Name John Langenecker
Riding Grande Prairie-Mackenzie
Interests Politics, science, sports

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  • John Langenecker posted an update 2 months ago

    A comment on twitter that caught my attention.

    Paul Wells @InklessPW · 4h
    I have not ever seen the Harper Conservatives this spooked. They’re trying to shore up their vote *in Alberta.*

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  • #VET
    Wounded vets asked to sign form saying they won’t criticize the military on social media

    http://www.ottawacitizen.com/technology/Wounded%20vets%20asked%20sign%20form%20saying%20they%20criticize%20military%20social%20media/8940083/story.html

    Before a problem can be solved, it must be identified. The feedback of the people that are directly…[Read more]

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    • I would say YES. If the military does not support its own, the information feel the LPC must step in.

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    • Someone must help as part of our rights as Canadian citizens are being eroded. This certainly has an aroma from the Conservative camp as we already know that their leader is a control freak and it is his way or the highway. I imagine here that if you don’t sign, then your chances of getting anything are nil.
      Is this site to be considered a…[Read more]

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      • I think we can be assured that someone from the Harper camp is reading this blog every day . They have software that is amazing . That shouldn’t stop us from commenting . We are already the enemy to the Cons.

        We can however send the link above to our local news outlets by way of a letter to the editor . Some will print your letter…[Read more]

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      • donald if you are vet please contact me at jim@karygiannismp.com

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    • john if you are a vet please contact me at jim@karygiannismp.com

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    • if a person is still employed in the military they do not have the privilages we do. they cannot criticize the government or members of parliament without reprimand. at least that’s the way it was for me. what they are voicing is not condemnation of the military but that of this conservative government. you would think harper would know better…[Read more]

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  • #VET The government has no special commitment to it’s injured Veterans?

    http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Ottawa+special+obligation+soldiers+federal+lawyers+court+filing/9633236/story.html

    Someone please tell me that I am misreading this!

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    • yes it is true. as a vet of the 1st PPCLI from the 70’s I have ears close to the source, via the association. folks are disgusted by this governments treatment of the afghan veterens health issues.
      why don’t we propose this, if you serve in the Canadian forces, for a minimum tour, say, comparable to what an mp needs for his pension, and when…[Read more]

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      • Compare our to other vital services, police and firefighters. Salary and pensions should be on par or higher because of the risk factor.

        I believe the equal pay for work of equal value is not just a women’s issue but also a vets issue. Solders have higher value if one is not injured on duty. When they are, they must also receive the best care.

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    • John,

      You are right to be alarmed. The so-called New Veterans Charter is a shocking betrayal of our new veterans, particularly those who were wounded in Afghanistan from 2007 on.

      The Equitas Society was formed to raise funds to pay for the legal disbursement costs of the disabled soldiers who are the representative plaintiffs in the class…[Read more]

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  • #aboriginal
    If the PM of Canada has the confidence of the house of commons he has the permission to present and pass legislation.
    The Assembly of of Fist nation have an election to select a leader.
    How do we know if the leader has the confidence of it’s people?
    => to go off on a thought here=> Why not build a “House” on Victoria Island that…[Read more]

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    • Well, it is an Assembly and I presume (but quite right, I do not know) that the leader of the Assembly has the support of the Assembly when he speaks on any subject. Or should!

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  • John Langenecker posted an update 7 months ago

    #unfairelectionsact

    …to date Michael Sona is the only person to have charges against him in the robocall scandal. If he thinks this bill should scare anyone that cares about democracy, then why is this bill still surviving? Andrew Coyne commented that his tweet is interesting.

    I think Micheal Sona’s comment is evidence that Elections Canada…[Read more]

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    • Hah! just going to post that one, beat me to it. Coyne really hits this one out of the park.
      Were you aware that when the CPC tried to pin this on Sona, it turned out the dates the so called witnesses to his illegality gave coincided with the unfortunate reality that Sona was in fact on holiday, in the caribbean?

