Federal Election 2000
Latest News: Federal
Election 2000 National Results: Nov.27.2000
National summary: (301 seats; 151 required for
List below is votes cast, percent of popular
vote and total number of seats won.
Liberal Party of Canada
5,216,768 40.79 173
Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance
3,263,578 25.51 66
Progressive Conservative Party
1,562,196 12.21 12
1,366,096 10.68 37
New Democratic Party
1,091,604 8.53 13
The Green Party of Canada
Canadian Action Party
Natural Law Party of Canada
Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada
Total votes: 12,790,874
Eligible voters (est.): 21,400,000
National voter turnout (est.): 60.00%
1997 national voter turnout: 67.00%
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Doomsday Clock Unveiled by Canadian Action
Party - Nov.25.2000
Canadian Action Party leader Paul
Hellyer unveiled a Doomsday Clock at the US Consulate in Toronto yesterday.
"We're minutes from midnight," Hellyer
Ten minutes to be exact. And midnight
marks the point where the USA has taken Canada over to the point that we
are the 51st State.
Hellyer will move the clock ahead
five more minutes if the Liberals win a majority. And he encouraged Canadians
to vote strategically for a few Canadian Action Party candidates and perhaps
other parties in places like Atlantic Canada.
Hellyer says another liberal majority
- continue deals with the World Trade Organization
(WTO), leading to for-profit health care and education, and allow US agribusiness
to bankrupt our family farms.
- continue secret negotiations toward a US/Canada
customs union and our use of the US dollar.
- continue to push for the FTAA or Free Trade
Area of the Americas which will give giant US corporations free reign with
a National Treatment clause and lower our environmental and labour standards.
- open the few remaining protected areas of Canada's
economy to US takeovers.
Hellyer explained that Canada has
one of the weakest federal government in the world, and the highest concentration
of foreign ownership.
Milton Chan's current prediction for this
Federal Election -
Too Close to call 27
- November 24, 2000
Pre-election Extra edition of the Straight
- Lindsey McKay makes a compelling case that
the right to abortion is a
fundamental, if unspoken, condition of straight
- Linda McQuaig calls Stockwell Day a gunslinger
in the health-care corral
At Straight Goods - Nov, 2000
- Exclusive federal election coverage and commentary
is Here - Gillian Steward.
polling myths: Pollsters talk about polling.
debate highlighted erosion of health care - Cindy Wiggins.
platform, Martin mini-budget in lockstep with February IMF "recommendations"
- Election animation gallery Day and the
Dinorsaurs, Count Chretien, and other visions
Remembering Democracy in Canada's Federal
By Gary Morton - Nov.22.2000
Canadian Alliance leader Stockwell
Day isn't quite sure about his name these days. Some people call him Stockwell
while to others he's Stockwell Dork and Doris Day.
Stock brought this on himself during
our federal election by bringing up the issue of Direct Democracy. In turn
it led to the humourous Doris referendum and a shallow national debate
by the media and our politicians on democracy itself.
Prime Minister Chretien is
consulting an ethics counsellor as he denies that his wheeling and dealing
with bank bosses and corporate chieftains is unethical. Tory Leader Joe
Clark is also in ethical turmoil as he explains why he spent time calling
Chretien for his own game of wheeling and dealing.
Doris or Stock is perhaps the big
loser in this as in some newspapers he is trying to prove that he isn't
a bizarre racist, woman hater or Martian. And he really may be all of those
things - who really knows?
On the referendum issue he has certainly
proved himself an enemy of our rights. Stock wants to hold a referendum
on the right to choice in abortion and he is portraying it as the democratic
and Christian thing to do.
It is neither. As a former member
of a direct democracy group and a Christian (though not part of any church)
I spent some long years considering the issues. My personal conclusion
on abortion has been that the right to choice is an established right in
Canadian society. A good comparison is with Stock's right to a name. Only
he has the right to decide whether his name is Stock or Doris. We have
no right to hold a referendum vote to decide it for him. So if you get
my take you can see that it is the same with abortion. The proper Christian
and humanist position is a conservative defense of our established rights,
and in abortion that right is the right to choice. The public at large
does not have the right to vote that right away.
We also don't have the right to vote
minority rights away or to vote our own rights away. Such actions are a
total misuse of direct democracy and they are not democracy at all.
Some people would have us all as
drones sitting on computers voting on every crazy thing in the world. You
probably know that in most elections most people don't vote so I guess
the number one policy in the world would be that we are undecided as to
where to go with our lives and nations.
Then there is the question of the
informed vote. How much voting can you do on issues you know nothing about?
And who is controlling the information you are already receiving?
I suppose that in Canadian direct
democracy the info would come from government, corporate media and the
National Citizens Coalition. Not the best of sources - and it would mean
that the public would not be in control of the vote at all. In application
out of control direct democracy leaves the door open to demagogues and
other forces of negativity. These forces do not believe in the will of
the people. What they believe in is the ill will of the people, harnessed
and manipulated by them so they can build a sick society in their own image.
This harnessing of negatively even
shows through on the simple issues -- many proponents of direct democracy
are always calling for votes on taxation. And of course they are all people
who don't want to pay taxes. Yet the fact is that tax issues have to be
decided by representatives, because citizens can't vote fairly when the
issue is whether they should put money directly in their pockets.
Of course I'm always going to vote
to toss myself some fast cash and that is why you can't allow me to do
that. Sure I want to see some horrible serial killer get his neck chopped,
and only for revenge. We don't think clearly on emotional issues, but there
are some issues that are suitable and where direct democracy works fine.
In Toronto during the days of the
forced megacity, citizens wanted to get informed on models of city democracy
and to decide by referendum on a final system. It never happened but it
would have been a good form of direct democracy where citizens got informed
and decided on their own style of government.
Clearly direct democracy has to be
used sparingly. There are only certain issues it applies to and it has
to be a slow process where the public becomes clearly informed. We don't
need demagogues, manipulators or mad men with insta-Vote computers as our
Yes we don't need them, and we also
don't need the wheelers and dealers. Our Prime Minister and party leaders
stumble around like people who have forgotten what democracy is … and as
they try to remember they keep getting it somewhat muddled. In their state
of confusion they continue to wheel and deal with media, bankers and corporations
- the upshot of this being that we the people are fading away.
Every time our leaders forget to
consult us they are voting to take our right to democracy away. We might
want to call it a new form of directly dishonest democracy, and we might
want to note that it is killing us all.
It is time to reform the system,
but let's do it through a slow and sensible process. Otherwise the manipulated
majority might vote to end it for us all.
