The Progressive Conservatives have only one year left in power. Here is how they can avoid spending the next decade in the political wilderness.
Beyond the colourful media coverage and incriminatory political punditry that have turned Kathy Dunderdale’s resignation into the biggest story of the year, is that other story that isn’t going anywhere: reality
#DarkNL did Kathy Dunderdale in, but the lights are still out in the House of Assembly
The province’s democratic tradition has fault lines and is once again under threat
The Scope has published a “Guide to Bill 29” that highlights some of the key particulars of the controversial legislation that was pushed through last June after a week-long filibuster in the House of Assembly. If you’ve been hearing about Bill 29 and Access to Information Laws a lot since last summer, it’s because the legislation marked an important moment in the province’s history, albeit a dark one. Among other things, Bill 29 prohibits journalists and the media from accessing certain information they previously had access to and would normally share with the public (i.e. through real “news”) once uncovered. The media’s ability to access such information is an integral part of any healthy democracy. If you’ve noticed an increase of protests and marches downtown or at the Colonial Building or Confederation Building, many of them make reference to Bill 29. Click here to read The Scope’s Guide to Bill…
Against intensifying discontent over what many are calling “undemocratic” governance, the Dunderdale-led PCs are pressing to sanction the Muskrat Falls megaproject. As a result, more people are going outside, meeting others and finding new ways to make their voices heard.
Province passes amendment that limits access to information and protects the privacy of its government
What initially began as an act of solidarity with the Québec student protesters has turned into a weekly march through St. John’s downtown core to protest more than increased tuition fees. A post in the “Casseroles Night in St. John’s” Facebook group reads: Show disapproval for Québec’s Law 78, which restricts Canadians’ civil liberties. Let those in power know that Canadians are paying attention! We will stand in solidarity with the students of Québec, but this is about much more. This is a stand against Harper: cuts to DFO and the fisheries, the “in and out” scandal, lying about voter suppression, the F-35 debacle, muzzling scientists, opposition to environmental groups, union breaking, the tar sands, cuts to refugee healthcare, Bill C-10 (the Omnibus crime bill (http://ccla.org/omnibus-crime-bill-c-10/) currently being criticized by the Supreme Court of Canada), C38, social injustice, neoliberalism, … and Dunderdale’s Law 29. Citizens wishing to join the march in protest of…
What is the nature of protest in a society that calls itself free? We return to the thought of Hannah Arendt to find out.
Debate led to disturbing confrontation
The Québec government took drastic measures last month to quash a student uprising against proposed tuition fee hikes in the province. In turn, “les casseroles” have become a Canada-wide symbol of ‘Solidarité’.