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Audio Archive:June 8th, 2015: - Listen | Download
Burundi's Current Turmoil: A Constitutional Crisis, or Complex Political and Economic Issues? Jacques Parizeau: Brilliant Economist Who Left His Economic Mark on the Whole Quiet Revolution in the 1960s.
Charles KM Kambanda, Robin Philpot
Our featured guest is Charles KM Kambanda, Rwandan researcher, human rights defender and attorney and counsel at law in New York. Mr. Kambanda, who was born to a Rwandan refugee family in Uganda and now writes about international law talks to Phil Taylor about the hidden political agenda against Burundi's popular President Pierre Nkurunziza.
Issues discussed are:
(1) The Burundi Constitution trumping the defacto Arusha Agreement re electoral politics
(2) The Western powers, including the ICC, double standard in condemning popular Burundi President Nkurmziza while supporting regional puppet despots such as Rwandan President Kagame and Ugandan President Museveni
(3) The opposition "demonstrators" in Burundi that are in reality rioters, many being children --who burn humans to death, burn public and private property and are armed -- and the Burundi government's legal and moral responsibility to stop these riots
(4) The fake and western supported private radio stations in Burundi who run false and warmongering propaganda against the popular government. These lies are broadcasted in Rwanda.
(5) The ICC threatening intervention in Burundi which is a crime of inciting riots
(6) Kagame wanting to dominate Burundi and use it as an entrance and exit point for the Congo (DRC) natural resources.
Robin Philpot discusses the recently released English translation of Jacques Parizeau's last book, which Philpot defines as a political testimony. Philpot emphasizes that Parizeau never wavered: He was a militant person who refused his bourgeois background and advantages in order to be a professor and in politics, because he knew that was the only way to really accomplish things in the long run.
Philpot explains how an why Parizeau became a sovereignist in 1969 (age 39). Parizeau was putting together his papers and came to realize that the only way Quebec can insure its economic development and proper distribution of wealth was to become independent.
Parizeau was dragged over the coals for stating that the anti-referendum victory was a slim victory with a lot of dirty tricks. He felt Canada had a colonial attitude toward Quebec's electoral laws.
February 23rd, 2015: - Listen | Download
The murder of Patrick Karegeya haunts the Kagame regime. Roger Auque, mainstream reporter, spy for Mossad and CIA
Portia Karegeya, Robin Philpot
Portia Karegeya remembers her father, an RPF leader who broke with Rwanda's repressive system. Portia explains the political circumstances that slow the search for justice, but she is confident that the killers will be brought to justice and that the Kagame gang will be removed. A South African court has convicted Rwandan agents in the attempted murder of Gen. Nyamwasa, a sign of hopeful change in Africa.
In posthumous memoir Auque wrote candidly about his work for Israeli and American intelligence, saying he needed the money to maintain his lifestyle. Robin Philpot points out that none of the media outlets (CBC, LaPresse, e.g.) have felt the need to comment. He had used their credentials to acquire information for various intelligence agencies. "If they say nothing, why should they ever be trusted?"
December 1st, 2014: - Listen | Download
Anti-austerity protestors resist. Willy-Nilly from Iraq into Syria. A Child's Country Christmas in the 1950s through the eyes of a 9 Year Old.
Robin Philpot, David Jacobs, Larry Krotz
The Toronto Star did not report that 200,000 people took to the streets in Montreal and Quebec City Saturday Nov. 29, but the Latin American network Telesur reported the union-led demonstrations to the world.
Just as they fought Charest's tuition hikes in 2012, Quebecers are showing backbone in resisting the cuts to the province's social fabric, cuts that are committed by the modern-day Scrooges who seek to ravage popular wealth in the country.
Justin Trudeau better watch out, because the Liberals are unable to make good on their campaign promises, instead offering only cuts and misery to the voting public.
The Quebec Liberal government’s plan for $4 billion in cuts to social programs has united the people into resistance.
The Canadian government has indicated it is looking for legal opinions on bombing Syria. International Human Rights Lawyer David Jacobs says that they can look no further: the UN Charter clearly states that war is permissible only in self defence, or under the authority of the UN Security Council.
There is no Security Council resolution allowing Canada to bomb in Syria, and no need for self-defense. Bombing inside Syria is an act of war, just as would be the bombing of a Canadian province by a foreign power.
