Name Catherine Wilkie
Riding Essex

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  • Catherine Wilkie posted an update 1 year ago

    As a life long Liberal, I have decided to part ways with the Party. For the following reasons, they do not value the privacy of our family.

    Liberalist contains the life-blood of the membership, and I do not wIsh for the confidential infor of my family and friends to be on paper lists, not secured.

    My concerns were conveyed to the National Party…[Read more]

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    • When I think of the time, energy and money spent by this family supporting the Liberal party and see the reaction from both our EDA and our National Party “not” protecting the personal information contained in Liberalist I truly question the purpose of a user agreement if it is not enforced. If a Liberalist Champion who tries to support the…[Read more]

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    • I concur, and am also choosing to part ways with the Party. After spending numerous hours in online training sessions, becoming #Liberalist Champions (our family includes the only 3 Liberalist Champions in the riding), becoming the sole website administrators for a local EDA website, organizing and distributing e-mail blasts on behalf of the…[Read more]

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      • I thumbed you guys all up even though I don’t really understand what you are talking about. Are you in a by-election riding? Because otherwise I don’t understand why Liberalist paper copies need to be produced at all right now. But regardless, when the few volunteers that actually DO something between elections are not supported between…[Read more]

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        • Thanks, Jennifer. No, the riding in question is not in a by-election currently. I cannot understand having a tool like Liberalist available to a riding, and an EDA choosing not to utilize it to its full capacity.
          As Jarek has clearly outlined below, I am completely disappointed by the local EDA as the “on the ground” Liberal presence, and the…[Read more]

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    • Thanks for having the guts to post your comments Catherine and Meghan. I know that in our riding our Liberalist champions have issues with the way LPC HQ in Ottawa does things. I hope your resignation is taken as a fire alarm by the Party. If the Liberal party practices what it preaches – i.e. consultation with stakeholders it should organize…[Read more]

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    • Catherine, I’m sorry to hear that you decided to take such a drastic step. Unfortunately, there is number of us disappointed with our local EDAs. My statement is based on my experience, in my own EDA where those who wanted to use Liberalist after completing successfully training and getting Liberalist Champion designation were declared…[Read more]

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      • Jarek: Thank-you. It does help to know that we are not the ‘problem.’ Because that is how we were being treated by the local EDA. Even suggested that we remain on the fringe.

        Confidentiality should be paramount. Our group has lists, photocopied lists (including business phone numbers), revised lists….circulating. Actually, encouraged by…[Read more]

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        • Catherine and Meghan, here i what the president of our EDA had to say about your posts. “Sounds like an issue with their EDA President. We do print lists for events to check attendees off or mark people who are legitimate to vote at an event, enter them into Liberalist then destroy them. But we under no circumstances print lists that are left…[Read more]

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    • Catherine and Meghan, very sorry to hear of your frustrations with the Party’s machinery at National and also it appears at your local level. You and I have been at this for quite a while and I too have expressed my opinions at National and received only minimal or no responses. On the other hand we have only recently changed leadership, with a…[Read more]

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      • Linda made an excellent suggestion. I would be willing to participate in a discussion with other Liberalist Champions.
        I’m not sure that the NP is inclined.

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        • Catherine and Meghan Wilkie started this thread off declaring they were “parting ways with the Party” due to Liberalist data floating around in insecure hard-copy form, and generally not getting any support to resolve the issue of losing Level 3 access due to a decision made by their EDA President.

          These are internal operational and/or…[Read more]

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          • I see things differently. I automatically assume that my information is passed onto my riding EDA and they contact me for whatever. But then that’s me. If I wanted all my info to remain private, I wouldn’t join nay political party cause we all know once your membership is paid they want more donations, volunteering, etc, etc.

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            • I expect my personal information to be confidential.
              The tasks demanded for a political party can be done without the need of permanent lists.

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          • Douglas: it was not a rash or impulsive notion.
            I even used an opportunity of an online discussion offered by Kady O’Malley with host Mike Crawley to discuss EDA health. He talked of field workers coursing their way to ridings. A great idea!
            That was 8 months ago.

