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Green Party wants to vote Strategically?

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May is offering to co-operate with the NDP and the Liberals when it comes to running candidates in the next federal election.

The Green Party of Canada concluded its national convention in Fredericton over the weekend and one of the party’s policies is electoral reform.

May said she’s hearing from Canadians who want to defeat Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government.

She says some of these Canadians are telling her that they want to back the candidate who has the best chance of beating the Conservative candidate — whether that means voting Green, Liberal or NDP.

May said it would be better if parties with similar interests could work out a deal before voters go to the polls.

“We’d be prepared to talk to anyone about any form of electoral co-operation that would give Canadians a Parliament that would reflect the way they really voted,” she said.

The electoral co-operation could mean parties would agree not to compete against each other in certain ridings.

May says her offer to NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is only good for the next federal election. So far, May said neither the Liberals nor the NDP have responded to her offer for future electoral co-operation.

For the co-operation to move forward, May said the parties would also have to support electoral reform.

The Greens want to Canada to replace the current first-past-the-post electoral system with a form of proportional representation.

May said the existing electoral system allowed the Conservatives to form a majority government in 2011 with less than 40 per cent of the vote.

Past electoral co-operation

Electoral co-operation is not a new subject for May.

In the 2008 federal election, the Green Party leader ran in the Nova Scotia riding of Central Nova against long-time Conservative MP Peter MacKay. Even though the Liberals decided not to run a candidate against May in the riding, she still lost the election.

May was elected in the riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands in the 2011 federal election, defeating Conservative MP Gary Lunn. The Liberals did run a candidate in that race, but the candidate finished in last place.

Trevor Parsons was one of several callers to CBC’s Maritime Connection on Sunday, who said he plans to vote strategically in 2015.

“People have to decide, I’m going to vote for the person most likely to defeat the Conservative candidate and that’s the only way we’re going to save this democracy,” Parson said.

While some voters may be ready to vote strategically, one New Brunswick political observer said it is doubtful the larger parties would agree to any form of electoral co-operation.

J.P. Lewis, a political scientist at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John, said it’s not in the best interests of larger political parties to agree to any form of co-operation.

“I think it’s a very difficult thing to do. And this is a cynical view, but why would you change the rules of the game that you keep winning,” he said.

Bill “c-23” fair elections act.

The Conservative government’s “Fair” Elections Act received Royal Assent last Friday. Despite massive public outcry and dozens of amendments so that Stephen Harper’s own MPs would vote for it, it’s now the law of the land.

How ironic: Stephen Harper pushed through unfair changes to how we vote by banking on his unelected Conservative majority in the Senate.

Remember when Harper said he wouldn’t appoint unelected senators in the first place?

New Video’s

Please check out the new video on Employment Insurance from PSAC. They are under the video tab.

Harper stuck with Senate.

The Supreme Court of Canada has unanimously rejected the Conservative government’s attempt to transform the Senate into an elected body, and to set term limits of nine years, saying that such basic changes require the consent of at least seven provinces and half of Canadians.

The court also nixed the possible abolition of the Senate without the consent of all provinces, the House of Commons and the Senate — probably impossible for the foreseeable future. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government had asked the court if abolition could occur with the consent of seven provinces and half of the country’s population.

Full story from Globe and Mail..here

Temporary Foreign Worker Program Info

For decades, Canada has relied on migrant workers to help develop the economy. Many come through the government’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). This program was intended to fill very specific jobs on a short term basis—jobs that required workers and skills that did not exist in the country.  But since 2006, the Harper government has made it much easier for employers of all kinds to use migrant workers. It’s like they’ve built a pipeline that can be easily tapped into.  Employers are now able to hire temporary migrant workers to harvest crops, fly planes, drive trucks, care for children and elders, respond to trouble tickets on IT help desks, and—incredibly—serve coffee at Tim Hortons and flip burgers at Wendy’s!

Check this out.

Quebec election call: April 7, 2014

Premier Pauline Marois has confirmed that Quebecers will go the polls in a general election next month. Marois made a declaration in Quebec City this morning and said her cabinet had passed a decree paving the way for an election. She did not mention the date for the vote but it will be held April 7. The first poll of the campaign shows Marois’ Parti Québécois with a strong lead among francophone voters.

Update on Bill C-525

Bill C-525 – An Act to Amend the Canada Labour Code, the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act (PESRA) and the Public Service Labour Relations Act (PSLRA) has been sent back to the House for Report Stage and Third Reading. The bill also known as the Employee Voting Rights Act is currently scheduled to be debated in the House at Third Reading on April 7, 2014. This date could change should the Conservatives move it up in the order of business.

Download pdf letter here

Mise à jour sur le projet de loi C-525

Le projet de loi C-525, Loi modifiant le Code canadien du travail, la Loi sur les relations de travail au Parlement (LRTP) et la Loi sur les relations de travail dans la fonction publique (LRTFP), a été renvoyé à la Chambre pour l’étape du rapport et la troisième lecture. Ce projet de loi également appelé Loi sur le droit de vote des employés est censé être débattu par la Chambre en troisième lecture le 7 avril 2014. Cette date pourrait être modifiée si les Conservateurs l’inscrivent plus tôt dans l’ordre des travaux.

Download French-pdf

New Videos

Please review the video section, under resources. we have added two new videos:
1) 125th anniversary of the IAM; which is 10 minutes in length.
2) “Made in USA” video on the Ontario right to work, shows the true story behind this.

Both video’s are under the resources section.

List of MP web sites

 

Check out the list of MP websites: link is under the “Canada MP List” tab.

The top websites for Members of Parliament

 

 

Boulerice, Alexandre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://boulerice.org/index.php/en/

 Chisholm, Robert  http://www.robertchisholm.ca/
 Chow, Olivia  http://www.oliviachow.ca/
 Crowder, Jean  http://www.jeancrowder.ca/
 Cullen, Nathan  http://www.nathancullen.com/
 Davies, Don  http://dondavies.ca/
 Duncan, Linda  http://lindaduncanmp.ca/
 Freeman, Mylène  http://www.mylenefreeman.ca/
 Fry, Hedy  http://www.hedyfry.com/
 Harris, Dan  http://danharris.ndp.ca/
 Masse, Brian  http://brianmasse.ndp.ca/
 Mathyssen, Irene  http://www.irenemathyssen.ca/
 Nash, Peggy  http://peggynash.ndp.ca/
 Nunez-Melo, José  http://josenunezmelo.ndp.ca/
 Rankin, Murray  http://murrayrankin.ndp.ca/
 Thibeault, Glenn  http://glennthibeault.ndp.ca
 Weston, John  http://www.johnweston.ca/

Complete list of Members of Parliament’s websites

1st Ballot for NDP Leader
Thought on Labour

“I've always resented the smug statements of politicians, media commentators, corporate executives, who talked of how, in America, if you worked hard, you would become rich. The meaning of that was, if you were poor, it was because you hadn't worked hard enough. I knew this was a lie—about my father, and millions of others: men and women who worked harder than anyone.” ― Howard Zinn

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