Stockwell Day Sites -
Climate Summit - Canada Fossil of the Day
- November, 2000
Canada has captured three fossil-of-the-day
awards from world environment groups, for its stand as the climate summit
goes into its second, critical week in The Hague. Canada is now one of
the three least green of the 160 governments attending the summit. The
worst offender is Japan, followed by Canada and the United States third.
"I think on every possible issue,
Canada is fairly consistently taking the route the least consistent with
environmental integrity," said Robert Hornung, director of climate change
of the Pembina Institute. "Canada's record here is really nothing to be
The international criticism is that
Canada is trying to create ways to avoid having to actually cut down on
emissions at home.
Instead, it wants to make sure it
has the widest possible scope to earn credits against its own missions
by cutting down on gases sent up in other parts of the world. Failing that,
Canada wants to be able to count any possible natural absorption of carbon
-- into trees or agricultural lands -- as a credit toward emissions.
GREEN PARTY LEADER DETAINED
"Time to Consider the Real Issues," Says Russow
QUEBEC CITY-- November 18, 2000 -- Joan Russow,
Leader of the Green Party of Canada, was arrested 3:30 PM EST, Saturday
November 18, 2000, and was detained for 3/4 of an hour. Russow was visiting
the jail which is being
emptied to accomodate the anticipate protesters
against the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) meeting in April, 2001.
It is anticipated by the organizers
of the FTAA meeting that this Quebec City jail will be needed to detain
the peaceful protesters expected at the FTAA meeting.
Quebec police said it was against
the law to take a picture of the jail. The police also took away the film
from a Le Soleil photographer who was present.
"My arrest and the Quebec City jails
show that the Chretien Liberals are preparing to turn Quebec City into
a battle ground against its own citizens," said Russow.
The FTAA is a major step in expanding
corporate control and subsequently in reducing our sovereignty and control
over our economy. It means deregulation and devolution of powers to corporations.
It will be another blow to the environment as these corporations promote
waste, contribute to climate change, and produce toxic and hazardous materials.
A Green government would dismantle the WTO and abrogate NAFTA and the Free
"Corporate control of the government
should be the Number One Issue in this election," Russow added. "Chretien
acts as a corporate lackey with his trade junkets all around the world,
selling Candu reactors to regimes with gastly human rights records. Canada's
human rights record was tarnished by Chretien at APEC. The
Canadian Alliance has accepted vast amounts from corporations too,
with $25,000 a plate dinners. The NDP has done nothing when given
the chance to speak out as provincial governments."
"That is why we are the only real
alternative for voters," Russow said. "Unlike the other previously elected
parties, we don't accept corporate political donations and consider these
donations as being corruption. I challenge the other parties to come
out and say where they stand on these vital trade issues."
Russow was accompanied by Jean-Claude
Balu, the leader of Parti Vert du Quebec, and other Party officials and
Green Party of Canada candidates. Russow had also taken a photograph of
the jail and when the police aggressively demanded the photograph from
her, Russow refused and put the photo in her pocket. The police then detained
Russow and placed Russow in a detention cage for 45 minutes.
For further information, please contact:
Joan Russow, Leader
David White, Press Secretary,
Phone: 250-598-0071, Fax: 250-598-0994
At Now Toronto
shocking comments about respected defence lawyer Lorne Goddard raise questions
about Alliance leader's fitness for office by Scott Anderson
See Stockwell Day as Mussolini!
Ann Emmett's Canadian Action Party Web Page
is posted at
At Straight Goods-
Alberta record makes mockery of "democratic" image - Gillian Steward
journalists give to get political access- Mark Bourrie
lying? Why love health care and vote for tax cuts?
Chretien, Saviour of Medicare - new Jim Kempkes animation:
and election commentary from downtown Killaloe
Straight Goods Features:
- Top 10 reasons why Canada's a great place for
millionaires - Jim Stanford
- Party comparisons on environment, health care,
transportation, women, broadcast policy
Thinking of Voting Alliance? Think Again -
That is the title of a comprehensive
e-mail from Dave Clarke of Edmonton has been spreading like wildfire throughout
"If you're thinking of voting Alliance, as a
protest against the Liberals, or because you agree with some aspects of
their platform, the following is provided so that you are able to vote
with your eyes wide open."
A revised version of the e-mail
WITH FULL CITATIONS has been posted to the front page of http://Buzz.CA
, a new website for Canadian news and discussion.
Alliance report recommends medical user fees
A Canadian Alliance discussion paper
called Five Steps to Better Health Care suggests patients be charged user
fees and more private businesses be allowed into the medicare system.
The Alliance document also suggests
giving Canadians $2,000 a year to budget their health-care use.
Patients would be covered if they
exceeded that amount, but would be enticed to stay out of the medicare
system by the chance to keep what they didn't spend.
The controversial discussion paper
reflects positions that are under consideration for Alliance policy.
Michael McBane, national co-ordinator
of the Canadian Health Coalition, called the plan incredibly dangerous.
"It's dismantling the advantages of medicare in favour of American-style
health care. That's what it is.''
The Canadian Action Party Retains Eddie Greenspan
In Bid To Expand TV Coverage - Nov.11.2000
Leaders’ Debates Show Need For Political Alternative,
Toronto, ON -- The Canadian Action
Party (CAP) has retained prominent criminal lawyer, Edward Greenspan, to
assist in the party’s bid to gain more television coverage during the federal
"We were barred from the national
leaders’ debates and we are all but invisible on the national TV news,
so we have gone to one of the best legal minds in the country for help
in this matter," said Mr. Hellyer. "We have an important message about
the fragile future of Canada and we are going to do everything we can to
get that message out to the Canadian people."
On CAP’s behalf, Mr. Greenspan has
written letters to the presidents of the three major television corporations:
Robert Rabinovitch, CBC, Gerry Noble, Global, and Ivan Fecan, CTV.
In his letter, Mr. Greenspan states:
"The Canadian Action Party has an extremely important and legitimate message
to be conveyed to the Canadian public. Accordingly, I am writing to request
that the Canadian Action Party be allocated additional ‘no charge’ broadcasting
time from each of your braodcasting organizations."
Mr. Greenspan suggests that a total
of 30 minutes of "no charge" broadcast time be given in one block or in
six individual five-minute blocks. "At present," he writes, "the ‘no charge’
allocation is for two minute segments which is insufficient time to seriously
impart the political message of the Party."
CAP’s lawyer has requested that
Mr. Rabinovitch, Mr. Noble and Mr. Fecan respond by late today. If there
is no response, further action will be taken.
Mr. Hellyer noted that the role
of the media -- especially television which is such a popular medium --
in a democracy is to inform the public. "Right now, the media are concentrating
on the five major parties, in spite of the fact that Canadians are forming
other parties because the ‘same old same old’ isn’t good enough. Is it
responsible journalism to ignore this fact?"
