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Grant Gordon: The Real New Progressive Politics

These videos are both fantastic for similar reasons. They both show how positive and energetic Mr. Grodon is and how he is the progressive voice that Toronto-Danforth needs in Ottawa. I had the pleasure of spending two days canvassing for Mr. Gordon. The first thing I noticed was that the people of Toronto-Danfoth are extremely welcoming and honest (I had some great conversations with NDP supporters.) The second thing I noticed at the door and in talking to Grant Gordon was just how much he really is the local candidate. His knowledge of the local issues was impressive but it really hit me when I knocked on one door and discovered that I was canvassing the house of the man who gives guitar lessons to Grant’s kids.

I also like the first video because he draws such a strong contrast with the NDP. One of Grant’s literature pieces is a fairly saucy comparison of the Liberal Party and NDP’s records:

In 2005 the Conservatives and the NDP voted down the Kelowna Accord and National Child Care. The reason the NDP did this was that they wanted more seats in parliament. The NDP only really cares about winning, the “conscience of parliament” has morphed into a party without a conscience over the last decade and a half. During each of the NDP leadership debates the candidates have obsessively talked about “the next 70 seats.” Their priority is not being an effective opposition to Stephen Harper (which Nycole Turmel has consistently failed to provide in Question Period) or to bring Canadians together to advance progressive policies but to imitate PM Harper in achieving the smallest electoral margin of victory possible to get into power. The NDP keep saying they want to “work together” with the other parties. However, if you look at Mathieu Ravignat’s private member’s bill, you see that the NDP prioritizes something silly like banning floor-crossings when he could have worked with Liberals and CPC MP Michael Chong to actually fix Question Period. Grant has great progressive credentials (watch his nomination speech here) and while the NDP talk the progressive talk several of their MPs voted to kill the gun registry and Tom Mulcair didn’t even show up for the vote.

The New Democrats have done an excellent job appropriating Louis St Laurent and Lester B. Pearson’s record. It was two Liberal PMs who implemented Universal Health Care in Canada. Though I give Tommy Douglas full credit for the great work he did as Premier it was the Pearson government that created the national program. In 2005 the NDP had the opportunity to help governing like they did from 1963-1968 but they rejected that opportunity and now we have a Harper government.

Grant Gordon is a fantastic candidate. Obviously the Toronto-Danforth byelection is the dictionary definition of an uphill battle. Thankfully, the Liberal Party has a progressive candidate with ties to the community.

One final thought: When is Stephen Harper’s hockey book being released?

Douglas Coupland on Hockey and the Canadian Identity

“Canadian winters are long. Life is hard and so is ice. Canadian teams playing within the NHL are, in effect, a microcosm of Canada’s ongoing process of trying to remain a country – battling constantly not only against Americans but against other teams from within their own country. It’s ugly and yet it’s civil; and most tellingly, it’s the one place where people still sing the national anthem.”

– From Hockey.

Canada and Hockey: Our fair Dominion Now Extends Around The Globe

Canada 3. USA 2.

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide, O Canada,
We stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

I watched the game with friends from all over this fantastic country. All of our Olympians competed valiantly and it doesn’t matter what who won/lost in the end. When all eyes were on them the Canadian Men’s Hockey Team showed how awesome Canadians can be when they work hard, are willing to make sacrifices and put up a united front. When the game ended we cheered and when the Medals were awarded we all stood up and sang ‘O Canada’ together.

Canada has an awesome hockey team and dominated this Olympics. Now we need a government that is good enough to represent this fantastic land!

Two Extremely Important Facebook Groups

Canadians Against the Proroguing of Parliament: 86, 355 Members as of 2:00PM.

The” Eh! Oh! Canada Go!” chant is a national embarrassment: 45, 404 Members as of 2:00PM.

Don’t listen to any of the detractors, participating in protest through social media can and does make a difference. Each of these groups are dedicated to expressing resentment for an elitist oligarchy thinking they can subvert the will of Canadians. Prime Minister Harper and the Pepsi Corporation are both banking on your apathy. Social Media can help the truth cut through the Conservative spin. The anti-prorogation facebook groups, twitter and blogs are helping keep the story of Prime Minister Harper’s erosion of Canadian Democracy front and centre in the mainstream media.

PM Harper was hoping that people wouldn’t care because of the holidays, hockey and the Vancouver Olympics. Stephen Harper has now been criticized in the Economist and the Guardian. The Prime Minister doesn’t want people to realize that he is cowering behind obscure parliamentary procedure, thankfully social media has drawn national and international attention to his scurrilous actions.

If you have facebook I strongly recommend joining both of these groups and reading as many articles as possible on the Harper Holiday. Kady O’Malley has a great article where she catalogues which bills will be killed by Prime Minister Harper’s suspension of parliament. This is a very important fact that all Canadians should be made aware of. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has repeatedly accused Liberal Senators of “stalling” his regressive and harmful “crime” billa (or “Doing their job by providing oversight” as a truthful person would say.) The PM still has gall to make this assertion even though his unilateral decision to suspend parliament killed 57% of the legislation passed during the last parliamentary session. The Liberals will be going back to work in Ottawa on January 25th. My hope is that this wont be a stunt but a sincere attempt by Michael Ignatieff and the Liberal Party to lay out their plan for Canada to the Canadian people.

Send the “Do Nothing Conservative Government” and Prime Minister Harper a message by joining the Anti-Prorogation Facebook Group!

World JRS Pierre McGuire Drinking Game!

Ahmadinejad Wins Stanley Cup

In what many are describing as an upset victory of unprecedented proportions, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins last night to win the 2009 Stanley Cup, Iran’s Interior Ministry announced today.

According to the ministry, which Mr. Ahmadinejad runs, the Iranian hard-liner defeated the Penguins by a score of 6-0, scoring two hat tricks in the victory.

But Penguins star Evgeni Malkin immediately disputed Mr. Ahmadinejad’s claim, arguing that the Iranian president did not even appear in the game.

Mr. Ahmadinejad scoffed at Mr. Malkin’s charge, stating, “He’s just pissed that I was named MVP.”

The Iranian president took time out from celebrating his Stanley Cup win to announce that he had just been named Poet Laureate of England.

Original Article

Congratulations Pittsburgh Penguins!

Solid Game.
Great Comeback.