Do not be muzzled Oct 19th, get out and have your say on who you wish to represent you in parliament, bearing in mind that many of the promises are just that and may either be a long time coming or reduced or eliminated once in power. Particularly should the winning party get a majority!
I believe that the best indication of future behaviour is past behaviour hence my listing of the Conservatives attacks upon our democracyover the past 10 years. Another indication is more subtle and that is how open and accountable (remember that phrase) those vieing for (Read more…)
It’s bad enough that there’s no sight of Conservative candidates campaigning to public crowds in Regina, but Conservative-friendly orgs are also trying to cover-up their interview contents.
Sloppiest. Cover-up. Ever. Conservative Michael Kram's LITERALLY covered-up interview with 'pro-life' paper. #elxn42 pic.twitter.com/JSgnASp9Hn
— ʇɹǝqoɹ Jago (@rjjago) October 5, 2015
This particular Con candidate is running in Wascana, against Goodale, among others. I once saw a sandwich board say he was door-knocking in Parkridge, and another time his campaign flyer came to the door. That’s the extent of interaction I’ve had with this man who passionately wants to end a (Read more…)
The Conservative party of Canada is clearly playing into fear, xenophobia and racism as a way to win votes, as its “War on Terror” narrative, its racial baiting and its new snitch line show. This is sickening. Mind you, the Liberals and NDP have eerily similar agendas to the Conservatives on key issues of the […]
Are you Registered to Vote?
By this time you should have received your Voter Information Card telling you where your polling station is located, if you have not received one then either you are not on the list or you information on that list is incorrect and you should call or visit your local Election Canada office and get your information added or corrected.
If you did receive a card then check it out and make sure that the name and address matches that on your personal identification, in particular the address.If it does not contact EC and get (Read more…)
I’ve long called for More Debates, Not Fewer Debaters, and CBC again disappoints.
Not much watchdog press left in Canada. No wonder people reject mainstream journalism for real reporting online.#cbc https://t.co/cWMUdIm5s3
— John MacDougall (@coircomann) October 2, 2015
Despite efforts by the major TV broadcasters, NDP have refused to participate in the debate. http://t.co/27cslTpKsu pic.twitter.com/VSgU1jGzWc
— Green Party Canada (@CanadianGreens) October 2, 2015
Nope. http://t.co/WdTIvqV82B @Blahaaron @josh_wingrove @acoyne uh the final election debate is next week..
— kady o'malley (@kady) October 2, 2015
My Feb. prediction, sadly is coming true.
The unethical fools (Read more…)
Bernie Sanders? This man deserves to win – and he just might. He should also read my book, Enlightened Democracy: Visions For A New Millennium. We’re very much on the same page, in most regards, except that I tend to contextualize things with a broader and longer term vision, and a more philosophical and historical context. […]
Here’s a portion in High Definition: And another segment (it’s also included in the long video at the top, so if you’ve seen that, there’s probably nothing new in this clip either.)
Vote for your favourite with a RT or Favourite on Twitter:
I feel like Liberals have forgotten they have to defeat Harper much more urgently than they must defeat Mulcair, for the good of #cdnpoli.
— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) September 19, 2015
I feel like the NDP have forgotten they have to defeat Harper much more urgently than they must defeat Trudeau, for the good of #cdnpoli.
— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) September 19, 2015
I feel like Greens have forgotten they have to defeat Harper much more urgently than they must defeat CorpMedia, for the good of #cdnpoli.
— Saskboy (Read more…)
The following is critical to understand – for the people of Canada, the US, Europe and the world: “free trade” deals such those already signed (NAFTA), and those being pushed through with great secrecy now (CETA, TTIP and TPP), are agreements which grant supra-national powers to transnational corporations, powers over and above democratically elected governments, […]
It is all but impossible to cover all the things that the Harper Regime has done to diminish our democratic institutions or the contempt that he has shown for democratic conventions in a few paragraphs. From the shutting down of parliament to suit his political purposes to instructing committee chairs on how to disrupt or delay proceedings, from not permitting any government employee or spokesman to say a word with express approval from his censors in the PMO, from his refusal to answer any but ‘approved’ questions from the press (and only three per carefully controlled ‘photo opp” at that) (Read more…)
With all parties except the Cons promising electoral reform and with what appears to be a lot of support for such a change we must look at exactly what is being promised to help us chose our next government in what looks like will be a minority government. Both the system and the manner of its inception vary from party to party, Mulclair would impose his choice of voting system upon us, Trudeau would have an all party committee study the options and make recommendations as would the Greens.
Specifically under the NDP’s preferred MMP system (a voter) first ticks (Read more…)
Macleans recently published an article outlining the failure of the Harper regime to not only collect information on the true state of Canada’s citys, towns and villages and economy but failure to KEEP historical data. Whilst touting better access to information by digatalizing information and ‘centralizing’ and combining various websites the precise opposite has been happening. Much historical information both in print and online has been destroyed in the name of ‘efficiency’ and ‘cost savings’ to the point where authors of scientific, social and financial papers cannot even access their own work let alone find new data to counter or (Read more…)
Much has been made of late of the removal of the voter card as a piece of identification, there was even a court case in Ontario to challenge the provision which was rejected. Frankly I believe the rhetoric that this change will disenfranchise some voters is a little overdone, it is the assumption that if you have received a card that’s all you need to vote that is the problem. You still need to positively identify yourself by other means, if you received the card by mail it is highly improbable that you don’t have some kind of addressed (Read more…)
Canada is in the midst of an election, and it’s a close one. The anti-science incumbents have spent a lot of effort muzzling scientists in Canada as they pursue their environment-destroying goals. Why does this matter?
