Name John McLaughlan
Riding Nepean
Interests Ethical questions, reading, historic masonry structures.

My story

I am a student at Carleton University where I am pursuing a Bacholar of Arts. I major in Philosophy and minor in History. I decided to become a member of the Liberal Party in January last year.

Recent posts

  • #renewal

    There may be some of us who, while condemning the current scandal, nonetheless believe this helps us politically. I would urge caution against this line of thinking. Unless some new evidence comes forward that puts the Prime Minister at the irrefutable center of this scandal, this actually helps his cause. With disdain for the Senate at…[Read more]

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    • I disagree. A good strategist makes use of all the tools available to them, leveraging both positive and negative developments to their advantage.

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      • Jonathan: Excellent point: It is the function of her majesty’s loyal opposition to hold government to account in parliament. Ergo, both positive and negative outcomes need to be in play, else LPC is doing a poor job.

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    • I agree John. This is an area I would like to see a stronger Liberal policy take shape. But I also think we need to hammer Harper and the PMO. What happened with the Duffy bailout was terribly wrong – it “stinks” of something. It needs a full investigation.

      On the other side, the LPC needs to clearly define our position on Senate Reform – whether…[Read more]

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      • http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2013/05/22/gregory_sobaras_formula_for_an_independent_nonpartisan_senate.html

        We could start with this? I don’t know how that squares with Mr Dion’s views, but i have always liked the idea of a truly independent senate – although not an elected one.

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        • Mr Sorbara’s proposal is certainly an interesting one. I’m not sure about his claim that “Such reforms would require no new legislation”. For example, his calling for a 6 year term (renewable once) is one of the key questions put to the Supreme Court to rule on – can parliament make that fundamental a change without going through the…[Read more]

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      • Great post Martin; i’d have to say I completely agree that the LPC needs to establish a position on senate reform – and fast!

        To our left we have Mulcair trying to abolish and “roll up the red carpet”, and to our right, we have Harper pushing mild reforms which, as youve noted, are seen as unacceptable.

        There is no way we should take the…[Read more]

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        • Currently Senate reform is front and centre in the public mind and many good questions and ideas ( and some bad ones) are being discussed. JT has gone on record that the status quo is not acceptable and we have a policy resolution, SLC-90, that refers to Senate reform.
          Unfortunately, SLC-90 is not listed in the priority resolutions list ( just…[Read more]

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    • I didn’t mean to imply we should just let this scandal fade into the back ground. I just meant we shouldn’t be sitting around with a sigh of relief that finally a scandal has struck and now we have a shot at winning.

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  • Best of luck to Mr. Coderre in his mayoral campaign. I’m wondering if the Liberal Party could take this opportunity to show people such as myself how the next candiadate is chosen, and how we can support her/him in the by-election? Could be a very good teachable moment for electoral districts across the country.

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  • I like how our Party keeps getting bigger, and we have increased our MPs since the last election. Congrats Yvonne Jones!

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  • Ok, I’m totally ignorant on high finance issues. However, if I were to spend $288 million on something, shouldn’t I have an itemized expense report?

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  • After this weeks headlines and attack ads, I plan to up my Victory Fund donations by an extra 50%. Is that something I can do through the website or do I have to call in?

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  • I had an idea, maybe someone can run with it (or tell me why it’s a bad idea). Right now with our smaller caucus, we have a great opportunity to focus great attention on fewer bills. I suggest we hold some sort of online showcase/debate to open up what bills/private member bills to put to Parliament. All members and supporters could vote on which…[Read more]

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    • Great idea, LPC NB want to cmomment?

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    • Or, the LPC could host national discussions on important topics live on Liberal.ca as it has done with the leadership debates, the Leader’s speeches, etc. They might also be picked up by CPAC. This would be an excellent way to bring all Canadians into the discussion.

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    • Hey John, It is an interesting idea that dovetails with the work we are doing to link membership discussion with Caucus initiatives. It would also have to be tied to evidence / availabiilty of research and position papers.

      I look forward to the next few months as we unfold the policy development framwork.

      Maryanne

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    • Hmmn. All those conservative folks could just sign up as liberal members and totally skew all the parties initiatives.

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  • #heaveharper2015 First step is support Yvonne Jones.

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    • Agree. I’m going to send her $5, and i’m not working. We have to put our shoulders to the wheel as well as JT, in whatever way we we individually can.

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      • oops, meant to ask how we can contribute to Yvonne Jone’s campaign?

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        • If you go to the home page and scroll down to her announcement the link is there.
          You can also simply donate to the party and in the comment section say it is for Yvonne.
          Made my donation the other day. Felt good. Finding out she is at 63% in the polls made me feel even better. Penashue is at 20% and NDP is at 17% Hope NDP come in second. That…[Read more]

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    • Made my donations, both to Yvonne and Justin’s protection fund, this morning.
      The cracks are starting to show in the SH wall. Got to keep the pressure on.

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    • FYI here’s an easy link to remember (and share!) for donations to help the Labrador byelection campaign: http://lpc.ca/give4labrador

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  • #leadershiprace We’ve topped 80 000 votes for leader, with no major computer crashes or glitches that I’ve heard of. I understand a number of people had some issues getting their pins and stuff. Overall though, I’d call this a success (and we still have the weekend to get votes in).

