If you are like me, you may prefer reading the transcript to viewing the video of Elizabeth May’s eloquent condemnation of the odious ‘Fair’ Elections Act. In any event, both media are effective in conveying her disdain for the gross affronts to democracy contained in what I term The Harper Contempt For Democracy Act.
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This story has been churning for a week now. The CJPME disinvite tells it succinctly enough. For me the most important bit is:
May had accepted CJPME’s invitation to speak at its fundraiser earlier in the fall, and had not indicated any discomfort with CJPME’s policy focus on upholding international law in the Israel-Palestine conflict. Nevertheless, the Jewish Tribune article published November 19 – following an interview with May – quoted her as stating that CJPME maintained an “anti-Israel stance” that she wanted to distance herself from. CJPME immediately contacted May and asked her to correct the article if it (Read more…)
This fascinating and scary post just showed up on the FairVote Canada Facebook page:
The Conservative version of equality. Bigger picture below.
A couple of things to notice here and I’ll just leave it at that.
The Conservative party is worried about what the NDP and Green Party have to say about reforming our democracy. They are scared of PR and Elizabeth May and the NDP. They are scared that Canadians will finally say yes to staring to improve our unfair system.
Ridings, Not Voters
“Our country was founded on the equality of riding first and foremost.”
Elizabeth May, the MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands and leader of the Green Party of Canada, offers Canadians her own version of the Speech from the Throne.
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October 8, 2013 – Green Party leader Elizabeth May, speaking at the Speak Up For Democracy Town Hall Meeting in Winnipeg. Photo: Paul S. Graham
Canadian democracy ain’t what it used to be and what it used to be was far from ideal. Still, fewer of us are voting and even fewer are satisfied with the outcome.
In recent years, voter turnout has declined precipitously. Of the 24.2 million citizens eligible to vote in the 2011 federal election, only 14.8 million, or 61.1 per cent did so. Of those who voted, 39.6 per cent, or (Read more…)
Green Party of Canada Leader Elizabeth May, MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands, is on a cross country tour, billed as “Save Democracy from Politics,” to call for major reforms in Canada’s Parliamentary system. According to May, Canadian democracy is being undermined by excessive partisanship, a party system that punishes MPs who do not toe the party line, and a Prime Minister’s Office that wields the powers that should be exercised by Parliament.
May was in Winnipeg to speak at a town hall meeting co-sponsored by the Green Party and Peace Alliance Winnipeg. I will post the video from (Read more…)
by: Obert Madondo | Twitter: @Obiemad:
Georges Laraque (Photo By Dave Sandford/CHC)
Former NHL tough guy Georges Laraque is ready for his next great fight. If he wins, he’ll join Green Party Leader Elizabeth May in Ottawa.
Laraque, once the NHL’s most feared hockey enforcer, announced Tuesday he’ll be the Green Party of Canada’s candidate in the Montreal riding of Bourassa.
“Today is an important day for me. It is the result of many years of community involvement. I would be so proud to be chosen by the people of Bourassa to be their representative,” said Laraque, who (Read more…)
. . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Ex-NHL star Georges Laraque seeks Bourassa riding for May’s Greens
During Question Period on Thursday, Green Party leader Elizabeth May asked Stephen Harper whether the feds would still approve Enbridge‘s Northern Gateway Pipeline, now officially rejected by British Columbians. WATCH:
Mr. Speaker, in 2001, the Prime Minister wrote a famous letter to the former premier of Alberta, which he urged him to act to “limit the extent to which an aggressive and hostile federal government can encroach on legitimate provincial jurisdiction”. Six days ago, the provincial government of British Columbia said no to the Enbridge project. It said that Enbridge had completely failed to demonstrate any evidence (Read more…)
From Victoria Day to ‘Victoria and First People’s Day’. How does that sound? Prolific author Margaret Atwood, Green Party leader Elizabeth May, actor Gordon Pinsent and other prominent Canadians are demanding that “Victoria Day” be renamed “Victoria and First Peoples Day”. To honour Aboriginal peoples’ contributions to Canada. The group, which also includes politicians, is supporting [...]
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By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: A new analysis by democracy advocacy group, Samara, suggests that the Conservatives’ characterization of Peter Penashue as a “strong voice” for Labrador in the House of Commons is a grotesque political exaggeration. In fact, the Conservatives insulted our collective intelligence when they warned that “if Newfoundland and Labrador want [...]
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By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May suggests that PM Stephen Harper’s handling of the Panashue affair violated the Conflict of Interest Act. The Saanich-Gulf Islands MP wrote to federal Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson on May 3 and asked her to “undertake an examination, and issue a public ruling, with regard [...]
