Tory MP Rob Anders: NDP ‘Bloodsuckers’ Want To Inject Kids With Heroin

With Halloween just around the corner, Conservative MP Rob Anders unleashed a scary story in the House of Commons this week.

And while private members statements — those speeches MPs give before the excitement of question period — don’t often get a lot of press, Anders’ rant is… something else.

Anders, who represents the riding of Calgary West, began Monday by saying Albertans fear a “repeat of scary National Energy program thinking.”

He claimed New Democrats, whom he called “socialist bloodsuckers,” want to institute a $21-billion carbon tax and “impale” Albertans with a gas hike tax of 10 cents a litre.

Then he took a thinly veiled shot at Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

“There is this evil Liberal name that haunts us still and wants to hand out drugs to our kids,” he said.

Anders is seemingly referring to Trudeau’s support for the legalization of marijuana. Trudeau maintains that controlling, taxing and regulating the substance will actually help keep it out of the hands of children.

Then Anders turned to New Democrats.

“This ghost of the NDP wants to acquire heroin with taxpayer money and inject it into the veins of Canada’s children,” he said.

The controversial Conservative may have been referring to a recently closed “loophole” at Health Canada that allowed certain drugs, like heroin and cocaine, to be obtained for patients in exceptional circumstances under a federal special access program.

Conservatives brought forward new regulations to stop the practice earlier this month.

The ban came just weeks after Health Minister Rona Ambrose ripped her own department’s decision to authorize some B.C. doctors to prescribe heroin to 20 addicts for whom other treatments had failed.

Tories have since fundraised on the issue, saying the NDP and Liberals would make the program permanent if elected in 2015.

NDP health critic Libby Davies told iPolitics it was “sickening” to see Conservatives raise money on such an issue.

“I feel like this is a government that is abandoning any notion of public policy divisions, based on real evidence and expert advice,” she said. “Everything they do is wrapped in a partisan ideological message.”

Davies has said medicalized heroin maintenance has been used successfully and is part of treatment in places like Europe.

“It’s another example of the Conservative government ignoring sound public policy, driven by expert advice, and instead making decisions based on political dogma,” she said.

But Anders’ speech wasn’t all doom and gloom. He ended on a high note by speaking about something he doesn’t find scary — the Harper government’s trade agreement with the European Union.

With files from The Canadian Press

 

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Outrage

That’s what I felt when I learned that Stephen Harper was shutting down Parliament once again – this time until October.

It seems that he’ll do anything to dodge the Senate scandal – anything to duck questions about Pamela Wallin’s expenses and the secret cheque his advisor wrote to Mike Duffy.

Stephen Harper must be hoping that things will blow over before he has to face Tom Mulcair in Question Period again.

But we’re not going to let that happen.

We’re using every tool we can find to hold these Conservatives to account. And I’m asking you to get on board – donate $5 or more today and help New Democrats keep the pressure on Harper.

Did you know this is the fourth time Stephen Harper has shut down Parliament? He seems to do it every time he finds himself in a tough spot.

And we’ve all learned what Stephen Harper does when he’s cornered. First he runs. Then he regroups. Then he comes back hard – on the offensive.

So what’ll it be this time? More partisan attack ads? We know something’s coming, and we need to be ready.

Please make a donation today. Don’t let Harper change the channel. Help us keep the focus where it belongs:

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Canadians need to know exactly what role the Prime Minister’s Office played in the Senate scandal. And the only way we’ll get answers is by keeping the pressure on.

Let’s work together to get the job done.

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MP, Timmins – James Bay
Canada’s New Democrats

 

Yay! No Fox News North in Canada

Great news! Sun News’ bid to be on every TV in Canada was just rejected by the CRTC!

Close to 19,000 members of the SumOfUs.org community, along with tens of thousands of other Canadians, submitted comments to the commission speaking out against “Fox News North”, and we were heard! CRTC, the commission responsible for deciding which channels are included in the mandatory basic cable package, rejected the blatantly pro-Harper, anti-environment and racist channel’s bid to get an effective $20 million public subsidy.

