Reframing this Election Vote on May 2nd, 2011
I have prepared this page because I believe the Canada we know is at risk. Please feel free to circulate it and replicate it on other websites, etc. By the way, I have never been a member of any political party in Canada, although one once listed me mistakenly.
This election is theatre: ignore the campaigns and the promises (which are just attempts to bribe us with our own money.) What matters is what the people who are elected can and will do. And that is best judged by what they have done.
What the Conservatives have done suggests that, with a majority, our most cherished institutions Medicare [PDF], the CBC [PDF], others will be threatened. As a prominent minister was overheard just after the 2006 election: If we get a majority, they wont recognize this country.
Do not necessarily vote Liberal. Or NDP. Or Bloc. Or Green. Or Independent. If the majority of voters split their votes again, the Conservatives will go forward again. So please drop your party preference: this election is about the future of Canada. If you cherish what this country is, vote for whichever candidate in your riding has the greatest chance of beating the Conservative in other words, the one who is ahead of these others. See www.projectdemocracy.ca for excellent and easily accessible information on how to do this. (You can also consult www.catch22campaign.ca, last time, and www.leadnow.ca.)
If enough people do this, we will likely end up with a coalition government, which could well be the best solution. (Recall that cooperation of the NDP with the Liberals gave us Medicare fifty years ago.) This election has to be about the country, not about its personalities. In fact, such a coalition may well prefer as prime minister someone who is not now the leader of any of the parties.
Conserving Canada or a Conservative Canada
Unraveling the Web of Lies around This Campaign [PDF]
CBC interview on corporate tax rates 10 April
Reaction to CBC interview in National Post
1. By the way, a vote for the Bloc can serve Canada, because nothing will rekindle independentist sentiment in Quebec faster than a federal government on the far right, and especially one that allows the provinces to emasculate Medicare.
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A Message from the President of MAC Assalamu Alaikum / Peace Be with You,
Elections are the lifeblood of democracies. History and current events both tell us that the ability to choose one''s government is a privilege that, once lost, is never easily regained. While that prospect - losing the right to choose our government - may seem remote in a country like ours, there remains only one way of earning the right to keep that privilege and that is to participate.
Voting within the Muslim community is reportedly traditionally confined to a small minority. Some analysts estimate that only 10-20% of Muslims vote in Federal elections. We need to change this.
So, on May 2nd, please ensure not only that you and your family are out and voting but also that your friends and neighbours also do so.
Wael M R Haddara, MD FRCPC
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