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    On April 19, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at Tolpuddle I will be seeking the nomination as the NDP candidate for London North Centre in the 2015 Federal Election. This is the second time I am engaged politically with the New Democratic Party in London North Centre. The first time, I ran as the NDP Candidate in 2011. It was a humbling experience from which I learned much. With a 24.67% vote for me in May 2, 2011, our result in that National Election was the best for the NDP in the Riding’s history since it’s creation in 1996. It was a wonderful demonstration of what enthusiasm, hard work and commitment can accomplish. I have spent these years after that Election working hard with the different communities and stakeholders who make up our diverse and unique London North Centre geography. Until recently I was a member of the Boards of the London Public Library and Museum London. I am also a member of the Central Council of the London and Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership. In the past I have been a member in the Boards of other organizations in the City. You can see my past activities in detail by talking a quick look at the Bio in my web page: www.germangutierrezsanin.ca At the same time, I have continued my work as a professor at Fanshawe College, where I have the invaluable and unique opportunity of interacting with our younger generations from multiple ethnic and cultural backgrounds. I love, admire and respect the people of London and their demonstrated hard work and resilience and I have the keen certainty that we are the architects of our own collective destiny. The time has come for us to take the next step forward. Together with your tremendous support, we will not only repeat the highest performance of the NDP in London North Centre, but we will give this Riding and our City another seat in the House of Commons!
    Apr 05, 2015 5:44 pm | Ontario, London North Centre

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    MY PUBLIC BALLOT IN 2015 WILL BE TO CALL FOR A NATIONAL CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY Even before the Harperist Regime aired its Speech from the Throne last night, I had rejected it. I knew it was just a small symbolic gesture on my part. I knew it was a futile action. Of course, I alone could never dream of changing anything in this nation with my sole individual position in this matter. But I hope this personal stance DOES give many a renewed and strengthened sense of our Constitutional right to intervene -in the company of millions of our peers- in the shaping of a better Canada for us all. With the help of a damaged democratic system, Stephen Harper has been able to unilaterally, and without consultation, change our Nation for many years to come. He has made it weaker and more prone to social injustice. He has made us the victims of his lack of transparency and absolute lack of accountability. He has created the conditions to entrench a Republican regime using the guise of the progressive conservative party which he took by assault. He quickly made himself strong to the point of majority while the parties in opposition -instead of rising valiantly to the challenge of saving Canada from the insulting and abusive manipulation of the Harperist Tories- became so full of their own partisan intolerance that they neglected the possibility of a coalition in defense of Canadians. The word Coalition was excommunicated by Harper from the very beginning of his race to entrench himself in power, because he knows it is the only thing that can get in his way as he seeks to perpetuate his regime. Harper knows that the party in official opposition is not enough to stop him, so he is now concentrated on creating a greater divide between the liberals and new democrats as they struggle to defeat each other in their pretension to oust Harperism. A very shrewd and cunning person, this Prime Minister is… one whose complicated game goes far beyond the simple craft of his potential opponents. This Thursday morning, I again reject last night’s mockery from the throne and all that it entails for a democracy that has been abused, made fun of, and used to the personal advantage of the dishonest members of the Harperist party. I reject the net impoverishment of our working class while a few members of the establishment become illicitly rich from the misuse of government privilege. I reject atrocities like the persecution of science and the dishonest use of government propaganda to divide Canadians. I oppose the vulgar and barbaric use of the Governor General as a pawn at the service of the Prime Minister. It certainly does little to honour the History, Values and Traditions of our country. For all these reasons and several dozen more, which I will be referring to in coming posts, my public ballot in 2015 will be to call for a National Constituent Assembly that can address the weaknesses of the Senate AND The House of Commons, and take on the task of fixing and modernizing these Institutions so that the minimum and logical requirements of decency, transparency and honesty in the exercise of public office are forever guaranteed and are never again used as talking points for pre-electoral political campaigns. Real Democracy is not a partisan option. It is a sacred constitutional right that has been taken away from us. Those who say our Democracy still exists will have a very difficult time explaining why there are so many Canadians demanding that we adopt a system of proportional representation to better represent the voice of the Primary Constituent. I say in 2015 we install a National Constituent Assembly with voices from all sectors of our Society and all Corners of our Nation that will allow us to re install a government of the People, by the People and for the People.
    Oct 16, 2013 9:38 pm | Ontario, London North Centre

