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Oct 24th

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    Elizabeth MayDear Stephen Harper, Thomas Mulcair, Justin Trudeau, Elizabeth May, Could we please have an official state funeral for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo? #ForOttawa
    14 hours ago | British Columbia, Saanich—Gulf Islands
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    Peter V. TretterHow to be cured of “Strategic Voting Disease” | Kingston Region http://ap236.ca/1D42NJe
    16 hours ago | , Scarborough—Rouge River
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    Elizabeth MayA gentle remember to all you posting on the thread below. Please be civil, respectful, and peaceful. Try to understand one another. Don't jump to conclusions about one another's perspective, intent, compassion, or personal backgrounds. Labelling and name calling does not serve any of us well. It's a far better approach to be curious about one another's perspectives and to know that there in no one truth in the world. We create our world through our networks of experiences and histories -- our relationships. We put our own lens on comments, and apply our own biases. We make assumptions without checking their validity. Most of all it's important that we all participate in the public discourse about what is best for humanity and share our most aspirational thinking about how we might achieve it together. I personally feel deep compassion and sorrow for the events yesterday for all the victims, Canadians now living in fear, and especially for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo's family, friends, and colleagues. This crime should not have happened, now we must understand why and how and work together to make sure something like this doesn't happen again. Thank you to so many of you that reached out today to speak with me about this. You expressed your desire for positive and healthy dialogue with a focus of peace and community well-being. Well rounded discussions that aid us all in coming to an understanding where only shock, reaction, anger and disbelief existed. I very much appreciated Elizabeth May's letter to Canadians today where she wrote. "... So, while it is too early to jump to conclusions, I intend to hold fast to the following: we must ensure that this appalling act of violence is not used to justify a disproportionate response. We must not resort to hyperbolic rhetoric. We need to determine if these actions are coordinated to any larger group or are the actions of one or two deranged individuals. If it is the latter we must develop tools and a systematic approach to dissuade our youth from being attracted to violent extremist groups of any kind. We need to protect our rights and liberties in a democracy. We do know that through history these kinds of events open the door to a loss of democracy. Naomi Klein details the elements of seizing the opportunity created by tragedy or tumult in Shock Doctrine. The title of her new and important book on climate, This Changes Everything, is correct – the threat of the climate crisis changes everything. The shootings on Parliament Hill do not change everything. It is up to all of us to ensure that, to the extent we encounter demands for change, we keep in the forefront of our minds that once we surrender any rights it is very difficult to restore them. Let’s demand answers, sensible policies and proportionate responses. Elizabeth" With much respect to you all, my door is open as always during this difficult time in Canada. Hug those you love and act in ways that bring about our best future.
    16 hours ago | British Columbia, Saanich—Gulf Islands
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    Elizabeth MayStatement on World Polio Day
    17 hours ago | British Columbia, Saanich—Gulf Islands

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