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

comments

  • MG

    The rally in Toronto was probably not the biggest in the country (Maybe a few more than 500 people at its peak? I’m not a big rally person, so I’m not very good at this). But there was good enthusiasm and a great roster of speakers. This is coalition ground zero, right in the middle of Bob Rae’s Toronto Centre and Olivia Chow’s Trinity Spadina.

    What was really nice to see was how truly grassroots this was, compared to the big labour driven pro-coalition rallies. Our rally was all homemade signs and flags tied to hockey sticks. The coalition rally was run from the top down, with CLC paid for signs being distributed by a few organizers.

    Even with the GG granting prorogation, which took some of the urgency out of the days, many thousands have turned up in cities across Canada to demand that they be given a chance to vote on the future of their government. We should feel good about the support we have shown for Canada’s democratic process.

  • MG

    The rally in Toronto was probably not the biggest in the country (Maybe a few more than 500 people at its peak? I’m not a big rally person, so I’m not very good at this). But there was good enthusiasm and a great roster of speakers. This is coalition ground zero, right in the middle of Bob Rae’s Toronto Centre and Olivia Chow’s Trinity Spadina.

    What was really nice to see was how truly grassroots this was, compared to the big labour driven pro-coalition rallies. Our rally was all homemade signs and flags tied to hockey sticks. The coalition rally was run from the top down, with CLC paid for signs being distributed by a few organizers.

    Even with the GG granting prorogation, which took some of the urgency out of the days, many thousands have turned up in cities across Canada to demand that they be given a chance to vote on the future of their government. We should feel good about the support we have shown for Canada’s democratic process.

  • MG

    The rally in Toronto was probably not the biggest in the country (Maybe a few more than 500 people at its peak? I’m not a big rally person, so I’m not very good at this). But there was good enthusiasm and a great roster of speakers. This is coalition ground zero, right in the middle of Bob Rae’s Toronto Centre and Olivia Chow’s Trinity Spadina.

    What was really nice to see was how truly grassroots this was, compared to the big labour driven pro-coalition rallies. Our rally was all homemade signs and flags tied to hockey sticks. The coalition rally was run from the top down, with CLC paid for signs being distributed by a few organizers.

    Even with the GG granting prorogation, which took some of the urgency out of the days, many thousands have turned up in cities across Canada to demand that they be given a chance to vote on the future of their government. We should feel good about the support we have shown for Canada’s democratic process.

  • glacialgal

    I was at the Kitchener rally. It was freaking cold and snowing but it energized me even more to stand tall with PM Harper. People are mad as hell and aren't going to take this crap from the left anymore. Only one member of the media present from what I could see. They reported that there were 100 people present at the rally but I thought it was closer to 200. Only two disshevelled hippies were present promoting the sorry-assed coaliton. Hope they went home and washed their hair: it needed it.

  • Phil Hauser

    I was at the rally in London Ontario, lots of snow and a little cold but it was a fund and determined crowd. I was a little disappointed at the size of the event but it was a joy nonetheless and we received greetings and great speeches. The Conservative younger party members and youths at Western played a great role in organizing this event thank you!
    Mary Lou Ambroggio and Paul Van Meerbegen both defeated conservatives in the last election showed their commitment to keeping Canada on trace and received great endorsements from the crowd.

  • Phil Hauser

    I was at the rally in London Ontario, lots of snow and a little cold but it was a fund and determined crowd. I was a little disappointed at the size of the event but it was a joy nonetheless and we received greetings and great speeches. The Conservative younger party members and youths at Western played a great role in organizing this event thank you!
    Mary Lou Ambroggio and Paul Van Meerbegen both defeated conservatives in the last election showed their commitment to keeping Canada on trace and received great endorsements from the crowd.

  • Phil Hauser

    I was at the rally in London Ontario, lots of snow and a little cold but it was a fund and determined crowd. I was a little disappointed at the size of the event but it was a joy nonetheless and we received greetings and great speeches. The Conservative younger party members and youths at Western played a great role in organizing this event thank you!
    Mary Lou Ambroggio and Paul Van Meerbegen both defeated conservatives in the last election showed their commitment to keeping Canada on trace and received great endorsements from the crowd.

  • Phil Hauser

    I was at the rally in London Ontario, lots of snow and a little cold but it was a fund and determined crowd. I was a little disappointed at the size of the event but it was a joy nonetheless and we received greetings and great speeches. The Conservative younger party members and youths at Western played a great role in organizing this event thank you!
    Mary Lou Ambroggio and Paul Van Meerbegen both defeated conservatives in the last election showed their commitment to keeping Canada on trace and received great endorsements from the crowd.

