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charter challenge to first past the post system in canada PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 08 August 2015 08:55
File No.:
ONTARIO
SUPERIOR COURT OF JUSTICE
B E T W E E N:
JOAN RUSSOW AND THE GREEN PARTY OF CANADA
Applicants
- and -
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF CANADA,
THE CHIEF ELECTORAL OFFICER OF CANADA and
HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN IN RIGHT OF CANADA
 
NOTE: The name of the Green Party was removed because the federal Liberal Government argued that a political party could not be part of a Charter challenge
 
Respondents
FACTUM
Part I Statement of Facts
(1) The Nature of the Case
1. This is an application by Joan Russow, in her personal capacity as a voter, and as
the leader of and a candidate for the Green Party of Canada in the federal election that took place
on November 27, 2000, for a declaration that the Canada Elections Act, S.C. 2000 c. 9 and in
particular the system established in ss 2(1), 24(1) and 313, according to which votes are counted
towards the selection of Members of Parliament is unconstitutional, and therefore of no force and
effect, owing to its violation of ss 3 and 15(1) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
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LEST WE FORGET THE IN AND OUT SCHEME AND PROROGATION PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 07 August 2015 17:08

by Joan Russow Global Compliance Research Project

reprint from October 26 2013

 

Prorogation- a forgotten prelude to the evading of investigation and to the avoiding of a vote of non-confidence. It should be pointed out also that Harper used the Governor General to dissolve Parliament, in 2008, to avoid the investigation, by the Parliamentary Ethics and Access to Information Committee, into the in-and-out Conservative funding scheme in the 2006 election. Background from 2008 and the dissolution of the Ethics Committee because the Governor General dissolved Parliament and granted Harper an election Harper’s rationale for calling the election was that Parliament was dysfunctional

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Muzzled Canadian Scientist Launch An Anti-Harper Campaign PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 06 August 2015 19:14

by Anthropogenic, Humanly Caused, Climate Change

Posted on
 

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada is a union representing scientists. they have recently chosen to speak out against Prime Minister Stephen Harper. This is a unique situation since the union, 55 000 professionals in the public service sector, usually stays neutral during elections.

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Is prorogation diminishing Canada’s democracy? PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 03 August 2015 14:29

 

http://www.cpj.ca/content/prorogation-diminishing-canada%E2%80%99s-democracy

By Rebekah Sears on January 11th, 2010 

In the past year many more Canadians have become familiar with the term prorogation. Parliament was due to resume on January 25, but for the second time in just over a year the government decided to prorogue, killing all bills currently before Parliament, and more importantly shutting down the venue for democratic debate for two months.

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Will Canada now become known as the Second best “Democracy” that money can buy? PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 02 August 2015 08:44

By joan Russow 

Global compliance Research project  

 

Harper misrepresented the source of funding for the election. He undoubtedly knows  that there is a 50% rebate from the public purse for National party expenses, and a 60% rebate for each individual canadate who receive over 10% of the vote. 

 

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Will Canada now become known as the Second best “Democracy” that money can buy? ( A paraphrase Greg Palast's comment on the US system)
 
The purpose of having fixed election dates was to remove the unfairness inherent in the
provision, given to the Prime Minister, to select the election date
which used to always benefit the incumbent governing party. The ability to
change the election campaign period would also benefit, the incumbent party.
And for that reason this change would compromise the fairness of an
election. 

Last Updated on Sunday, 02 August 2015 09:25
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The Governor General should respect the spirit the doctrine of legitimate expectation and refuse to allow Harper to change the period of the election PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 01 August 2015 10:22

 

 

The Doctrine of legitimate Expectations has the following components

•       Not breaking and undertaking as one pleases

•       Compatibility with public duty

•       Public interest may be better served by honouring their undertaking than by breaking it

•       Fulfilling the expectation must assist in performing rather than inhibit the performance of its statutory duty

 

The purpose of having fixed election dates was to remove the unfairness inherent in the   provision, given to the Prime Minister, to select the election date which used to always  benefit the incumbent governing party. The ability to change the election campaign period would also benefit, the incumbent party.  And for that reason this change would compromise the fairness of an election. Citizens have a legitimate expectation that the principle of fairness of fixed election dates  would not be undermined by a change inthe fixed election Campaign period which would benefit the incumbent Party.