Syria could defeat ISIS on its own, if it's sovereignty was respected. Instead, NATO members and friends continue to pour arms and terrorists across Syrian borders.
Larry Krotz reads from his latest book, A Child's Country Christmas. He selects the magical annual Christmas concert presented at his one-room school in SW Ontario in the late 1950s, when he was 9 years old.
After the reading, Krotz laments that now the one-room school house is property for someone in the city to use on weekends and holidays. What was a "fully packaged culture" for a 9 year old in the late 1950s has been lost. The farmers struggle working on the farm and in the city. Building community has turned into searching for bargains at the nearest Wal-Mart. The only push-back is the holistic and organic farm movement.
July 28th, 2014: - Listen | Download
Gaza - Je me souviens (I remember). A Colonial War: The Israeli settler state against Arab dispossessed.
Robin Philpot, Stephen Gowans
Robin Philpot reports on-site from a Montreal protest against Israel's attack on Gaza. Phil and Robin discuss the positions of federal and provincial political parties on the attacks.
Many in Quebec oppose the occupation and support self-determination: they understand colonialism.
Phil also describes the diplomatic spat between Israel and Brazil, and the initiative for a new Freedom Flotilla.
Stephen Gowans of "What's Left" gives the background needed to understand the current Israeli siege against Gaza, including the unbalanced 1947 UN partition plan and the 1948 proclamation of Israel on four-fifths of Palestinian territory.
Gowans explains how Israel violated the last ceasefire agreement and then blamed Hamas. He highlights the goals of the Palestinian majority, and discusses his latest article, "White House Says Obama Culpable in Gaza Massacre."
Gowans uses irony to show that Obama is actually guilty of what he (without evidence) accuses Putin -providing weapons to the side doing the slaughtering."
July 7th, 2014: - Listen | Download
Lac-Mégantic Rail Tragedy One Year Anniversary. How Quebec bookstores survived. Workers rights, human rights and the responsibility to stop wars
The Taylor Report remembers a wonderful figure from the international labour movement, Dave Feikert. Feikert was a mine worker official and labour safety expert, and friend of China.
Phil Taylor, Phil Conlon and Robin Philpot discuss the Lac-Mégantic railway tragedy, the increase in carloads of crude oil from 144 carloads in 2007 to 127,924 carloads in 2013, the new Liberal leadership that is considering reversing the current Québec ban against fracking, the export of oil from the tar-sands in Alberta, and privatization/profits trumping people's rights and environmental integrity.
Montreal-based publisher Robin Philpot (Baraka Books) explains that Quebec has survived the bookstore demise due to its regulation (certified publishers, bookstores, distributors) and 100 percent Quebec ownership. Half of Canadian books are sold in Quebec which has only 23 percent of the Canadian population. Regulating the market, which guarantees sales to institutions, and legislating fixed prices are necessary for the survival of bookstores. They also discuss the cultural value of books, as in the example of Mick Lowe's "The Raids."
The two Phils discuss cultural wars, including the censoring of the 1954 film "Salt of the Earth," concerning the struggle of New Mexico miners. Women and children picketed after male miners were banned from picketing.
Conlon and Taylor also discuss Wal-Mart's battle with Quebec's workers, and the disgusting spectacle of Human Rights Watch (HRW) promoting sectarian conflict in the Middle East.
December 23rd, 2013: - Listen | Download
Advocate for Victoire Ingabire. Rwanda and the New Scramble for Africa
Marceline Nduwamungu, Robin Philpot
Phil is joined by an advocate for Victoire Ingabire, Marceline Nduwamungu. Ingabire has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for daring to assert her rights. Elections are something you just cannot do under Kagame.
A very timely update of Robin Philpot's earlier work on the events of 1994 in Rwanda, "Colonialism Dies Hard." Indeed, the scramble is on, and the IMF structural-adjustment continued apace while Kagame seized power.
Why do we hear about Rwanda so much, both on this program and the corporate news? As one commentator explains, "everywhere is Rwanda for the humanitarian interventionists." The causes of the conflict and tragedy in Rwanda in 1994 are becoming more widely understood. What Samantha Power and Philip Gouerivich have tried to carve in stone has already eroded.