  • Anonymous

    I hope you can keep it up because the country is slowly waking up to the fact Harper is a bad tempered despot.
    Why you tories won’t fire him is a decision you will rue for many years to come.

  • Anonymous

    I hope you can keep it up because the country is slowly waking up to the fact Harper is a bad tempered despot.
    Why you tories won’t fire him is a decision you will rue for many years to come.

  • Anonymous

    I hope you can keep it up because the country is slowly waking up to the fact Harper is a bad tempered despot.
    Why you tories won’t fire him is a decision you will rue for many years to come.

  • Anonymous

    I hope you can keep it up because the country is slowly waking up to the fact Harper is a bad tempered despot.
    Why you tories won’t fire him is a decision you will rue for many years to come.

  • Nicola Timmerman

    About a hundred people at Montreal rally on steps of building which houses Dion’s office. Mostly francophones, some from as far away as Sherbrooke. My Conservative candidate for Pierrefonds-Dollard, Pierre-Olivier Brunelle, was there. It was a damp cold, but we sang O Canada in two languages and shouted mostly in French Down with the Putsch and Up with Democracy!.

    The pro-coalition rally was all union types – we represent the great unwashed!

  • Nicola Timmerman

    About a hundred people at Montreal rally on steps of building which houses Dion’s office. Mostly francophones, some from as far away as Sherbrooke. My Conservative candidate for Pierrefonds-Dollard, Pierre-Olivier Brunelle, was there. It was a damp cold, but we sang O Canada in two languages and shouted mostly in French Down with the Putsch and Up with Democracy!.

    The pro-coalition rally was all union types – we represent the great unwashed!

  • Nicola Timmerman

    About a hundred people at Montreal rally on steps of building which houses Dion’s office. Mostly francophones, some from as far away as Sherbrooke. My Conservative candidate for Pierrefonds-Dollard, Pierre-Olivier Brunelle, was there. It was a damp cold, but we sang O Canada in two languages and shouted mostly in French Down with the Putsch and Up with Democracy!.

    The pro-coalition rally was all union types – we represent the great unwashed!

  • Nicola Timmerman

    About a hundred people at Montreal rally on steps of building which houses Dion’s office. Mostly francophones, some from as far away as Sherbrooke. My Conservative candidate for Pierrefonds-Dollard, Pierre-Olivier Brunelle, was there. It was a damp cold, but we sang O Canada in two languages and shouted mostly in French Down with the Putsch and Up with Democracy!.

    The pro-coalition rally was all union types – we represent the great unwashed!

  • FedUp

    Is Terry for the coalition? What’s your answer Terry the Troll.

  • FedUp

    Is Terry for the coalition? What’s your answer Terry the Troll.

  • FedUp

    Is Terry for the coalition? What’s your answer Terry the Troll.

  • FedUp

    Is Terry for the coalition? What’s your answer Terry the Troll.

  • No Guff

    Hi Stephen;

    We had an outstanding rally here in Nanaimo. We’re a relatively small town with a huge, historical NDP base, but we had over 100 enthusiastic people out to stand up for Canada. Perfect location, right downtown on the main thoroughfare with lots of honking traffic going by and a forest of signs.

    As I knew they would, the NDP put together a rag tag bunch but seeing our numbers they stayed across the street. They’re confrontational if ,as a few people did as they were joining us, you happened to walk by them. Otherwise they’re cowards.

    While we had dozens of big Canadian flags, they had not a single one. I swear it. They put together a ‘coalition for Canada’ and they can’t find a flag between them all?

    I was the organizer for our side and singing O’Canada was the first thing up after welcoming people. But I was pre-empted by the crowd who broke into our anthem before I could begin. The other side: nothing.

    I was also happy to see lots of young men and women and families with children at our event. The other guys? Old, unkempt, angry looking and sullen. I crossed the street after speaking, in order to get an ‘overall view’ photograph of our people and one of the NDP’ers (guaranteed there were no Liberals there) saw my ‘We Support Our Troops” t-shirt logo and shouted loudly for all his buddies to hear, “We support THE troops, too. Bring them home, they’re being slaughtered by George Bush”. Complete and utter loons.

    I was proud (but exhausted) to do my bit for Canada and I want to thank all the other rally organizers for their hard work and dedication. Pictures to follow soon.

