Wednesday, October 01, 2014 

Canada's Corporate Welfare Bums Sitting On $575 BILLION Hoard Thanks To Harper Conservatives Tax Cuts ....

Corporate tax freedom day continues to get earlier with each passing year thanks to generous government tax cuts, the Canadian Labour Congress says in a report issued Tuesday.
While most individual Canadians don't earn enough to pay off their taxes until sometime in late June, the labour group says the country's businesses will have reaped sufficient revenue to pay their year's share by Jan. 30.
The calculation is for 2011, but the CLC says that was two days earlier than in 2010 when it came on Feb. 1, and notes that it was not long ago when so-called "corporate tax freedom day" came much later in February.
It was likely even earlier in 2012 and will be again this year, since in 2011 Ottawa had not as yet reduced the federal corporate tax rate to 15 per cent. That was accomplished in January 2012.

Cash hoarding

The new report, released Tuesday, attempts to make the case that Canadian firms have benefited greatly from years of Conservative and Liberal government tax policies, which have cut business levies more aggressively than personal taxes.
But in response to a question in the House, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty accused the CLC of supporting higher taxes for firms and failing to acknowledge the country's record in creating jobs since the recession. He added that business investment had increased by 6.2 per cent since the 2008-09 slump.
"Our Conservative government is focused on leaving more money in the hands of investors, entrepreneurs and ultimately, growing the work force," he said.
In the new analysis, the labour group says business taxes represent only 8.3 per cent of the federal and provincial revenue in 2011, down from 8.8 per cent in 2010 and around 11 per cent in the 1960s and 1970s.
It attributes most of the change to a steady reduction in the federal corporate tax rate, from 28 per cent in 2000 to 15 per cent today. Provincial rates have also declined, but not as dramatically.
But while the rationale for reducing corporate taxes is to encourage investment and job creation, the CLC says most of the money has gone to fatten corporate bank accounts and to pay the high salaries of executives.
Quoting Statistics Canada data, the labour group notes that cash reserves held by private non-financial corporations in Canada ballooned to $575 billion in the last quarter of 2011 from $187 billion in the first quarter of 2001 — despite three of those years being deep in recessions.
Between 2010 and 2011, corporate cash reserves grew an extra $72 billion, while the federal government was reporting a $33 billion deficit.

Friday, September 26, 2014 

Under A Harper Conservative Government, When Canada Talks To The World ... No One Listens Anymore ...

Stephen Harper Mocked Over Empty UN General Assembly For His Speech

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 

Andrew Scheer Is The WORST House Of Commons Speaker In The Entire History Of Canada's Parliament!!

 Speaker Scheer and the death of Parliament

By Montreal Simon
For years Stephen Harper and his Cons have been slowly killing our Parliament.
They have have debased it, they have rendered it impotent.
They have reduced it to a scripted horror show, where every question is answered with an attack on the opposition.
But yesterday with their ghastly leader out of the country they practically finished it off.
For this is what happened when Tom Mulcair rose to ask this question about Canada’s mysterious mission in Iraq:
“Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister has failed to answer clear questions about his ill-defined military deployment in Iraq,” Mr. Mulcair said by way of preamble. “Yesterday Conservatives refused, once again, to answer in this House, but the member for Selkirk—Interlake stated on CPAC that the mission will end on October 4. Will the Conservative government confirm that the 30-day Canadian commitment in Iraq will indeed end on October 4?”
Instead of any kind of answer, he got Paul Calandra, Stephen Harper’s Parliamentary Secretary.
You know the Con clown . . .

And this:
“Mr. Speaker,” the parliamentary secretary said in response, “there is a great deal of confusion with respect to the NDP position on Israel.”

Which as Aaron Wherry points out, was absurd enough.
For all the theoretical intents and purposes of this particular moment in the daily democratic life of our country, he might as well have stood and told the Speaker of his grocery list or read aloud from the collected works of Edgar Allan Poe. He might’ve stood and made farting noises with his left hand and his right armpit. Indeed, that might’ve at least entertained the kids watching at home.
But what happened next, when Mulcair continued his questioning, and appealed to the Speaker Andrew Scheer to ask Calandra to follow the rules of democratic decency, turned our Parliament into a cheap FARCE . . .
Yes, believe it or not, rather than ask the clown Calandra to answer the questions, or to stop turning Question Period into some kind of Con cabaret, Scheer punished Mulcair.
Removing his two remaining questions, and moving on to Justin Trudeau.
Even though Mulcair had every right to keep trying to get a serious answer about a very serious issue. He was merely asking Scheer to stop allowing Calandra to turn the House he looks down upon from his throne, into a bad joke or a fascist circus.
Or the death of our democracy. Wherry:
We might, for instance, insist on expecting that if the government of the day commits the men and women of our military to a conflict that that government should grace us with straightforward explanations for that commitment. That if our democratically elected representatives stand in the House of Commons and ask specific questions about that commitment, that those questions — questions ultimately asked on our behalf — deserve answers, not merely responses.
This is not quite rocket science. These are merely the hopey changey principles on which we aim to govern ourselves.
And who can blame Mulcair for questioning Sheer’s neutrality? When he has made so many dubious decisions.
And has from the moment he sat on his throne acted and sounded like a Con robot…

Or his master’s voice.
And all I can say is, before we have to hold a mirror up to the cold blue lips of our democracy, to see if it’s still alive.
When we fire his maniac master . . .

