On Wednesday, thousands of members of Canadian First Nations held a national day of protest actions to protest against violations of their rights. During the protests, they paralysed traffic on a bridge over the Detroit River on the border between Canada and the USA in Detroit MI, which is the busiest border crossing in North America. The protestors also blocked several major bridges and roads in other areas and staged a protest in Ottawa, the Canadian capital. According to the organisers, they want to draw attention to the First Nations movement, “Idle No More“. The protestors want the Canadian government to abrogate laws adopted in December 2012 that ease conditions for the sale or lease of land on First Nations Reserves as well as weaken environmental controls for many lakes and rivers.
17 January 2013
Voice of Russia World Service
The so-called Conservative Party in Canada won a minority of the votes in the last election, but since Canada has a “first past the post” system, most Conservative MPs won with a only minority of the vote (at present, there are three major parties in Canada, the Conservative Party, the Liberal Party, and the New Democratic Party). This system was introduced when Canada only had two major parties… now, with three, it’s distorted the will of the electorate. Besides that, the present Conservative Party isn’t an organic continuation of the old Progressive Conservative Party… basically, the radical rightwing Canadian Alliance took over the Party, destroying its old moderate centrist ethos. They’re trying to rape Canada in the same way that the US Republican Party is trying to rape the USA (yes, Virginia, there’s a difference between the Democrats and Republicans, and it isn’t minor, despite appearances). The NDP is growing in power, though… after all, the trend worldwide is leftward and the Reagan/Thatcher nightmare is in its final days. The only question is, “Shall the rich accept their fate, or, shall they fight to retain their present privilege?” Only time will tell the story on that one…
By the way, yesterday, CNN covered non-news such as Lance Armstrong and a football player with an imaginary girlfriend… on the other hand, real news such as this went unreported. None dare call it censorship and shaping of the “news” (CNN is just the other side of the coin from Fox… both are equally crank)…