As a Canadian, it’s exciting to see the impact our community is having on our media landscape. Will you join me in celebrating the good news by sharing the image below with your friends on Facebook?

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Thanks for standing up for a free and fair media in Canada,

Angus and the team at SumOfUs.org

 

P.S. We’ve beaten Fox News North for now, but it won’t be the last right-wing propagandists to assault our independent media. SumOfUs doesn’t take any money from corporations, and we can’t do it without you. Donate now so we can effectively fight for free media in Canada.

 


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Sun News, AKA “Fox News North”, peddles biased news — and now it wants to be on TV in every Canadian’s home

Tell CRTC that Canadian cable subscribers do not want to pay for Harper’s propaganda wing.

Send a Message

Friend,

The Conservative propaganda machine, Sun News, has been accused of biased reporting in favor of the Harper government, biased reporting against environmental causes, racism, and being an enemy of the arts — and now “Fox News North” is petitioning to be on every TV in Canada.

When the channel started in 2011, Sun News claimed that it would never demand the Canadian Radio-Television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) make it part of the mandatory basic cable package, as it would be a tax on all Canadians. But now the right-wing cable company is doing just that, casting off its supposed free-market principles in a bold bid to push its ideology into every Canadian household. Effectively, this “tax” paid for by Canadian cable subscribers would amount to a public subsidy of $20 million dollars per year even though its parent company, Quebecor, is the biggest newspaper owner in Canada. The CRTC will decide to approve or reject Sun News’ petition in a week.

Make your voice heard: Consumers do not want to be “taxed” to pay for “Fox News North” to be on every Canadian TV.

Sun News’ political bias is no surprise — Stephen Harper’s former Director of Communications leads the channel, and Sun News effectively works as the Conservative party’s propaganda wing. However, news bias is just the beginning, as the channel also has a history of hatemongering.

Sun News’ vitriol is led by Ezra Levant, who has a long track record of offending various ethnic groups. His opinion piece against Roma people was removed after groups complained to the Toronto Police about hate speech, describing the broadcast as “one of the longest and most sustained on-air broadcasts of hate speech against any community in Canada that we’ve witnessed.” Idle No More protesters confronted him for being racist against First Nations, and he stood proud while wearing a niqab on air and called the traditional wear a “body bag” while his crew members giggled audibly.

When not offending Canadians, he leads sustained and factually questionable attacks against environmentalists such as David Suzuki. His partner-in-hate, Krista Erickson, is notorious for bullying a modern dancer about arts funding. That interview so upset Canadians that the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council recorded double its usual complaints.

CRTC has complete discretion to deny new channels to be on basic package. It is currently receiving public comments on whether to grant Sun News mandatory carriage. Let the CRTC know that you do not want Sun News in your living rooms.

Tell CRTC to deny bias and racist Sun News’ application to air on all Canadian TVs.

Thanks for all you do,

Angus, Kaytee, and the team at SumOfUs.org

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Further Reading:

A Farce to be reckoned with Ryerson Review of Journalism. Winter, 2012
Sun News Network suddenly seems just so…Canadian Globe and Mail. February 6th, 2013

Stop Harper’s takeover of our CBC

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When Bill C-60, Harper’s Budget Implementation legislation becomes law, Harper will exercise control over the wages and working conditions of all CBC employees, including all those who produce news and current affairs programs.

This will give Stephen Harper unprecedented power to undermine the CBC’s editorial independence and turn our national public broadcaster into a government propaganda machine – a state broadcaster!

Today is a pivotal moment in our campaign to Free the CBC from political interference.

More than a quarter of a million Canadians have already joined the Free the CBC campaign. But, to hold Harper’s Conservatives accountable for their agenda to destroy public broadcasting in Canada – by holding their feet to the fire – we must grow much bigger.

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No-nonsense MP dedicates life to her job

Glover brings vast experience to cabinet

MP Shelly Glover speaks during question period in the House of Commons.

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MP Shelly Glover speaks during question period in the House of Commons. (ADRIAN WYLD / THE CANADIAN PRESS ARCHIVES)

Shelly Glover on…

 

Transgender rights

‘When people say it’s symbolic only, I disagree wholeheartedly. I want to see transgendered individuals feel they can go to a police service or a court, knowing that gender identity is in the Criminal Code and the human rights act.’