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    Barely 1 month 1/2 for by Prov. elections. & many Ontarians'll be away on vacation. Sad coincidence for Democracy. http://t.co/3wLLf4aCbW
    Jun 23, 2013 7:16 pm | Ontario, London North Centre
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    A crisis of Faith in Politics I might begin this short consideration by pointing out that I understand Politics to be an entire living and dynamic system made up by the People, the Laws and the Institutions that make up each government and each Nationality in the world. The historical discussion of whether politics is in any way bound by moral principles or is just the exercise of power for purely personal and pragmatic purposes is one that comes down from the time of Machiavelli. According to Nicolas Machiavelli there were two kinds of truths: The “moral” truth that indicates what things should be, and the “political” truth that indicates how those in government should act in order to be effective in the exercise of power when governing a State. It is no surprise then, that according to Machiavelli, politics is naturally linked to the personal interests of individuals, groups or governments and that shrewdness, hypocrisy and brute strength are the soundest criteria behind the actions of a “good” ruler. A good ruler, says Machiavelli, should never let his thoughts be known. He must do his best to make himself be feared but not hated. Maurice Joly, a French satirist and lawyer, best known for his work titled “The Dialogue in Hell between Machiavelli and Montesquieu”, expressed in this political satire that Machiavelli’s idea of the chief stratagem of a government was to weaken the public spirit, knowing how to take over the public passions and predispositions so as to create a confusion among those who speak the same language and share the same interests. In short: Divide and thou shalt Reign. The critical reason of existence and of survival of a government is to remain in power at all costs. The aim of Politics is to retain and fortify its power with a sense of perpetuation. Now then, it is important to remember at this point that Thomas Hobbes, an English thinker best known for his philosophy of politics was one of the founders of modern political philosophy. He endorses the need for an absolutism of the sovereign and sets the doctrine for the foundation of States and “legitimate” governments that satisfy a “social contract” which enforces the state over the individual. States do not have a morality, States ARE their own morality. Whatever the State does is Moral by definition. Hence, the Power of the State becomes Absolute. In short, there are many reasons in history, heredity and orthodoxy that make Canada a very suitable environment for the recreation of the Political Habitat that best reproduces certain medieval political standards. Now then, let me briefly add to this already intimidating picture certain key features of our Canadian Political Benchmarks: We are a democratic constitutional monarchy, with a sovereign as the head of State and an Elected Prime Minister as the Head of government. And although the Monarch in us is more in the vein of Pomp and Circumstance at special events, we carry in our Nationality a unique Spirit of Political Contradiction. We are a government of the People on the one hand, but a government of the Monarch on the other. We abide by the rule of Autocracy and we try to perform by the rule of Democracy. And while our Legislators, in their particular wisdom, are now trying to get rid of the Senate, perhaps to ensure better control of Centralized Power for the future generations of politicians, our citizens -those souls of the Common who try to survive the present with the tools provided by the bureaucratic entanglements of the past- do not really understand nor particularly care whether the Duffys and the Wallins of the Harperist Regime do or don’t do their job, or whether the Head of Government is a Machiavellian character or a fallen god of the Olympus. They have lost their Faith in Politics. I have lost faith in Politics too… Our Parties and their “heroes” try to convince us of key “practical” values that they represent for the benefit of anyone who is willing to vote for them. They permanently offer “change”, “transparency”, “accountability”, “reform”…words, words, nothing but words that are repeated at each electoral opportunity like the pathetic “I love you” and “I promise to change” of alcoholics to their weary, frustrated, disillusioned and truth-hungry spouses and children. Does Politics in Canada continue to adhere to the principles of Morality? Many questions have arisen lately and remain unanswered. Many issues remain unaddressed. Many frailties continue to be ignored. I would like to see clearer answers from the leaders of ALL political parties. And in particular I would like honest answers to these simple questions that have nothing to do with digits, calculations, technicalities, and other mind-boggling distractors and more to do with the character and the spirit of the Nation we desire: • What makes government Legitimate? • What makes a ruler Legitimate? • Which are the moral standards that should rule political action? • When can we say that a Law is Just? Have all the Laws you have helped pass been Just? • What is the overriding social aim of the political action of your Party? • What type of government do you think aligns better with moral principles? • Which are the boundaries of the action of the State over the Individual? • When is mass social protest against a government morally just and justifiable? Have Canadians had a Just reason for social protest in the last six years? And, if so… Why didn’t you lead it?
    Jun 03, 2013 9:38 am | Ontario, London North Centre

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