Rally for Canada today!

Today, in 24 cities coast-to-coast-to-coast, Canadians will assemble at legislatures, city halls and other gathering locations to send a message to Ottawa.

They will let the Parliamentarians know that they are concerned about political games at a time of economic crisis and that the last thing Canada needs now is political instability. Many Canadians breathed a sigh of relief when the Governor General granted the Prime Minister a prorogation of Parliament. This is encouraging because the Minister of Finance will continue to tend to Canada’s books and there over the next 90 days at least, we’ll see a sound and stable political direction on the economic file.

I had no idea that RallyforCanada.ca would receive such a response. Since Monday, the website has received hundreds of thousands of hits and tens of thousands of people have signed up with their email addresses to indicate that they either want to organize or participate in a rally today. It is a grassroots movement; a couple of guys named Matt O’Brien and Ed Woolley started a Facebook event while I kicked off RallyforCanada.ca to draw as many people as possible to the somewhat bizarre idea of rallying for the status quo and against a threat to its stability. We want to rally for the democratic principles of Canada, to let Parliamentarians know that while they within their technical right to flip power at any time, doing so after a Prime Minister earns a mandate on the issue of the economic downturn lacks moral authority and is nothing but a cynical grab for power.

If you’re headed out to a rally today, I’d love to hear your story when you return. Drop me an email or put a comment in this thread. Rally participants will be twittering, youtubing and flickr-ing so hopefully we’ll have some content up soon.

Dress warm, stay safe and enjoy the day.

Comments

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  • Phil Hauser

    Actually they do have the right to ask the Governor General to form a government. The problem is they should not have endorsed the throne speech first, rather they should have asked to form the government before a new cabinet was sworn in. Because they delayed and in fact conceded sort of maybe on election night they can’t come to her now. That is what is wrong. It may not be undemocratic but under these specific circumstances there is no justification or historical precedent to allow the government to form.

    Only two times in Canadian history did the government change without an election. The first was the second parliament of Canada where Alexander McKenzie government that took over from the conservatives and the second was when Meighen took over from Mackenzie Kind in the King Byng thing of 1926.

    IN BOTH THESE cases the government immediately sought a mandate. Mackenzie by dropping a writ and Meighen by immediately asking for and losing confidence. Never has a Canadian government changed without involving the public in the final say.

  • Phil Hauser

    Actually they do have the right to ask the Governor General to form a government. The problem is they should not have endorsed the throne speech first, rather they should have asked to form the government before a new cabinet was sworn in. Because they delayed and in fact conceded sort of maybe on election night they can’t come to her now. That is what is wrong. It may not be undemocratic but under these specific circumstances there is no justification or historical precedent to allow the government to form.

    Only two times in Canadian history did the government change without an election. The first was the second parliament of Canada where Alexander McKenzie government that took over from the conservatives and the second was when Meighen took over from Mackenzie Kind in the King Byng thing of 1926.

    IN BOTH THESE cases the government immediately sought a mandate. Mackenzie by dropping a writ and Meighen by immediately asking for and losing confidence. Never has a Canadian government changed without involving the public in the final say.

  • Bruce

    Or is it really that you are sooooo disappointed with the quality of your three stooges and their respective teams?

    They don’t hold a candle to PM Harper and the Conservatives.

  • Bruce

    Or is it really that you are sooooo disappointed with the quality of your three stooges and their respective teams?

    They don’t hold a candle to PM Harper and the Conservatives.

  • Bruce

    Or is it really that you are sooooo disappointed with the quality of your three stooges and their respective teams?

    They don’t hold a candle to PM Harper and the Conservatives.

  • Bruce

    Or is it really that you are sooooo disappointed with the quality of your three stooges and their respective teams?

    They don’t hold a candle to PM Harper and the Conservatives.

  • Phil Hauser

    Terry has every right to post here it woudl just be nice if he had somethign meaningful to say. His comments remind me of the Liberal members who state all the emails coming to them are following a script. Terry, say something original of your own.

  • Phil Hauser

    Terry has every right to post here it woudl just be nice if he had somethign meaningful to say. His comments remind me of the Liberal members who state all the emails coming to them are following a script. Terry, say something original of your own.