March 25th, 2013: - Listen | Download
We are the "Heart of Darkness"
Robin Philpot, Aimable Mugara
Chinuya Achebe was famous in part for his rejection of Joseph Conrad's position in the Western canon. Achebe strongly argued that "Heart of Darkness" was a thoroughly racist work that actively dehumanized Africans to an extent beyond Conrad's contemporaries. A staple in undergraduate classes, it should be properly deconstructed. Instead, it is used as a template to describe conflicts in Africa.
Aimable Mugara of RwandaHumanRights.com covers major stories centered on Rwanda. A woman running against a U.S. client remains in prison, and the UN plays favourites as Congo is invaded.
September 10th, 2012: - Listen | Download
Gloria La Riva discusses the importance of the Sept. 21-23 Toronto Conference to Free the Cuban Five. Publisher/activist Robin Philpot links student struggle to PQ election victory. Stephen Gowans on Canadian government’s hypocrisy on Iran.
Gloria La Riva, Robin Philpot, Stephen Gowans
August 20th, 2012: - Listen | Download
Robin Philpot on Student strikers and the Quebec election. Author Keith Bolender on the Toronto conference in support of the Cuban Five.
Robin Philpot, Keith Bolender
June 11th, 2012: - Listen | Download
Robin Philpot on Quebec students vs the plutocrats. Glen Ford: Rwanda’s criminal leaders protected by Washington. Charles Roach: Human rights trump royal oaths. Zafar Bangash: West ignores crimes of Syrian Free Army
Robin Philpot, Glen Ford, Charles Roach, Zafar Bangash
June 4th, 2012: - Listen | Download
Norman Otis Richmond: The story of Black music month. Author Robin Philpot on the student led popular movement in Quebec. Toronto lawyer David Jacobs on the strange court that tried Charles Taylor.
Norman Otis Richmond, Robin Philpot, David Jacobs
January 30th, 2012: - Listen | Download
The James Bay Cree - Ontario and Quebec: Different treaties, different lives. Etta James and Johnny Otis brought big change to American music. The case for Leon Mugesera.
Robin Philpot, Otis Richmond, Philippe Larochelle, Chris Black
April 18th, 2011: - Listen | Download
Toronto poet and publisher Luciano Iacobelli reads from and talks about his latest book. Robin Philpot on the little known but brilliant book on Quebec sovereignty by Jane Jacobs.
Luciano Iacobelli, Robin Philpot
October 26th, 2009: - Listen | Download
Carol Mulligan of the Sudbury Star on the strike at Vale Inco. Robin Philpot: Does the NHL discriminate against French players?
Carol Mulligan, Robin Philpot
June 29th, 2009: - Listen | Download
Eva Golinger on the coup in Honduras. Robin Philpot talks about a new book: A People's History of Quebec
Eva Golinger, Robin Philpot
October 13th, 2008: - Listen | Download
Our guest was Montreal journalist Robin Philpot
May 19th, 2008 : mp3 file not currently online
Sara Flounders, U.S. expoiting Myanmar cyclone disaster; Robin Philpot, Why it is Patriot's Day in Quebec
Sara Flounders, Robin Philpot
November 19th, 2007: - Listen | Download
October 8th, 2007: - Listen | Download
Robin Philpot, David Jacobs
April 9th, 2007: - Listen | Download
January 29th, 2007: - Listen | Download
A soldier's perspective on the war in Vietnam and the current war in Iraq. Howard Hampton argues for an increase to the minimum wage at the Ontario NDP Convention. Media reaction to the comments of France's Socialist Party leader Segolene Royal in regards to Quebec's sovereignty.
Scott Camil, Peter Leibovitch, Robin Philpot
"I believe that if we had and would keep our dirty bloody, dollar-soaked fingers out of the business of these nations so full of depressed exploited people, they will arrive at a solution of their own. And if, unfortunately, their revolution must be of the violent type, because the haves refuse to share with the have-nots by any peaceful method, at least what they get will be their own and not the American style, which they don't want, and above all don't want crammed down their throats by Americans."
- General David M. Shoup, Commandant of the Marine Corps 1966-63 ... as quoted by Scott Camil.
Iraqnam - by Scott Camil
Winter Soldier - The Film
A Warrior's Choice - by Tim Bagwell
War is a Racket - by Major General Smedley D. Butler, USMC [Retired]
Howard Hampton's Address to the Ontario NDP Convention
The Rich Life of Jane Jacobs - by Robin Philpot
The Question of Separatism - by Jane Jacobs (a couple of copies still available at amazon.com)
October 23rd, 2006 : mp3 file not currently online
Robin Philpot discusses his article on Jane Jacobs and her sympathy for Quebec sovereignty, and her view that a sovereign Quebec would work benefit for everyone.