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      • What is “interesting”, is the bill restricts Elections Canada from investigating election crimes and reporting them to Parliament and Canadians.

        Sona’s response seems to suggest is he is the fall guy for the party’s crimes. On the advice and in the presence of Auther Hamilton, the CPC lawyer (not his), he spoke to Elections Canada while…[Read more]

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  • #SenCa I think after today’s Supreme Court Decision, it may be time to revisit this alternative appointment process.

    http://www.liberal.ca/newsroom/news-release/trudeau-leads-senate-reform-liberal-leader-takes-concrete-action-remove-partisanship-patronage-senate/

    “That is why I am also announcing today that if I am elected Prime Minister, I…[Read more]

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    • Personally, I think a good first step is to have these meetings in the open rather than in-camera. We have a right and obligation to know who is interpreting our constitution. All party committees are fine as long as independents have representation, and that closure is not used to limit the questions. Have two rounds, so Canadians can respond to…[Read more]

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  • #UnfairElectionsAct

    This is why I am generally against electoral reform and I why I am totally against this governments Elections Act.

    “In every case that we’ve seen a similar type of proposal, it has been about tilting the balance in favour of a given party,”

    …as I have maintained, no election reform without all party support.…[Read more]

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  • The ”Fair Elections Act” will virtually guarantee that we will never find out who is Pierre Poutine?

    http://www.guelphmercury.com/opinion-story/4368712-frank-valeriote-on-the-fair-elections-act/

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    • Good article. What irks me the most is the blatant section within the Act that says whoever is appointed by the government should report to the Attorney General. So if illegal activities are found then the appointed representative basically reports to the government who did the illegal act. Here is the section that explains who the Attorney…[Read more]

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      • ”If illegal activities are found”. With the elections officers silenced, how will the investigator know if a possible illegal activity needs investigating?

        As Frank Valeriote suggests, it will be like increasing speeding fines after radar guns are band. I am concerned about this.

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  • Economic action plan? You be the judge.

    Yesterday Jim Flattery announced a tax break for coast guard volunteers in Vancouver. Today his is speaking at a James Moore fundraiser in Vancouver.

    Is this a parliamentary travel expense or a partisan fundraiser expense?

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    • Sorry, you say the Federal government is providing a tax credit for particular volunteers in a single CITY? Not even a province? Are we going to start having tax credits by name and social insurance number soon?

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    • Yet more pathetic pandering toward those who are likely going to do something anyway – like volunteer for the CG. If they really want to help provide more funds for training and equipment, not scrape the bottom of the public barrel trolling for votes from worthy Canadians.
      JT has to absolutely nip this garbage in the bus when he becomes PM. Get…[Read more]

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      • Er that’s in the bud there JT. How bout a tax credit for me commenting here…seems like a worthy cause, no?
        Truly we need to update Kennedy’s great slogan: As not what your country will do to reduce your taxes before you act; ask what you can do for your country, community and fellow Canadian anyway.[ needs some work eh]

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      • I’d like to register an extra like for that.

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  • A few months ago, Elections Canada appointed an advisory board for the new elections act.

    http://o.canada.com/news/elections-canada-appoints-high-powered-board-as-federal-government-prepares-new-elections-law/

    Co-chaired by former auditor general Sheila Fraser and former Supreme Court justice Ian Binnie, the board also includes former premiers,…[Read more]

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  • Any major changes to election rules without all party support is nothing less than a fixed election process.

    The Amnesty for Elections Crimes Act, is a campaign strategy. It should never be mistaken for a fair voting process.

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    • It’s scum baggery at its finest. What are we going to do about it?

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      • One option is nothing, we can endure many more years of the Stephen Harper Government.

        … since I do not like that option, I will run outside and proclaim ”I am made as hell and I can not take it anymore”. Then after I scare away all the game in the area, I will write my MP.

        … do you have a plan yourself that you wish to share?