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            • My name is Syd Wilkie and I share this post with My wife Catherine. I am the third LL Champion is this household. I have read the comments above and I am glad to know that we are not alone with our concerns about LL data privacy issues.
              Our issue is the ” token LL user agreement” that iappears to be taken so lightly by the EDAs and the HQ.
              Until…[Read more]

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              • We are setting up ‘Champions Review Sessions’ on a weekly basis for current and past champions to join us on a webinar discussing Champions material and sharing best practices. These should start within the month and will be open to all potential and certified Champions. You mentioned Field Workers earlier and my find it useful to know that the…[Read more]

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    • Hi all, the protection of data and privacy are essential and a giant priority for the Liberal Party of Canada – I am glad that you share it. I cannot comment on the specifics of this situation, but we have and continue to act in this issue.

      Let me say that data is being used in fantastic ways all the time in ridings across the country. It is…[Read more]

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      • Sad to see that the interest in this thread has already waned. This goes beyond the issue of confidentiality. Our Liberalist Champions are crucial in the perpetual campaign. Meghans statement needs to be addressed: “We expressed our concerns, repeatedly, to the #EDA and the #National Party. No action was taken…. – the very slow, and…[Read more]

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    • Catherine:
      Access to Liberalist is controlled by the EDA. In the Oakville EDA only the elected Executive are allowed to see the Liberalist Files and produce reports.
      With Liberalist your Executive can control which fields are to be output to your campaign office.
      I think if you check with your local EDA, you will see that they can control the…[Read more]

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  • JT has mandated his MP’s to put their expenses and hospitality tabs on their websites. Good baby steps.
    Hopefully, the LPC will also makes strides to become transparent with expenses. Donors would then be able to follow how their contributions are directed.
    More transparency and accountability please.

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    • Although transparency and accountability are laudable ideals, we must recognize that the LPC functions in the environment of realpolitik. This opens the question whether it is possible to provide LPC members/donors with an useful/acceptable level of granularity in spending reports without providing other political parties, the media and political…[Read more]

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      • Political strategy should remain in the back rooms.
        I do hope that the LPC offers donors/members transparency and accountability. Perhaps discretion is needed, however budgets and expenses ought to be open to the taxpayer.
        It is worrisome that Michelle Sampson was censored for putting her expenses in the light of day.

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        • Thank you for your response, Catherine. Because you did not provide any qualifiers, I understand your use of the word “expenses” (in your initial posting) and “budgets and expenses” (in your response) to include all budgets within the LPC and all monies paid out by the Party. Please correct me if I have too broadly interpreted your intent. …[Read more]

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    • This is all well and good. But let us make sure that the exercise in accountability does not become extravagant and end up costing far more that it saves. For example, not so long ago an employee at a certain NS municipallity ripped off about $100k. This was the reported reason for Council to resign en masse and for Provincial bureaucrats to be…[Read more]

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    • Catherine: What JT has proposed is substantial and significant. The initiative it represents, should grow to truly open and accountable governance in Canada. There is a very practical consideration for members of LPC, a party out of power. Unless, the practices proposed have the force of law to back them,other parties will, doubtless, use the…[Read more]

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    • I think Catherine Wilkie is saying the Party should be posting its annual audited financial statements online so that any member can download and view them. Cahterine is correct. The National Board of Directors is obligated to do this no later than June 30 every year.

      Under Responsibilities and powers (Section 31 (h) of the LPC Constitution), the…[Read more]

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      • Douglas Brydges. If that is what Catherine Walkie is calling for, I am in complete agreement. However, and with respect for your position, I believe she is asking for more.

        At the outset, I want to make clear that I will quote Catherine Wilkie, not to mock but, rather, to remain true to her initial posting.

        Catherine Wilkie’s use of the…[Read more]

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        • In asking for more transparency and accountability, I am hoping for any crumbs. As we don’t have any transparency.
          I trust those with power to ensure that not all details will be revealed.
          Still, I believe the taxpayer/donor deserves transparency and accountability.

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          • We agree more than our postings might indicate. I tend to be cautious and a bit of a pessimist, and perhaps I entered the conversation a bit too early and forcefully. Hope to have the opportunity to discuss this and other topics in the future.

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  • #cooperation Elizabeth and Joyce may like the notion, but Tom is not interested.

    So, that is that.

