Sunday, May 15, 2011

Daily Digest May 15, 2011


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From: Rebecca Gingrich <
Subject: census

Joe--I haven't done the census either.  I figure if they know who my friends are they know everything else about me also. 

I will get around to it--as soon as I have nothing better to do--
becky

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From: "Richard Neumann"

Joe:
 
You asked an important question regarding the existence of the political centre in Canada, and it deserves some serious reflection.
 
It would be my view that the centre of Canadian politics remains very much alive and well.  The confusion over its existence merely reflects the manner in which it chooses to assert itself.  First and foremost, the centre is hardly static when described in terms of policy or ideology.  It is a fluid and somewhat transparent entity that is best identified by what it is not.  I suspect that if you had asked for a definition of the Canadian centre, you'd have received a host of responses by your regular contributers desribing it as broadly reflective of their own views.  In Canada, we seek to define ourselves individually as part of that centre, mostly because we fear and generally oppose extremes while we find some degree of comfort in the positive reinforcement we hope presents itself in an unspecified middle.
 
Canada's history is interesting in that our elections have been fought over the centre.  This past election was no different, in that the closer each of the parties came to electoral success, the more they positioned themselves towards a middle that they couldn't quite define, but knew to be either to the left or right of their electoral base.  It is as if parties have a sixth sense.  They know that the greater pool of potential voters is always just slightly out of their reach.
 
In this election, Canada's political centre asserted itself by not identifying with any political party.  There has been much debate over vote splitting, but the real story was not how a majority government was formed with 40% of the popular vote, something not unusual in Canadian politics, but rather that the centre was so thoroughly courted that it felt comfortable identifying itself with any number of options.  The split of the centre vote is a story that yet remains to be adequately analysed by the post-election editorialists, but it stands to be a key feature in any Liberal Party renewal. 
 
If Canada is to enter a new political theatre, and this past vote is to be considered a watershed moment in Canadian electoral history, then we shall recognize it by the new axiom "pander to the base but govern from the centre".  The key component of this new order will be identified with the permanent marginalization of the Liberal Party, unable to position itself in a crowded middle as a champion of a centre with no real base, and no real inclination to define itself along an even more transparent ideological political spectrum.   If this past election becomes merely a temporary aberation, it will be because the Liberal Party has the intestinal fortitude to re-invent itself once again as the Party that decides where the centre of Canadian politics is, and has a leader who is successful in convincing enough Canadians that the centre according to the Liberal Party is not only a reality, but one they feel sufficiently confident in to coalesce and become a real base of support that can again be counted upon during an election.
 
In the end, the question is not whether or not the centre exists in Canadian politics, but whether that centre represents a political base of support, or whether it is more comfortable expressing itself in any number of options.  At present, the latter has won out over the former.  Whether this is a temporary construct, or a harbringer of elections to come, doesn't mean we have a polarized electorate.  Quite the opposite.  Rather than the dominance of the extremes as is occasionally apparent in American politics but overstated by the media and special interests in this country, in Canada we may end up with a heavily courted centre acting as a magnet for all political parties, resulting in a nation governed very much as it always has been.
 
Some thoughts,
 
Richard
 
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From: Tom Brewer

Stephen Harper may have a majority BUT now he has to prove to Canadians he
can do the job. In my opinion he will have an immense problem keeping his
boys and girls in line. If he cant make them tow the line his government
will be toast no-matter what happens. He told us the sky would fall if we
elected NDPer's. Well now he has them and he must make his government work
OR he too like the Liberal Leader and the Quebec Leader will be toast come
the next election. Out here in Sask... He has to prove himself over and over
 In my opinion farmers are a fickle bunch and would turn on him should he
not keep them happy. The first job the Wheat Board! In my opinion farmers
abandoning the wheat board should pay a premium IF and when their own
marketing skills leave them broke! We will see and yes we all will suffer
should this exercise fail. If this is what a majority of farmers want fine
BUT lets not yet count the chickens!!!

