As the Liberal Advocate for #Cooperatives, I believe that it is important to reach out, to meet with representatives of organizations, and to get out into the community to have a better understanding of the reality of Canada’s cooperatives.
It is in that spirit that I attended part of the 2012 Annual General Meeting of the Co-operative Housing…[Read more]
Thank you, you did the right thing for the Liberal Party.
In line with what I wrote in my last comment, Bob Rae has clearly demonstrated that ’No legacy is so rich as honesty.’
Here’s hoping that now Dominic LeBlanc will announce his candidacy. That would be an effective strategy to win the support of the Atlantic’s who surely wont be voting Conservative after changes are made to EI and OAS.
I just read that Bob is not going to run. Much as I like him personally and would trust him to babysit my kids if they were still young, a new face is needed if the party is going to make a real noise in the next election.
I also want to add my thanks to Bob for the great job he has done as interim leader and for doing the honourable thing by keeping his word. Bob, I thank you and hope you stay on in a senior capacity.
I think Bob is doing exactly what I thought he would. Keep the attacks on himself as long as possible to let the other possible candidates get more experience in the house. Now, Dominic LeBlanc please step forward and announce your intentions.
Mary Leigh: I agree with you about the selflessness of Mr. Rae’s act….
I’m displeased with fellow Liberals who have shown the nasty side of politics before he made public his decision.
So this is the big day National Board! Your chance to define who and what the LPC is, whether we can be trusted and whether we have the common sense needed to run a country.
Will we find out today that we are a party of principal? A party able to make good rules and stick to them? A party that is able to keep the promises made to its membership?…[Read more]
Adam Goldenberg, former chief speechwriter to Michael Ignatieff cogently argues here why Bob Rae should not run for leadership of the Liberal Party. His thoughts, at the very least, merit consideration. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/second-reading/only-liberals-can-forgive-bob-raes-original-sin/article4241192/
The other day an acquaintance of mine, someone I have worked with for a number of years but isn’t a close friend – but someone I respect – gave me a pretty blunt appraisal of myself and my interactions with some people in the party. It was hard to hear, and yes I was angry at first. I even considered, briefly, quitting the party in a huff.
Well then I guess it was you just didn’t respect me nor my opinion when I said basically the same things?
We all offend someone
Some times just standing up in our communities brings it naturally
Still its better to offend by action then to not often as being irrelevant
Good on you to grow with criticism instead of just more walls
But I hate to…[Read more]
Agreed. Well said.
That should be ”offend” instead of ”often” above…sorry
As Jennifer rightly points out, tomorrow is BLACKOUTSPEAKOUT, which invites businesses, citizens and organizations from across Canada to darken their websites on June 4th, and speak out against changes introduced in the Conservative government’s Bill C-38.
The campaign says: “Our land, water, climate are all…[Read more]
Thank you, so very much Kirsty. I appreciate all you do.
And I am inspired whenever you write–thank you so much for your input.
Sending good wishes,
Kristy Duncan makes me proud to be from Toronto. We need more like her
Speaking out against changes being brought about through the Budget Bill, C-38, is important. I question, though, the practicality of adding a ‘black-out’ grey overlay to the website. This will not influence Bill C-38 in any way. All it does is create accessibility issues for visually impaired site visitors who have a difficult enough time…[Read more]
The #LPC is getting press again as the “real opposition party” by smartly teaming up with #ElizabethMay and the Greens to propose substantive amendments to (and, incidentally, delay) the Conservative overhaul of just about everything in Canada. You can read the article in the Globe but the punchline here is that May, as a technically…[Read more]
Some of you have noted that you want a statement on “What the Liberal Party Stands For” in order to better develop #policy, recruit #members and engage #supporters. The party is currently preparing high level statements of our policy positions on specific issues and we will then develop more detailed summaries of policy resolutions passed at the…[Read more]
On the whole, I like the mission statement. It covers the three basics: Who we are, what we do and why we do it. It is concise and clear.
There are however, two parts that I would consider changing:
1) “… a better and more just Canada”. I would like to see that expanded to include the three basics ideals that most Canadians support (and…[Read more]
Hey Martin …..not too shabby.
Strongly agree with your post!
