Stop being conned by those right-wing non -progressive Liberals and their sycophant media.
Rail blockade set up to stop shipment of pipes for $9.3-billion Trans Mountain expansion project
by Charlie Smith on October 17th, 2019 at 9:26 PM
- MADISON ROWLEY
In August, the Canadian government–owned Trans Mountain Corporation announced that it was restarting construction on a massive pipeline expansion.
This came after the Trudeau cabinet approved the $9.3-billion megaproject for a second time over the objections of several First Nations and environmental groups.
But today, activists in Oregon and Washington set up a blockade on a rail line to prevent the pipe from being shipped to Canada.
They claimed that the direct action at the Port of Vancouver in Washington state "is causing a major delay in loading pipe onto trains destined for British Columbia".
It was organized by the environmental groups Portland Rising Tide and Mosquito Fleet. It came four days before the Canadian election.
A banner at the protest site declares "Your hypocrisy is embarrassing!" with the hashtags #Trudeau, #GovInslee, and #StopTMX.
If the project is completed, it will dramatically increase tanker traffic in Burrard Inlet and the Salish Sea.
In 2014, the City of Vancouver commissioned a report that concluded there would be more than 71 million tonnes of annual downstream carbon dioxide equivalent emissions as a result of this project.
That exceeds total carbon emissions every year in all of British Columbia.
The Trudeau government bought Texas-based Kinder Morgan's Canadian pipeline system in 2018 for $4.5 billion.
As Chretien used to say the redbook is only for the election campaign. Election nite the redbook goes through the shredder, and Liberals show their true right-wing colours!!!
This man doth protest too much, methinks.
Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh first to respond to Premier Dwight Ball
'Voting out of fear is a waste of your vote' says Jagmeet Singh, as coalition speculation continues
But that didn't stop Singh from being highly critical of Justin Trudeau and the Liberal party, telling The Current that while Trudeau may "talk the good talk," he believed the Liberal leader had favoured powerful corporate interests over fulfilling his campaign promises.
Singh alleged that Trudeau had abandoned his pledges to end fossil fuel subsidies and lower drug prices after meeting with oil and gas and pharmaceutical lobbyists hundreds of times.
See the difference now between the Liberals and a progressive party?
The NDP Will Increase Taxes On The Super-Rich & End Pipelines
Here's where the NDP stand on all the issues that matter to you!
7 hours agoUpdated on October 17 @ 03:57 PM
This is MTL Blog’s Federal Election Platform Series.
Over the next few weeks, leading up to the Federal Election on October 21, we’re outlining the platforms of Canada’s major federal political parties, including the Conservative Party, the Green Party, the Liberal Party, and the New Democratic Party.
After the "Orange Wave" in 2011's federal election and a huge collapse in support in 2015, the NDP is taking on the 2019's election with ambitious new plans and a new leader in Jagmeet Singh.
Despite a resurgence in support, nothing has come close to matching 2011's "Orange Wave" in Quebec. Currently polling at 11.1% in our province and 15.3% across Canada, it's highly unlikely that Singh and the NDP will form the next government. It's not for lack of trying, however, as Singh is immensely popular with young Canadians.
The NDP has laid out a plan that includes taking action on climate change, taxing the super-rich, investing in Indigenous communities more than ever before, and even expanding Medicare to include free dental. When it comes to policies that young Canadians care about, Singh is "ready to fight" for what they believe in.
Here's where the NDP stands on issues that matter to Montrealers.
READ ALSO: Jagmeet Singh Discusses Racism In Canada & Quebec Bill 21 In Exclusive MTL Blog Interview
The NDP platform states that "immigrants strengthen our country and we will always stand against those who would use fear of our neighbours to divide us."
They will suspend the Safe Third Country Agreement, as they don't consider the U.S. a safe country for asylum seekers.
Jagmeet Singh says the NDP will focus efforts on family reunification, refugee resettling, and treating all immigrants with "fairness, respect, and dignity."