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    • That presumes that party leaders in Canada have absolute powers, and never listen to their grassroots. A very strong assumption. I’ve seen at least a few comments by NDPers, who told their party they are resigning for now, and shouldn’t be bothered again unless the party reconsidered its stance on co-operation. Remember – Nathan Cullen was…[Read more]

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    • Just trying to give new comments some time at the top here.

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      • And another push to the top …

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        • Thanks Douglas,

          I figure until the moderators start managing this forum to prevent certain discussions from being manipulated to the top to absurdity, we will have to take it in our own hands to ensure new threads get at least a brief moment in the sun (i.e. the first page)

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    • Hi Jonathan,
      Well I’m sorry to disappoint and I’d rather be honest and tell you there is no intention to manipulate comments and discussion threads. We’d rather keep the community grassroots and organic so just like one side can organize and keep ”their” comments on top, the other side will have to do the same.

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      • Andre,

        I think you misunderstood. I didn’t mean that you are manipulating threads. I meant that under the current arrangement, certain page-long threads have had a habit of taking up all the real estate on the forum for weeks at a time so that new postings never even get seen. Does this facilitate or confine debate? I think the answer is both…[Read more]

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        • Thanks Jonathan,

          We are working on this, hopefully once leadership is over we can start releasing a few more improvements that would include collapsed community posts :)

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    • Mulcair will not stop until this idea is dead in the water.
      He hates the liberals almost as much as the conservatives do. Not sure why but he has made his feelings very clear.

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      • Marry: Mulcair’s given name is not ”Tommy” and his own members are not happy with his apparent stance. What old line politician would not want to have 100% of the power on 30+% of the popular vote? It is the voters who are not fond of having their votes tossed into the trash can who want change. Said voters have some time to ”recondition” the…[Read more]

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      • As Jack Layton use to hate Liberals

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    • Gotcha, thanks. We’re on the same page, just need to through Leadership first!

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      • Andre,

        Okay, sounds like just an initial misunderstanding of my sentiments. Glad to hear we are on the same page. Looking forward to seeing the revisions implemented.

        Jon Lawrence

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  • #supportercategory I am more than a little concerned with the number of emails coming from the LPC, the candidates and in the scattershot manner they are sent.

    As membership chair, in an EDA, I was not asked my concerns or suggestions about how Supporters were signed on. Yet, local EDA’s are being ranked as to the number of Supporters…[Read more]

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    • ironically; if your EDA were good soldiers and went out and signed up a whole gym full of new supporters, each of your votes are now worth less in selecting a new leader than if you had done nothing. If only I could be the sole member/supporter in my EDA – I would command 100 points all by myself :)

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      • I understand that the vote is one EDA = 100 votes for one leader selected based on PV at the EDA level. So 9k votes for X in A riding of 10k voters has the same weight as a vote of 90 for Y in B riding of 100 voters. The voters in riding A have a weigh of 1/100 of the voters in riding B. That’s odd. Did I miss something?

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  • Love this reality check.
    Concise. Relevant. Punchy.
    More please!

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  • http://bgilgoff.edublogs.org/2013/02/13/baby-steps-at-being-inconvenient/

    Interesting notion. Setting aside membership with the Green Party to become a Liberal supporter.
    Opinions?

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    • Not sure about this. I understand the point is to get Harper out, but don’t we want supporters who will stay , eventually become members, and not go back to their former party?

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      • Milinda: that’s exactly what I think.

        I read the tweet and thought it should be noted by all.

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        • I hope that situation is rare. If not, that could open up a big can of worms the Liberal Party does not need.

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          • While this is going to happen, I don’t believe it will be on a large scale nor will it affect the global outcome of the leadership race. As I was collecting potential supporters at several events around SWO the question of whether the LPC would try to convince supporters after the contest came up constantly. Honestly I had to say yes that would…[Read more]

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            • John: Sound reasoning.
              Quite a lateral strategy, though. And to see it presented as it was, with the plan of returning to the Green fold, found it noteworthy.

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    • Greens should just do what most of them want…become Liberals!

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    • If NDP members adopt the same strategy (resign now, joint the LPC as Supporter and vote for cooperation and significant electoral reform after the 2015 election by voting for Murray, then quit and rejoin the NDP) and do all this before March 3 by the tens of thousands, then this could alter the election dynamics.

      Of course, becoming a Supporter…[Read more]

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  • The Change Commission…

    Was it shelved or are the recommendations part of the LPC Constitution?

