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Multiculturalism and the Green Party

Tuesday, 12 Apr 2011 - One of the foundational global Green values is respect for diversity.  We need to continue supporting the richness that comes from our multicultural identity.

More lessons for Harper on Parliamentary Democracy

Tuesday, 12 Apr 2011 - Boy, Harper does not understand Parliamentary democracy.  In a minority Parliament there is NO presumption that a party with most seats governs.  If Nick Clegg had decided to work with Labour, then...

Correction to Harper

Tuesday, 12 Apr 2011 - In a minority Parliament no party "wins the election."  They receive a qualified mandate to form government and can only govern while they have the confidence of the House.

Democracy

Tuesday, 12 Apr 2011 - To get a government that respects citizens, we need to remove the hyper partisanship.  I worked in government when cooperation was more common.  We need to bring that spirit of cooperation back....

A Coalition

Tuesday, 12 Apr 2011 - The bogey man of this election.  We are told to be afraid of coalitions.  Layton, Harper and Duceppe tried to set up a coalition. Ignatieff now says he has not problem with a coalition. We are...

Regarding the Contempt Motion

Tuesday, 12 Apr 2011 - The contempt motion reflects the fact, as Professor Ned Franks, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Queens University, has said that no government in Canadian history has so often lost on...

More on the tone in the House

Tuesday, 12 Apr 2011 - I remember bringing my daughter to QP after I became GPC leader.  She was so disgusted with the behavior on the floor, that she begged me to never make her attend again.

Bickering in Parliament

Tuesday, 12 Apr 2011 - Harper is the person who has done more than any other PM to encourage a hyper-partisan tone in the House, but sadly all the others have descended to the same level.

Minority Government

Tuesday, 12 Apr 2011 - We should have productive, constructive minority parliaments.  To get there we need to put away the partisan rancor.  We need to put Canadians first, work for the common good and stop the hyper...

Human Rights

Tuesday, 12 Apr 2011 - How can Harper claim we have a good reputation on Human Rights? Amnesty International just announced that we have fallen very far and in 2009 the UN was concerned about our human rights record.