In a democracy it is necessary to have educated debates about issues instead of baseless opinons and flat-out hearsay. Over at the Tyee they took a look at the important role science plays in democratic discourse.
Government scientists occupy a special place in our democracy. They are the only scientists paid specifically to protect the public interest. They are also the only scientists whose (Read more…)
If the choice is between fixing the hole in the roof and remortgaging the house then the choice is obvious, particularly with the interest rates so low. Throwing a tarp over it and putting a bucket under the drips is not a long term viable solution, that for so many of us finding a job to even purchase a tarp is a major problem simply highlights the position we are in both individually and as a country. If the roof has been leaking for some time and just moving the buckets around as needed was the solution chosen then simply (Read more…)
Summer 2014 – Aug 2nd 2015
In 2014 Green Party leader and Saanich-Gulf Islands MP Elizabeth May describedthe dictatorship-style Harper PMO as a “$10-million-a-year partisan operation filled with ruthless, cutthroat psychopaths.” She added that the office was manned by people “employed for the purpose of harassing scientists, bullying MPs, and muzzling civil servants.”It should be hard for anyone who has read through this series to disagree with that assessment for as she says “The staff at the PMO have no allegiance to anything other than getting the Conservative Party re-elected, it completely offends the principles of (Read more…)
Miscellaneous material to start your week.
- Branko Milanovic answers Harry Frankfurt’s attempt to treat inequality as merely an issue of absolute deprivation by reminding us how needs are inherently social: “[Under necessities] I understand not only the commodities that are indispensable for the support of life, but whatever the custom of the country renders it indecent for creditable people, even of the lowest order, to be without.” (Book 5, Chapter 2)
Smith’s observation has far-reaching consequences. If our needs depend on what is socially acceptable, then they will clearly vary as between different societies. They will depend on (Read more…)
A few weeks ago I reported that my local Conservative MP “will be declining to participate in any all-candidates meeting that follows the traditional format, one he says simply does not work. He says he would prefer a format where each candidate is given a few minutes for opening statements and then they go to a corner and take questions directly from voters.” This follows closely the mantra coming out of Con mouthpieces during the 2011 election where there was a very long list of Con candidates who refused to partake in all candidates meetings. Here’s what spokesman Ryan (Read more…)
Not surprisingly, the musician is being investigated by the paranoid and vindictive Harper Government.
The Streisand Effect is working though, and www.HarperMan.ca is a hit today.
When I tweeted #Harperman last June & you RTed it @saskboy, I did wonder if #cpc thugs would come after Tony. They sure did. @althiaraj
— deBeauxOs (@deBeauxOs1) August 28, 2015
Tony Turner sang #Harperman protest song with his church group. Where's the office of Religious Freedom? http://t.co/caLeHKj9Jz #cdnpoli
— PatRiotchick (@PatOndabak) August 28, 2015
A common complaint that the electorate has year-after-year is that MPs do not represent them. As party discipline hastightened into a stranglehold it has, in effect, made it impossible for MPs to represent their constituents’ views inParliament. The Pirate Party rejects this model of how a party should be run. Fundamentally we see a political party asan alliance of equals with shared values.
“The party will avoid the use of whipped votes in Parliament. Instead opting to seek caucus consensus through debate and discussion.”
No person matches their party’s policy platform exactly. Because of this leeway must be given (Read more…)
We all know that getting our younger voters out is even more important this time than ever before and that it is hard to get many of them engaged in the cluster fk we laughingly call democracy. Who can blame them, even those of us who are ‘engaged’ are getting more and more disgusted with the shenanigans our ‘government’ thinks is acceptable, with more and more revelations coming daily. There is however a somewhat tongue in cheek site that provides information necessary to make an informed decision that may make it easier for ‘the younger crowd’ to absorb some of (Read more…)
Every election people across Canada seek to be elected as independents. Independents face a number of hurdles notshared by their party-nominated cousins. Obviously, they do not benefit from party brand management and national advertising. Perhaps more unfair is the requirement that all money raised by independent candidates be forfeited toElections Canada after the election, forcing them to start over next time. The Pirate Party of Canada believes that thisinherent unfairness is both harmful to democracy and easily fixed.
“We propose allowing independent candidates to raise funds in the two months leading up to a scheduled general election (Read more…)
2013 – 2014 Even with the ongoing Senate expense scandal, the Robocall investigation crawling along (much delayed by the presence of the Conservative lawyer at E.C. Interviews) another suspension of parliament for no apparent reason followed up by another massive austerity budget it was the (un)Fair Elections Act that got all the attention during this period. The closing or cuts to any number of federal programs and departments continued, many aimed at scientific, public safety and oversight areas, in an apparent effort to be able to ‘balance’ the budget just before the 2015 election. It becomes increasingly difficult to (Read more…)
When I see polls like the one today from Nanos which has the Conservative Party of Canada led by Stephen Harper in first place, I have to ask myself, “do Canadians deserve to lose universal health care? Do we deserve to lose the CBC? Do we deserve the erosion of our democracy, through so many actions they get too numerous to count (creation of a secret police force, government spying on citizens, electoral fraud in last two elections, first past the post system, unfair elections act, rewriting the rules to favour the party with the most money, giant (Read more…)
“It was possibly the most gob-smacking election launch in modern Canadian history.” So says much respected parliamentary reporter Susanna Kelley
“The shockers began almost immediately after Stephen Harper announced he’d asked the Governor General to dissolve parliament and call an election for October 19 — at 78 days, it will be among the longest in Canadian history. “I feel very strongly … that … campaigns need to be conducted under the rules of the law. That the money come from the parties themselves, not from government resources, parliamentary resources or taxpayer resources,” he said. That statement came to the slack-jawed shock of every (Read more…)