• #Foreign
    2011,Canada reopened embassy in Libya after Libyan liberation and since Canada has got bilateral relations with Libya,supported them with 20 million during the transitional period.
    And now how the present unrest is? That is what even Hilary Clinton commented after the assasination of US ambassador Chritopher Steevens,how it happened…[Read more]

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  • Don Girard posted an update 1 day, 4 hours ago

    #economics
    Every topic comes down to economics, only the currency of that economics is different. And it is economics of cost of government that is the driving factor on the oil/tar sands. Growth is the culprit in these affairs and greed. And growth is the currency of the world. Yet the earth and our monetary system, they are attached…[Read more]

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    • Lemmings have population booms and busts on an approximate 4 year cycle. We humans are working on our first boom. If we do survive our first bust, the second onslaught of boomers will probably rely on a virtual reality life style. (Life Of Pi visuals) My point is that we have no control over our lemming-like behaviour – at least not in a…[Read more]

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    • Way back in the early 70s I was taking an Economics 101 night course at York U. One of the students questioned the Prof. about the wisdom of Canada’s seemingly new policy of running annual deficits (Trudeau???). The Prof. said (and I repeat), “Our children and grandchildren are going to be so much better off than we are now that paying off the…[Read more]

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      • Our longest serving prime minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King once said:

        ”Once a nation parts with the control of its currency and credit,
        it matters not who makes the nations laws. Usury, once in control,
        will wreck any nation. Until the control of the issue of currency
        and credit is restored to government and recognized as its most…[Read more]

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      • A tax on net worth is an excellent way to balance some of the wealth in this country, could corporations be included, especially off shore ones, owned by foreign countries. I am not so sure of free basic privilege, I think it would have to be based on some sort of work ethic, else many would just say that sounds good and the tax payer would never…[Read more]

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  • #attackads For all those people who donate their hard earned money to the Conservatives, here’s a thought: if Mr. Harper makes it such a priority to use your money for attack ads, why do you support letting him control Canada’s purse strings?

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  • #leadership Leadership is about trusting the people around you and letting them do their job without interference, unless they go off the rails.

    Having everything but money bills being free votes would help to restore the connection between citizens and their representatives in parliament as well as democracy in general.

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    • For a democracy to work there has to be a course of action decided upon and then everybody has to accept that course of action and move forward. I don’t see how having free votes is going to help the process.
      IMV you elect an MP to represent the interests of the people of the riding. It is her job to participate in government decision making…[Read more]

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    • I think Bill Moses’s comments are bang on.

      There are times when a referendum may be appropriate, but to have everyone to vote on each and every decision would bring this country to a grinding halt. That’s why we elect our representatives to speak on our behalf or in some cases to contradict an individuals views in favor of the prevailing view.…[Read more]

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    • When a person chooses to run for office under the banner of a political party, they must accept the will of that party and be prepared to vote accordingly. And when we vote to elect someone to office under a political banner, we too must accept the will of that party.

      I invest money in, and lend my vote to, a political party based on the…[Read more]

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      • Right on, Martin. Look at what lack of discipline is doing to U.S. democracy. Individual legislators are either selling their votes to government (via ”earmarks”) or being paid for them by donors, and not because they wish to, in all cases, but rather because it is necessary and/or expedient.

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    • I have read your comment and those that followed and it is a thorny issue. Those who replied to your comment refer to the will of the party, and somehow you are also implying the same thing is a different context. I think the real issue then must be that all the mps should be consulted in an in party vote, and then when the vote is counted the in…[Read more]

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  • Don Girard posted an update 1 day, 5 hours ago

    #aborigi You know our modern soceity seems to always want someone else to fix a problem, the government should do more, like have commissions, that most logical thinking people would know the answers to without a commission.

    Many of us who have travelled this country can tell when they are in an indian reserve by the condition of the properties…[Read more]

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  • http://www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal/disturbing-trend-in-debate-on-inquiry-into-missing-murdered-aboriginal-women-1.2749508

    This Lady[metis] should be on speed dial for anyone interested in Aboriginal affairs. She hasn’t convinced me that a formal inquiry is needed, but she has framed the issue logically. And she has outed the whole false choice…[Read more]

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    • IMO JT should try to organize the round table meeting with FN and Provincial Ministers, using the Kelowna Accord as a starting point. He needs to show Canadians he is ready to lead in 2015.
      That should stir the pot a bit, in the conservative ranks ha, ha

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      • Not sure if he could get KA back on the table from his positon 3rd party leader, but i agree this is an opportunity for him to come up with something bold. He doesn’t have to be front and centre[ just be attacked for posturing anyway from usual suspects] but he could be a prime mover in the back ground. Good chance to seize initiative from Harper.