  • No Guff

    Hi Stephen;

    We had an outstanding rally here in Nanaimo. We’re a relatively small town with a huge, historical NDP base, but we had over 100 enthusiastic people out to stand up for Canada. Perfect location, right downtown on the main thoroughfare with lots of honking traffic going by and a forest of signs.

    As I knew they would, the NDP put together a rag tag bunch but seeing our numbers they stayed across the street. They’re confrontational if ,as a few people did as they were joining us, you happened to walk by them. Otherwise they’re cowards.

    While we had dozens of big Canadian flags, they had not a single one. I swear it. They put together a ‘coalition for Canada’ and they can’t find a flag between them all?

    I was the organizer for our side and singing O’Canada was the first thing up after welcoming people. But I was pre-empted by the crowd who broke into our anthem before I could begin. The other side: nothing.

    I was also happy to see lots of young men and women and families with children at our event. The other guys? Old, unkempt, angry looking and sullen. I crossed the street after speaking, in order to get an ‘overall view’ photograph of our people and one of the NDP’ers (guaranteed there were no Liberals there) saw my ‘We Support Our Troops” t-shirt logo and shouted loudly for all his buddies to hear, “We support THE troops, too. Bring them home, they’re being slaughtered by George Bush”. Complete and utter loons.

    I was proud (but exhausted) to do my bit for Canada and I want to thank all the other rally organizers for their hard work and dedication. Pictures to follow soon.

  • No Guff

    Hi Stephen;

    We had an outstanding rally here in Nanaimo. We’re a relatively small town with a huge, historical NDP base, but we had over 100 enthusiastic people out to stand up for Canada. Perfect location, right downtown on the main thoroughfare with lots of honking traffic going by and a forest of signs.

    As I knew they would, the NDP put together a rag tag bunch but seeing our numbers they stayed across the street. They’re confrontational if ,as a few people did as they were joining us, you happened to walk by them. Otherwise they’re cowards.

    While we had dozens of big Canadian flags, they had not a single one. I swear it. They put together a ‘coalition for Canada’ and they can’t find a flag between them all?

    I was the organizer for our side and singing O’Canada was the first thing up after welcoming people. But I was pre-empted by the crowd who broke into our anthem before I could begin. The other side: nothing.

    I was also happy to see lots of young men and women and families with children at our event. The other guys? Old, unkempt, angry looking and sullen. I crossed the street after speaking, in order to get an ‘overall view’ photograph of our people and one of the NDP’ers (guaranteed there were no Liberals there) saw my ‘We Support Our Troops” t-shirt logo and shouted loudly for all his buddies to hear, “We support THE troops, too. Bring them home, they’re being slaughtered by George Bush”. Complete and utter loons.

    I was proud (but exhausted) to do my bit for Canada and I want to thank all the other rally organizers for their hard work and dedication. Pictures to follow soon.

  • No Guff

    Hi Stephen;

    We had an outstanding rally here in Nanaimo. We’re a relatively small town with a huge, historical NDP base, but we had over 100 enthusiastic people out to stand up for Canada. Perfect location, right downtown on the main thoroughfare with lots of honking traffic going by and a forest of signs.

    As I knew they would, the NDP put together a rag tag bunch but seeing our numbers they stayed across the street. They’re confrontational if ,as a few people did as they were joining us, you happened to walk by them. Otherwise they’re cowards.

    While we had dozens of big Canadian flags, they had not a single one. I swear it. They put together a ‘coalition for Canada’ and they can’t find a flag between them all?

    I was the organizer for our side and singing O’Canada was the first thing up after welcoming people. But I was pre-empted by the crowd who broke into our anthem before I could begin. The other side: nothing.

    I was also happy to see lots of young men and women and families with children at our event. The other guys? Old, unkempt, angry looking and sullen. I crossed the street after speaking, in order to get an ‘overall view’ photograph of our people and one of the NDP’ers (guaranteed there were no Liberals there) saw my ‘We Support Our Troops” t-shirt logo and shouted loudly for all his buddies to hear, “We support THE troops, too. Bring them home, they’re being slaughtered by George Bush”. Complete and utter loons.

    I was proud (but exhausted) to do my bit for Canada and I want to thank all the other rally organizers for their hard work and dedication. Pictures to follow soon.

