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Referendum

October 5, 2007 @ 08:39

I received this e-mail from Joe McLean who's a regular visitor to FreddieP.ca. I've been meaning to post something about the referendum attached to next Wednesday's election, but it's somewhat complicated and I was trying to decide how to do it.

I advise that between now and October 10th, everyone go here and educate themselves, and then you should read the following for another perspective.

Thanks Joe

Hi Folks ...... passing this on. Something to think about.
Did you know a referendum was taking place on October 10, 2007?
On October 10, 2007, as part of the next Provincial election, the people of Ontario will be asked if they want to replace the current electoral system. In essence, they will be asked if they want to shift the power from the people of Ontario (local voters and ridings) to the politicians at Queens Park. There has been no education on this referendum and its timing, coinciding with the October 10 Ontario election, may allow for an easy pass by sheer overshadowing.

What is being proposed and how does it impact all of us?

1. Decrease the current number of ELECTED MPPs from 103 to 90.
2. Incorporate a new NON-ELECTED number of MPPS
3. Enlarge the number of MPPS to 129.
4. 90 MPPs will be Elected by us the people
5. 39 MPPs to be Selected or Appointed by the politicians.
6. Not democratically elected and Party elites.
7. Decreased accessibility to government.
8. 17 fewer local ridings and decreased accessibility.
9. Elected members will have local riding issues to manage.
10. Directly accountable to constituents.
11. Appointed MPPs have no such responsibilities.
12. Brokerage Politics may make positive change more difficult.

Did you ask for this referendum and the associated costs?
This proposed two-tier government system called "Mixed Member Proportional" MMP) is the government's solution to reduced voter turnout in the current electoral system. There is a risk that this referendum question will be overshadowed by the debate of who will form the next provincial government and could result in the people giving up their historic power in the way we govern ourselves.
The government spent millions of our dollars on a Citizens Assembly on Electoral Reform. Purportedly, the members of the Citizens Assembly were chosen randomly but no one can establish which database or what information was used to determine such random participation, or history making participants.
The people of Ontario did not ask for this referendum.
The people of Ontario want more accountability. They do not want paid MPPs that have no accountability: not to ridings or constituents or any other defined entity or channel.
The people of Ontario want more transparency of their various tax dollars, at all levels of government. They want to eliminate misuse, abuse and squandering of their money and will not tolerate monies provided for apparent immoral means. Shifting the people's power will not help suppress scandals such as the most recent Cricket club affair. ($100,000 requested and $1,000,000 one million paid for no apparent benefit to the people of Ontario).

1. A more elite legislature
2. Reward for faithful service
3. Delivery of votes
4. Financial help
5. Decreased accessibility to politicians
6. Less Democracy

If people of Ontario are to make an informed decision, they must have the opportunity to hear more than one side of the debate on electoral change.
Using our tax dollars to pay for 22 more politicians and their staff at Queens Park, and without any sense of what the additional 22 will be doing or to whom they will be accountable, suggests that the people of Ontario are weak, indecisive and need decisions made for them or are basically ignorant and will give up their power to slide into a form of government that is reminiscent of Communist regimes.

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The Devil Makes Cents

September 28, 2007 @ 08:46

It'll be fascinating to hear the liberal spin on yesterday's announcement by the Prime Minister that Canada has a 14 billion budget surplus.

I can't begin to imagine how he'll be attacked but I do know I totally agree with his plan to pay down the 467 billion dollar national debt.

Already there's been some squawking from the city of Toronto. David Miller would like some of that money, but why would the feds throw more dough at Miller when he's proved he can't handle the money he already gets?

Listen, I love tax cuts just as much as the next guy, but as the father of two twenty-somethings, I have an eye to the future and the country they'll have to deal with, and the national debt has been a pressing problem ignored by the Liberals for well over a decade.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, Stephen Harper makes so much sense when it comes to the environment and the economy it must drive liberals crazy. His strategy to pay down the debt and then let that initiate tax cuts is exactly the way to go.

We owe it to our kids.

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Lee Bollinger

September 25, 2007 @ 09:55

Quite the scene at Columbia University yesterday when school president Lee Bollinger shocked a packed auditorium with his introduction of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Bollinger spent just over six minutes gripping putting the Iranian whack job in his place and if you can, I recommend you watch this video.

Bollinger went after Ahmadinejad for his human rights violations, terrorist ties and holocaust denial. It was a thing of beauty.

It really wasn't put into perspective however until Ahmadinejad took the stage and among other things denied his regime had executed homosexuals.

"In Iran we don't have homosexuals like in your country." With the audience laughing derisively, he continued: "In Iran we do not have this phenomenon. I don't know who's told you that we have this."

And that ladies and gentlemen tells you all you need to know about one of the most dangerous men in the world.

Please watch the video, and then if you feel the need to respond by saying how dangerous George Bush is and the States is no better than Iran - feel free - I expect it from some.

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Method To The Madness

September 24, 2007 @ 09:32

Meanwhile, John Tory's full funding for all faith-based schools proposal still seems to be dogging him.

Even though it involves just 55 thousand kids in Ontario, it's an election issue that Tory definitely could have done without.

However, if it's done anything it's exposed the Catholic school system for the farce it is and prompted more Ontarians to call for its dismantling.

On the weekend the Canadian Civil Liberties Association held a news conference and called for a constitutional amendment to disband the publicly funded Catholic system.

They hit the nail on the head. Instead of funding more faiths, the government should fund fewer faiths.We should go from two systems to one system, a public system.

Tory responded by saying he's not about to open up the constitution and he still maintains that all faiths should get funding, but I really believe a nut has been cracked, and somewhere in the back of my mind I wonder if this was Tory's motive all along.

By offering funding to all, he's taken the first step in ultimately getting rid of the Catholic system.

