Category Archives: Canada

La liberté de la presse serait-elle menacée au Canada? une interview avec Michelle Moore

L’une des porte-parole des CJFE, Michelle Moore, a confié à Alice Chantal Tchandem qu’en mettant sur pied des organismes indépendants ayant un pouvoir de surveillance au même titre que les structures de renseignement et de sécurité nationale qui existent déjà dans le pays, le gouvernement Trudeau crée un grave problème :

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Press freedom going extinct in Canada

We call on the Government of Canada to:

1) End mass surveillance and protect the private data of people and groups in Canada, including Indigenous communities, Muslims, journalists, environmentalists, labour organizers and academics while creating independent watchdog agencies for privacy and national security.

2) Support the Private Member’s Bill C-303 which would implement a line-by-line repeal of the provisions enacted by the Anti Terrorism Act, 2015 (formerly Bill C-51).

3) Support Private Member’s Bill S-231 which would create a press shield law and strengthen protection for advocates, whistleblowers and journalists.

Human Rights Watch accuses Canadian trained Kurd forces of Ethnic cleansing

The Human Rights watch Report, “Marked with an X”

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Canadians need to know

very clearly that we  stepped  much farther into this fight with Prime minister Trudeau’s 2016 shift. The consequences of which could be nothing short of cataclysmic. From the continued Screen Shot 2016-02-11 at 9.29.26 AMhorrendous suffering of the Syrian people, which is seeing bodies of whole families washing up on European shores, to the possibility of igniting a huge regional conflict if the Kurdish forces we are training and equipping claim their homeland by forcibly cutting off pieces of Turkey, Iran, Syria and Iraq,. The possibility of sparking a clash between NATO and the Russian Federation, or with Iran is not impossible. I was a Canadian soldier for ten years. Training whole units for combat operations ,of necessity, involves leading them in battle. General Vance Chief of the Defense Staff warned as much at the Liberal press briefing ,

new-defence-chief-20150717“We want Canadians to know that we will be involved in engagements as we defend ourselves and those partners who we are working with,” Gen. Vance later told reporters. “You put more people on the ground in a dangerous place, it is riskier over all.”  General Vance Chief of Defense Staff , February 8th, 2016

That’s what Mr Trudeau means when he says “advise and assist”. Witness also the recent assertion by  Maj.-Gen. Charles Lamarre, director strategic joint staff, that Canadian advisers played a vital leadership role in defending then retaking ground near Mosul on December 16th of 2015. In plain English that means putting Screen Shot 2016-02-11 at 8.34.17 AMrounds down range for Canadian special forces, it means Canadian soldiers personally leading platoon sized units into the fire of the enemy. As evidence of  ramping up of their operations the CF deployed of 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron  specialist Griffon helicopters. The highly aggressive troops of the JTF2 are on the offensive. The fact is we are excellent at this task, far more skilled than our American cousins, and that is why the Obama administration and the US pentagon welcomed Canada’s new mission.

If Canada is to pursue an independent foreign policy then the issues raised here should be talking points on our evening news. As it is the military and government are left to pursue their policies in the dark with little to no input from Canadians and perhaps little comprehension of the possible outcomes

Rex Tillerson father of Iraqi Kurdistan?

tillersonIn 2011 with Iraq headed toward chaos under the hardline Shia regime of Nouri al-Maliki Exxon mobile executive Rex Tillerson went looking in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish Regional Authority for new concessions. In 2011 after secret negotiations a deal was signed giving concessions to Exxon many n the so called disputed area that lies outside the boundary of screen-shot-2017-02-09-at-6-22-17-pmthe current Kurdish Regional Government area. This was viewed in Baghdad as solidifying the Kurd’s claim on the area and they are the same areas that Human Rights Watch claims of ethnic cleansing  is taking place. With Rex Tillerson now becoming U.S. Secretary of State. It is likely that the Kurdish claims may now have American backing.

 

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Montréal Journalist faces prison for covering a protest

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Authors’ note. In an earlier version of this story I mistakenly asserted Mr Marshall had been charged with unlawful confinement. He has actually been charged with “confining” the property not the people. I apologize for the error it is mine alone.

On the 3rd of May 2016, ironically international press freedom day, Cori Marshall a member of the Canadian Association of Journalists, member of the board of CUTV a university media outlet that has existed for 30 years and his colleague Ion Etxebarria  were arrested while covering a story. They have subsequently been charged with criminal mischief  section430(1) c) (4) b) , Forcible detainer section 73, Illegal protest section 66 of the criminal code of Canada. Mr Marshall and his colleague could face jail if convicted If this prosecution is successful it will be a body blow to press freedom in this country. 

Mr Marshall was filming an occupation of an office of Immigration Canada in Montréal . Mr Marshall was covering this event as a journalist. He is a member in good standing of the Canadian Association of Journalists. He did not plan the demonstration, he was not participating in the demonstration he was fulfilling the function of the Fifth estate covering a story of public interest. the following video was shot by Mr Marshall and streamed live to the web during the protest.

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At 1:28 in the video Cori is forcibly taken outside. He is then releasedand allowed to keep filming The SPVM didn’t do this to any actual demonstrators just him at. After he is outside Cori goes to the west side of the building, he is followed by an SPVM officer who then tells him to go out from starting at 10:36 on the video. Cori’s partner inside heard the police inside ask , by name about Cori’s whereabouts and if he had been arrested yet( That gentleman’s testimony will follow tomorrow) Cori follows the policeman to the front where a section of police recieve’sa phone call and he was arrested, sequence starts at about 14:30 till the end of the video. Mr Marshall was an authorized member of CUTV news, a university backed org in existence for 30 years.  press badge and working to cover the event live. He complied with all police orders and did not participate in the demonstrators actions at all

Mr Marshall was at all times clearly marked as press, he is well known as a journalist by the SPVM. At no time did  he pose a threat to anyone,he certainly confined no one. He complied with police orders, he didn’t resist when without warning he was physically removed from the protest site inside the office. He continued to film outside at a respectful distance  until he was  arrested and thrown over the hood of a police vehicle. He was taken to a downtown police station and charged with criminal mischief. On June 23rd when he went to the court to receive his proforma he learned he was also being charged with Forcible Detainer,

 

This is not the Montréal polices first foray into press suppression. the report here contains numerous accounts of the brutal treatment of journalists in Québec . Journalists here, both mainstream and alternative have faced  everything from viscous assault to hours of Illegal confinement and spurious, unconstitutional charges.