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    • I agree with much of what the author has to say. I don’t think that the cost and time frame of an inquiry should stop us from calling an inquiry. We spent hundreds of millions on security for a three day meeting in Toronto(G8-G20). We are sending aid to many countries and I believe that any actions that can help improve the lives of Canadians…[Read more]

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  • http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2014/08/29/bruce-yaccato-from-layabout-to-legend-wilfrids-lauriers-lessons-in-leadership-for-justin-trudeau/

    Interesting article. I think i would’ve really liked this guy[WL] Some worthwhile advise in here about reaching out across partisan lines to try and snag some high profile candidates[ even Tories.…[Read more]

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  • Dear friends,

    I hope you all had a great summer so far!

    When I took on the role of Liberal Advocate for Co-operatives in 2012, I pledged to build a dialogue with the co-operative movement. It was with this in mind that I worked with the Alberta Community & Co-operative Association (ACCA) to host a breakfast meeting during the National Liberal…[Read more]

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  • #Aborigi http://www.macleans.ca/politics/ottawa/we-already-have-the-answers-to-violence-against-aboriginal-women/

    This is a pretty darn good article. It has me a good ways over to the no big formal inquiry side. As a good lib i’ve been on and off the fence so far. Which is i think a pretty rational view point on this question. It’s…[Read more]

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  • Geeta Shinde posted an update 1 week, 1 day ago

    #murdered and missing indigenous youth
    The murder of 15 year old Tina Fontaine sheds new light on the issue of murdered and missing indigenous women. Not only are indigenous women at risk of being murdered or missing, so are indigenous girls. Addressing each case of a murdered or missing indigenous woman with the Canadian criminal justice system…[Read more]

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    • We do not need another national public inquiry on the plight of aboriginal communities. We already have enough studies and reports gathering dust in closets on Parliament Hill – too bad no one looks back to what’s already been accomplished. The Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, which was completed in 1996 (18 years ago) at a…[Read more]

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      • I agree with you Doug. Let’s get down to work. This talk about a round table meetings, is also a good one. Unfortunately the elephant in the room won’t participate. Steven Harper!

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      • I also second that Doug. That RC was absolutely ground breaking in both its scope and the clarity of its recommendations. I don’t know how JT can finesse this while calling for an inquiry, i’m not opposed to the federal govt forming round tables and some kind of joint action committees with Aboriginal groups and the provinces, but it needs to be…[Read more]

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  • Ken Cunningham posted an update 1 week ago

    http://abacusdata.ca/2014/08/25/federal-liberals-six-lpc-35-cpc-29-ndp-22/

    The latest polling data is out.[ abacus is pretty good i think?]
    Interesting stuff. Good news overall for us, but certainly no one should be complacent about Harper being out the door for sure.[ we may have herded him in the direction of the exit. But we still have to make…[Read more]

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  • http://www.torontosun.com/2014/08/22/courting-the-extremist-vote

    I wouldn’t recommend this to any member who may be prone to high blood pressure. I know, i know, it’s just Ezra, and he doesn’t have much of an audience anyhow.[ i picked this off Well's twitter] But this is just so sleazy. Is there really nothing the party can do with this?…[Read more]

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    • As you noted Ken, Levant’s rant is …. sleazy …. but would we not be surprised if it wasn’t? Ezra Levant is one of Canada’s most rabid extremists, He became addicted to the anti-Liberal dogma when he began working for and became a member of the old Reform Party as a young, impressionable teenager. He has many deep-rooted fears which he masks…[Read more]

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  • Anwar Syed posted an update 1 week, 2 days ago

    # Ottawa Mayoral Elections 2014,Dear Liberal Friends and Members, I have taken the steps to compete in the forth coming Municipal Elections 2014 for the City of Ottawa for the position of Mayor against a Strong Incumbent Mayor. However, I bring a great amount of talent and experience to benefit all the residents and visitors alike for the city of…[Read more]

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  • #ethnic cleansing #genocide #ethnic cleansing #genocide
    Ethnic cleansing is still an issue today, which poses a huge threat to the very essence of humanity on earth as we know it. It is difficult to tackle global issues like: climate change, poverty, and health care; when we live in a day and age where ethnic cleansing still occurs. For those of…[Read more]

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    • Hi Geeta,
      Thank you for your comment.
      I have been calling for the party to take a balanced position and to remain neutral when it comes to the Israel-Palestine conflict. It seems that there are some who are coming to the defense of the party by trying to claim that their position is neutral which it is not. They are using mainstream media to…[Read more]

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    • Thank you Geeta for your thoughtful comment about all the genocide and ethnic cleansing that is going on around the world. There is a great deal of attention paid to Israel-Palestine even if the number of casualties are nowhere near what they are in Africa for example. However, what really upsets me is the double standard – the Liberal party…[Read more]

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      • I agree Linda.
        Here is an interesting open letter written to the Liberal party by Independent Jewish Voices – Canada.
        Founded in 2008, Independent Jewish Voices – Canada is a national human rights organization whose mandate is to promote a just resolution to the dispute in Israel and Palestine through the application of international law and…[Read more]

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        • #ethnic cleansing #international trade #human rights

          Hi Ahmed,
          Thank you for sharing the letter from Independent Jewish Voices – Canada. I have a few comments to add.
          On August 7, 2014, the United Nations (UN) News Centre posted an article in memory of the 11 UN staff members killed since the start of the Gaza conflict on July 8, 2014. In…[Read more]

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    • I was on duty in the former Yugoslavia during the conflict of the 1990s, when the term ”ethnic cleansing” first came into use. Ethnic cleansing is the expulsion of members of an ethnic group from a territory. It is a serious crime against humanity, but it is not synonymous with genocide, which is the extermination of a people, in whole or in part.