May 29th, 2006 : mp3 file not currently online
Zafar Bangash decries the recent media attacks on Iran. Robin Philpot - Jane Jacobs' case for Quebec. Tiphaine Dickson talks about a Rwanda expert who was not allowed to testify at the ICTR.
Zafar Bangash, Robin Philpot, Tiphaine Dickson
May 22nd, 2006: - Listen | Download
Behind the veil of 'justice for Africa' - a more honest take on the arrest and trial of Charles Taylor. Canada is not a nice place to visit if you're a francophone diplomat.
Baffour Ankomah - the arrest and trial of Charles Taylor, Robin Philpot - customs officials insult foreign dignitaries.
"Let it not be said that they dragged Taylor to court because they wanted justice for Africans." Baffour Ankomah, editor of New African, analyses Western abuse of UN tribunal.
Canada should apologize for the frisk search on former Senegalese President - Robin Philpot comments on a story Canada's media has buried.
March 6th, 2006 : mp3 file not currently online
The show featured a repeat of interviews with Keith Harmon Snow and Robin Philpot from March 28th 2005.
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February 27th, 2006 : mp3 file not currently online
Robin Philpot, Miguel San Vicente
January 30th, 2006: - Listen | Download
Aaron Lakoff, Robin Philpot
Aaron Lakoff speaks to Phil from Haiti, where he has been reporting on the situation along with Leslie Bagg. Lakoff describes the recent killing of unarmed people by UN personnel. The UN forces "have committed numerous murders since entering Haiti in April 2004", says Lakoff, and the Canadian government is complicit in "supporting a coup d'etat against a democratically-elected leader, and not calling for the release of political prisoners". "This is a case of Canadian imperialism here."
Quebec author Robin Philpot talks to Phil about some significant aspects of the recent Federal election, particularly the election of two black MP's by the Bloc Quebecois. Haitian-born Vivian Barbeau, a former teacher and past president of the Quebec Women's Federation defeated cabinet minister Pierre Pettigrew, and Camerounian-born Maka Kotto was re-elected in Saint-Lambert. Philpot, whose recent book 'The Secrets of Options Canada' is number one on the Quebec best-sellers list, emphasizes how the BQ, a social-democratic party that is supported by the union movement, has dominated every federal election in Quebec since 1993.
January 16th, 2006: - Listen | Download
Ramsey Clark, Itah Sadu, Robin Philpot
Ramsey Clark, former US Attorney-General and leading opponent of the US war on Iraq, speaks about his work on the Saddam Hussein defence team. "This isn't a trial in any true sense. This is a creation of the United States - it still occupies, it still controls. The people with power, with guns are still US. The United States has financed the whole thing to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars ... they've selected, trained the judges, they try to tell them what to do." Clark stated that Hussein is "being tried by people who have participated in a war of aggression, which is, according to the Nuremburg judgement ... the supreme international crime." Clark also reminiscences about his work with Martin Luther King.
Itah Sadu, of "A Different Book List", talks to Phil about a presentation to the Metro Toronto reference library to urge that the black and Caribbean collection be named in honour of Dr. Rita Cox. Rita Cox was an accomplished storyteller, and founder of important community institutions such as the Parkdale Information Centre and Parkdale Reads, as well as being the originator and builder of the collection. Itah Sadu is part of a committee making the presentation, fittingly on Martin Luther King Day, January 16.
Robin Philpot, author of "The Stolen Referendum" and "Rwanda 1994: Colonialism dies hard", published on-line by the Taylor Report, talks about his latest bombshell book "The Secrets of Option Canada" co-written with Quebec investigative journalist Norman Lester. Philpot describes the book's subject matter - "What you have here is a government-created slush fund to defeat a legitimate democratic political movement". Philpot and Lester reveal that millions of dollars was spent secretly and illegally to help the No side win the 1995 referendum. Pierre Pettigrew is one of numerous Liberal government operatives revealed to be implicated. The book has created a stir in Quebec and has led to the appointment of an inquiry.