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In September I helped organize a sit down between Montreal police and independent Journalists in the city. The meeting involved senior commanders from the communications and interventions sections of the police. It was mediated by Tom Henniffer executive director of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression.  The meeting was difficult to arrange and was cancelled by Commander Ian Lafrenièr,  head of communications at the time for the SPVM, at the last minute because we where planning a press conference afterward. He expressed the opinion that speaking to the press about a meeting dealing with freedom of the press was a violation of our “agreement”. Nevertheless at this meeting Commander Ian Lafrenièr agreed to end the arbitrary arrest and assault of Journalists by the SPVM. We agreed to continue the policy we had always followed of never interfering with police operations, obeying within reason and whenever possible while still doing our jobs, lawful police orders.

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Montreal police meet journalists to discuss ground rules for covering protests

Mr Cori Marshall followed police orders , he did not struggle even when frogmarched out the door and streaming live to the internet he has the video to prove it. And yet for the first time  Journalists face serious criminal charges for doing their job, for covering an event of public interest.  A further danger here is that the behavior seems to be part of a conscious effort to stifle the coverage of protests as part of a wider strategy to deny citizens the right to protest at all. For five years the police in Québec have used brutal tactics to suppress dissent. These have been for the most part absolutely peaceful demonstrations.

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This is a vital issue for any citizen who values their place and power in our society. We already suffer from media being controlled by a very few and our news being transformed into entertainment . Any real attempt at democracy requires an informed engaged public, a free and independent press is the guardian of this right to the realities of our governance it is absolutely vital if we wish to have a just society. But the only guardian of that free an independent press is the power of the citizen to ensure that legislators provide for and enforce its freedom to operate.  Both Cori Marshall and his colleague Ion Etxebarria were volunteering their time to live-stream this event because it is an issue in the public interest and in the interest of their community and they passionately believe that interest must be served. Now the public and the community need to be as passionate in their defense.

The Canadian Forces have been preparing to battle Pipeline protesters.

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Some Québec Environmentalists and activists reaction to the scenario, Featuring Ellen Gabriel, Greenpeace Canada, and Filmmaker Olivier Asselin.

 

From February 8th to March 6th this year Canadian Forces conducted exercise Réaction Royal 2016. This exercise involved the entire 2nd Division, all the regular and reserve force units in Québec. The government’s DND website states; “The goal of the exercise is to confirm the abilities of Joint Task Force East to plan and conduct joint, national and inter agency operations during a humanitarian crisis.”The real scenario is somewhat darker. According to Canadian Forces spokesman the exercise scenario began with the sinking of a large cruise ship off the north coast of Québec. As the Canadian Forces start to deploy to help with rescue and recovery it is discovered that the ship was sunk by “terrorists.” In the exercise just as this is being discovered, “cells of the same group start attacking bases in southern Québec (St Jean sur Richelieu and Bagotville),” according to forces spokespeople.  The problem here is that these fictional villains were not soldiers of the caliphate fighting for ISIS, according to Canadian Armed Forces spokespeople I interviewed, they were environmentalists.

This fictional battle against environmentalists was not just fought by the Canadian Forces. This was a “whole of government” response exercise involving the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service(CSIS), Communication Security Establishment Canada(CSEC, the NSA north), Royal Canadian Mounted Police,(RCMP), The Sûreté du Quebec(Québec provincial police) and the Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal(SPVM).

Part of this fictional battle took place in cyber space with a fictional reservist leaking classified information on Facebook, and the use of social media to track down the cells of these fictional enviro-terrorists. To keep things exciting the cells of “environmental terrorists,” buzzed CF bases with drones and tried to infiltrate them by force. Canadian  Forces members dressed in civilian cloths  where used as crisis actors. As Quoted in “49 Nord,”

The scenario for Canadian Forces exercise Reaction Royale 2016
A radical ecological group, determined to undermine the credibility of the federal government and of the military by reducing their capability to maintain order, has started to conduct actions in the Arctic. Targeting mainly military installations as well as infrastructures critical to the province of Québec, the group could gather expansion in other provinces. Overwhelmed by a sinking in northern Quebec, the authorities asked the Canadian Armed Forces to intervene to support them and help in the humanitarian aid to the populations. Several cells are active in the south, in Greater Montreal and in the Sagueny

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In the Reserve Force, we all have another job as a civilian. We bring support to law enforcement forces , so this is known territory to me, I don’t just act like I know what I’m doing. In my other job, I am the commander of the tactical intervention Group of the Montréal Police ».

Lieutenant-colonel David Shane, Commander of the 4th Battalion Royal 22e Regiment

Translated from French by Manon Levesque

 

 

The premise of the exercise scenario, that an environmental group would sink a large cruise liner is unlikely to say the least. Given that these large ships carry thousands of liters of various fuel oils and other chemicals, and with some of these ships carrying 5000+ passengers and crew the human toll would be unimaginable.  There is however some logical basis, albeit twisted, for this aspect of the scenario. The North West Passage  will for the first time be a cruiseroute for cruise ships as the fast disappearing arctic ice, caused by fossil fuel driven climate warming, allows freer passage. The Government has been concerned as we have little capability to intervene in the event of an actual nautical disaster at these latitudes. Ships transiting this route face many dangers from icebergs to unpredictable weather that have nothing to do with bomb happy environmentalists who would inexplicably cause an environmental disaster to avert one.

Canadian environmental groups have no history of violence against persons. The “violent acts” against property they have committed barely rise to the level of simple vandalism.   In fact the RCMP have more of a history of violent action against pipelines than environmental groups as seen in “Operation Kabriole”. So while it is an excellent idea for the Canadian Forces to practice deploying to assist with cruise ships in trouble in the Arctic the addition of the enviro-terrorist angle is disturbingly unjustified.

Lets move on to the “attacks by other cells on bases in the south.” The idea that environmental groups would attack Armed Forces bases is absolutely spurious. According to this scenario after creating an environmental disaster of their own by sinking the cruise ship, environmental groups start attacking  bases including St Jean and Bagotville. Last I looked the Forces are not in the business of energy extraction. I can find no record of any social action group “attacking” the Army.  Without exception environmental groups I spoke to repudiated the idea that they would attack any persons or group violently, and there is no historical example of anything remotely similar.

