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LEFT COAST NEWS - Election Special (part I) - May, 2004 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 June 2004 00:40
warning: the following message may contain partisan information 1. A complete list of party websites 2. Registering the homeless vote 3. All-Candidates forums, a Womens' gathering, David Turner's schedule 4. Proportional representation is more democratic 5. Sell your vote 6. The launch of the war resisters support campaign 7. The story of Mouseland 1. A complete list of party websites 2. Registering the homeless vote 3. All-Candidates forums, a Womens' gathering, David Turner's schedule 4. Proportional representation is more democratic 5. Sell your vote 6. The launch of the war resisters support campaign 7. The story of Mouseland * There are about 200,000 American citizens living in Canada, many of them and their children can vote in the US elections. For more information - http://ca.democratsabroad.org or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . * Jack Etkin and I will be speaking with Connie Fogal, leader of the Canadian Action party, and or Michael Wheatley about proportional representation and the federal election on CFUV's No Name News - Thursday, June 3rd, between 5 and 6 pm - 101.9 FM, 104.3 Cable, http://cfuv.uvic.ca -~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~ 1. A COMPLETE LIST OF PARTY WEBSITES Elections Canada - http://www.elections.ca Marijuana Party - http://www.marijuanaparty.org Green Party of Canada - http://www.greenparty.ca Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) - http://www.cpcml.ca Communist Party of Canada - http://www.communist-party.ca Canadian Action Party - http://www.canadianactionparty.ca Bloc Quebecois - http://www.bloc.org New Democrats - http://www.ndp.ca Conservatives - http://www.conservative.ca Liberals - http://www.liberal.ca Remember - The recently amended Canada Elections Act now allows political parties to earn $1.75 a year for each vote it receives, if the party achieves a minimum of 2% of the total votes cast.?? -~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~ 2. REGISTERING THE HOMELESS VOTE thanks to orion carrier for this information a person without a roof cannot register to vote federally until the election has been formally called. at that time, the "returning officer" for each riding will seek an office within his/her riding, and the person can register at the returning office. the person will need at least an ID card carrying their name and signature. photo not required. the address given can be nothing more than a shelter the person recently stayed at (say they stayed there the night before, as i think that is what they want to hear) alternatively, s/he can simply show up at the polls on election day, once again, with id carrying their name and signature. normally address is required, but s/he can simply say that s/he has no permanent address, as the rules are different for the homeless. id cards can even be a care card (if it has the signature, i don't remember if it does, and i don't have mine handy). still to be researched: do bc liquor outlets issue age of majority cards for those who don't have a driver's license, as they do in ontario? finally, if the person *has* no identification card, s/he can arrive at the polls with a registered voter, who can legally vouch for that person being who they say they are, and belonging to the riding they say they do. for more information, feel free to call Elections Canada toll-free at 1-800-463-6868 (open until 5p eastern time, 2p pacific time). * the ?rules? on this seem to be changing. according to information i received yesterday, we?ll all have an option to vote in the advance polls - June 18, 19, 21st - regardless of whether we have a reason for doing so (ie going out of town). Elections Canada claims they?ll be visiting homeless shelters and prisons, to help people get registered, and if the homeless folk want to show up at the polls on election day they?ll need someone to vouch for them if they can?t prove residency at a shelter (ie an envelope with an address). The homeless folk I?ve spoken with are completely dissatisfied with the system, feeling that nobody cares about them anyways so why bother, so much so that they aren?t interested in voting. Until, that is, they hear about the $1.75 their vote is worth, that seems to make a difference. -~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~ 3. SOME ALL CANDIDATES FORUMS We are voting for our local representatives, although the mainstream (corporate) media focusses primarily on some of the party leaders, therefore it's particularly important to hear what these individuals have to say. All-Candidates forums offer that opportunity - some are more accessible than others. Thanks to Carolyn from David Turner's office for the following: The list of All Candidates forums (what we have so far) is below: June 16 - CH News/Times Colonist - UVic, exact location TBA, free June 21 - VPIRG/Council of Canadians - UVic, exact location TBA, free June 23 - Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce - Ambrosia Cafe, $35.00 Thanks a lot for your interest Janine, and once I have exact