Opinion & Analysis

NOTEBOOK: Elections Canada: Immigrants’ view

IT’S NOW a week after the acri-monious federal elections and the dust has settled. Is there an atmosphere of exhiliration now that the Liberal Party has been booted out of power after 12 years of over confidence? Or is there a sense of anxiety over the likelihood that social services will be massively eliminated now 

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Filipinos and the Chinese Head Tax

By Ted Alciutas A background: From 1885 to 1923, more than 82,000 Chinese immigrants to Canada paid an estimated $23-million to the government. Each paid an average of $100 – $500 to be allowed to come to the country. The result: Families were separated for years because they could not afford to pay the tax. 

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The Parent Trap: What will the Minister do?

Canadian Immigration News and Views By Berto Volpentesta Now that summer is gone the children are back at school and Parliament returns to discuss the important business of running Canada. Each fall, the Minister for Citizenship and Immigration must report to Parliament and provide an overview of the events of the last year and the 

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The Falsehood Commission

By the Center for People Empowerment in Governance THE ARROYO government, as Archbishop Oscar Cruz so aptly describes it, is without values, morals and principles, and one of the values it least respects is truth. The bribery and harassment of witnesses implicating Mrs. Arroyo and her family in the jueteng pay-offs scandal and in electoral 

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Issues of Leadership, Credibility

Resignation Statement of 10 Cabinet members (WHAT follows is the full text of a statement by 10 Cabinet members led by Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima on their irrevocable resignation.) WITH deep concern and firm resolve, after a long period of reflection, debate and consultations, we, the undersigned, are hereby submitting our collective irrevocable resignation. As 

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Cory Aquino’s call for GMA to resign

(The following is the statement of former president Corazon C. Aquino on the present political crisis besetting the presidency of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.) ONCE again, I must involve myself in what I hope and prayed to be spared from, after devoting the best years of my life in the service of our country and at a 

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The President Must Resign Now

(Statement of the University Council (UC) of the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman, Quezon City on the political crisis facing the Arroyo administration.) The pursuit of the truth and the quest for a democratic society are integral to the university’s mission in society. In the conduct of its work, the University of the 

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NCCP Calls for GMA to Resign

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) and its 13 million constituents along with thevast majority of the Filipino people call for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s resignation on the basis of the so-called “Gloria-gate” tapes. Truth and justice must reign. President Arroyo ended her silence by admitting that, indeed, she made the phone call 

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A Day of Tyranny

Philippine Independence Day Parade in New York City (Statement of the Philippine Forum on the Consulate General and PIDC’s curtailment of our freedom of expression) THE Philippine Independence Day Parade in New York City on June 5 was supposed to be a celebration of our freedom from tyranny and oppression. The Philippine Consulate General of 

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An Open Letter: Is ConGen Rebong’s $10,000 condo rent justified?

Dear Editor, As a working Filipina who has been residing in New York City for 10 years, Foreign Affairs spokesperson Gilberto Asuque’s senseless remarks in defense of the lavish condo rental allowance extracted monthly from Philippine government funds to house our overseas diplomats reaps nothing short of blood from my ears (“DFA Defends N.Y. Envoy’s 

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