At Maryanne’s request, here is a link to download a PDF I made that states (in English and French) our Liberal philosophy and values as set forth in the preamble of the party’s constitution:
I’m really impressed with the posted Liberal philosophy, it’s very well stated. I was left however wondering about the following language:
‘that the dignity of each individual man and woman is the cardinal principle of democratic society’
Should we not consider revising this (in the interests of greater inclusion) to the…[Read more]
Maryanne: I am delighted to learn that the LPC is developing a mission statement. Over the past few weeks, as our riding association has been working on its strategic plan, I have been giving considerable thought to how we can better engage with voters. Afterall, it is the voters who ultimately decide who to elect, not just party members. I…[Read more]
Maryanne, other Liberal Members and Supporters,
I would like to propose the following alternative language for your consideration and will discuss my reasoning for these changes thereafter.
‘The Liberal Party of Canada is an association of members and supporters who, through the advancement and subsequent implementation of progressive…[Read more]
I will use to attract more supporters/members
Yesterday @maryanne-kampouris was kind enough to direct me to some LPC policy papers on this site – thank you very much Maryanne!
These documents can be found at: http://www.liberal.ca/party/documents/ at the bottom of the page under “Other Documents”.
For all those asking “who we are” and “what we stand for”…[Read more]
Thanks for the note Martin. There are several things we need to do to make the Policy discussion / information piece a single coherent venue. We are gratefully reading and accepting any suggestions and we will pilot / test as we go.
Thanks Maryanne, that’s great to hear, and I think it crosses topics with discussion about what’s “wrong” with this present discussion space. Likely nothing is wrong with it at all, save that people are trying to have more involved conversations and this space doesn’t suit that format well. So if the more substantial discussion moved to…[Read more]
I can not resist of sharing my thought. The excitement caused by discovering the place where our party documents can be perused is like a discovering a hidden treasure. It is like our party – we know that the we posses unmatched ideas, proposals and visions but we are not sure where to find them and how to present them. Here is my find from one…[Read more]
So Jarek, are you saying I’m not the only one who didn’t know these were there?
Are you implying that there are just two of us :-).
Gentlemen, I have it on good authority that there are many members who seem to need assistance in finding this site. Please spread the word that this information is available and how to find it.
Also, be assured that people are reading these posts and that the more people who participate, the more we can exchange ideas.
I alwasy assume that most people would browse through the main menu and find the Documents page. i know i’ve linked to it a few times last fall and into the winter… I didn’t think it was that hard to find.
None-the-less, Martin… I am glad you discovered it. :-)
But Doug … we already know that you’re smarter than the rest of us :-)
At various times over my career in IT I have launched groups of QA testers that are designed to imitate “joe-user”. One of the problems with people that use web sites and forums on a regular basis is they assume that everyone does and is as savvy as they are. There is also an assumption, by organizations in general, that anyone who visits a site…[Read more]
From a usability/accessibility standpoint, I agree with Martin… it shouldn’t take much to improve access to other pages.
The right side-bar has five large image-based ad blocks from “Liberal Boutique” down to Liberal University”. They are great, but they take up a lot of real estate. The header also takes up a lot of vertical real…[Read more]
That sounds like a good idea … I was suggesting a simple link in the top menu bar as the ”cheapest and easiest” solution.
The only other thing I would add to Doug’s comment is … let’s be sure to call it what it is, what people are looking for … they are not looking for ”Useful References” they are looking for POLICY and PLATFORM.
I’ve shares some thoughts on template design on the Lib-Tech deve site… for what it’s worth. :)
Well argued Martin, Joe/Jane Canadian are who we want to talk with, thus we need mechanisms that are simple and direct…
And thank you Doug for your technical suggestions and the offers of support. Maryanne
Today in #Toronto, #RobFord garnered quite a bit of praise for finally appearing at a public event in support of the gay community. And frankly, good for him. I don’t particularly like Rob Ford, I disagree with most of his policies, I loath his approach to public discourse, but I’ll give praise where praise is due. Good for him. He’s a…[Read more]
I agree wholeheartedly. The Liberal party isn’t about telling people what they should believe it’s about asking them.
I think Bob Rae very eloquently spoke to this concept in his “Social policy speech” (Vancouver YWCA, Jan 28).
