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MayDay 2011: Alternatives for Conservatives (repost)

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For most of us, there should be no doubt that the Conservative Party of Canada is broken and represents everything that’s wrong in the world:

  • Poor fiscal management
  • Broken promises
  • Corruption and contempt for Parliament
  • Ignoring your beliefs and value system

Take heart if you’re a small-c conservative and you’re looking for someone that’s not a crook or someone that’s willing to spin any lie just to grab your vote!  There are many alternatives out there.

Seriously.  Here are just a few:

The Green Party (Site)

I fully admit that this (and all summaries below) is a very superficial summary, but the Green Party represents some of the following basic principles:

  • Let the market do what the market does best
  • No deficit
  • Lower taxes on personal income
  • Proportional representation
  • Taxes on waste

In essence, they feel to me like a libertarian party, but with a shade of green.

Why would a conservative vote for them?

Don’t believe the mainstream media: the Green Party of Canada is not a ‘lefty’ party ‘full of hippies’.  The Canadian Greens put the market in front of most of their policies and most of their platform has a vibe of ‘white collar’ politics.  While they’re very popular with young voters, most seniors tend to vote Green because they want to stay ‘mainstream’ while also staying faithful to small-c conservative values.

Libertarian Party (Site)

The Libertarians are strong believers that the government should not be in our lives in any way, shape or form.  The less government, the better.

The resulting promise of less government is lower taxes, reduced waste and less frustration for those who simply want to get on with their lives.

If you’re not familiar with the Libertarians, a very famous one is Ron Paul in the US.  Ron Paul is a Republican from Texas, but doesn’t believe in the largesse of government that has been brought about by all parties, including those of a conservative bent.

Why would a conservative vote for them?

Libertarians attract those that have had enough with promises, regardless of how much (or little) they will cost.

To see if you’re a Libertarian, try their Canadian quiz.  You may be surprised just how closely you’re aligned with their beliefs!

Canadian Action Party (Site)

One of the central planks of the Canadian Action Party is their demand that we get rid of the Bank of Canada.

While most of their other policies rank towards the left of the spectrum, this one puts them squarely in the middle of Libertarian territory, as Ron Paul has been an advocate of abolition of the Federal Reserve and deficit financing for many years.

Why would a conservative vote for them?

To be honest, I’m not so sure there’s a good answer to this question, but if there’s not a Libertarian or Green candidate in your riding, these may prove to be a good alternative.

Another reason why you would consider them: like the old Reform folks, they’re very supportive of an Elected Senate. Unlike the NDP – which would do away with the Senate altogether – the Canadian Action Party would fill the gap left when the Reform Party was vapourized in 2003.

Christian Heritage Party of Canada (Site)

I’ll go on record and remind everyone that I’m not a fan of the Christian Heritage Party (CHP), but I am a fan of democracy and it’s certainly their right to be out there soliciting votes.

The CHP is the only party to my knowledge that asserts its religious affiliation (Judeo-Christian) in the general public and is a viable option for all of those people that have been supporting the Conservative Party of Canada but who have yet to see progress made on issues like abortion, same-sex marriages and so on.

Why would a conservative vote for them?

If you used to be an Alliance member or simply want to see more overt religion in the policy-making that happens in this country, this is the party for you.

Since the ‘Unite the Right’ campaign washed all of these stronger theological discussions under the table, you’ve been struggling to find a voice with mainstream parties and you’re more than happy to support those that ACTUALLY reflect your value systems and who don’t pretend to reflect them just to grab a vote.

Pirate Party of Canada (Site)

The Pirate Party of Canada got its start when our government began to crack down on people that were using file-sharing and copyrighted materials for personal use.

They reflect the popular Pirate Party in Europe that actually won a number of seats in

There aren’t many candidates in this election, but the party is growing and we expect them to add candidates as the campaign progresses towards May 2.

Why would a conservative vote for them?

While the PPC may be seen as a single-issue party, they have a Libertarian bent that’s very refreshing, particularly if you’re young and you believe in openness, transparency and the elimination of copyright regulations that favour big companies and cost consumers billions each year.

Progressive Canadian Party (once the Progressive Conservatives) (Site)

The Progressive Canadian Party (PCP) is what remains from the aftermath of the Unite the Right campaign in 2003 that saw Stephen Harper consolidate and take control of the following parties:

  • Conservatives
  • Reform Party of Canada
  • Alliance Party

Or … CRAP as an acronym.  Sorry … my anti-Conservative bias is showing 🙂

Why would a conservative vote for them?

