Name Martin Showell
Riding Toronto-St. Paul’s

My story

I live in the St. Paul's riding (Toronto). While I have voted Liberal my entire life, I only recently joined the party (about 3 years ago). More recently I have decided to become more involved - I suppose as a reaction to the 2011 election. This election scared me...a lot. The loss of the "middle" in Canada cannot be allowed to happen - lest we become a USA clone, 2-party system, forever trapped in diametrically opposed 'amber', unable to effect change and growth. Where my quest for more involvement in the LPC will lead...I do not know...but hopefully I will find a way to contribute positively to the resurgence of Liberal ideals and leadership in Canada.

Recent posts

  • #economy I came across this article today The Myth of Harper’s Economic Competence

    I’d really like to see the Liberal Party get this information out to people. It could be a very good response to Harper’s so-called “steady hand” when it comes to the economy.

    An excerpt:

    “Speaking of Debt…

    • Fact: Between 1996-97 and 2005-06, the Liberal…[Read more]

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    • Martin, When I was involved with my EDA, I wanted to take summaries of issues like this and make hand outs to the general public. Put them under car windows in parking lots etc.
      They where completely un-responsive to such an idea.

      The Liberal Party had quite a few of these short coming lists, of the Harper government, in the 2011 election but I…[Read more]

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      • Good points Rick … not sure. I guess what bothered me was that “I” didn’t know these facts until I tripped over them.

        I think maybe my answer is that we don’t so much use this type of information as a campaign tool, but rather use it to inform Liberals … for example, I wonder how many of our candidates have these figures memorized … and…[Read more]

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        • Martin, I think the big issues with the Liberal MP’s, it isn’t something you get across in 15 second sound bite.
          Just to say the conservatives are not the great fiscal managers, they say they are, just won’t cut it.
          The Liberals put together that hand sketch blog last spring, to show how bad they really where, in historical terms.
          Not sure it did…[Read more]

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    • My friend just commented on FB regarding these “tax breaks”: Great tax breaks! But not for you… or you… or you…
      All our collective hard work and this is what we will have to show for it? Im comfortable with the Liberal message of no tax cuts, spend on infrastructure. As a builder, Im satisfied when I stand back and look at something…[Read more]

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  • Gunther … If we still had the long gun registry and the information amassed by it then might we not possibly be able to find out who the last legal owner of this rifle was? And in doing so, might that not help […]

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  • Two important advancements on the middle east, specifically Israel/Palestine:

    A Symbolic Vote in Britain Recognizes a Palestinian State

    and …

    Ban Ki-moon criticises Israel for new settlement-building plans

    It is time for the west to step up and begin to end this madness in the middle east. Many of the roots of modern Islamist radicalization…[Read more]

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    • Well said Martin!

      Sweden is also on its way to officially recognize Palestine:

      http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5926370

      I hope the party is listening and paying attention.

      I know of many people who have left the Liberal party based on this issue alone, and now support the NDP. This conflict has been going on for over 50 years and for those who…[Read more]

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      • Thank you Ahmed. I knew I could count on at least one thumbs-up for this post :-)

        I do want to say that that if you have a chance to speak with any of these people that have left the LPC to join the NDP over this particular issue, you might want to point out that abandoning the political party you support over a single issue is often not a good…[Read more]

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        • Yes, you are right, there are more important issues we face, but we should still do what’s right and stand up for the oppressed.

          I am having trouble starting a new thread, so here is one of those important issues that I think we have overlooked for far too…[Read more]

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      • I know it’s time for Canada to do the same

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      • Ahmed, I know people who have left the NDP over the issue of Palestine. Under Mulcair the pro-justice MPs like Libby Davies have been silenced and Paul Manly who was seeking the NDP nomination was not greenlit because he had written to the NDP asking that they stand up to their own written policy when his father, former NDP MP Jim Manly was…[Read more]

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        • I agree that the NDP Is shifting with regards to Palestine, and it would be a great opportunity for the Liberal party to support Ban Ki Moon’s proposals.

