Month: October 2015

Why A4D supports Strategic Voting

The Alliance 4 Democracy took form as a result of the attacks on democracy brought about by the Harper Government: the slashing of environmental regulations, the muzzling and lay-offs of government scientists, the gradual dismemberment of CBC, not to mention abusive omnibus bills filled with all kinds of cut backs while still keeping in place oil and gas subsidies. There has been an undermining of climate initiatives and a complete lack of encouraging alternate energies or even measures to diversify our economy. The deceits and downright lies are legion. We’ve protested the (Un)Fair Elections Act which not only makes it harder for Elections Canada to do its job, but makes it harder for people to vote. We’ve protested Bill C-51, which interferes with Canadians charter rights and turns Canada into a police state. Along the way we’ve created alliances with like-minded groups and appreciate the support of you, our members. Leading up to this federal election, we realized that we could play a positive role in unseating a Harper backbencher, the Conservative MP for our riding, Mr. Weston. We gradually realized that in order for this to happen, and because there are three progressive parties splitting the anti-Harper vote, we would have to recommend strategic voting to unseat him. A difficult thing but also an opportunity. In fact, there’s been a strategic voting groundswell across the country along with the growing realization among Canadians that we need electoral...

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The State of Canada’s Democracy: ‘ All Candidates’ Forum a Success!

Sechelt’s All Candidates Forum on the State of Canada’s Democracy drew an engaged capacity crowd to the Sechelt Indian Band Hall on Friday, October 2nd, moderated by District 46 School Board Chair Betty Baxter. Three candidates, Ken Melamed – Green, Pam Goldsmith-Jones – Liberal and Larry Koopman – NDP gave open and honest answers to questions covering Canada’s democracy, governance and elections, climate change, science policy and transparency, social programs, health care, pharmacare and home care, the CBC, First Nations, women’s rights, marijuana,  pipelines, tankers and energy policy, engaging younger Canadians,  fisheries, child and family poverty, temporary foreign workers...

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