Any ‘Red Tory’ would be proud to vote for the Progressive Canadian Party, as they continue to reflect the softer side that the Conservatives lost when Stephen Harper took the reins of the CPC.

Most of the memes related to ‘family’ and religion are absent from the guiding principles of the party.  Instead they focus on unique concepts like sustainability, ‘100 mile diets’, education, health care with some injection of private business and so on.

United Party of Canada (Site)

The United Party of Canada (UPC) is another recent response to the last election where dark-blue Conservatives ran rough over basic principles related to balance, equity and fairness.

Most of their policies reflect this response, including the following directions:

Why would a conservative vote for them?

The party is described as being centrist and would appeal to those ‘Red Tories’ that don’t have a Progressive Canadian candidate running in their riding.

Western Block Party (Site)

The Western Block Party offers those west of Ontario to consolidate their vote and influence into something more tangible, much like the Bloc Quebecois has in the past with Quebec.

The greatest challenge with the WBP is that the founder was the lawyer that represented Ernst Zundel, famous Holocaust denier.  Unfortunately, this taints the party somewhat, but if they are able to focus on the primacy of the West, they’ll be able to attract votes from Albertans, Manitobans, BCers and those from Saskatchewan.

Why would a conservative vote for them?

Despite the potential to be seen as a separatist or racist party, conservatives in the West that feel ‘left out’ by their party (including the Conservative Party of Canada) and who don’t believe that Quebec should be pulling all of the strings when it comes to politics will find a home here.

Online Party of Canada (Site)

While the Online Party of Canada is relatively new, there’s a possibility that they may gain momentum – even in this election – because of some of their unique policy platform ideas.

Why would a conservative vote for them?

Even though they’re a relatively ‘fresh’ party, they have potential to attract a lot of conservatives that want Canada to advance as a republic as opposed to a commonwealth country.

CONCLUSION

If you’re a small-c conservative, don’t feel overwhelmed, ignored or lost when it comes to going to the polls on May 2.

THERE ARE OPTIONS and it’s up to you to exercise your right to vote those options.

Of course, if I’ve missed any alternatives, please post them in comments below.

MayDay 2011: Anything But Conservative (ABC) Resources (repost)

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Hey Folks,

I’m going on record saying that I’m going to vote for ABC: Anything But Conservative.

I will not split votes. I will not vote for the person that I might honestly want to see in Parliament.

I will vote for the person that will most likely defeat a Conservative.

I know … massive failure on the democratic front.

However, I will sleep better knowing that ABC will be running Canada after the May election.

Please try to consider the same.

I know a lot of you out there are passionate about the party you support (be it Liberal, NDP or Green or other), but if you’ve got a strong candidate in any riding that might struggle against apathy, backlash, partisan politics or absenteeism, please please please put that aside and vote for the person who will most likely defeat a Conservative.

You can still support the party that you love by making donations of your money, your time or even space on your blog, but when it comes to the election, we NEED this to be a grand slam.  Stephen Harper has made history by leading the most corrupt government in this country’s existence.  For that, we need to make Stephen Harper history.

AND if you’re a Conservative (although it’s highly unlikely that a Conservative will be reading this blog), please ask yourself these questions (or circulate these questions to your Conservative friends):

  • If someone is stealing from me, should I vote for them?
  • If someone lied to me, should I vote for them?
  • If the party leader doesn’t take ownership of the problems in his cabinet, can I trust him?
  • If corruption is more important than democratic rights, why should I support you?
  • If elimination of basic Canadian rights occur on my candidate’s watch, will I be next?
  • If corporate welfare is more important than support for my parents or my family, should I vote for you?
  • If you’ve created the largest Canadian deficit in our country’s history, how do I know you’ll be good managers in the future?
  • If you are unable to manage the country effectively – example: untendered contracts that are costing me billions – how can you be trusted with other similar decisions?