A few quotes from the speech:
“The conversation about policy has to go well beyond any particular political party…[Read more]
We have to be carefull about changing positions on issues. If our original position was evidence based then any change should be made because of evidence and not because our original position was unpopular. A consistent message goes a long way towards building a relationship with the electorate. I know that in the west we have a lot of work…[Read more]
I won’t say that I entirely disagree. We need to be careful, for example, about changing our positions on things at the drop of a hat. But despite our new mantra of “evidence based policy” as the solution to all our ills, we can’t lose sight of the fact that conclusions from evidence have as much to do with the evidence you pay heed…[Read more]
when I was a young man voting for the first time Canadians new what the Liberal Party of Canada stood for. It stood for a united, bilinqual, multicultural Canada.
The reason they knew it was because Pierre Trudeau never stopped reminding them of it.
The same can be said for the party position with regard to the constitution and for…[Read more]
Please excuse the spelling errors. Thankfully my daughter who is an english teacher won’t get to see this post.
@Jim – I don’t actually think we disagree at all. We definitely need to refine our messaging to Canadians, and it can’t be as generic or as baldly brokerage as “we want to be the party you want!” At the same time, we can’t commit narrowly or immovably to a specific set of policy positions. Your example of Trudeau’s messaging illustrates…[Read more]
I think we may have reached a compromise. I am not sure but I think this is a first for me.
Quash the Quorum
Concurrent with the policy convention in Ottawa last January was an election for new officers to the Liberal Party’s national board of directors. During those campaigns much attention was lavished on ordinary members, we being the foundation of…etc etc and so on and so forth.
Some of these candidates who did the lavishing are…[Read more]
Yes I agree
Lets see if we are open and inclusive
And what the membership thinks of the “thought of by some”…obvious decision …soon made on their behalf
I agree all other potential leadership candidates are then at a disadvantage and when we are talking about a 500,000 dollar spending limit (or more) to run many will maybe sit it out
NOT BOB RAE, sweet mother I’d leave the party if we became that hopeless.
Revisitng the conditions at any time during the current Interim Leadership term would be completely irresponsible on the National Board’s part. There is absolutely no reason for this matter to be revisted at all.
The condtions placed on the Interim Leadership last May apply ONLY to the POSITION. They DO NOT apply only to ONE specific person.…[Read more]
Doug, you are saying Bob Rae can step down as interim leader then run?
The point Richard is that this entire business of a “vow” and the 5-month period between stepping down as Interim before a campaign was all made up by the last Board, it is not in the Constitution.
Not only is it not stated anywhere in the Constitution, the rule didn’t exist until after the defeat and resignation of the last leader.
A lot…[Read more]
I’m not sure if that is a statement or a question.
It has been my interpretation in the past… that it applies to whoever is serving as Interim Leader. Which, to me, suggests if someone is NOT the Interim Leader, he or she would NOT be bound by the conditions set out by the previous National Board.
If that is indeed the case, then Bob Rae…[Read more]
What past are you referring to, Doug? Michael Ignatieff didn’t have to do any of this, remember. He acted as interim following Stephane Dion, and went from Interim to Leader.
After getting slaughtered in the election and reviled by the media for the “coronation” that took place, all of this business was made up.
The fact that the leadership…[Read more]
The situation with Michael Ignatieff was the exception rather than the norm and should not have happened. In every other case I can remember the interim was an individual who indicated that he or she would not be a candidate for leader. I believe the situation is the same when you factor in the NDP and the Conservatives as well.
I agree, Jim, it should not have happened, so the answer is to take it out on people who were disenfranchised in the first place?
If the Liberal Party thinks that the way to repair the damage it has done is with more of the same, then these truly are the final chapters in the party’s existence.
I am not sure I understand what you are getting at. All that has happened is that the party has gone back to operating as all the parties have normally done for years. Interim Leaders agree not to run for the Leadership.
It’s not in the constitution, the provision only applies to the current interim leadership, why would that be?
First of all let me appologize for not spelling your name correctly. My understanding is that it has never been in the consitution and is handled much in the same way as the rules including budgets for the leadership race. I can remember back as far as Lester Pearson and with the exception of the Ignatieff situation it…[Read more]
By “in the past” means… before last week… that it was my interpretation when the conditions were set out and again when I looked back at references I could find (again) about a month or so ago.