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  • #fairvotecanada has basically endorsed Joyce Murray. Will be interested if the other leadership hopefuls react

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  • #mikecrawley. Ground hog day is imminent. Has anyone seen the shadow of Mike?

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  • #davidmcguintycomments Regrettable. If indeed he resigned his role.

    However, as Liberals we know the pattern of Conservative tactics. Having now witnessed it for six years, we should expect it and not react to it.

    They won’t change so the reaction of the Liberals should anticipate aggravation, without falling victim to it.

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    • Let’s just hope he hasn’t fatally hurt the candidates chances in Calgary. I haven’t seen his remarks, but he clearly regrets them.

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    • Apparently David McGuinty just resigned as critic for Natural Resources.

      http://www.globalnews.ca/health/canada/mp+david+mcguinty+resigns+critic+post+for+telling+alberta+tories+to++go+home/6442757922/story.html

      Bob Rae quickly apologized and Mr McGuinty has now also apologized and resigned his post.

      A silly mistake made in the heat of the…[Read more]

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    • Speaking truth to power…another victim. Bob Rae’s cover-up wasn’t very helpful. I respect David McGuinty and hoped he would be among those vying for Leader.

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      • Peter .. what ”cover-up” by Bob Rae? I didn’t hear anything about a cover-up just an absolutely necessary apology from him personally and on behalf of the party for words that should not have been spoken by a senior member of caucus.

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        • well martin, i see we continue to disagree. mcguinty’s remarks were to a reporter, not made in the house, and not seen in the broader context of tar sands being primarily supported by mps and harper who have vested parochial interests not necessarily for the broader interests of all canadians. harper’s remarks were even more “shameful”…[Read more]

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          • Peter: a nuanced answer/response is lost on Conservatives. They will twist it to their own gain.

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          • Well I wasn’t trying to get into a debate, I was honestly asking what “cover-up” you were accusing Bob Rae of? The term “cover-up” generally refers to someone trying to pretend that something didn’t happen when it did. I heard of no “cover-up” attempt by Mr Rae and was asking what you may have heard. But apparently, from your response,…[Read more]

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            • parliamentary privilege??? you really think his remarks are slanderous? just let them try, they know what they are. we need more rebels, as surprising as it was coming from the mouth of a generally circumspect character.

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              • Peter,
                We need to show some Party discipline.
                I applaud debate, discussion, passion for one’s portfolio, but not without a thoughtful filter.

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                • I think you’re completely right [ as is Peter on principle] the difference being as we are trying to rebuild out west, those remarks are not helpful, and not even true. AB is no longer a provincial backwater, even if their CPC reps sometimes act and speak to the contrary. McGuinity’s remarks were simply wrong, even if his point was entirely…[Read more]

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                  • And now JT has added to the controversy, according to an article in the Sun.

                    Hoping that the LPC, and all leadership contenders, spend some $$$ and pen a clear, consistent message that underlines national harmony.

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                    • Virtual all (non-sock-puppet a.k.a. worthless CPC backbenchers) politicians have said something in their careers that could be controversial. I think in this case JT is getting press face time, and that is good.

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                  • Absolutely so. It is so easy for the Conservatives to paint a bad picture of the Liberals as so many of the older Albertans just love to bring up all the old rhetoric about the NEP given half a chance – and, unfortunately, score political points.

                    I would hope that ALL Liberals will think carefully about what they say in public or in meetings…[Read more]

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          • I have lived in Northern Alberta. Anti Ottawa was a common theme.

            If they really want to stir up people, anti Quebec worked better. Like they had no political say, and another region of the country controlled everything.

            The tables have turned with the Stephan Harper Government. Let us be federalists without pitting one region against the…[Read more]

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    • Out of character for sure…but i understand out of passion.

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  • Catherine posted an update 2 years, 5 months ago

    #unanswered allegations: The Harper team has recently made claims that their treatment of the taxdollar has been more prudent than the Liberals had been, with regard to travel dollars spent. With the Bev Oda transgressions in mind. Is this true? And why do the Liberals not respond if this is not true?

    Too many times our Liberal…[Read more]

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    • Judith: I do agree that Liberals appear complacent to be defined by others.

      We cannot allow the practice to continue.