If you’re not sure who to vote for, here are some resources that might help:

Updated Polls:

http://cdnelectionwatch.blogspot.com/2011_02_01_archive.html

CBC Voting Results (2008 and 2006 with candidate profiles

Pundits’ Guide:  http://www.punditsguide.ca/

Open Parliament:  http://openparliament.ca/

Poll Report:  http://www.pollingreport.ca/

Riding by Riding:  http://www.ridingbyriding.ca/

Election Prediction:  http://www.electionprediction.org/

Anything But Conservative:

http://catch22campaign.ca/

Harpernomics: http://harpernomics.ca/

Vote For Climate:  http://www.voteforclimate.ca/en/

Anyone But Harper Widget: http://www.widgetbox.com/widget/anyone-but-harper

Facebook Anything But Conservative:  http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=26006053677

Vote Swapping Links (generally, I don’t see this as a solution, but I’ll leave that to your discretion):

Vote Pair:  http://www.votepair.ca/

Facebook Anti-Harper Vote Swap: http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=86282125130

Facebook Vote Smart:  http://www.new.facebook.com/group.php?gid=26198689106

General Non-Partisan Resources

Fair Vote Canada: http://www.fairvote.ca/

Lead Now:  http://www.leadnow.ca/

MPs who changed their loyalties:  http://www2.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/lists/CrossedTheFloor.aspx?Language=E&Menu=HOC-Politic&Section=03d93c58-f843-49b3-9653-84275c23f3fb

NOTE: I will repost this blog on various occasions through the election with updated resources.  Please post links and suggestions below to ensure that the list is as complete and comprehensive as possible.

2011 Platform: Anything But Conservative (ABC) Resources

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Hey Folks,

I’m going on record saying that I’m going to vote for ABC: Anything But Conservative.

I will not split votes. I will not vote for the person that I might honestly want to see in Parliament.

I will vote for the person that will most likely defeat a Conservative.

I know … massive failure on the democratic front.

However, I will sleep better knowing that ABC will be running Canada after the May election.

Please try to consider the same.

I know a lot of you out there are passionate about the party you support (be it Liberal, NDP or Green or other), but if you’ve got a strong candidate in any riding that might struggle against apathy, backlash, partisan politics or absenteeism, please please please put that aside and vote for the person who will most likely defeat a Conservative.

You can still support the party that you love by making donations of your money, your time or even space on your blog, but when it comes to the election, we NEED this to be a grand slam.  Stephen Harper has made history by leading the most corrupt government in this country’s existence.  For that, we need to make Stephen Harper history.

AND if you’re a Conservative (although it’s highly unlikely that a Conservative will be reading this blog), please ask yourself these questions (or circulate these questions to your Conservative friends):

  • If someone is stealing from me, should I vote for them?
  • If someone lied to me, should I vote for them?
  • If the party leader doesn’t take ownership of the problems in his cabinet, can I trust him?
  • If corruption is more important than democratic rights, why should I support you?
  • If elimination of basic Canadian rights occur on my candidate’s watch, will I be next?
  • If corporate welfare is more important than support for my parents or my family, should I vote for you?
  • If you’ve created the largest Canadian deficit in our country’s history, how do I know you’ll be good managers in the future?
  • If you are unable to manage the country effectively – example: untendered contracts that are costing me billions – how can you be trusted with other similar decisions?

If you’re not sure who to vote for, here are some resources that might help:

Updated Polls:

http://cdnelectionwatch.blogspot.com/2011_02_01_archive.html

CBC Voting Results (2008 and 2006 with candidate profiles

Pundits’ Guide:  http://www.punditsguide.ca/

Open Parliament:  http://openparliament.ca/

Poll Report:  http://www.pollingreport.ca/

Riding by Riding:  http://www.ridingbyriding.ca/

Election Prediction:  http://www.electionprediction.org/

Anything But Conservative:

http://catch22campaign.ca/

Harpernomics: http://harpernomics.ca/

Vote For Climate:  http://www.voteforclimate.ca/en/

Anyone But Harper Widget: http://www.widgetbox.com/widget/anyone-but-harper

Facebook Anything But Conservative:  http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=26006053677

Vote Swapping Links (generally, I don’t see this as a solution, but I’ll leave that to your discretion):

Vote Pair:  http://www.votepair.ca/

Facebook Anti-Harper Vote Swap: http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=86282125130

Facebook Vote Smart:  http://www.new.facebook.com/group.php?gid=26198689106

General Non-Partisan Resources

Fair Vote Canada: http://www.fairvote.ca/

Lead Now:  http://www.leadnow.ca/

MPs who changed their loyalties:  http://www2.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/lists/CrossedTheFloor.aspx?Language=E&Menu=HOC-Politic&Section=03d93c58-f843-49b3-9653-84275c23f3fb

NOTE: I will repost this blog on various occasions through the election with updated resources.  Please post links and suggestions below to ensure that the list is as complete and comprehensive as possible.

