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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
As Members of Parliament return to work in Ottawa this week, two new polls are telling different stories.
Tory MPs Demand $250,000 In Robocall Legal Fees
PQ Take The Oath, Take Down Canadian Flag
Tories Slam NDP On 'Carbon Tax' But Used To Be All For Trading CO2
Conservatives Target MP Pensions
MP Changes Name, Warns Against Murphy Brown Jokes
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Anthony Morgan: Does Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Have a White Saviour Complex?
On a recent radio segment, Doug Ford boldly proclaimed, "There's no one that helps black youth more than Rob Ford," followed by, "These are kids who have nothing." If Mayor Ford really does hold the view that the black youths he helps have "nothing" without his football program, he is only furthering the sentiment that no matter how hard black people and communities work, they still have "nothing" if their hard work and perseverance is not supported by a white saviour.
Jennifer Prosser: Even Harper Knows Motion 312 Won't Pass
The Prime Minister himself has said he will not open the abortion debate. This goes as far as the PMO working to strongly encourage members of parliament to vote against MP Steven Woodworth's bill -- that asks our government to review the definition of when a child become a human being -- though that doesn't look to be stopping some members. If Prime Minister Harper is not interested in opening the abortion debate, and if this was only a private member's motion to create a committee -- the least threatening and most common of all government workings, then what makes Motion 312 important?
Miles Driedger: Believe Unborn Children Aren't Animals? Vote Motion 312
Motion 312 proposes that Parliament evaluate a section of the Criminal Code of Canada that currently defines unborn children as non-human beings. Until Canada's criminal code is changed, every Canadian family's unborn child is at risk. Unborn children have less protection than animals under the Criminal Code of Canada. They are treated like dirt, literally. That's why I launched PASS312.
Alison Loat: How Would MPs Improve Parliament? Five Ideas
Parliament resumes this week. MPs have returned from their 308 ridings rested, connected with their constituents and ready for another round of political gamesmanship. We here at Samara thought it was a good time to revisit some of the ideas for Parliamentary reform put forward by those who've survived politics on the front lines: the Members of Parliament themselves.
Keith Beardsley: Limiting the Competition in Politics is a Loser's Game
According to a media report, it would appear that New Brunswick MP, Dominic Leblanc, would like to limit the number of contenders for the Liberal Party leadership. Leadership races are supposed to rejuvenate a party, improve its fortunes and give it a bounce in the polls. You won't do that unless you debate new ideas, hopefully with a few new people at the table.

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