminds me of the Bushes and who they represented. Oh Canada. :(
The blame game is under way following the Conservative Party rout that occurred in yesterday’s local elections, and its support of “gay marriage” (i.e. marriage equality) is being used as a scapegoat. Gerald Howarth, MP for Aldershot and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Defence), told the BBC, “There are issues, for example, like the proposals for gay marriage. A lot of Conservatives have written to me saying ‘I am a lifelong Conservative, there is no mandate for this, why is this being proceeded with?’.” It is a cynically narrow definition of the democracy that a party should only serve the interests of its core members. A political party should lead, not follow. Nevertheless the MP for Peterborough, Stewart Jackson, called on the Prime Minister to drop “barmy lib Dem policies” like gay marriage because they offend traditional party members.

The Conservative vote was split in this election by the right-wing alternative, the UKIP, which accused David Cameron of “deliberately provoking a conflict with people of faith, and risking turning their beliefs into criminal ‘hate offences’,” and whose National Executive “confirmed that while UKIP fully supports the concept of civil partnerships, it opposes the move to legislate for same-sex marriage”. The MP for Devon South West, Gary Streeter, has been a vocal opponent of marriage equality, which he calls “gay marriage”, and he is a supporter of the Coalition for Marriage, as outlined in the article ‘Pro ‘gay cure’ charity infiltrates government’. He is calling for the Conservatives to take a right turn, and is using the increased UKIP to support this. “If the tail has been wagging the dog a little bit too much, we have got to be a little more small “c” and big “C” conservative on crime, law and order, some of our traditional policies. That’s what our supporters are waiting, indeed gagging, to see.”

The Conservatives lost 403 seats and 12 Councils in the election. Its coalition partners, the Liberal Democrats, lost 329 seats and 1 Council. What this says about the future of British politics is hard to gauge when only 32% of the electorate voted. The problem is that it is being used by opponents of equal marriage within the government to derail policies that were already on uncertain ground. And that government is still in power.

Conservatives release new election-style ads

There's at least three years before the next federal election, but it appears the Conservatives are already in campaign mode.

No, they haven't reverted to robocalls, but they have gone back to another signature tactic: television attack ads.

Stephen Harper's party has produced two election-style commercials, to be broadcast in key markets starting Tuesday.

The first one targets Liberal leader Bob Rae's record as premier of Ontario:

"As the premier of Ontario he has a proven record of failure," notes the video's narrator.

"By the time he was done, Premier Rae turned Ontario into the welfare capital of Canada. Bob Rae, if he couldn't run a province, why does he think he can run Canada?"

A Conservative source told the Toronto Sun that Rae is fair game because he has not ruled out running for the leadership of the third-place party.

The second ad is in colour, and highlights Harper's handling of the economy after the 2008 global meltdown.

"We welcome Bob Rae's call for a debate on his record and ours," the Conservative source told the Sun.

"So we are launching an advertising campaign highlighting Bob Rae's proven record of failure and contrasting it with the strong economic leadership of the prime minister and our Conservative government."

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