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Socialist Party Ontario Conference this weekend/social on Friday with Joe Higgins

Sisters and Brothers,

The Socialist Party of Ontario has its founding/organising convention this Saturday at the Bond Place Hotel, 65 Dundas Street East and there is also a social on Friday evening starting at 7 pm in the back room of the Imperial Pub across the street at 54 Dundas Street East ($5 donation requested) . Our special guest will be Irish socialist MP Joe Higgins who will be making a few brief comments at the social and the keynote address at the convention.

The link below is to the agenda for the convention this Saturday, May 28th.

Please note that people are welcome all during the day. You need not register at the start of the day to attend. If you are late, or can only attend for specific parts of the day, that is fine.

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How to deal with extremists?

Even here in Canada, in a country that goes around two major Sovreingty Referendum without falling into civil war, we got some extremist. The question is how should we deal with them?

 

The Tuscon Incident in Arisona and the Rewanda Genocide are proof that we can't let them do what they want. The problem is that they still rooming free saying to who ever they want to ear them there hate speech. If no body want to listen to them they will be no problem, still they are people who listen to then and they might be closer that you thing. It migth even be your influencable 13 Year old teenager who get radicalize because he haven't learn to test the argument and let it emotion get the bettter of him.

 

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Should Canadians Living Abroad Keep the Right to Vote Beyond Five Years?

There's a number of issues facing Canadians living abroad but I'll start with this one.  Currently, Canadians living abroad are allowed to vote in the riding of their last Canadian address.  After five years of living abroad, Canadians lose their right to vote.  A while ago (need to dig out info), Elections Canada recommended to abolish the five-year limit at a Parliamentary committee.

The Asia Pacific Foundation estimates the number of Canadians living abroad to be approximately 2.7 million.

Opinions?

 

 

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New(ish) activist on the block

Hi there, my main objective is to get some feedback from this community on various issues facing Canadians abroad.

I'll be posting in the Canadian politics section.

I worked for a high profile opposition MP of the orange persuation.  Now I'm home with my little one.  I hope to work again for the orange team when my little one is old enough.

I hope the community will provide me with feedback so that it will guide my advocacy work.

Yup, I'm putting my real name out there.

 

 

 

 

 

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New NDP M.P. Ages

I have been trying to discern the ages of the newly-elected group of NDP M.P.s under 30, but the information on some of them is scarce.

Can any other babblers help fill in the ages of the new Members that are missing?

Here's what I have found so far:

Age 20:  Borg, Dussault (as of May 31st)

      21:  Liu, Peclet

      22:  Dube, Freeman

      25:  Dore-Lefebvre, Michaud

      26:  Danny Morin, Marie-Claude Morin

      27:  Brosseau, Latendresse, Isabelle Morin

      28:  Moore

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Humour (lack of) in ALT politics

After attending the YesMen workshop last night, it is glaringly apparent that what's missing in ALT politics is a sense of humour. Notoriously lacking in the labour movement, it has spread like a virus throughout the Canadian political environment (see NDP).

I'm happy to see "If you can't trust a sock monkey, your soul is dead." on the Rabble site.

I consider ridicule to be one of the highest forms of political action, and the workshop was inspiring. OTPOR is also a good example of how this works.

 

 

 

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More Christians Should Vote NDP

I am reading this book Armaggedon Factor: The Rise of Christian Nationalism in Canada by Marci McDonald, an I am frustrated by how many Christians (Almost All Denominations) vote for Harper and the Conservatives. 

There are many quotes from the New Testament where Jesus addresses economic inequality. The most condemning is James 5: 1-5, "

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Build on historic gains for NDP

Build on Historic Gains for NDP
by Barry Weisleder

Voters in Canada made history on May 2 when they catapulted the labour-based New Democratic Party into Official Opposition status. Relegated to distant third place is the former main party of business rule, the Liberal Party. Its head, Michael Ignatieff, lost his own Toronto seat and resigned as party leader. And despite a mere 1.8 per cent increase in its share of the vote, and with over 60 per cent cast against them, the autocratic right wing Stephen Harper Conservatives gained a majority of seats.

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NB NDP Leader Suggests Talks with Liberals

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/story/2011/05/05/nb-ndp-libe...

 

"New Brunswick's Liberals and New Democrats should consider greater co-operation between the parties to push forward policies of common interest, NDP Leader Dominic Cardy said Thursday.

Cardy, who became the province's NDP leader in March, said during CBC New Brunswick's weekly political panel that the two parties should consider looking beyond the traditional party structures.

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Montmagny-L'Islet-Kamouraska-Rivière-du-Loup: +1 NDP, -1 Tories?

Seems like in Montmagny-L'Islet-Kamouraska-Rivière-du-Loup, the NDP candidate, François Lapointe, might win over the Tories candidate, Bernard Généreux:

 

(French article)

 

http://www.cyberpresse.ca/le-soleil/dossiers/elections-federales/201105/04/01-4395908-le-npd-prend-la-tete-devant-bernard-genereux.php?utm_categorieinterne=trafficdrivers&utm_contenuinterne=cyberpresse_B4_en-manchette_2238_section_POS2

 

 

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Left-curious...

Hi! I'm new here. Not sure if I should be (LOL), but after voting Reform/Alliance/Conservative for ages, I just voted NDP for the first time, so feeling a little "dirty". 

I am however, very excited to see how the NDP's shinny-happy new candidates in Quebec do once settled in Ottawa. This should be a fun session of Parliament.

Going to shower now :P

 

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ndp losses and near wins.

all in all, if we put aside toronto and quebec, this wasn't such a stellar night for the way.

and the defeat that hurts the most is tony martin, that's a real stinger, easily the 3rd best member of the caucus, it's hard for me to imagine an ndp opposition without him there on the front benches.

maloway, i'm not really has much of an effect on the caucus, though it'd have been nice not to have lost such a safe seat. and rebecca blaikie, god love her, should not run again. speaking of manitoba (cough), kenora, damn, thought that one would be closer.

other thoughts: a stronger candidate in van island north couldn't have hurt; palliser is getting to feel unwinnable. reagan and keddy in nova scotia, two very tough nuts to crack, and mckay just ran away with that one this time.

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