Common Canadians

Canadian Politics, Global Citizenship, Challenges of Change


October 2015

The new Liberal government had endorsed TPP in principle but vowed to renegotiate parts of it before signing it, which they’ll never be able to do. The negotiations are concluded, the text is finalised, and the other 11 countries in TPP will not re-open the negotiations at the whim of Justin Trudeau. It’s a take it or leave it deal, and if the Liberals don’t like it, they need to lump it.

Source: Globe and Mail: TPP’s copyright chapter will cost Canadians hundreds of millions / Boing Boing


TPP: A secret deal that binds the hands that heal – Broadbent Institute

In Canada, change can happen fast when a government has a strong mandate — hear majority government.

After 78 days of frustrating rhetoric and an absence of substantive debate or proactive debate, Canada’s new government springs into action in the name of Canadians in a big way.

With a majority and mandate under his belt for less than 24 hours, PM Trudeau signals that world that the heart and face of Canada has changed.

Not bad for a guy who Canadians were told to fear because he had nice hair…

On the heels of his major election win, Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau told reporters on Tuesday that he will end the bombing campaign in a “responsible way.”

Source: Trudeau Tells Obama He’s Pulling Canada Out of Bombing Campaign Against the Islamic State | VICE News

Parliament 2015 if Proportional Representation were a Canadian reality.

Food for thought: Left vs Right (World)

Voting is the very least effort a citizen can make – real work begins post Election 2015

What to do in the event you wake up Tuesday morning and Stephen Harper is still Prime Minister

With luck … the world will look much better on October 20th 2015 (corrected from original typo: 2105)

Drinking Tips for Teens

[sigh...] [sigh…] 1. Remain calm.

2. Check for structural damage.

3. Be prepared for aftershocks and gloating.

4. Deal with any minor injuries, including cuts, sprains and ideological collapse.

5. Take two minutes to weep in silence behind closed doors so as not to alarm the children.

6. Eat a healthy, nutritious breakfast, because breakfast is the most important meal of the next four years of fear-driven dogma and social alienation.

7. Listen to the radio for further instructions. If it’s CBC Radio, you better make it quick.

8. Stay away from downed power lines, washouts, Twitter and Facebook.

9. If you begin to hyperventilate, take a plain paper bag, open it, fill it with large sums of 50-dollar bills and mail it to the member of the Senate representing your region.

10. Try to find out who is the member of the Senate representing your region.

11. Stock up…

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Missing from Canadian Landscape: Food Security Protections

Canada’s decade of regression

Can you survive on $8 CDN per hour? Welcome to the new labour standard movement.

Canada. A minor player on the world stage

Exposed: Obama’s Phony Trade Bill…Only 5 of 29 Chapters About Trade

Tech Entrepreneur pledges $1M to continue that battle against the misnamed ‘Anti-Terror Bill’ — C-51

Why question #TPP? Top 1 Percent Own More Than Half of World’s Wealth

Harper on PM “Caretaker Role”: What to skip and what to push

So far, the Harper government has missed out on the buildup to Paris, skipping July’s Climate Summit Of The Americas summit in Toronto and committing at the G7 Summit only to end all fossil fuel production and use by 2100, a move slammed as inadequate by critics. Yet Mr. Harper had no problem pushing the Barack Obama led Trans-Pacific Partnership and signaling Canadian inclusion in Atlanta in in advance of the election results.

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