  • Phil Hauser

    Terry has every right to post here it woudl just be nice if he had somethign meaningful to say. His comments remind me of the Liberal members who state all the emails coming to them are following a script. Terry, say something original of your own.

  • Phil Hauser

    Terry has every right to post here it woudl just be nice if he had somethign meaningful to say. His comments remind me of the Liberal members who state all the emails coming to them are following a script. Terry, say something original of your own.

  • Phil Hauser

    Must have learned that bad-tempered despot thing sitting across the aisle from Jean Chretien! Give me a despot to a sniveling baby having an emotional breakdown in question period. Strange given Dion that launched the bomb that he couldn’t handle the heat and caved. You Liberals are so proud from what I read in the Globe and Mail. (that’s the other paper in Toronto that doesn’t always genuflect to the Liberal leader.)

  • Phil Hauser

    Must have learned that bad-tempered despot thing sitting across the aisle from Jean Chretien! Give me a despot to a sniveling baby having an emotional breakdown in question period. Strange given Dion that launched the bomb that he couldn’t handle the heat and caved. You Liberals are so proud from what I read in the Globe and Mail. (that’s the other paper in Toronto that doesn’t always genuflect to the Liberal leader.)

  • Phil Hauser

    Must have learned that bad-tempered despot thing sitting across the aisle from Jean Chretien! Give me a despot to a sniveling baby having an emotional breakdown in question period. Strange given Dion that launched the bomb that he couldn’t handle the heat and caved. You Liberals are so proud from what I read in the Globe and Mail. (that’s the other paper in Toronto that doesn’t always genuflect to the Liberal leader.)

  • Phil Hauser

    Must have learned that bad-tempered despot thing sitting across the aisle from Jean Chretien! Give me a despot to a sniveling baby having an emotional breakdown in question period. Strange given Dion that launched the bomb that he couldn’t handle the heat and caved. You Liberals are so proud from what I read in the Globe and Mail. (that’s the other paper in Toronto that doesn’t always genuflect to the Liberal leader.)

  • Phil Hauser

    And another thing Terry, don’t you libs have enough leaders to criticize in your own party? Seems the knives are out there, your only chance at hitting Harper is stray shrapnel when Rae and Iggy go at it.

  • Phil Hauser

    And another thing Terry, don’t you libs have enough leaders to criticize in your own party? Seems the knives are out there, your only chance at hitting Harper is stray shrapnel when Rae and Iggy go at it.

  • Phil Hauser

    And another thing Terry, don’t you libs have enough leaders to criticize in your own party? Seems the knives are out there, your only chance at hitting Harper is stray shrapnel when Rae and Iggy go at it.

  • Phil Hauser

    And another thing Terry, don’t you libs have enough leaders to criticize in your own party? Seems the knives are out there, your only chance at hitting Harper is stray shrapnel when Rae and Iggy go at it.

  • JayD

    Hello from Kelowna, BC!

    We held our rally here today and packed a local hall with citizens concerned about our country and appalled by the idea of an unelected government grabbing power.

    After O Canada, and a moment of silence, we heard from our MP Ron Cannan;WW2 veteran, Bill Tanner, 15 year old political activist and volunteer Michael McDonald; lawyer Tom Smithwick; 16-year-old Meagan Ritz (who inspired us all to help organize this event) and finally Gerry Zimmerman – the famous Fire Chief who led our City through our worst crisis ever, the 2003 forest fires.

    More info here:
    http://www.castanet.net/edition/news-story-4360

  • geo

    God bless Canada

    We stand on Guard for thee.

