Blog

To correct Harper again

Tuesday, 12 Apr 2011 - Reality check: Harper claims "More and more Canadians are voting for our party." Really?  Conservatives had fewer votes in 2008 than 2006.

Yet More on Immigration

Tuesday, 12 Apr 2011 - Backlogs in the immigration system grew under the Harper government because they have failed to re-appoint people to the Immigration Appeal Boards.

More on immigration

Tuesday, 12 Apr 2011 - The truth is, we need immigration to maintain economic health as the boomers age.  There are serious issues of global population, but immigration to Canada can be managed without expanding our...

On Immigration

Tuesday, 12 Apr 2011 - We need to expedite family reunification for new Canadians.  We need to respect the needs to preserve the french language.  Nevertheless, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms applies in Quebec.  Issues...

Multiculturalism in Canada

Tuesday, 12 Apr 2011 - Our country has the strength of our First Nations traditions, as John Ralston Saul noted in "A Fair Country."  The Confederation was founded by English and French nations.  And now we are benefiting...

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...