It has nothing to do with Mr. Ignatieff or Mr. Dion. I am referring to the conditions set out by the previous National Board in May, 2011.
Boycotts rarely work as a tactic and are usually ignored by the attendees. Respectful dissent is a more appropriate and reasonable approach.
Our Party is in ‘flux’ so i think we should spend our #time preparing to present Liberalism as the obvious choice for voters rather than as an imposition or agitation.
Is the May 14 Conference is really about the leadership rules, it means that it’s about recommendations of the special Rules Committee established by the board at the end of April.
We, as grassroots, were never told who the members of the committee are or how they were selected. Taking into consideration that the one of the vital decisions…[Read more]
The CoP call on the 14th has nothing to do with leadership rules. I am bothered by the fact that someone – especially a former riding president – who has absolutely no information about what is happening on the 14th would jump to such an irresponsible conclusion, much less suggest that President’s boycott the meeting.
The agenda for the 14th…[Read more]
Really? I provide the facts that dispels the conspiracy theory presented above, and some one gives me a thumbs down? for those that are interested, here is the agenda:
Council of Presidents
Monday, May 14th, 2012 – 7:30 pm ET
1. Confirmation of Quorum
2. Adoption of Agenda
3. Interim Leader’s Report
4. National Board’s…[Read more]
Oh now we need to make an explanation? lol.
I gave you the thumbs-down, Brian, because you did not provide any facts at all. It wasn’t until you got a thumbs-down that you posted the Agenda.
You could have simply posted the agenda instead of launching into a personal attack on a fellow Liberal, particularly one who clearly invested time,…[Read more]
Every President has received an email with the agenda, the by-law and additional information, Margreta. I hardly call that a “chosen few”.
We are voting on a by-law that will allow us to elect the chair and other officers of the CoP. It is important. That is why we are having the call.
And that was not a personal attack, Margreta. That…[Read more]
It was entirely personal, the offense you took was clear without you saying how “bothered” you were, and twice you said it was “irresponsible” – and all of this when you could have just said, “In fact, here is the agenda…”
I don’t see why I or anyone else should care what you are “bothered” by, I care about the facts. Please stop…[Read more]
The fact that any member has absolutely no idea what is happening on the 14th is a big part of the problem. Perhaps Mike Crawley might want to focus more on transparency and inclusiveness and less on making speeches to the Economic Club
Jim, Mike Crawley has nothing to do with the Council of Presidents since we changed the constitution to not have the President be the chair any more. That was a pretty transparent process, actually, done at the Ottawa convention with around 3,200 members involved in the process.
I have been involved in this party for over 3 years now, and I have…[Read more]
Brian, you guys are failing. You are failing to make the member ship feel included. We have a hand full of points to discuss, with no preperation, no advance reading to out line the issues to be discussed. This is not the way to make members feel included. You guys are looking for a rubber stamp.
Richard, I am confused when you say “You Guys”. In regards to this call, I am just one of 308 riding Presidents. I have nothing to do with this call, the bylaw we are voting on, or the process used.
The matter of the CoP electing its own chair as opposed to the President of the Party being the chair was decided by the membership at…[Read more]
Hi Richard, the Council of Presidents was set up as body to be the voice of the grassroots and to share information and best practices. It is comprised of all 308 Electoral District Presidents. In BC we had a President’s Conference Call last week to share our thoughts about the upcoming Council of President’s call. Our Presidents engage their…[Read more]
I think that we, as Liberal members, have become so used to having decisions, policy, and leaders rammed down our throat, that we tend to jump to these conclusions, and to blame us for that is irresponsible.
Openness is an easy concept – why does our party leadership feel that they/we have things to hide? Why are all such agendas and decisions…[Read more]
Mike posted about when the results of the national board meeting, including that the rules for leadership would be set in June, on April 23rd on the main page of Liberal.ca: http://www.liberal.ca/newsroom/blog/members-update-national-board-meets/.
Whatever Brian … What “Mike” said in his blog post late April was about 1/10 of what he let the press in on in early May and made no specific reference to making a decision on the Bob Rae fiasco, something that every single Liberal I talk to (and many non-Liberals) has been waiting to hear … regardless … I think you miss my point … this…[Read more]
I don’t disagree that the party could do more to communicate to members. I think there have been some great points made here about sharing more information with members.