This is not however the first sign of this trend. It was widely reported that military intelligence was tracking the “Idle no more,” movement through 2013. It is important to remember the Armed Forces is not a law enforcement agency. The government book that

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tells members of the forces what their jobs are lists the occupation of the Infantry as “to close with and destroy the enemy,” and apparently the enemy is us. Just this week it was revealed that the Canadian Forces has requested Communications Security Establishment to help it track an individual for a domestic operation

 

Given the resistance to the energy east pipeline in Québec the timing of the exercise is suspicious to be sure. But again to be clear the most “violent” thing protesters have done is to lock themselves to pipeline pumping stations. Surely, at most a matter for local police not the Canadian Army.  Unfortunately, what this does do is habituate the members of the Armed Forces to think of their fellow citizens as potential threats. When soldiers are trained to use a rifle they fire at a figure 11 target. The figure 11 target is in the shape of a human , the brutal logic being that if you get someone used to lining up a human figure and pulling the trigger they wont think about it when ordered to do it for real. One wonders if the same logic is at play here. The CF carry out a wide range of difficult and dangerous functions. Their time would perhaps be better spent practicing some of those rather that training for a scenario that has absolutely no historical basis and is about as likely as an armed revolt in Medicine Hat.

One of the most troubling aspects of the exercise is its whole of government flavor. It has been awhile since the government, notably the RCMP, have swung their gaze to thwarting social\environmental movements

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Prof. Kevin Walbys’ excellent paper on this trend

here in Canada. They have even developed their own language to make the threat seem more sinister when talking to their political masters. Anyone supporting any cause they find unpalatable is not an activist they are a “multi-issue extremist”. Any peaceful action be it a banner drop or a peaceful march is a “non-violent attack scenario”. And again military intelligence tracked the quite peaceful Idle No More protests. It is highly troubling that the Forces are being involved. The Forces have a very legitimate and long role of intervening in actual disasters from Red River floods, Québec ice storms, to the recent fires in Alberta. This is a vital and much needed role in our harsh northern wilderness. And perhaps military intelligence would have been better occupied discovering that much of ISIS’s oil was flowing through turkey in long vehicle convoys. A fact they seemed to miss until the Russian Air Force pointed it out.  Let them practice these tasks instead of participating in this sweaty secret policeman’s fantasy

 

 

 

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Canadian Forces still in combat, but for whom?

Finally almost 6 months after the election the Liberal government has announced its policy on Canada’s role in the growing maelstrom in the middle east. While there was talk Screen Shot 2016-02-11 at 9.17.59 AMof “capacity building” and a commitment to humanitarian aid, the military part of Mr Trudeau’s earnest sounding speech speech is completely disingenuous.  The fact of the matter is “equipping, advising and assisting” is a combat mission.

Canadians need to understand very clearly that we are stepping farther into this fight, the consequences of which could be nothing short of cataclysmic. From the continued Screen Shot 2016-02-11 at 9.29.26 AMhorrendous suffering of the Syrian people, which is seeing bodies of whole families washing up on European shores, to the possibility of igniting a huge regional conflict if the Kurdish forces we are training and equipping claim their homeland by forcibly cutting off pieces of Turkey, Iran Syria and Iraq,. The possibility of sparking a clash between NATO and the Russian Federation, highlighted by Turkeys shooting down of a Russian jet should be of massive concern to any sane human. At huge risk also is Canada’s basic sovereignty in military and Foreign policy.

 

I was a Canadian soldier for ten years. Training whole units for combat operations of necessity involves leading and assisting them in battle. General Vance Chief of the Defense Staff warned as much at the Liberal press briefing ,

new-defence-chief-20150717“We want Canadians to know that we will be involved in engagements as we defend ourselves and those partners who we are working with,” Gen. Vance later told reporters. “You put more people on the ground in a dangerous place, it is riskier over all.”  General Vance Chief of Defense Staff , February 8th, 2016

Sgt Dorian pictured above was killed on the front line in Iraq last year.  He was killed by mistake, apparently by the very Kurdish troops he was leading. The fact he and his unit were working on the front line during an engagement should be instructive to Canadian’s about what Mr Trudeau means when he says “advise and assist”. Witness also the recent assertion by  Maj.-Gen. Charles Lamarre, director strategic joint staff, that Canadian advisers played a vital leadership role in defending then retaking ground near Mosul on December 16th of last year. In plain English that means putting Screen Shot 2016-02-11 at 8.34.17 AMrounds down range for Canadian special forces, it means Canadian soldiers personally leading platoon sized units into the fire of the enemy. There is evidence of the immediate ramping up of their operations as the CF announced this week the deployment from 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron of additional specialist Griffon helicopters. The highly aggressive troops of the JTF2 are preparing to go on the offensive. The fact is we are excellent at this task, far more skilled than our American cousins, and that is why the Obama administration and the US pentagon have welcomed Canada’s new mission.

JTF2 will mostly be involved, as they have been, in training and leading the Kurdish Peshmerga forces. This is of huge concern. The Kurds have been fighting since the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923 divided their Territory between the new Turkish State,  Iran, and the Sykes-Picot creations, Iraq and Syria. The area they claim as their homeland involves territory of all these countries. Screen Shot 2016-02-09 at 9.05.02 AMThe Kurds have been fighting Turkey for autonomy since 1974 with a campaign of insurgent attacks. This has now resulted in the insane situation; NATO member Turkey, bombing both ISIS and Kurdish positions since this last November. Iran has grave concerns for the rise of Kurdish separatism even though in the fight against Sunni ISIS they are allies for now. Given the murkiness of Kurdish internal politics it is hard to predict the eventual outcome. This hasn’t stopped us from creating within the Kurdish movements a military capacity they have never had, and we continue to arm them to the teeth. Turkey is now threatening a land invasion of the area around Aleppo, Syria as it is attacked by forces loyal to Assad backed by Russian air power and likely Russia’s “Spetznaz” special forces doing the exact same job our troops are doing with the Peshmerga. This could result in Turkish and Russian troops trading fire.  These potential cataclysms aren’t even on the radar of most Canadians and from the evidence their government isn’t very aware either.

