Results for Hashtag #renewal

  • David Wood posted an update 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    #renewal Just did your Summer Poll. Don’t like the idea of making it a law to vote. It sucks! Too negative.
    Suggest something different. People who vote should be sent a voucher for $50 which is not cash to them but can be signed over to a registered charity of their choice. The money could be taken from funds that the federal budget already…[Read more]

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    • I used to think it was going too far, too much of a nosy, pushy imposition by govt to force a person to vote. But i think this will fly with many people. It is a duty and there is an option to tick off none of the above, or even spoil your ballot. Not voting is also a choice. Some make it because they really are disengaged with govt[ probably…[Read more]

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    • I would agree that the notion of mandatory voting runs a bit counter to the spirit of many laws here in Canada. I definitely wish that we had greater electoral engagement than we do, but I don’t think that fining those who refuse to vote will work any better than the threat of jail for not filling out the census before that change came…[Read more]

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      • “…, but I don’t think that fining those who refuse to vote will work any better than the threat of jail for not filling out the census before that change came about”

        Guess i’m just argumentative today, but…the threat of jail time and or fines[ even though it pretty much was never used] did in fact deter people from not filling in the LF…[Read more]

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        • I agree, but I think we would be wise to look at other alternatives such as taking away a non essential service/ benefit.
          We need to renew health cards, drivers licences and other things every few years for our own benefit. If we don’t, we lose those services or rights.

          What if we lose the right to file certain tax returns if we don’t register…[Read more]

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          • Sounds a bit harsh to me. Just has to be a symbolic fine surely.

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            • It might be, but a fine forces people to pay for not doing something. Voting is a right, not a compulsory act that needs to be enforced through a fine.
              Taking away eligibility for a tax credit is directly linked to our civic duty to vote and participate in the electoral process.
              You renew your passport In order to travel, if you don’t, you…[Read more]

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              • That’s sounds awfully close to paying someone to vote. I still think folks will grumble at a small fine for not voting, and most will vote anyway. But if you start threatening to take away civic rights…i would not go there personally.

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                • It’s not paying someone to vote and is less imposing than fining someone for not voting.

                  I know that it feels like that, but it is comparable to so many other ways in which we provide services/ benefits.

                  I think that the 40% of people that don’t vote will be less resistant to this than being fined.
                  I just find it hard to justify a fine for…[Read more]

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    • I seem to recall some in the party thinking about a small reduction in your taxes if you have voted. This would be taken off the actual income a person declares.
      Don’t remember where I heard this but it was about 1 year ago.

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    • I definitely DO NOT support mandatory voting. In my opinion I have a right to not vote. And I have a right to not show up at a polling station to assert my right to not vote.

      The bureaucracy and policing of fining people would be ridiculous. What if I’m sick? Called away suddenly? What if I simply don’t care? You’re going to try to legislate…[Read more]

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      • It seems to be working in Australia…has for many years. I imagine after a while it becomes a duty again rather than just a choice.
        As i said i had similar reservations to yourself – i can’t stand the idea of a petty bureaucrat ordering me around; my hackles get up even when the local dog catcher knocks on my door. But a true libertarian would…[Read more]

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        • I’m afraid I do not agree, Ken.

          Whether there is a “none of the above” option is irrelevant. I’m still being forced to do something I have every right to not do. And what exactly is the point of forcing people to spoil a ballot or choose “no one”? How does that help anything? How does that get us a better government or country?

          I find it…[Read more]

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          • You make a good argument, but it has worked in Australia by most accounts – http://geography.about.com/od/politicalgeography/a/compulsoryvote.htm – there’s even an argument made here that you are actually forced to show up to vote, since its a secret ballot and there is no way to know if you have in fact voted. Another link i looked at made the…[Read more]

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            • I’m still not sure what you mean by “it has worked in Australia” … What, exactly, has worked? What is the goal here? Simply to get a higher voter turn-out? Why is that necessarily a good thing?

