• http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2014/09/14/michael-den-tandt-justin-trudeaus-weak-spot-only-made-worse-by-his-lack-of-a-platform/

    This guy has OTW been the best of the MSM small c conservative journos covering JT – more often right than wrong imo, for what it’s worth.
    I think he’s got a point here – although i have no idea whether there’s…[Read more]

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  • http://m.democracynow.org/stories/14642

    Good interview by former Israeli soldier.

    While the Gaza massacre was taking place, our party remained silent and continually showed support for Israel.

    The scars of the massacre are still with the Gazan people as a humanitarian crisis is ongoing.

    Now that more evidence is surfacing about the crimes…[Read more]

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    • I’m not expert, but it seems to me that at the very least a balanced position ought to include condemning rocket attacks into Israel, and a simply recognition of Israel’s right to exist…anything less would be a joke and not justice either. An honest broker ought to not be afraid to speak truth to all sides.

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  • #Foreign
    Will Scotland be free from UK?Previous opinion polls are like ,there was no chance of partition, but now opinion polls are supporting partition and referendum is on 18th.
    Now all the political party leaders including Prime minister are campaigning to educate Scottish not to support independence.
    England, Scotland, Wales and Northern…[Read more]

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  • #environment-2 Who is Tackling Climate Change Best? It turns out based on the Climate Action Tracker Scorecard, it’s the Maldive Islands. Canada gets an “Inadequate” as does China and the United States But our “inadequate” is worse than the other two because the record indicates our GHG emissions will actually go up by 2020 by 3.3%. China,…[Read more]

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  • Richard posted an update 5 days, 9 hours ago

    What’s the thinking on this bill?

    http://www.leadnow.ca/reform-act/

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    • For my personal observation, I’d say that point number 2 resonates. The idea of a caucus having the ability to trigger a leadership review makes sense. It is after all an internal process which causes the leader to come under scrutiny, usually duly so, if such a trigger were successful. It doesn’t guarantee that said leader will end up deposed,…[Read more]

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      • Kevin, I asked the question, because quite frankly, this bill, not only seemed wrong to me, but, frankly, an unproductive Bill.

        Thanks for your comments.

        Why I don’t think the party system, (at least, the way it works in the 21st century) is good for democracy, that is what we have.

        Point #1,2,3, really, don’t the PMs have that power now, if…[Read more]

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  • #Bonnie Crombie
    Bonnie represented the Mississauga/Streetsville riding in Mississauga until 2011. She is now running for mayor or Mississauga. I am asking that anyone in the area support her in her quest to become mayor. Bonnie is one of the most devoted, caring, and honest people I have met in the political arena and am honored to say I support…[Read more]

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  • #winning Clear Ideas Win Every Time.

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    • Only to the logical among us.
      Harper won with the fear factor. What we as the liberal party have to do is show Canadians how we would be different.
      If a surplus is announced in February then every party will have a chance to say how they would use this money. The liberals have to show Canadians that we are better at finance than the other 2 parties.

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  • #Winning Campaign
    Liberal party must come up with clear ideas to win the next Federal election campaign.

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    • It is to early to state their ideas or platforms. You must understand with todays technology the info would be sitting out there for the next 13 months. By the time the election came around people would think everything Trudeau said was old and rehashed.
      A few ideas just after the budget in February and some more before the summer break will be…[Read more]

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  • David Wood posted an update 1 week, 2 days ago

    #renewal Just did your Summer Poll. Don’t like the idea of making it a law to vote. It sucks! Too negative.
    Suggest something different. People who vote should be sent a voucher for $50 which is not cash to them but can be signed over to a registered charity of their choice. The money could be taken from funds that the federal budget already…[Read more]

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    • I used to think it was going too far, too much of a nosy, pushy imposition by govt to force a person to vote. But i think this will fly with many people. It is a duty and there is an option to tick off none of the above, or even spoil your ballot. Not voting is also a choice. Some make it because they really are disengaged with govt[ probably…[Read more]

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    • I would agree that the notion of mandatory voting runs a bit counter to the spirit of many laws here in Canada. I definitely wish that we had greater electoral engagement than we do, but I don’t think that fining those who refuse to vote will work any better than the threat of jail for not filling out the census before that change came…[Read more]

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      • “…, but I don’t think that fining those who refuse to vote will work any better than the threat of jail for not filling out the census before that change came about”

        Guess i’m just argumentative today, but…the threat of jail time and or fines[ even though it pretty much was never used] did in fact deter people from not filling in the LF…[Read more]

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        • I agree, but I think we would be wise to look at other alternatives such as taking away a non essential service/ benefit.
          We need to renew health cards, drivers licences and other things every few years for our own benefit. If we don’t, we lose those services or rights.

