Name Randall Becker
Riding Ottawa Centre
Interests Truth, Integrity, Evidenced-based Policy Development, Holding Ministers' Feet to the Fire

My story

Policy VP Richmond Hill EDA LPC(O) Area 2 Policy Rep

Recent posts

  • Randall Becker posted an update 8 months ago

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

    Vote
      2  
    • This article was posted below: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/dec/26/fury-mps-not-voting-poll

      I agree with you Randall – high moral and ethical standards are crucial to engaging voters – especially young voters. A prime example is the expansion of the oil industry. Scientific research shows us that atmospheric CO2 levels have risen from…[Read more]

      Vote
        0  
      • Bill, I could not agree more on the subject of planetary stewardship. Yet we need to also look at our own moral compass. it is distressing to hear the reaction of young liberals sitting through an AGM and coming out of it saying “What the ___ was that? This is why I don’t vote”.

        Vote
          1  
  • Anyone know the current #TPP policy position within the Liberal party? On one hand, as an innovator, my company looks for reasonable protection against international protection of our copyrights; yet, in the same vein, we are scared that #TPP is going to reconcile patent laws allowing international patent trolls to invade this country from many…[Read more]

    Vote
      0  
  • #policy In light of Peter Penashue’s resignation and subsequent standing in by-election in Labrador, I wonder whether the LPC would be open to officially stating that we will not accept as candidate for election, anyone who has been convicted of a felony (for some t.b.d. period of time after time served, say 10 years), or has been found guilty of…[Read more]

    Vote
      1  
    • If you are convicted of a felony you are not allowed to run in federal politics. Penashue probably cut a deal that is he stepped down he would not be prosecuted.

      You are right that some type of ethical standard should be set.

      Vote
        0  
      • I cannot find that explicitly in the Elections Act. Anyone who is qualified to vote can run in a Federal election. If you are currently serving time, you are not qualified to vote so cannot run. At least that is what the main body of the act seems to imply. Do you have a link?

        Vote
          0  
        • Ineligibility

          Are found guilty of commiting a corrupt offense or illegal practice within the last 5 years.

          He probably cut a deal so they would not prosecute.

          Vote
            2  
  • #robocalls Is anyone else getting unidentified robocalls from 888-627-1255? I just received one specifically asking which leader I support (only 4 option were provided). The machine that called did not identify the agency doing the survey or on whose behalf. This is troubling.

    Vote
      3  
    • I was out but that # showed up on my call display.

      Vote
        1  
    • I’ve answered the call from the same number and after making the selection I was given information about the web site of one of the candidates. Interestingly, the web site wasn’t the one related to the candidate I’ve selected. Therefore, I assumed that it was a RoboCall from MG campaign (as at the end of the call I was directed to his site for…[Read more]

      Vote
        4  
    • I just called the number {out of curiosity} and it is Marc Garneau’s campaign office. No info from me if they call.

      Vote
        3  
    • I have received the very same call. After the recent and on-going scandal of robo-calls made during the last election by the Conservatives, it is outrageous to learn that a leadership candidate of the Liberal Party is using the same tactic. Leaving out some of the candidates from the list is partcularly appalling.If it is indeed a call from Marc…[Read more]

      Vote
        2  
    • I am surprised that no one has laid claim to this. If it is from MG, he should come clean about it. If not, let’s find out who is responsible.

      Vote
        3  
      • I expect it is MG’s campaign team doing this. I got a robocall a couple of weeks ago that identified his campaign right off the bat and began identifying the ‘dire need’ to support his campaign.

        Vote
          3  
    • I got the same call and then I voted (there were only three options, JT, MG, JM) and then it announced it was the Marc Garneau campaign.

      Vote
        2  
    • I didn’t receive the call but someone who is on Marc Garneau’s campaign team confirmed yesterday that it was issued by Marc’s campaign. There is nothing wrong with robo-calls provided they are not used to distort issues or confuse people in a deceptive way. This particular call didn’t deceive anyone.

      Vote
        0  
      • Douglas: The call I received did not identify itself before asking for whom I would vote for the Liberal leadership:
        1. The call could have been from anyone and I am reluctant to give out any opinion information particularly if the poll might have been from a Conservative operative – hate ads are coming.
        2. The call did not list all current…[Read more]

        Vote
          4  
      • Well you didn’t receive the call – I did. I would have thought that everyone would have been very careful about how the used this technology given The Conservative experience in the last election. The caller wasn’t identified at the start. I was asked who I supported MG and JT and only after answering did I find out that the call originated…[Read more]

        Vote
          2  
    • There is nothing wrong with robocalls as long as they are identified.
      Asking the question before iding themselves is smart. Otherwise someone may give false info to distort the results.

      Got a robocall from JT a couple of weeks ago. Did not ask who I would vote for. Simply asked that I view his site and see what he is about. That seems ok to…[Read more]

      Vote
        1  
      • My $0.05 (used to be $0.02, but it would round down to nothing):

        1. Conduct Polls scientifically and including all candidates
        2. If you are a candidate conducting a poll, get someone else to do an impartial one.
        3. Identify who sponsors the call before saying anything else
        4. Don’t expect me to be happy if you conduct yourself like a Conservative.

        Vote
          5  
    • I did not receive a call maybe because I asked the party not to contact me by telephone.

      If anyone wants to loose my vote, call me and keep me and try to keep me on the line after I politely try to end the conversation.

      E-mail works best for me. I can take action or disregard the message at my own free will.

