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    There 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
    May 24, 2015 8:45 am | Ontario, Lambton—Kent—Middlesex
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    Cold, calculating and deceptive. The televised national debates have been controlled by a consortium of private businesses, not by Elections Canada. Now, the Conservative Party has said that it will not participate at all, and is entertaining proposals from other broadcasters. They have become the de facto organizers of the debates. Who made the Conservative party the arbiter of what constitutes a good debate for Canada? I do not trust them at all. I call on Canadian Broadcasters to stand up for independence and to refuse to be bullied by the Conservative regime. Do what is best, and if they don't want to play, then leave them out. Canadians still want to know!! http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/federal-election-2015-conservatives-shake-up-debates-with-pre-campaign-plan-1.3070684
    May 12, 2015 9:42 am | Ontario, Lambton—Kent—Middlesex

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    Hi gang. It appears that I have been a bit remiss in not posting anything new on this page for a while. I hope Facebook was able to find a few interesting things for you while I was gone! As you probably know, we are heading into an election this year. If you would like to find out more, become a volunteer, reserve a sign for your lawn, or donate to the cause, please visit our riding page at https://www.greenparty.ca/en/riding/2013-35048 . Without you, nothing can happen. With you, everything is possible.
    Jan 07, 2015 11:56 am | Ontario, Lambton—Kent—Middlesex

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    The omnibus bill C-38 currently in front of parliament is a method where over 400 pages of legislation is passed at the same time. Disguised as a budget, it changes many, many other pieces of legislation, including revoking the Environmental Protection Act. There will be no time for committee review, no time for elected parliamentarians to debate all of the changes, and we, as Canadians, must live with the consequences. I would prefer that the issues are discussed openly so that better decisions can be made.
    May 22, 2012 5:24 am | Ontario, Lambton—Kent—Middlesex

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    Vote online for Elizabeth! FAQMP is an online news/interview site for iChannel. They have an online vote to decide which of the 5 most popular MPs they've interviewed over the past season will get the final interview, and Elizabeth is in first place! The Liberals and Conservatives are competing though so until April 10, just click on her photo to vote. You can vote again tomorrow, and once a day until the 10th. Pass the word! http://bit.ly/nFG3UG Jim
    Apr 04, 2012 7:59 am | Ontario, Lambton—Kent—Middlesex

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    I would like to express my deep gratitude to the people who have supported me thoughout the campaign .. volunteers, donors, association members, friends, voters and others. This is a marathon, not a sprint, and we have made great progress this time around. Electing Elizabeth May to the House of Commons is the best possible outcome. This country will never be the same again!
    May 04, 2011 7:21 pm | Ontario, Lambton—Kent—Middlesex
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    Going to #LKM Green AGM today at 2:00 at Duke of Earl (Frank and Centre) in Strathroy .. come on down #elxn41 #cdnpoli
    May 01, 2011 8:08 am | Ontario, Lambton—Kent—Middlesex

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    One of the ways that you can help us out in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex ... send money! Political donations are tax deductible (75% of the first $400). Sorry, you can only donate $1100 to the local campaign (let me know if you want to donate more!). Send cheques payable to LKM Green Party Association to Jim Burgess, 11556 Longwoods Road, RR #6, Thamesville, ON N0P 2K0 Thanks. We really appreciate it! Jim
    Mar 27, 2011 9:31 am | Ontario, Lambton—Kent—Middlesex
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    Finally, a political ad that is positive in nature!
    Mar 08, 2011 11:44 am | Ontario, Lambton—Kent—Middlesex

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