The NDP opposes creating a single income tax return for Quebec. They will also increase the capital gains tax from 50% to 75%.
They will impose more taxes on the wealthiest 1% of Canadians (those making more the $20 million).
Jagmeet Singh has said that an NDP government will "crackdown" on tax havens for the super-rich and make sure that they are paying their fair share to society.
Climate action is one of the pillars of the NDP platform. Singh has said that they have one of most "ambitious plans" for climate action.
The NDP will continue carbon pricing and scrap all pipeline plans. They've pledged $1.8 billion to lift boil water advisories in Indigenous communities and will invest $1 billion to help energy-retrofit homes.
They have a goal to create over 300,000 new jobs in green technology fields in all communities across Canada.
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The NDP wants to build over 500,000 affordable housing units over the next 10 years. They've pledged $5 billion to make this happen.
The party acknowledges that Canada is in the midst of a housing crisis and will provide "immediate relief" for families who are struggling to make rent.
They will also double the Home Buyer's Tax Credit to $1,500.
Bill 21 & Quebec
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The NDP leader Jagmeet Singh has called Bill 21 "hurtful" and "discriminatory." He said that he will be a "champion" for those who oppose the law in Quebec. An NDP government would not interfere with provincial jurisdiction, however.
They are opposed to the CAQ's proposed "values test."
They've promised an additional $73 million to help the province process refugees.
The NDP has said they want to apply Bill 101 to federal businesses like banks and telecom companies.
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The NDP announced a pledge for investments in public transit, but have not been specific on numbers.
For communities that invest in public transit and green initiatives, the NDP has announced that they will work "towards fare-free transit to ease commutes and make life more affordable."
They want to have a completely electrified public transit system by 2030.
Young Canadians fall out of love with Justin Trudeau
NorthReport, if you want to link an article, please just link it instead of pasting the whole thing, including garbage links and broken images strewn throughout. These threads are getting really hard to read and devoid of much in the way of actual discussion.
Thye Liberals are the only choice to beat the Conservatives. Me thinks I will vote to stop Scheer. And hopefully the Liberals have learned some lessons and we won't see another Conservative government until I retire.
On immigration, Liberals and Conservatives border on the same ideas
Do you think the Justin Liberals buying a pipeline relects progressive Canadian values? Seriously.
U.S. fuel storage explosion worries Burnaby tank farm neighbours
TV coverage of a fire at a fuel tank facility in California. Screenshot
An explosion at a fuel storage facility in Crockett, CA on Tuesday didn’t just send a giant fireball into the air – it rocked the world of Burnaby’s Forest Grove residents.
Your riding is a Liberal-NDP fight.
This is a good article which shows that the Liberals campaign left, but the Liberals govern on the right, and the Liberals are right-wing and no way a progressive party.
Trudeau’s Promised Indigenous Housing Strategy Still Nowhere in Sight
We spoke to Indigenous leaders and housing advocates to learn what’s at stake and what they want to hear from the parties.
‘They don’t own your vote’: Singh pushes back on Liberal warnings about voting NDP
Justin Trudeau is a fake progressive. Now Canada must vote for real ones
Ahead of Monday’s election, little divides the Liberal prime minister and the reactionary Conservatives. But there is an alternative
Liberals freak out when you tell Canadians the truth. The truth being that outside of the Conservatives in Canadian politics, the Liberal Party was Harper's biggest political ally and supporter. Sound familiar?
Liberals fear a progressive challenger more than they fear the right wing
In 2017, journalist Martin Lukacs wrote a column for The Guardian comparing U.K. Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. "Jeremy Corbyn has shown us the meaning of a politics of genuine hope," Lukacs wrote then. "What Trudeau has deployed has only ever been a politics of hype."
Lukacs knew he'd hit a nerve from the way Liberal party insiders responded to his piece. "The crème de la crème of Liberal intelligentsia in this country had a meltdown on Twitter," he recalls with a laugh. "So I thought -- huh, I clearly hit a soft spot."