      Vote
        2  
      • There is a point that I would like to add.

        I have been asking people to sign up to support the party. The major stumbling block has been, “are they going to start calling me repeatedly if I do sign up?”

        It could be time to study if these practices help or hurt the party. Something like a preferred method of contact could actually save time,…[Read more]

        Vote
          2  
    • Thanks for the info – it’s indeed troubling. Since the robocalls scandal from the last election erupted last year, I was looking for technical means to be better prepared for the next time. (I am almost positive I did get a fake Elections Canada message in our answering machine, which unfortunately was soon erased). And recently I made a perfect…[Read more]

      Vote
        0  
    • I guess this thread is unfortunately moot :(

      Vote
        -1  
  • #leadershiprace I’ve been trying to get the candidates to answer a key question relating to policy, to no avail. It would be great to get this into one of the debates, but I have no confidence in that. So my question (hoping for answers from the leadership hopefuls):

    “The current biennial policy process is cumbersome, plodding, ponderous, and…[Read more]

    Vote
      3  
    • You may be interested to know that Trudeau has a website that allows people to submit their policy ideas and have them voted on.

      http://justin.soapboxhq.com/#/category/all

      Vote
        5  
      • That is one reason I am considering supporting Justin. However, a policy process based purely on voting becomes a popularity contest. It is certainly a start and more than other candidates have done to show me that non-leader-drive policy has meaning in the Liberal party.

        The “mistake” that I see that we have made, ironically, is to have had a…[Read more]

        Vote
          3  
        • I agree. The current policy development process is cumbersome.
          However, I think there are real benefits to this model, because it allows anyone to put forward an idea and have the community debate it and vote on it. It provides feedback on the political feasibility of policy.

          Vote
            7  
          • Also agree. I would like to see the policy process take on many attributes of this. We do need to retain a long-term planning style process; but the ability to respond quickly to attacks on progressive policies (which we either have or have not defined), is a vulnerability that we have as a party that is being exploited by the current gang of…[Read more]

            Vote
              3  
        • Frankly, all of the talk regarding electoral reform makes us as LIberals look like children. There was no charge forward during the Chretien-Martin years, or before that during the 70s-80s. What needs to be focused upon is developing a clear idea of what Canada is, and how to achieve it. Everything else is just window dressing and smacks of…[Read more]

          Vote
            2  
      • Dougald,

        Thank you for providing this link. I was very pleased to see Trudeau engaging with members and supporters in this fashion. I hope this process is refined and continues should he, or any other candidate for that matter, be selected as leader of the LPC.

        Vote
          2  
    • Randall,
      See Deborah Coyne’s comments under “Open Policy Development” in her “Directions for Party Reform” paper at: http://www.deborahcoyne.ca/directions-for-party-reform/

      Vote
        2  
      • Roy,
        Same stuff I’ve been hearing in policy for years. “Open it up, don’t put it in a drawer”. Ok, how? I have made proposals and I am waiting to see the fruits of that. We are fighting a policy war and cannot wait for the next Biennial to address this. So far, the policy process has been a ghost in the leadership debates.

        Vote
          0  
  • Trying to gather information on Sun News Network attempt to be included in basic cable services. Sounds like the PMO wants to control the message directly. Do you support this or not?

    Vote
      4  
    • I definitely do not support this. Message control, through Sun and Conservative-controlled schools, is one of the main detriments to a democracy. The CEO of Sun even said that the truth is what you can have the people believe. They certainly should not be allowed to call themselves a news channel. They are pure biased entertainment.…[Read more]

      Vote
        3  
      • It is far more disturbing to me that there are people living in this “democracy” who are OK with:
        1) The government controlling the media – including having journalists swearing oaths to ministers.
        2) The government silencing anything involving evidence – a.k.a. scientists, people who don’t agree with them.
        3) Ministers and politicians believing,…[Read more]

        Vote
          4  
    • Randall:
      What bothers me is Sun Media is trying to use the free market to access people’s homes but nobody wants to watch it.

      So Sun is now trying to force themselves into the basic Cable TV packages through government regulation.

      They lose money every month just like the neo-con National Post. This is the free market speaking. And it should…[Read more]

      Vote
        2  
  • Randall Becker posted an update 2 years ago

    #byelection Wondering whether it is in bad taste to set up $16 Orange Juice stands throughout Durham, hand out flyers, and take $16 donations.

    Vote
      4  
    • That’s actually a very good attack against the Conservative candidate.

      Vote
        3  
    • Cecile Vankoeveringe
      I think the orange juice stand or the flyers are a great idea. We have to make sure the voters do not forget WHY a bi election is necessary.

      Vote
        1  
    • On the flyer:
      WHO WOULD PAY $16.00 FOR A GLASS OF ORANGE JUICE AND SEND THE CANADIAN TAX PAYERS THE BILL?

      THE CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT

      Vote
        0  
    • Another idea would be to say we thought of selling $16.00 orange juice but the fiscally responsible Liberal Party of Canada knew it would be cheating Canadians.

      Vote
        0  
      • The advantage of the $16 is that, as cash under $20, there is no declaration required on the part of the person giving the donation. I can just see Election’s Canada asking what the 4000 $16 donations were about. :)

        Vote
          1  
    • Maybe we should call it $16 Oda-Juice squeezed in the Harper Kitchens.

      Vote
        0  
  • Richmond Hill EDA Policy Committee Meeting tonight at 6:30.

    Vote
      1