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Who can petition the Standing Committee?

Please advise!

I need to petition the Access to Information Standing Committee and I am unclear who and under which conditions can do it. I have called and emailed the Committee but apparently no one knows.

I have hard proof that Foreign Affairs had made its own version law to actively filter out records and I have presented the proofs to the OIC but the OIC refuses to act. It even refuses to register my latest complaint.

I know of the noises the OIC has made recently about delays and all but there is a deeper root the these problems and that is the OIC itself. I do not think the government was less secretive in the days of John Reid - he just had the guts to act instead of lamenting. Today's OIC is just politics, smoke and mirrors.

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Is the Election in the UK turning out to be a blueprint for NDP success here in Canada?

 

It would seem that the modern trend toward people having less loyalty toward their political parties has helped the third-place Liberal-Democrats surge in the polls. Maybe there's a lesson here for the NDP?

The third party Liberal Democrats, who have recently averaged slightly under 19% in opinion polls, seem to have the most  momentum after Nick Clegg's excellent showing in the first debate. People in the UK seem to be willing to try a third party over the two parties that have monopolized power in the UK.

Clegg`s ability to harness pent up dissatisfaction against the political status quo may be something the NDP could emulate.

 

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The Erosion of National Policies in Canada: Part 1 Health Care

The Canadian Health Care System is being slowly dismantled in BC and in Quebec and elsewhere in Canada. Although Canadian citizens have access to OHIP the services covered are being eroded a little bit at a time. 

In Saskatchewan walk in clinics for so called orphaned patients abound. It would seem that the physicians working in these clinics get paid on a per patient basis. The more patients a doctor "sees" the more money the doctor gets. Patients are lined up and file in and out ,as if on an assembly line. Clinics here in Saskatchewan are notorious for quick-fix treatments.

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Removal of voter subsidy for political parties

I knew this was not far from top of mind and I thought they might go there in the budget. Now we know they won't because it is intended as a political election plank.

We are talking about the subsidy parties get for each vote they receive.

Unfortunately, the population has bought the media Conservative party propaganda that this is some nasty subsidy and must be stopped. There is no campaign to address this.

Parties should consider an information campaign on this.

At present there are two subsidies:

1) the per vote subsidy for all Canadians.

2) an effective 75% -- a massive percentage -- subsidy for those who donate to a party.

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Partisan Politics and the NDP

The comments by NDP supporters in some threads came to mind when I read the link below.  Here is an excerpt:

"There is an unfortunate transformation that some sometimes undergo when they become a part of what is the institution of our New Democratic Party.

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Andrea Horwath’s Ontario New Democrats starting to implode?

Andrea Horwath's Ontario New Democrats starting to implode?

After just one year at the helm of the already leaky ship known as the Ontario New Democratic Party, under Andrea Horwath the ship maybe ready to sink as she continues to lose control over her party and her members.

Portrayed as the fresh, new and moderate face of the Ontario NDP to the public, within her party she is quickly gaining the reputation of old labour guard, hypocrite and autocrat if Facebook, Rabble, the Toronto Star and general political gossip are anything to go by.

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Calgary Conservative MP lobbied his own government to bailout his almost bankrupt company?

Hello,

I have stumbled upon the following information while doing research on a Calgary MP. I thought it might be of interest:

Since this letter is rather lengthy, I will provide the following summary, followed by the letter. I do urge you to also read the letter as it contains a lot of information I cannot include in a summary:

· Calgary Centre MP, Lee Richardson, is the director and chairman of Streetlight Intelligence Inc. (http://ciec-ccie.gc.ca/ClientDeclarationPreviewMembers.aspx?DeclarationI..., http://streetlightiq.com/About/InvestorRelations/BoardofDirectors/tabid/... )

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ONDP MPP waxes eloquent in support of Tory private member motion against racist hate on UWO campus by Ann Coulter

Ha ha, fooled you.

Some gems from Ann Coulter's speech at UWO:

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“As a 17-year-old student of this university, Muslim, should I be converted to Christianity? Second of all, since I don’t have a magic carpet, what other modes do you suggest,” Al-Dhaher said to loud and sustained applause.

“I thought it was just American public schools that produced ignorant people,” Coulter replied, prompting her own round of applause.

Coulter then noted many Japanese were converted to Christianity after the Second World War and “we haven’t heard a peep out of them.”

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Rossi: Don't call me Right (wing)

So I was came across an article in today's Star where basically Mayoral candidate Rocco Rossi insists that he isn't "Right Wing" that he is instead a "pragmatist" he doesn't eat meat (why that would matter in the left-right spectrum is beyond me) and this old chestnut he actually bikes himself! Instead he states he is "fiscally conservative, socially liberal" Shit, if I heard a nickle for everytime I hear that, and further he is neither left nor right both phrases I've heard the Green Party spout for quite some time. Anyways, discuss.

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Not Rex Murphy: Humberto DaSilva

Humberto DaSilva won the Not Rex Murphy contest on rabble. If you missed the contest, you can read about it at: http://rabble.ca/rabbletv/notrex .

Here is Humberto's first Not Rex commentary, on the Greek economic crisis. Athough the Greek Debt Crisis is being blamed on deficits, Wall Street firms have been profiting on Greek debt for years.

Check out the video. Any feedback for Humberto?

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UA: Liberal Left Style

As Liberals and those of the larger activist block I call "Progressives" (those individuals who are not only Liberals but NDPers,Greens and anyone who doesn't like Stephen Harper) have just witnessed a do-nothing budget which will likely lead to a federal election this fall, Progressive activists should take a few moments to think about 2 anniversaries happening this year that could help shape the direction they would like to see the country move towards before and after the next federal election.

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Ignatieff and Israeli apartheid: Then and Now

Quote:
"When I looked down at the West Bank, at the settlements like Crusader forts occupying the high ground, at the Israeli security cordon along the Jordan river closing off the Palestinian lands from Jordan, I knew I was not looking down at a state or the beginnings of one, but at a Bantustan, one of those pseudo-states created in the dying years of apartheid to keep the African population under control." - Michael Ignatieff, The Guardian, April 19, 2002.

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