Lukacs' investigation of that soft spot grew into his 2019 book The Trudeau Formula: Seduction and Betrayal in an Era of Discontent (Black Rose Books), which argues that progressive branding played a huge role in Liberal party operations. This, Lukacs contends, masked a neoliberal policy assault which in some ways went even further than Conservative initiatives under Stephen Harper.
The Trudeau Formula offers an astonishingly thorough investigative overview of the past four years of Liberal governance, concentrating on key aspects: the Liberals' failure to enact policies to address climate change; their sustained effort to dispossess and disempower Indigenous peoples while maintaining a public veneer of commitment toward reconciliation; their failure to fulfill the promise of electoral reform; their atrocious record on arms manufacturing and sales, facilitating the use of Canadian-produced weapons in horrific war crimes abroad; and the superficiality of their gestures around immigration and refugees.
"The notion that the Liberal party is a progressive force is probably the most successful marketing operation in Canadian political history. And questioning that is Kryptonite for the Liberal party," Lukacs explains.
Lukacs is frustrated at the way some of the 2019 election scandals have been handled by media, warning that coverage has missed some of their most important dimensions. In the case of Trudeau's blackface scandal, for instance, English-language media rarely interrogated the ways blackface is not nearly the social taboo in Quebec which it is in English Canada, despite the ongoing efforts of anti-racist activists there. As well, the systemic nature of Canadian racism was barely broached.
"Racism is a whispered subtext that runs through so much of the policies we see from the Liberal government," Lukacs says, listing off examples. Climate change -- "it's mostly Black and brown people around the world who are facing the worst brunt of climate change." The "reconciliation industry" -- "which has seen a superficial embrace of allyship while continuing the policies of land and resource dispossession." The "immigration regime system, which has essentially been totally rebranded as stuffed animals and hugs from Trudeau at the airport."
"It's easy for Trudeau to look good compared to [U.S. President Donald] Trump," Lukacs says. "But even on immigration, the Trump government's policies on immigration have been modelled after Trudeau's." His book explores how, for instance, Trudeau's government beat Trump to the punch in lifting the post-earthquake moratorium on deportations to Haiti.
"So that's the conversation that we didn't really have in this country, because the corporate media are so fixated on: 'Is Trudeau or is he not a racist?' I mean, all white people are racist in a settler colonial society, by dint of the privileges and power that accrue to us from the racialized organization of our daily lives. But that's not a conversation we had. I think because the debate was refracted through the prism of the election, that's why it hasn't hurt him so much, and also because the mainstream media didn't draw those connections."
The Trudeau Formula also probes deeply into the Liberals' embrace of big oil. Stephen Harper's flat-out intransigence on fighting climate change drew international opprobrium and fueled large-scale domestic opposition, increasing pressure on large energy companies. Trudeau preferred a more subtle approach: pitching a national energy strategy as part of the fight against climate change, bringing advocacy groups on-side; and then allowing that strategy to be taken over by the oil lobby and become a vehicle for expanding pipelines.
"All of the big oil majors actually have much preferred the Liberal party and have funneled their policies through the Liberal party," he says. "And yet we're still stuck with this narrative that helps the Liberals entirely, that big oil's preferred party is the Tories. But this is not true. They're small oil's party. Big oil prefers the Liberals."
The Liberal government has also come under fire during this election for its decision to challenge a recent ruling by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. The government was ordered to pay billions in compensation to Indigenous children removed from their families as a result of a dysfunctional child welfare system. Yet Lukacs observes that this is, in fact, the eighth time they've refused to comply with the rulings, which have been coming down since 2016. Canadians just weren't paying attention the way they are now, he says.
This also fits with Trudeau's formula: public avowals of respect for Indigenous peoples while working assiduously to persuade Indigenous groups to agree to extinguishment of their land rights, a process Lukacs explores in a lengthy chapter of his book.
As Lukacs observes, Indigenous youth invited to the many gala meetings and summits held by the Liberals were among the first skeptical voices in the country to publicly reject the Liberal charm offensive.