This new mission will involve Canada’s Joint Task Force 2 in its largest operations since Afghanistan. This highly secretive unit has been operating all over the world since its inception in the early 90’s with little to no oversight of its operations. jtf2ig-roi2ri-05-en-medThere has been a huge increase in the size and budgets of Canada’s special forces in the last 10 years. In 2006 the Canadian Special Operations Regiment was created increasing the numbers of special forces tenfold. Its counter insurgency manual is a copy of American  doctrine, a doctrine that has left them losing every ground war since WW2. For ten years in Afghanistan JTF2 fought virtually under American command.  There are still many unanswered questions about that period from the military’s own “sandtrap” investigations never truly completed and so heavily classified as to hardly exist. The JTF2 have been all over Africa and South America. They were in Libya helping with Khaddafi’s bloody ouster that has left it a failed state. There is even talk of forming a permanent joint Canadian -American Task force.  This is the danger here for Canadians. The budgets and prestige of this new special forces industry depends on their participation in American led operations around the world of questionable legality, morality, and importance to Canada’s security. Since these highly specialized soldiers are the ones who advise the government behind closed doors it is likely they will push to continue this trend to the possible detriment of our real security.

It is hard to exaggerate the almost seamless integration at the senior levels of the two forces, reinforced by personal networks longstanding friendships. Indeed Canada’s generals and admirals tend to be more concerned with their relationships with their American counterparts than they are with their own politicians in Ottawa
“Canada in Kandahar, the unexpected war” p14,  Janet Gross Stein and Eugene Lang , Viking Canada 2007

Canadians should have some grave and fundamental concerns about the sovereignty over the whole of their own military. Starting with the ascension of Gen. Rick Hillier as Canada’s top officer in 2005, there has been a massive shift toward a level of joint training and matching operational capabilities with American Forces that borders on wholesale integration. General Hillier was a graduate of the US Army War College and did an exchange as 2nd in command of the US Army 3rd Corps in Texas,  General Walter Natynchuck who replaced him as Chief of Defense Staff  in 2008 had the same resume but Screen Shot 2016-02-11 at 11.22.02 AMas 2nd in command of 3rd Corps was instrumental in planning that divisions entry into Iraq in 2003. General Walter Natynchuck then fired General Andrew Leslie as chief of the Army and replaced him with Maj.-Gen. Peter Devlin another US Army War College alumni who served with the 3rd corps in Iraq, he then commanded the misnamed Iraqi Multi-National Corps, almost wholly manned by American troops in 2007-2008. This corps is accused of war crimes by some in Iraq. It seems that close association with American forces is becoming a prerequisite for command in Canada. Not a good sign.

The shiny new Liberal Defense Minister,Harjit Singh Sajjan, did his second tour in Afghanistan as an aid to US general  James L. Terry deputy commander of US forces in Afghanistan. It is interesting to note that both LCol. Sajjan and General Andrew Leslie, a man who was highly decorated in Bosnia and Afghanistan at a much higher command level, and was commander of the Canadian Army, were both elected as Liberals in October. But it was Sajjan who became Minister of Defense leaving Leslie as Party Whip. This might be the second time Leslie lost out for his lack of American connections even though his pedigree is stunning. His father commanded the Canadian Artillery in Korea. One of his grandfathers was the famous General Andrew McNaughton, Canada’s best general in WW1 and the man who led the Canadian forces in WW2, his other grandfather was Brooke Claxton, Canada’s longest serving Defense Minister, both of whom fought on Vimy ridge. Perhaps Leslie’s loyalties lie too far north for some.

Interviewing Canadian military commentator Scott Taylor a few years ago he said to me “The Americans would like nothing better than for us to be a military adjunct to their forces…we are interoperable .. we even share common cultural references like “Family Guy”, and we are far far more skilled at small unit tactics.  General Roméo Dallaire agreed with him that inter-operability with the US was Canada’s new overarching priority.

 

 

So at present we are supporting both sides in a brutal civil war, training some rebel groups and bombing others. There is very credible evidence that ISIS exists as a direct result of US intervention in the region and was supported by the west, whether knowingly or not, in its early stages. The conflict in Syria could easily spiral out of control leading to a massive regional war over Kurdish autonomy or the beginning of a nightmare clash between NATO and Russia.

We need to immediately and aggressively start asking our government some much harder questions about the use of our Armed Forces around the world. We owe it to the men and women who serve, it is our duty as citizens. In these most dangerous of times we need to be a voice and a force for reason, to try and restore the peace of the world, not a “mercenary adjunct” of the U.S.

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About the Author

   I am a ten year veteran of the Canadian Forces. I was with the 2nd Battalion PPCLI in Croatia in 1993 when they where awarded both the Governor General of Canada’s unit commendation and the United Nations Secretary Generals citation for halting ethnic cleansing in the Medak area. I started as a Journalist with community radio and writing articles. In 2009 I began working with CUTV Montreal. During the student strikes and subsequent social unrest I helped manage the Livestream ground teams. I am also a co-founder of 99media.org and The founder of 3RTV, both citizen media groups. I also collaborated with Michelle Moore on the documentary film Déception Durable which was selected for the 2014 Montréal International Film Festival, and Films That Matter in Calgary on resource extraction in Quebec. I am a member of the Canadian Association of Journalists
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The betrayal of Canada’s Veterans

12052500_1498153220502691_5608139190489381266_oJeffrey Robinson
Canadian Veteran

The betrayal of Canada’s Veterans by our elected leaders is a national disgrace. The Conservative government has decided to fight Veterans at every turn, and they need to be stopped. As an injured Veteran, I believe our struggle for justice is shared by every patriotic Canadian with a conscience

As a lad I would read accounts of Canadian Victoria Cross winners who answered the call to arms and stood up to tyranny. Canadians like Piper James Richardson. Private Michael O’Rourke, Sergeant Ernest ‘Smokey’ Smith, and Major John Mahony. Ordinary men who did extraordinary things in the face of adversity while in the service of Canada.

Take for example Major Mahony’s heroic actions on May 24, 1944 at the River Melfa, Italy. “For five hours the company maintained its position in the face of enemy fire and attack until the remaining companies and supporting weapons were able to reinforce them.” The Westminster’s War Diary said. “Early in the action Major Mahony was wounded in the head and twice in the leg, but he refused medical aid and continued to direct the defence of the bridgehead. That enemy saw that this officer was the soul of the defence and consequently made him their particular target.”

The Conservative government has consistently run from its fiduciary and moral responsibilities towards Veterans. It has refused to honor commitments first made to Canadian Veterans by then Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden in April, 1917.

As a former Reserve Infantry Corporal, I know from first hand experience that surviving injuries sustained in the line of duty is just the start of a multi-decade long trial by fire. I’ve been denied access to treatment and benefits for proven service related injuries for being an outspoken advocate of Veterans rights, alleging corruption within Veterans Affairs, the Department of National Defence, and the offices of their supporting Ombudspeople.

