Politics in Canada

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Strategic Voting = Harper

I wish I could flag Kathleen O'Hara's "column" as offensive - Canadians are tired of being told they have no choice; that they have to choose one of two interchangeable red or blue doors. People on the Left have been "strategically" voting en masse since 1993 and it has gotten us nothing but Liberal majorities that implement the Reform Party's neo-liberal agenda and Conservative minorities propped up by Liberal seals. The fact that Rabble is playing into this BS by promoting columns like Ms. O'Hara's leaves me aghast (I will remember it the next time Rabble solicits me for money).

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I am still shocked at how easily the Reform party slipped inside Conservative clothing and appropriated all things PC. Can we please stop calling them Tories! A friend of mine coined the term "REFORM-a-Tories". It is a more accurate reference and would make for great T-shirts. In the spirit of Murray Dobbin's strategic framing, I think we should stop calling Steve a Tory. He is not and we are being governed by the Reform party. I hate that!


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election - reaching out beyond the choir

just wondering how (if) people are doing in terms of reaching out to people to try and sway their vote / inform them about issues for this election?

an Ipsos Reid survey just found that in early April, only 1 in 5 Canadians were tuning in to online election coverage via news or social media sites at least once a week

that's a lot of people who, if they're getting any info at all, are only hearing from the corporate media or the campaigners who come to their doors


i was wondering if people have been printing off copies of the rabble rouser and doing outreach with them (or what people think of the concept)?

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Desperate Liberals trot out abortion bogey-man

So the Liberals are losing steam...badly. What do they do to revive their flagging campaign? Trot out the old abortion bogey-man. While it is true that there are an alarming number of anti-choice elements in the Harper government, the Liberals' record is far from stellar. For example, it's too bad that Michael Ignatieff skipped the vote on the following Tory member's bill:


C-510, Criminalizing abortion.


But I suppose not showing up was better than voting IN FAVOUR of it as did these 10 Liberal MPs did:


Ruby Dhalla

Albina Guarnieri

Jim Karygiannis

Kevin Lamoureux

Lawrence MacAulay

Gurbax Malhi

John McKay

Dan McTeague

Paul Szabo

Alan Tonks


Toronto Palestine film festival

Oct 1, 2011 to Oct 8, 2011
The Bloor Cinema, The AGO, The Rivoli, Beit Zatoun
43° 39' 9" N, 79° 22' 54.0012" W
The Toronto Palestine Film Festival (TPFF) is pleased to announce that it will be returning for its fourth year!
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Could Canada be more democratic?

Democracy is the degree to which citizens have input and control over political decision making, so there are degrees of democracy. I suggest that Canadians do not have much control over their politics, whether provincial or federal. Yes we have free elections but that is it. The only control we do have is in selecting our representative on Election Day (using a flawed system). Should we make Canada more democratic?

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Universal Healthcare is a lie.

Watching the election coverage I must point this issue out because I am fed up!

I hear all three main National parties talk about maintaining universal healthcare in Canada which I call BS.

I was told I could access medical services in British Columbia only to have the service I needed rejected. When I asked why I was not allowed to get medical services I was advised in a letter from the Vancouver Coastal Health authority that they do not accept patients who have insurance claims and I quote


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Record number of women candidates for NDP

The NDP is all nominated, and out of 308 candidates we have nominated 124 women (40.3%). Here's how the other parties fare:

Cons: 68/307 (22.2%)

Libs: 87/297 (29.3%) - ouch, that's down from last time, I think.

Green: 58/200 (29.0%) - they are some behind with their nominations!

BQ: 24/75 (32.0%)

While we're not yet where we should be (>50%), it's nice to see that we're still moving in the right direction.


Pundit's Guide




May Day 2011

May 1, 2011 to May 2, 2011
Free Times Cafe
320 College Street
Toronto , ON
43° 39' 27.5724" N, 79° 24' 8.9028" W
Ontario CA
Toronto's 25th annual May Day celebration.
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Media sources and party debates

Hi everybody,

I'm brand new to the rabble forums and really Canadian politics in general and have a few introductory questions. Having done a little bit of research I tend to think that this is the best place to ask these questions.

I've been following American politics for a while now and am only too aware of the biases present in almost all forms of political coverage by the mainstream media. I would label myself a progressive and am wondering if anyone has any recommendations about where to get my information regarding the upcoming election/Canadian politics in general. I plan on using rabble, but any other trustworthy sources would be appreciated.


Lia Tarachansky of the Real News Network at Ryerson University

Apr 2, 2011 to Apr 3, 2011
Ryerson University
55 Gould Street SCC 115 in the Ryerson Student Centre
M5B 2K3 Toronto , ON
43° 39' 27.8028" N, 79° 22' 41.2968" W
Ontario CA
Israeli-Canadian journalist Lia Tarachansky of the independent video news network, The Real News, will be touring Canadian campuses.

Citizens in Action

Apr 12, 2011
Concordia Hall
1455 de Maisonneuve Bldvd. West
45° 29' 49.1532" N, 73° 34' 43.2696" W
An alternative globalization organization
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Dana Larsen will answer your questions

Hello to the good folks of Babble,

I used to post here fairly often but it's been a long time since I have been by.

Since I am running for the Leadership of the BC NDP, I thought I'd drop in and see if there's any questions that people here want to ask me about my campaign and my goals in this Leadership bid.

My leadership campaign is based upon four pillars: Democracy, Sustainability, Social Justice and Smart on Crime.

I have a pretty comprehensive set of policies and ideas at my website here: http://www.VoteDana.ca/platform

I'll do my best to check in over the remainder of the campaign and answer any questions anyone might have for me.



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