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        • All HarperCon bills are bizarre, Andrew Coyne, notwithstanding; this is the bizarrest. It is an affront to several sections of the Charter. Let us take time to study which is easiest and confront the HarperCons by supporting an international human rights lobby, write emails to all parliamentarians expressing our concerns, collect for a charter…[Read more]

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          • How about this?

            Democratic Rights

            Marginal note:Democratic rights of citizens

            3. Every citizen of Canada has the right to vote in an election of members of the House of Commons or of a legislative assembly and to be qualified for membership therein.

            … how is it at all possible to put an ID restriction on this?

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            • John: That’s easy. The voter has to demonstrate citizenship, else an unqualified voter usurps the vote of a qualified one. Politicians try to hide ways they deny rights which lawyers uncover with ease: Journalist missed a provision where HarperCons would appoint a constituency manager; essentially a partisan supervising vote counting, judging…[Read more]

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              • I believe the voucher system was reasonable. It erred on the side of caution and did not deny someones constitutional right to vote. This was a good policy by Elections Canada. Too bad it was not kept up to the standards that were in place.

                If there was a problem with the voucher system it was the forms were not completely filled out and signed.…[Read more]

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              • What ID will I need to vote in my riding if an election were held tomorrow?

                Since I have not been living at my current address for more than 90 days, my drivers licence is not updated yet. Therefore It does not have my currant address.and I live in a different riding, 4000 km away. I have a Canadian Passport that shows citizenship but it does not…[Read more]

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          • BTW Lloyd, you refer to Sec 7 and 15(1) there is
            33. (1) Parliament or the legislature of a province may expressly declare in an Act of Parliament or of the legislature, as the case may be, that the Act or a provision thereof shall operate notwithstanding a provision included in section 2 or sections 7 to 15 of this Charter.

            …the way I…[Read more]

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  • #SenCa http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/trudeau-boots-senators-from-liberal-caucus-1.1660973

    I have always believed that when Senators participated in HoC election campaigns, and HoC party caucus, it was a conflict of interest. This reduced the Senates ability to look at legislation through a new set of eyes, a sober second thought.

    I am very…[Read more]

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    • It makes sense to me. I have always thought that there should be a group of people in each province that should choose a pool of outstanding citizens from all different walks of life from which to appoint Senators. This would take the partisanship out of the choice.

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    • I campaigned for 10 years for legalization of marijuana. Yet when I wrote a documentary about the seven billion dollar market in pot in BC, it was studiously ignored by caucus. Joyce Murray said in spite of it being voted the top policy item two years ago, the Caucus was opposed to it. Senator Campbell was the only contact I had that was…[Read more]

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  • On this day Canada has lost it’s first honorary Citizen, Madiba (Nelson) Mandela. A true hero to human rights and a great leader of the 20th century.

    I will also like to thank former Prime Ministers Joe Clarke and Brian Mulroney for recognizing Mr Mandela as a man that could change the word and the role that they took to free his release from…[Read more]

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    • I can’t imagine what raisin the currant PM had for doing that.

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    • I really like to see JT do this. It’s brave and it’s principled. AND it is definitely something no one on Harper’s team has the moxy to try. This will get noticed. My opinion of JT’s sagacity just went up another notch.
      It wont hurt either that he is doing this while Harper flails about under Mulcair’s lash, and in the muck of his own making.

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    • where is trudeau getting his policy advice and endorsement from…I thought this was grassroots, what a joke, how naïve.. he should not have promoted keystone, at the most stayed neutral. he cannot be allowed to dismiss the impact of the production of dirty oil on climate change just for the sake of material gain. he should know full-well that…[Read more]

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      • I am not sure Peter, but I speculate Stephan Dion and Gerald Butts may have an influence.

        This is a foreign affairs, native affairs, environmental, energy, and national unity issue. Each on its own will have critics, together as a group there will be that many more. That does not mean that he is beyond criticism but lets try to look at the big picture.