The CAP leader held a press conference
in Ottawa today to discuss his party’s efforts to gain more exposure. He
also introduced the CAP federal candidates -- " a dedicated team of Canadians"
-- for the National Capital Region, and gave his analysis of the election
campaign to date which he described as "petty, irrelevant and not responding
to the crisis facing Canada."
For more information, please contact:
Kathleen O’Hara -- 1-877-629-0841 or (416) 535-4144
Women's Election - 2000 Reasons to Vote -
Thu, 09 Nov 2000
Canada Election - Women’s Election: 2000 Reasons
WOMEN’S VOTES COUNT
Political parties are moving to
the Right. This federal election has the fewest women candidates in a decade.
Canada Election - Women’s Election: 2000 Reasons to Vote provides an election
forum for progressive and equality seeking women. It is produced by a coalition
of women and women’s organizations in partnership with Womenspace and the
National Association of Women and the Law.
The message is - Our Voices and
Our Votes Count - for a woman’s right to choose, for social programs, diversity,
and tolerance. We want equal representation and decision making in the
The bilingual website is designed
to offer information on party platforms, elections and voting, important
issues for women, research documents, press releases, feminist commentary,
and links to women’s organizations, election websites and resources.
There is a lot at stake for women
in this election. While the several parties are in a competition over who
can offer the best tax cuts and debt reduction program, the women=s equality
deficit remains huge and pressing. This website will help identify which
party is more likely to support critical issues for women, such as health
care, childcare, public
housing, initiatives against violence against
women, support for women=s groups, progressive immigration law reform,
support for aboriginal women, equality rights for lesbians and other pressing
Canada Election - Women’s Election: 2000 Reasons
on Rebuilding the Left
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting E-News
- Election 2000 issue - Thu,
This is online at http://friendscb.ca/en/vol2iss1/enewsvol2-1.htm
It includes Stockwell Day's Secret Paper: Sell
The Canadian Students Federation [CSF] has
produced a "Federal election 2000 MEDIA kit"
[27 pp in PDF] in which they analyze the issues and the platforms of four
[5 with Bloc] political parties
To see CFS's grading of party platforms and performance
go to http://www.newswire.ca/releases/November2000/02/c0576.html
"The Report Card .. examines the post-secondary
education platforms of each of the mainstream parties. Key issues include
funding, student aid, tuition fees, research and development, and overall
vision for education. The governing Liberals' record and the parties' policies
were also taken into consideration.
"The Canadian Alliance gets
a failing grade (F), while the Liberals pass with a 'D,' the Progressive
Conservatives earn a 'C,' and the New Democratic Party comes out on the
top with a 'B.' ... the
Bloc Québecois has a well-developed position
on post-secondary education in Quebec [but] not for Canada." [Strangely,
there is no mention of the Canadian Action Party's platform.]
Straight Goods bulletin
(Nov.2000) from http://www.StraightGoods.com
and marginalized? Here's a tax cut, by Linda McQuaig
a lid on special interest political ads, by Aaron Freeman.
to debate Social Canada - CCSD
do federal parties line up on environmental policy? - Gary Gallon
The Edible Ballot Society wants
to help you eat your ballot and sell your vote.
See - http://www.tao.ca/~wrench/
Election 2000 Voter's Guide to the Atmosphere
You can help make climate change,
clean air and clean energy a Canadian priority. The “Citizen’s Guide
to the Atmosphere” outlines some of the ways you can help push the UN Climate
Summit onto the election agenda. If you would like to order hard copies,
email firstname.lastname@example.org .
WWW.CLICKFORCLEANAIR.ORG Urges Party Leaders
To Address Un Climate Summit - Nov.2000
One in one thousand Canadians have
visited www.clickforcleanair.org and up to 500 faxes a day are being sent.
The site has shifted its target from the Prime Minister to all party leaders
and the Canadian Minister of Environment. Environment Minister David
Anderson's campaign headquarters was so overwhelmed with the recent shift
in faxes to his office, staffers pleaded to have them re-directed.
The site has helped generate the public concern essential for forcing the
federal government to make some of its boldest commitments on transboundary
air pollution and a national climate change business plan. Nevertheless,
the federal government is still pushing for loopholes in the Kyoto Climate
YOU can now fax the campaign headquarters
of the party leaders to urge them to put the UN cClimate Summit, clean
air and clean energy on the election agenda.
Federal Housing Debate - Spin Doctoring
on CounterSpin - Nov 02, 2000
(Real Housing for Real People, or Another Bedtime
By Doreen & Gary
Tonight CounterSpin with Avi
Lewis held a discussion called Housing and Homelessness As An Election
Issue. The Liberal Red Book III calls for 680-million dollars in aid for
Canada's homeless, but only if the provinces match it. Some housing advocates
think this is a good beginning. Cathy Crowe of the Toronto Disaster Relief
Committee wants the Federal Government to spend one percent of its budget
on housing. She is elated to be one sixteenth closer to her goal.
- read the full report
At Now Toronto Magazine -
Federation of Canadian Municipalities announces
its 10 Point Action Plan for Sustainable Communities and its election challenge
to the federal parties.
Video at Net Show
Raging Grannies Rage at Stockwell Day
VICTORIA - Stockwell Day lost his
cool with a quartet of elderly female protesters - Victoria's Raging Grannies.
Day says their heckling was abusing his freedom of speech.
The Grannies paid admission to hear
a breakfast speech from the Alliance leader and when they heckled Day other
Alliance supporters shouted them down and tried to remove a banner accusing
Day of bigotry.
Fran Thorburn, 68, said she was
dragged away by Alliance supporters.
Later, in Penticton, B.C., Day said
he didn't realize the protesters were the Grannies. For the second day
in a row, Day was greeted by protesters in Alliance strongholds, Friday
in Calgary and yesterday in the British Columbia capital.
NDP leader says Alliance based on Hatred -
NDP Leader Alexa McDonough says
the Canadian Alliance and its policies are based on hatred.
"Those policies are based on a whole
approach to politics that is based on blame, that is based on hatred, that
is based on the notion that it's each person for themselves, that is based
on the question of `What about me? I only care about me and the hell with
everybody else,' '' McDonough said during a visit to a farmhouse in Regina.
She continued saying, "Those are
mean-spirited policies that I don't think reflect the values of Canadians.
It's shocking to Canadians that the federal Liberals have also reflected
those same kinds of mean-spirited policies over the last seven years.''