  • MaryM

    I just got home from the Kelowna Rally. It was held at the Rutland Hall. I must say the hall was full, guessing around 400 people. (It was predicted that we were going to get freezing rain today) I was so impressed by the two students that organized this rally, both spoke and very eloquent too, I must add. Ron Cannan MP, and a vet from WW2 addressed the crowd. A local lawyer, Tom Smithwick addressed the crowd with a excellent analysis of Harper, Dion, Layton and Duceppe “playing in the sandbox”. I did take video after some editing I will upload to Youtube. Thank you Stephen for being the mastermind behind this day. It still is not over though, we must keep up the fight.

  • MaryM

    I just got home from the Kelowna Rally. It was held at the Rutland Hall. I must say the hall was full, guessing around 400 people. (It was predicted that we were going to get freezing rain today) I was so impressed by the two students that organized this rally, both spoke and very eloquent too, I must add. Ron Cannan MP, and a vet from WW2 addressed the crowd. A local lawyer, Tom Smithwick addressed the crowd with a excellent analysis of Harper, Dion, Layton and Duceppe “playing in the sandbox”. I did take video after some editing I will upload to Youtube. Thank you Stephen for being the mastermind behind this day. It still is not over though, we must keep up the fight.

  • MaryM

    I just got home from the Kelowna Rally. It was held at the Rutland Hall. I must say the hall was full, guessing around 400 people. (It was predicted that we were going to get freezing rain today) I was so impressed by the two students that organized this rally, both spoke and very eloquent too, I must add. Ron Cannan MP, and a vet from WW2 addressed the crowd. A local lawyer, Tom Smithwick addressed the crowd with a excellent analysis of Harper, Dion, Layton and Duceppe “playing in the sandbox”. I did take video after some editing I will upload to Youtube. Thank you Stephen for being the mastermind behind this day. It still is not over though, we must keep up the fight.

  • MaryM

    I just got home from the Kelowna Rally. It was held at the Rutland Hall. I must say the hall was full, guessing around 400 people. (It was predicted that we were going to get freezing rain today) I was so impressed by the two students that organized this rally, both spoke and very eloquent too, I must add. Ron Cannan MP, and a vet from WW2 addressed the crowd. A local lawyer, Tom Smithwick addressed the crowd with a excellent analysis of Harper, Dion, Layton and Duceppe “playing in the sandbox”. I did take video after some editing I will upload to Youtube. Thank you Stephen for being the mastermind behind this day. It still is not over though, we must keep up the fight.

  • JosefK

    From this report, waiting w/ anticipation for the video!!

  • http://rightfromalberta.blogspot.com Reid

    Being “technically” able to do something doesn’t mean you should do it. Sure, the coalition could take over, but the majority of Canadians DON’T want them to. So now you have to ask yourself, “should we ignore the will of the people and usurp the current government and pay a huge political price for it, or should we abide by the will of the people?” Democracy is abiding by the will of the people.

    It’s a no brainer really.

  • http://rightfromalberta.blogspot.com Reid

    Being “technically” able to do something doesn’t mean you should do it. Sure, the coalition could take over, but the majority of Canadians DON’T want them to. So now you have to ask yourself, “should we ignore the will of the people and usurp the current government and pay a huge political price for it, or should we abide by the will of the people?” Democracy is abiding by the will of the people.

    It’s a no brainer really.

  • http://rightfromalberta.blogspot.com Reid

    Being “technically” able to do something doesn’t mean you should do it. Sure, the coalition could take over, but the majority of Canadians DON’T want them to. So now you have to ask yourself, “should we ignore the will of the people and usurp the current government and pay a huge political price for it, or should we abide by the will of the people?” Democracy is abiding by the will of the people.

    It’s a no brainer really.

  • http://rightfromalberta.blogspot.com Reid

    Being “technically” able to do something doesn’t mean you should do it. Sure, the coalition could take over, but the majority of Canadians DON’T want them to. So now you have to ask yourself, “should we ignore the will of the people and usurp the current government and pay a huge political price for it, or should we abide by the will of the people?” Democracy is abiding by the will of the people.

    It’s a no brainer really.

  • batb

    ‘Was at the Toronto Rally with my husband and sister. Great to see so many folks out in Hogtown, given it’s such a socialist sellout. I’d say at least 500 people, maybe even more at its peak. It was COLD!!