As I mention above, never in my time with the party has anyone ever asked me to see the CoP agenda. I think the expectations around openess in this party have changed, at…[Read more]
It’s called being pro-active, Brian. Just because no one has asked for a certain type of information doesn’t mean we can’t start from the position that EVERYTHING should be posted unless it is deemed “secret”. That’s how the party “responds to these new expectations” – simple, no?
Regarding Mr. Crawley’s post … he doesn’t mention a…[Read more]
Martin, I am all for being pro-active, but you have to be reasonable. Sometimes it just never occurs to people that posting the agenda of a CoP meeting, for instance, is something that the members would want to see. I agree they should be posted. But perhaps we can give our leaders the benefit of the doubt and assume that they haven’t thought…[Read more]
Noted. But the suggestion would have more strength if it came from a riding president, i.e. a member of the Council of Presidents.
André, I’m still a riding president… at least for a few more weeks… I’ll happily move the suggestion ;)
All press releases are here: http://www.liberal.ca/newsroom/news-release/
Thanks for that Brian, but I already know how to use a web site. This comment is not in any way I can see, germane to my comment. No press release corresponding to Mr. Crawley’s press scrum on (I think) May 4th is posted.
I never suggested that there was no place to find press releases on this site – I mentioned: agendas, decisions, press…[Read more]
” If the LPC were to operate in a truly open way, posting of all agendas, decisions, important dates, press releases everything, would be the rule not the exception.”
You can hardly expect me to read your mind, Martin. You said press releases, so I linked to them.
Thumbs up Brian :)
ATTENTION MURRAY TODD:
It would appear that the purpose of the CoP meeting you referred to in your lead post was NOT – according to Brian Rice – to consider a recommendation to rescind or change the conditions that apply to the current term of Interim Leadership. Brian kindly (though I would not have) published the CoP meeting agenda further down…[Read more]
It is the first posting turning “yellow” as a recognition of high number of “thumb us” received. I haven’t seen it before. To me, it is the indication that the topic seems to be very important to us. We are very sensitive to it and ready to jump up (even if it turns out to be a gossip).
Conclusion: we need and we want to know as much as…[Read more]
I think we have two different audiences for Liberal.ca, members, and voters. I think we may need to different entry points for those two audiences. I’m not sure that the party is well served by voters coming here and finding commentary about internal party issues, agendas and minutes of meetings, but obviously, as you point out, members want a…[Read more]
Hi Bryan, couldn’t agree more. This issue is coming up over and over again. I don’t know what to suggest taking into consideration that EnFamille is dying due to the lack of members involvement and being ignored by tops (again – the internal party issue).
That’s fairly easy to do… just take the DEMO I’m working on and put it there once it’s ready for prime time… more on the DEMO soon (by personal invitation) :-)
I think we need to stop pretending that any information posted anywhere is “safe” from prying eyes.
I happen to know of a staunch conservative supporter (not an official member of the party however) who IS a member of the LPC (only costs $10) and as such has access to make comments on this site and (sorry to burst your bubble Doug) has access…[Read more]
Yes out side of the cannabis resolution what exactly is there about the liberals out there to get excited about?
Name a couple more national effecting policies please that they have stood up on????
I dont know of another thing that has mobilized so much interest
Some of you act like old liberals as I hate to say most dont give a darn what we do…[Read more]
Well, even if we do manage to keep something secret, there is always going to be an ”Anonymous Liberal” willing to give it to the press anyway! :)
You are right, Martin. There are no secrets in the party any more. I think we just need to accept that and be more open.
Hi Martin Showell… yes… there is nothing prevening any member of any other political party from buying an LPC membership… and vice-versa. I’m quite aware of that.
I’ve never maintained that En Famille was free of current or former CPC or NDP members… just that what’s posted on En Famille is not indexed by search engine and, therefore,…[Read more]
For the Attention of Murray Todd: from perusing the National Board list I note that the position of Chair – Council of Presidents is vacant. Perhaps the concern over a quorum has to do with the vacancy.