... However, the Right leaning political columnist with the Regina Leader-Post runs to Scheers defense

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 

Harper Refuses To Answer ANY Questions On Iraq Mission - Partisan House Of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer Refuses To Follow Rules Of The House!!

Speaker Andrew Scheer is so completely in the pocket of the Prime Minister's Office, he will not follow the Rules of the House and require the Conservative Government to adhere to some sane relevancy when answering questions in Question Periond.  SHAME ON SPEAKER SCHEER!!!

Tue, Sep 23: "NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair wanted to talk about Canada’s military mission in Iraq. Conservative MP Paul Calandra wanted to talk about a NDP fundraiser’s inflammatory comments about Israel. What followed was an utterly bizzare exchange which ended with Mulcair questioning the Speaker of the House’s integrity."
Global News 

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Monday, September 22, 2014 

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Tom Tomorrow ...

Harper condemns Isis threat on Canadians ..

Friday, September 19, 2014 

The New Democrats Get It Right On Iraq - Walkom

By backing Barack Obama’s ill-considered war, Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau have signed onto a fool’s errand.

America’s latest Middle East war is a fool’s errand.
U.S. President Barack Obama’s campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria is hastily conceived, relies on uncertain allies and risks further inflaming an already volatile region.
In Canada, the only major political party with anything resembling a sensible position on this war is Tom Mulcair’s NDP.
After days of dithering, the New Democrats have decided to oppose Canadian involvement. Mulcair made that clear Tuesday night in a Commons debate.
Few noticed, so he announced it again Wednesday.
He said, correctly, that the Conservative government is committing Canadian commandos to the conflict without being clear as to what they can plausibly accomplish once they get there.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper initially said Canada would send “several dozen” special forces as “advisers” to Kurdish irregulars fighting the militants. On Tuesday, he said the number of Canadian soldiers in Iraq will be 69.
While the prime minister has said he will review the deployment in 30 days, his government’s commitment to Obama’s war is, to all intents and purposes, open-ended.
If Obama had a coherent strategy, this might not matter. But the U.S. president does not.
He promises to miraculously “destroy and degrade” the militants without sending U.S. troops into combat.
Yet even his top military chief, Gen. Martin Dempsey, has said that American ground forces may be needed.
The U.S. president has gathered what, on paper, appears to be an impressive coalition.
But when it comes to specifics, few members of that coalition — including Muslim states — are willing to commit themselves to much.
Their reluctance is understandable. The region in which the U.S. wants to operate is a quagmire characterized by shifting alliances among actors with dubious aims.
Turkey, for instance, has no love for the Islamic State. But it also opposes the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad (which the Islamic State is fighting).
As well, Turkey is deeply suspicious of Western efforts to arm and train Kurdish militias, some of which it views as terrorist.
The U.S. is pinning its hopes on the training and arming of so-called Syrian moderates. But it is not clear that there are any moderates left in the bloody, sectarian Syrian civil war.
Indeed, Washington’s approach to Syria is reminiscent of its strategy in Afghanistan in the 1980s.
American support of allegedly pro-Western militias there helped to tip the country into anarchy and, ultimately, paved the way for the Taliban to take power.
Meanwhile, Obama’s Western allies are careful to play to their home audiences.
French President François Hollande, deeply unpopular at home for his handling of the economy, is trying to burnish his image by authorizing air strikes against militants in Iraq. But he has ruled out taking this air war to Islamic State bases in Syria.
Australia, like Canada, is sending commandos to Iraq. Like Harper, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott claims that these 600 battle-tested soldiers will act as advisers only.
In Canada, the Afghan experience has made the politics of war particularly difficult.
Harper can gain advantage with some voters by portraying himself as a serious international player willing to wage war.
Yet it is best for him if the details and contradictions of this particular war — including any casualties — are obscured.
Justin Trudeau’s Liberals take pride in the fact that it was their party’s government that, officially at least, refused to take part in the last Iraq war.
But the Liberals are also reluctant to be seen as soft on jihadists who cut off heads.
From this comes Trudeau’s somewhat confused position. He says he will support the current mission “as designed,” as long as “we continue to have parliamentary oversight.”
Yet no one outside government knows the exact design of the current mission. And there is no parliamentary oversight.
Harper has made it clear that as far as this war is concerned, the government will do as it wishes, regardless of what MPs think. Parliament be damned.
Thomas Walkom The Star

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 

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