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    Susanne LautenIf you have not yet signed up to be a Green Party member, volunteer or donor - what are you waiting for? :-) Click on the Sign Up button above (on the green banner).
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    Jim JohnstonThere should be no debate about the Debates We used to pretend that governments and political parties acted for the common good. We knew that they occasionally did unscrupulous things, and we would call them backroom deals, or some such euphemism, but we very rarely called them to task over these misuses of power. That has all changed. Now, we seem to be quite comfortable with the knowledge that the people with the power will do everything they can to hold on to the power, whether legal, moral, ethical or not. Like the desperate dictator hanging on to privilege, all is fair in love, war, and now, elections. What happened to the idea of fair, informed and impartial elections? Sure, I can still go to the ballot box and vote for whomever I want. But if some groups are disadvantaged by the process, is it still a fair fight? The recent changes to the elections act contain several measures designed to tilt the table in favour of the incumbent Conservatives. This includes requiring increased voter identification at the polls, expansion of spending limits, elimination of vouching for voters, restricting the Chief Electoral Officer from encouraging people to vote, unlimited spending on soliciting donations from previous donors, etc., etc. Now, the Conservative party is trying to take control of the election debates. Instead of the usual process, they have “invited” different broadcasters to host a debate, and they will pick and choose among them. The NDP has followed suit, adopting a strategy of facing the Conservatives wherever they go. This seals the power dynamic, because it helps both parties try to isolate Justin Trudeau, the Green Party, and anyone else who might choose to participate. That’s good for them, but not good for Canada. Where is the principled stand that says that the Canadian people deserve fair, informed and impartial elections? Why has the so-called political leadership of Canada decided to stick it to Canadians in this way? It is high time that the authority for the debates be handled by an impartial third party, such as Elections Canada. They are expert in election matters, and they should make these decisions. If a party believes that they have been treated unfairly, then the courts can be used to adjudicate. In the meantime, there is only one option available for us … vote these self-centred bullies out of office. Please, I implore you. Do not let these unethical and immoral actions go unpunished. In Egypt, in Libya, in Syria, people died in their efforts to re-assert democracy. Here, we just have to vote. Reclaim YOUR power. I would encourage you to vote Green, because we still believe in principles, we will do our best to right these wrongs, and I believe that we can win. In asking for your support, I am content in the knowledge that this request is not illegal, immoral nor unethical, and that I truly believe that this is the best option for all of Canada. Jim Johnston, Lambton-Kent-Middlesex
    Sun 8:45 am | Ontario, Lambton—Kent—Middlesex

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