Monthly Archives: December 2013

Term limits

Title: Tercommonseatm limits

Introduction
With the recent deaths of Senators Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts and Robert Byrd of West Virginia it brings up the question of term limitations. Senator Kennedy was elected to the Senate in 1962 and served for 48 years. Senator Byrd being elected to the Senate in 1958 and serving for 52 years. In my opinion the only person that should be able to celebrate a Jubilee in office is a distinguished little old lady who’s been known to wear a tiara from time to time. I have nothing against long serving members of the Legislature but where re-elections extends that term to 50 years that is simply too long. Both Senator Kennedy and Senator Byrd got elected to the U.S. Senate before I was born and I’m no spring chicken!

Be it resolved
Here in Canada I would suggest that our Members of Parliament would get to serve in six Parliaments this would give them a maximum term of 30 years but in reality much less.

Be it further resolved
That members of the Federalist party be barred from running for the party’s nomination for the House of Commons if they have served as an MP in 6 Parliaments or have been the Federalist’s candidate 8 times.

Summary
For the current Parliament it means for those who were elected in 1997 would be serving in their sixth Parliament (97 / 00 / 04 / 06 / 08 / 11). If the next election is in 2015 that means these MPs would have served in 6 Parliaments for a term of 18 years.

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Members of Parliament & Senators salary

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Key resolution from the National policy platform

Employment compensation reform

Title: Base wage act

Introduction
The original idea came from a political cartoon in the 80s showing Brian, John, and Ed on the UP escalator and the general Canadian workforce on the DOWN escalator. This representing wages for each but it’s the taxpayers of that general workforce who pay the salaries of Mr. Mulroney, Turner, and Broadbent! The salaries of those in the public sector should be aligned in some manner with those of the private sector.

Be it resolved
It is a plank in the national platform of the Federalist Party that a Federalist government shall introduce into Parliament and the Federalist Members of Parliament shall vote for a base wage act.

All salaries and benefits paid to those hired by the government of Canada shall be a multiple of the base wage this is called the base wage multiplier (BWM). The base wage is set solely by the House of Commons with a motion of adjustment passed by the House by a two-thirds majority vote. The base wage is to be currently set at $900.

Be it further resolved
That Statistics Canada by April first of each year shall determine the average annual full time salary and the average monthly unemployment rate for the preceding year. The unemployment rate shall be subtracted from the annual salary and divided by 52. The first number to 2 significant figures that is equal or higher shall be recommended to the House of Commons to be set as the Base wage for the government of Canada. This shall go into effect on July first of each year.

Be it further resolved
That unless stated otherwise all employees shall be paid a Health and retirement benefit equal to half their weekly salary paid to them each month. This compensation of employment is paid directly to the employee.
Summary
Using an annual salary of $51,300 and an unemployment rate of 6.9% this gives you a base wage of $920. That is (51300 – 6.9%) / 52 = 918.47 round up, two significant figures for 920. If MPs had a BWM (Base Wage Multiplier) of 3.5 their employment compensation would be a weekly salary of (3.5 * 920) $3,220 or $167,440 a year and a Health and retirement package of $1610 per month or half their weekly salary. This gives you a total of salary plus benefit of $186,760. What they currently receive is $160,200, plus that gold plated pension plan, plus Health benefits, and what ever else they voted for themselves.

Bill C-559

Michael Chong MPNational Assembly December 2013 vote

My chief problem with bill C-559 is the provision that the House caucus of a party can by majority vote on a secret ballot dismiss the Leader of the Party and then vote in a replacement to serve as interim Leader till the next leadership race.

This means 20 members of the Liberal caucus could vote out Justin Trudue as Leader and put in an interim Leader in his place. That’s just 20 Liberals in the caucus nullifying the votes of 81,736 liberals who voted for Justin Trudue in the leadership race and who represents 65% of all those registered to vote in that election.

In the NDP because they are 60% of the Caucus the NDP Quebec MPs could unite and vote out any Leader they didn’t like and thus in effect have a veto on the leadership of the NDP. So much for it being a NATIONAL party.

It is hereby moved that the Federalist members of Parliament be block voted in the negative on bill C-559 should it go to third reading as currently written.

Furthermore

It is hereby moved that the Federalist party support the following as an amendment to bill C-559.

I would change Mr Chang’s bill so that every registered political party is to have a Chief Election Officer with a term of ten years. Just like they must have an auditor.

There would be two classes of registered parties. The major parties are those that won a seat in Parliament or ran candidates in a majority of the ridings. That would be the following 5 parties Conservative, NDP, Liberal, Bloc Quebecois, and the Green party. The minor parties are all the other registered parties numbering 13 out of the 18 registered parties.

The major parties elect their CEO by a secret ballot of a caucus of their candidates in the last election. For the Conservatives, NDP, Liberals, and Greens this is a caucus of 300 plus members. The Bloc is a caucus of 75. It requires a two-thirds majority to elect and the same to suspended or dismiss.