  • Joan

    We were at the rally in Ottawa and must say well done Stephen

    We joined this rally because it appears that (captain Canada choke) has lost his mind

    He signed a document with the NDP and Bloc acknowledging Quebec as a country (or so the separatists en francais sovereignists ) would try to affirm. How can someone so well educated as he was happy to boast about just a few months ago not look at what he is is signing ie ” Canada and Quebec” on the so called accord. Imagine if the the GG actually let that pass??? Heavens no wonder Parizeau and the separatists are smiling. they actually hope that if the GG signs it proves that Quebec is separate from Canada. What kind of idiots are in Ottawa that a party who will not pledge allegiance to the crown is a viable partner in a coalition.
    I will tell you that as of now both my husband and myself will be watching the political scene not only more closely but will be participating. We have always voted and will protect our right of votes and not let it be it thieved in the night by power hungry lustful politicians who make back room deals. I have nothing against the Bloc and i respect their right to a different view but why do I have to pay for it let their supporters pay.

  • Joan

    We were at the rally in Ottawa and must say well done Stephen

    We joined this rally because it appears that (captain Canada choke) has lost his mind

    He signed a document with the NDP and Bloc acknowledging Quebec as a country (or so the separatists en francais sovereignists ) would try to affirm. How can someone so well educated as he was happy to boast about just a few months ago not look at what he is is signing ie ” Canada and Quebec” on the so called accord. Imagine if the the GG actually let that pass??? Heavens no wonder Parizeau and the separatists are smiling. they actually hope that if the GG signs it proves that Quebec is separate from Canada. What kind of idiots are in Ottawa that a party who will not pledge allegiance to the crown is a viable partner in a coalition.
    I will tell you that as of now both my husband and myself will be watching the political scene not only more closely but will be participating. We have always voted and will protect our right of votes and not let it be it thieved in the night by power hungry lustful politicians who make back room deals. I have nothing against the Bloc and i respect their right to a different view but why do I have to pay for it let their supporters pay.

  • Joan

    We were at the rally in Ottawa and must say well done Stephen

    We joined this rally because it appears that (captain Canada choke) has lost his mind

    He signed a document with the NDP and Bloc acknowledging Quebec as a country (or so the separatists en francais sovereignists ) would try to affirm. How can someone so well educated as he was happy to boast about just a few months ago not look at what he is is signing ie ” Canada and Quebec” on the so called accord. Imagine if the the GG actually let that pass??? Heavens no wonder Parizeau and the separatists are smiling. they actually hope that if the GG signs it proves that Quebec is separate from Canada. What kind of idiots are in Ottawa that a party who will not pledge allegiance to the crown is a viable partner in a coalition.
    I will tell you that as of now both my husband and myself will be watching the political scene not only more closely but will be participating. We have always voted and will protect our right of votes and not let it be it thieved in the night by power hungry lustful politicians who make back room deals. I have nothing against the Bloc and i respect their right to a different view but why do I have to pay for it let their supporters pay.

  • Joan

    We were at the rally in Ottawa and must say well done Stephen

    We joined this rally because it appears that (captain Canada choke) has lost his mind

    He signed a document with the NDP and Bloc acknowledging Quebec as a country (or so the separatists en francais sovereignists ) would try to affirm. How can someone so well educated as he was happy to boast about just a few months ago not look at what he is is signing ie ” Canada and Quebec” on the so called accord. Imagine if the the GG actually let that pass??? Heavens no wonder Parizeau and the separatists are smiling. they actually hope that if the GG signs it proves that Quebec is separate from Canada. What kind of idiots are in Ottawa that a party who will not pledge allegiance to the crown is a viable partner in a coalition.
    I will tell you that as of now both my husband and myself will be watching the political scene not only more closely but will be participating. We have always voted and will protect our right of votes and not let it be it thieved in the night by power hungry lustful politicians who make back room deals. I have nothing against the Bloc and i respect their right to a different view but why do I have to pay for it let their supporters pay.

  • http://rightandjustified.blogger.com Wes

    My family (wife and kids 7, 4, 5mos) joined me on the hill in Ottawa. It was great.

    (Please post the transcript of your speech, Stephen.)

    Many great speakers, Poilievre, Nick from CFRA, Lisa MacLeod, and Stephen Taylor.

    It was a blast. I'm not a protester. This was our first rally, but this is important.

    Question: If the ABSENT PROFESSOR used backroom deals to secure his leadership at the party level, why should this surprise us? I figure this was in the works since summer. That would explain the anger he had over the election.

