Archive for February, 2014

Bill C-23 Fair Elections Act Proves That Stephen Harper’s Majority Status Means Dictatorship In Canada

The Fair Elections Act Is fair because we say so and our majority status allows for it!

The Fair Elections Act Is fair because we say so and our majority status allows for it!

I have listened to the debate, or non debate as you will concerning Bill C-23, (Fair Elections Act) and I now understand that the Conservative Party of Canada is not against democracy, they have merely forgotten what a parliamentary democracy entails and what the very spirit and essence of it is.  Since getting elected with a majority government it would seem that the principles of a parliamentary democracy eludes them and they have somehow become confused between democracy and dictatorship. The Conservative Party of Canada under Stephen Harper seem to have forgotten that it is under a dictatorship style of governance that a governing party  can get away with deciding what is best for its citizens without asking them, rig elections that are a mere formality done to appease those who would criticize your system of governance internationally and so feign giving the people a choice. It is only under a dictatorship that a government can pretend to give the voter a choice while in reality they are rigging and cheating the electoral system, because doing so really does more harm to your opponent then to the people who have no choice but to vote for which dictator gets to decide everything for them.  The Conservative Party of Canada is doing everything legally correct, but they are not doing everything they can do  to be morally, ethically and democratically correct, nor are they doing everything possible to  uphold the principles, or the spirit of a parliamentary democracy.

Bill C-23 in my opinion further illustrates that in a majority government situation we as Canadians are paying for a ruse.  Why pay for the members of the opposition parties when they are powerless and can be ignored as the Harper Government has proved, by ramming everything they want into law? Why should Canadians be forced to pay for salaries and all that it entails to watch an illusion of democracy in action?  Why not after a majority government comes to power do we not just send the other political parties home, end the pretense of a democracy at work, end the senseless and constant  bickering and saving ourselves a bundle of money?  When a majority government in Canada means that the governing wins every vote in committee and in the House of Commons, can and will deny every suggested amendment to all bills, or proposed laws and in reality render all opposition to whatever they want moot, what is the point of the sham and why do Canadians have to pay for it? I do not think we need to be paying salaries to and benefits to powerless MP’s who are little more than straight men and women in a comedy show with the government being the main star in the act throwing barbs and making them look foolish. I think that Canadians can decide for themselves if they want to keep a majority government that does things that we do not like and since once in a majority they cannot be stopped until a future election, why not just admit that we can do nothing for 4 years let them screw up with no one to blame, but themselves and vote for someone else in the next election?

I listened to an exchange on CPAC today concerning Bill C-23 and was surprised when a member of the Conservative Party of Canada said that he was not sure that voting for Canadians was truly one of their rights guaranteed in the Canadian Constitution, or was merely a privilege accorded to them at the whim of the government.  Elizabeth May once again had to educate the Conservative Party of Canada, telling them where to find the proof in the Canadian Constitution that states that it is not only a right of every eligible Canadian to vote, but a fundamental right and duty for every eligible Canadian to vote.  I think that the member of the Conservative Party of Canada who suggested that it was not a right, but a privilege to vote is indicative of what is wrong with the thinking of this party.

What has  also been made clear in Bill C-23 that this government thinks that all of us, you and me and the rest of Canadians are fraudsters, who if not watched will take any opportunity to cheat at the polls, like voting more than once, abusing the use of voter registration cards, and the vouching system; not bad for a government who was implicated in the “Robo call scandal.”  What really bothers me though is that the Harper government thinks its citizens are so gullible that we would not be able to see the real reason behind all of the changes in Bill C-23, (Fair Elections act).  This bill has nothing to do with Canadians cheating on elections, but rather has everything to do with the Conservative Party of Canada getting caught cheating on so many levels, like the robo calls and election spending, being taken to task for it and making sure that the next time they cheat that there will be no one able to punish them for it .  This to me is at the heart of Bill C-23, which I think should be titled the “Get Back At Elections Canada Act.”  They have fired, or gotten rid of the Auditor General of Canada, the head of Veterans Affairs, The Parliamentary Budget Officer and the Privacy Commissioner just to name a few for daring to speak the truth and expose them for the wrong doing they are engaged in.  The government led by Stephen Harper governs with intimidation; dare to speak up or stand up and show them for the cheats and liars that they are and you will be fired and if possible they will have your reputation falsely smeared as they try to cover up, deny the truth and deflect the blame and their guilt onto innocent, hard-working, honest public servants like the head of Elections Canada and his staff.

