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Coalition? Let's not give away the store

The Harper government's economic proposals, announced November 27, aroused a cry of outrage from unions and social activists across the country: "Throw the bums out."

The Conservative plan for cutbacks, combined with and attacks on the rights of unions and women, showed clearly, as CLC President Ken Georgetti said, that the Conservative government aims "to make working people pay for a crisis they did not create."

Efforts by the Liberals and NDP to forge an alternative government have won wide of support in progressive circles, where many see a coalition as the only way to bring the hated government down.

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Canadians for a Progressive Coalition start online campaign

 

 

This clip is brought to you by the group Canadians for a Progressive Coalition. Here is their message:

"In 2008 the majority of Canadians voted for a prosperous, fair, and green Canada. Over 60% of voters cast their ballots for parties with progressive platforms. With 37% of the vote the Conservatives will effectively hold 100% of the power.

The Conservatives received 170,000 fewer votes than the last election, yet they won more seats. The Greens, who received 940,747 votes, are not represented at all.

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| November 30, 2008

Progressive leaders urge opposition parties to form coalition government

OTTAWA, ON - Prominent progressive leaders have come together today to urge Stéphane Dion and Jack Layton to put partisan concerns aside and form a coalition government to serve the best interests of citizens suffering from a global economic crisis.



The open letter follows.



An urgent message to Stéphane Dion and Jack Layton: Only a coalition government can provide the leadership Canada needs



Dear Leaders,



We, the undersigned, write to you during this time of economic crisis to urge that you set aside all partisan considerations in favour of decisive action to help Canadians who are suffering and whose livelihoods are in jeopardy.

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Bullet points for electoral coalition. If you support cooperation, do these speak for you?

A message to Canada's progressive leaders from ordinary progressive canadians.

 

 

We Propose, Given:

 

  1. The current Conservative Government holds power primarily due to “vote splitting;” a peculiarity of the current “first-past-the-post” electoral system. 

     

  2. The core values of social justice, environmental sustainability and sound fiscal management are shared by Canada's three federalist progressive parties.

     

  3. The strong acrimony felt by many organizers in each progressive party for the other progressive parties is not shared by the majority of progressive voters. 

     

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BIG on Green Launch, Marketplace and Symposium and concert in the dark

Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 12:00pm - 10:00pm

Location

Humber College
205 Humber College Blvd. Etobicoke Highway 27 and Finch Avenue
Etobicoke, ON M9W 5L7
Canada
43° 43' 50.646" N, 79° 36' 1.7712" W

FREE Green Expo and Conference w/ Pedal Powered Concert Launches BIG on Green.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS:

• Green Marketplace features the latest in cost-effective, eco-friendly solutions and local suppliers for business and home, including Exhibitions and demonstrations showcasing eco-friendly technology and local vendors ; Free Interactive activities, entertainment, speakers and giveaways; Networking sessions with experts and recruiters designed specifically for job
seekers considering a career in the green economy.

Conjuring new lifeways with ancient wisdom & emerging science

Saturday, January 28, 2012 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Location

downtown Toronto
Spadina & Queen
Toronto M5A 4P9
Canada
Phone: 416-368-0348
43° 38' 17.8584" N, 79° 23' 32.1216" W

A fundraising workshop for the Seven Directions Land Recovery Project. Activists, artists, community workers and all folks welcome. Facilitated by Zainab Amadahy

Did you know that feeling compassion:

· Registers as happiness in your brain?
· Enhances your immune response?
· Generates healthy physical responses?

Did you know that when you commit an act of kindness you generate healthful biological responses for yourself AND those who OBSERVE you in action?

Did you know that reciting or listening to an Elder deliver a Thanksgiving Address impacts you emotionally, mentally AND PHYSICALLY?

Harper: "Electoral reform might well revive the left"

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This pesky coalition business

One of the most prominent issues of the current Canadian election campaign is the idea of coalitions. Stephen Harper, the right wing Conservative leader, presents them as an affront to Canadian values and all that is right about our democracy. The absurd position, which has no historical foundation, is not countered in any substantial way by the other parties.

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Stop Harper/Ignatieff's corporate coalition

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Location

Bahen Centre
40 St. George street UofT, north of College
Toronto
Canada
43° 39' 34.6716" N, 79° 23' 48.6528" W

The twin parties of corporate Canada, the Conservatives and Liberals, have formed an unofficial coalition to extend the war in Afghanistan, block climate justice, and promote austerity measures. Join a discussion about the real coalition threat, and how we can mobilize against it both during and after the election.

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