— Speaking to a private member’s bill, Nov. 2012.

 

Prostitution

‘It was easy to find a customer and very easy to negotiate money for a sexual favour. And when these girls are so desperately in need of money, for whatever reason — because they are being told they have to do this for protection, because they are hooked on drugs, because they are trying to feed their families — because it was so easy, I can see how they continue to live this lifestyle that puts them in danger…. I came to understand that prostitutes and sex trade workers are not doing this, typically, of their own will. These are girls that, for the most part, are being exploited by their parents, their boyfriends, their pimps, who are in some vulnerable situations.’

— Speaking to the CBC about her experience working undercover as a prostitute, Jan. 2012.

 

Matrimonial aboriginal rights

‘As a woman myself, from a Métis background, I find the fact that this situation still exists in Canada in 2013 absolutely appalling. Aboriginal women deserve to have the same rights as non-aboriginal women in Canada, and this bill would finally eliminate the current legislative gap and allow for matrimonial real interest laws to be applied on reserve.’

– Speaking to a government bill, June, 2013

 

Jobs in Manitoba

‘In Manitoba, we do have some problems provincially with the fact that we have more public servant jobs per capita than anywhere else. That’s not a way to provide jobs. I have people coming into my office crying who are immigrants and can’t find jobs. The 14 per cent unemployment rate of immigrants is really a bother.’

— Speaking at a finance committee meeting, May 2012

 

Criminals

‘If you think you can dupe us, we are going to charge you. Trying to dupe us is a fairly silly thing to do.’

— Speaking as Winnipeg Police Service spokeswoman, Feb. 2005

 

Tax breaks for artists

‘To suggest that someone’s work is more valuable than another’s by giving them a special tax break would not be well received and would raise serious fairness concerns.’

— Speaking to a private member’s bill, Nov. 2012.

 

 

Celebrities

‘Before I continue, let me say at the start that our Conservative government is tremendously proud of the talent and accomplishments of Canada’s artists, whether they are international stars such as Justin Bieber, Ryan Reynolds, Seth Rogan and Carly Rae Jepsen or our local stars in our community theatres like my son, handsome actor Michael Strickland, who is always a star in his mother’s eyes.’

— Speaking to a private member’s bill on tax breaks for artists, Nov. 2012.

Const. Shelly Glover was the spokeswoman for the Winnipeg Police Service after several years of patrolling the streets.

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Const. Shelly Glover was the spokeswoman for the Winnipeg Police Service after several years of patrolling the streets. (MARC GALLANT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS ARCHIVES) Photo Store

A decade ago, Const. Shelly Glover stood in the downtown police station next to a half-dozen large bags of fresh marijuana to showcase a seizure made by police two days earlier.

One hand on her hip, a stern look on her face, it was one of her earliest press conferences as the new spokeswoman for the Winnipeg Police Service after several years of patrolling city streets.

It was also the first opportunity for Winnipeggers to get a taste of her no-nonsense, us-versus-them, law-and-order view of the world in which police were the champions of public safety.

She’s now made a successful political career out of that. Extremely successful.

“One day I’m knocking on doors and doing raids where crack cocaine is prevalent and there is sexual exploitation going on because of the pimps, and the next day, I’m knocking on the doors of the House of Commons,” Glover said in a brief interview Tuesday.

“I want to thank the voters of St. Boniface for installing that confidence in me.”

Prime Minister Stephen Harper promoted Glover to his cabinet Monday as the new minister of Canadian heritage and official languages. He also gave her a seat on his priorities and planning cabinet committee in which all key decisions are made before they become public. Portage-Lisgar-MP Candice Bergen was also promoted to cabinet, getting the junior portfolio of minister of state for social development.

Glover said she is now Harper’s right-hand woman in Manitoba, a position that was officially confirmed Tuesday.