Day Opposes Abortion and Same-Sex Marriages
Stockwell Day appeared on the 100
Huntley Street show to say he'd allow a free vote on banning abortion if
wanted it. Day indicated he'd use the notwithstanding
clause to veto same-sex marriages.
G20 scandal - government waste!
- Oct 2000
NDP Candidate denounces government waste at
David Bernans, the NDP candidate
running in Lasalle-Emard, is demanding that the Chair of the G20 Summit,
Paul Martin, apologize immediately for the shameless waste of 306 dinners
thrown-out at the Sheraton Hotel on Tuesday night in Montreal Quebec.
This food could have been given
to Concordia University¹s People¹s Potato Soup Kitchen just down
the street, or dozens of other organizations, or even the young protesters
outside!² Bernans complained. ³Why book two opulent dinners for
306 guests in two hotels at exactly the same time without a plan for the
food that was not going to be used? This disgusting display of privilege
and waste symbolizes everything that is wrong with globalization and the
G20! Paul Martin says that the benefits of globalization ought to be extended
to the world¹s poor. Maybe distributing some of this perfectly good
food would be a way to start the process.
Bernans learned that the G20 Summit
had booked two dinners for Tuesday night; one at the Sheraton Hotel and
the other at the Windsor Ballrooms. Since delegates opted for the Windsor
dining experience, the Sheraton dumped its 306 sumptuous meals in the garbage.
Of the 306 meals, 180 were for delegates, 76 for bankers and 50 for police.
POLICE MUST STAY NEUTRAL
- from the NDP (Oct.26.2000)
Howard Hampton wants a government
guarantee that the Conservative cabinet won't introduce regulatory changes
to make it legal for police to endorse political candidates. With federal
and municipal elections happening now, Hampton fears that the Conservatives
will quietly change a regulation in The Police Services Act today in time
for police to actively endorse candidates legally.
Sources in the Solicitor General's
office confirmed last week that the government is considering a changing
to the regulation behind closed doors and without public consultation.
Hampton says the government should respect the existing regulation of the
Police Services Act that bans police from endorsing candidates. The
NDP Government introduced the law that granted police some political powers,
such as running for office, lobbying and engaging in political education,
where previously they had no such rights. But endorsements cross the democratic
line, Hampton asserts. Last night, Hampton debated the issue with
police union representatives on a live phone-in show and attracted considerable
support for his view.
flirting hurts Nunziata campaign By Enzo Di Matteo
Valpy sparks NDP hope of taking back Trinity-Spadina By Glenn Wheeler
At Eye -
in the clowns BY GREGORY BOYD BELL
Homeless can Vote
Elections Canada has made it possible
for the homeless to vote. Any homeless Canadian who slept in a shelter
the Saturday before Nov. 27 can cast a vote. All that person will need
is a signed piece of identification such as a health card and proof from
the shelter's director that they spent the night.
Federal Green election platform
- Tue, Oct 24.200
(Condensed version of post)
The platform deals with LETS and
alternative progress indicators as proven precursors to monetary reform,
both essential to any "green money" scheme. It mentions fair trade and
the abrogation of NAFTA and WTO. And it mentions the 1966 Covenant
of Social, Economic, and Cultural rights, in which every member state of
the UN committed to guarantee the human right to food and housing.
Also the 1992 commitment to invoke
"polluter pay" and "precautionary" principles in their laws, and to reject
transference of harm to environment and human health. All told, an
excellent list of our concerns in Toronto today.
I hope you will consider voting
Green, and eradicating the ideology-driven top-down parties of corrupt
mass media delusion from Canadian politics. Our objective in this election
is to run a full slate in the Metro Toronto area
(see list of candidates currently at http://www.green.ca/english/ridings/Ridings-Ontario.htm)
and to achieve support equivalent to federal
NDP or Tory (6-8%) taking our votes preferably from the CA & Liberal
support which we believe to be weak and prone to shift.
Contact Craig Hubley
President - Toronto-Danforth Greens
Joe Clark - LIVE WEB EVENT
On Tuesday, October 24, the Rt. Hon. Joe Clark will address a major
fundraising dinner in Toronto. He will speak to the specific elements of
the PC Party's election platform, in the context of his vision for Canada.
The speech will be carried LIVE on our website from 6:30 PM to approximately
8:00 PM (Eastern Daylight time). Log onto
If you log into the event, please let us know how this new technology
works for you!
Susan Elliott National Director/Directrice nationale
Homes not Bombs Pickets Eggleton -
Mon, 23 Oct 2000 00:
From: TASC <email@example.com>
Amount Canada will spend on war
(including attack helicopters, grenade launcher systems, machine guns,
submarines) in fiscal year 2000-2001: $11.2 billion
Amount Canada will spend on a new
affordable housing construction program to address the national crisis
of homelessness in fiscal year 2000-2001: $0.
Canada Needs Homes, not Bombs!
Nonviolent Pickets of War Minister
Art Eggleton's Toronto Election Office Saturdays, Noon-1:30 pm, from October
28-November 25 520 Wilson Heights (at Sheppard-just east of Downsview subway
station). If you cannot make it, call Eggleton's office to express your
outrage: (416) 638-1700
Say no to Star Wars and Massive
Say Yes to Affordable Housing
Two major issues ignored by the Liberals and
most political parties are those of poverty and militarism, both of which
are rapidly increasing in this country. When Ottawa says there are no monies
for affordable housing, they turn around and buy attack helicopters or
contract for grenade launcher systems. And while Eggleton parades his "respect"
for the average Canadian soldiers, hundreds of Canadians veterans are suffering
and dying from exposure to depleted uranium during the Gulf War: their
pleas for assistance and treatment are treated as "psychological" problems.
On October 6, Eggleton, the former
mayor of Toronto, again ignored the plight of the city's homeless when
he announced a new $36 million military contract to construct consolidated
facilities at the Downsview war base. This could have provided over 1,000
units of affordable housing. New contracts are announced daily for attack
simulator systems, grenade launchers, upgrades to CF-18 fighters which
already fire 6,000 rounds a minute, and more. And Eggleton is a loud cheerleader
for the U.S.-revived Star Wars nuclear war fighting program. Meanwhile,
2-3 homeless people die every week on the streets of Toronto.
For info: call Toronto Action for Social Change
at 651-5800; firstname.lastname@example.org
Reality Check: Liberals have reneged on 50/50
spending promise - Oct.2000
OTTAWA--An Alternative Economic Update released
today shows that between the 1997 election and fiscal 2001, the Liberals
will have spent only 2 per cent of the fiscal dividend on social
investment, compared to 98 per cent on tax cuts and deficit reduction.
This runs counter to pre-1997 election
promises to spend 50 per cent of the fiscal dividend on social programs.