          What if we lose the right to file certain tax returns if we don’t register…[Read more]

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          • Sounds a bit harsh to me. Just has to be a symbolic fine surely.

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            • It might be, but a fine forces people to pay for not doing something. Voting is a right, not a compulsory act that needs to be enforced through a fine.
              Taking away eligibility for a tax credit is directly linked to our civic duty to vote and participate in the electoral process.
              You renew your passport In order to travel, if you don’t, you…[Read more]

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              • That’s sounds awfully close to paying someone to vote. I still think folks will grumble at a small fine for not voting, and most will vote anyway. But if you start threatening to take away civic rights…i would not go there personally.

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                • It’s not paying someone to vote and is less imposing than fining someone for not voting.

                  I know that it feels like that, but it is comparable to so many other ways in which we provide services/ benefits.

                  I think that the 40% of people that don’t vote will be less resistant to this than being fined.
                  I just find it hard to justify a fine for…[Read more]

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    • I seem to recall some in the party thinking about a small reduction in your taxes if you have voted. This would be taken off the actual income a person declares.
      Don’t remember where I heard this but it was about 1 year ago.

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    • I definitely DO NOT support mandatory voting. In my opinion I have a right to not vote. And I have a right to not show up at a polling station to assert my right to not vote.

      The bureaucracy and policing of fining people would be ridiculous. What if I’m sick? Called away suddenly? What if I simply don’t care? You’re going to try to legislate…[Read more]

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      • It seems to be working in Australia…has for many years. I imagine after a while it becomes a duty again rather than just a choice.
        As i said i had similar reservations to yourself – i can’t stand the idea of a petty bureaucrat ordering me around; my hackles get up even when the local dog catcher knocks on my door. But a true libertarian would…[Read more]

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        • I’m afraid I do not agree, Ken.

          Whether there is a “none of the above” option is irrelevant. I’m still being forced to do something I have every right to not do. And what exactly is the point of forcing people to spoil a ballot or choose “no one”? How does that help anything? How does that get us a better government or country?

          I find it…[Read more]

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          • You make a good argument, but it has worked in Australia by most accounts – http://geography.about.com/od/politicalgeography/a/compulsoryvote.htm – there’s even an argument made here that you are actually forced to show up to vote, since its a secret ballot and there is no way to know if you have in fact voted. Another link i looked at made the…[Read more]

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            • I’m still not sure what you mean by “it has worked in Australia” … What, exactly, has worked? What is the goal here? Simply to get a higher voter turn-out? Why is that necessarily a good thing?

              Why is it a good thing to get more uninformed, non-politically interested people, to vote? How does this help create a better government? Or a…[Read more]

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              • Look at it this way[ and this is just my own opinion - i have no data] One of the principle objections to MV is that it forces at least another 20 -25% of the pop to vote.[or at least turn up] Many of these folks have either no interest and or understanding of the issues.
                Frankly i think that misses a very big point. We can assume from the…[Read more]

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                • To extend that thought…first implementing some of the democratic reforms JT has proposed [ and looking closely at hose of folks like Ratheberger] is a perfectly rational view to take. If those measures start to get people back to the polls it’s fair to question why MV would even be necessary.

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                  • Agreed. Let’s see what the voter turnout is in 2015 (I have a feeling it is going to go up from 2011).

                    Then let’s see what effect Justin’s’ “new approach to politics” has in the following election (assuming the LPC wins in 2015).

                    Then … if the turnout continues to drop (although I think it was actually slightly up in 2011, wasn’t it?)…[Read more]

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                • Maybe I’m stupid but I just don’t get it. I don’t understand what you mean by … will it “work”. For something to be deemed as “working”, we would have to know the goal. Is it simply to be able to say we live in a country where 90% of people (are forced) to vote? How does that help the country? How do we get a better government from this?…[Read more]

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    • Perhaps instead of mandatory voting, why not make “none of the above” a valid choice on all ballots for all elections from Elections Canada. As it stands, an abstention is possible, but I think you have to go through a song and dance. If those “None of the above” were to be counted, it would be a great way of measuring voter discontent. …[Read more]

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      • I guess the underlying question is: are voters really staying away because no one is offering them what they truly want, or are they just too apathetic to care anymore? Not that cut and dried of course.But short of adopting PR[ and the turn out in PR systems isn't a hell of a lot better than ours] where a voter would get exactly what they voted…[Read more]

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        • Forcing people to vote is a bad idea. Enlarge a program under Elections Canada to introduce high school students to voting. Civics classes should be part of education. There are other positive ways to encourage interest in elections. Canadians would balk at a forced vote. Remember the gun registry.

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          • I think JT is on the right track. Get out among the people (especially the younger demographics) and talk about what is going on in Ottawa.
            Give out suggestions for change and than listen to the feed back. Lot easier to do when you are the third party leader without so many parliamentary duties. (Hats off to his wife, who must feel like a single…[Read more]

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          • II would hope the party would put it to a referendum first in any case.