    Peter Kent spoke, John Tory, CPC MP Dykstra from St. Catherines and many other pro-democracy speakers. Good support and chants of “NO SECRET DEAL!” “HARPER-HARPER-HARPER!” “HEY, HEY, HO, HO, JACK LAYTON’S GOT TO GO!” I think it would have been nice if a few more well-known pro-Harper speakers had come to Toronto (I’m a bit envious when I hear the roster of speakers in Calgary and Ottawa!) but it was a good effort.

    Really enjoyed the speaker who once served on Toronto Council with Jack Layton. He said to anyone who wanted to see Taliban Jack at the helm of the government “you don’t know Jack Layton!” Fortunately, even though we don’t know Jack, we sure as heck know what he’d do to Canada’s economy if this coalition were to go through.

    Of course the coalition is “democratic” but it’s not in the spirit of democracy to usurp the duly elected government of a country only six weeks after an election, especially when the Opposition parties had, just a few days earlier, approved the Throne Speech.

    One other heartening thing: These cross-country rallies were the bright idea of a group of young students. It’s great to see young Canadians taking up the torch of democracy and saying “no way!” to attempts to hijack Canada’s democracy.

    I’m really disappointed however–no surprise–with the media’s coverage of the Rallies for Canada across the nation. Dion’s and Layton’s rallies got more coverage, and nowhere was it mentioned that they had been laid on by various unions. The pro-Harper/CPC rallies were all–natch–grass roots efforts.

  • batb

    ‘Was at the Toronto Rally with my husband and sister. Great to see so many folks out in Hogtown, given it’s such a socialist sellout. I’d say at least 500 people, maybe even more at its peak. It was COLD!!

    Peter Kent spoke, John Tory, CPC MP Dykstra from St. Catherines and many other pro-democracy speakers. Good support and chants of “NO SECRET DEAL!” “HARPER-HARPER-HARPER!” “HEY, HEY, HO, HO, JACK LAYTON’S GOT TO GO!” I think it would have been nice if a few more well-known pro-Harper speakers had come to Toronto (I’m a bit envious when I hear the roster of speakers in Calgary and Ottawa!) but it was a good effort.

    Really enjoyed the speaker who once served on Toronto Council with Jack Layton. He said to anyone who wanted to see Taliban Jack at the helm of the government “you don’t know Jack Layton!” Fortunately, even though we don’t know Jack, we sure as heck know what he’d do to Canada’s economy if this coalition were to go through.

    Of course the coalition is “democratic” but it’s not in the spirit of democracy to usurp the duly elected government of a country only six weeks after an election, especially when the Opposition parties had, just a few days earlier, approved the Throne Speech.

    One other heartening thing: These cross-country rallies were the bright idea of a group of young students. It’s great to see young Canadians taking up the torch of democracy and saying “no way!” to attempts to hijack Canada’s democracy.

    I’m really disappointed however–no surprise–with the media’s coverage of the Rallies for Canada across the nation. Dion’s and Layton’s rallies got more coverage, and nowhere was it mentioned that they had been laid on by various unions. The pro-Harper/CPC rallies were all–natch–grass roots efforts.

  • batb

    ‘Was at the Toronto Rally with my husband and sister. Great to see so many folks out in Hogtown, given it’s such a socialist sellout. I’d say at least 500 people, maybe even more at its peak. It was COLD!!

    Peter Kent spoke, John Tory, CPC MP Dykstra from St. Catherines and many other pro-democracy speakers. Good support and chants of “NO SECRET DEAL!” “HARPER-HARPER-HARPER!” “HEY, HEY, HO, HO, JACK LAYTON’S GOT TO GO!” I think it would have been nice if a few more well-known pro-Harper speakers had come to Toronto (I’m a bit envious when I hear the roster of speakers in Calgary and Ottawa!) but it was a good effort.

    Really enjoyed the speaker who once served on Toronto Council with Jack Layton. He said to anyone who wanted to see Taliban Jack at the helm of the government “you don’t know Jack Layton!” Fortunately, even though we don’t know Jack, we sure as heck know what he’d do to Canada’s economy if this coalition were to go through.

    Of course the coalition is “democratic” but it’s not in the spirit of democracy to usurp the duly elected government of a country only six weeks after an election, especially when the Opposition parties had, just a few days earlier, approved the Throne Speech.

    One other heartening thing: These cross-country rallies were the bright idea of a group of young students. It’s great to see young Canadians taking up the torch of democracy and saying “no way!” to attempts to hijack Canada’s democracy.