Full story: http://www.policyalternatives.ca
Paul Martin Unveils Alliance-style Tax Platform
- Oct.20.2000 -There is something for almost everyone in Paul Martin's
Liberal mini budget, but the tax cuts favour wealthier Canadians and there
is nothing to help the very neediest and the homeless.
Connie Fogal of the Canadian Action Party did
a recent study on the unworkable Alliance tax plan. Read it and wonder
why the liberals are imitating the Alliance.
- read the full document.
Canadians Discuss Issues on the Net
Canadians now can express their
opinion about local, provincial, and federal policies affecting their lives.
They can suggest a wide range of improvements, new programs, and make propositions
for the forthcoming elections. Discussions, Propositions, and Voting facilities
have been provided for Canadians at
Anybody can use these facilities,
free of charge, after simply subscribing to this public service.
Private health care not wanted -
A report by the Conference Board
of Canada reveals that most Canadians don't want private interests taking
over health care services.
The report says health care costs
are expected to double by 2020, when 31% (4.5 million) of Ontario's population
will be over age 55 and in need of more medical care.
It's clear Canadians want the universality
of basic medically necessary services covered -- that is non-negotiable.
50% to 70% would not support user fees or other forms of privatization
of health care.
Feds Ducking Environmental Assessment on Adams
Mine - Oct.20.2000
Federal Environment Minister David
Anderson won't make a decision about whether to call an environmental assessment
into Toronto's plan to send its garbage to the Adams Mine until after the
The Canadian Environmental Assessment
Agency has yet to report to Anderson on the controversial Toronto trash
plan, and probably won't until December.
"There's lots of pressure coming
from here, within our caucus, but he (Anderson) is not responding to political
pressure," Judy Sgro said.
The truth is that Anderson knows
the Adams Mine has not undergone a thorough assessment. He could order
one right now and he isn't doing it because the liberals want to duck the
Milton Chan's Federal Election Prediction
page - Oct.2000
Milton is running site prediction
the seat outcome for the parties in the Federal Election.
Mel Lastman's Dead Election
(And the Fat Federal Fringe)
Municipal and Federal Election fever
has hit Toronto. This fever is best described as one that has put people
to sleep and in the end it will likely kill us all with bad democracy.
the full article
PM will have to catch up, Women's March Committee
OTTAWA, Oct.2000 - After 50,000
marchers converged on Parliament Hill today to support demands to end violence
against women and poverty, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien sent them
home with nothing but a directive to talk with his Ministers and the provinces.
He will have to catch up to women, organizers of today's march on Parliament
Hill say, because "we're on the move and we're not stopping," says Terri
Brown, President of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women
and CWMC Member. Representatives of the Canadian Women's March Committee
met with the Prime Minister
following the largest mobilization in the history
of the Canadian Women's Movement.
An angry Brown says the Prime
Minister wasted her time. "He showed a profound lack of leadership."
"We wanted him to make a commitment
that our 13 demands would be reflected in his pre-election "mini-budget"
"All he came back with was
a reminder that he had appointed a number of women to profile positions
in his government."
"The PM just doesn't get it,"
says Nancy Riche, Canadian Labour Congress Secretary-Treasurer and member
of the CWMC. "While appointing women to high positions in government may
be a noble gesture, he in no way addressed the realities of the lives of
the majority of women in Canada today."
The CWMC program, "It's Time
For Change," is made up of 68 proposals for legislative and policy reform
ranging from the protection of women's social, economic and cultural rights,
women's work, the human rights of immigrant women, Aboriginal women, and
lesbians, the support of the human rights of women around the world and
the encouragement of women' s active citizenship.
Riche says: "The Prime Minster
is going to have to catch up with us now because we are going to work and
will continue to organize and push for what we want."
Canadian Women's March Committee (CWMC) is a coalition of 24 national organizations.
For further information
Toronto Rally to Open Fall Federal Election
Confidential Liberal party plans
call for Prime Minister Jean Chrétien to fly to Toronto Oct. 22
and stage a giant rally to open his fall election campaign.
Chrétien is to call the election
in just 10 days, on Sunday Oct. 22 for a vote on Monday Nov. 27.
Finance Minister Paul Martin is
expected to deliver a mini-budget Oct. 18 containing details on the Liberals'
tax cut program, as well as its debt reduction strategy. Martin's mini-budget
is also expected to offer a $200 fuel tax rebate to lower-income Canadians.
In Ottawa, the main campaign headquarters
has been chosen in a downtown building on Metcalfe St. Similar headquarters
are being established in all provinces and many Liberal MPs have leased
campaign space in their ridings.
Toronto Council passes the Garbage Buck to
the Federal Government - Oct.6.2000
Mel Lastman passed the garbage
buck to the federal government today saying that the city will not
go ahead with the controversial plan to ship millions of tons of garbage
to the water-filled Adams Mine in Kirkland Lake if the feds call for an
environmental assessment before Februrary 2001. In that case the city would
then move forward with another plan to ship to a US landfill. David Anderson
(Anderson.D@parl.gc.ca) is the federal environment minister and the public
will now be pressuring him for an assessment of risky plan.
- read the report
Pickering Reactor Hearing
Opponents of restarting Canada's
oldest nuclear power station at Pickering will have their say before the
country's nuclear safety watchdog says Dr. Agnes Bishop, president of the
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.
The federal watchdog has still rejected
demands for a study by an independent review panel. Staff members said
public concerns don't justify asking federal Environment Minister David
Anderson to appoint such a review panel. An environmental screening report
by the commission also concluded that no study was warranted into possible
alternatives to restarting the station or the environmental effects from
a Chernobyl-style accident at Pickering. Research for the screening report
was done by Ontario Power Generation, which operates the province's power
That anyone would restart the old
cracked wreck of a Reactor demonstrates how little our government cares
about possible environmental catastrophes.
Alliance Platform Buried by the Shadow of
Trudeau - Oct.6.2000
Proving himself as mighty in death
as in life, Pierre Trudeau has reached from beyond the grave and chipped
6 percent off Alliance support, knocking them down to 19 percent from a
high of 25 percent.
An election call is pretty much
a certainty as conditions will never be more favourable for the governing
liberals. Alliance leader Stockwell Day added to that certainty a week
ago when he announced he would be spending millions to boost his image.
Without a doubt liberal strategists asked themselves why they should wait
for a spring election, when to do so would be a way of giving Day more
time to buy popularity.
The Day Platform
I have a friend who starts
laughing every time Day appears on TV. And yesterday Day was at his best,
absorbing a dousing of chocolate milk hurled by protesters. The milk hit
Day as he burst through the curtains on stage with music pumping and thousands
of supporters applauding.