The minor parties elect the CEO by a secret ballot of their membership. As with the major parties it requires a two-thirds majority to elect and the same to suspend or dismiss.

The vote is Yes / No for each candidate. If the winning candidate did not get the required two-thirds majority the term is for 1 year.

Bruce Hyer

hyerLast year I mailed a letter to Mr. Hyer and yes the Canada post kind. I write one to every MP who is an Independent or quits a Party and then sits as an Independent. He sent me a letter back and found my ideas very interesting. In my letter I stated the following.

  • If you wont our politics to change you must first change our political parties.
  • 12.3 Key resolutions need two third majorities to be passed in the National Assembly, National Congress, and the Federal council. Key resolutions are motioned in the National policy committee. These resolutions form the National Party Platform and are binding upon a Federalist government and all Federalist MPs. EACH FEDERALIST MP CAN VOTE AS THEY CHOOSE IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS. They may vote against a key resolution without penalty a number of times in each Parliament equal to the number of times they have been elected to the Commons.
  • Does MP stand for member of Parliament or member of Party. If its the latter your just a pledged delegate to the House. In the Federalist party its the former.
  • The Party platform is created by the national policy committee which is the Federalist government-in-waiting. Passed by the Federal council the national leadership. Passed in a joint vote by 2/3 majorities through the National Assembly (the registered members) and the National Congress (The top two candidates for the nomination 676 members).
  • Each Federalist MP should state their own opinion on national policy.
  • Each Federalist MP can pass on voting as a party member a number of times in each Parliament equal to the number of times they have been elected for Mr. Hyer that would be two.
  • They can still break Party ranks and vote independently but with penalties. The first time is suspension from caucus for 3 months. The second is suspension from caucus and Congress for 6 months. The third results in suspension of party membership for 1 year. The third is the last time for the next penalty is revoking your membership in the Party.

You’re both a member of Parliament and a candidate for the Federalist party but member of Parliament comes first because its Canadians who pay your salary and not the Party or it’s Leader.

YouTube

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National Convention vs National Assembly

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Delegates to a Convention versus The National Assembly

Convention The registration fee is $695 PLUS travel PLUS lodging PLUS meals.

Assembly Registration fee is $100 NO travel NO lodging NO meals. First registration is good for 1 year, the second for 2 years, the third for 3 etc. It gets cheaper with seniority.

Convention Vote at the Convention. Ballot cast at a specific place and time

Assembly Vote by Internet. Voting period of 72 hours and cast your ballot anywhere you have Internet access.

Convention Biennial National Conventions

Assembly Biannual National Assembly votes

Convention Votes in the riding associations, provincial associations, party commissions, delegate selections, provincial conventions, organizing committees, and how much of this is behind closed doors?

Assembly Doing the August vote of the National Assembly by a draft of the Standing orders.

March: Introduction period
Any member of the National Assembly may introduce one resolution that is in one of the following classes (constitutional amendment / standing order / national bylaw / policy resolution / motion). A registration fee of $10 applies but not if the member is a monthly donor of $10/month. This is to keep down the number of resolutions and Motions is anything not covered by the other four.

April & May: Endorsement period
Any member of the Assembly who didn’t introduce a resolution can endorse a resolution in each of the classes (constitutional amendment / standing order / national bylaw / policy resolution / motion) for a total of 5 endorsements. This endorsement is public, free, and can’t be revoked once made.

June 1: The Clerk of the Assembly issues what is on the ballot for the August vote of the National Assembly.

Official resolutions are those that go to the Assembly from the other bodies in the Party.

Tribunal decisions can be over ruled by a vote of the National Congress and the Assembly. An automatic Motion to rescind goes to a joint vote before both.

The National executive can introduce to a joint vote of the Assembly and Congress up to 5 motions to pass, revise, or repeal national bylaws.

The Federal council introducing any key or binding policy resolutions to a joint vote of the Congress and Assembly.

All motions passed by the National Congress in its last vote.

Member resolutions are those introduced by the members. AHS!

The most endorsed constitutional amendment.

The most endorsed standing order of the Assembly.

The 5 most endorsed national bylaw resolutions.

The 10 most endorsed policy resolutions. The most endorsed policy resolution in each province. This gives you 10 to 20 policy resolutions going to a vote.

The 10 most endorsed motions.

June 2 to August 28 the National Assembly has 88 days for discussion and debate through the party’s website, blogs, and social media.

The National Assembly votes starts August 29 at 1AM eastern and ends August 31 at 11PM eastern. Actually it’s a 70-hour voting period not a 72-hour period. This is to avoid any confusion.

If you wont our politics to change you must first change our political parties.

Cafe Federalist

cafefederalistDid a Google+ hangout event for 2PM EST but no one showed up. Unless otherwise shall do one every Sunday. Afternoon chat for a Q&A with the Founder of the Federalist party of Canada.