December 5th, 2005 : mp3 file not currently online
Dave Zirin and Robin Philpot
September 26th, 2005 : mp3 file not currently online
Eduardo Garcia, Robin Philpot
Phil interviews Eduardo Garcia of the Columbian Food and Beverage Workers Union. Mr. Garcia describes the ways in which Coca-Cola is seeking to undermine his union.
Montreal-based author Robin Philpot is the second guest. Phil speaks to Robin about his new book "The Stolen Referendum" (published in French).
June 27th, 2005 : mp3 file not currently online
Robin Philpot, Zafar Bangash
May 9th, 2005 : mp3 file not currently online
Jean-Claude Parrot, Robin Philpot
Phil talks with Jean-Claude Parrot about his new book, "My Union, My Life". Parrot was President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers for 15 years. His book covers the formation of the CUPW, the battle to win the right to strike, and Parrot's time in jail as a result of defending that right against the Trudeau government. Parrot talks about the importance of recognizing Quebec's right to self-determination, which the labour movement in Canada has defended, and points out the negative consequences of Trudeau not respecting that right. Parrot and another important union activist, Madeleine Parent, will be celebrating the publication of their books Friday May 13 at 7pm at 427 Bloor St. W. in Toronto.
Robin Philpot discusses the Canadian government's attempt to chart a course as a more important power by advancing Western military intervention in the Darfur region of Sudan. Philpot draws the analogy with Mussolini's invasion of Ethiopia. Part of the nasty strategy is the appointment of Romeo Dallaire to the Canadian Senate and dealing with independent MP David Kilgour, a particularly rabid voice for intervention.
March 28th, 2005: - Listen | Download
Keith Harmon Snow, Robin Philpot
Keith Harmon Snow talks to Phil about "the world's most neglected emergency" - the ongoing tragedy of the Congo where perhaps six million have died since 1996. Most of the victims have been noncombatants who have died from hunger or disease as a consequence of the invasions and wars sponsored by western powers trying to gain control of the region's mineral wealth. Keith Harmon Snow also talks about the movie Hotel Rwanda ("propaganda; malicious, destructive, violent disinformation") and the situation in Sudan ("Darfur is all about oil").
Robin Philpot, the author of "Rwanda 1994: Colonialism dies hard", points to the RPF invasion of Rwanda in 1990 as the key event that led to later tragedies. "If not for that invasion there would have been no slaughters in 1994 in Rwanda, or later in the Congo". Philpot argues that the often-repeated claim that 'the international community refused to intervene in Rwanda' is a myth. In truth, the US and Britain prevented any intervention because they wanted the RPF to take power. Philpot talks about his interview with former UN General Secretary Boutros-Ghali that reveals much about the actual events in Rwanda, including possible CIA involvement in the shooting down of the plane carrying the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi that triggered the Rwandan tragedy.
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December 13th, 2004: - Listen | Download
Robin Philpot , Phil Conlon
Phil interviews Robin Philpot about his upcoming book on the Quebec referendum of 1995 and pro-federalists' willful violation of Quebec's election law. Philpot points out that the federal government and others outside of Quebec spent something like $17 million to support the 'no' vote, although Quebec law limited spending by each side to $5 million in total. Examples include the Toronto Star renting buses and running full-page ads to urge people to attend a 'unity rally' in Montreal days before the vote. Air Canada provided a 'unity fare' of under $100 return from Vancouver for that rally, that Philpot says was, "more like an occupation than a love-in".
Phil and Phil Conlon talk about Iris Chang, author of "The Rape of Nanking", "Thread of the Silkworm" and "The Chinese in America". Chang's works on Japanese atrocities in Nanking in 1937-1938, and 150 years of history of Chinese immigration to the US have been widely acclaimed. She was working on a book about the experience of Americans who were Japanese prisoners of war in WWII when she apparently committed suicide in November.
June 21st, 2004 : mp3 file not currently online
Jack Layton fails to impress Quebec, Gilles Duceppe wins the 2004 candidates' debate. Is the United States preparing to reinstate the draft?
If you watched the recent candidates' debate and found yourself wanting to vote for Gilles Duceppe, you are not alone. Phil speaks with Quebec journalist and author Robin Philpot; they discuss the reasons for the popularity of the Bloc Quebecois in Quebec. They also talk about the failure of the political left in Canada - specifically Jack Layton and the NDP - to understand Quebec, and its failure to address the issues important to those livng in that part of Canada.