"I think in part because Trudeau's reconciliation shtick has been unravelling in the past year -- especially since they dispatched heavily armed police to dismantle and arrest the peaceful Unist'ot'en blockade in northwest B.C. against Gaslink -- we've seen that carefully cultivated public image unravel."
Lukacs feels that one way to defeat the Liberal formula is to shine a light on the contradictions between Liberal values and actions, and to make the Liberal party's well-intentioned voters and members realize the intractable nature of its double standard.
The other way to defeat it, he says, is to provide an authentically compelling and inspiring alternative.
The final section of the book turns its gaze on the New Democratic Party. The NDP has, in recent years, been a site of struggle between those who desire a variation of Trudeau's Liberal formula for the NDP, and those who would adhere to the party's social democratic roots.
"Even though Jagmeet Singh has given us only just a little taste of that, there's already so much energy around what he has given," Lukacs says. "Imagine if he were actually articulating an unapologetically left-wing political agenda, rather than just the milquetoast socialism that we're getting from him now. I think you would see a huge amount of latent unrest in this country be channeled into a political movement that could actually make a concrete impact."
Lukacs is an overt supporter of a more progressive NDP; he is a co-drafter of The Leap Manifesto, a left-wing manifesto whose emergence brought that struggle to fever pitch within the party. In the book, he recounts this process in fascinating detail, noting with irony that the manifesto's basic principles have already taken on a life of their own in the United States as the Green New Deal, embraced by Democratic politicians more eagerly than their NDP counterparts.
But for many Canadians seeking a progressive choice but fearing a regressive election outcome, the question remains: how to respond to those who argue a Liberal vote is a "strategic" vote?
"I think you can respond in a few ways," Lukacs says. "One is that this invocation of the spectre of a right-wing threat is actually a muzzle tactic that liberal parties use. A muzzle against the left."
He points to the Ontario election of 2018, where the flailing Liberals concentrated their attacks on a surging NDP, thereby guaranteeing Doug Ford's Conservative win. This, he says, reveals not only the close affinity between Liberals and Tories, but also that the Liberals fear a progressive challenge to their power more than they fear the right wing.
The other response is that it's much more accurate to think of neoliberal political parties "not as the lesser evil of the two parties, but as the road to greater evil. I think the damage in human lives that neoliberalism of the liberal centric sort has wreaked over the last 40 years has created this huge amount of grievance and pain and much of that is now being channeled by the right wing."
Ultimately, he argues, the only way to build an alternative to alternating Liberal-Tory rule in Canada is to stop voting for those two parties. Despite his criticisms of the NDP, he feels they're the party with the greatest potential to become a progressive electoral alternative.
"If we keep giving the Liberals a blank cheque, which is effectively what strategic voting does, then we're not going to get there. It just demobilizes us constantly. It undermines the political confidence that we need to build among the left in this country to actually mount some kind of challenge to the establishment.
I don't think we can do it if we keep succumbing to the strategic voting card."
Hans Rollmann is a writer, editor and broadcaster based in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He’s program director at community radio station CHMR-FM; a founding editor and reporter with theindependent.ca, and a contributing editor to popmatters.com. His academic work and journalism has been featured in a number of national and international publications, and in 2017 received an Atlantic Journalism Gold Award.
Let’s turf Trudeau and demand better
Maybe Gordo could come out of retirement and save the day!
Has Hans been voting strategically? I agree with most everything he says but not his conclusions. From what I have seen of the polls people are specifically not voting strategically even though both major parties are begging them to.
The Leap Manifesto failed because of the way it was written and titled not because of the ideas it contained.
The Conservatives and some misguided environmentalists have convinced people that greening the economy will be a painful expensive transition with little to no immediate rewards. That it will mean giving up conveniences and paying more for stuff for nothing tangible in return.
Singh is on the right track. People don't want to hear about manifestos they want to know how life will be made better for them. They want to hear about how things will be paid for. If Trudeau wins a minority he will be hard put to reject a wealth tax. Singh will be attacking the fossil fuel subsidies and TM.