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I just took a gander at the Elections Canada databases to see the current state of the Green Party EDA`s. Like them or not, the Green Party remains a factor, and their 2015 campaign will play a role in determining the outcome of the 2015 election. I have a couple of general observations to make, and I have to say that the Green Party has some very impressive strengths, and some very telling weaknesses. It will sound like I am talking out of both sides of my mouth, but I will demonstrate why I expect that the GPC will have (Read more…)
Enbridge buried pipeline marker – east Toronto. Credit: Adam Scott/Environmental Defence.
Federal opposition MPs and environmental groups are crying foul over what they see as the government’s attempt to curtail public comment on Enbridge’s proposed 639-km Line 9 reversal pipeline route through southern Ontario and into Quebec.
Tucked away in last spring’s Bill C-38 omnibus budget bill from Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government is a requirement that any member of the public or other stakeholders wishing to comment through the National Energy Board on Enbridge’s proposed pipeline must apply for permission to comment on the project by filling out (Read more…)
Kevin Logan-Cowichan Conversations Contributor
Alexandra Morton has worked tirelessly and endlessly to raise awareness about the threat Fish Farming presents to our coast.
For decades now this frequently published scientist has worked to understand the impacts of this industry on wild salmon. She has also clearly proven that the wild salmon economy far and away exceeds the importance of this one industry alone.
The Wild Salmon economy dwarfs, by any measure, the economic benefit of Fish Farming and it makes no sense to continue putting at risk the health of our wild salmon as a result.
The video below is (Read more…)
By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Later today the New Democrats and Green Party leader Elizabeth May will ask the Parliament of Canada to side with Canadians and vote to stop the Harper’s Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Act (FIPA) from becoming law. They will vote on a motion tabled last week [...]
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Why does the Green Party want to cooperate with the Liberals again?
Consider Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May who’s fought for progressives to cooperate in elections. To that effect, the Green Party has not fielded a candidate in the Labrador by-election as she explains in this statement:
The Green Party is committed to electoral cooperation in the interest of proportional
Tom Mulcair and the NDP will need all the help they can get for the 2015 election. It’s too bad Tommy burned his bridge to the Green Party.
“Over the last two years, I found Justin Trudeau to be collaborative and friendly,” May told the Georgia Straight in a phone interview.
For the Saanich–Gulf Islands MP, collaboration is important. During the Green party’s convention last summer, she received a mandate to seek cooperation with the NDP and the Liberal party to defeat Stephen Harper and the ruling Conservatives.
Her experience so far with New Democrats has been “discouraging”. Last
. . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Will the Greens Back Trudeau, Shun Mulcair?
By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Green Party leader Elizabeth May says Prime Minister Stephen Harper is turning Canada into a “rogue nation” and the “North Korea of environmental law”. The Saanich-Gulf Islands MP was reacting to Thursday’s shocking revelation that the Conservative government last week quietly withdrew from yet another important international body, the United Nations [...]
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By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Last week, Liberal leadership hopeful and Member of Parliament for Vancouver MP, Joyce Murray, called for opposition electoral cooperation in the Labrador by-election. To void splitting the vote. To ensure a “progressive win and Harper fail“. The Greens immediately heeded the call and are now challenging the [...]
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By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Liberal leadership hopeful and Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra, Joyce Murray, is absolutely certain that opposition electoral cooperation in the Labrador by-election “will ensure progressive win and Harper fail”. That it would demonstrate how electoral cooperation works to arrest the perennial anti-democratic trend [...]
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I did not get a chance to watch tonight’s debate yet, but I did get a good laugh at the headlines about Elizabeth May`s very canny playing of the Liberal Party on Saturday. Elizabeth May announced that the Green Party would not be running a candidate in the anticipated Labrador by-election. And some people actually bought it!
As I blogged 2 months ago, the Green Party is in a sticky situation. Firstly, the number of Electoral District Associations has declined as their funding from the per vote subsidy dries up. If you carefully examine the databases over at Elections Canada (Read more…)
By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive | Mar 14, 2013: Chances are very few Canadians have heard of the Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). Green Party leader and MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands, Elizabeth May, wants us to pay attention. That’s because FATCA is likely “unconstitutional and in violation of Section 15 of [...]
By: Green Party of Canada (Press Release) | Feb. 27, 2013: OTTAWA – Green Leader and Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands Elizabeth May will vote in favour of Bill C-400 this evening and urges her fellow MPs to do the same. Bill C-400, the Act to ensure secure, adequate, accessible and affordable housing for Canadians, is presented by READ MORE
Forecasted supertankers growth make oil spill unpreparedness “extremely worrisome” By Green Party of Canada | Feb 5., 2013: OTTAWA – The Green Party of Canada is worried by the conclusions reached by the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development in his report tabled this morning. “Commissioner Vaughan tells us the Federal government is in READ MORE