“I’ve been in the position for 47 seconds,” she said, describing the past 24 hours as a whirlwind of briefings as she gets updated on her new portfolio. She said her first priorities are setting up a regional office and booking times when she can meet Premier Greg Selinger, Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz and other municipal leaders around the province.

For most of her career in law enforcement and as the Conservative MP for St. Boniface (she was first elected in 2008), Glover has maintained a tough exterior.

Only more recently has she lowered that veil to show Manitobans a depth of character rarely scene on the national political stage.

In a very personal interview with the CBC in January 2012, Glover described her upbringing as challenging. Though loving, alcohol was a “big problem” in the household and Glover witnessed many fights between her parents.

She recalled returning home one night at age 15 and seeing what she thought was red Kool-Aid in the snow on the driveway. In fact, it was her father’s blood, the result of a stabbing by her mother.

As a teenager, Glover became pregnant and went to a school for pregnant teens. One of Glover’s four siblings was addicted to crack.

In her early 20s, Glover joined the Winnipeg Police Service, where one of her first assignments as an officer was working undercover as a prostitute. While trolling for johns, Glover encountered some of the girls she went to school with as a pregnant teen, now working the streets.

“I realized I could have gone down another track,” Glover told the CBC.

Glover said her reason for entering politics was to take what she learned on the streets as a police office to make the community better.

“My goal was to raise awareness of the suffering of victims,” she said.

Glover attends Winnipeg’s gay pride parade nearly every year and has opposed nearly every measure in the House of Commons restricting abortion rights.

But she is a fiscal conservative. According to openparliament.ca, the word she uses most frequently in the House of Commons is “tax.”

Destiny Watt, a Tory activist, served as Glover’s co-campaign manager in 2008 and again in 2011.

“I just felt she was a very dynamic and very energetic person,” Watt said Tuesday. “She listened very closely to people. She pays very close attention to detail.”

Watt also said Glover works hard and will be at her office in Ottawa until 11 p.m.

“She has essentially dedicated her life to being an MP,” Watt said.

Issues that get her fired up include, obviously, crime and public safety, as well as the economy and jobs, Watt said.

Also beaming at Glover’s appointment (she replaces retired Provencher MP Vic Toews as senior minister for Manitoba) is Manitoba Metis Federation president David Chartrand.

Glover is Métis.

“She’s a great choice,” Chartrand said. “She’s always done a great job for Manitobans and the Métis. Clearly, she’s got a big task.”

Chartrand, who received the Order of Manitoba on the same day Glover was appointed to cabinet, said the MMF has already arranged for a traditional Métis vest to be made and presented to Glover.

Chartrand said he hopes Glover’s Métis heritage won’t put her in a conflict of interest in supporting the MMF’s plans for a Métis museum at the new Upper Fort Garry Heritage Provincial Park to be developed on Main Street near Broadway.

He said the museum was supported by Charleswood-St.James-Assiniboia MP Steven Fletcher when he was a cabinet minister. Fletcher was demoted from cabinet Monday.

“I hope I don’t have to start from square one,” Chartrand said.

Glover is somewhat of an unknown quantity to the provincial NDP or city hall, both used to dealing exclusively with Toews or Fletcher, who was quarterbacking transportation funding.

Selinger said Tuesday that won’t be an issue.

He said he anticipates a seamless transition in dealing with Glover.

“I think we’ll be able to pick up and work together rather readily. We’ve done it in the past, we’ve done it in the present and I anticipate we’ll be able to do it in the future,” Selinger said.

Selinger said he had not spoken with Glover since her appointment, but plans to get in touch with her soon.

The two leaders represent St. Boniface in their respective legislatures and see each other at numerous events.

“I’ve worked with minister Glover before when she was the parliamentary secretary for francophone affairs and, of course, we collaborated on those kinds of projects here,” Selinger said.

Glover, an avid soccer player, is more of a sports fan than arts-lover. She is not seen often at Winnipeg theatre, dance or visual-arts events though she is a supporter of Le Cercle Moliere theatre and the Festival du Voyageur in her riding.

Winnipeg Centre NDP MP Pat Martin also said he is looking forward to working closely with both Glover and Bergen to address regional concerns, and to “make sure our province gets its fair share of Ottawa’s great largesse.”