              Why is it a good thing to get more uninformed, non-politically interested people, to vote? How does this help create a better government? Or a…[Read more]

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              • Look at it this way[ and this is just my own opinion - i have no data] One of the principle objections to MV is that it forces at least another 20 -25% of the pop to vote.[or at least turn up] Many of these folks have either no interest and or understanding of the issues.
                Frankly i think that misses a very big point. We can assume from the…[Read more]

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                • To extend that thought…first implementing some of the democratic reforms JT has proposed [ and looking closely at hose of folks like Ratheberger] is a perfectly rational view to take. If those measures start to get people back to the polls it’s fair to question why MV would even be necessary.

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                  • Agreed. Let’s see what the voter turnout is in 2015 (I have a feeling it is going to go up from 2011).

                    Then let’s see what effect Justin’s’ “new approach to politics” has in the following election (assuming the LPC wins in 2015).

                    Then … if the turnout continues to drop (although I think it was actually slightly up in 2011, wasn’t it?)…[Read more]

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                • Maybe I’m stupid but I just don’t get it. I don’t understand what you mean by … will it “work”. For something to be deemed as “working”, we would have to know the goal. Is it simply to be able to say we live in a country where 90% of people (are forced) to vote? How does that help the country? How do we get a better government from this?…[Read more]

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    • Perhaps instead of mandatory voting, why not make “none of the above” a valid choice on all ballots for all elections from Elections Canada. As it stands, an abstention is possible, but I think you have to go through a song and dance. If those “None of the above” were to be counted, it would be a great way of measuring voter discontent. …[Read more]

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      • I guess the underlying question is: are voters really staying away because no one is offering them what they truly want, or are they just too apathetic to care anymore? Not that cut and dried of course.But short of adopting PR[ and the turn out in PR systems isn't a hell of a lot better than ours] where a voter would get exactly what they voted…[Read more]

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        • Forcing people to vote is a bad idea. Enlarge a program under Elections Canada to introduce high school students to voting. Civics classes should be part of education. There are other positive ways to encourage interest in elections. Canadians would balk at a forced vote. Remember the gun registry.

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          • I think JT is on the right track. Get out among the people (especially the younger demographics) and talk about what is going on in Ottawa.
            Give out suggestions for change and than listen to the feed back. Lot easier to do when you are the third party leader without so many parliamentary duties. (Hats off to his wife, who must feel like a single…[Read more]

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          • II would hope the party would put it to a referendum first in any case.

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  • #renewal It is my impression, that we don’t see a lot of caucus comments in the “Caucus Discussions” area. This is a problem.

    The occasional contribution by caucus members (even just providing facts with respect to the discussion) would start to bring the Liberal Community to life.

    I’d ask that all the caucus members consider their…[Read more]

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  • #renewal #PreferentialBallot At the Ottawa biennial and during the leadership race I heard a lot about electoral reform and making the move to a preferential ballot part of Liberal Policy Platform for next election. I would like to see this get more prominence and hope we don’t screw it up with a complicated, unsellable idea like we did with the…[Read more]

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    • I totally agree Stephen. We had a referendum on Proportional Representation in Ontario about 10 years ago and it did not pass. It could easily be attacked by people who opposed change because it is difficult to explain and because some of the people who end up sitting in the House do not actually represent a particular constituency. You see, I…[Read more]

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    • I am not sold on proportional representation, and I do favour a preferential ballot.

      But in terms of a preferential ballots, there are a number of options. Most people think, here, of the “Alternative Vote” (aka Instant Runoff Voting), as long used in Australia. And there is no question that it is better in many respects than first past…[Read more]

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    • Hi Steven glass,
      Would Government have more control by using fingerprinting in an election?
      They can scans for multiple and apprehend the person with double action.
      In Solidarity, John Cormier

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  • #renewal Can we have a justice topic? lead by the justice critic? I want to point out that the Con government is still posting the Supreme Court act on its website http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/s-26/ as having the 2013 amendments despite the fact that those amendments have been struck down by the SCC.

