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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…)

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…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: What’s in Store for Canada

In 2011 Harper ‘won’ a majority government on the heels of lying to Parliament about the true cost of the #F35 boondoggle (which we still don’t have a plane from), and proceeded to lie to us about the cause of the election fraud seen across the country.

In 2015 Harper is possibly going to win government on the heels of saying we should prevent Muslim women from wearing a religious head and face scarf. What lies in store for us after he regains power? The Office of Religious Freedom he started will back up the freedom of Muslim women to (Read more…)

Left Over: Just Try and Vote, I Dare Ya..!

Just got back from voting ..had to wait an hour. The advance polls here in Victoria (on the People’s Republic of Vancouver Island) are showing us, first hand, how Harper has gutted Elections Canada..

Dickens would feel right at home..a clerk (I am not making this up) has to hand write your name and address after looking over your ID, then you have to sign it, then you finally get a ballot..then the one and only person sent to actually hand you a ballot does so, apologizing profusely for the long person at a time, about (Read more…)

Song of the Watermelon: Six Ways That the Greens Are Canada’s Most Progressive Party

In the midst of a campaign dominated by horse races and attack ads, by fear and scandal and appeals to our basest political instincts, it is easy to forget that elections are meant above all to be about policy. Which party offers the kindest, most equitable, and most sustainable vision for the country?

The answer, in my opinion, is clear. Here I present six important ways that the Green Party of Canada is the most progressive of our major national parties.

1. Climate

Climate change is the defining challenge of our generation, one that is inextricably linked to our well-being (Read more…)

Things Are Good: Canadians: Support the Science Integrity Project

Polling opens for the Canadian election on October 9th with the final day to vote on the 19th. This election, the organization Evidence for Democracy (and many more!) are asking you to vote with science in mind.

The Canadian Conservative party blatantly ignores scientific facts in their policies and this has led to some horrible practices in Canada. The good news is that you can change that this October by voting for knowledge, look into the Science Integrity Project

Our project reflects the collective wisdom of 75 leaders — in science, indigenous knowledge, public policy, civil society, and governance (Read more…)

Left Over: Composure Under Pressure…..

I am trying with great difficulty to ignore the current campaign for a new Parliament and, if there is any justice, a new PM. I have been also trying, somewhat unsuccessfully, to stop comparing and contrasting (thanks so much to all my Uni profs. who beat that concept into my head….) my own reality with that portrayed by the worst offenders in the MSM…

I ‘ve had little success in staying calm, however..I am sick to death of everything that the Harper Reich is throwing at us to make idiocy important, to turn side issues, petty and vicious (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

— 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 […]

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in the 2015 election – summary thread

Those who want to vote strategically in the coming election are often find it challenging to decide which party to vote for. This is again true in the current election. I will begin a series of posts here endorsing specific candidates and, where possible, identifying pairs of ridings where (say) NDP and Liberal interests are balanced.   My posts will be summarized here.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: CBC Wrecks Another Debate #elxn42

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

— John MacDougall (@coircomann) October 2, 2015

Despite efforts by the major TV broadcasters, NDP have refused to participate in the debate.

— Green Party Canada (@CanadianGreens) October 2, 2015

Nope. @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…)

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Bernie Sanders? This man deserves to win – and he just might.

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. […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Knox Met Candidates Forum in Regina, Sept. 29, 2015 #elxn42

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.)

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Bernie Sanders would win – if US elections weren’t controlled by big money….. But he just might win anyway, and he is well on his way

The Independent Senator from Vermont, and US Presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, is riding a fast-growing wave of popular support across the United States. Sanders is getting ten times the turn-out for rallies as any other candidate, and the momentum continues to build. Bernie Sanders is getting higher turn-outs to rallies than the Republican candidates, even […]

The Political Road Map: How to make Marijuana legal if Stephen Harper wins…

Today is going to be a what if kind of day. No, I do not think Stephen Harper has a chance at retaining his role as Prime Minister, but if for some chance he does, you know what immediately happens next: Bill C-51 gets beefed up and Marijuana remains illegal, or does it?  Let’s get one thing straight, I do not partake in the use of marijuana, but I do see the potential benefit it poses of legalized, mainly in tax revenue, which any government can benefit from. This makes me unbiased in my personal views, since I do (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: I Feel Like I’ve Had To Say This Before

