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Liberal versus Federalist

g3427The Liberal party of Canada you get the same old same old!

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/alan-desousa-saint-laurent-byelection-1.4002852

The Federalist party of Canada you get this from the party’s constitution.

Introduction

The Federalist Party is based upon the principles of direct democracy of the membership. Open nominations solely by the Party membership. MP standing for Member of Parliament and not member of party. Party elections conducted by a non-partisan, independent officer and clear accountability of the leadership to the members. The general principles of National policy that the Party supports will be defined later. The recognition that there will be two parties organized the same as the Federalist party. The second being a part of the membership of the Federalist party, either on the left or right politically, that leaves and forms that second Party using the same constitution and organization.

Elections

10.0 Online voting shall be used for the elections of the National, Provincial, and Riding Assemblies and for the National Congress.

10.1 There shall be regular Assembly votes for the jurisdictions as follows. National Assembly regular votes are scheduled for the last three days of the months of February and August. Provincial Assembly regular votes are to be held on the last three days of the month of May. Riding Assembly votes are to be held on the last three days of the month of November.

10.2 The National Assembly and the National Congress in regular session by two-thirds majority votes shall pass a Federal Election by-law to govern all national and nomination elections of the Party.

10.3 Each Province by a two-thirds majority vote in their Provincial Assembly shall pass a Provincial Election by-law to govern all provincial elections in that province.

10.4 Each Riding association by a two-thirds majority vote in their Assembly shall pass Riding By-laws to govern that Association’s elections.

10.5 There shall be a Federal Election Officer (FEO). This officer shall be responsible for the conduct of all national and nomination elections and the administration of the Party’s voters list.

10.6 The Federal Election Officer is elected by a two-thirds majority vote of the National Congress in regular session with a concurring two-thirds majority vote of the National Assembly. This officer can be removed by the same vote in the Assembly and Congress. The term of office shall be for 10 years.

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Kids at play

uscapitalHere they go with judicial nominations again. Not a single statesmen among the lot of them just a bunch of politicians doing what they do best in Washington DC.

As I posted earlier have 5 set days on which the nomination is brought to a confirmation vote; 20 days after, 40 days, 60 days, 90 days, and 120 days. It is automatically brought to a vote the first sitting of the Senate 60 days after the nomination. The Senate by 75 votes can bring it to a vote 20 days after the nomination, by 67 votes 40 days after, by 34 votes 90 days after, and by 50 votes delay the confirmation vote till 120 days after appointment. Super majorities can bring a nomination forward in time and minorities can delay the confirmation vote. Majorities can not suppress the minority and the minorities can not block the majority. The Senate has every right to confirm and every right to reject but no right to do this routine they do for everything now. Congress has become not just dysfunctional but almost inoperable.

I would change the vote needed to confirm judicial appointments. For the lower courts and appeal courts a 2/3 majority of those senators present and voting with at least 51 senators voting. For all Supreme court appointments an absolute 2/3 majority or 67 votes for confirmation.

Who pays your salary?

images-duckduckgo-comWho pays your salary Mr. Trudeau? It’s that person asking the question. If a citizen and taxpayer ask you a question in a language you speak you answer them back in that language. I know you don’t need the money but that’s not the point. You are an employee and you’re attitude and actions doesn’t reflect an understanding of this. Your response to this becoming an issue was insulting. Big surprise, there’s a significant English population in the Townships. I thought you knew Quebec!

Win / Win

main_content_trump_protest_us_cities_widePersonally I don’t see the point in protests or in petitions. We each have one vote and the only REAL power and say we have is that VOTE. One might want to from time to time do those things but in the end the only place it really COUNTS is at the ballot box. I missed the first Federal and Quebec elections I was eligible for but since then I have voted in every one for 30 years.

Regrettably the USA with their electoral college is the same as Canada as a Parliamentary democracy with it’s first past the post system. A party or candidate can win the vote and yet legit another party or candidate wins the election.

Clinton won the vote but note to these protesters that Mr. Trump did get elected by the rules that determine your presidential elections. He will be sworn in as president and you do have 18 months to gear up for the mid-terms and that is where they should be focused and work towards. The only place where it really COUNTS is at the BALLOT BOX!

Hypocrisy

Canada's PM Trudeau speaks during a news conference in Ottawa

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/citizenship-revocation-trudeau-harper-1.3795733

As I said before “Some are better, some are worse, but in the end, they are all the same” The best ones admit that they are doing a 180º from what they said in the election and explain why they are doing so. What Mr.Trudeau is doing is the usual spin we get after the election for campaign promises are used to get what you want and forgotten about afterwards. Same Old, same old. The part that bothers me the most about this is that you can be deprived of your citizenship without any hearing. Something to do with a quaint old-fashioned notion of “Your innocent until proven guilty”.

 

Brexit

brexitI’m a little surprised that the UK voted to leave the European Union. But the citizens are the owners and if that’s their choice then that’s their choice. Hopefully everyone who wanted to vote got to vote. A 73% voter turnout which means with the result that 38% of all voters voted to leave. Big picture and long term the citizens of the UK are going to find it wasn’t a smart decision. Decision based more upon how you feel about it then any rational and factual bases do tend to be at best for short term advantage and nothing more.

Same old, same old

TE“Some are better, and some are worst, but in the end they are all the same.”

 

A question I haven’t heard in the comments on Mr. Trudeau’s action is Why was he out of his chair in the first place? The complete and total hypocrisy of any comments from any member of the Conservative party is lost on them.

Just like what I recommend for dealing with confirmation of appointments should be done for legislation. There is a set period of time for debate. The Commons by super majorities can shorten that debate and by minorities lengthen that debate. Something like this.

  • Automatic vote on a bill 180 days after introduction, unless the following
  • By a vote of 90% of the full House (303) bill is voted on 30 days after introduction
  • By a vote of 75% of the full House (252) 60 days
  • By a vote of 67% of the full House (224) 90 days
  • By a vote of 60% of the full House (202) 120 days
  • By a vote of 50% of the full House (168) 360 days
  • By a vote of 33% of the full House (112) 270 days
  • By a vote of 25% of the full House (84) 240 days
  • By a vote of 10% of the full House (34) 210 days

The Liberals by themselves don’t have the votes to bring a bill to a vote faster then the set 180 days. The opposition combined could set a bill vote back to 9 months after being introduced. The conservatives alone could lengthen the debate to 8 months and the NDP by itself to 7 months. If the Liberals got the agreement of the NDP they could pass a bill 90 days after it being introduced and with the Conservatives 60 days after introduction.

The majority can’t ram through and the minority can’t block.

“The power of democracy is vested in the majority and in the minority it’s principle.” Barry Aulis