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  • #renewal

    Also – i wanted to point out that in discussions with friends, the perception is that the Liberals are following a similar path to the Tories – as in – tax breaks for corporations and almost unquestioned support for big oil.

    In Alberta, we need help from our Federal Government – because the Alberta Tories are giving away our resources…[Read more]

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    • Bill, i honestly think you[we] can expect a JT led Liberal govt to listen more closely to this sort of criticism, but i’m highly doubtful if we will see a whole sale acceptance of some of the rhetoric coming out of the NDP for instance. Oil is going to remain an important bridge to a much greener economy for some time to come yet. But what we…[Read more]

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      • I’m with you on most points. I like the philosophy the NDP espouses. Unfortunately, in this day and age, it would be impossible to make it reality. There are a plethora of changes to be made, once JT is in power, of which oil is a major player. Certainly having a national energy plan would be of prime importance. We will not make oil…[Read more]

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  • #renewal I support Justin’s (and the greenlight committee) in their decision to remove the candidacy of Ms. Innes.

    Open nominations was never meant to be rule free nominations. Open nominations never meant compromise free nominations as the party prepares to field a full suite of candidates.

    Intimidation of Young Liberals is intolerable,…[Read more]

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    • I also support the ability to make edits to comments. Occasionally I catch some grammar errors after hitting submit.

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      • I agree – we need the capacity to EDIT comments after we post them. The only way to do it now is to copy the comment, then delete it, and re-post again with corrections applied.

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    • On my limited understanding of the situation, I would tend to support Trudeau on this decision. From what we have been told, Innes and her team were using unacceptable tactics and we cannot tolerate the in-fighting this party has exhibited in the past.

      However, your comment that “Open nominations was never meant to be rule free nominations.”[Read more]

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      • Good question. ‘What are the rules’.

        I can’t give you a list but I would assume that if Justin says ‘each nominee will be chosen by a free vote’ then it follows that anything that impedes that free vote would be against the rules. Clearly then intimidation / suppression tactics would be against the rules.

        I think we’ll see more and more…[Read more]

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        • I completely agree … that would seem to be a logical and appropriate rule.

          However, as much as I respect Justin and respect decisive leadership … I have difficulty accepting that “rules were broken” without proof. Justin saying so, is just not enough for me. Perhaps it would have been better to present the rules first followed by proof they…[Read more]

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          • I’m genuinely wondering what would satisfy your proof requirement?
            Should the names and testimony of the accusers be made public? Should we air out party grievances in a public forum? Since we are a political party and not a court of law how do we set the standard of proof? Can we compel testimony? Does the accused have the right to silence that…[Read more]

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            • I’m not sure how to answer that except to turn the question around … Are you suggesting that because we are a political party, secret accusations can be made behind closed doors and judgment rendered by dictate? Doesn’t that open the door to corruption and dictatorship? And doesn’t that draw to question the true motivations of the accusers and…[Read more]

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              • The basic rule of law does apply of course, as applied to the party by acts of parliament. I think the idea that it doesn’t is a little bit of hyperbole. As an organization we govern ourselves largely based on the party constitution. Therein we’ve given the leader the final veto on these matters with no obligation to report to us. This is not a…[Read more]

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                • I guess then, based on your HR analogy, that you have never heard of a “wrongful dismissal suit”. Private organizations ARE held accountable and MUST follow the rule of law. Perhaps more importantly, for a political party, if employees are regularly fired without cause, on what appears to be a whim of the CEO, that company will inevitably find…[Read more]

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                  • I think you’re missing the technical points I’m making in favor of arguing against an imperfect metaphor. Specifically, what rights, as defined by an act of parliament or Liberal Party constitution, was Innes denied? I’m just not big on appeals to some grander law or concept. We have specific mechanisms in our party constitution and legislation…[Read more]

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                    • Actually I dismissed your inaccurate analogy rather quickly and did not “favour” it at all. I think it is very unfair of you to present a (self-described) “imperfect metaphor” and then not only expect it to go unchallenged, but to fault me for pointing out it’s inapplicability to the current discussion.