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      • Hi Sam,
        It sounds like you had an interesting experience in Yugoslavia. You are partially right, literally ethnic cleansing is not genocide, however ethnic cleansing cannot occur without the extreme violent means that define genocide. Due to the nature and scale of the violence necessary to clear an ethnic population out of a territory, ethnic…[Read more]

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        • There is indeed no definition of ethnic cleansing as such in international law, but it is generally understood to include three components: expulsion, conversion (where the basis is religious), and mass killing or genocide. Expulsion is forbidden under Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Forced conversion is a violation of the Universal…[Read more]

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  • 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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  • I hear the caucus is meeting in Edmonton starting Monday(?) Will it run a couple of days? just wondering if there’ll be a chance to say hello as I’ll most likely be passing through on my way home.( NWT)
    Anyone know? Or are caucus meets all buttoned up and locked down? Hope not, we need as much exposure as possible to regular folks out west to…[Read more]

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    • Ok, just found the events calandar. The rally on Tuesday looks possible. I guess I shouldn’t wear blue then:)

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      • http://www.macleans.ca/politics/ottawa/todays-conservative-case-against-justin-trudeau/

        Wrote to my Mp, Chris Warkentin, Member of Parliament for Peace River, to ”fact check” this statement.

        Very interesting use of tax payer funded ”duties”.

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        • More signs of desperation. They just aren’t having any success trying to define JT with these methods. Makes you wonder why they keep trying eh!

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          • For the CPC, it’s all about convincing their core supporters to donate more money to help stop Liberals.

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            • I’m sure it is, but surely there’s a danger they’ll start to alienate ordinary voters and swing voters with this sort of over the top partisanship? In fact it’s already happening. In some ways it reminds me of the over the top demonization of Harper himself by hard core liberal and ndp supporters when he was coming up. That worked for a while,…[Read more]

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              • … I believe you are right Ken, record low voter turnout in the last federal election. Us good them evil message is tiring.

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                • Part of the puzzle of beating Harper has to be to get the vote up, primarily through positive messaging. Harper’s whole strategy rests on keeping the turn out low and getting his motivated base out. If this fails, he fails. I guy like him just has nowhere to grow, consequently he must ensure Trudeau 2 does not happen in anything like the way it…[Read more]

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  • Bill Moses posted an update 1 week, 4 days ago

    I think Jennifer Ross has a virus!
    Got this email from “her”.
    I really hope you get this fast. I could not inform anyone about My trip to Istanbul Turkey, Am in Turkey to see my ill cousin she is suffering from Kidney disease and must undergo Kidney transplant to save her life the condition is critical.

    Kidney transplant is very expensive here,…[Read more]

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    • That is a scam all right. Does it really come from her e-mail address, or are one or two characters different?

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      • It came from 2jenn@rogers.com.
        I only know Jennifer through liberal.ca and was really only wanting to alert others about the issue. It could be another Liberal who has been compromised somehow.

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        • I have a different email address from Jennifer Ross. It might not be her that you might got it from. I didn’t receive anything like that and she’s in my contacts.

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          • It also does not match the contact I have. Fraudsters methods change.

            While many people claim the people that use aliases on the internet are hiding their true identity for malicious reasons, I suggest that many do to protect themselves from fraudsters and others that have ill intentions.

            …the more they know about us, is the more…[Read more]

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    • ..It probably is a good idea to forward the email to your banks fraud department. You can get this info from a web search.

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  • http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/an-unhealthy-dose-of-partisanship/article20144092/

    This guy underscores just what really is most objectionable about SH’s approach to politics…it’s bare knuckle politics all the way down the line. I see JT is pounding this line and it’s the right approach imo. I don’t believe at heart it’s where…[Read more]

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  • I attended the rally which was a little on the smaller than i had expected size. Probably unavoidable due to the clash with the fringe, which is always a big deal there.[ Pity no one thought to have JT and some of the caucus attend. I did suggest it]
    To be honest i thought the caucus and the media made up a fair chunk of the crowd. It was a…[Read more]

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  • wuchun-1025 posted an update 2 weeks ago

    Kingston is a great city, very beautiful, good views and peaceful streets. However, only one weakness: RACISM! As we all know, Canada is a special nation in the world that he will respect different cultures. I think this concept can be paid more attention to, in some cities of Canada. #multicultural

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