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Reject the election. Don’t mark your ballot!

Canadians go to the polls, again.

Are you a disaffected and angry voter? Planning to pass on election day? Unwilling to play ‘party games' again? Shouldn't an election be about hope and renewal?

There is one alternative. Reject your ballot on election day! Make the election a referendum on our political system!!

It is hard for people to express dissatisfaction with our politics other than not voting. But not voting does nothing to fix our political system.

In the 2008 federal election 94,733 ballots were reported as rejected. A Rejected Ballot is one that cannot be counted because it is improperly marked. The easiest way is to make no mark or select two or more choices. Elections Canada reports the number of Rejected Ballots.

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NDP battleground seats

Ok fine, battleground is a silly over used term.  Point is, what do people think are close ridings that could go NDP if the ground game and organization is there. I'm thinking it might be best to keep it short and sweet. Name the riding and why it's in play,etc.

I'll start with a couple:


*Dartmouth- Cole Harbour (NS)

2 way race

Lib - Mike Savage (Incumbent) vs. NDP Robert Chisholm

Why? Savage has held the riding since Wendy Lill NDP retired, but Chisholm is well known as a former leader of the provincial ndp. Last election Brad Pye lost by 3800 votes. Chisholm knows how to bring the ground game.


*Parkdale-High Park (ON)

2 way race

Lib - Gerard Kennedy (Incumbent) vs NDP Peggy Nash

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Dana Larsen will answer your questions

Hello to the good folks of Babble,

I used to post here fairly often but it's been a long time since I have been by.

Since I am running for the Leadership of the BC NDP, I thought I'd drop in and see if there's any questions that people here want to ask me about my campaign and my goals in this Leadership bid.

My leadership campaign is based upon four pillars: Democracy, Sustainability, Social Justice and Smart on Crime.

I have a pretty comprehensive set of policies and ideas at my website here: http://www.VoteDana.ca/platform

I'll do my best to check in over the remainder of the campaign and answer any questions anyone might have for me.


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BDS campaign against China for its appalling treatment of and contempt for Tibetans?

In light of this week's events in which China once again pressured Nepal to foil attempts by refugee Tibetans to hold an election to choose a new Prime Minister for the government-in-exile (apparently democracy is seditious), I would like to ask a serious if naive question.

Why is there not on this board call for a BDS campaign against China for its treatment of Tibetans?

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Hey all, I've read rabble several times but never really participated here. I once considdered myself a PC, but now find the Green Party is closest to my own ideoligy in most ways. The current Conservative Party with no Progressive component is a true tragedy.

I'm hoping for a spring election for many reasons. My frustration with the current government has been building for many years, and I can no longer keep track of all the issues and scandals so I've made a parody site for my own cathartic purposes which I like to share.





Coalition of Progressive Electors winter gala

Feb 26, 2011 to Feb 27, 2011
Museum of Vancouver
1100 Chesnut Street
Vancouver , BC
49° 16' 33.6468" N, 123° 8' 46.2624" W
British Columbia CA
Join the Coalition of Progressive Electors for their winter gala at the Vancouver Museum.
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NDP Picking-Up Steam in Montreal?

I just got home from an NDP nomination.  It was the second such ievent I'd been at in a few months where the candidates seemed impressive and there was some magic.  Although I'm not really a political junkie, I have some interest in progressive agendas and intriguing candidates.

I just came from Tyrone Benskin's event in the southwest Montreal riding of Jeanne LeBer.  He is an actor and, I believe , executive from ACTRA.  He's fairly charismatic and spoke a lot about Can-content and cultural issues.  He seems to be a natural.  These issues could resonate well in urban Quebec.


Catch 22 - Vancouver area meeting

Jan 17, 2011 to Jan 18, 2011
TBD - Likely somewhere in Gastown Vancouver , BC
49° 14' 54.6828" N, 123° 6' 31.68" W
British Columbia CA
Catch 22 Harper Conservatives will be holding a get-together for supporters and interested parties to provide a campaign update and hear from you.


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