locations, I will get in touch when I have firm locations or feel free to call me at the office at 388-0311. Carolyn Yakel Outreach/Office Manager David Turner Campaign 2353 Douglas St. Victoria, BC V8T 4L6 Ph: 388-0311 davidturner.ca New energy. A positive choice. From: Carolyn Yakel < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > -~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~ THE WOMENS' VOICES You or a greater Victoria woman you know may be interested, or, if you or she already know who you're voting for, you may know a greater Victoria woman who may be interested in the following discussion for women. The writer, as one of her local's delegates to the Victoria Labour Council, has asked I pass on her information. She would like people to feel free to distribute her notice. Karin ____________ CAW-TCA LOCAL 333 CANADA Calling all Women! Do you know who you are going to vote for in the Federal Election? Do you vote? Women make up 51% of the vote in Canada. We have the power to control who makes up our government and what their policies are. We need more women to come out and vote and protect what is important to us! On June 8th we are having a potluck dinner and discussion about the upcoming election. This is a casual evening of discussion and food to talk about all the issues that are important to women. We are not going to be telling you who to vote for... this is a evening of conversation, Woman to Woman, about your choices and your issues. Potluck Dinner and Discussion All Women...Bring your Friends and Family June 8th? 6:30PM to 9:00PM CAW Union Office 200-661 Burnside Road East Come out and get informed and then go out and vote! If you have any questions pleas don't hesitate to call me at the numbers below. In Solidarity Naomi Murphy CAW Local 333 Union Office: 384-4423 Cell: 818-2094 From: K. Hass < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > -~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~ DAVID TURNER'S SCHEDULE Here is an updated calendar of events for David Turner NDP candidate for Victoria. Some of the locations are "To Be Determined" and some events may change due to scheduling conflicts and priorities, so here goes: June 2 - Mainstreeting Event - 7:30 AM Cook and Yates June 3 - Mainstreeting with Joy MacPhail - 2:30-4:00 pm, location TBD (most likely along Douglas/Fort or Blanshard) June 4 - Mainstreeting Event - 7:30 AM, location TBD June 16 - All Candidates Forum - Hosted by CH/Times-Colonist, UVic, 7pm, Room TBA June 21 - All Candidates Meeting - Hosted by VIPIRG and CIPC, 7-10 pm, UVic Room TBA Hope this is helpful - please let me know if there is other info you'd like. Thanks for getting in touch with us! From: Carolyn Yakel < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > -~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~ 3. PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION IS MORE DEMOCRATIC FAIR VOTE CANADA News: May 26, 2004 National and regional media contacts listed below MORE THAN 1.5 MILLION ADDITIONAL VOTERS IF CANADA SWITCHED TO PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION Fair Vote Canada today called on all federal parties to support a referendum on a more proportional voting system to help combat decreasing voter turnout. "The current voting system wastes millions of votes, distorts results, creates phony majority governments, produces a huge portion of safe ridings, stifles political competition, and forces many voters to cast strategic rather than sincere votes," said Fair Vote Canada president Doris Anderson. "And we wonder why Canadians are walking away? We wonder why three-quarters of young Canadians are not bothering to vote?" Canada now has far more people not voting than voting for the winning party. In the last federal election, 39 per cent of eligible voters did not vote, compared to 25 per cent who voted for the Liberals. Twenty years ago, the situation was the reverse, with 37 per cent of eligible voters voting for the winning party, compared to only 25 per cent who did not vote. In the 1990s, Canada ranked 109th among countries in voter turnout. Many short-term factors affect turnout (weather, controversial issues, charismatic leaders), but the voting system pre-determines for many whether it is worthwhile to cast a ballot. In proportional voting systems, almost every vote counts. For example, in the last New Zealand election, 95% of voters were able to help elect an MP, compared to only 52% in the last Canadian election. Proportional voting systems are fairer to all parties, which means the Greens, who appeal to many youth, Liberals in the West and Conservatives in Ontario and Quebec can all elect MPs. A landmark international study examining major democracies, comparing voter turnout over a 25 year period, concluded countries with proportional systems do have higher turnouts (Arend Lijphart, Patterns of Democracy, 1999, p. 285). If Canada experienced the average higher turnout identified in that study, from switching to a proportional system, more than 1.5 million more Canadians would be casting votes. National Contacts Doris Anderson (president) 416-947-1380 Larry Gordon (exec. director) 416-693-7585 or 647-519-7585 (cell) Regional Contacts Vancouver: