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TODAY: Nathan Cullen answers your questions on his candidacy for NDP Leader

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Nathan Cullen
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Unionist wrote:
1. Do you recognize Québec's right to secede from Canada based solely on a 50% + 1 vote on a referendum question determined by the Assemblée Nationale? 
2. Do you support the amendment of the Canada Labour Code to incorporate the same anti-scab provisions as the Québec code? 
3. Do you support the application of Bill 101 to enterprises under federal jurisdiction in Québec?
New Democrat policy, and one I support, is expressed in the Sherbrooke is that 50% plus 1 is a majority and according to the Supreme Court that is a mandate to negotiate. We have moved several private members bills in parliament to enable Quebecers to receive services from businesses under federal jurisdiction in French. I support these efforts. 

 


Boom Boom
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I realize time's about up, but I'm dying to know, Nathan,  if there's a way to stop the Northern Gateway Pipeline if Harper decides to override a negaive assessment by the board or panel overseeing the hearings.

 

PS: keep up the great work!


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Mr Cullen I have been told that you have had a surpising lack of people in Kitimat willing to sign up as members in the NDP in order to vote for you in the leadership campaign. I believe the community has turned to the right and is now a conservative stronghold community and will not look favorably on you in the future if you faill in your bid to become leader. What are your thoughts on this.Thanks for the question. Well, we one 21 out of 21 polls in Kitimat in the last election so I feel pretty good about my support there. In terms of the leadership race our team there has been active and I'm proud of their work.

 

We could always use more help so if you want to help spread the word let us know. 


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The military budget has ballooned under the Harper govt.  Do you support a reduction in military spending, and if so, by about how much?  Also, how do we convert to less of a "war" economy, since a common (and legitimate) response to such a question is "what about those people whose employment depends on the military"?


Catchfire
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Thanks for those responses, Nathan. Our next question concerns the recent international discussion raised by the #occupy movement.

Tommy_Paine wrote:
One of the slogans coming out of the "Occupy Wall Street" movement is "Separation of Corporation and State." First, do you "believe" in the 'separation of corporation and sate", and if so, what would you see as the most important first legislative step to accomplish that end?


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MMASK wrote:

Mr Cullen I have been told that you have had a surpising lack of people in Kitimat willing to sign up as members in the NDP in order to vote for you in the leadership campaign. I believe the community has turned to the right and is now a conservative stronghold community and will not look favorably on you in the future if you faill in your bid to become leader. What are your thoughts on this.

 

I'm not Nathan, but my thoughts are that's pure BS..you really think the people of kitimat support  a oil pipeline going through it?


Nathan Cullen
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Tommy_Paine wrote:
One of the slogans coming out of the "Occupy Wall Street" movement is "Separation of Corporation and State." First, do you "believe" in the 'separation of corporation and sate", and if so, what would you see as the most important first legislative step to accomplish that end?

Traditionally private industry has existed under the power of the state and that it was a privilege (not a right) to operate a business. Now it seems that the tail wags the dog and that Canada now has a lobbyist for the oil sector in the prime minister and his cabinet. I'm not aware of any legislative barriers that prevent our governments from reestablishing the role and responsibility of the state. 


Todrick of Chat...
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Nathan,

What are your feelings on the situation in Libya? Do you still support the actions carried out by the RCAF on the poorly direction and mandate given by parliament?

How do you feel about illegal regime changes that Canada has taken part in over the last decade?

 

 


Howard
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Catchfire, you're doing a great job and Nathan thank you for your answers. I'm still waiting on pins and needles for Nathan's answer to some of the questions that have been raised about his interest in Canada's relationship with the Crown and how that might affect First Nations among others.


Catchfire
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Hi Todrick, we have a question about foreign policiy and Libya coming up, so please stay in tune with the flow of the conversation (insofar as that's possible!)


Todrick of Chat...
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Sorry Catahfire

 


MegB
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Thank you Catchfire for moderating this Q&A so effectively, and thank you Nathan for sharing your vision for Canada with us.


Nathan Cullen
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Hey Howard - I was coming just got busy. 

I've suggested that Canadians should be asked what we want our relationship to be with the crown. It seems as passing strange that the Queen or her rep must sign of on all of our laws and allow or disallow parliament to be closed. If the power isn't real (they don't ever refuse to sign our laws from parliament) then why have it?

 

First Nations get no respect from the current government or the queen before that we need a new and respectful relationship on govt to govt relations


Boom Boom
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I really hate to beg while time flies by so quickly, but if Nathan could suggest a plan of action if Harper overrides a negative evaluation of the Northern Gateway Pipeline, I'll be really, really happy.


Catchfire
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We may only have time for one more prepared question. This one concerns NDP's foreign policy and the current crisis in Libya and is from good ol' NDPP:

NDPP wrote:
Do you still believe in light of the results, that your vote yes for the use of 'R2P' NATO force in Libya was the right one? Are you aware that serious allegations of warcrimes have been made?