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        • To me there is no bigger picture than global warming. We don’t have one Party who has the guts to say no to tar sands (or even to no more development of the tar sands) other than Greens and they have one seat because of it. Very disappointed in what I thought was a revived Liberal Party under a robust Trudeau who could oppose things but…[Read more]

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          • Out of curiousity, do you think a govt led by JT will get more done on the CC and green file then SH if he get’s another majority or even minority? It’s a fair question as to whether Mulcair might, but we know he’ll do some other things we don’t like. More importantly it doesn’t look like he has any better chance of unseating Harper then we…[Read more]

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            • Yes, I believe a Justin Trudeau Liberal Party will get more done on the green file than the other parties. Canada must be united to make this happen or the government that tries to implement an environmentally responsible alternative may collapse and be short lived.

              In short, any progress will have to have public support. The more support for…[Read more]

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              • Good answer John.We will indeed require broad support, which is why it is probably not wise too dogmatic on this, or at least be pragmatic.There are plenty of Canadians who take a pragmatic view of energy issue even when they ought to be more worried. We need those folks if we are to get in and get stuff done in ’15.
                It was directed at Peter.…[Read more]

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              • John:
                If Keystone gets built, its unlikely Justin will be able to stop the oil companies from pumping oil through it. There will be no second chance to make things right.
                Remember if the world does not start making emission reductions at the rate of 5.3% per year starting in 2015, we will have to turn out the lights. We will hit the tipping point…[Read more]

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          • Elizabeth May does not talk about “saying no to tar sands“.

            http://elizabethmaymp.ca/news/publications/island-tides/2013/04/25/pipelines-to-the-east/

            Refineries In Alberta
            So, what should be done? The best environmental, economic and climate outcome would be to slow down the boom-and-bust cycle of constant expansion in the oil sands. What the…[Read more]

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            • Elizabeth May is talking about reducing tar sands development, and not shipping it east. How would that alienate me? She doesn’t have a chance to form a government, but she does have a lot to say about the dangers inherent in expanding the Athabasca oil sands, not only to curb carbon emissions but also to prevent more destruction of First Nation…[Read more]

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          • Justin was quite clear during the leadership campaign that he supported Keystone. This latest move should not surprise anyone.

            As near as I can tell, the stance is that the carbon economy is not going to end overnight and that a gradual transition to alternative energy is the way to go. In the meantime, the world will continue to need oil. It…[Read more]

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            • I don’t think Justin was very clear during the leadership campaign about anything…especially not a carbon tax. If he was, then he should be now, but not a word. A carbon tax would reduce demand in theory, so how does that help his support for Keystone. The world continues to need oil for sure, as you say in the transition, but who controls…[Read more]

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              • Hope this helps make his stance more clear http://lpc.ca/95xj

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                • that’s his stance now. turner was saying trudeau had made it clear before he was elected party leader.

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                  • Trudeau backed Mr Dion for leadership in 2006 after Kennedy dropped off after the second ballot , that should have gave us a hint. Mr Dion made it very clear he was committed to carbon reductions.

                    The only thing that surprises me about Justin is how fast he is developing as a bridge builder. One day he speaks to US environment lobby, a few days…[Read more]

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                    • well, let’s hope trudeau consults with dion over the keystone pipeline and tar sands development. it is noteworthy that Kristy Duncan (environmental expert) was replaced by john McKay (lawyer, banking experience) as environmental critic under trudeau. and, of course, this was done soon after trudeau was elected leader. not impressed.

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                      • It is not as bad of a choice environmentally as you seem to be saying. Look at one of his private members bills.

                        “On February 9, 2009 John McKay introduced his latest Private Member’s Bill C- 300 to the House of Commons. The Bill was defeated on October 26, 2010 during its third reading.
                        Bill C- 300, also cited as the Corporate Accountability of…[Read more]

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                        • yes, we’re very outspoken on how developing countries should be accountable, kind of quiet on our own country’s though. I just think pushing Kristy to Status of Women critic is indicative of how Trudeau wants us to proceed, another attempt to appeal to the middle class while basically ignoring the most important issue for our future. There’s a…[Read more]

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                  • I distinctly remember him saying in one of the debates ”…some form of price on carbon”, almost the identical words he used in Calgary.