                      Now … I completely understand what you are…[Read more]

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                      • I’m sorry, I’ve read that over and honestly I see neither why the analogy is questionable (again, I’m a technical person, Imperfect metaphor/analogy is a logical statement not an admission of the fallacy of questionable analogy) nor where I’m supposed to be convinced that open nominations is somehow in jeopardy(i.e.. promise broken) because…[Read more]

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                        • Fine Chris. I’m not going to waste mre time arguing an analogy that is in your words “imperfect”. However, I stand by what I said … private organizations do (at least to some degree) need to uphold the rule of law. My impression was that you were saying they did not. Perhaps I misread.

                          Certainly my point that if private organizations fire people…[Read more]

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                          • Well, I’m sad to see that instead of taking personal responsibility and working with me to make the party better you would insult my intelligence and understanding.of your arguments. It could be that we simply disagree and are working from different definitions and expectations.Different beliefs about the application of fundamental justice,…[Read more]

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                            • First … I feel no sense of responsibility to work on constitutional changes to legitimize decisions on policy forced upon is by our leader without consultation with his party membership. I do not and did not support his “open” nomination policy.

                              Second … I don’t disagree with anything you have said. As I said in my previous comment, you…[Read more]

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                              • I think you are projecting on me. I’m not trying to win anything.I do not believe and at no time suggested companies don’t follow the rule of law. QuIte the opposite, you failed to understand the analogy, that’s fine. I’m not all that interested in answering a wall of text when we don’t agree on the most basic definitions here. Let alone to…[Read more]

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                                • Someone caught another fish.

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                                • I’m sorry you feel that way Chris … I meant absolutely no offence. I think it’s fairly obvious that neither one of us was capable of making the point we were trying to, and then got distracted with analogies and metaphor’s. That’s the problem with remote discussion some times … talking past each other and not to each other.

                                  Anyway … I…[Read more]

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          • Oh, just wanted to say I love this conversation and have the highest respect for your views. I certainly share them on the court-of-law sort of level. Just not sure that they fit perfectly with political party governance.

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    • We cannot determine where mistakes were made because we do not know the details of how the discussion between the parties went from the start. I believe such matters should be dealt with with discretion, in a manner that is based on truth and facts, with the outcome being fair and beneficial to all concerned. The way it did unfold – becoming a…[Read more]

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    • I also support Justin’s decision. There is a long history of party interference, granted more with her husband Tony Ianno, and causing dissention. I think we need more clarification on what “green lighting” a candidate entails. Justin and his team have their eye on the big picture for the party and it was obvious at the convention what that…[Read more]

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    • The question that has not been answered is how involved her husband is in her campaign.
      If he is involved how can she say she knows nothing about the goings on?
      It comes back to the candidate being responsible for everything that happens in their campaign.

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    • http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/hon-carolyn-bennett/liberals-open-nomination_b_5001437.html

      “Gatekeepers, bullying and intimidation have no place in our party. Members of our party need to feel confident that if they report behaviour not in keeping with the values or the rules of our party that the party will investigate and follow up with…[Read more]

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      • I agree completely John … But, is the appropriate consequence to agree to overlook the transgressions as long as the offender agrees to our demands to not run in a certain riding to protect another candidate?

        I just don’t understand how the party or Justin can rationalize the letter from David MacNaughton Innes, according to the letter, had…[Read more]

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        • Hi Martin, I do not know what the exact accusations of bulling were, but it has been suggested that party workers must back the proper candidate now or they would be sidelined in 2015. If true this is not something that can continue if we wish a united party.