“Let’s face it, the role of a regional minister is to bring home the bacon,” Martin said. “I’m pretty sure both Shelly and Candice get that… if they don’t, I’ll be there to remind them.”

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Shelly Glover on…

 Transgender rights

‘When people say it’s symbolic only, I disagree wholeheartedly. I want to see transgendered individuals feel they can go to a police service or a court, knowing that gender identity is in the Criminal Code and the human rights act.’

— Speaking to a private member’s bill, Nov. 2012.

Prostitution

‘It was easy to find a customer and very easy to negotiate money for a sexual favour. And when these girls are so desperately in need of money, for whatever reason — because they are being told they have to do this for protection, because they are hooked on drugs, because they are trying to feed their families — because it was so easy, I can see how they continue to live this lifestyle that puts them in danger…. I came to understand that prostitutes and sex trade workers are not doing this, typically, of their own will. These are girls that, for the most part, are being exploited by their parents, their boyfriends, their pimps, who are in some vulnerable situations.’

— Speaking to the CBC about her experience working undercover as a prostitute, Jan. 2012.

Matrimonial aboriginal rights

‘As a woman myself, from a Métis background, I find the fact that this situation still exists in Canada in 2013 absolutely appalling. Aboriginal women deserve to have the same rights as non-aboriginal women in Canada, and this bill would finally eliminate the current legislative gap and allow for matrimonial real interest laws to be applied on reserve.’

– Speaking to a government bill, June, 2013

Jobs in Manitoba

‘In Manitoba, we do have some problems provincially with the fact that we have more public servant jobs per capita than anywhere else. That’s not a way to provide jobs. I have people coming into my office crying who are immigrants and can’t find jobs. The 14 per cent unemployment rate of immigrants is really a bother.’

— Speaking at a finance committee meeting, May 2012

Criminals

‘If you think you can dupe us, we are going to charge you. Trying to dupe us is a fairly silly thing to do.’

— Speaking as Winnipeg Police Service spokeswoman, Feb. 2005

Tax breaks for artists

‘To suggest that someone’s work is more valuable than another’s by giving them a special tax break would not be well received and would raise serious fairness concerns.’

— Speaking to a private member’s bill, Nov. 2012.

Celebrities

‘Before I continue, let me say at the start that our Conservative government is tremendously proud of the talent and accomplishments of Canada’s artists, whether they are international stars such as Justin Bieber, Ryan Reynolds, Seth Rogan and Carly Rae Jepsen or our local stars in our community theatres like my son, handsome actor Michael Strickland, who is always a star in his mother’s eyes.’

— Speaking to a private member’s bill on tax breaks for artists, Nov. 2012.

Const. Shelly Glover was the spokeswoman for the Winnipeg Police Service after several years of patrolling the streets.

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Const. Shelly Glover was the spokeswoman for the Winnipeg Police Service after several years of patrolling the streets. (MARC GALLANT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS ARCHIVES)

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 17, 2013 A4

By: Bruce Owen and Mary Agnes Welch

 

Canadian transgender rights bill suffers legislative setback

by Craig Takeuchi on Jul 5, 2013 at 2:16 pm

An eight-year journey to have transgender rights included in Canadian anti-discrimination and hate laws just got longer.

Bill C-279 would include transgender and gender variant Canadians in the Canadian Human Rights Act and protect them against discrimination. The proposed bill would also prohibit hate speech or the incitement of genocide on the basis of gender identity in the Criminal Code.

However, the private member’s bill, introduced by Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca NDP MP Randall Garrison, failed to make it to a final vote before the summer recess began last week.

The House of Commons passed the bill on March 20, whereupon it went on to the Canadian Senate.

Critics such as Calgary MP Rob Anders have dubbed it the “Bathroom Bill”. Anders argued that the bill’s aim is to allow transgender men access to women’s washrooms.

You can follow Craig Takeuchi on Twitter at twitter.com/cinecraig. You can also follow the Straight‘s LGBT coverage on Twitter at twitter.com/StraightLGBT.

 

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