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LEFT COAST NEWS - Election Special - Part II PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 15 June 2004 00:46
12. About Stephen and the conservatives - Maude Barlow 13. A Bedtime Story - Bob Beech 14. Independent Global Green Candidate 15. WildCanada Election Action Centre 12. WE STAND ON GUARD Toronto Star???? Apr. 22, 2004 Conservative party leader's values not shared by most Canadians, says Maude Barlow Recent polls show that many Canadians are prepared to give the new Conservative party and its leader, Stephen Harper, a chance to govern Canada in the next election. This would be a terrible mistake.? No matter how much Harper tries to rebrand himself with a new party and a more moderate image, the fact is that he hails from the far right and the values he holds are not shared by most Canadians. In January, 1997, Harper resigned his seat as Reform MP for Calgary West to head up the National Citizens Coalition, in order, as he said at the time, to be able to be more forthright on his views than he had been under Preston Manning. The NCC and Harper had already forged deep bonds; both considered Brian Mulroney's Conservatives to be "too pink" and the NCC poured thousands of dollars into attack ads in the 1993 election against Harper's opponent -- incumbent Progressive Conservative Jim Hawkes.? Newly minted Reform MP Harper thanked the NCC for "a great victory for freedom in Canada" in Parliament, while then NCC president David Somerville boasted that Reform "cribbed probably two-thirds of our policy book." To know what policies prime minister Harper would promote, Canadians need to examine the roots and beliefs of this organization. The NCC was founded in 1967 by an insurance salesman who hated medicare. In a 1984 newsletter to its members, the NCC claimed Canadians would "die" as a result of the new Canada Health Act. In the intervening years, the NCC -- its advisory board is a who's who of the corporate world -- has been a highly funded opponent of unions, official bilingualism and multiculturalism, social programs, public schools, the post office, equity programs for women and minorities, the wheat board and government grants to the arts.? An article in the May, 1995, NCC newsletter claimed that democracy is an Anglo-Saxon institution. Somerville wrote in the March, 1996, NCC newsletter that Canada should abandon attempts to keep Quebec in Confederation. "If you want red meat for breakfast then you want to get involved in something like the National Citizens Coalition," he once said. Harper's current "red meat" views are alarming.? While slamming Atlantic Canada as a "can't do" culture, and calling Canada a "second-tier socialistic country" in a newspaper column, he signed the famous "Firewall Manifesto" after the 2000 election, calling on Alberta to withdraw from the Canada Pension Plan and medicare, collect its own income tax, and kick out the RCMP. He supports private health-care delivery (a "natural development" he said in the House of Commons on Oct. 28, 2000) and the provincial governments that want to opt out of medicare. His cavalier attitude toward a united Canada was laid out in a 1994 NNC speech: "Whether Canada ends up with one national government or two governments or 10 governments, the Canadian people will require less government no matter what the constitutional status or arrangement of any future country may be." On foreign policy, Harper is stridently pro-American, a hawk on defence and security and dismissive of the U.N. He supports U.S. President George Bush's war in Iraq, calling the Canadian position "abrasively neutral." He critiques Canada's historic foreign policy position of multilateralism as a "weak nation strategy" and says that Canada should join the Bush administration's missile defence program. He calls for "continental economic and security integration" with the U.S. as well as a "continental energy strategy" that should be broadened "to a range of other natural resources." Is he referring to Canada's water?? And he openly supports U.S. military might over the "soft power" of diplomacy. In a May, 2003, speech to the Institute for Research on Public Policy, Harper said: "The time has come to recognize that the U.S. will continue to exercise unprecedented power in a world where international rules are still unreliable and where security and advancing of the free democratic order still depend significantly on the possession and use of military might." Is this what Canadians really want? A recent poll by Ipsos-Reid conducted on behalf of The Council of Canadians would indicate otherwise. Eighty-four per cent want public services such as health care to be delivered by public sector workers, not for-profit companies. Ninety-one per cent of Canadians want Canada to maintain the ability to set its own environmental, health and safety standards, even if it means reducing cross-border trade with the U.S. Ninety per cent want an independent energy policy even if it means curtailing our exports to the U.S. Three-quarters also agree that our limited military spending should be used to enhance peacekeeping and conflict resolution rather than in combat beside American forces. And seven in 10 oppose participation in the U.S. missile defence scheme.? Other polls show Canadians strongly support the decision of the government to stay out of the war in Iraq. Harper is not alone in ignoring the deeply rooted and amazingly consistent values that Canadians have held over time. For 20 years, successive provincial and federal governments have adopted policies that are shredding the country's social fabric; for this they should be held accountable. But Harper and his NCC friends hold views shared by very few Canadians. It is essential these views come to light before Canadians go to the ballot box. Maude Barlow is chairperson of The Council of Canadians and author of the recent report, The Canada We Want, A Citizens' Guide to Deep Integration. From: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it * editor's note: I've heard that Stephen is receiving advice, on a daily basis, from Brian Mulroney. Isn't he the guy who channeled 5 million dollars a day to El Salvador's civil war? Or maybe he's the one who was largely responsible for the demise of the Progressive Conservative party for all those years. Hopefully somebody will remember, someday. -~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~ 