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Stephen Harper 'gaming the system' with early election call, says former Elections Canada head PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 01 August 2015 10:15

Saturday August 01, 2015

Former Elections Canada head Jean-Pierre Kingsley said an earlier election call 'distorts' the electoral system.

Former Elections Canada head Jean-Pierre Kingsley said an earlier election call 'distorts' the electoral syste

"Canadians have said, $25 million is enough for you to run a campaign. Now we're going to be facing the possibility that it's going to be more than $50 million just to pump more ads our way."

Kingsley said it's no coincidence that only one party can afford to spend $50 million on a campaign.

"If (the Conservatives) are doubling it to fifty, it's because they can get to fifty," he said.

"Parties plan how much will be required to spend. The Conservatives are way ahead of the other two, so by doubling the amount, all of a sudden you've thrown a monkey wrench into all of that financial planning that's been going on."

"And that's what distorts the game for Canadians," Kingsley added. "That is what is happening to us. We're the electors here, and we're the ones who are going to be faced with the consequences of this thing."

Last Updated on Sunday, 02 August 2015 10:25
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Deficit projection leads NDP to call for emergency meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 24 July 2015 09:22

Nathan Cullen suggests calling Finance Minister Joe Oliver to appear before House finance committee

By Laura Payton, CBC News Posted: Jul 24, 2015 12:20 PM ET Last Updated: Jul 24, 2015 12:44 PM ET

NDP finance critic Nathan Cullen is calling for a mid-summer finance committee meeting to discuss the economy, and say they want Joe Oliver to be there to answer questions.
NDP finance critic Nathan Cullen is calling for a mid-summer finance committee meeting to discuss the economy, and say they want Joe Oliver to be there to answer questions. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)
 

The New Democrats are calling for a mid-summer finance committee meeting to discuss "the weakening Canadian economy," and they want Joe Oliver to be there to answer questions.

NDP finance critic Nathan Cullen is leading the charge, writing committee chair James Rajotte, a Conservative MP, to request the meeting and the appearance by the finance minister.

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Draft Content Analysis of the Dutch Decision applied to Canada PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 11 July 2015 06:27

Draft Content Analysis of the Dutch Decision applied to Canada

 

By Joan Russow

Global Compliance Research Project

 

1,AFFIRMED THE OBJECTIVE OF THE UNFCCC IPCC’

 

The Harper government has appeared to ignore the legally binding  objective in Article 2 of the UNFCCC

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to achieve stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.

 

2 SUPPORTED THE NORM % BELOW 1990 BY 2020

The Harper government does not accept the norm. The Harper government is only willing to make a non-binding commitment  30% below 2005 by 2030

3 ACKNOWLEDGED GAP PERCEIVED BY UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME

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Nestlé faces renewed criticism as B.C. drought continues PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 10 July 2015 11:43

Companies like Nestlé will pay $2.25 to bottle a million litres of water starting in 2016

By On the Coast, CBC News Posted: Jul 10, 2015 5:00 AM PT Last Updated: Jul 10, 2015 9:03 AM PT

 Starting in 2016, Nestle will have to pay $2.25 per million litres to extract water in B.C.

Starting in 2016, Nestle will have to pay $2.25 per million litres to extract water in B.C. (CBC)

Criticism against Nestlé is picking up momentum once again as drought plagues B.C., wildfires rage in parts of the south coast, and residents are facing water restrictions.

Nestlé Waters Canada bottles roughly 265 million litres of water from B.C. every year.

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