Given that the letter of agreement concocted by the former Board is beyond the remit of the CoP to rescind, there is opportunity to make…[Read more]
Please note that the purpose of the CoP call is to adopt the bylaw in order to hold an election and fill the CoP Chair vacancy.
Hi Murray, Thank you for your comment. I responded to your email too. There might just be some misunderstanding. The agenda for the Council of Presidents was sent out two weeks ago and does not include any motions or discussions about the interim leader. Sincerely,
Chair, BC Federal Liberal Council
Président, Conseil libéral fédérale…[Read more]
I have read most of the comments that followed this post, and I have just one thing to say, My EDA did not contact me as I think Brian suggested was their duty for my input, and, had the type of input that might be expected from me been posted nationally I could have at least emailed my EDA. I think this is the crux of the issue that makes it…[Read more]
Don, it is the responsibility of the Riding President to discuss issues of the Council of Presidents with their elected executives. My riding happens to have public executive meetings that any member can come to, but this is not a requirement in the constitution.
Further, I think we need to trust our Presidents as to what issues need to be more…[Read more]
Wow isn’t this nice thread of amorous Liberals. Brian I’m sorry but your response was a little harsh. Yes Murray is a good friend of mine but I would say the same no matter who it was. Murray is our colleague and past candidate… If you are going to engage in debate then the other side deserves as much respect as you yourself expect. The word…[Read more]
Dean, I do not apologize for my post.
Murray is a respected member of this party, who has a great deal of influence on the opinion of members not only in his riding but also across BC. I feel that he has a responsibility, as both a former president and a past-candidate, to ensure that when he accuses the party of some kind of wrongdoing that…[Read more]
Hi Brian , I will not respond to anything that was said in your post other than to say you missed my point completely.I was not asking or even suggesting you or anyone apologize for anythihng. Simply I was suggesting that this discussion is moot or should be. I was not asking for any input on what he said she said . What’s done is done . I’m…[Read more]
I was wondering if the thumbs up & down system could be changed to show all ups & downs?
Personally, (maybe I am the only one) I think it would be better that way.
I would agree, including vote totals would improve the interpretation and context of the results.
On that other matter you talked about -
Thank you for your advice David. :)
You’re more than welcome, Scott.
showing the total + and the total – is something we could do, perhaps on mouse over. If there is a volunteer that would like to take this on it would be great!
I would, if I knew how. I can barely make my website look OK! :(
On November 2nd, 2012, Le Devoir published a recent text of mine on the rules that should prevail when seeking secession in a democracy. I had to write this article in response to three jurists who asserted that the recent Edinburgh Agreement on the Scottish referendum gives Canada a lesson on democracy…[Read more]
The volunteers on the ground in the by-elections need your help to turn our values into a reality. By-Elections are when we can impact change. This is how the tide starts turning.
I was talking to a volunteer in Calgary Center today. They just went up in the polls from 14% to 28% in a short while. Imagine what a potential victory or even a…[Read more]
I donated my $100 bucks ($25 really) when the emails mentioned how it’s the equivalent of a few orange juices. I felt like rewarding the humor – it really did make me smile! But you raise a good point – I can chip in a bit once more.
Just made my donation. Since we are now retired whatever I give is the real amount. No 75 % return.
Every little bit helps. Remember, that’s how the cons do it. $5.00 here $10.00 there. It really does add up.
That’s exactly how they do it. Everyone pitches in $5 a month and it really starts adding up.
I made my donation too!
And, if you are not a Victory Fund (automatic monthly donations) donor yet, sign up as one as soon as possible. Think of your monthly donation as an insurance premium with the benefit of significant tax credits.
I’m not so sure. I donated to the Borys Wrzesnewskyj cause and look how that turned out: democracy lost but I did gain a tax deduction so not all was lost.
can’t win all the time but don’t give up trying.
#cannabis Prince Edward Hastings Federal Liberal Association endorses Liberal Party Policy on Cannabis
PEHFLA Board officially endorses Liberal Party policy on marijuana legalization and regulation for adult use.
After several months of research and discussion by the policy committee and the board of directors, the PEHFLA board passed a motion…[Read more]
Canadians have voiced significant concerns about the Canada- #China Investment Agreement ( #FIPA ), which will have huge ramifications for Canada, its people, and future generations. Yet the government is ratifying the treaty without public scrutiny or any consultations. Canadians are being kept in the dark.
