Monday, October 18, 2010

Monday News Roundup

The documentary film about the interrogation of Omar Khadr, You Don't Like The Truth, is being screened in Montreal from October 29th 2010 at the Cinéma Parallèle de Montréal, on November 1 2010, 7:30pm at the Ciné-Club de Laval (Salle André-Mathieu) and in Toronto from October 29th 2010, at the Royal Cinema, 608 College Street. The documentary will also be screened to Canadian MP's by the Bloc Québécois, and Luc Côté one of the directors of the film, says he has been told by Khadr's lawyers that some of the documentary will be used during closing arguments at his trial if it comes to that. There have been reports of a possible plea deal but it has yet to be confirmed.


 Here in La Belle Province, a loud and angry emergency debate is taking place in Quebec City over what else, a language bill. Remaining in character, Parti Québécois Leader Pauline Marois accused Quebec Premier Jean Charest of abandoning the defence of the French language. Charest replied that she was a wealthy, overstuffed sh** disturber who was living in the past trying to invoke old demons... Wait, that was me! Charest actually said, ...that he is the leader of a "great people" and accused Marois of promoting radical ideals.
 
It`s a raucous day in the federal Parliament building as well as the opposition is busily hammering away at the Tories for the failure to win a seat on the UN Security Council, blaming a long list of Conservative policies including inaction on global warming and blasting them for attempting to scapegoat Michael Ignatieff for their failure. And Deputy Liberal Leader Ralph Goodale tore into the governing Tories accusing Finance Minister Jim Flaherty of financial mismanagement noting that Canada has gone from a $13 billion surplus to an all-time record deficit. It`s hard to argue with the numbers but are Canadians paying attention?
 
It doesn't seem like it when you take a look at the latest polls and see that in spite of numerous missteps and being on the wrong side of issues that Canadians feel strongly about, PM Harper still leads in all the various political polls out there, albeit by the margin of error. Still, he and his party poll consistently between 32% and 35% while Ignatieff and the Liberals rarely break the 30% barrier. In this latest poll which also calculates estimated seats won if an election were held today, the Conservatives would win 129 seats, the Liberals 96, the Bloc 53 and the NDP 30.
 
And for the second time today a video courtesy of theRealnews.com people, a report and an interview with Alex Hundert the organizer of protests at the G-20 summit whose civil rights have been trampled upon by the authorities and how he has been coerced into signing on to unprecedented gag orders. I'm trying very hard not to venture into the realm of hyperbole here, but it's really hard not to be reminded of what used to take place behind the iron curtain in the bad old days before the Berlin Wall came down. We are surrendering our freedoms and not putting up much of a fight.
 

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