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Things Are Good: Stephen Harper No Longer Prime Minister of Canada

Finally Canadians have vote out the Conservative party led by Stephen Harper. Their nine year rule saw Canada lose respect from around the world. Canada has earned a reputation of blocking climate change related international agreements and being a country that is swayed by horrible political manoeuvres. The country transformed from a place that supports collective freedoms to a country that won’t help refugees. The federal government, who passed drastic anti-terroist laws, said they won’t even investigate the murders of aboriginal women.

Canada became a shameful place. Regular readers of this blog would note that the only time Harper (or (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: John Oliver Does The Canadian Election

And he comes out strong against Stephen Harper. This video is a cultural event.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: John Oliver Does The Canadian Election

And he comes out strong against Stephen Harper. This video is a cultural event.

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Vote! Get involved, vote, speak, write, raise your voice – and get Harper out

Whether you volunteer, write, canvass, talk to friends and family, or in some other way engage in, and promote, democracy in Canada, please do be involved. Vote, encourage others to vote, talk about the issues, and let’s see a massive turn-out today, along with a lively, and much-needed, thoughtful discussion. This is our country, and […]

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Vote! Get involved, vote, speak, write, raise your voice – and get Harper out

Whether you volunteer, write, canvass, talk to friends and family, or in some other way engage in, and promote, democracy in Canada, please do be involved. Vote, encourage others to vote, talk about the issues, and let’s see a massive turn-out today, along with a lively, and much-needed, thoughtful discussion. This is our country, and […]

Things Are Good: Canada: Go Vote!

Today is election day in Canada and it’s a chance for Canadians to bring change to who runs the country. The hopefully soon to be ousted government has based laws which the courts say “constitutes cruel and unusual treatment“. The Conservative party has got to go.

Here’s John Oliver’s take on the sad state of Canadian federal politics.

You want to make Canada a good place? Go vote for change!

Elections Canada

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Democracy Under Fire: Last Chance ………

Tomorrow will be the last chance to have your say as to who you want to represent you in parliament and, although we currently vote for individuals, this election has been all about which party is best positioned to replace the Harper Regime, With a minority government very much a probability we can only hope that whichever party get the most seats will work with ALL MPs to undo some of the antidemocratic practices that the Conservative have made common practice, and that opposition MPs from other partys put aside partisan games to ensure that this happens. That the remaining (Read more…)

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Bernie Sanders: socialism, anarchism, corporatism and democracy

I support Senator Bernie Sanders in his candidacy to become the next US president. I would very much like to see him win, and I think he very may well. Now, some people will say, but Bernie Sanders is a self-declared democratic socialist. I see no problem with that. And 49% of Americans, and a […]

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Bernie Sanders: socialism, anarchism, corporatism and democracy

I support Senator Bernie Sanders in his candidacy to become the next US president. I would very much like to see him win, and I think he very may well. Now, some people will say, but Bernie Sanders is a self-declared democratic socialist. I see no problem with that. And 49% of Americans, and a […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: For #elxn42 I endorse Trudeau, but not the Liberals. #MoreGlobeEndorsements

This will come as quite a shock to many, since I’m a long time Green voter, but I’m endorsing Trudeau for PM, but think his party needs to start advising him better immediately after the election. This endorsement surprises even me, because I didn’t wake up knowing I was going to make it, I just got a giggle in my head when I thought of doing it, and it seemed like a good joke to make.

It's terribly cowardly for the #GlibAndMale and Postmedia to choose Friday before #elxn42 (when no time to respond) to endorse @pmoharper.

— Saskboy K. (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: For #elxn42 I endorse Trudeau, but not the Liberals. #MoreGlobeEndorsements

This will come as quite a shock to many, since I’m a long time Green voter, but I’m endorsing Trudeau for PM, but think his party needs to start advising him better immediately after the election. This endorsement surprises even me, because I didn’t wake up knowing I was going to make it, I just got a giggle in my head when I thought of doing it, and it seemed like a good joke to make.

It's terribly cowardly for the #GlibAndMale and Postmedia to choose Friday before #elxn42 (when no time to respond) to endorse @pmoharper.

— Saskboy K. (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Who Gets The Hill – #UofR #elxn42 panel on Thursday

It was a real dog’s breakfast at this one, where everything from polls to strategic voting discussed frankly by 3 political experts from Regina. Actually it wasn’t a complete mess, it was a well organized event, but the dog’s breakfast thing will make sense if you watch it all.