Tom

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From: Marie Hooey
To: <joe.hueglin@bellnet.ca>
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Subject: census

Oh! Oh! Joe, you're in big trouble with Lockheed Martin.  You are now on the 'boo boo' list of the American military industrial complex.  Not to worry, we will bail you out and I know a good place where we can hide you out.  Or maybe we can trade you for a F-35 but…. we would never do that!

See: Link between census, war machine galling at:
http://www.thestar.com/news/article/988561--porter-why-the-2011-census-calls-for-some-civil-disobedience

It will be interesting to see how they will figure out how many Canadians just forgot and how many were making a statement.

Or will they even bother?  A lot more part-time jobs could be created to hunt down little old ladies who don't own a computer. Gee! How many homeless people are there now across Canada?   Insanity and waste, at its best! 

Marie
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Subject: Dirty Tricks

Mr. Harper has obviously kept a long list of everything that he tried to destroy while in a minority, so that it can be slapped on the table now that he has a 'majority'.  (I have to laugh every time I say or write that word as, 61.8% of the population DID NOT give Harper a majority. The math is stupefying.) 

His 'American list' is first in order of course:

Read : Harper takes on grand institution/December 2006 at – re: The Wheat Board

http://www.thestar.com/News/article/163816

 Dirty Tricks
–  What were they exactly?

*What was really going on in Brampton-Springdale riding? 

See:  Ruby Dhalla asks auditor general to investigate Kenney at -

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2011/04/27/cv-election-dhalla-gill-brampton548.html

The Conservatives flooded this riding as they realized that it was crucial to their winning of immigrant-rich-ridings in the GTA.  Yes, Conservative candidate Parm Gill won this riding, however many residents are wondering if the campaign attention will pay off.  As Manmeen Oberoin stated,  "the conservatives don't have a magic plan to help the riding."  They woo the immigration votes but forget them when the election is over," I might add, just like they do for the rest of us.

Harper flooded this riding with 'party operatives' and many immigrant residents throughout Peel and area, were upset when asked to attend a rally 'wearing their costumes.'

*Conservative Candidates not showing up for candidate debates across Ontario.

See Sikh Press at http://www.sikhpress.ca/pdf/210411-sp.pdf

There is a fantastic article in this online paper as well which you can also access here.  It is titled, 'Canadian Politics-Election Shed, and the Corporate Roosters by Renu Singh.  Just scroll down to find it.

*Then of course there were the shenanigans in other Toronto ridings.

See:  Vandalism spreads to second riding at – we are not just talking signs here.

http://thestar.com/news/article/979602--election-vandalism-spreads

Will the Toronto Police department from division 53 and the 14th division, follow through and report on their findings?

Were these crimes, possibly perpetrated by the Rhino Party?  I doubt it!


*Flagging and prevention of attendance at Conservative rallies

A rally organizer at a Conservative party campaign rally in Guelph told a student that she was barred from hearing Harper speak as she had been flagged.  When asked what that meant she was informed that the RCMP had run a background check and she was deemed 'unfit' to attend.  REALLY!

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/978838--no-welcome-mat-for-environmentalists

*Limiting questions on the trail – priceless!

http://www.thestar.com/printarticle/966583

You only have five questions that I will respond to guys and girls!  I don't care if it is costing $10,100 for reporters to travel on my campaign – so there!

*I am waiting for the answers from Elections Canada on their investigations into the following:
  • Source of robo-calls originating from California
  • Source of calls to voters in Ontario ridings informing voters on election day, that their poll stations had been moved
Will we ever hear the outcomes or will it just be left to fade away?  

*Tory bid to quash votes rejected at:

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/975507--elections-canada-rejects-tory-bid-to-quash-student-votes

Harper and his minions didn't get away with this one!

These are just a few of the dirty tricks, perpetrated in the supposed age of accountability and transparency in Toronto and surrounding areas.  Were there other incidents like this across the country, or just in the province of Ontario where Tory support was critical for a hmpf majority?????

Marie

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