          I also believe that “the right to defend one’s self against anonymous accusations” is…[Read more]

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          • But … WHO’s doing the bullying? Is it Innes? Is it her accusers? Or is it the party leadership? Did you read the CBC article I posted? The CBC is in possession of a letter written by Liberal national election readiness chief David MacNaughton. In this letter he apparently says the party would have supported Innes’s nomination if Innes agreed…[Read more]

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            • My reading of that CBC articles differs from yours. It appears to me that Ms Innes was asked to pick another riding “before” allegations of bullying surfaced. I really can’t see the party endorsing her move to another riding after wards. Indeed it seems she has been completely blocked once those allegations surfaced. Hopefully there is a fair…[Read more]

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              • It seemed to be a fight from the start. Do we want an MP that is not going to be able to get along with the party and the membership?

                I joined the party because it looked like the infighting was over. I back the decision that was made.

                Can the rules be better explained? Yes

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              • I enjoyed the (deleted) comment – lot’s of sound thinking in there John.

                I think the biggest problem with this whole fiasco, is that it has become … a fiasco.

                While I’m confident that Justin’s intentions with this “open nomination” policy were noble, it appears not well thought-out, ill-defined and abysmally implemented … so far.

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                • Trudeau’s sweeping promise?
                  Is it really only two words. Open Nominations?
                  How about the promise to built a strong party with Liberal values.

                  These do not conflict with each other. Can it be communicated better? Yes, it must.

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                • Did you ever here of a bully creating a fiasco?
                  Why do we empower them? Could the victim have met a condition better?

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                  • No offense John, nut I’m not sure you understand the meaning of the term “seeping promise”. A sweeping promise is a promise that covers a wide range of situations or criteria. It “sweeps” an entire area.

                    The fact that the promise was “only two words” is the essence of the problem. Perhaps if Justin had better defined the promise (i.e. use…[Read more]

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                  • My question still is … who is the bully? It seems to me that the party was bullying Innes into making a declaration that she was not comfortable making. A declaration that I do not understand why she needed to make this far in front of the 2015 elections and in a party that has promised it will be up to the EDA to decide who they nominate.

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                    • Who is the bully?

                      “People would be intimidated. These are just regular people who feel a civil duty to be involved.”

                      http://www.nationalnewswatch.com/2014/03/26/tories-mad-over-perceived-nomination-meddling/#.UzOr8fldVfg

                      Now compare this to Justin’s Statement
                      “I have been absolutely consistent that I will not accept bullying on my watch as…[Read more]

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                      • John … I GET IT! REALLY! And I completely agree. There is NO place for bullying in our (or any) party.

                        HOWEVER, this does NOT explain why there is a letter from David MacNaughton saying the party would support Innes’ nomination if Innes agreed not to run in the same riding as Chrystia Freeland in 2015.

                        Justin in his presser and Carolyn Bennett…[Read more]

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                        • Let me address Ken Cunningham’s suggestion that the letter was written before the accusations of bullying.

                          As you say, great. I also agree with both of you. There is no “secret agenda“ by the party.

                          Let me address another possibility. What if the letter was written after the accusations, but before the investigation by the green light…[Read more]

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                          • Absolutely! Now if we can just hear that from someone who knows the details (Justin or David, or someone on the committee) … it would make me and others with questions … shut-up.

                            Until that time however, we are open to speculation and counter-accusations.

                            If it is that simple to put the question to rest … then why did Justin (or Carolyn)…[Read more]

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  • Bill Bourne posted an update 7 months ago

    #renewal On March 21 a new NASA report was published:

    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2014/mar/14/nasa-civilisation-irreversible-collapse-study-scientists

    I talked to some young people on facebook about this. I said we need to vote to change things for the better.

    One response from a 30 year old Vancouver woman: ‘Bring…[Read more]

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    • Bill, I completly agree with the young woman who believes the economy will collapse and the sooner the better. But it still matters what we do in the meantime. We need to foster the belief in a caring compasionate society if there is any hope of building a better society after that collapse.