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…)

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Free Trade, CETA, TPP, and the US and Canadian Federal Elections: Some Critical Perspective

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, […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Liberal Big Tent May Be An Echo Chamber

Suzuki and Trudeau are both plain spoken people. They both strike me as straightforward. The difference is that Suzuki is much older and doesn’t appear to cater to anyone, while Trudeau obviously looks to his Liberal back-room advisers to tell him what way the wind is blowing. If the smoke is blowing at the young leader from his backside, and the Liberal string pullers want it that way, they aren’t about to save Trudeau. Kent Roach & Craig Forcese: Press the reset button on security

The ongoing work of Professors Kent Roach and Craig Forcese on C-51 provides the most exhaustive analysis of the bill and is a must-read for anyone concerned with the issue.

Article by Kent Roach and Craig Forcese for the National Post

Security issues are a campaign issue — at least we think they are. To date, little has actually been said on the topic, and what has been said amounts to the parties doubling down on entrenched and vague (even symbolic) positions.

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Left Over: Take a Propaganda at this Ridiculous Headline….

Spin Cycle: Is the NDP’s proposed corporate tax hike a ‘job killer’? Liberals, Conservatives decry NDP plan to raise corporate tax rate to 17% from 15%

By Ira Basen, CBC News Posted: Sep 17, 2015 3:22 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 17, 2015 3:32 PM ET

Who wrote that headline, some-under-assistant from the Tory propaganda division of the Conservative party? It’s been shown time and again that doing things like raising taxes, raising the minimum wage, etc. do not in fact unemployment, layoffs, or cause corporate types to run away, screaming…it’s way too late for that. Those corporate greed-mongers who would (Read more…) Candidates are being flooded with our emails, and it’s working!

It’s election time! And your OpenMedia team has been working very hard to make sure Canadians have a direct and easy way to demand candidates from all parties speak up for the Internet we love and deserve. That’s why we’ve launched a handy tool for you to tell your candidates to become a pro-Internet leader and support our action plan crowdsourced by more than 250,000 Canadians. And guess what? It’s working!

Yesterday morning, Green Party leader Elizabeth May was the first party leader to endorse our pro-Internet action plan. And for the past 24 hours, we’ve been hearing from candidates (Read more…) Maclean’s: Conservatives made deal to quiet dissent on C-51, gun group says

Conservatives offered a deal with the National Firearms Association to quiet C-51 dissent, and then broke their promise. 

Article by Laura Payton for Maclean’s

The president of the National Firearms Association says the Conservative government offered to make changes to its gun licensing bill if the NFA held its fire on the controversial bill C-51, then reneged on the agreement.

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Trashy's World: PSA – make sure you are registered to vote!

Due to their tinfoil hattedness fear of widespread voter fraud, the Harperites may have made it more difficult for many Canadians to vote in the upcoming election. So, I encourage everyone to share through the hills and dales, the highlands and the lowlands, yadda-yadda-yadda, the address for the Elections Canada site where one can verify if they are on the […] Georgia Straight: OpenMedia encourages voters to consider policies around access, privacy in federal election

Check out this amazing coverage of our pro-Internet election plan on The Georgia Straight! The Internet is something we shouldn’t take for granted. We should take action to have our democratic rights as citizens, to make sure it stays open, accessible and free for everyone. This election, vote for the Internet!

Article by Stephen Hui for the Georgia Straight 

Stephen Harper’s Conservative government represents a “lost 10 years” for the Internet in Canada, according to a digital-rights advocate.

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Art Threat: Artist says Nope to Stephen Harper (again)

Four years ago, Bob Preston found himself in the same position as millions of Canadians: he desperately wanted to see prime minsiter Stephen Harper turfed from office.

Influenced by Shepard Fairey’s iconic . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Artist says Nope to Stephen Harper (again)