Monday, August 03, 2015 

Stephen Harper 'Gaming The System' Says Former Chief Of Elections Canada




The former head of Elections Canada says Prime Minister Stephen Harper is "gaming the system" with an early election call and the result is parties with less money are politically disadvantaged.
"What it does is completely distort everything we've ever fought for, everything we've established as rules," Jean-Pierre Kingsley said in an interview on CBC Radio's The House.
"What should be happening right now is very simple — the prime minister should not call the election. He should wait for the 37 days to count towards the 19th of October, political parties should stop advertising right now, third parties should stop advertising. Then I'd say, hey, those people are respecting the spirit of the law."
A longer election campaign means a higher ceiling of allowable expenses, under the rules set by Elections Canada.
In a typical 37-day election period, each party can spend a maximum of $25 million. For each additional day, the limit is increased by 1/37th, or an extra $675,000, meaning an 11-week campaign would allow parties to spend more than $50 million.
"What you've done is that you've distorted the role of money in politics," Kingsley said.
"Canadians have said, $25 million is enough for you to run a campaign. Now we're going to be facing the possibility that it's going to be more than $50 million just to pump more ads our way."
Kingsley said it's no coincidence that only one party can afford to spend $50 million on a campaign.
"If (the Conservatives) are doubling it to fifty, it's because they can get to fifty," he said.
"Parties plan how much will be required to spend. The Conservatives are way ahead of the other two, so by doubling the amount, all of a sudden you've thrown a monkey wrench into all of that financial planning that's been going on."
"And that's what distorts the game for Canadians," Kingsley added. "That is what is happening to us. We're the electors here, and we're the ones who are going to be faced with the consequences of this thing."

Costly for taxpayers, Elections Canada 

The financial consequences of an 11-week campaign for the public could be significant because of the campaign rebate, which sees taxpayers subsidize 50 per cent of what the parties spend on a national campaign.
"That is what we, the people, the tax base, is going to feel here," Kingsley said.
The cost for Elections Canada will also be sizeable. Elections Canada estimates a 37-day campaign — the minimum required by law — would cost roughly $375 million to administer.
Kingsley said that price tag would not necessarily go up proportionately to a campaign time period that is nearly double the typical length.
"Significant elements of [the estimated cost] are doubled, or more than doubled," he said. "We're talking about tens of millions of dollars the chief electoral officer will need extra."
Some of the extra costs associated with a longer election include paying the salaries for returning officers, deputy returning officers and employees preparing for the election, as well as rent for electoral offices in each of the country's 338 ridings.

'Level playing field gets it in the neck'

Under the Canada Elections Act, parties can only borrow from a financial institution, Kingsley said.
"Financial institutions like to be paid back the monies that they lend you. They like to charge you interest. And they're not going to lend you more money if you've already exhausted your line of credit."
That means parties will be disadvantaged politically because they can't afford to keep up with bigger spenders, Kingsley added.
"What about the disadvantage this imposes upon, for example, the Green Party?" he said.
"Now they're facing foes who are going to be shooting twice as hard at them as they were before. It destroys the fairness that is at the base of our system.
"That level playing field gets it in the neck."


CBC

Sunday, August 02, 2015 

Stephen Harper Makes A Mockery Of Our Democracy - Tell Your Grandma !!!



There is nothing nice about Stephen Harper.  I am sure his mom still speaks well of him, but for the rest of us he is a vile, sneaky, conniving little weasel of a man. His arrogance and petty vindictiveness is stunning in scope. He has achieved the office of Prime Minister of Canada while in possession of utter disgust for most of his fellow Canadians.

He does not deserve re-election because he has not served Canadians in any way that has improved the nation and the lives of its citizens during his watch.

And yet your own mother or father, perhaps your grandma or grandpa are going to cast a vote for Harper!
If So, you have a citizen's duty to ask your grandma to sit and talk with you about the upcoming election. Start off by telling her that if she votes for the Conservatives ... for Harper, she is hurting you and she may not be aware of it.

Then tell her what you need to say about Mr. Harper.

We need to defeat Stephen Harper on October 19th.

Stephen Harper is dangerous to Canadian democracy because he will do what ever cheating he has to in order to advance his own driven ideological agenda. Doubt what I say ???  Well ... he will prove my point if later today he calls a 3 month election.

STOP HARPER!


(UPDATE: the disgusting man who is Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada has now set us on a 3 month election campaign)

Thursday, June 18, 2015 

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Research PROVES 'Trickle Down Reaganomics' Do NOT Work !!!

 

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has now released detailed research that proves a pillar of right wing economic theory DOES NOT WORK !!! Huffington Post


"The International Monetary Fund just blew a big hole through trickle-down economics. You’ve probably heard of trickle-down economics: It gained popularity in the 1970s and was a major part of the pro-business “Reaganomics” agenda of the 1980s.


The theory is simple enough: If you concentrate capital (money) at the top of the economic ladder (among the wealthy and corporations), that money will be more productive than it would be elsewhere, and it will create work and therefore income for everyone else. Whether it was sound or not, it was a compelling theory for many in the business and political world, because it meant, among other things, tax cuts for top earners. And it was used for years as part of the foundation for successive corporate tax cuts around the world.