I do not think that the Conservative Party of Canada is afraid to ask Canadians what they think or how they feel about the changes they have made to our fundamental and democratic right to vote, or even take the show on the road out of the Ottawa bubble, because I do not think that they lose much sleep worrying about what Canadians want, or anything beyond what is immediately on the day’s agenda and the new look they, the few have decided looks best on Canada and all Canadians.  The Conservatives have proven that they believe that they no longer have to worry about the citizen until ballot casting time and seem intent on fixing that problem with the new Bill C-23. Of course the Conservative Government of Canada would think that it is a waste of time to go across Canada and ask the people what they thought of Bill C-23 since they have no intention of changing any part of  Bill C-23, for any reason.  Conservative MP Tom Lukiwski, Parliamentary Secretary to the Government House Leader said out right in the House of Commons and in committee that talking to Canadians across Canada about Bill C-23 (Fair Elections Act) would be like being on the Gong show, or participating in a circus.  I think that the Conservative Party of Canada does not wish to waste money and effort on something that they view is irrelevant and does not matter, such as our opinion. Steven Harper and his political party feel that as long as they have the majority it does not matter what Canadians want, because we are powerless to force them to do anything they choose not to do.  Ste3phen Harper and the Conservative Party of Canada in my opinion are willing to take the risk that this Bill C-23   will make the election progress so advantageous to their style of cheating that they will not lose power in the next election; I believe that this is the true desire to have this bill in place in time for the next election.


Jim Flaherty Laughs And Jokes As He Introduces His Do Nothing, Hurt Everyone Budget

Let the poor eat cake!

Let the poor eat cake!

I have seen many a poor, ill-conceived budget in my day, but I have to admit that this is the first time that I have seen it delivered in such a condescending, unprofessional, sarcastic and arrogant way.  I might have been able to see why there was cheering from his party and the smiling and telling of jokes if Canadians were actually getting some good news from Canada’s Finance Minister, Jim Flaherty, but to tell Canadians that they need to continue under the austere regime and continue with the budgets cuts to services  such as health care, education, veteran’s affairs, unemployment benefits, infrastructure, senior’s care and that the retirement age still must be kept at 67 years old up from 65 years old, I find insulting. Telling Canadians that we must learn to get by with less and to expect less in the future at every turn and in all possible ways as the norm, so that a few at the top can enjoy even more prosperity, has become the trade mark of this government, but to stand there in his place in the House of Commons  and  refer to what used to be considered normal services that Canadians enjoyed as now bobbles, I find quite frankly unforgivable and disgusting.

I found nothing funny in this budget and I found nothing worthy of one standing ovation, even though the conservative’s saw the need to give several throughout its introduction into the House of Commons.  I found this to be a budget that reflects the cynicism and the arrogance of manner which this government has governed since it came to power with a majority status.  What is being offered in this budget is more of the same so I decided to look at what more of the same could mean. I say could mean because this government never gives details to it proposed programs, or changes to laws it just promises to give greater details at a later date.  What really offends me though are what this budget does to retired civil servants, veterans who have dedicated their lives to  serving this country and the freeze on EI premiums .

Freezing EI premiums for 3 years under the false pretense of saying the budget is not balanced when it actually is an inconsiderate plan to leave citizens and business paying inflated premiums and breaking an election promise in the process, is all part of the stay the course approach of Finance Minister, Jim Flaherty and Steven Harper. That Canadians like to see a balance budget I will agree, but I would disagree when it is said that Canadians do not wish to see the big banks and other big business paying their fair share of taxes rather than getting big tax breaks from Jim Flaherty and Steven Harper that they do not need.  That all political parties try to save their giving to when it does them the most political good like just before they call an election is nothing new, but to increase the hardships in hard times for the middle class and the now forgotten poor and homeless seems to be a new approach to winning an election.

Throwing money at veterans to bury themselves seems appropriate since it is this government’s policy to close down the centers where they are now getting help for all sorts of job related problems, including mental health issues. I feel that this is serious and I believe that Canada will see more of its modern-day veterans committing suicide, or dying on the streets homeless and alone, because this government sought to save money and get to a zero deficit on their backs.  In a time when the legions are losing their tax exempt status and the legions where they come together to talk, share experiences, problems and find solutions and support are being forced to close all over this country was this a good time for Jim Flaherty to kick them when they were down and have lost so much already? This is just another policy that this Minister of Finance introduced in his budget with a smile and jokes to which  his Conservative Party of Canada rose up from their seats and gave him a standing ovation and many a laughs on national television.

Retroactively cutting the health service plan coverage to a 50 – 50 sharing plan from its original 70% government and 30% retiree sharing plan  for the already retired civil services workers which by the way includes our military who have no chance to alter their retirement savings to accommodate this increase in their budget seems unfair and   will lead to serious dangers and choices for those civil servants, who are not rich and are just making ends meet.  I heard a retired civil servant call in and say that he was living on a fixed income of $1,168.00 a month and that his room and board at the place he lived came to $1,100.00, leaving him only $68.00 a month for other things.  The government contends that it only will cost the civil servants an extra $20.00 per month with it going to a 50-50 cost sharing scheme and that isn’t so bad.  I happen to agree with the caller with the $68.00 left to get through the month, that the extra $20.00 is indeed a lot of money.  What of those who are not in homes and still have to divide that $1100.00 into room food clothing transportation and other monthly bills like heating phone and internet that they will need for everything governmental as the government goes digital and refuses to send paper? these are the real people who are getting hurt by this Finance Minister’s do nothing / hurt everyone budget.

