Posts Tagged ‘election’


They Screwed Up Our Future. Who Are They?

October 7, 2008

I heard part of a speech Liberal Party leader Stephane Dion was making in British Columbia today and it scared me. 

Chretien and Martin

Chretien and Martin

He was being critical of Prime Minister Stephen Harper for not having an economic plan, unlike the Liberals who would offer more of the budget control heroics of former Prime Ministers Paul Martin and Jean Chretien. That is when I got antsy and stopped listening.

Chretien and Martin did a great job of balancing the budget and keeping taxes down however, it was at a great cost to the country. Why don’t we have enough doctors and nurses today? Thank these two true “politicians” for their great leadership in the 90’s when they cut back on the funding for educating doctors and nurses which has created the shortage today.

Why is the country’s infrastructure (roads, bridges etc.) in such sad shape and in need of billions of dollars of upgrades? Thank the dynamic duo again for using gas tax revenues to balance the budget rather than building and maintaining roads. Oh, and what about Walkerton and the water contamination that led to the deaths of 7 people? I guess cutting the public health department budgets which resulted in the Ontario provincial government reducing the amount of health inspectors and/or privatizing inspections was not a great tax saving idea.

One could go on and on about how Chretien and Martin sold out our future for the selfish purposes of being re-elected, term after term. However, it is more important to focus on the here and now to ensure that whoever gets elected, we do not repeat history and make this sorry mistake again.



No Call List Affects Municipal Politicians in Coming Elections

October 2, 2008

The new “do not call list” which was implemented Tuesday by the CRTC is having some unintended consequences with respect to upcoming municipal government elections according to a Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) release on Wednesday.


“Unfortunately, these regulations will have an unintended impact on municipal elections.  As presently worded and interpreted, municipal candidates will be restricted from calling people who are on the Do Not Call list to ask for financial or volunteer support.  Calls asking for someone’s vote are not affected.


The only exemption from this restriction is when the calls are made on behalf of a political party registered under provincial or territorial law, or if the calls are made by volunteers. Since few municipal candidates run on behalf of a registered political party, the impact of DNCL will be limited mainly to municipal, rather than federal or provincial election candidates.


If you’re not exempt, and you call someone on the list, and that person complains, you could be fined $1,500 per call under the law.


Municipal candidates or current elected officials would be required to register with the CRTC prior to making any telemarketing calls, and would also be required to pay a subscription fee to access the DNCL.


In the near term, the DNCL could impact municipal elections underway right now in British Columbia and Nova Scotia.  Fortunately, CRTC officials have confirmed with our staff that since the DNCL is legally considered provisional for the first 31 days following September 30, it can not be enforced, with only warnings to be issued.”


Presumably, mid November elections in BC wll be affected after the expiration of the 31 day transition period. As they say in government; “govern yourself accordingly.”