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Michael Moore: The Rich Are Staging A Coup Right Now

Full story here .

Michael Moore has pretty much nailed the reasons why we have to stop spending taxpayer money on financial bailouts:

Falling for whom? NOTHING in this "bailout" package will lower the price of the gas you have to put in your car to get to work. NOTHING in this bill will protect you from losing your home. NOTHING in this bill will give you health insurance.

In fact, he points out that most of the core issue of mortgage defaults is related to people who can’t pay their medical bills.

Aaaah!!  It all makes so much more sense now.  No wonder we haven’t experienced this problem yet in Canada.  We don’t have outrageous medical bills in Canada because we have a public health care system.  We aren’t getting fleeced by privately-run institutions that won’t accept us if we don’t have a credit card.

Thank you Michael.  Things make a little more sense now.  Really.

As you can see, this spells out why the components of the financial crisis pose a critical election issue for Canadians (or at least they should be) for the following reasons:

  1. Our public-run health care system is keeping our economy stable.  Privatizing it (like the Cons would do if they got a majority, based on Tony "Dr. Death" Clement’s experience at the provincial level).
  2. Canadian banks don’t have to worry about toxic debt waste on their books because Canadians aren’t being forced to default on their loans.
  3. Canadian taxpayers should NOT be funding any bailouts from federal bank reserves because it’s not our problem.  Paying MBAs on Wall Street to wreak havoc on the largest economy in the world is not my idea of sound monetary policy.
  4. If you’re going to spend OUR money, spend it on national day care and peace-keeping missions.

I could go on, but you get the idea.

ABC.

Canadian Election: Seeking Solutions to Avoid a Harper Majority

Across Canada, people are lobbying for "Anything But Conservative", hoping that we will come to our collective senses and ensure that the Conservatives do not run this country any longer.

However, every day, we are pushing them closer to a majority because we all have different views on who the strongest party should be.  LIiberals?  NDP?  Greens?  The Marijuana Party?

Our muddled structures devoted to democracy are preventing us from actually having democracy.  It’d be OK if we had proportional representation (a platform of the Greens and occasionally for the NDP) and then we could vote as we pleased, knowing that our party of preference would still have a voice in the Canadian House of Parliament.  But we don’t.

As it stands, we are about to hand a majority to the Conservatives because the progressive vote is too interested in pursuing individual seats for individual parties and not interested in collectively abolishing the federal Conservatives.

With that in mind, I’d like to go on record and suggest that we start considering some fairly radical strategies.

The main one that comes to my mind:  get relatively ‘weak’ candidates in split ridings to withdraw from the election.

It’s grossly undemocratic, but then, so are the Conservatives.

The strategy would have to be something similar to vote-swapping, but it’d be more like candidate swapping. Here’s a theoretical example (I didn’t bother to make numbers add to 100%):

Riding Con Lib NDP Green
A 25 23 15 12
B 25 12 10 18
C 25 15 18 12

Each riding has an obvious winner in the progressive camp, but because we split the vote, the results will look like this:

Riding A:  Winner = Conservative
Riding B:  Winner = Conservative
Riding C:  Winner = Conservative

Now, in Riding A, the NDP and Green candidates withdraw with the Liberal and NDP withdrawing from Riding B.  Similarly, in riding C, the Liberal and Green candidates withdraw.  Here’s what the results might (in theory) look like:

Riding Con Lib NDP Green
A 25 50 0 0
B 25 0 0 40
C 25 0 45 0

Riding A: Winner = Liberal
Riding B: Winner = Green
Riding C: Winner = NDP

Losers:  Conservatives in all ridings.

So many questions:

1.  Is this legal?

2.  How do we orchestrate this for immediate ‘consumption’ of the public?

3.  How do we expand the concept by marketing / PR etc?

I know it’s undemocratic, but in each riding, the progressive candidate that should have won actually wins , so we all get what we’re after:  The Conservatives are pushed out.


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