13. A BEDTIME STORY Mr. and Mrs. Otter lived happily in the Great Wood near the river. They adored each other and every day each would do something nice for the other, such as bringing poseys of wildflowers and delectable treats. Their favourite game was using?a mudslide to dive into the river. But, one tragic day, Mrs. Otter ate some bad fish, and became very, very ill, She became so ill that she died. Mr. Otter was inconsolable. He missed his wife so much that all he could do was sit beside their favourite mudslide and sigh sadly. The other animals in the Great?Wood became very concerned about Mr. Otter's condition and were afraid that he would pine away and die as well. Meanwhile, a Forester was hiking through the Woods, whistling about a knapsack on his back, and singing "Valderah, Valderee!" and sipping occasionally?from a fur covered leather wine gourd attached to his belt. While he was stepping through a particularly dense thicket, a thorn snagged the gourd and tore it, causing the remaining wine to empty on to the forest's ferny floor. Muttering in vexation, the Forester, unhooked the now useless gourd and threw it into the underbrush. It was found by Mr. Badger and it gave him an idea. Quickly, he called a meeting with all of the animals who lived in the Wood. It's so sad" said Mr. Fox, "that we can't help Mr. Otter, who is a really nice sort of chap, always a good word for his neighbours and a good friend." "Ah," replied Mr. Badger, "But we can help. I have a plan." Then he sat down and told the other animals what his plan was. The next day, Mr. Otter returned to the river next to his mudslide and began to sigh sadly once again. Up current though, Mr. Badger took the abandoned furry wine skin, and slid it into the water where it would drift down to where the lonely Mr. Otter sat in misery. As?Mr. Otter?gazed over the river, he spotted a fur-covered object that looked - yes! - exactly like the late Mrs. Otter! His heart soared and he quickly dove into the river towards the drifting gourd. Retrieving it, he took it to the top of the mudslide, and - yes! - it slid down into the river just like Mrs.?Otter had. He did this all day, and everyday thereafter and he was very happy. He fell in love again, and all of the?Wood?returned to?its pastoral pleasantries. And, my little ones, the is a moral to this little tale. "One gourd torn deserves an otter." ********************************** An original story by Bob Beech From: "phagos" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > -~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~ 14. INDEPENDENT GLOBAL GREEN CANDIDATE Press release from the campaign to elect Jen Fisher-Bradley, Independent global green in Esquimalt Juan de Fuca. Fully recovered from a brutal silencing treatment by the Green party, Jen Fisher-Bradley takes her grassroots independent voice to the streets. While collecting her 100 signatures in order to get on the ballot many people, eager to sign, told her they?ve had it with the adversarial nature of party politics. ?The sacred trust of the voter has been betrayed, and it?s showing all over the district,? says Fisher-Bradley as she gears up to speak to the voters in the high schools, in the 74 communities and through her carefully planned outreach campaign. One of her banners encourages voters to tell Ottawa ?the party is over!? She and partner Stephen Bradley are staging a low cost, low stress personable race, promising direct representation and a human rights platform with-triple-bottom-line accountability at its core. People are legitimately concerned about the entrenched power of corporations. Fisher-Bradley suggests that when a stock price goes up on the market we need to look at the cost to the communities that produced and marketed the product or service, did they benefit or lose and what were the hidden costs to the environment? ?But the more compelling question that is rarely asked?? she says is, ?what about my pension plan, is my future invested in these corporations and what kind of accountability am I expecting from these entities in return for that security?? and, ?is the return on my investment of real value?? She points to the Caisse Populaire movement in Quebec as a possible solution to this problem. Looking for ways to empower their own sovereignty, Quebecois divested pension funds and instead brought the money home to ?the popular purse? credit unions, making venture capital available for community economic development. The result changed the province from predominantly English owned businesses to predominantly Quebecois owned. This no doubt took a lot of faith, political will and cooperation but if we can come to see through the denial of the current economic system, with its single-bottom-line weakness, we can see through the divide and conquer tactics that have been used to promote unproductive forms of competitiveness within and amongst our own communities. The candidate calls herself an Independent global green citing a global political movement based on six principles, one of which is social justice. Fisher-Bradley is very concerned about the feminisation of poverty. In Canada where women earn $.68 on the dollar compared to men she says the feminisation of poverty is the number one community wellness issue of the day. A human rights defender, she knows that according to Amnesty International, violence against women is epidemic world wide, affecting one in three women. A recent study out of the University of Carleton shows the direct connection between low welfare rates and increased risk of violence to women and their children in Canada. She claims that poverty itself is violence, and must be abolished, like slavery, with a Community Wealth Management Dividend which she sees as being less costly than social programs we have now yet having the effect of releasing creativity and detoxifying communities over the long term. Recently re-elected Chief of the Pacheedaht Band Council, Marvin MacLurg told Jen, ?Poverty is expensive." Fisher-Bradley and partner Stephen Bradley began their campaign in Port Renfrew on Sunday?the 60th anniversary of D-day. It was?the day after their candidacy was confirmed by the Returning Officer for Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca, from Elections Canada, who, along with his team,?is doing an incredible job of supporting this amazingly valuable?but wounded process; exercising our democratic right. The