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    • Voting is only part of the answer to your concerns. Some people would like to think that all they need do is one thing and then never have to worry about it again. I place people who claim that voting is meaningless in that category. A majority of Canadians vote come election time and then never get involved in the running of our country until the…[Read more]

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    • The problem with young people is lack of experience. Each generation seems to believe that the end of the world is coming and each has been wrong – so far. Remember “duck and cover”? Remember chlorofluorocarbons and the unstoppable hole in the ozone? I remember reading in the mid ’60’s that there wasn’t going to be enough food by 2000 and…[Read more]

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      • Not to dispute what you and others are saying here – nothing just happens, thats for sure. But a significant number of young people are doing what they can to change the world around them; they’re doing it by joining NGOs and environmental groups, not through politics. Many don’t seem to have any faith in politicians to make a difference. You…[Read more]

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    • I’m with you Bill. As a retired social worker and past owner of several businesses I still feel the same way. While the corporate side of things is extremely important and valuable, what seems to be occurring is that populations seem to have less and less say about how they want their world to be. I suspect this coming summer should prove…[Read more]

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    • Bill replied 7 months ago

      I just watched a W5 program about Cuba. There, with free post secondary education and there not seeming to be any huge income disparity, one would expect a better outcome. I guess that being ostracized by the U.S. doesn’t help and not having enough natural resources doesn’t help but one would hope that a country like Cuba would be able to…[Read more]

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  • #renewal
    I just signed the trans fat petition. It’s good to have these petitions on this site.

    Thing is: after i signed, there’s the social media buttons for sharing – except i feel reluctant to share. I know my friends. A lot of them wouldn’t like it, i feel. The thing is, i want to share because i like Justin – i believe in him. He’s…[Read more]

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    • Hi Bill, me again, would you be willing to sign my petition calling on the government and the Post Office NOT to discontinue mail delivery? At 79, I don’t like forward to the type of excercice the fellow from out West has in mind.
      Likewise, would you sign my petition demanding that this Harper government honour the commitment made to our…[Read more]

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    • I believe your expectation is too high Bill. No one can be all things to all men all of the time. We are a large national with many different and varied interests. Too expect a politician to come out on our side of things each and every time is not realistic. Nor can we expect the world to stop and go back to a simpler time. The decisions to…[Read more]

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      • Jean – i hear you and i’m with you – these are important points you make. Thank you.

        Young voters have become jaded from the prevalence of compromises in our leadership – they are seeing the corporate unruly ones as having power over the government – in essence they are seeing the governments being controlled by money interests. In the big…[Read more]

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    • Understand why pensions, education, healthcare, infrastructure etc have been suffering from lack of funding…and why young people have lost faith in contemporary politics.

      http://www.cbc.ca/thesundayedition/features/2014/03/16/tax-fairness/

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  • #renewal #environment #health

    A few years ago i was in Australia and i met Bill Hauritz, the founder of a great festival there called ‘The Woodford Festival’ (http://www.woodfordfolkfestival.com/) Bill told me many great stories – but the best was about his 500 year plan for the festival!

    This was very inspiring to me – it made so much sense…[Read more]

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  • #renewal I had hoped that all of these founding meetings would have resulted in positive change for the party. I still have hope for that. My concern is that new boards, coupled with heavily contested open nominations has resulted in some unintended consequences. We have to be very careful to ensure that we maintain a high moral and ethical…[Read more]

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  • #renewal
    Perhaps we need to look at this. I’m sure the study is just as relevant here as in the UK. The question is: `Have we the courage to deal with the issues, and we know they are true, head on?’

