Category Archives: Politics

  • General Election #42 – Here We Go!

    Posted on August 7, 2015 by in MARK'S REMARKS, Politics

      On Sunday August 2nd, Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited the Governor General who dissolve Parliament and triggered the General Election on 19 October 2015. The mainstream media comprehensively covered three of the five party leaders, even giving Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe more than ample time. Green Party Leader Elizabeth May O.C. was given […]

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  • Make Rob Vote

    Posted on April 28, 2015 by in MARK'S REMARKS, Politics

    ‘Make Rob Care’ Rob Lewis – a 34 year old junior high science teacher in Calgary, hasn’t voted for many years. The CBC Eyeopener is asking people to persuade Rob to vote — here is my effort, on behalf of Fair Vote Calgary. Rob – your vote is important, even if it doesn’t serve to […]

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  • ‘Conservative’ Alberta, Elections and Fair Voting

    Posted on March 21, 2015 by in MARK'S REMARKS, Politics

    The Calgary Herald on Friday 20 March 2015 carried two interesting articles. Peter Bowal in ‘Fixed Election Dates Matter until They Don’t’, p. A25, effectively uses the Progressive Conservatives (PCs) own words to emphasize the lack of need for an ‘early’ (pre-2016) general election. James Wood, in ‘Voters Will Need a Scorecard to Keep Track […]

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  • Tories Sweep By-Elections – Oh, Really?

    Posted on October 30, 2014 by in MARK'S REMARKS, Politics

      Tories Sweep By-Elections – Oh, Really? So, we had four provincial legislature by-elections on Monday 27 October 2014 and according to the Calgary Herald and most other media, ‘Tories sweep byelections’. However if you carefully examine the count and turnout – that’s a good headline but not entirely accurate. According to the Calgary Sun, […]

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  • Bill C-24, the So-Called ‘Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act’

    Posted on June 11, 2014 by in MARK'S REMARKS, Politics

    On 15 May 2014 I sent an email to about 50 friends who I thought might be interested and more to the point, might be personally affected by the proposed Act now streaking its way through Stephen Harper’s Conservative Parliament. The Bill was brought to my attention by Change.org which had picked up on the […]

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  • Bill C23 – The (so-called) Fair Elections Act

    Posted on April 25, 2014 by in MARK'S REMARKS, Politics

    In my previous post, I encouraged you to write to your MP and send copies to the party leaders. I eventually took my own advice; the text of my letter to the Prime Minister follows. This has also been posted on the Fair Vote Calgary web site. The proposed legislation will here be referred to […]

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    Be Green Globally

    Posted on April 11, 2014 by in MARK'S REMARKS, Politics

    This is exciting: Tomorrow — April 12 at 8:00 PM EST — you can chat live with Elizabeth May. Elizabeth May will be talking with you, Christine Milne leader of the Australian Green Party, Jill Stein leader of the US Green Party, and hundreds of other Greens across the globe. Each leader will take questions […]

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  • Fair (?) Elections Act

    Posted on February 13, 2014 by in MARK'S REMARKS, Politics

    The Government on February 2nd 2014 introduced Bill C23, entitled the Fair Elections Act into the House of Commons and indicated it intended to press for closure — limiting debate — on the Bill so it could be rapidly passed into law. The Bill was given second reading a mere six days later on February […]

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  • Calgary May Need More Aldermen

    Posted on October 15, 2013 by in MARK'S REMARKS, Politics

      The Calgary Herald on Friday October 11 2013 carried an article headlined ‘Calgary may need more aldermen’. Excuse me, headline writer – from this year our representatives are councillors. Do we really need more councillors or do we need a better system of representation? Herald reporter Michael Wright points out that each ward representative […]

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