  • Liz J

    Enjoy your delusional state Terry , it’s going to get worse for your Liberals and their new best buddies. Hope you were able to read John Manley’s take on the situation. He speaks from the common sense and decency ranks of the Liberal party who no longer want any part of it. That’s the feeling of the vast majority of Canadians as well.

  • Liz J

    Enjoy your delusional state Terry , it’s going to get worse for your Liberals and their new best buddies. Hope you were able to read John Manley’s take on the situation. He speaks from the common sense and decency ranks of the Liberal party who no longer want any part of it. That’s the feeling of the vast majority of Canadians as well.

  • Liz J

    Enjoy your delusional state Terry , it’s going to get worse for your Liberals and their new best buddies. Hope you were able to read John Manley’s take on the situation. He speaks from the common sense and decency ranks of the Liberal party who no longer want any part of it. That’s the feeling of the vast majority of Canadians as well.

  • Liz J

    Enjoy your delusional state Terry , it’s going to get worse for your Liberals and their new best buddies. Hope you were able to read John Manley’s take on the situation. He speaks from the common sense and decency ranks of the Liberal party who no longer want any part of it. That’s the feeling of the vast majority of Canadians as well.

  • No Guff

    In Nanaimo we had a great rally, with more than 100 people attending. The crowd included families and pensioners and happily lots of younger men and women. Plenty of great signs and lots of Canadian flags.

    This being historically NDP territory, they of course had to stage a counter rally directly across the street. Thankfully it’s a busy throroughfare right downtown, so conflict was avoided. They were a scruffy, older crowd, many of whom I recognized as the hard-core NDP crowd. I can guarantee there wasn’t a single Liberal party member in the bunch. Another thing that wasn’t amongst them was a Canadian flag. Not a one.

    And while our group broke out in several rousing choruses of O’ Canada – in fact I got ‘pre-empted’ when they started before I could ask for the first round. The other guys : nothing but some anti-Harper chanting. They really do hate Harper more than they love Canada.

    I had walked across the road to take a ‘long shot’ of our crowd and one of the NDP’ers started to take a picture of me. I pointed to the ‘I Support Our Troops’ logo on my shirt and said “make sure you get this, too”. The guy yelled out to his fellow loser’s that they too support the troops, shouting, “bring the troops home, they’re being slaughtered by George Bush”.

    Not much point in trying to point out that our troops were first sent to Afghanistan by “their coalition partner” the Liberal party or that as of the forming of th coalition, their own party leader apparently agrees.

    I was very proud to be part of our rally and to see so many who care.

  • No Guff

    In Nanaimo we had a great rally, with more than 100 people attending. The crowd included families and pensioners and happily lots of younger men and women. Plenty of great signs and lots of Canadian flags.

    This being historically NDP territory, they of course had to stage a counter rally directly across the street. Thankfully it’s a busy throroughfare right downtown, so conflict was avoided. They were a scruffy, older crowd, many of whom I recognized as the hard-core NDP crowd. I can guarantee there wasn’t a single Liberal party member in the bunch. Another thing that wasn’t amongst them was a Canadian flag. Not a one.

    And while our group broke out in several rousing choruses of O’ Canada – in fact I got ‘pre-empted’ when they started before I could ask for the first round. The other guys : nothing but some anti-Harper chanting. They really do hate Harper more than they love Canada.

    I had walked across the road to take a ‘long shot’ of our crowd and one of the NDP’ers started to take a picture of me. I pointed to the ‘I Support Our Troops’ logo on my shirt and said “make sure you get this, too”. The guy yelled out to his fellow loser’s that they too support the troops, shouting, “bring the troops home, they’re being slaughtered by George Bush”.

    Not much point in trying to point out that our troops were first sent to Afghanistan by “their coalition partner” the Liberal party or that as of the forming of th coalition, their own party leader apparently agrees.

    I was very proud to be part of our rally and to see so many who care.

  • No Guff

    In Nanaimo we had a great rally, with more than 100 people attending. The crowd included families and pensioners and happily lots of younger men and women. Plenty of great signs and lots of Canadian flags.

