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Politics and its Discontents: This Gift From Montreal Simon

I have to admit I was feeling rather discouraged the other day when I read this CBC report in which an EKOS Research poll found that only 27 percent of respondents were familiar with the ‘Fair’ Elections Act. Then I read Montreal Simon’s post this morning and felt a little better.

Here is the short video he posted that beautifully and very succinctly shows why voting is so important. Enjoy and send it to whomever you think might benefit:

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Politics and its Discontents: Some Things Never Change

Although the following Rick Mercer rant was made early in 2013, most, I think, would agree that nothing has changed in the interim:

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Politics and its Discontents: What If

….everything you thought you knew about our democracy was an illusion? The following video, made before the last U.S. election and directed toward an American audience, will doubtlessly resonate with Canadians who despair of our current state:

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Politics and its Discontents: From The Land Of The Free And The Home Of The Brave

Somehow I don’t think our ‘friends’ to the south have anything to teach us about civil society and democratic rights, although I can’t help but think that much of this footage would gladden the dark chambers of the Harperite heart:

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Politics and its Discontents: The Sad Saga Of Our Declining Democracy Continues

During the past year I have written many posts on the sad spectacle of a Canadian democracy in decline, citizen cynicism and apathy rather than vigorous engagement becoming the default position of more and more Canadians. I have also offered the opinion that this is in large part the result of practices purposely pursued by our political ‘masters’, most egregiously by the Harper regime, so as to leave the field pretty much clear for the ‘true-believers’ to exert a disproportionate influence on election results when they turn out and the rest of us tune out.

Extreme partisanship has relegated the

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Politics and its Discontents: The Spirit of the People is not Dead in Toronto

For someone who believes in the potential power of the people, this small demonstration against Rob Ford’s brutish abuse of power is heartening. Recommend this Post