Shaking off the attack, Day went
on to prove himself all wet by unveiling a weird and in some ways offensive
election platform. The document bearing the unoriginal title "A Time For
Change" ducks out of Day's ridiculed flat tax for now. Most of it is a
straightforward plan to make corporations and the rich richer. The $81
billion tax-cut and debt reduction plan cuts taxes for the well to do and
is completely unrealistic.
So-called law-and-order elements
see Day scrapping the gun licensing and registry program. Day promises
to drop the price of fuel by 3.3 cents a litre by eliminating GST charged
on top of other gasoline taxes, and reducing federal fuel excise taxes.
For some reason Day wants to dump
VIA Rail. From an election standpoint Day will only lose votes with that
promise. Voters should also live in fear as to what Day might do to the
Alliance spin-doctors boast that
their plan delivers much more debt reduction and tax relief than the Liberals
can or will. But it is questionable just where the money will come from
to pay off the debt when Day is giving it all away in tax breaks.
Day and the Alliance want to look
bigger and better than the liberals in all things from image through law
and order to debt.
Stockwell Day does cast a clever
illusion. Too bad for him that for the moment the illusion remains crushed
under the shadow of Mount Trudeau.
Alliance Stuck in Western Mud -
Oct.3.2000 - An Ipsos-Reid for The Globe and Mail and CTV News says that
the Canadian Alliance has not been able to break out of its Western base.
The Liberals have a lot of votes
in places where that equals a lot of seats, but the Alliance, on the other
hand, has a lot of votes in places that don't yield a lot of seats.
Poll results say the Alliance would
likely gain some seats in the West where the Liberals don't have a lot
The Alliance needs to rise above
30 per cent in Ontario before it can bite into the Liberals' monopoly.
At present the Alliance has just 21-per-cent support in Ontario
The Liberals, at 56 per cent, have
an incredible 35-point lead in the province.
If the Joe Clark Tories gain support
in the expected fall election, it could be game over for Alliance Leader
Pierre Trudeau Dies -
Former prime minister Pierre Elliott
Trudeau, who touched the lives of a generation of Canadians in countless
ways, died Thursday afternoon at the age of 80. A state funeral is being
at the CBC
Quotations from Pierre Elliott Trudeau:
"The state has no place in the nation's bedrooms."
-- Dec. 22, 1967.
"I will use all my strength to bring about a just
society to a nation living in a tough world." -- April 7, 1968, Ottawa
news conference the day after winning the Liberal leadership.
"Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping
with an elephant: No matter how friendly and even-tempered the beast, one
is affected by every twitch and grunt." -- March 25, 1969, speaking to
the Press Club in Washington, D.C.
"When they get home, when they get out of Parliament,
when they are 50 yards from Parliament Hill, they are no longer honourable
members, they are just nobodies." -- July 25, 1969, House of Commons.
"Fuddle duddle." -- Feb. 16, 1971, Trudeau's account
of what he said to an Opposition MP in the Commons.
"I believe that Canada cannot, indeed that Canada
must not survive by force. The country will only remain united --it should
only remain united -- if its citizens want to live together in one civil
society." -- Nov. 15, 1976, national TV and radio address regarding Parti
Quebecois election in Quebec.
"The French won't take us over and neither will
the Pope, although he's not the menace he used to be." -- Nov. 25, 1976,
"So long, trained seals!" --Oct. 21, 1977, concluding
a news conference in Ottawa.
"We peer so suspiciously at each other that we
cannot see that we Canadians are standing on a mountaintop of human wealth,
freedom and privilege." -- Dec. 31, 1980, New Year's message.
"I walked until midnight in the storm, then I
went home and took a sauna for an hour and a half. It was all clear. I
listened to my heart and saw if there were any signs of my destiny in the
sky, and there were none -- there were just snowflakes." -- Feb. 29, 1984,
announcing at a news conference he was resigning as Prime Minister.
"I think we have to realize that Canada is not
immortal; but, if it is going to go, let it go with a bang rather than
a whimper." -- March 30, 1988, denouncing the Meech Lake Constitutional
Accord before a Senate Committee.
Chrétien pushing for a fall election
- Jean Chrétien has told his cabinet he wants to take Canadians
to the polls in a general election in late November. The Prime Minister
has chosen Nov. 27 as a possible voting days.
NOT CALM at Burnt Church - Wed,
27 Sep 2000
Info from Ann Pohl <email@example.com>
The situation remains critically tense at Burnt Church.
Many traps HAVE been removed. However, there is still
considerable resistance within the community to allowing the DFO to remove
A recent press release from non-Native observers states
that they have seen no guns in evidence since the beginning of their support
effort there a year ago. The conclusion derived from this news is chilling:
the considerable media about weaponry and the possibility of an armed confrontation
may be yet another SET-UP to project the image of Aboriginal Rights activists
as violent, militant and unreasoning. As we know all too well from Oka,
Gustafsen Lake and Ipperwash, this media spin is created in order to justify
terrible levels of repression that Canadians would never countenance on
any other group of people within (or. for that matter, outside) their national
borders. It also leads to criminalization of the people who are the victims
of the states' human rights abuses - and to death.
If you have not yet written to the government of Canada to express
your concern, panic or disgust at what is happening, NOW IS THE TIME TO
DO SO: Prime Minister Chretien <firstname.lastname@example.org> Tel: (613)
992-4211; Fax: (613) 941-6900
News sites on the Issue
Employment Insurance for Caregivers-Sept.2000
OTTAWA - New Democrat MP Peter Stoffer has introduced
a bill in the House of Commons that would provide Employment Insurance
benefits to persons who care for disabled family members.
"Presently there is no recognition or allowance
for individuals who care for family members", Mr. Stoffer said. "As our
population ages, more and more people will require care by family caregivers.
This bill will help Canadians by making the option of home care financially
The bill would allow individuals who voluntarily
leave employment, or lose a job because of conflicting demands between
their job and care giving, up to 52 weeks of Employment Insurance benefits.
Is it Stock or Laughing Stock -
You are invited to a $25,000
a table dinner with Stockwell Day this October 18th in Toronto. But you
aren't invited to interview him scrum style on parliament hill.
As Alliance leader Day's style
is not much like that of Preston Manning. Today Stock introduced himself
at the Hill with the news that he frowns on boring media scrums in chaotic
hallways. Rather than match wits with reporters, the Stock will be doing
his own commercials. That's right - no more boring politics. With signs
and banners, bells, whistles and props, Mr. Day will be spicing up the
And believe me, if you take a look
at the product he is selling (the Alliance) you have to believe that he
needs every single one of those props.