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  • Bill Moses posted an update 1 day, 18 hours ago

    Let’s say it costs $100,000 to run a full blown campaign. You only need 250 people to pony up $400 each to raise this amount OR, on a 4 year election cycle, you only need 63 people to contribute $400 per year for 4 years (or just 32 couples).
    What happens then is that the government pays out $75,000 to the contributors plus $60,000 to the campaign…[Read more]

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  • Len Rosen posted an update 1 day, 19 hours ago

    #environment-2 Is free trade incompatible with developing a comprehensive mitigation strategy to address climate change? An article in today’s Globe & Mail suggests that green businesses set up in Ontario in the last few years to encourage development of renewables have had their legs cut off by foreign companies who have challenged preferential…[Read more]

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  • Bill Moses posted an update 1 week, 2 days ago

    Just watched the Agenda (TVO) program regarding the Ukraine.

    1. Chrystia Freeland participated and did very well in all respects.
    2. It is clear to me that Canada must return to its traditional peacekeeping role.
    3. In line with the above Canada should consider dropping out of NATO. (Belonging to NATO is seen as taking sides which compromises…[Read more]

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    • 3. I hope to god she didn’t say that. Sorry, but i have to disagree. I understand the need to shift our position someway back toward being a fair minded broker.[ particularly in the ME where Harper has essentially abandoned the field in order to cheer lead for one side. Not even for Israel, but for the likud party
      ] But we need to be principled…[Read more]

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      • Ken, you have made some good points. I agree that we need to shift back to a fair minded broker in the ME, that includes the Liberal party as well. The statement that the Liberal party made on July 15th sounded like it could have come from the Likud party.

        If we take a look at what NATO has done in the ME, that also breaks international law. …[Read more]

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        • Hate to have to disagree with two fellow libs now:)

          However, we don’t live in a perfect world. There was no peace to maintain in Syria once Assad began his murderous war. Should we have done nothing? As it is i’m not sure you’re right that nato countries are supporting Syrian rebels, at least not unconditionally. It was always a worry that…[Read more]

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      • I’m not sure I agree. The U.S. sponsored the coup in the Ukraine so they started this whole mess to start with. NATO has gone into most of the former Soviet states putting in air bases and ABM missile bases to try and make Russian ICBMs ineffective. It seems to me that NATO is the major aggressor.

        There is no way Russia was going to let…[Read more]

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    • http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2014/sep/05/ukraine-catastrophic-defeat/

      I found this to be an interesting read. I really don’t understand how we can’t fail to take a side in this, even baring in mind that the Ukranians have badly bungled this themselves.

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    • NATO has not been engaged in the Middle East. Bosnia and Kosovo are in Southeast Europe. Afghanistan is in South Asia. The operations in Kuwait and Iraq were undertaken by ad hoc coalitions of the willing.

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    • Resume peacekeeping. No more peremptory invasions of other countries except in coordination with the UN to interrupt ongoing genocide. Stay in NATO. Canada needs allies too.

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  • http://www.oktlaw.com/blog/the-dangerous-mythology-of-vanishing-explorers-and-tragically-decimated-indians/

    Another take on the disconnect between how Canadians who don’t live in the north fail to comprehend how Inuit who do live in the north tend to see history.
    I have a marvelous map on my wall of a map of Canada[satellite image] that turns…[Read more]

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  • Len Rosen posted an update 2 days, 18 hours ago

    #environment-2 Paul Martin has created a petition focused on governments taking action to ensure the health of our oceans. So far 219,000 have signed with a goal to have 250,000 signatures within the next 10 days. Can you help. Go to:…[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…[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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  • http://aptn.ca/news/2014/09/11/pmo-downplays-rich-inuit-link-discovered-franklin-ship/

    These kind of stories have been cropping up here in the north fairly frequently on cbc North. My understanding is the Inuit while as happy as anyone to see the Franklin found are not happy at how this story is being spun in Ottawa. Let’s be clear, the PM is…[Read more]

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  • Bill Moses posted an update 4 days, 20 hours ago

    The biggest reason for a national public inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women is that it will give our aboriginal peoples hope, an absolute necessity for all who find themselves in a bad place. (People who purposely drink themselves into oblivion or commit suicide basically have lost all hope.)
    The second reason for the inquiry is…[Read more]

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  • Sam Hanson posted an update 5 days, 3 hours ago

    Worth reading:

    SPIEGEL ONLINE – Michael Ignatieff Interview: ’Those Fighting Islamic State Are the Lesser Evil’

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/interview-with-michael-ignatieff-on-islamic-state-and-mideast-turmoil-a-990667.html

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