Category Archives: Democracy

Premier Wynne on Ottawa Shooting: We Refuse To Be Silenced

Kathleen Wynne, Ontario Politics, Parliament Hill shooting

Premier Kathleen Wynne on Parliament Hill shooting: “We refuse to be silenced”.

Ontario’s political leaders considered suspending question period Wednesday at the province’s legislature in light of the shooting at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, but Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said they “refuse to be silenced.”

Corporal Nathan Cirillo, 24, was shot and killed while standing guard at the National War Memorial on Wednesday. After the soldier from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders was shot, a gunman identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was killed inside Parliament’s Centre Block, near the Parliamentary Library.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper had been rushed away from the building to an undisclosed location. Continue reading

Harper Conservatives Plan to Change Copyright Law To Benefit Their Attack Ads

Harper Conservative Government plans legislation to so they can get media clips for attack ads for free

Harper Conservative Government plans legislation that will allow them to use media clips for attack ads for free

The Harper Conservative government is planning to change Canada’s copyright law to allow political parties to use content published and broadcast by news organizations for free in their own political ads – including attacking ads..

An internal Conservative cabinet document details an amendment to the federal Copyright Act which would allow “free use of ‘news’ content in political advertisement intended to promote or oppose a politician or political party.”

The amendment would also remove “the need for broadcasters to authorize the use of their news content.” And it would force media outlets to run political ads even if their own footage and content was used in a negative message to voters. Continue reading