Canadians now know that Stock is
a good beach boy and one heck of a salesman, but what about politics itself?
Well, here there's a problem. And
that is that Day doesn't want to work. At least not on Fridays. He said
that the other day after roaring into shore on his water scooter. Modeling
the latest in water wear, Day informed Canadians that working Friday's
was too hard on Alliance MPs.
It is true that politicians don't
have to work all of the time. I mean, look how Stock and Ralph Klein worked
things out in Alberta, where they once shut the entire legislature down
for the fall season.
So is it Stock or Laughing Stock?
Alexa accuses Day of gimmicks and stunts -
NDP Leader Alexa McDonough is displeased
over the dumbing down of Canadian politics by Jean Chretien and Stockwell
Day. She says Canadian Alliance leader Stockwell Day has been all-show
since he was chosen in July.
Last week Day roared up to a B.C.
beach on a water scooter, wearing a wet suit like some kind of movie super
hero. Day's message was that he wants MPs to get Friday's off so they can
spend more time at home.
"I think Canadians have grown a
little weary and more than a little skeptical about the idea that gimmicks
and stunts should be allowed to substitute for real politics," McDonough
New Federal Election Act -Sept.16.2000
Amendments to the Canada Elections Act, as a
result of Bill C-2 passed by Parliament earlier this year, are now in effect.
Under the changes, third parties
must now register with Elections Canada if they spend over $500. They will
have a spending limit of $150,000 nationally with a maximum of $3,000 in
Political parties must provide more
detailed financial reports under the revised Act and there are new rules
regarding trusts and transfers from constituency associations.
Also under the new law donors to
political parties will receive a tax credit of 75 percent on their first
$200 in donation (up from $100) effective the current year.
Clark and Day Win Byelections
- Tue Sep 12.2000
Stockwell Day and Joe Clark have been elected to the House of Commons.
Clark will become the MP for the Nova Scotia riding of Kings-Hants, and
Day for the British Columbia riding of Okanagan-Coquihalla.
Joe Clark got 53. percent of the
popular vote, Kaye Johnson for the NDP got 27.1 percent and Gerry
Fulton of the Alliance got 16.1 percent.
Stockwell Day had it easier in Okanagan-Coquihalla
where the major parties did not run candidates against him. He picked up
70.1 percent of the popular vote. Ken Ellis of the NDP got 12.7 percent.
Noteworthy in these by-elections is that the smaller parties brought about
a debate on the issues and showed in the polls. Jack William Peach, Canadian
Action Party got 4.2 percent of the vote and Joan Russow of The Green
Party got 7.7 percent.
Chretien, Premiers Reach Health Care Deal
The ten premiers, and the territorial
leaders, have agreed to a deal with Ottawa that will restore more than
$5 billion to health care over the next five
Prime Minister Jean Chretien called
it a great day for all of us.
In the agreement the federal government
will increase annual transfers to health and social programs from the current
$15.5 billion per year to $21 billion in 2005-2006. There's also
a $1 billion dollar medical equipment fund, an $800 million pool of money
for health care reform and $500 million to improve information technology.
Newfoundland Premier Brian Tobin
saved the agreement by putting forward a non-derogation clause that says
nothing in the agreement will affect provincial jurisdiction over health
PM Blasts Day's Health Plans
Prime Minister Jean Chrétien
has attacked Stockwell Day for an Alliance Party proposal that would eliminate
the federal government's unilateral ability to penalize provinces for violating
the Canada Health Care Act.
"This means clearly that there will
be no medicare any more," Mr. Chrétien told reporters yesterday.
"He does not want to have any possibility for the national government to
force the provinces to respect these five conditions of medicare that every
one agrees so strongly in Canada."
NDP Demands Appeal of WTO Drug Ruling -Sep.9.2000
WINNIPEG - NDP health critic Judy Wasylycia-Leis
has called on the federal government to appeal the World Trade Organization
decision delaying access to generic drugs.
She said Canada should do everything possible
to make sure Canadians have access to reasonably priced pharmaceuticals.
The federal government's decision to repeal its own regulations rather
than appeal the WTO ruling will delay access to generic drugs and their
much needed cost savings.
"This government has signaled to international
pharmaceutical companies that it's open season in Canada," Ms. Wasylycia-Leis
said. "The Canadian drug industry has been deregulated to the point that
increasing drug costs are now threatening the very survival of medicare."
Joan Russow, Leader of the Green Party of
Canada, is running against Stockwell Day
and an NDP candidate in Okanagan-Coquihalla, B.C. (Election is Sept. 11;
URL is http://www.voterussow.org
Here at CanadaElection.org we are
endorsing Joan Russow as the best candidate in this race. Stockwell Day's
political medicine will only serve to breed division in Canada. We need
a new party that really wants to heal Canada, and that makes Russow and
the Green Party the only choice.
Canadian Action Party is running Jack Peach
NDP Candidate is Ken Ellis for the September
Will the Alliance be Canada's Fifth Place
Party? - Aug.31.2000
- read it on the opinion
Long's Secret Benefactors Mean Tougher Campaign
Laws Needed - Sept.1.2000
Secret benefactors have wiped out
the $800,000 debt Tom Long incurred during his failed Canadian Alliance
Canadians also don't know who footed
Long's $3-million campaign this spring.
"Tom Long should come clean. Tom
Long should respect the need for transparency and accountability in a democratic
society by telling us where the money comes from and who's paying the bills,"
said Democracy Watch spokesman Aaron Freeman.
Long has steadfastly refused to
provide information about who funded his campaign or paid off his debts.
Alliance Playing Survivor in Attack on Maritimes
Newfoundland Premier Brian Tobin says a Canadian
Alliance proposal to eliminate business subsidies within two years of forming
a government would turn Canada into a chaotic version of the TV series
Survivor, where castaways are pitted against each other.
He attacked the Alliance proposal
calling it a silly, immature suggestion that ignores successful government
partnerships in such sectors as high technology, aviation and the oil sector
of Alberta -- the home province of Alliance leader Stockwell Day.
"Stockwell Day wants to turn the
whole country into a game of Survivor where only one person emerges at
the end of the day with a big prize," Mr. Tobin said.
Tobin also attacked the Alliance
last week over comments by a senior party member, John Mykytyshyn, that
dismissed Atlantic Canadians as lazy.
50-plus rule for Canadian Political Parties
Upheld - Aug.2000
Canadian political parties must
run at least 50 candidates to enjoy the benefits of registered party status
is a reasonable' way of measuring their commitment to the political process.
The 50-candidate rule is not an
unconstitutional violation of the right to run for Parliament, the Ontario
Court of Appeal ruled yesterday.