That’s why yesterday I put forward a…[Read more]
Here is a new petition from David Suzuki. You can sign this one without associating yourself with the NDP or the Green Party.
Excellent, although I don’t see how the SumOfUs petition associates me with NDPs or Greens.
Jennifer: I have seen so many different petitions on this. Some from the NDP and the Greens. And I guess from Sumofus.
One thing, we have had none from the Liberal Party because I don’t think Wayne Easter has a lot of fire in his belly on this topic.
Thank you very much for this, Joyce.
While I agree with the principle of the resolution you are looking for in the Palriament Joyce, I still consider Government of China not being legitimate business entity from my persepective. No foreign government should be allowed to buy a territorial part of Canada. It is our sovereign right and it must not be corrupted by ownership by a foreign…[Read more]
Is it true that the secret China/Canada trade agreement calls for no oil upgrading of crude oil or bitumen in Canada. Someone please confirm. If it is so I will advise everyone on my email list and encourage everyone else to do likewise..
who knows what’s in the agreement it’s all done in secret no discussion in parliamnet or with the provinces..how 159 or so mps who are supposed to represent all canadians be so timid as not to voice thier concern..oh I know their pension plans.
Here is text of town hall that Joyce Murray hosted, in which Robyn Allan spoke about the govt’s current oil policies wrt China.
In the meantime, I’m trying to find Allan’s study where she confirmed that China has a…[Read more]
I found the part about China’s veto over refineries in Canada.
“As well, Sinopec, the Chinese national oil company has embarked on a deliberate strategy to secure each stage of the supply chain, including the ability to own and export crude oil from Canada. It is
interesting to note, that although Sinopec sees the advantage of investment in…[Read more]
I think we need an all opposition party walk out from the House of Commons to draw conservative’s attention to do the right thing. Face democracy and democratic rights of all Canadians.
Should they ignore it then invite them to Join Jintao’s government in China to undemocratically rule the masses.
Shall we say the sheep? :)
Will the Liberal party defend our hallowed broadcasting institution the CBC? Which really is impartial, funded by every Canadian citizen and with the best Canadian programs. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is one of the treasures of Canada! Please protect it!..
Here’s our petition on it. Please sign and share it far and wide. http://petition.liberal.ca/hands-off-our-cbc/
Will do sir!
Absolutely, Liberals need to support and protect the CBC. I have already donated through the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting organization. They do good work. They are not just doing a petition but are hoping to make public demonstrations, etc or whatever they get donations for and are wanting to include actions right in Calgary for the byelection there
Now this IS something worth fighting for, and over 27,000 Canadians have signed the petition, good for us. I well remember my step-father years ago saying, “what are you listening to now Peter, the life cycle of the earth worm?” Actually it was about music, but I wouldn’t let his Conservative sarcasm get to me and replied “yes, something you…[Read more]
I would be happy to sign if they got rid of Don Cherry, Kevin O’Leary and Rex Murphy.
- Don Cherry advocates violence in hockey.
- Kevin O’Leary supported the shut down of the Caterpillar factory in London, Ontario when the skilled workers would not accept a wage cut from $30/hr to $15/hr.
- Rex Murphy denies the science of global…[Read more]
I agree …weirdly…LOL
I too would get rid of these pompous asses
Dont let a few bad Canucks destroy our CBC! Content can always be changed. I would rather the BBC model than what we have right now. But please it can be fixed!
I have written to the CBC a number of times about my concerns.
There is no feedback. I have a nagging suspicion that most customer complaints go to the circular file.
And there are lots of people on the CBC who are against violence in hockey, did not support the shut-down of Caterpillar and don’t deny the science of global warming … it’s called balance. It’s called non-censorship of ideas. It’s called being Canadian.
If you don’t like those particular performers – don’t watch them. Ratings will go down and…[Read more]
100% agree with Martin!
Cannot believe the nerve of the conservatives. After fighting the vets in court for the past few years over clawback to their pension the cons lost and in May agreed not to appeal the decision.
Now they are trying to take credit for doing what the court said they MUST do.
Money wasted on a court case. More money wasted today on an…[Read more]
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