Phil and Steve Reimer talk about the possibility of the United States reinstating the draft to maintain/increase their troop numbers for use in Iraq or more adventures in other countries. They talk about the history of the draft in the United States, and also point out some of the recent developments that might make it more difficult for american war resisters to seek shelter from it in Canada.
July 21st, 2003: - Listen | Download
Liberian Senator Tom Wuweiu, Robin Philpot
June 23rd, 2003 : mp3 file not currently online
Robin Philpot, Peter Rosenthal
Robin Philpot talks about the life and times of Pierre Bourdieu, a man who brought the idea of Quebec independence to the forefront. Bourdieu's obituary was published in Counterpunch and can be found here
Peter Rosenthal and Phil discuss the OCAP Queen’s Park “Riot” and the Government's decision to continue with the trial against John Clark of OCAP.
In the last part of the show, Phil and Peter Rosenthal talk about their recent trip to New York for an event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.
Article Archive:Canada's Glass House and Quebec's Charter Debate
The worst aspect of the Quebec's Charter debate is the smug, self-righteous, paternalist, finger wagging of English Canada and the English media in Quebec. Canadians don't realize that they live in a glass house and throwing stones can be dangerous. Self-examination and self-criticism might show that English Canada is a major part of the problem.
Canada has consistently and unanimously refused to accommodate Quebec's reasonable demands for respect and recognition for more than 50 years now. Never once has it looked back and questioned its self-appointed moral superiority. For instance, it did not hesitate to promote and then lionize its chosen French Canadian leader and send him into the fray to do the dirty work, which has included proclaiming War Measures in time of peace ...
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Adam Jones on Rwanda and Genocide: A Reply
Edward S. Herman and David Peterson
Like Gerald Caplan's hostile "review" of our book, The Politics of Genocide, Adam Jones's aggressive attack on our response to Caplan can be explained in significant part by Jones's deep commitment to an establishment narrative on the Rwandan genocide that we believe to be false -- one that misallocates the main responsibility for that still ongoing disaster, but dominates by virtue of political interests and intellectual conformity.1 Caplan devoted perhaps 5 percent of his "review" to our book, and the remaining 95 percent to an attack on us for our treatment of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. But Jones went Caplan one better, ignoring our book altogether (which at the time of his writing Jones did not appear to ha...
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Genocide Denial and Genocide Facilitation: Gerald Caplan and The Politics of Genocide
Edward S. Herman and David Peterson
In his June 17 "review" of our book The Politics of Genocide, for Pambazuka News,1 Gerald Caplan, a Canadian writer who Kigali's New Times described as a "leading authority on Genocide and its prevention,"2 focuses almost exclusively on the section we devote to Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.3 Caplan s
Like Gerald Caplan's hostile "review" of our book, The Politics of Genocide, Adam Jones's aggressive attack on our response to Caplan can be explained in significant part by Jones's deep commitment to an establishment narrative on the Rwandan genocide that we believe to be false -- one that misal...
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New Dallaire film on Rwanda fails reality check
During elections, the media like to do "fact checks" or "reality checks". The exercise should be applied to all historical films. Especially when the people concerned proclaim it "the film of record".
That is how Canadian Liberal Party Senator Romeo Dallaire appointed for life described his recent film Shake Hands with the Devil based on his book with the same title. His film sorely fails any serious fact check.
Let's begin with the end. If you waited until all the credits scroll by, you will see it is copyrighted © Dallaireproductions. It means two things: 1) Senator Dallaire incorporated a film company so as to get a cut of the profits; 2) he approved every single comma in the script.
That means that he also approved another line in cred...
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How can the muddy waters of Option Canada be tolerated in the country of referendum clarity
Referendums around the world are conducted under the principle that opposing camps in the sovereignty concerned should dispose of equal means to defend their options during the referendum campaign. Quebec's Referendum Act, based on the British model used for the Common Market vote in 1975, enshrined that principle in a series of reforms adopted in the late 1970s under Quebec Premier René Lévesque. Those reforms cleaned up the political process by ridding Quebec of the slush funds that had vitiated politics for years. Jean Chrétien even said that political party funding reforms adopted later throughout Canada were borrowed from René Lévesque.
Although the Supreme Court struck down parts of the Referendum Act in October 1997, it described the objective of equal means as "highl...
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