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    • I’ve noticed the rate of voting slowed down a lot in the last 24 hours. I hope we will beat the 100,000 target though- that would be an important achievment.

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      • Actually, as of 3:30 p.m. EDT, there were more votes cast over the last 24 hours (9,837) than there were over the previous 24 hours (8,122).
        Voters Registered: 127,173
        Votes Cast: 84,803
        Voter Turnout: 66.68%

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  • 60 000 and counting! #leadershiprace

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  • #leadershiprace

    Whoever wins tomorrow, I’m going to donate an extra $10. Just seems like a good symbolic gesture to the winner to show my support.

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  • FYI: Only 63 000 people voted in the NDP Leadership race.

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  • For those interested, we’ve broke 50 000 votes cast for leader! #leadershiprace

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  • The Conservative Party website uses the ”Action Plan” sign in the banner – is that allowed?

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    • Excellent question.
      I would think since the Action Plan logo was paid for by the government,not a party, it should only be used by the government.
      If not, can the liberals use the banner and show it for the sham that it is?
      I can see it now :CANADA’S ACTION PLAN: IT KEEPS THE ADVERTISING INDUSTRY IN BUSINESS or HASN’T DONE ANYTHING FOR…[Read more]

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    • The ”Action Plan” logo and the ongoing marketing campaign that goes with it was (and is) paid for by all Canadian taxpayers. That makes the logo the property of all Canadian taxpayers. As part owners, every Canadian should be free to use it as they wish.

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  • Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

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  • I was watch Mr. Rae speak today on the F-35 and he made a comment about Narnia. Can we please start referring to Peter MacKay as the Minister of Narnia, maybe produce an image with him in the White Witches outfit?

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  • John McLaughlan changed their profile picture 1 year, 9 months ago

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  • By-election today – get out and vote! Bring your friends!

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  • Two things:

    I am happy Mr. Trudeau is running for leadership, and I’ll be happy to hear what he has to say – but there are other candidates too, and none of them are featured on the leadership link on this website.

    Marijuana is an important issue and should be discussed, but many people that I talk to seem to think this is the new cornerstone…[Read more]

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    • Quick note to say that the leadership website only lists the candidates that have submitted all necessary paperwork in due form. I expect more candidates to be added as the paperwork comes in. Keep in mind that the race only started on November 14 so that was the first day the forms could be submitted.

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    • In a second attempt (i’ve shifted the emphasis on shunning, as it is so pre-renaissance : )) to answer your second concern I would say the following:

      There are some who think dominating the conversation is a good way to ensure that support or attention is given to the issue. This technique or strategy is one that I do not support.

      And while I…[Read more]

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  • I’m not sure that this is the correct place for this, but I’m a big believer in honest self reflection and I think this should apply to our Party as well.

    I am very disappointed in our provincial branch here in Ontario proroguing at this point in time. We have been highly critical of this kind of use of the law (policy?) in the federal arena.…[Read more]

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    • It is unfortunate that actions of one provincial party negatively effects the brand nation-wide. It should be noted that the Ontario Liberal Party is not a ”provincial branch” of the Liberal Party of Canada. Provincial Liberal parties are completely separate entities and have no direct relationship to the LPC. Their only similarity is that they…[Read more]

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      • Thanks Doug for providing this clarification.

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      • Thank you for clarifying this Doug.
        There are many amongst the electorate who are confused and do not understand this.

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      • Very clear except it could be said that they are no longer parts of the same party, because, if memory serves, they once were and so I think people still perceive them to be branches of the same party.

        Also, I think the point that Dalton did resign the leadership but saw no need to call another election so soon after the other one is correct. I…[Read more]

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      • Thanks Douglas Brydges: It’s clearly a genuine public service. I knew it but the knowledge did not help me accept it.

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    • John, someone else brought up prorogation the other day … here is part of my response (thought you might find it interesting – and applies to the Ontario Liberals and Mcguinty as well):

      … on prorogation, this is a slippery slope. I do not support the Harper move to prorogue parliament, but he did have the right and legal authority under the…[Read more]

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    • The significant thing that makes the McGuinty prorogation different from anything done by Harper is that McGuinty actually resigned.

      If Harper had resigned when he prorogued parliament, I don’t think people would be as angry.

      That is worth saying.

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      • Harper did it to protect his hold on total power. And had we a better system of electing our MPs he would not have a majority today as less than 40% of the people voted for the Conservatives and less than 30% of eligible voters

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    • Here in B.C. we are facing the same conundrum. The so called ”Liberal” party has lost confidence and integrity and the only other choice is the NDP. Not voting is not an option. It feels like a choice between the devil and the deep blue sea.

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      • I agree with you Patricia. The B.C. Liberal Party has more Conservative tendencies. It is a coalition of folks that may not necessarily have liberal values but use that brand to contest the NDP. Unlike the NDP, our provincial and federal parties are separate. This is not well known I am sure, especially by the average voter. With no B.C.…[Read more]

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  • Where are all the candidates? I have heard Mr. Trudeau speak a couple of times, and I am interested in hearing what he has to say again. But really, is no one going to run against him?

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