I wonder at what point in time did  the suffering and the hardships that Canadians are being put through  by the recession and what this government is asking us to endure become a joke to Jim Flaherty, Steven Harper and the Conservative Party of Canada?  We know from the words of  Prime Minister, Steven Harper and his ministers find, (a) environmental activists to be nothing more than fear mongering terrorists, (b) civil service workers both in the past and now to be nothing more than over compensated slackers who are and were always looking for ways not to work and get paid for it, (c) organised labor unions are responsible for this country’s economic difficulties and need to be put down at any cost so that businesses can flourish and set all of the terms when it comes to benefits, salary and raises and finally (d) people who are poor, or find themselves on the street only have themselves to blame, because all of them have made bad life decisions, and that the government and society have nothing to do with their circumstance in life and therefore these poor and most fragile of our citizens should be grateful for any help that is offered them, stop complaining and should by no means be considered in the equation, because they do not contribute much in the way of tax dollars to the economy, but rather are a drain on it.  We also know that Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander has expressed the sentiment that Canada’s doors are still open to the rich Chinese and that Steven Harper himself has stated publicly that the people at Elections Canada are in his words are, “Jack asses that are going too far.”  I guess I have answered my own question, because when you take into consideration that all of the above members of  Canadian society are not thought of very highly, or with respect, by Jim Flaherty and the Conservative Party of Canada it leaves only a minority of the population that this government could honestly say it does respect. This I my opinion does make it easier to understand how Jim Flaherty could deliver his do nothing  / hurt everyone budget with such a condescending, laughing in your face you poor bastards, and I could care less how feel about it way. Jim Flaherty did not have to feel bad, or deliver his budget with respect, because I feel he does not feel bad for Canadians and he and his party have proved time and time again that he does not respect the majority of Canadians.

This is what comes of electing the only party to ever in the history of Canada and the Common Wealth to be forced from governing, because they deliberately misled  Parliament (The people of Canada), in the very next election they were forced to call.  The Conservative Party of Canada managed to convince 40% of Canadians that even though they were found guilty and removed from office for their inability to tell the truth  that they were somehow to be trusted to steer this country into a time of government accountability. What is up Canada, is that this government has been laughing in the face of Canadians and taking advantage of how gullible we are as Canadians from the moment they started to lie and we as citizens bought into it. When we bought into their ideology that it is okay to lie, cheat and steal from Canadians as long as you can say that as a government that you are not the only ones guilty of these violations of the peoples trust, nor will you be the last to do those things so we should all just see what they did as in keeping with the status quo, we had sealed our fate.  They were emboldened by the fact they not only got re-elected but did so with a majority status government with less than 40% of the voting population.  Why would they respect us, care about us  and be transparent, when all Canadians wanted was to punish the Liberal Party of Canada and to be told lies?  This do nothing / hurt everyone budget introduced by minister of Finance, Jim Flaherty and the Conservative Party of Canada is just another example of if you lie down with political dogs you wake up with the political fleas.

Canadian Token Politicians Giving Wrong Impression

Are these politicians doing enough, or are they just token displays for their political party.

Are these politicians doing enough, or are they just token displays for their political party who choose to pretend all is okay here in Canada?

In my opinion the Conservative Party of Canada is using the religious conviction, ethnicity, sexual preferences of their MP’s to say to the people of Canada for example, “I am not paternalistic, my policies are not anti-First Nations,” ask Shelly Glover. Shelly Glover is a proud Metis woman and a member of not only our party, but we appointed her Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages on July 15, 2013, when other parties would not have taken the risk. We also have and Inuit on board named Leona Aglukkaq; she isn’t doing so badly by us, we have given her two kicks at the can. The 1st was her appointment to the cabinet post of Minister of Health on October 30, 2008 and now as Minister of the Environment as of July 15, 2013. Anti Gay and lesbian we are not although they do not wear their sexual preferences on their sleeves for all to see, we also have high-ranking gay ministers in our cabinet.” “Surely one of these minority ministers would have complained loudly if we were being unfair to their religion, race, culture, or gender preference, wouldn’t they?” Is it my imagination that Shelly Glover, John Baird, Leona Aglukkaq and Jason Kenney of the Conservative Party of Canada would allow themselves to be used and exploited and used as bait to lore their peoples vote?  Why else would these politicians say that the status quo is okay and that things are getting better for gays and lesbians and for First Nations for example, when they know that the opposite is true? Why would these politicians allow themselves to be used in this token fashion and ignore the injustices heaped upon their people and stand by and watch the rights of their people be taken away and do and say nothing and support this political party in the face of damning evidence for advancements to their personal political?

