On April 5, 2014, I sent this tweet to every Conservative MP. A few answered.
I am sure they have forgotten by now.
But I haven’t. And I hope you haven’t either.
Duke of Devon just posted a very valuable resource that can help us ensure that the Harper Government is DEFEATED in the fall election.
Due to our very un-democratic first-past-the-post system, the danger of Harper being returned to power is very real, since people may not consider the need for strategic voting. Yes, ABC but exactly how to do it best in your riding?
This organization leadnowca is spearheading an effort to identify the most likely to win non-Conservative candidate in ridings all across Canada.
One is asked to sign the following pledge:
I pledge to vote for the best local candidate who can defeat the Harper Conservatives in my riding.
In the last federal election, a majority of people voted for a change in government, but their votes split across party lines and the Harper Conservatives got 100% of the power in Parliament with just 39% of the vote.
This time, we can defeat the Harper Conservatives by uniting NDP, Liberal and Green voters in swing ridings where a few thousand votes will be all that’s standing in the way of another Harper majority.
If we work together through this election, we’ll build a movement strong enough to stop a Harper majority, and to push the NDP, Liberals and Greens to cooperate for a strong democracy, fair economy and clean environment
At the time of this post, 35,328 have signed. Remember the despair of watching the long May 29, 2014 meeting when each and every amendment was defeated by the Conservatives? The passionate pleas of Murray Rankin to recognize all Canadians as equals? The revolting dismissal delivered by the Parliamentary Secretary for Finance MP Gerald Keddy (who by that time, had come to terms with the fact that there really is such a thing as an “American (US) Person; i.e., he apparently read the IGA, all 48 pages of it, in time for the final deliberations, unlike his statement of May 14):
I’ve never heard the term “American person” before. You’re either an American citizen or you’re not an American citizen, or you’re a foreign entity working in the United States with a green card.
But quite frankly, the idea that somehow this is new is incorrect. American citizens have always had a tax liability due to their citizenship and, quite frankly, we can’t change that. All we can do is put some parameters and some rules around it, and that is what FATCA has done.
I will never understand what is meant by “we can…put some parameters and rules” around the taxation of American citizens. Is he saying the Canadian Parliament has managed to control what the Americans are doing by passing the IGA? Could someone please explain what this means? The IGA has nothing to do with tax anyway……….
Here are the links to the transcripts and videos for FINA meetings on Bill C-31, Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 1 (pertaining to the IGA)
May 13, 2014 Evidence
May 13, 2014 Video
(with Lynne Swanson, Prof Allison Christians and Prof Arthur Cockfield)
May 14, 2014 Evidence
May 14, 2014 Video
(with John Richardson)
Evidence May 29, 2014
Video May 29, 2014
ADCS-ADSC version produced by David Zimmerly & Lynne Swanson.
To sum up:
A clear majority of people want change, but the Harper Conservatives could win another majority if the vote splits between the NDP, Liberals, and Greens — just like it did in the last election.
The Vote Together campaign is about bringing people together – people who have voted NDP, Liberal, and Green, first-time voters, and even some unhappy Conservative voters – to pick the best local candidate who can defeat the Conservatives in their riding and move Canada forward.
We’re coming together because we want to elect a stable minority government with representatives who will work together for a strong democracy, a fair economy, and a clean environment.
So who will be the best local candidate who can win in your riding? You’ll decide. We’ll send you information about the state of the race, and candidate positions on key issues.
Please, look into this, and pass the word in your own riding to your neighbors as well as to all your family and friends in their ridings.
“You won’t recognize Canada when I’m through with it,” warned Stephen Harper.
Bill C-23, The Fair Elections Act, government being sued by The Council of Canadians and Canadian Federation of Students with Rocco Galati
and last but not least,