Oh yeah just a plug for my canadian politics blog since I’ve been talking a lot about it today:
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I’d just like to say that although I love my country and most people in it, our prime minister, Stephen Harper is a colossal dickwad.
Lots of people have heard of the neoconservative prime minister of Australia, Tony Abbot. Harper is just like that guy except he’s been in power now for 8 YEARS.
He’s anti-science, anti-environment, pro-war, anti-women’s rights, and basically worships the republican party in the US.
He’s been involved in the only instance of contempt of parliament in the entire british commonwealth’s history. His party has been involved in scandals involving secret payments and cover ups and voter suppression. He and his party are systematically destroying this country.
Watching the conservative party respond to questions in question period is physically painful.
If the question is at all damaging or would put the government in a bad light the speakers will spin, repeat party talking points or shift to an unrelated blame game on the opposition parties. One speaker was asked 3 questions related to a topic, and he did not answer a single question. He in fact repeated the same talking points word for word. If you’re not honest enough to answer a question in question period, you shouldn’t be given the opportunity to speak. You know what canadians value in a politician? Accountability.
These methods can give a false illusion that they’re being productive members of parliament. The truth is far from that.
face it... harper is the best, strongest voice for canada right now. same with abbot. with all the pussy slack obama is creating we need some strong right wingers on the world stage now more than ever
Harper is just about the worst prime minister in this country’s history.
He is shaming this nation home and abroad. We’re the only country to quit the kyoto protocol. We are single handedly focusing on the tar sands for energy, despite its enormous environmental dangers. Its the only area of canada that has any economic growth. Job numbers are stagnant and have been for months; full time positions are being lost.
Harper is silencing federal scientists and telling them how they’re ALLOWED to speak to the public if they’re allowed at all. The government build up an enormous public deficit and now as a result is cutting important social services, scientific research (climate change, environmental science, etc) and public groups to recoup that loss. They don’t give a damn about the native people of this country and have denied every effort to do anything about the violence and murder of women in this community.
We have been the laughing stock of the world environmentally for years. The conservatives have cheated during elections and have been involved in scandals involved with voter deception and the senate of canada. Harper is the only PM who has ever been responsible for being found in contempt of parliament by proroguing parliament.
Under harper’s rule we have lost our UN seat on the security council. His chief of staff has been changing every year because some scandal or another forces him to fire or resign people. He surrounds himself with corrupt politicians. He rams through unfair and undemocratic omnibus bills without debate through parliament.
Harper is trash. Pure garbage. He was only elected by ~35% of canadians. I could go on and on and on.
Abbot is just as bad as worse.
If we can’t get harper out of parliament in 2015, I will be sick.
I’m considering making a canadian politics blog. I feel there is a particular vacuum in this kind of topic. Very few blogs exist, let alone active ones and I follow canadian political news pretty actively. I think its also important to let people know what is going on in my country politically. Even a lot of canadians aren’t aware.
The other blog I may make is just one where I reblog cute photos of people and may include NSFW content. Sometimes I just feel that this kind of content doesn’t really mesh with my current blog.
I think of the two I’ll definitely make a cdnpoli blog though.
In January 2008, while working as an advisor to the Assembly of Kosovo, I wrote an article called ‘Imposing Legitimacy: The Dilemma of International Democratic Development’ for LawNow magazine. In it, I raised the question of how democratic institutions become legitimate in the eyes of a population.
Now, I’m asking a different question: How do democratic institutions lose their legitimacy?
Basically, I argued there are five prerequisites for democratic legitimacy:
A legal or constitutional basis for authority;
Impartial decision-makers (financial independence, security of tenure);
Transparency in decision-making;
Mechanisms for giving or withholding consent.
Bill C-23, the so-called Fair Elections Act, risks undermining each of these prerequisites for democratic legitimacy. It risks stripping Elections Canada of its democratic legitimacy and endangering the future of free and fair elections in Canada.
The legal basis for elections in Canada is the Canada Elections Act. Changes to this law must be taken very seriously and be based on the widest possible public and expert consultation. When I was director of parliamentary affairs for the minister of Democratic Reform in the Paul Martin government, we took this so seriously that we asked a parliamentary committee to initiate legislation on the Elections Act. While the committee did not actually do so, the request itself shows that the Elections Act is no ordinary piece of legislation.
The Conservative government is ramming Bill C-23 through Parliament with little public consultation. When Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand testified that this bill would deny some Canadians the right to vote, the Conservatives interrupted his testimony several times. Over 150 Canadian university professors have written an open letter criticizing the Bill, as have thousands of citizens. But none of this is being taken into consideration in reviewing the bill.
The last time I worked in a country where a government used its majority in Parliament to ram through changes to an election law without public input was in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2011. I never would have expected this in Canada."