Independent global green is working from west to east through the electoral district. Jen agrees with Maclurg's wisdom, "It creates ongoing instability?down through the?generations. It is a social and political construct that weakens a community?s ability to sustain its own wellness. It isn?t in anyone?s interests to maintain the status quo. Mother Earth is already so impoverished the environment could never sustain full employment as we?ve been doing it. We need to take care of our families while we transition to another economic model, because no matter how hard you try, you cannot privatise reality.? says Independent global green candidate Jen Fisher-Bradley. THE CAMPAIGN TO ELECT JEN FISHER-BRADLEY AN INDEPENDENT?global green IS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO HELP WITH BANNERS FOR OUR ROADSIDE CAMPAIGNING Opportunity for a great campaign learning experience. Try your hand at writing slogans, text crafting mini-brochures, fundraising and?canvassing with the candidate, location spotting?and roadside campaigning.?Bring on the balloons and the popcorn, governing oursleves should not be a chore, elections need to be fun too! It's team work and a lot of people will benefit if we win.??389-6999 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it From: Jen Fisher-Bradley < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > -~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~ 15. WILDCANADA ELECTION ACTION CENTRE If you believe that this election should be about more than who can promise the biggest tax cut, or who can keep their nose clean from scandal, have we got a web site for you! Wildcanada.net is pleased to announce our new online Election Action Centre, found at www.CanadaVotes2004.net. CanadaVotes2004.net allows you the opportunity to learn your candidates' positions on a wide range of important social and environmental issues. It's like a digital doorstep, with candidates for all the major parties crowded right there into your computer. CanadaVotes2004 is the latest in our efforts to provide you with opportunities to join the debate over the issues that you think are important to present and future of Canadian society. But CanadaVotes2004 also signals a bold new era for Wildcanada.net. With our Election Action Centre we have teamed up with some Canada's most respected and influential public interest groups: The Council of Canadians, Greenpeace Canada, The Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, the Tommy Douglas Research Institute and the Pembina Institute. By doing so, we hope to reach a much wider audience with out message about the protection of nature, and foster a new relationship with other non-governmental organizations. At www.CanadaVotes2004.net you can select from a list of national issues and send questions to those seeking to represent them in government using the site's online database of candidates. CanadaVotes204 features Action Centres on climate change, health care, foreign ownership of Canadian media, genetically modified foods and the kind of Canada we want. Visitors to www.CanadaVotes2004.net can take advantage of the technology to send a letter to their candidates on an issue of their choosing that they feel should be on the ballot. Wildcanada.net is still dedicated to protecting wildlands and wildlife. That's our mission. But with CanadaVotes2004 we're reaching out to other sectors of civil society to try and "cross pollinate" our efforts to protect nature in Canada with others of like mind. In addition to being able to connect directly with candidates in their riding, Canadians can send letters to the editor on important issues using the Media Mentor tool found at CanadaVotes2004.net. A daily poll and a campaign web log will provide opportunities for Canadians to gain insight into issues that don't make headlines during an election campaign, but impact their lives every day. What our friends are saying about CanadaVotes2004 "Canadians tell us that health care is their number one priority," says Tim Woods, Executive Director of the Tommy Douglas Research Institute, a national health care advocacy organization. "It's very popular to announce more spending on health care during the election period. But CanadaVotes2004 lets constituents ask their candidates directly about their vision for health care in Canada." "Time after time, Canadians have said that the Canada we want includes clean water, safe food, fair trade, and public health care. CanadaVotes2004 allows voters to directly ask candidates where they stand on these important issues," says Bill Moore-Kilgannon, Director of Campaigns and Communications for the Council of Canadians. "Canadians need to let their candidates know that if they don't support these fundamental Canadian values, they don't have our vote in this election." "We know voters support strengthening the CBC and maintaining domestic ownership and control of Canadian media. CanadaVotes2004 will give voters a new way to convey their views to candidates when it counts most - during the campaign," said Friends of Canadian Broadcasting spokesperson Ian Morrison. "Voters, we are told, are increasingly disconnected from the political process and this site is a unique way for them to reconnect," said Pat Venditti, GE campaigner with Greenpeace Canada. "Mandatory labelling of GE foods is something that over 90% of Canadians support. This tool will help voters find out if their local candidates support their right to know if they are eating GMOs, or if they support keeping the voting public in the dark." "British Prime Minister Tony Blair recently called climate change probably the single most important issue that we face as a global community. Many Canadians want their aspiring federal politicians to accord climate change the same level of attention," says Matthew Bramley of the Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development. I urge you to visit www.CanadaVotes2004.net to make your voice herd during this election on the issues you feel are important. Tell your friends. Get involved. It's our future we're deciding when we cast your ballot. Stephen Legault Executive Director p.s. CanadaVotes2004 also signals the "soft" launch of ActionWorks.ca, Wildcanada.net's latest Program. Visit www.actionworks.ca to view our "Calvin Callout" video and learn about this effort to diversify Wildcanada.net's online activism. 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