I sustained three serious injuries during military training in 1992. All within a six month period. I nearly became homeless. I lived off 55 cent day old bread and water, and ultimately had my hydro shut off. All as I fought an expensive, protracted, soul crushing battle with the Department of National Defence for that which was rightfully mine under the law.

I fended off blows from seemingly every direction, battled corrupt commissioned officers, uncaring bureaucrats, and democratically elected representatives. Some individuals, as confirmed through subsequent investigations, wilfully attempted to obstruct a lawful process by destroying pay records, documents, medical reports, receipts, two registered letters, and a letter of apology my former commanding officer was forced to write. The coup de grace was heavily censoring the aforementioned investigation records, citing ’solicitor-client privilege’.

My injuries never properly healed. Leaving my body racked with chronic pain. After a fight of seven years I was only paid my back wages, out of pocket prescription fees,

and transportation costs to get to and from medical appointments.

Canadian Veterans deserve to be treated by all federal governments, both present and future, with dignity, courtesy, and respect. I think that I speak on behalf of all Veterans when I say that we ask for nothing more than what we reasonably deserve, that which has been promised, and had been honoured by governments who led our nation before the current Conservative regime.

As such, I respectfully ask all Canadians to stand united with us in our country’s time of need, and vote for change on Oct. 19.

Vote for anybody but Prime Minister Harper and his Conservative candidates.

Québec’s not so Quiet Revolution, and why we all need to join it.

“It is becoming increasingly self-evident that if we as Canadians want to take control of our country, our communities and our lives we need to take matters into our own hands. We should begin strongly supporting our Québécois brothers and sisters in their courageous struggle for social justice by calling on the Québec Government to immediately end the brutal and illegal violence against their own people, our fellow citizens. Then  we must join them, all of us, in the streets of our cities and towns from Victoria to Halifax”.

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Additional Photos;  Peter Thomas Kennedy

There is a revolution going on in the province of Québec, only it isn’t very quiet. For three long years now the people of Quebec have been taking to their streets, despite brutal and violent police repression. Outside of Québec these events are presented as a “student strike”. To be sure student groups, most notably A.S.S.É  have been instrumental in leading the charge . But to characterize this as anything but a society-wide grassroots social uprising aimed at fundamentally changing their society would be a grave misjudgement.

Filming Live for CUTV Montréal with volunteer reporter Michelle Moore
Filming live for CUTV Montréal with volunteer reporter Michelle Moore

I have watched these events unfold as a journalist in the thick of them. I followed the social uprising from its roots in the 2012 student strike as a journalist for Montréal’s groundbreaking CUTV citizen-media. I spent hundreds of hours on the streets of Montréal and other cities in Québec. This includes Victoriaville, where one young man had his eye blasted out, one young lady had her jaw smashed, and a third young man was shot in the back of the head at close range putting him in a coma for 3 days by militarized police attacking a crowd that included women pushing strollers and elderly people. On April 3rd 2014 during an absolutely peaceful protest I witnessed a riot line violently attack 71 year old retired teacher Robert Fransham. He was alone on a bike in the middle of the street when he was smashed to the ground. He suffered a concussion and his injuries caused a severe infection in his leg. January 1, 2015 this amazing, charming and peaceful man died, one day short of his 72nd birthday, when a heart valve he had for a number of years without problem, suddenly became infected. I have watched 90lbs girls smashed to the ground by 3 or 4 200 pound men in armour. Myself and my team, though clearly marked as press were kettled; held for 9 hours without access to food, water or legal council and processed for violating Montréal’s anti constitutional P-6 by-law.

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Demonstrations have been continuous in the city of Montréal and all over Québec for the last 3 years, slacking only slightly after the resolution of the “Student Strike” of 2012. The issues at play may seem diverse and unconnected; environment, union rights, student rights, housing, austerity, but at base they are a rejection of post-industrial capitalism. The idea that our societies should be run from the top by corporate interests has lost favor and the propaganda that kept us in line for since the end of World War II has lost its power. The issues in Québec are relevant in all of Canada. We are being asked to strive even harder for the good of the “economy”, to strip our resources heedlessly for foreign consumption. There has been a determined and largely successful effort to keep the facts about what is happening in Québec  from being known in the rest of the country, this is no accident.

Because already uprisings are spreading across Canada. Most notably due to the emergence of coordinated, organic Native movements that exhibit a solidarity coast to coast never before seen in this country. This combines with historic levels of citizen involvement in resource extraction issues. Though this is categorized by the mainstream press as a uniquely “environmental movement” this is not the case. While they are many and varied the largest part of the resistance is motivated by the fact that mostly foreign resource corporations have far more rights than citizens, far more control in the political process, and are actually being enshrined as sacred cows of national security. All of this in a period when as a recent CBC town hall pointed out, a staggering 60% of Canadians say they don’t trust their political leaders at any level.

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Click to read about this frightening shift from internal RCMP documents

That the state feels threatened is evidenced by the massive government security agency response to Idle No More . Even large parts of the Canadian Armed Forces intelligence apparatus were put into motion. In the 10 years I served in the Armed Forces I never knew of military intelligence being involved in domestic issues, and it is certainly not their place, they are to be used in war, not internal control. The recent security bills all have language that place activists on the same level as terrorists. This is not simply about Bill-C51, this trend has been taking deep root since 2007 when security services in Canada began changing their language to refer to activists as “multi-issue extremists” and to focus the tactics and resources they claim are in place to fight against mass attack on our soil from foreign forces. This is not an accident. In reality Canada does not face any outrageous threats from foreign forces. The recent “terrorist attacks” are being carried out by mentally ill persons with no actual connection or support from foreign adversaries. No, the move in the last several years in Canada when looked at in any rational way is a move to cement social control for a mostly capitalist run agenda. The legislation in it’s language is aimed at bringing any resistance to corporate-driven government policies firmly into the sphere of our new national security state.

The people of Canada, like the people of Québec want to take control of their political systems, and to some extent their lives and communities back. I think that Canadians have much to learn from the tactics used by the courageous activists in Québec. There is a disturbing trend in Canada right now to look at Steven Harper as the root of all evil. If only we rid ourselves of the tyrant we can have back the socially-conscious Canada we grew up in. This is a dangerous bit of self-delusion. It is not any particular political party that is causing our decline it is the overtaking of our political system in total by strong corporate interests. These have obviously already bought young Mr Trudeau and are packaging him as a savior figure very reminiscent of Barack Obama. We all know how well that worked out.