                    I can’t find transcripts anywhere but if anyone else remembers him saying this, it would at least confirm that my memory is still working properly.

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                    • I believe that I heard it before, not sure when. You very well may be right.

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                    • my point was that trudeau has NOT articulated any plan to address the rising carbon emissions, either before he was elected leader or even today. it is an opportunity to fill that void, harper won’t. I am suggesting a carbon tax, like BC’s, but i’m open to alternatives. demand management or whatever, as we are the world’s largest per capita…[Read more]

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                      • We should be able to agree that now it is out into the open, we are waiting for details.

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                        • I agree with that.

                          We have been around this detailed policy buoy a few times I think. The worst thing for the party to do now is announce a very detailed policy on this or other issues and allow the other parties 2 years to poke holes in each of those details.

                          We have a policy development process in the party and I am confident that it will in…[Read more]

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                          • Last time I checked someone was travelling and listening to some stakeholders in the US and Calgary’s oil sector. I think that the details are still under negotiations with them and all other stakeholders. This may take a few years to develop before the details are worked out.

                            Unless of course we are happy with someone that already knows the…[Read more]

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                          • trudeau, addressing oil executives in Calgary (hardly a hostile environment to talk pipelines) said he thought keystone would have been approved by now if we had “some sort of means to price carbon pollution”. That is very vague. Also, it may not pacify the strong environmental lobby in the usa who oppose not only the pipeline but also what’s…[Read more]

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                            • The Stephan Harper Government and the Republican part are the only groups that say carbon tax is a dirty word. Let me look at a business publication to show that 11 of 12 “experts” agree on some form of carbon pricing. The “job killing carbon tax” talking point is not only not creditable, it is intentionally misleading Canadians for political…[Read more]

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                              • I know this, you know this, business is generally onside, and the world is watching. however, many Canadians still believe harper’s lies. it has yet to be sold or bought. (some people still can’t get beyond man-made greenhouse gas effect and climate change). make it a policy and get business to support us. we haven’t done nearly enough.

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          • Peter:
            I wanted to add Justin’s idea that the oil sands must be ”sustainable”.
            It would be hear exactly how he plans to make this picture sustainable.

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            • he’s trying to please everyone but may end up pleasing no one. can’t believe he backs keystone, it’s so wrong in so many ways. he’s got to ”come clean” so to speak on policies affecting global warming and pollution.

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              • Peter:
                I honestly believe that Justin’s handlers have no idea what is going on.
                I don’t think they are deliberately ignoring the science of global warming to get some votes from the West.

                I believe if you put his advisers into a room and asked them about Global Warming you would get stunned silence.

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                • that’s possible Michael, but I really think they’re relying on his personal popularity traits, hoping the Conservatives keep rotting away, believing that the NDP’s success last election was a fluke, and staying away from anything controversial. It is a winning strategy for now, but as soon as our party comes to terms with what is really…[Read more]

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                  • Peter:
                    I am so glad to hear the poll results coming from the Canada 2020 forum.
                    I hope that Trudeau’s handlers are aware of these numbers. They are trying to choose a popular route and it would appear that a Green Energy policy would strike a good chord with the electorate.

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                    • I think so too. “Playing it safe” has led to bizarre things like “ladies night” where Trudeau’s “unplugged” responses turned into media disasters. We need hard core policy development now…even just trial balloons…and a Green Energy policy I think most progressive and even middling voters would embrace. Personal charm can only take…[Read more]

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                      • Peter:
                        I think Megan Leslie, Environment Critic of the NDP has her head on straight but Thomas Mulcair is pushing to ship Alberta oil east ward, so he has no clue about Global Warming.
                        A green Energy Policy is hanging there for the Liberals to grab it, but the top advisors don’t want to take a bite.

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      • Trudeau is effectively telling the business community in Canada that he is someone they can do business with. Without that, the press that they own will never let him get near the levers of power.