    This being historically NDP territory, they of course had to stage a counter rally directly across the street. Thankfully it’s a busy throroughfare right downtown, so conflict was avoided. They were a scruffy, older crowd, many of whom I recognized as the hard-core NDP crowd. I can guarantee there wasn’t a single Liberal party member in the bunch. Another thing that wasn’t amongst them was a Canadian flag. Not a one.

    And while our group broke out in several rousing choruses of O’ Canada – in fact I got ‘pre-empted’ when they started before I could ask for the first round. The other guys : nothing but some anti-Harper chanting. They really do hate Harper more than they love Canada.

    I had walked across the road to take a ‘long shot’ of our crowd and one of the NDP’ers started to take a picture of me. I pointed to the ‘I Support Our Troops’ logo on my shirt and said “make sure you get this, too”. The guy yelled out to his fellow loser’s that they too support the troops, shouting, “bring the troops home, they’re being slaughtered by George Bush”.

    Not much point in trying to point out that our troops were first sent to Afghanistan by “their coalition partner” the Liberal party or that as of the forming of th coalition, their own party leader apparently agrees.

    I was very proud to be part of our rally and to see so many who care.

  • No Guff

    In Nanaimo we had a great rally, with more than 100 people attending. The crowd included families and pensioners and happily lots of younger men and women. Plenty of great signs and lots of Canadian flags.

    This being historically NDP territory, they of course had to stage a counter rally directly across the street. Thankfully it’s a busy throroughfare right downtown, so conflict was avoided. They were a scruffy, older crowd, many of whom I recognized as the hard-core NDP crowd. I can guarantee there wasn’t a single Liberal party member in the bunch. Another thing that wasn’t amongst them was a Canadian flag. Not a one.

    And while our group broke out in several rousing choruses of O’ Canada – in fact I got ‘pre-empted’ when they started before I could ask for the first round. The other guys : nothing but some anti-Harper chanting. They really do hate Harper more than they love Canada.

    I had walked across the road to take a ‘long shot’ of our crowd and one of the NDP’ers started to take a picture of me. I pointed to the ‘I Support Our Troops’ logo on my shirt and said “make sure you get this, too”. The guy yelled out to his fellow loser’s that they too support the troops, shouting, “bring the troops home, they’re being slaughtered by George Bush”.

    Not much point in trying to point out that our troops were first sent to Afghanistan by “their coalition partner” the Liberal party or that as of the forming of th coalition, their own party leader apparently agrees.

    I was very proud to be part of our rally and to see so many who care.

  • Phil

    Hey Steve, kudos and thanks for getting the ball rolling!

  • John

    Hi Stephen;

    I don't notice any change from the last election. All the members who were elected are still there. Canadian's don't elect a government Mr. Taylor, we elect members to the House of Commons. The GG then asks if a member has the confidence of the House and can form a government. At the time of the election, Mr. Harper did. If Mr. Harper cannot keep the confidence of the house, then maybe Mr. Dion can. This is all perfectly legal and above board, and is the system working the way it is supposed too.

    Are you a Member of Parliament? If so, shame on you sir! I have the feeling you know all this and are deliberately trying to mislead Canadians into believing some kind of coup is being perpetrated.

    I resent Mr. Harper's attempts to ram his George Bush style Republican agenda down my throat? I like Canada's social benefits, and I don't mind paying my share of taxes to get them.

    John from Winnipeg

  • old white guy

    was in ottawa for a short time yesterday. it's good to see that some canadians are thinking. the rallies were a great idea.

  • Terry

    Steve Harper is fighting to save his own stupid,unethical and bad tempered ass.

  • Terry

    No I'm not for the coalition and I am a Liberal but I am definitely for getting rid of Harper. He will ultimately destroy your party.

  • John

    Hi Stephen;

    I don’t notice any change from the last election. All the members who were elected are still there. Canadian’s don’t elect a government Mr. Taylor, we elect members to the House of Commons. The GG then asks if a member has the confidence of the House and can form a government. At the time of the election, Mr. Harper did. If Mr. Harper cannot keep the confidence of the house, then maybe Mr. Dion can. This is all perfectly legal and above board, and is the system working the way it is supposed too.