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Debate

September 20, 2007 @ 09:05

The Ontario election campaign hits the half way mark tonight with the leader's debate and I don't like the way it's shaping up.

John Tory has shown initiative and strength by throwing a couple of rational things on the table that could blow up in his face.

On the surface funding for all faith-based schools causes over reaction and hysteria on the streets because it appears to encourage segregation. However, once you hold your nose and scratch below the surface it's sensible and rational.

As long as the Catholic school system exists, why shouldn't everyone in the province have access to their own system? Isn't that supposed to be what we're all about, equal access to all things for all people?

And then there's health care.

Tory has now taken the bold step of claiming that Ontarians should have access to private health care within the public system.

Under Tory's plan, if you need to see a specialist, or you need a special procedure you would be able to go to a private clinic and use your health card and the government would pay the specialist at the provincial rate.

It's designed to get people off waiting lists faster and from my perspective it makes a whole lot of sense.

Unfortunately this is Canada and our mentality is to scream bloody murder whenever the term private health care is used. It may make sense and help a lot of people in the long run, but there's a loud and vocal element in this country that would never even consider it.

I'm sure Dalton will play on that tonight, and he'll use the school funding issue to raise hysteria as well.

He'll jump all over John Tory for actually coming up with ideas and solutions - and then he'll remind us he's offering a new holiday.

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Arrests

September 20, 2007 @ 09:03

Credit must be given where credit is due.

The OPP launched a raid on the Stirling Street housing development yesterday and arrested nine aboriginal demonstrators.

They were charged with various criminal offences but the OPP wouldn't elaborate only to say these arrests are not connected to the vicious assault on builder Sam Gualtieri last week.

All law abiding Ontarians are anxiously awaiting arrests in the Gualtieri case and this Ontarian in particular is still awaiting a call from his local MPP Liberal Linda Jeffrey to get her take on the situation.


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Good Point

September 19, 2007 @ 09:17

This is a political comment, but it's not mine. It's by Mike Stafford of am 640 and I post it for two reasons.

It's well written as always and I've always been of the opinion that charging people a small fee at Emergecy Rooms would go a long way in clearing them out.

"York Region MPP Frank Klees has been rebuffed by his own leader over co-payments at doctor's offices and emergency rooms.

The Newmarket Conservative was thinking out loud when he suggested a fee of five dollars would make people think twice before bothering the health care system with minor bugs and sprains.

Frank: you can't talk about it. Health Minister George Smitherman correctly pointed out it's illegal under the Canada Health Act and Tory said Klees wasn't speaking for the party.

But remember Frank: you can't talk about it. You can talk about doctors who have worked a system together to ensure they're paid for referrals. You can talk about brand new hospitals understaffed because there's always enough money for bricks...but not brains.

Frank: you can talk about MP's who fly out of country for treatment no average Ontarian could afford and about a former Prime Minister who uses a private health clinic in Montreal.

Hell Frank, you can talk about funding Islamist schools and Jewish schools and Hindu and schools that promote one belief in an invisible being over another.

But Frank: don't talk common sense. It doesn't fit in the health care debate."

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Liberal Losers

September 18, 2007 @ 09:31

Hats off to the people of Quebec, they got it right last night.

There were three by-elections and they sent a message loud and clear message to the Liberals and their woefully weak leader Stephane Dion.

The Liberals were shut out, most telling tale came out of the riding of Outremont where the Grit candidate was crushed by the NDP.

Outremont has been Liberal for all but one election dating back to 1935, so needless to say, this one hurts and will probably call into question Dion's leadership.

Meanwhile the Conservatives won a seat from the Bloc in Roberval, while the Bloc held onto a seat in Saint-Hyacinthe-Bagot

The people of Quebec still haven't forgiven 13 years of Liberal corruption and good on them.


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Bad Actor

September 14, 2007 @ 09:42

On the subject of pathetic politicians, how about David Miller yesterday?

Did you hear that contrived emotional speech about the taxes he wants to dump on the citizens of Toronto?

He stood there at City Hall with his band of whack jobs standing behind him and with his voice cracking made a plea for taxes that are designed to cover up his inability to run a major city.

I said it before and I'll say it again, this man is dangerous.

He's still got well over three years to inflict untold damage on the city of Toronto and he's got to be stopped. The citizens of Toronto have to find out if there's any mechanism for impeachment.

It all comes back this. During the last election campaign Miller made not mention of the heavy handed taxes that he insists Toronto needs.

If he had mentioned them he would never have been elected.

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Only In Canada

September 10, 2007 @ 09:35

This is definitely a case of political correctness gone whacky.

It was just this spring that parliament adopted a bill, C-31 that required the visual identification of all voters across Canada, but in a strange and bizarre move this weekend Elections Canada said it would allow Muslim women wearing burkas and niqabs to vote in three provincial elections in Quebec next week.

As usual, our Prime Minister who makes so much sense so often it's infuriating to Liberals, says he will demand a reversal.

And before everybody starts jumping all over the guy calling him a yahoo western racist, he's not the only one who feels this way.

The bill that was passed in the spring was almost unanimous and Harper's sentiments are shared by Liberal Quebec Premier Jean Charest.

But here's the kicker, most Muslim groups are mystified by the entire issue because they never asked for special consideration to begin with and they expect the few Muslim women who wear face garb will probably remove it anyway.

But for some reason Elections Canada decided to go against the government and allow a select few to remain visually anonymous while casting a vote and already it's caused a backlash.

At one advance poll in Outremont five non-muslim women showed up to vote covered from head to toe - well within their right thanks to Elecctions Canada.

The Prime Minister is in Australia right now where he wowed audiences with his common sense approach to global warming earlier this week, but when he gets home he plans to give Elections Canada a kick in their collective nuts.

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