 


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Do you still believe in light of the results, that your vote yes for the use of 'R2P' NATO force in Libya was the right one? Are you aware that serious allegations of warcrimes have been made?

I still believe that I voted correctly given the information and the imminent threat from the Libyan regime. My only regret was that we didn't take more time in our deliberations prior to the vote being cast. In future we must seek greater and deeper council before we commit to armed engagements again. 


Howard
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Nathan Cullen wrote:

Hey Howard - I was coming just got busy. 

I've suggested that Canadians should be asked what we want our relationship to be with the crown. It seems as passing strange that the Queen or her rep must sign of on all of our laws and allow or disallow parliament to be closed. If the power isn't real (they don't ever refuse to sign our laws from parliament) then why have it?

 

First Nations get no respect from the current government or the queen before that we need a new and respectful relationship on govt to govt relations

Thanks so much for your answer. My question/concern is that as First Nation's treaties (and land claims) are signed with the Crown, and that they could lose those rights if Canada's relationship with the Crown is changed. It must be tough keeping up with all these questions!


Boom Boom
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I think you're awesome, Nathan, and I also love your sense of humour, especially in the debates! Laughing


Howard
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Boom Boom wrote:

I really hate to beg while time flies by so quickly, but if Nathan could suggest a plan of action if Harper overrides a negative evaluation of the Northern Gateway Pipeline, I'll be really, really happy.

Civil disobedience!


Nathan Cullen
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Hello Boom Boom

Good and sadly relevant question

Mr. Harper would almost certainly try to "overrule" an NEB rejection of Gateway two things come to mind: the law may not allow him to. Second, the people I've met and the folks I represent won't let that kind of injustice take place

He's put the whole process in disrepute with his bullying and put Canadians into a real state of anger by his attempted bullying. Bad move


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Any chance of Pat martin or Romeo Saganash backing you in the future? I noticed that Pat martin is in favour of your joint nomination idea and you would think all the work  you have done for the Aboriginal people in BC would help to get Mr. Saganash on board.


Catchfire
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Superb, Nathan. Thanks for taking the time. We have just one more question about homelessness and housing prices...

 

 

jerrym wrote:
My father lived through the Depression and then fought in WWII. As a result of this he never had a regular job until he was 31. Despite this and despite never earning even the average salary at any time in his life, he owned and sold three houses as he moved from job to job in different cities. I was able to buy a house in Vancouver 25 years ago in Vancouver during an economic downturn with an above average income that is now worth more than $750,000. My two university-age children are highly unlikely to ever own their own house in this city even with well-above average incomes because of current housing prices. Already, many thirtyish professionals are leaving the city because they cannot ever own a home and the latest survey of immigrants states that one third of them are paying more than 50% of their income for housing. Of course, the number of homeless is also mushrooming exponentially. We need a major housing program that addresses homelessness, housing for young adults and immigrants, even for ones with above average incomes. This is not impossible. Afterall, my father's generation, at least from the 1950s until the 1970s were able to find either rental or cooperative housing or achieve home ownership in a country that had relatively little homelessness in a much smaller economy. What is your plan to overcome these generational trends?

 


Nathan Cullen
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Certainly at the heart of our work must be to bring in the national affordable housing strategy that Olivia Chow, Libby Davies and others have worked so many years to build. The rampant speculation that has built up in many markets (and in particular Vancouver and Victoria) is a direct result of permissive and overly lenient financing partly enabled by a lack of regulation and governments wedded to bubble economics. 


Nathan Cullen
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This has been a great conversation and really enjoyed the forum. I'll be encouraging the other candidates to spend some quality time with Babble. If you want to keep the conversation going please drop by nathancullen.ca 

 

Thanks for all the great questions


Howard
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Good luck Nathan. We'd love to see you around these parts again!


Boom Boom
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Thanks, Nathan! I wish you the best in this leadership campaign.


kim elliott
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Thank you Nathan, for taking the time to drop by babble - and for agreeing to kick off this babble Q&A series! It's been great to follow the discussion this afternoon... Good luck with the remainder of the campaign!!  Please drop by anytime :-) 


Catchfire
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Thanks for joining us, Nathan. I know babble appreciates it.

For those interested, Brian Topp will be joining us next week on Wednesday, February 22 at 11:30 PST/2:30 EST, giving babblers another chance to interview an NDP leadership candidate.

In the near future Peggy Nash, Paul Dewar and Niki Ashton will also be dropping by, so stay tuned!

 


Tommy_Paine
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Missed him by that much, as Maxwell Smart used to say. 

Too short!  But interesting.

 


Boom Boom
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Any chance we could have Tom Mulcair?


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