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        • This is the way I look at it Hugh. Justin is on the most important trade mission in the history of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

          If the exports depend on who is in the White House, the economy of the whole country will be effected. We need a policy that will endure the test of time, I believe a strong environmentally responsibly policy is a key for…[Read more]

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        • About the press Hugh, one party cannot control Canada’s press in the Internet age, let alone the US and the rest of the world. Look at China, they try to control the press, but it diminishes with time. The main stream media conspiracy is nothing more than a talking point that appeals to a small but steady group that believes that their lives are…[Read more]

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          • In this country, every single newspaper that has at least a city-wide circulation is owned by one of about 4 or 5 companies. For example, BCE owns CTV, The Globe and Mail, 30% of the Toronto Star, TSN, Teletoon, The comedy network, and probably about every other specialty channel out there. Rogers owns Macleans and I’m not sure what else. …[Read more]

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            • I should probably add that the National Post, owned by Post-media group, and they don’t seem to be in the business of owning the distribution channel. I have noticed that unlike the Globe and Mail, the Post’s coverage of CPC shenanigans has been far more critical than the Globe’s. The Globe at times seems to almost white-wash things. It’s…[Read more]

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              • If the media has as much sway as you are trying to lead me to believe, why did Rob Ford’s poll number go up in the last few days?

                I suggest that there is a number of people will not never believe what is in the media. When there is ”bad press”, the anti-MSM crowd digs in deeper.

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              • Hugh:
                I am starting to wonder how much influence the newspapers have any more.
                The Toronto Star has devoted a huge proportion of their ink to disparaging Rob Ford but his popularity continues to rise.
                I am hearing a lot of criticism the Toronto Star that it is becoming a tabloid that focuses on news that is pretty cheap to report.
                Investigative…[Read more]

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                • I’ve been mostly following the RF saga on the National Post. Interestingly, that paper seems to be both defending him and tearing him apart at the same time. Whether newspapers are losing influence is not really relevant because TV, Radio, and newsprint are all owned by the same corporations – they also own those dailies like Metro or 24 that…[Read more]

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                  • Hugh:
                    I totally agree that people like to vote for someone they would like to have a beer with and I also agree that Michael Ignatieff and Stephane Dion did not fill the bill in that department.

                    There is also the angle of relating to a guy’s thinking and situation. When Bill Clinton was having his problems with Monica, his popularity went up…[Read more]

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          • John:
            Its not political parties that control the press, its the corporations. Lets say 10% of your advertising revenue comes from the oil companies and they threaten to take their advertising elsewhere if you start to print bad things about Global Warming.

            This is why the general media says close to nothing on the topic.

            No one would know…[Read more]

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            • It’s not just influence in advertising, but also look at how political news is reported. The Globe and Mail is a case in point. During the coalition government threat, that paper did not do their job in pointing out that a coalition was perfectly legitimate in our constitutional monarchy. They seemed to actually defend the CPC POV. Whenever…[Read more]

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              • Hugh:
                You are now talking about the owners who will cow tow to their advertisers but they also have political beliefs that may be based on their self interest or just on their political interest.

                Most Corporations like Bell Globe Media will support the CPC because of their commitment to keeping taxes low for corporations and controlling…[Read more]

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        • cynical but true

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  • John Langenecker posted an update 12 months ago

    How can we trust Prime Minister Stephan Harper?

    http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2&DocId=6274539 #SOB-8112471

    On November 29 PM Stephan Harper stated in HoC
    “Let me repeat that. The story that Mr. Duffy had reimbursed his own expenses when, in fact, he had not was the story of Mr. Duffy and…[Read more]

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    • Did you ever? just a look at his bio gives one strong reservations. He’s always been on a road to self-destruction. I actually feel quite sorry for him as a person.

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      • I can understand why he doesn’t like the media, they have records. Kind of hard to blame the liberal media for hansard or his own web site though.

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        • Stephen Harper – February 13, 2013
          “In terms of Senator Wallin, I have looked at the numbers. Her travel costs are comparable to any parliamentarian traveling from that particular area of the country over that period of time.