But now the IMF is raising one little problem with the theory: Apparently it doesn’t work. That’s the argument in the fund’s new research paper, “Causes and Consequences of Income Inequality


Looking at data from 159 countries from 1980 to 2012, researchers found that when the wealthiest 20 per cent see their share of income rise by one per cent, the economy grows 0.08 percentage points slower over the next five years. “In contrast, an increase in the income share of the bottom 20 percent (the poor) is associated with higher GDP growth,” the report says.


When the poorest 20 per cent increase their share of total income by one per cent, the economy grows 0.38 percentage points faster. Translation: Give tax breaks or higher wages to the poor, and the economy will grow. Give tax breaks or higher incomes to the rich, and you reduce economic growth. “The benefits do not trickle down,” the researchers conclude."

Thursday, April 23, 2015 

How Stephen Harper Created the Duffy/Senate Mess ......



In a May, 2013 Buckdog post, I told you how the Duffy/Harper mess got started ...


May 20, 2013:
"When Stephen Harper decided to add Pamela Wallin and Mike Duffy to Canada's unelected, undemocratic Senate, he started in motion a series of events that has ultimately become an ugly, nasty political scandal.

For starters, neither Duffy nor Wallin qualified for senate appointment as representatives of their respective native provinces.


While Ms. Wallin is originally from Saskatchewan, she has lived away for most of her adult life and Saskatchewan was no longer her principle residence. Saskatchewan's right leaning corporate MSM came running to Harper's defence and tried to murky the waters about Wallin's residency requirement.
 

Same with Mr. Duffy. While originally from Prince Edward Island, he has for decades made Ontario the site of his actual 'principle residence'.

In his haste to add these two high powered, Conservative fundraisers to the 'Upper House', Stephen Harper and the Senate turned a blind eye to the residency requirements for Duffy and Wallin. In fact, to try and maintain the optics of residency in their respective provinces, both Senators started to declare, in writing, that their residences were 'back home' in both PEI and Saskatchewan.

Here is where it all went wrong.


In order to be appointed to the Senate, ‘principle residence' reality had to be fabricated in order for Harper's appointments to be acknowledged under existing Senate rules. False expense claims were the only way to maintain the charade ...

Stephen Harper wanted both Duffy and Wallin in the Senate so that these well-known Canadians could crisscross  the nation and rake in hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations for Conservative Party coffers.

Harper created this mess. It is his doing ... and hopefully, it will also be his undoing.

Amen.


-Buckdog 2008: Academic Says Pamela Wallin Does NOT Meet Residency Requirements - Should NOT Be Appointed Senator 'From Saskatchewan'!

Monday, April 06, 2015 

How come Sen Mike Duffy is charged with ACCEPTING a bribe yet no one in the PMO was charged with MAKING a bribe??

... just sayin'

Sunday, March 29, 2015 

"We're Number 11 ... We're Number 11" ... (Canada slips to 11th place of developed nations in the world under Harper)


Canada drops out of top 10 most developed countries list

The United Nations human development index now ranks Canada as 11th

Canada has slipped out of the top 10 countries listed in the annual United Nation's human development index — a far cry from the 1990s when it held the first place for most of the decade.
The 2013 report, which reviews a country's performance in health, education and income, places Canada in 11th place versus 10th last year.
A closer look at the trends shows Canada actually did better than last year, but other countries such as Japan and Australia improved at a greater rate.
When the numbers are adjusted for gender inequality, Canada slumps to 18th place. The United States fares even worse -- sinking from third to 42nd place.
"I think it's really sad to see that we've dropped so far under the Conservatives," said deputy NDP leader Megan Leslie.
"And I think it reinforces what the NDP has been saying, but also what organizations like the Conference Board of Canada have been saying, about the fact that there's a growing income inequality gap in Canada.
"That gap creates serious problems, and I don't think the Conservatives have been taking it seriously."
The Prime Minister's Office did not respond to a request for comment on the rankings.
CBC

Thursday, February 05, 2015 

Sask Premier Brad Wall May Use 'Notwithstanding Clause' To Sidestep Supreme Court Decision On Right To Strike ...





Premier Brad Wall continues to hold firm to the base ideology of a 'businesses over persons' ideologue and says he may invoke the Canadian Constitution's 'notwithstanding clause' to suppress a working persons right to strike in Saskatchewan.
CBC
The notwithstanding clause was used previously in Saskatchewan by Wall's former employer, disgraced Conservative Premier Grant Devine. 

"In 1986, the Saskatchewan legislature introduced back-to-work legislation to end a strike by public service employees. The government introduced the legislation based on the grounds it needed to protect the general public from the harm associated with the disruption of government service caused by the strike. The legislature went a step further by making a Notwithstanding declaration to protect the back-to-work law from any Charter scrutiny by the judiciary (in particular, to protect the legislation from being found unconstitutional on the grounds it violated a possible right to strike under the Charter). "
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