But the court struck down a section of
the Canada Elections Act that allows only candidates from registered parties
to have their party name listed on the ballot in general elections, saying
that rule infringes on the rights of Canadians to cast an informed vote.
The court's ruling amounts to partial
victory both for the federal government and for Communist Party president
Day Freaks After Alliance Pollster Attacks
Easterners - Aug.2000
Stockwell Day tried to distance
himself from embarrassing comments made by a Canadian Alliance official
who suggested Atlantic Canadians are unwilling to work and concerned primarily
with receiving handouts. The comments brought to mind the insulting stuff
members of the old Reform Party used to come up with.
The remarks were made by pollster
John Mykytyshyn, a member of the Alliance's National Council. Mr. Mykytyshyn
said at a panel discussion that the Alliance was expected to do well in
its first election in all regions except Atlantic Canada because "people
in the eastern provinces believe in handouts" and being paid for doing
Alliance Leader Stockwell Day got hit by protestersin
Toronto (Aug.15). Day went to the Fiddler's Green Irish Pub on Wellesley
St. E. and was met by people who hate his stands on women's issues and
Alliance Launches Sour Grapes Attack on PM’s
Sporting Life– July.29.2000
Prime Minister Jean Chretien has
been engaging in a lot of summer sports. This week while white water rafting
Chretien saved another rafter from a deadly spill into the rapids.
All of this has drawn the ire of
the Alliance, which wants Chretien portrayed as an old man. This week the
Alliance is conducting an Internet poll asking Canadians to vote for the
sport Chretien is most likely to turn into a photo op.
Bungee jumping garnered the 26%
of the vote in the Alliance poll and alligator wrestling and Aussie rules
football tied at 14%. Croquet got 8%.
Perhaps Stockwell Day plans to upstage
Chretien by wrestling with God, and beating him.
Native candidates could run in up to 31 federal
ridings - July.2000
(Natives fight back against the Canadian Alliance)
First Nations candidates will run
in key ridings in the upcoming federal election, possibly in a new First
Nations Party. This is to influence what has been seen as a white man's
Bill Wilson, an official with the
First Nations Summit of B.C. says they will try to field candidates in
those areas where aboriginal people have influence.
Aboriginal voters could sway the
outcome of two federal seats in Atlantic Canada, two in Quebec, seven in
Ontario, two in Manitoba, two in Saskatchewan, four in Alberta, and
upwards of 12 in British Columbia.
In British Columbia, natives plan
to target the Skeena riding of Mike
Scott, an Alliance MP and a vocal critic of the
Matthew Coon Come is the new national
chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), which represents 633 native
communities across Canada. He is inspiring native people to act politically.
Coon Come is not going to sit back and let the Alliance continue to attack
Scumbag Rocker Nugent Plugs Alliance-
July.2000 - Aging right-wing rocker Ted Nugent was just in Winnipeg speaking
to a rally of lobbyists against gun legislation. Nugent, a Yankee, blasted
Canadians who voted for Liberals who introduced gun registration.
"Invest in freedom, join the Canadian Alliance!"
shouted the burned out rocker.
Scarborough Grit a Closet Alliance Man -
Alliance leader, Stockwell Day admits that
he is looking for Liberal turncoats, and Liberal MP Tom Wappel of Scarborough
Southwest says he would consider jumping ship to the Canadian Alliance.
Wappel expects to get the liberal nomination
again, while praising the Alliance and Day at the same time. Wappel shares
Day's opposition to abortion and one has to really wonder just what he
is doing in the liberal party. If Jean Chretien has any backbone he'll
refuse to sign Wappel's nomination papers.
Stockwell Day - Rise of a Hot Air Balloon
- July.2000 - Report on the recent National Post
Poll and the Rise of Day.
- Read it on the - Federal Election
2000 opinion page.
Marijuana Party Federal Election Site
is at http://www.marijuanaparty.org
The Canadian Alliance spoof site
has been launched at
Day Rides Wave of Confusion to 1rst Ballot
Alliance Victory -
Tom Long has recreated the national
far right under the Alliance, destroying the grass roots nature of the
party. An American/Canadian, who used American style multi-million dollar
telemarking and advertising to elect Mike Harris in Ontario, Long had been
riding a wave of success.
He took that success to the right
wing Alliance, and led a pack of 4 candidates on the biggest spree of voter
confusion in history. Perhaps more dead people were signed up to vote in
this contest than the living. If anything positive has come of it, then
it is that the truth has been exposed to Canadians. These sorts of politicians,
built on the Mike Harris model, come forward with platforms to give the
appearance of a grass roots nature. Nothing could be further from
the truth. The goal of the Alliance is to obtain power by any means in
order to deliver Canada to far right ideologues and wealthy (mostly American
and Foreign) Big Business people. Once they are in power they will make
only the barest wooden motions towards actual dialogue with the public,
and will lead Canada quickly toward a period of violent breakup and revolution,
where the have nots will do battle with a celebrity class of haves.
We see the spectre of a party that
claims to have 200,000 new members. Yet only just over a hundred thousand
voted in the leadership contest, and the leadership speeches were delivered
before a mostly empty hall.
The idea of direct election of a
party leader is a good idea, that the Alliance has now disgraced. This
massive exercise in telemarketing is a big setback for direct democracy.
They even managed to discredit telephone voting, which many people thought
was secure. The
As Stockwell Day rises, fear should
also rise across Canada. It will be the end if these incompetent fools
gain control of parliament.
Alliance of Wolves
- May.9.2000 - Alberta Premier Ralph Klein is now a member of the Canadian
Alliance and supporter of leadership candidate Stockwell Day. Considering
Klein's current campaign to destroy Medicare with privatization, he fits
right in with the extremist Alliance crowd. Tom Long is another keen new
member of the Alliance and one good thing about the new party is that it
is drawing all of the Wolves out of the Conservative Party and placing
them in a handy pack. Making quick electoral extermination an easier task
for the voters.
Liberal Campaign Co Chair Reeks of Big Money
- Apr.00 - David Smith has been named co-chair of Liberal Prime Minister
Jean Chrétien's third national election campaign. Smith was a minister
in Pierre Trudeau's cabinet but lost his seat in 1984.
In 1993, Smith and Co. delivered
98 of Ontario's 99 seats. In 1997, 101 of 103 seats.
One of Smith's colleagues is Jeff
Lyons, a Conservative fundraiser and former law partner. Smith worked with
Lyons, convincing Megacity Council to grant Mediacom rich advertising contracts
for transit when more competitive bids were available.
Smith lobbies for developers, and
Lyons has added a new dimension to membership on the Police Services Board,
as its resident political hack.