According to a poll conducted by Forum, 58 percent of Canadians have a positive view of Socialism, while around 40 percent have a negative view.
In the United States, by contrast, 43 percent of Americans hold a positive view of Socialism according to Gallup.
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh’s late response to Friday’s news of Iran admitting to accidentally shooting down the Ukranian plane that killed 176 was released Sunday evening. The statement condemns “Trump’s actions” without once mentioning Iran shooting down the plane.
“While we remain focused on the needs of those who mourn, we cannot forget our responsibilities to Canadians and to the international calls for peace. Canadians have served bravely and proudly in the Middle East, working to deescalate the violence and build toward that peace,” said part of the statement attributed to Singh and released Sunday.
“Now, with tensions so high in the region and the unpredictability and President Trump’s actions, it will not be easy to get back to that work, but we have a responsibility to make sure that we do. Canada can be a leader in making the horrific tragedy of Flight 752 the end of the latest increase in violence and not the beginning of another misguided and disastrous war.”
Iran initially falsely claimed the plane crashed due to an engine failure, but after the Pentagon and others with intelligence announced the plane was shot down by anti-aircraft missiles, the country’s regime admitted its military accidentally shot down the plane.
The NDP are just the latest to place blame on U.S. President Donald Trump for Iran shooting down the Ukrainian plane that resulted in 57 Canadians being killed. Over the past few days, Canadian journalists have also been suggesting Trump is at fault for Iran shooting down the passenger plane because he increased tensions after giving the greenlight for a drone strike that killed terrorist Qasem Soleimani.
These same critics of Trump also fail to mention the injustices and lack of freedom in Iran’s theocratic dictatorship.
A group of nearly 100 Edmonton protesters made Santa Clause’s naughty and nice list, with Premier Jason Kenney not making the cut for the “nice” list this year.
The light-hearted protest, which took place Saturday at the steps of the Alberta legislature, included handing out home-made coal, each having written on them a message about the province’s climate plan.
Event organizer Stephen Buhler, a member of the group Climate Justice Edmonton, told CBC that the tongue-in-cheek event was held to bring “some humour to these really, really dark times.”
When talking about the Premier, Buhler says Kenney “has been a bad boy this year, and we think he deserves coal for Christmas.”
The protest was intended to be for those who had been directly impacted by the province’s budget, including those who say they’ve been affected by budget cuts.
“The best thing [Kenney] could do is stop the austerity, stop the cuts. Not cutting these vital services that we all rely on. I think it’s super, super important,” said Buhler.
In response to the protest, the United Conservative Party’s official Twitter account posted that the protesters for Climate Justice Edmonton are “a group the NDP march with who are firmly committed to keeping our ‘fossil fuels in the ground.'”
“We won’t apologize for being proud of our energy sector and fighting for pipelines!” the tweet concludes.
Response to the tweet was mixed, with some loving the bold post from the party, and others criticizing it.
“We would like to remind everyone that it’s okay that Albertans can think differently. In fact, it makes us stronger,” said user Mark Malowany in a reply to the post. “There is no need to be obnoxious or argue unnecessarily around Twitter. Let’s celebrate together as Albertans.”
Jillian Ratti, a family doctor and former NDP candidate has taken to Twitter to publicly rant about Jason Kenney and the UCP.
The Twitter video includes Ratti using profane language to express her hatred for the government.
In the since-deleted video, Ratti said, “There’s a multitude of things that piss me off daily with this government and I feel like I’m walking around in a permanent, permanent rage.”
She adds, “But the thing that really fucking pisses me off the most consistently is all the gas-lighting. I feel like I am being bombarded with lies of huge magnitude regularly. And that just makes me want to fucking lose my mind every goddamn time.”
Ratti then signs off with “Merry Fucking Christmas”
Ratti ran in Calgary Centre in 2015 receiving less than 6 percent of the vote.
In a tweet, the leader of the NDP Rachel Notley referred to Ratti among others as an “incredible woman.”
The two can be seen at an event together in a tweet by Ratti.
Ratti has donated over $8000 to the Alberta NDP since 2016:
Self-proclaimed students advocate Barb Silva of ‘Support our Students’ retweeted Ratti and added, “If we ban together we can stop Kenny’s cruel austerity agenda.”
Matt Wolf noted that he was surprised that a ‘Support our Students’ communications director would partake is spreading Ratti’s rant to more viewers.
Silva claimed that she is being “Surveilled” and invoked fascism. In another tweet, she alludes to Jason Kenny being misogynistic.
Silva also tweeted a GIF that reads “el estado opresor es un macho violador” (the oppressive state is a male rapist)
CTV Calgary ran the story seemingly claiming that wolf was out of line. In the report, they said “Some say it is a change in the way governments usually handle critics.” and “Dozens saw Wolf’s remarks as harassment and questioned the use of tax dollars.”
Some people such as Stephen Taylor, don’t see it that way.
The parties that could potentially hold the balance of power in the Liberal’s minority government had very different takes on Thursday’s Throne speech when they responded in the House of Commons, Friday.
While the separatist Bloc Quebecois stood in defence of Quebec’s autonomy, the New Democrats assumed their traditional role as defenders of the poor and marginalized.
Bloc leader Yves-Francois Blanchet took particular issue that the speech lumped Quebec in with provinces and territories as one of “the regions of Canada.”
“Let’s make something clear. Quebec is not a region of Canada. Quebec is the land that the Quebec nation shares with a number of First Nations,” Blanchet told the House of Commons, reminding MPs of his party’s raison d’etre.
“Although we may not be aiming specifically for this… Quebecers know that the Bloc is a party based on the concept of independence.”
Blanchet also said that in defending Quebec’s autonomy on matters of healthcare and environmental assessments, “The Bloc is not only representing the national assembly of Quebec but also the voices of the other provinces.”
The separatist party leader also said that Quebec voters turned to his party “because they can’t identify with any federal party.”
“They’re not all sovereigntists, but they’re nationalists,” he said.
Bloc support at the polls tripled their seat count (10-32) in the Commons while the number of NDP candidates were nearly cut in half, from 40 down to 24.
New Democrat leader Jagmeet Singh, whose enclave was relegated to fourth party status after October’s election in a Bloc-surge, accused Liberals for “profiting off student debt” while waiving government loans to corporations.
Singh was also skeptical about the Throne speech’s promise to lower the cost of telecommunications services by 25 percent.
“In Canada we pay…some of the highest cellphone and internet fees in the world. It’s not a coincidence because the government has allowed the telecoms to do this,” said Singh.
“Access to the internet is not a luxury, it’s a necessity…(and) the cost of cell phone and internet services are impeding people in their everyday lives.”
Affordable and available housing, as well as making good on a national pharmacare plan that consecutive Liberal governments have paid lip service to, also formed Singh’s response to the Throne speech.
“Across Canada people are making difficult choices every day, about cutting their pills in half or going without the life-saving medication that they need,” he said.
“What is it going to take for the Prime Minister to keep his word and to deliver pharmacare that covers all Canadians?”
The New Democrat leader also suggested that Trudeau talked the talk on indigenous reconciliation, which also prominently featured in the Throne speech, but that the government’s actions fell short of walking the walk.
“I can’t wrap my head around it,” said Singh. “(They) ignore a human rights tribunal ruling, delay the funding to end the discrimination and continue to take indigenous to court.”
At the beginning of October, the federal government filed for judicial review of a Canadian Human Rights tribunal ruling ordering $40,000 in compensation to First Nations children taken from their communities under the on-reserve child welfare system.