Stephen Broscoe 604-978-7926 Calgary: Alfredo Louro 403-220-8648 Edmonton: H/l?ne Narayana 780-439-1739 Ontario (general): Wayne Smith 416-407-7009 Ottawa: Patricia Marsden-Dole 613-237-8684 Peterborough: Mark Finnan 705-939-2556 Northumberland (ON): Wilf Day 905-885-8118 Halifax: Tanis Crosby 902-420-0006 French Interviews Julian West 604-760-4996 Stephen Broscoe 604-233-5031 From: Fair Vote Canada < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > -~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~ 5. SELL YOUR VOTE Editorial, Watershed Sentinel, May-June 2004 With the federal Liberals threatening to revive nuclear power as a response to Kyoto, adrift in a right wing appeasement, and awash in fiscal scandal, we can only hope that the NDP and Greens pay attention to some recent Ipsos Reid polling available at http://www.ipsos-reid.com. The polls were paid for by the Council of Canadians, the Polaris Institute, and the Canadian Union of Public Employees, and are considered accurate to within +/- 3.1% 9 times out of 10. ? Three quarters of Canadians think our military spending should be used to enhance peace-keeping abilities ? Nine out of ten of us think we should have an energy policy that provides stable supply at stable prices and protects the environment, even if it means restricting foreign ownership and exports ? A wide majority, 84%, think public services ?should be delivered by public sector workers accountable to elected representatives and the public, not by corporations accountable to shareholders.? ? Three quarters of us agree that public infrastructure should be rebuilt by direct public investment, not partnerships with private companies ? Two thirds agree that the health care system should exclude for-profit corporations Voters may not yet be aware that Jean Chretien left a major democratic legacy for them. If a party achieves 2% of the vote nationally, it will receive $1.75 per voter per year in guaranteed public financing. Donations to the parties by corporations and unions are no longer allowed, although local riding associations are still allowed these funds. It is true that NDP leader Jack Layton has delivered key environmental programs, ones which range far beyond parks, during his time in municipal politics. The rest of his party will have to scramble to catch up. Federal Green Party leader Jim Harris, who also talks the talk, has promised to use the money to place Green Party organizers in every region. The impact of a Green Party presence, speaking for sustainability and the environment, in every region of the country, will be a major benefit to public dialogue about the choices ahead of us. If you are going to sell your vote, choose the recipient carefully. - Delores Broten, Whaletown BC, May 2004 Delores Broten, Senior Policy Advisor, Reach for Unbleached, Box 39, Whaletown British Columbia Canada V0P 1Z0 Ph/fax: 250-935-6992 E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it http://www.rfu.org "Clean Air, Clean Water, Clean Paper" From: UVic Greens < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > -~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~ 6. WAR RESISTERS SUPPORT CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED The War Resisters Support Campaign, a broad-based coalition of community organizations, has launched a petition aimed at Canada's federal government to allow US war resisters who refuse to fight in Iraq to have refuge in Canada. Initial signatories include June Callwood, David Suzuki, Maude Barlow, Shirley Douglas, Naomi Klein, Anne-Marie MacDonald and M.G. Vassanji. If you would like to add your name just go to the link below. Please forward widely! http://www.PetitionOnline.com/resister/petition.html War Resisters Support Campaign This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it http://www.resisters.ca (starting May 30, 2004) War Resisters Support Campaign DECLARATION During the period of 1965-1973 more than 50,000 draft-age Americans made their way to Canada, refusing to participate in an immoral war. At the time, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau said: "Those who make the conscientious judgment that they must not participate in this war... have my complete sympathy, and indeed our political approach has been to give them access to Canada. Canada should be a refuge from militarism." Thirty years later, Canada is faced with the same moral choice ?to give refuge to those who refuse to be accomplices in the US-led war on Iraq which many legal opinions have deemed illegal under international law. There are currently at least two young people who have made their way to Canada in objection to the US government1s war on Iraq. Jeremy Hinzman was a soldier in the 82nd Airborne Division. He and his family arrived in Toronto in January 2004 and are currently seeking refugee status. Brandon Hughey, a 19-year-old American soldier, arrived in St. Catharines two months later and is also seeking refugee status. Regardless of the technical decisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board, we believe Canada should not punish US war objectors for exercising their conscience and refusing to fight. If they are returned to the United States, they face