Farney says problem compounded by more flacks to contend with. McIntosh notes fewer local coverage points. #elxn42 #UofR

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) October 15, 2015

Mandryk says his job is a "legacy asset". #elxn42 #journalists #UofR

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) October 15, 2015

The "Battle for the Hill" panel on #elxn42 (Read more…)

. . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Who Gets The Hill – #UofR #elxn42 panel on Thursday

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Who Gets The Hill – #UofR #elxn42 panel on Thursday

It was a real dog’s breakfast at this one, where everything from polls to strategic voting discussed frankly by 3 political experts from Regina. Actually it wasn’t a complete mess, it was a well organized event, but the dog’s breakfast thing will make sense if you watch it all.

Farney says problem compounded by more flacks to contend with. McIntosh notes fewer local coverage points. #elxn42 #UofR

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) October 15, 2015

Mandryk says his job is a "legacy asset". #elxn42 #journalists #UofR

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) October 15, 2015

The "Battle for the Hill" panel on #elxn42 (Read more…)

. . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Who Gets The Hill – #UofR #elxn42 panel on Thursday

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Let’s vote for the values that make Canada great

David Suzuki counts universal health care, clean energy, climate change, racial diversity and tolerance among the Canadian values and key issues worth considering before casting your vote on October 19.

The post David Suzuki: Let’s vote for the values that make Canada great appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Bill Longstaff: A minority progressive government would be the best result of the election

I wouldn’t dare to be so bold as to play the prophet and predict the shape of the government that will result from Monday’s federal election. Polls and electorates are much too fickle. I can only observe that if the polls are accurate and the electorate doesn’t suddenly change its collective mind, after the Governor General has been duly consulted and all the other dust has settled the best bet

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Yes Men and SHD release film about Conservative Problems

Comedy Team To Release 1 hour film about Conservatives, Surveillance and Climate change

From Executive Producers The Yes Men and Mark Achbar (The Corporation, Manufacturing Consent) The political comedy pranksters at SHD.ca are releasing a one hour film on YouTube, October 14th, 2015. The film focuses on the expansion of state surveillance in an era of climate change and offers a timely look at Canada’s history of racism and Islamophobia. The comedic documentary features Canadian surveillance targets Cindy Blackstock, Obert Madondo and Mohammad Mahjoub.

The film also features never before seen footage of the artists’ numerous interactions with CSE (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Lying and Hiding PM Hides Again

Note: we've interviewed @ThomasMulcair @JustinTrudeau and @ElizabethMay this campaign. @pmharper was to join us this week but cancelled 1/2

— The West Block (@TheWestBlock) October 11, 2015

His team told us he decided not to do any more nat'l interviews. No worries we have a show full of great content & analysis! Join us. 2/2

— The West Block (@TheWestBlock) October 11, 2015

Besides dodging the federal leaders debate, Harper isn’t giving interviews to national media. Going down beyond an already ridiculous 5 question limit to a 0 question limit is absurd. What is the breaking point for Conservative voters, (Read more…)

Democracy Under Fire: Say it with Song

After six and a half years of writing about our failing democracy under the Harper Regime there is little more that I can say that I have not already said at some point. So many Progressive Bloggers have joined the battle in recent years (and a few notable writers proceeded my efforts) that, with just a week to go before before the future of Canadian Parliamentary Democracy is decided, no one who is active on line can profess ignorance as to the danger of reelecting Harper. Before we start view the first minute or so of this clip from Globals (Read more…)

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: Random Thoughts: Directly-Elected Executives Vs. Legislatures? 

The US Senate in all its impotent glory. While commenting on one of Warren Kinsella’s older articles(comment has not appeared as of this writing due either toconnection failure or queuing) I pointed out that when acountry has a directly-elected executive the executive tends towin in any disputes it has with the legislature. Thinking on thisI realize that while there is a fair amount of anecdotal evidenceto support this position I haven’t seen a published study on thematter. Sure, directly-elected presidents have been shown to​lower voter turn out for legislative elections and  (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Contemplating the Jays and Democracy

Right now we’re determining who the best baseball team is in the AL East, over 5 games played over more than 5 days. The winner will go on to play 7 more games to determine the best in the AL. Then 7 more games to decide who is the World Series champ for the next year.

To determine our government for the next 5 years, we’ll vote on October 19th, and the winner if they get ~250+ more votes than the other parties in select locations of the country, are eligible to control 100% of the power for the next (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Canada gave U.S. Republicans $8 million to strengthen democracy… in Ukraine

While implementing draconian cuts to essential social services through the 2014 federal budget, the Harper government contributed $8 million to the Republican Party-linked International Republican Institute to fund projects in Ukraine.

The post Canada gave U.S. Republicans $8 million to strengthen democracy… in Ukraine appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Democracy Under Fire: Do Not Be Muzzled.

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…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Another Conservative “cover-up”

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…)

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Conservatives in Canada swing further to the far right – the other two major parties are little better

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 […]

Democracy Under Fire: Vote, Vote, Vote – Vote ABC

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…)