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    • It’s clear that if that crusty old Tory party can find the courage and resolve to help pass such a motion, then we have to ask ourselves just when will the Liberal Party rediscover and regain its courage on the Palestinian question? The results are in. For almost 9 years now we have tried the Harper doctrine – always give Israel the benefit of the…[Read more]

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    • https://uk.news.yahoo.com/palestinians-submit-draft-un-resolution-israels-withdrawal-end-133745492.html

      An interesting UN resolution being put forward by the Palestinians.

      I hope the Liberal party will support it. It is calling for the end of the occupation and for Palestinian sovereignty.

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  • Quick barosa … what’s number article 12? Have to look it up don’t you :-)

    Now here’s the REAL point … the reporter didn’t even mention the NATO treaty … so how would you respond if someone came up to you […]

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  • Grow up. Justin was doing a press scrum and wasn’t sure which of the 14 articles of the treaty number 5 is. So he asked to make sure he did not misspeak. Good for him.

    The point you are missing is that Justin […]

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  • First of all (and I’ll write this nice and spaced out so maybe you will finally get it) …

    … This … was … not … meant … as … a … traditional … letter … of … “thanksgiving” …

    Get it? It was a blog about […]

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  • NATO Article 5 requires member states to come to the aid of any member state subject to an armed attack … what does this have to do with anything? Has any NATO member recently come under attack?

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  • Justin Trudeau and the LPC have never said that they would not point out the errors and problems with the Harper’s policies and practices – how on earth can we present our ideas without contrasting them to […]

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  • You can read, right? He is thanking the Liberal caucus, membership and supporters for sticking with him. He is “…take[ing] a moment to reflect on what we accomplished over the past several weeks, and why [we] […]

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  • No one is saying we should not be involved militarily … All the Liberals are saying is that the best use of our expertise and abilities is not 6 more jets dropping bombs from 3,000 feet. The US can put as many […]

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  • According to Mohogwah … Justin was on CBC with Evan Solomon on October 6th and said: “…other countries should put their soldiers in harm’s way, but Canadian soldiers were ‘too dear’”

    I call […]

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  • First of all, as far as I know, ISIS has NOT attacked Turkey. Do you have anything to back up that claim? Should ISIS ever attack Turkey, all NATO countries would respond and the Liberal Party would back whatever […]

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  • Here is what is going to happen: Canadian forces are going to participate in a “combat” mission in Iraq and possibly Syria.

    Here is what that means:
    1.Canadian forces personal will be in harm’s way. Some may lose their lives, be injured or captured.
    2. Canadian armed forces will take the the lives of enemy forces.
    3. Innocent lives will be…[Read more]

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    • It isn’t strictly true that JT said no combat before the PM outlined his intentions on Friday. Although is true he was signaling it in that speech. But he was asked outright by Don Newman if he had made up his mind yet, and he said no. Personally i hoped he was going to support it with big conditions. That didn’t happen and i’m disappointed also.…[Read more]

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    • I understand your frustrations, I think Mr Trudeau has done nothing wrong, yet it is sad that our troops must be deployed while we are divided politically. That isn’t Mr Trudeau’s fault, it is the failure of leadership from our government because they chose to make this a unilateral decision.

      Mr Trudeau has shown leadership by making a…[Read more]

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      • I do not disagree with the Liberal position, at all. I disagree with the manner in which it has been presented. Mr Trudeau “smirked” and made jokes. Mr Trudeau attacked the conservatives and our prime minister, not on their proposal, but on their politics. Mr Trudeau has, in my opinion, shown himself to be exactly what he has been accused of…[Read more]

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        • I have read the written response of Mr.Trudeau, but haven’t watched Mr. Trudeau in action. I have heard about the comments, and yes I agree that Mr. Trudeau could’ve chosen his words more wisely and shown a little more maturity.

          It seems like the Conservatives haven’t been successful with trying to argue that Mr. Trudeau isn’t ready to lead. We…[Read more]

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  • If this is all you’ve got, Conservatives, start dusting off those CVs

    Warren Kinsella’s take on the latest Conservative Ad. I agree. If this is the best they can do, they may as well give up now.