It is becoming increasingly self-evident that if we as Canadians, want to take control of our country, our communities and our lives we will need to take matters in our own hands. We should begin by strongly supporting our Québécois brothers and sisters in their courageous and peaceful struggle. We need to demand that the Québec Government immediately end the brutal and illegal violence against their own people. Then we must join them, all of us, in the streets of our cities and towns from Victoria to Halifax we must fill the streets of our nation. We must show our governments in massive fashion that we both recognize what is actually happening in our nation-state, and who is at fault. We must show those in power unequivocally that we will no longer tolerate the fictional appearance  of democracy in the hands of a political class increasingly melded with the business class to the detriment of us.

We idolize the Second World War generation for standing up to insidious evil. But what is more insidious than the treasonous appropriation of our citizens sovereign power to a powerful few who would warp it to their benefit? Now is the time for us to match them in the titanic worldwide struggle taking place not only in Québec but in Europe, South America , Hong-Kong and literally half the globe. We need to stand now and stand together, or maybe none of us will stand at all.

Arrested while managing the CUTV livestream team at the Anti-police brutality march 15,2013
Arrested while managing the CUTV livestream team at the anti-police brutality March 15,2013

About William Ray I am a member of the Canadian Association of Journalists. I am a ten year Veteran of the Canadian Forces. I was with the 2nd Battalion PPCLI in Croatia in 1993 when they where awarded the Governor General of Canada and the Secretary General of the United Nations commendations for bravery for halting ethnic cleansing in the Medak pocket. I started with community radio and writing articles. In 2009 I began working with CUTV Montreal. During the student strikes and subsequent social unrest I helped manage the Livestream ground teams. I am also a co-founder of 99media.org and The founder of 3RTV, both citizen media groups. I also collaborated with Michelle Moore on the documentary film Déception Durable which was selected for the 2014 Montréal International Film Festival, and Films That Matter in Calgary, and the FReDD festival in France on resource extraction in Quebec.

Activists vs. Resource companies as threats to “National Security”

Firstly even though we have heard the word bandied about for 60 years what does National Security substantively mean and what would actually be a threat to it? The accepted definitions of National Security all encompass three main points. The protection of a nations basic sovereignty; very simply to ensure that the recognized government of the country retains full authority throughout their territory. The defense of a nations’ territory, international trade and foreign policy, ensuring it can maintain open trade while defending itself from espionage or undue influence of foreign entities or governments. And lastly, keeping its people and the infrastructure that sustains them and serves their interests safe and secure.

So if the RCMP are looking diligently for threats to national security then they should be looking in foreign boardrooms not Canadian coffee houses. Because even surface analysis by any reasonable professional shows that the real threat to our sovereignty, our defense and most importantly our people emanate from the boardrooms of the multinational resource companies that do business here. Let’s do the comparative threat assessment point by point.

Sovereignty in the sense of a democracy is the ability of it’s people through their government to conduct their own affairs within their defined geographical territory.

Activists have certainly broken civil and sometimes minor criminal law and will likely continue to do so. The nature of these offenses from all the available data are property crimes, contempt of civil legal injunctions, and failing to follow

An obviously violent 84 year old B. Grant arrested by our vigilant security forces , Burnaby Mountain
An obviously violent 84 year old B. Grant arrested by our vigilant security forces Burnaby Mountain 2014

the orders of police. The vast majority of the offenses are against private companies that are almost always multinational. This would meet some of the conditions for interfering with a governments sovereign power within its territory. It is not however the goal of activists to fundamentally wrest power from the government control of its resources. As a point of fact all of the major organizations call for the government to take more power over its resources in the form of legislation and in the case of some smaller groups nationalization of resource extraction. While some case could be made that they temporarily interfere with the sovereign right of the people through their government to benefit from the extraction of its resources two factors would mitigate this. Firstly the interruptions when they do occur are of very short duration and, when compared to the resource industry in Canada’s daily operations, meaningless in size.  In 99% of cases, non destructive to infrastructure. Secondly the amount of economic loss to the state is lessened by the fact that these companies pay very little in taxes or extraction fees so the amount of economic disruption to the population is minimal.

Resource companies tend not to openly defy government power but rather through influence simply gut it. They do this using the vast sums of capital at their disposal. Resource companies occupy most of the top positions in size and economic clout, some of them having bottom line far larger than 3/4’s of the nation states in the world. This is not an internet conspiracy theory, it has been noted by enough academics in the last 40 years to fill a library. The RCMP routinely investigate corruption on a personal level but have not on a national one in terms of resource companies. In other countries there are documented examples of resource companies literally overthrowing sovereign governments quite openly. Resource companies also regularly deny the use of Canada’s sovereign territory when they leave it in a condition unusable for anything else. Perhaps no better example of the influence resource companies have on the sovereignty is the fact that due to the influence they now have in our economy the Minister of Finance of the government of Canada is unwilling to drop his budget due to fluctuations in the price of one resource. Viewing this in any other sense than a fundamental attack on sovereignty would be ludicrous.

Defense of the nations territory, trade and foreign policy.

Activists in this area are mainly attacking on the fronts of foreign policy and trade. They generally want to decrease the trade in resources across borders and to insure that foreign policy does not give undue attention to control and trade in resources. Exclusively the tactics employed are large demonstrations against government policy in this area and legal action brought by groups to try and limit or change government activity. We will not asses the tactics of legal action for what one hopes are obvious reasons. In the area of protest there have been few examples of violent anti resource protests in Canada and when this was not the case there is nothing any more dangerous than minor property damage, far less serious than damage usually caused by Vancouver losing a hockey game. There has to this point been no documented espionage, actual acts of sabotage and at this time the possibilities of a ground invasion by Greenpeace or the Sierra Club seem minimal.

Resource companies by their very nature are indeed looking to take physical control of a nations territory and resources for their own use. They do this by literally staking claim to huge swaths of territory and in the case of Alberta 70% of the water

Denial of Territory, the oilsands
Denial of Territory, the oilsands

rights. In the area of foreign policy and trade these companies are legally mandated to do everything in their power to maximize profits. Restrictions on trade and tariffs are interference and are actively removed leaving the nation in a position where it no longer controls the resources that would be needed in the event of conflict with another state. Their influence on our foreign policy are almost always to the detriment of Canadians traditional foreign policy. Where once we led on trying to implement global policies to deal with pollution and climate change under their direct influence we have abandoned these positions and now indeed actively fight any international efforts in this area. Where once we had trade policies designed to protect Canadian companies and workers the resource companies have led the charge in gutting these legislation, One only need look to the decimated remnants of manufacturing in Canada to see the results on our security.