    If we want to look at `root causes’ for anything, this would be a good place to start since it has had a huge impact on democracy, here and…[Read more]

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    • As an historian, I can say that to understand anything (country, empire, region, crisis, wars) we have to look in the past and try to find the root of the crisis, war or whatsoever. Every problem we are facing now has is explaination in the past (recent or not). A bad move, bad décisions, bad calls, bad interpretation, name it; but there is…[Read more]

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    • I see the link isn’t shown for my comment above so here it is:

      http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/dec/26/fury-mps-not-voting-poll

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      • Patricia: The youth (under 30) that I am in touch with exhibit a variety of feelings about politics: The passive ones are bored; the active ones are angry; and the thoughtful ones, who understand it’s their issue are working to change things. How can politicians who obsess about CEO’s and investors, a tiny portion of the population, expect…[Read more]

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      • Interesting article and I would agree it probably applies to Canada as well as the UK. However the answer categories require more indepth analysis. For instance:
        1) Politicians don’t keep their promises. Were these promises reasonable in the first place e.g. Jack Layton saying he would raise CPP payout within 6 months of being elected and hire…[Read more]

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        • Linda,
          Very thoughtful remarks, one upon which I would like to expand a bit further (a Party that fully represents a voters views). Based on a simple, two-pronged strategy of triangulating around the Conservation ideological positions (for which they aim to polarize the debate), while also seeking to be willing to embrace differing perspectives…[Read more]

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        • A large part of the problem with young voters is the perception that big business is running politicians. To be fair – there is substance to the perception. I’m from Alberta – this province has been pumping oil steady for more than 60 years – and the province is broke! What kind of people are politicians! Certainly not good managers. On the take?…[Read more]

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    • I thought this was what the renewal process of the Liberal party was all about. Delegates to the Montreal Convention just have one more ”kick at the cat” to get it as right as possible in a democratic process and obviously should take guidance from this article.

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  • #renewal Just want to say I am stoked at having been one of the midwives present tonite at the birth of the New Liberal Riding Association of Flamborough-Glanbrook. More Gen Y’s than Boomers-exciting! (and I’m a Boomer) Can’t wait to work with our new Prez, Andrew Richardson :)

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    • Your enthusiasm should affect us all. Thanks, Laurel, as I am awaiting the rebirth in Oshawa so that our enthusiasm will translate into a Liberal victory in a previously CON riding.

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  • Brian Rice posted an update 9 months ago

    Here is my latest blog entry on the role of the #LPC President: http://www.bgrice.com/defining_the_role_of_the_national_president. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the administration of our Party and what you would like to see from your next President.
    #LIB14 #Convention #Renewal

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    • Hi Brian,
      I’m relatively new to the Party and the associated rules, processes and customs, so forgive me if I make any misinterpretations in the following post. First of all, thank-you for stepping up to contend for this critical position. Clearly, this position requires the utmost commitment, including the necessary empathy and personal security…[Read more]

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      • Thanks, Greg, for pointing out the obvious confict between Section 26(1) and 32(1) with relates to chairing of the Council of Presidents (CoP). I have brought this inconsistency up in the past in other forums (not here) and I HOPE the National Board will be proposing an amendment to eliminate this conflict at the Biennial Convention, Feb. 21-23 in…[Read more]

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        • Hi Doug, and thanks for joining in. I’m quite surprised that this error has not been corrected if it was already identified in the past, particularly given the gravity of the implications for such an important position and group.

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      • Hi Greg, thank you for your post and comments. Sorry I haven’t responded sooner.

        At the 2012 convention the constitution was changed to change the chair of the CoP from the President to a Riding President elected by their peers. The line in 32.1 referencing the President being the chair is an artifact that should be changed when the…[Read more]

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        • Brian,
          Thank-you for the reply and clarifications, Given that this contradiction was addressed at the 2012 convention, the outcome is now documented in those minutes, so less urgent to amend the constitution, but fully support this being amended in the next update. I’m glad that you agree with the decided outcome and the importance of the CoP to…[Read more]

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  • Linda Belanger posted an update 9 months ago

    #renewal I urge everyone who is attending the Biennial in Montreal to look carefully at the two candidates who are running for president of the party, Brian Rice and Anna Gainey. Below are links to Brian’s platform and his view of the role of the president: http://www.bgrice.com/platform http://www.bgrice.com/the_role_of_president
    Here…[Read more]