    Are you a Member of Parliament? If so, shame on you sir! I have the feeling you know all this and are deliberately trying to mislead Canadians into believing some kind of coup is being perpetrated.

    I resent Mr. Harper’s attempts to ram his George Bush style Republican agenda down my throat? I like Canada’s social benefits, and I don’t mind paying my share of taxes to get them.

    John from Winnipeg

  • JosefK

    The video of Stephen Taylor is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOdswv-8ZaQ

  • Anonymous

    John from Winnipeg, you will not get anywhere with this band of rabble. They beleive Stephen Harper is god and won’t even discuss his unethical and stupid stuff that was supposed to a financial update. He tried to screw democracy, unions and every Canadian who won’t bow to his way of doing things. His own people are starting to let out how bad tempered and devious he is.
    Like me you should keepm o telling these poor unfortunate people how bad their leader really is.

  • Fedup26

    I am so glad others are seeing the CBC as I see them, not reporting the facts as they should be. I read all the comments from all the web sites and listen to them, they do not reflect what the people are saying they want.

  • Fedup26

    It is good to see so many Canadians standing up for what they belive in, a united Conservative Goverment. Not a coalition. I am tired of Jack Layton telling me what I want, as well as the Libs.They should grow a pair and try to win enough seats of their own to form a goverment. Good work Stephen Taylor and keep up the pressure.

  • Oemissions

    So now Mr. Harper and company can pad up the budget borrowing programs from other parties and then shout and cry that they are UNREASONABLE if they don't accept it. Harper wins and… gets to SMIRK!

  • Kevin

    A consensus government formed in this fashion should be properly described as undemocratic, because if it truly had the support of the people the members would all sit at the same bench. The public has no say and unless it is offered as an option, it can never be their intent. Walking across the floor is the proper way to indicate whom you will support.

    Schema and deals to buy or influence a vote, is well known for where it stands outside of legal bounds. The members made a lot of traction at Harper’s expense in accusing him of doing just that, in the Chuck Cadman affair. Strange how a description in political terms alone, can separate one act from another. It will always fall to suspicion; what was offered to Mr. Ducepe, [even if it was nothing at all] in exchange for his non-participatory votes. A government and the law which empowers it, needs to be above suspicion or it looses it's ability to lead, regardless of political brand. Reflection should put you back in the council of respecting traditions. They were formed for good reason and they were tempered with time.

    The new Block, and every member who allowed their seat to support it, by their silence they failed the people who provided that seat, supporting a managed party line and not the people. Harper is not the member shouting words like “liar” or “extreme right wing agenda” [Fascist] I judge integrity, by the level of ignorance in the language. Politicians are supposed to be word smiths, nothing professional resonates in the socialist left.

  • Kevin

    Trudeau never di apologize for protesting aginst the war in support of Hitler. Public Health is repeating the mistakes of the past with something they call disease management AKA blaming the patients when they get sick. This was the poison pill left behind by Paul Martin to break the universality of healthcare with cigarette taxes to compensate the costs of healthcare. No safe cigarette affords no useful information science tells us by curing tobacco with diesel exhaust they are a lot more dangerous. Ontario had the safest tobacco on the planet with carcinogens lowered by more than 95% They closed down 26,000 farms before real science was allowed to prove it.

    McGuinty shut down most of the farms and reneged on a deal to compensate the safer curing process costing the farmers tens of millions of dollars. Dramatically increasing the risks to six million people who smoke cigarettes, by allowing cheaper imported tobacco to flow into Canada without domestic restrictions. Why? because we could not allow anyone to think some cigarettes could be safer. Better to allow many people to die and keep the political verses credible, than allow them the information on a package describing what they were buying and reducing mortality rates by market competition.

    People need to know the truth;

    Reference Pub Med;

    NNK. NAK, NNN Nitrosomates, PAH

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2369279?ordinalpos=1&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DiscoveryPanel.Pubmed_Discovery_RA&linkpos=1&log$=relatedarticles&logdbfrom=pubmed

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18508168?ordinalpos=1&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DefaultReportPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

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