Activists in Canada have no history of threatening human life in an organized way. There is no record of them committing actions like bombings of natural gas pipelines. There have been clashes between demonstrators and police over anti resource extraction actions but i can find no credible reports of police or extraction workers being injured. Activists actions are generally designed to deny the use of equipment or territory. I will use the example of the Mi’kmaq residents of Elsipogtog near Rexton, New Brunswick. They successfully disrupted the activities of South West Energy an American company conducting fracking activities on their territory. They did this by blocking the workers from moving their heavy equipment out of a yard. They at all

The new face of the RCMP
The new face of the RCMP

times allowed the workers to go freely and even shared food with them. Despite this the RCMP evicted them in a ridiculously dangerous paramilitary operation

Resource companies pose multiple and widely demonstrated threats to Canadian citizens. The health risks posed to the Canadian population by resource extraction are too numerous to mention but very well documented.  If the life expectancy and health of huge segments of your population don’t qualify as a threat to “national security” then the term is meaningless. A recent glaring

Lac Magantic destruction
Lac Mégantic destruction

example is the fate of Lac Mégantic in Quebec. Virtually the entire center of the town and 47 Canadian citizens were wiped off the map .There was another “oil train” derailment on Friday near Timmins that is still burning as I write this. The pipelines resource companies are pushing across the country will endanger huge segments of the population, witness suburbs full of crude oil in the U.S. Even more alarmingly they have in collusion with the RCMP committing the very acts they say they need to defend against. The RCMP have admitted carrying out bombings in Alberta B.C. under the influence of resource company Encana. 

So by all rubrics for defending Canada’s national security the RCMP need, one supposes first to stop committing terrorist acts themselves, they then need to stop their tradition of putting big business in front of their lovely sounding moto and “Uphold the Right” for the Canadian population. Instead they have been working for years to change terminology and definitions to Screen Shot 2015-02-10 at 2.22.25 PMlaughingly try to present activists that chain themselves to equipment as a fundamental threat to the Canadian state.  They have been meeting openly and often in recent years directly with resource company security executives to plan strategies to wipe out a movement of peaceful Canadian citizens. Perhaps like in many industrialized western nations we the people should be regarding the security services like the RCMP as the real threat to our national security.

Gill McGowan head of the Alberta Federation of Labor speaks frankly about the real politics of resource extraction in Canada

A film by Clifton Nicholas on the brutal end to a peaceful occupation by Mi’kmaq in New Brunswick

Article Cover image ; Miles Howe . much thx

882354_10151626452203268_1373725163_o(1)About William Ray I am a ten year veteran of the Canadian Forces. I was with the 2nd Battalion PPCLI in Croatia in 1993 when they where awarded the Governor General’s commendation for bravery. I started with community radio and writing articles. In 2009 I began working with CUTV Montreal. During the student strikes and subsequent social unrest I helped manage the Livestream ground teams. I am also a co-founder of 99media.org and The founder of 3RTV, both citizen media groups. I also collaborated with Michelle Moore on the documentary film Déception Durable which was selected for the 2014 Montréal International Film Festival, and Films That Matter in Calgary on resource extraction in Quebec. I am a member of the Canadian Association of Journalists

The Justin Trudeau Deception. Black cats or White, its all bad for Mice.

In 2008, after 10 brutal years with George W. Bush at the helm, America finally had hope. “Change” was the call to arms of a young, incredibly handsome and divinely eloquent “anti-establishment” Liberal , Barack Obama. People all over the world where truly given hope by his earnest gaze,and statesman like speech. His physicality was also used to great effect. Instead of the short, slouching and slightly inbred looking G.W. Bush, here was a tall proudly standing man railing eloquent about raising the human condition, promising a brave and bright new future. What Obama gave them was ever increasing wars, social injustice and full Wall Street subservience. It was a shell game and we are now being invited to play here in Canada.

As we gaze at the sweet visage of young Mr Trudeau, with eyelashes any super model would drive her spiked heel through his head for, let us beware. Mr Trudeau promises “Change” as well, at every chance he gets. His movie good looks and boxers physicality compare favorably to the dowdy  Steven Harper ’s awkward manner and flat oratory. That’s why it is essential we take a very close look at what his history, and positions so far tell us about the package we are being sold. When examined closely they give us ample idea of what we can really expect if we hand him the keys while gazing into his dreamy blue eyes. We can expect to continue strait down the same path we now travel, increasing military and political subservience to the U.S., ever increasing corporate control over government agenda. The continued plundering of our natural resources without regulation by, or profit too, the people of Canada. And if any of you don’t like it, Mr Trudeau has backed all of the Harper governments security legislation, so you will be effectively dealt with.

Lets begin with a look at the short, but happy, political life of Justin Trudeau.

He was politically special right from birth being the first child born to a sitting Canadian Prime Minister since John A Mcdonald. He grew up as the golden child of Canada’s power couple. As his father was leaving power he was completing his high school at one of the most exclusive  private schools in Canada Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf. He went on to Finish his education at McGill. We next heard of him teaching at a an equally exclusive private school in Point Grey Vancouver. He kept mostly out of the spotlight. Then came the devastation of the Liberal party brought on by Paul Martins long fight to wrest control from Jean Chrétien.

By the fact he hosted Jean Chrétien‘s send off it is possible to divine what side young Justin took. By now back in Montréal’s exclusive Outremount area aside from brief walk-ons on CBC hosting various cultural events he was relatively quiet.He was not welcome in Paul Martins Liberals Then the Liberal party suffered the humiliation of the 2006 election under Paul Martins stewardship. Paul Martin worked out his sense of rejection from an office he thought was his birthright by returning to his privileged life as one of the richest men in Canada. Young Justin was immediately on the minds of the Liberal faithful. He  was immediately answering calls for him to step in by powerful Liberal backers.In 2008 he ran for the Liberal nomination in a Montréal riding he had never lived in, but not too bad a commute from his posh Outremont digs.To this day he would have very little conception of the lives of the people in his riding.

