Gift from God? Why Are You Trying to Republicanize Us, Kenney?

The left-leaning news site Press Progress has been breaking all kinds of stories, and this latest one is more than a little disturbing if you like your church and your state held separately. Jason Kenney, widely considered by many to be the frontrunner for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada, told a group of evangelicals near the end of the recent Federal campaign that our Charter rights come from God, and not the, you know, human beings of the government that passed them. Continue reading “Gift from God? Why Are You Trying to Republicanize Us, Kenney?”

Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday October 15, 2015

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This week on Open Sources Guelph we wrap up our campaign coverage with part 7 of 7 of our interviews with the candidates running in Guelph this election. [Insert ka-ching sound effect here] To our beloved listeners, we hope this series has been informative, and that in some small way assists you in making your decision on Election Day, or assisted you when you voted in one of the advance polls earlier this week. [Insert ka-ching sound effect here] But still, there’s one more interview to go, and it should be a good one. [Insert ka-ching sound effect here] Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday October 15, 2015”

May Excluded from Two Federal Leaders’ Debates

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The hornet’s nest kicked over by the Conservative Party opening up multiple bidders for leaders’ debates in the upcoming election has had at least one positive effect for Stephen Harper, Green Party leader Elizabeth May has been excluded from at least two debates now, the one hosted by the Globe and Mail and the other a foreign-policy debate hosted by Munk Debates. Continue reading “May Excluded from Two Federal Leaders’ Debates”

Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday June 4, 2015

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It’s a very busy week full of very serious issues here on Open Sources Guelph. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission came back with a scathing report and a to-do list a mile long for the government, but will they listen? Peter MacKay is leaving politics, but is he gone for good? A class action lawsuit’s been brought against the RCMP, is this the new battleground of sex discrimination? And the Patriot Act is gone, but is the Freedom Act better (or less ironic)? And that’s just the tip of the iceberg for this week’s show. Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday June 4, 2015”

MacKay Joins the March out the Conservative Caucus Door

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In a shocking news item this morning, Justice Minister Peter MacKay announced that he would not be seeking re-election in this fall’s Federal Election. It’s another sudden loss for the Harper government that is going into this coming election with a further diminished bench that includes the previously announced loss of former Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover. Continue reading “MacKay Joins the March out the Conservative Caucus Door”

6 Months to Election Day

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Exactly six months from now, Canadians will go to the polls to elect a new federal government. Already, each of the major parties is telling us that this will be the most important election in Canadian history, and although the more meta-aware candidates recognize that this line is said almost every election year, could they be actually right this time? There are 30 new seats up for grabs thanks to the re-configuration of district lines, making a majority sweep just a little bit harder to achieve. On the issues, there’s the Stephen Harper legacy, whether or not a balanced budget is enough to make people forget the myriad of scandals his government’s incurred over the last decade. And the Opposition, is Thomas Mulcair’s prosecutorial method of holding the government in line going to keep the Orange Crush crushing, or is the face of youth and vitality in Justin Trudeau going to be more appealing? Continue reading “6 Months to Election Day”