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  • #environment
    Kirsty, Thank goodness you are still here. I haven’t been on this website for a number of months but to my dismay LeadershipRace is still the most popular topic and Bob Rae is still leading discussion on #Renewal. Can we get with the times and have the Caucus Critics lead discussions on their portfolios and have popular topics…[Read more]

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    • While Kirsty Duncan has the background, passion and interest in the environment it is no longer her portfolio. That porfolio now belongs to John MacKay. We can only hope he brings the same passion to environmental issues as Kirsty does. I rarely hear anything from him about it however. There must be a reason but I sure don’t understand it. Given…[Read more]

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  • Gunther G. posted an update 3 years, 1 month ago

    #renewal – How about making the next Pesident & Executive elections a one member one vote trial run for the the next leadership race? Everyone running should send out a detailed and complete resume including their reason for seeking the position to every member of the LPC to make it an informed decision… Now that would be a true renewal of…[Read more]

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    • Just to be clear, what I’m about to say is a question, not a statement. And it’s not intended as a leading question, but rather a question asked out of my ignorance on the matter.

      Is a one-member-one-vote election for the executive currently possible or does the Liberal Party Constitution specify a delegated election? If the latter, if people…[Read more]

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    • From today’s G&M ANTONIA MAIONI about the centre

      “Move away from the middle of the road: For years, Liberals have fed off the notion of moderation and centrism, of being neither here nor there. But the middle of the road can be a dangerous place – especially if you don’t know where you’re going. The Liberal Party’s challenge is to reimagine the…[Read more]

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      • The Liberal party I support, am a Victory Fund member of and vote for is a non-ideological, centrist party that is neither left nor right, fiscally responsible and socially and environmentally conscious… To become anything else betrays what the vast majority of true Liberals believe what the Liberal Party of Canada is… Becoming essentially NDP…[Read more]

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  • #renewal
    The party supporter category worked extremely well in growing our base in the Leadership selection process.
    This same concept needs to be adopted for our candidate selection process. An aggressive would be candidate with a strong committee can stir up a lot of interest in each constituency and gain a lot of new Liberal supporters. This…[Read more]

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    • This was considered and voted on at the last convention I do believe. Expression of bone fide commitment and allegiance to Liberal Party values and principles is best expressed through membership. The privilege of selecting a candidate is best done by this “oath” of support through a paid membership. Otherwise, in my view, it devalues party…[Read more]

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  • #renewal We had a very nice time last night at a Creole restaurant where liberal colleagues met to meet with Daniol Coles. We will work toward earning a liberal seat in the new riding of north Edmonton. Much to do, but a great bunch of people and we will strive to do our best!

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  • Graeme Arkless posted an update 11 months ago

    #renewal I am from Edmonton Alberta and feel that I am one of the very few people, well in the entire province, that is a liberal. When Micheal was here with Paul and they held a rally at the Italian Centre, the local news did not even cover the event. Conservatives love to ignore liberals and you know that the media is owned by the…[Read more]

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    • Graeme, I personally know of a few Liberals in Edmonton and I am from Ontario. Please contact info@liberal.ca and ask for how you can contact your riding association. If it is inactive, you can form one yourself eventually but the first thing is to get in touch with people in Edmonton in any riding. I started getting involved in my riding…[Read more]

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    • Graeme, I can connect you with a number of ‘well connected’ Liberals in Edmonton. The may not be part of ‘your demographic,’ but they are very strong Liberals who know the people that you need to get in touch with. Phone me any DAY (not evening) – lets say before 2:00 pm your time.

      Gregg Guptill,
      Director, Atlantic Region, Senior Liberals’…[Read more]

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  • Vanessa Sutton posted an update 11 months ago

    #renewal

    Colleagues,

    I believe that the following article serves to provide useful context in relation to our leader’s stated desire to support Senate reform.

    Roadmap to Senate reform points in constitutional direction
    By: Chantal Hébert National Affairs, Published on Fri Nov 15 2013

    It is safe to assume that the roadmap to Senate reform…[Read more]

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