He handily won his riding nomination, leaning on his fathers name and the backing of the Liberal party elite. He barely won his seat in the federal election from a Bloc candidate, though to be fair the Bloc candidate actually actually lived in the area. Given the dismal, sequential failures of Stephan Dion and Michael Ignatieff he walked into the job as leader of the Party. Since then he has been closely guarded by Liberal handlers. He has not given one on one interviews with the media because of his many and very public gaffs.

So what do we know about Justin the future leader?

He has shown himself to be a supporter of Canada becoming even more of a “resource economy” then we currently are.  He has stated publicly and early that he supports the Keystone XL pipeline. And in an interview with Metro Calgary he stated “I am… very interested in the Kinder Morgan pipeline, the Trans Mountain pipeline that is making its way through. I certainly hope that we’re going to be able to get that pipeline approved. And I hope that Kinder Morgan learns from Enbridge’s experience,” It was soon after publicly taking these positions that the Liberal party’s fundraising started garnering attention and cash. The wisdom of this path can be seen after 10 years of Harper putting oil and other resources at the center of Canada’s economy. Within hours of the price of oil dropping there are dire warnings of country wide recession, the Canadian dollar plummets. Within days we hear the federal finance minister is to scared to drop the budget.

Mr. Trudeau has repeatedly backed Israel in its genocidal actions against an essentially defenseless Palestinian population. While he has played politics with the timing or manner of Canada’s continued unquestioning participation in whatever conflict America decides to engage in he has not distanced himself at all from those commitments. Even when there is clear evidence of the Americans’ helping create the enemy we fight, ISIL,  or destabilizing the area we are called to fight in, Ukraine. He has consistently called his party to vote for increasingly repressive “security legislation” and is calling his party to vote in favor of Bill C-51 which threatens to crush social and environmental movements and make independent media, and to some extent though, a crime.

And its not just him, its his party. There seems to be an amnesia associated with wanting to rid ourselves of the Harper Junta. The Liberal party of Canada has been in the pocket of big business for a generation. Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin started the process of deregulation and privatization in Canada long before a nervous Steven Harper emerged as leader of the new American republican sponsored Conservative Party. Speaking as a Canadian Veteran it was the Liberal Party who privatized the Veterans system with fatal results to the care of my injured brothers and sisters. The Liberal party began the disintegration of our control over our environmental and social policies by enacting NAFTA. They where willing to go further at the summit of the Americas in 2001. I was on the streets of Québec city in person to signal my displeasure. There is absolutely no reason to believe, because he has given no indication that, a man who has lived in the most rarefied strata of privilege all his life will suddenly revolt against his class interests by reversing the rapidly growing wealth gap in this country that is leaving it unrecognizable. His party certainly has no history of it.

So we are being sold the same empty rhetoric by the same kind of engineered to please of front-man, and we will be left with the same empty bitter feeling after.

But this isn’t our only choice. We have the choice in this country to elect anyone we chose. That we are presented with prefab false options does not mean we must take them. I am going against the prevailing wisdom of strategic voting because at base I find it hard to believe that cynically manipulating the electoral system, like our politicians, is any long or even short term answer to halting the disintegration of our society. In fact it will bring us more of the exact same thing in a prettier package. If we are going to make our way back toward equality,fair wealth distribution and justice in our society we need to take the opportunity of this election to fundamentally change the game. If you have a favored political party then insure that you, and all your fellow supporters take a close look at the candidates your party puts up. Demand to see their contributor lists and appointment books These people are proposing to be your employee, so take the time to interview them. Go see what goes on at your riding office and if you don’t like it take control of your riding association. And after the election do not leave these people alone, again you pay them, they work for you. Insure that your MP is reminded everyday of that fact. There are enough of us compared to them to spread the work of holding them to the fire around. A couple of thousand calls emails and faxes a day should be good for a start.

But foremost we must stop blaming a political class that will of course work for their own interests at every turn. Instead let us take a hard look at our own behavior as a society. We long ago withdrew from the political process. Who has the time to participate in committees and organizing after a hard days work and dealing with the kids? We do, we must. Because if we continue to not put in that extra effort of taking control of our political processes then we will continue to work longer and harder for less. If we do not take back the control of our country then our children will be left destitute and powerless in it.

We need to recognize that it is our political class, and the system of collusion that they have all quietly,  relentlessly built up is the problem, not any particular politician or party. We need to stop putting the business and banking class in charge. Why do the leaders of all three political parties, without exception, come from the most privileged strata of our society. Why we then expect them to do anything else but work for the comfort of their family and friends,not yours. It is time we have that bloodless revolution. This is certainly not a new idea in Canadian politics. Here I humbly defer to that greatest of Canadians,Tommy Douglas. This is the man who truly brought us Medicare and employment insurance. Even though not in power, forcing the legislation into being through the force of will and the brilliance of his simple unassuming, yet stunningly powerful words. They have lost neither their truth nor their power since he spoke them at the end of the double cataclysms of the depression and the  Second World War, I will leave you with them.

“It’s the story of a place called Mouseland. Mouseland was a place where all the little mice lived and played, were born and died. And they lived much the same as you and I do.They even had a Parliament. And every four years they had an election. Used to walk to the polls and cast their ballots. Some of them even got a ride to the polls. And got a ride for the next four years afterwards too. Just like you and me. And every time on election day all the little mice used to go to the ballot box and they used to elect a government. A government made up of big, fat, black cats.Now if you think it strange that mice should elect a government made up of cats, you just look at the history of Canada for last 90 years and maybe you’ll see that they weren’t any stupider than we are.Now I’m not saying anything against the cats. ..They passed good laws–that is, laws that were good for cats. But the laws that were good for cats weren’t very good for mice..They voted the black cats out. They put in the white cats. Now the white cats had put up a terrific campaign. They said: “All that Mouseland needs is more vision.” They said:”The trouble with Mouseland is those round mouseholes we got. If you put us in we’ll establish square mouseholes.” And they did. And the square mouseholes were twice as big as the round mouseholes, and now the cat could get both his paws in. And life was tougher than ever…Presently there came along one little mouse who had an idea. My friends, watch out for the little fellow with an idea. And he said to the other mice, “Look fellows, why do we keep on electing a government made up of cats? Why don’t we elect a government made up of mice?” “Oh,” they said, “he’s a Bolshevik. Lock him up!” So they put him in jail.
But I want to remind you: that you can lock up a mouse or a man but you can’t lock up an idea.”

Tommy Douglas,

If you would like to see Tommy Douglas’s Grandson Kieffer Sutherland’s take on his grandfather and the whole speech

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Free your mind ,and your ass will follow