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Who would you vote for in the U.S. presidential election?

Did you know there's a U.S. presidential race happening? I know, shocking!

But, in all seriousness, we've been asking a lot of questions about the race like: How did Donald Trump become the Republican frontrunner? What can Canadian progressives learn from Bernie Sanders? Why does Hilary Clinton love fossil fuels?

Now, we know most of you can't vote in the U.S. election, however, let's imagine a world where you could:

Who would you vote for in the U.S. presidential election?

ETA: We forgot an important choice, added below!

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What question was going through your mind while watching the dust-up in the House of Commons?

Finally, a bench-clearing brawl in the House of Commons. 

The NDP were deliberately blocking Conservative Party whip Gord Brown from taking his seat in a bit of parliamentary gamesmanship. Justin Trudeau wasn't having it and left his seat to physically move Brown past Mulcair's ruffians. One of those ruffians, Ruth Ellen Brousseau, got an elbow in her chest for her troubles (and didn't turn into a pillar of salt).

Mulcair blustered, the Conservatives postured and Trudeau apologized. Then Trudeau apologized again. And again.

What question was running through your mind as you watched this calamity unfold?

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What electoral system would you like to see in Canada?

This week, the federal government started its review process for ushering in electoral reform to Canada.

Justin Trudeau promised that 2015 would be the last election run under the country's current "first-past-the-post" system.

With many factors to consider -- gender balance, Indigenous representation, making every vote count -- what electoral system do you want to see implemented in Canada?

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What do you want to see in Canada's postal system?

The Liberal government announced today that it will be launching a formal review of Canada Post, which will include such issues as whether door-to-door delivery will remain.

The corporation first announced in December 2013 it would phase out home delivery in urban areas -- resulting in up to 8,000 jobs being cut -- along with other changes.

The anouncement was met with ire from most, including CUPW and grassroots organizations, calling it "another case of a Harper-driven impoverishment of an essential service."

Trudeau campaigned on a promise to restore home delivery, and in October 2015 the plan to replace home delivery was suspended.

Judy Foote explained that the Liberals' review process will include Canadian's feedback on the national system and that they are not "ruling out anything."

What do you want to see in Canada's postal system?

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Do you think Premier Christy Clark's salary top-up is a conflict of interest?

Christy Clark receives $192,000 for her taxpayer-funded B.C. premier salary, and also receives up to $50,000 extra from her party.

The long-standing B.C. Liberal practice is now being challenged by the B.C. NDP, which has filed a complaint with B.C.'s conflict of interest commissioner alledging the extra money comes from "exclusive" private meetings with Clark and allows "direct benefits" according to B.C. NDP MLA David Eby.

Do you think Premier Clark's salary top-up is a conflict of interest?

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What's your reaction to the Mike Duffy verdict?

Senator Mike Duffy has been found not guilty on all 31 charges against him, including those relating to his residency and travel expenses.

Justice Charles Vaillancourt stated Duffy's conduct was "reasonable and honest" and that he was acting on advice from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO). He also said Duffy took steps to ensure he met the residency requirement and was given advice by then-prime minister, Stephen Harper.

Vaillancourt slammed the PMO's actions calling them "mind-boggling and shocking" and commented that Duffy was an unwilling participant in the overall scheme.

As the verdict sends shockwaves across the country, a full range of reactions has followed.

What's your reaction to the Mike Duffy verdict?

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What do you think of the Leap Manifesto?

Well, as Naomi Klein said, the Leap Manifesto is certainly in the news.

The document, launched during the 2015 election campaign and recently debated at the 2016 NDP convention, has received much attention for its call to act on climate change with an intersectional approach.

Rachel Notley seemingly slammed the Leap at the convention with her speech about the current economic situation in Alberta and others have dismissed it as "looney" or naive.

Supporters have praised its grassroots and inclusive approach and its call for immediate action on issues like climate change. 

The debate on the Leap Manifesto continues to surge. So we want to know: what do you think of the Leap Manifesto?

 

 

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What result do you want to see from the NDP convention?

The NDP convention is finally upon us, beginning tomorrow, and in the lead-up to it, analysts, individuals and NDP members have been pretty vocal about the party's future, especially when it comes to leadership.

The big question seems to be if Tom Mulcair will stay or go. Some comment that he is not the progressive leadership the party needs, while others suggest this focus should not overshadow the renewal of the party in general. However, several proposed resolutions will also be discussed that could have a hand in reshaping the party's future.

We've asked you what you think of the NDP leadership question (and, boy!, did you answer) and now we want to ask you this:

What result do you want to see from the NDP convention?

 

 

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What feedback will you give to the government on the TPP?

Canada's government is moving forward with its plan for community consultation on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.

This week Let's Talk TPP, a community feedback tool, launched to make certain your voice is heard.

Many experts, organizations and individuals have been vocal about the dangers of the TPP: major Internet restrictions, job-killing measures, weakened environmental provisions to name just a few.

What feedback will you give to the government on the TPP?

 

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What do you think of the Liberals' first federal budget?

The Trudeau government delivered its first budget on Tuesday. Many noted that it was a radical departure from the previous Harper government budgets, while others thought it was not radical enough.

Some real responses to addressing poverty and reducing inequality were tabled along with major funding increases for First Nations reserves and education; however, the actual committment seems suspect.

The budget missed the mark on closing loopholes, reducing subsidies for the fossil fuel industry and implementing a national child-care strategy.

The reaction to budget 2016 has been varied. What do you think of the Liberals' first federal budget?

 

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