incarceration and possibly even the death penalty. Canada must not facilitate the persecution of American war objectors by returning them to the United States. The majority of Canadians did not support this war. The Canadian government did not support this war. We call on the Canadian government to demonstrate its commitment to international law and the treaties to which it is a signatory, by making provision for US war objectors to have sanctuary in this country. June Callwood, journalist and broadcaster Shirley Douglas, actor Maude Barlow, author and activist David Suzuki, broadcaster and environmentalist Steven Bush, author, senior lecturer and war resister< BR>Anton Kuerti, musician Bill King, musician and war resister Heather Mallick, journalist Naomi Klein, author Jane Orion Smith, General Secretary, Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers) Margaret Clare Ford, Clerk, Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers) John Hagan, Professor of Law and war resister Gale Zoe Garnett, artist Zafar Bangash, scholar and journalist Wayne Samuelson, President, Ontario Federation of Labour Canadian Labour Congress Canadian Arab Federation Ron Hawkins, musician Buzz Hargrove, President, Canadian Auto Workers Paul Cliche, author and activist Amir Khadir, spokesperson, Union des Forces Progressistes, Qu?ec ahdri zhina mandiela, theatre artist John Fraser, author Moyez G. Vassanji, author Anne-Marie MacDonald, author Fiona M.J. McCall, author and sailor From: Valerie Lannon < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > -~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~ 7. THE STORY OF MOUSELAND WUZZUP ? ? AN ELECTION Before you decide who to vote for, which party serves your needs, ? read this and THINK HARD: The Story of Mouseland as told by Tommy Douglas, 1944 It's the story of a place called Mouseland. Mouseland was a place where all the little mice lived and played, were born and died. And they lived much the same as you and I do. They even had a parliament. And every four years they had an election. Used to walk to the polls and cast their ballots. Some of them even got a ride to the polls. And got a ride for the next four years afterwards too. Just like you and me. And every time on election day all the little mice used to go to the ballot box and they used to elect a government. A government made up of big, fat, black cats. Now if you think it strange that mice should elect a government made up of cats, you just look at the history of Canada for the last 90 years and maybe you'll see that they weren't any stupider then we are. Now I'm not saying anything against the cats. They were nice fellows. They conducted their government with dignity. They passed good laws -- that is, laws that were good for cats. But the laws that were good for cats weren't very good for mice. One of the laws said that mouse holes had to be big enough so a cat could get his paw in. Another law said that mice could only travel at certain speeds -- so that a cat could get his breakfast without too much effort. All the laws were good laws. For cats. But, oh, they were hard on the mice. And life was getting harder and harder. And when the mice couldn't put up with it any more, they decided that something had to be done about it. So they went en masse to the polls. They voted the black cats out. They put in the white cats. Now the white cats had put up a terrific campaign. They said: "All that Mouseland needs is more vision." They said: "The trouble with Mouseland is those round mouse holes we got. If you put us in we'll establish square mouse holes." And they did. And the square mouse holes were twice as big as the round mouse holes, and now the cat could get both paws in. And life was tougher then ever. And when they couldn't take that anymore, they voted the white cats out and put the black ones in again. Then they went back to the white cats. Then to the black cats. They even tried half black and half white cats. And they called that coalition. They even got one government made up of cats with spots on them: they were cats that tried to make a noise like a mouse but ate like a cat. You see, my friends, the trouble wasn't with the colour of the cat. The trouble was that they were cats. And because they were cats, they naturally looked after cats instead of mice. Presently there came along one little mouse who had an idea. My friends, watch out for the little fellow with an idea. And he said to the other mice, "Look fellows, why do we keep electing a government made up of cats? Why don't we elect a government made up of mice?" "OH," they said, "he's a Bolshevik. Lock him up!" So they put him in jail. But I want to remind you: That you can lock up a mouse or a man but you can't lock up an idea. --Tommy Douglas, New Democrat, 1944 From: "Celia Abram" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > -~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~ corporate privatization doesn't guarantee personal privacy -~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~ "In 1973 the top 10% of Canadian families with children under 18 took 21 times the market income of the poorest 10% of families. 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