Elizabeth May’s Party

Flying thousands of kilometers for most to attend a convention on Vancouver Island in Elizabeth May’s riding, to listen to a former NDP MP and Liberal MP ought to leave a few Green Party members wondering what exactly they’re doing in that political party these days. Some former Green partisans have just it off as The Elizabeth May Vehicle.

We’d like to know when Elizabeth May will formally announce her intentions to seek the Liberal Party of Canada leadership.

SIDNEY — The Saanich-Gulf Islands riding association is proud to host the 2012 Green Party Convention in Sidney, BC, this weekend, August 17-19th, 2012 and welcomes tremendous speakers.
“I’m so pleased to have the Convention in my home riding, welcoming Greens from all over Canada to this beautiful part of the country, “said Green Leader Elizabeth May and Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands. “And we look so forward to our special guests who will share their insights with us.”
Author Ronald Wright will discuss the film Surviving Progress, which was inspired by his best-selling book Friday night (August 17th, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm PT)
Independent MP Bruce Hyer to speak about his experience in Parliament as an environmentalist Saturday morning (August 18th, 9:00 am PT)
Liberal MP Stéphane Dion will present his ideas on election reform Saturday morning (August 18th, 11:20 am PT)

Humourist Arthur Black, multiple winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour hosts the Gumboot Gala Saturday night (August 18th, 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm PT)
Elizabeth May will give the keynote address Saturday evening at the Gumboot Gala (August 18th, 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm PT)
Green Parliamentarians from around the world will share how Greens have been effective around the globe (Sunday, August 19th, 10:15 am to 11:15 am PT)
Oras Tynkkynen : Finnish Green Member of Parliament, city councilor and activist
André Gattolin : Green Senator for Hauts-de-Seine (France) since September 2011
Jean Lambert : Green Party’s Member of European Parliament for London in 1999
Metiria Turei : New Zealand Green Member of Parliament since 2002, and elected Green Party Co-leader since 2009

Healthcare spending scandals

Yesterday, I joined Brian Lilley at Sun News to talk about how provincial health administrators are bleeding the public healthcare budget dry. Click “play” on the video below.

Barbara Falby is worried

This might be the most amazing letter-to-the editor I have ever read. It’s to the Toronto Star. The letter is from Barbara Falby of Toronto. In it, she blames Harper’s denial of climate change for hot weather that causes gun violence, blames Harper for the Colorado movie theatre shootings. She cites Canada’s previous laws and regulations on guns for preventing violence, violence which has been renewed as a result of getting rid of the long-gun registry. For good measure, she calls the government illegitimate and asks for the police to remove it by any means necessary.

Wait, what?

Stephen Harper’s climate change denial has led to it being hot and because of it being hot, people shoot each other. You see, climate change denial leads to mass shootings and Colorado blood is on the PM’s hands, according to this letter writer.

Those hoods in Toronto can likely recite CPC talking points based on registering sex offenders, not “the tools of farmers and duck hunters”. Or not.

Get that? Stephen Harper is apparently an accessory to mass murder. It’s like #cdnpoli had a brain embolism but retained the capacity for writing emails.

Gun violence wasn’t a problem before Stephen Harper got rid of the long-gun registry, you see. Now that he has been accused of being complicit in murder, he should be show “decency” and resign government, according to Falby.

A kid in Guelph decided to play fast-and-loose with some auto-dialing software and now we’ve found ourselves living under a dictatorship in a banana republic!

Well, different approaches to policy does not make one more or less deserving of power. In fact, these differences are the basis of selection in the democratic process. Indeed, power is legitimate because it comes via the electorate. Bar the doors of Parliament to elected members and let the police remove ministers of the Crown! One thing is to be sure, Canada’s literacy rate may be high, but certain members of the populace may lack a certain basic level of cognitive function.