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    • Overall, I agree. On Harper’s sound bite that “there are more people working in Canada than ever before”, well, demographics is key. If your population is increasing, of course more people are likely to be working, but what at percentage? Once you get into percentages, that argument falls flat. I’ve heard commeters in either the NP or G&M forum…[Read more]

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    • I’m not a fan of Kinsella, but he hits this one out of the park…it is crappy, no doubt about it.[ apparently there have been no buys on this on the cpc website. Not entirely sure is that's good or bad; but in order to do so you have to surrender your data. Telling that as yet no one thinks it worthwhile]
      The thing that struck me was the sign…[Read more]

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  • For anyone looking for my previous post titled: ”One LPC member’s take on the Palestinian/Israeli conflict and the LPC’s position (comment id 38507) …

    … am sorry to report that I have chosen to delete it.

    The original post was intended to present a balanced narrative on the situation, the LPC response, and how I hope we can move forward as a…[Read more]

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  • Martin Showell posted an update 3 months ago

    Some calm and intelligent commentary from Bob Rae:

    Gaza: Keep looking for peace, but no easy answers – Globe and Mail – 1-Aug

    Thank you Bob. Your insight is always welcome.

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  • Nicole … part of the having the right to choose is the right to make bad choices. The point is, the only person who can make that choice, when it comes to abortion, is the woman herself. Not only is that simple […]

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  • Generally, I keep my mouth shut when religion enters conversations. Canadians have a right to their religious beliefs, but … we also have a right to freedom FROM religion.

    The Catholic Church in Canada has come out strongly and publically against Justin Trudeau and by extension the Liberal Party of Canada, and by extension … me. I won’t stay…[Read more]

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    • Hi Martin Showelll,

      Remember to forgive them, the bible tell it so , forgive them because they don’t know what there doing, it’s got to apply to leaders of the church too.
      In Ultra Liberal, John Cormier

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      • True … but forgiveness is earned through acknowledgment of sin and repentance.

        Luke 17:3 “Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.”

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    • Excellent content Martin. The Church has not business telling people how to vote! This is a throwback to the Duplessis years. The Church has long ago made contraception and abortions a sin but their own followers have ignored them. Now they are trying to enforce their moral rules by requiring the entire society to hold the same belief.
      It is also…[Read more]

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    • If you want to know more about the Conservatives involvement in the Coalition for Life and also the Parliamentary Pro-Life Caucus which involves people like Jason Kenney then see the expose article by Amy McPherson. Long but worthy read. http://freethepresscanada.org/2014/05/19/the-granddaddy-of-government-scandals-cdnpoli-onpoli/

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      • Yes I read this. Scary! And just highlights and confirms the necessity of Justin’s initiative.

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      • Why is it that this group appears to be 98% male?

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        • Good point Murray, Not much I can do about me being male but I asked the same question on a different forum where the abortion issue was being discussed. It may be that women are tired of rehashing the issue of having rights to their own bodies which should be a closed issue. However with this government, their actions have shown it is not past…[Read more]

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      • Thank you for the article Jean. It certainly helps explain many things including the inexplicable attack on the Chief Justice . As we have come to learn-there is always method in the apparent madness of this government.
        1. “In it they suggest the presiding Supreme Court Justices should be criminally charged for case exhibits they included in the…[Read more]

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    • Why wouldn’t we simply treat the church like any other lobby or interest group? We meet with them, value their input, but ultimately, make the decision that we as Liberals feel is best for Canada as a whole. Failing to meet with the religious community simply because we disagree on certain issues would actually suggest that the Liberal Party is…[Read more]

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      • I am not aware of any other lobby or interest group that starts out, before even requesting a meeting, by holding press scrums and publicly attempting to shame the leader of a political party. Are you? Is this normal behavior from a lobby group wishing to influence a political party? I think not.

        Several Catholic leaders have publicly accused…[Read more]

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        • Another lobby that gives out scums before meetings. NRA, sure there are others. What lobbies do politicians (or parties) fear most that can get out the vote is the question.

          Does not make it right, just saying

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  • Peter, please be aware of the context in which Justin’s statement was made. It was the day before the March for Life in Ottawa. An event sponsored by the “Campaign Life Coalition”. This organization has publicly […]

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  • Candidates are welcome to hold any views they want. However, if there are votes in Parliament that attempt to infringe on a women’s right to choose (a democratically adopted LPC policy), then any newly elected MPs […]

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