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    • @judith-lindsay-kellock your concerns are also my concerns.
      We are going to have to define ourselves:
      1) recognizing and applauding when the government does something we agree with (if ever)
      2) not just say they are doing it wong, but at the same time we are providing our criticism, supply our Liberal solutions

      This is why I so much enjoyed…[Read more]

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  • Catherine posted an update 2 years, 5 months ago

    #renewal: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/untrustworthy-tories-socialist-ndp-bumbling-grits-poll-puts-a-pox-on-all/article2416653/
    ‘Untrustworthy Tories, socialist NDP, bumbling Grits: Poll puts a pox on all’
    ‘Sadly for the Liberals, just four of the top 15 responses could be considered endorsements. The party was…[Read more]

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  • Catherine posted an update 2 years, 5 months ago

    #legalizingmarijuana Mulcair, last evening on Power and Politics, appeared to be making the case that the LPC would not decriminalize, but work on the edges.

    Is that the position of the LPC?

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    • The delegates at the last convention voted to legalize which is much different than to decriminalize posession of pot. As to what the actual party position is, I have no idea. Someone on this page wrote that we will find out when the next election platform comes out. I find that pretty strange.

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      • Jim,

        I find that pretty strange, too!
        Mulcair is explaining the position of the LPC for us.
        I’m surprised that the LPC would not want to do that for themselves.

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        • All the while he’s not really saying what his party’s position is. I hate to say it, but all the parties are scared of this one BECAUSE OF THE USA. We depend on them for so much of our trade. They don’t necessarily have to be worried about drugs crossing the border, they only need to use it as an excuse to invoke protectionism.

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    • Actually, my views are grounded firmly in the belief that the United States is for free trade when it suits them, protectionism when it suits them. I’m not spouting an opinion about whether I think marijuana *should* be legalized. Frankly, I don’t care as I don’t use the stuff. I only expressed what I believe the party brass of all parties are…[Read more]

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      • Hugh, I am surprised to hear you say “I don’t care as I don’t use the stuff”.

        You’re never going to get pregnant either Hugh … does that mean you don’t care about re-criminalizing abortion?

        This issue, the legalization, regulation and taxation of marijuana, is not just about those that smoke pot being able to do so freely. No, it is…[Read more]

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        • Sorry that should be ”thousands of Canadians prosecuted and persecuted each year …” I believe over 50,000?

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        • By saying “I don’t care” I’m stating that I don’t have a truck in that particular fight. I have been trying to point out the fact that no party really wants to touch this one. Maybe the LPC will and win on it. I do sincerely doubt that it is wise to make this the centre of any re-election strategy.
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          • And I am trying to point out that this a critically important issue and we all need to “get a truck in the fight”.

            A strong majority of Canadians now support legalization – in the range of 60-75%. 77% of delegates at the LPC convention voted to pass the resolution. The time is now and this issue is not going away.

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    • PS Get elected as an MP and present your private members bill. Maybe you will be supported, maybe not

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    • Let me try and understand you John…you are not going to “boost” the Liberal party any more BUT you are going to run for the leadership of the Liberal party. Good luck with that John – but really why waste everyone’s time.

      I support the legalization, regulation and taxation of marijuana 100% but, in all honesty John, your constant ranting and…[Read more]

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  • Catherine posted an update 2 years, 6 months ago

    #Tell Harper: Hands off our reproductive rights Dear Liberal Members of Parliament…..I will be watching the vote

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    • Seconding Catherine: With regard to the Woodworth’s motion, Bob Rae said he’s going to allow Liberal MPs to vote however they want, known as “voting their conscience.”
      I want their conscience united in protecting Canadian women’s rights.

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      • I completely agree with Jarek. If you are a Liberal MP you are ”my conscience” and I fully expect you to vote on ”my” behalf – not on your personal ideology or beliefs. The LPC supports a woman’s right to choose and so too should Liberal MPs.

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    • Keep in mind that the ”vote” is on a motion – (M-312) – not a Bill to amend or make law. The motion basically asks Pariament to appoint a Parliamentary Committee to to review scientific evidence available today, and determine if scientific evidence provides good reason to consider further action by Parliament.

      The Committee would be ’ad hoc’ in…[Read more]

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  • wilkie.allenford@gmail.com changed their profile picture 2 years, 6 months ago

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