          Stephen Harper – October 25, 2013
          “Everyone knows that the facts have been looked into for over a year by the Senate.…[Read more]

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  • John Langenecker posted an update 12 months ago

    #senca What is bothering me the most about Mike Duffy’s speeches in the Senate, I am not surprised. I would like to see a separation of the Senate and the HoC leadership.

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    • The disgraced Senate in its present form will probably never regain any sense of credibility with Canadian citizens.
      Our party could go a long way in restoring trust, if we challenged the Conservatives to make it a non-partisan party by having Senators drop their party affiliations when joining the Senate. The Liberal party could gain a lot of PR…[Read more]

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      • Since the constitution allows for freedom of assembly, I do not think it can be legislated to make them drop their party affiliations.

        What I propose is let the Provinces propose a Senator to fill their vacant seat to the PM, then let it happen naturally. They will have no loyalty to the PM or their party based on the new appointment…[Read more]

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  • John Langenecker posted an update 1 year ago

    #SenCa

    Happy that the Senate is moving towards due process.

    Just because they are Conservatives does not mean that they should be sentenced for the crime the Stephan Harper may, or may not be accusing them of.

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    • Here’s why this is a witch hunt in my view.

      Harper appointed Duffy as the Senator from PEI. Everyone knows that Duffy is a guy from Ottawa. But the Constitution requires a person “be resident” in the region they were appointed to represent. So, in order to be eligible to sit as a senator from PEI, Senator Duffy MUST have been told to use…[Read more]

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      • I believe The Stephan Harper Governments witch hunt and kangaroo court blow up in his face because he made a very bad assumption.

        He assumed that the Liberal would take the opportunity to kick Conservatives out of the Senate without knowing the facts. He forgot that Liberals believe in Justice.

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    • I have listened to a bit of this debate in the H of C, Senate debate, Duffy’s lawyer, P&P on CBC.
      Depending to whom you listen to, these Senators fall somewhere between law abiding citizens, following Senate rules, with the conservative backing and approvals to the worst scum know to Canadian politics.

      Me, for one, would like a little more…[Read more]

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      • My major concern is harsh penalties without due process.

        In my opinion strong arming a Parliamentarian is a bigger crime than padding an expense account.

        Does anyone remember Cadman?

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  • John Langenecker posted an update 1 year ago

    #UnitedNations

    http://www.opcw.org/index.php?eID=dam_frontend_push&docID=16747

    I was very happy that the UN has a Chapter VII mandate to destroy chemical weapons, establish a transitional government and deliver humanitarian aid to the people in need. It would be nice if Canada would support the mission. Our contribution to peacekeeping has been…[Read more]

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  • I do not like the idea of electing puppets. A former Reformer and CPC party member that I can agree with with it comes to elected Members of Parliament. It is not the policy things that I agree with, it is the procedure.

    http://www2.macleans.ca/2013/09/23/brent-rathgeber-on-our-broken-democracy/

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    • Mr. Rathgeber has all the “saw the light” characteristics of a man at odds with his mentors who was supportive of same mentors before he was ousted. Our democracy did not break with Mr. Rathgeber’s unceremonious expulsion, it was busted at conception; when people agreed and continued to elect members of parliament, i.e.MP’s. For our democracy…[Read more]

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  • #environment NY times editorial, silencing scientists and keystone XL
    Worse than G.W. Bush

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/22/opinion/sunday/silencing-scientists.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

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    • That has to hurt at a time the govt has a big push on to get keystone through. Whether you ultimately think expansion of the oil/tar sands is a good idea – I don’t in principle – it’s hard not to conclude Harper’s love of wedge politics hasn’t badly back fired on this file. If keystone fails his govt will have to carry the can for sheer…[Read more]

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      • It appears to me that our government is copying the US Republican policy. US election is 2016 seems more important that Canada 2015, I think the foreign add campaign will spill over the boarder. Election spending limits be dammed.

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