Is it enough for a politician like Shelly Glover to simply say I am a proud Metis woman and then watch as First Nations get ripped off by her government?  It is enough for Shelly Glover to try to exonerate Louis Real of his crimes and then watch as First nations people are arrested, jailed for protesting to keep their lands, get clean water to drink, a clean decent home to live in and to have their children educated?  When First Nations Chiefs from coast to coast to coast march on Ottawa saying that they were not consulted meaningfully with every decision that her party takes supposedly on their behalf and the prime minister the leader of her party refuses to talk to them, is this proud Metis woman really doing her part to improve the lot of First Nations people? With thousands of First Nations women missing or murdered and her government refusing to call for an enquiry into the matter, is this proud Metis woman really doing her part for First Nations people?  I would say that Shelly Glover’s actions and principles are similar to the plantation house slave in the south during the USA’s black slavery era than those proud Metis woman who believes in the principles for which Louis Real gave up his life to try to retain for his Metis people and her.

Is it enough for a politician like Leona Aglukkaq to fight for the seal hunt for her people and ignore the effects of global pollution such as acid rain, green house gasses that are contributing to global warming?  It is a scientific fact that the Polar Icecap is melting and that her people will soon have no Polar Bears to hunt if this melting trend continues, because the ice masses that the polar bears need to get out on to get to the animals that they hunt, are fewer and soon could be none.  The polar bear is on the endangered species list.  What of the thousands of Inuit young people living on the  street, sleeping on the floors of metro stations in  cities all over the country, uneducated with severe drug problems and alcoholism problems, where is her fight to save her people, all of her people, but especially for the most fragile of them? As the government of Canada’s newest territory of Nunavut has to take the government to court over implantation of the act that was supposed to give them self-government, as her people end up in jail in record numbers, dying horrible deaths on the street and global warming seeks to rob the Inuit of their hunter gatherer life style, is Leona Aglukkaq a champion for her Inuit people and an asset to her other First Nation and aboriginal people, or is she too yet another example of token ethnic aboriginal politician whose actions and principles are similar to that of the plantation house slave in the south during the USA’s black slavery era, seeking to consolidate her personal power as one of the master’s favorites if not the favorite?

Is it enough for politicians like Sikh MP’s, Tim Uppal and Nina Grewal to sit in the house of commons and speak of marches going on in their ridings and invite their colleagues and other Canadians to attend festivals and parades in their ridings while the racist graffiti can be found on the bathroom walls in every truck stop west of Ontario and when the right to wear the religious head wear of their people is being taken away in provinces such as Quebec with its Charter of Quebec Values? What Canadians do these Sikh MP’s represent and are there any Sikhs in those they choose to represent. Are Tim Uppal and Nina Grewal so caught up in acquiring personal power and accolades that they think themselves one of Steven Harper’s,  “Real Canadians,” Canadians sharing the same European heritage, culture and religion? I ask because  Steven Harper seeks to insure and  preserve and see that the population of Canada remains what he refers to as “Real Canadians,” in what he calls, ” A Canada For Real Canadians,” with every immigration policy and act and with every erosion of religious right and freedom of expression he instigates, or allows to flourish and yet these two MP’s continue to vote in favor of these policies in exchange for position and what they perceive as racial equality and prestige.

Is it enough for the likes of John Baird to quietly go about helping foreign gays get into Canada, but refuse to publicly acknowledge that he is in fact gay and never take a stand to help any of the gays in Canada out right as a gay person? What is Jason Kenney afraid of if he is a gay man, which I think that he is, why does he not say yes or no to the question? could it be that they both know that as a Conservative member of Canada they would be committing political suicide to admit such a thing in this traditional family supporting Christian backed party? I do not think that abstaining or being absent when the votes are taken to help gays and lesbians in Canada does any good for this often ridiculed, bullied, under represented group of Canadians, do you? Perhaps John Baird thinks that a good party in New York for his buddies is all the gays and lesbians need to cheer them up and make them forget that they seek equality under Canadian law in actions and not just in empty unfulfilled promises.

I think that these types of token politicians, politicians with the  principles that embody those of the house slave, do more harm than good, because they add to the perception and the credibility when their political party says that all is good here in Canada and that everything said to the contrary is just a pack of lies. I think that they need to start fighting for everyone so that all Canadians despite race, religion gender preference or cultural ethnicity can enjoy the principles of justice and equality for all embodied and enshrined in the Canadian Charter of  Rights and the Constitution of Canada.