    I’m really disappointed however–no surprise–with the media’s coverage of the Rallies for Canada across the nation. Dion’s and Layton’s rallies got more coverage, and nowhere was it mentioned that they had been laid on by various unions. The pro-Harper/CPC rallies were all–natch–grass roots efforts.

  • batb

    ‘Was at the Toronto Rally with my husband and sister. Great to see so many folks out in Hogtown, given it’s such a socialist sellout. I’d say at least 500 people, maybe even more at its peak. It was COLD!!

    Peter Kent spoke, John Tory, CPC MP Dykstra from St. Catherines and many other pro-democracy speakers. Good support and chants of “NO SECRET DEAL!” “HARPER-HARPER-HARPER!” “HEY, HEY, HO, HO, JACK LAYTON’S GOT TO GO!” I think it would have been nice if a few more well-known pro-Harper speakers had come to Toronto (I’m a bit envious when I hear the roster of speakers in Calgary and Ottawa!) but it was a good effort.

    Really enjoyed the speaker who once served on Toronto Council with Jack Layton. He said to anyone who wanted to see Taliban Jack at the helm of the government “you don’t know Jack Layton!” Fortunately, even though we don’t know Jack, we sure as heck know what he’d do to Canada’s economy if this coalition were to go through.

    Of course the coalition is “democratic” but it’s not in the spirit of democracy to usurp the duly elected government of a country only six weeks after an election, especially when the Opposition parties had, just a few days earlier, approved the Throne Speech.

    One other heartening thing: These cross-country rallies were the bright idea of a group of young students. It’s great to see young Canadians taking up the torch of democracy and saying “no way!” to attempts to hijack Canada’s democracy.

    I’m really disappointed however–no surprise–with the media’s coverage of the Rallies for Canada across the nation. Dion’s and Layton’s rallies got more coverage, and nowhere was it mentioned that they had been laid on by various unions. The pro-Harper/CPC rallies were all–natch–grass roots efforts.

  • Robert Wood

    Ottawa was good. I kept my signs at home, they weren’t appropriate at a victory rally. They’ll be out, probably with Dion’s name replaced with someonelse’s, at the end of January, I expect. Time enough to produce many more; it’s fun.

    I have to rearrange winter vacation week; those Lieberals had better make up their mind soon; I need to give work a week’as notice at least. Perhaps I could apply for an injunction against them doing anything ’til I’ve had my vacation :-)

  • Robert Wood

    Ottawa was good. I kept my signs at home, they weren’t appropriate at a victory rally. They’ll be out, probably with Dion’s name replaced with someonelse’s, at the end of January, I expect. Time enough to produce many more; it’s fun.

    I have to rearrange winter vacation week; those Lieberals had better make up their mind soon; I need to give work a week’as notice at least. Perhaps I could apply for an injunction against them doing anything ’til I’ve had my vacation :-)

  • Robert Wood

    Ottawa was good. I kept my signs at home, they weren’t appropriate at a victory rally. They’ll be out, probably with Dion’s name replaced with someonelse’s, at the end of January, I expect. Time enough to produce many more; it’s fun.

    I have to rearrange winter vacation week; those Lieberals had better make up their mind soon; I need to give work a week’as notice at least. Perhaps I could apply for an injunction against them doing anything ’til I’ve had my vacation :-)

  • Liz J

    Our next fight will have to be with the CBC, we’re all paying for it and we’re not getting honest , unbiased reporting.
    This is a very dangerous situation in our democracy when people rely on news media for facts and are not getting them.

  • Liz J

    Our next fight will have to be with the CBC, we’re all paying for it and we’re not getting honest , unbiased reporting.
    This is a very dangerous situation in our democracy when people rely on news media for facts and are not getting them.

  • Liz J

    Our next fight will have to be with the CBC, we’re all paying for it and we’re not getting honest , unbiased reporting.
    This is a very dangerous situation in our democracy when people rely on news media for facts and are not getting them.

  • Liz J

    Our next fight will have to be with the CBC, we’re all paying for it and we’re not getting honest , unbiased reporting.
    This is a very dangerous situation in our democracy when people rely on news media for facts and are not getting them.

  • Robert Wood

    Tim, it may have a “legal” right. It certainly doesn’t have a moral right.

  • Robert Wood

    Tim, it may have a “legal” right. It certainly doesn’t have a moral right.

  • Robert Wood

    Tim, it may have a “legal” right. It certainly doesn’t have a moral right.

  • Robert Wood

    Tim, it may have a “legal” right. It certainly doesn’t have a moral right.

  • 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.