Category Archives: Election

Death of the Senate

It is a scary thought when you think that we might possibly have a severely weakened senate with the combined Tory and NDP effort, considering that they make up more than 2/3 of the house of commons meaning that they can actually make these changes.

The senate or the upper house in most countries including Canada is generally thought of as a sombre and thoughtful chamber. It does not create the knee jerk reactions a single chamber (House of Commons) would create considering all the members are elected and are subject to the knee jerk reactions of the electorate.

The same idea would go for the Tories who want the provinces to elect the senators for a maximum term limit of 9 years. It is true that the senate will not be subject to a whole lot of knee jerk reactions from the public but they will not be shielded completely from it as well.

My worry with these changes would be the possibility of having a change from a very right wing government to a very left wing government or vice versa in a matter of 6 months from when a new government is elected. There would be a lack of balance and that is something which is not good for the markets.

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Interesting start to the day

I went to the polls today and voted. Due to the election act I shall not make any other comment on how I voted. The other thing would be that voting is secret.

I actually met a couple of friends at the polling station and they were working as DRO’s. It was a quick but interesting affair. It was not very warm on the other hand. It was 1 C as I was heading out.

 

Election Penalties

Information on the Broadcast of election results. Due to the nature of this country and the different time zones please do not broadcast election results until the polls close in British Columbia.

The penalties are as follows.

$25,000

$5,000, 5 years or both

This information is available on the Elections Canada website.

Elections Canada Act 328(2), 329, 330(1), 330(2)

Reckless Coalition

The leadership in the Conservative Party is warning us about a reckless coalition which would comprise of the Liberals, Bloc and the NDP.  Is the leadership of that party telling us that a majority of the voters who tend to lean towards the left are reckless?

We will vote for who we want to vote for. The Tories have the right to voice their opinions on the future of this country and on the ideas the other parties have on policy issues but to tell us who to vote for (even if it maybe indirect) would be a totally different ball game.

 

Unity Governments

Is it time to have a Unity Government in Canada? We have many parties unwilling to work with one another when it comes to the elites in these parties. Petitions and reports from committee meetings seem to have no effect on the national conscience or more importantly in the House of Commons.

We have elected  minority Conservative governments in 2006, 2008 and similar results are expected in this election as well. These governments fell due to the reason that the parties were not able to work together. As a result we are spending an average of about $150,000,000 an election including party ads and ballots every 2 years.

Politics in a Federal type democracy is about give and take. If the tories don’t get their way the government falls just because they are not willing to compromise with the NDP, Liberals and the Bloc. (The government can only fall on a “No Confidence” motion which would include budgets)

The Liberals and the Tories should be able to form a grand coalition to include ideas from both the right and the left and that kind of a coalition would be helpful in the building of our country in both the literal and figurative sense.

This idea of a unity government has existed, before confederation in 1867, and was called the Great Coalition.  Let us give that another try and we might get somewhere.

I am finally properly registered

I went to my talk to the people at the local elections office they had opened near the SarCan recycling facility. I got myself registered in my own electoral district for the first time. My electoral district used to be about 150 kM away from the city due to the reason that I used a PO Box as my address for the federal government.

I went to the electoral office later to get everything formally registered which included a verification of photo ID and my signature.

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FRU vs Defamation lawsuits

I am pretty sure a lot of people are aware of the lack of free speech in Malaysia and Singapore at least in what they call the mainstream press. That is the press dominated by the State and Private Television networks (with the notable exception of TV Selangor online) and newspapers.

A lot of the mainstream media is self censored in both countries highlighting the “Good” the government is doing for the people and the relevance of opposition parties.

When ever there is something raised which would question a ruling party stalwart there are 2 responses. In the case of Malaysia the FRU (Federal Reserve Unit) will be sent in to break up the ceramah (rally) or in the case of Singapore a civil lawsuit will be launched against the person raising the question.

The ISA is used in both countries to stifle decent. The one great line that both countries use is that the ISA was created by the British, without making reference to the fact that it was primarily created to thwart the communist uprising in Malaysia and Singapore in the late 40’s and the late 50’s.  The irony being that it was the communist uprising in the 1940’s that helped Malaya (Peninsula Malaysia) and Singapore gain independence from Great Britain. (I shall not go into specifics due to the title of this blog post)

The UMNO, MCA and MIC want to stay in power to gain regardless of what the citizenry say and they use physical force by use of the FRU to break up like I mentioned above ceramahs, civil rights protests (HINDRAF, BERSIH). The PAP on the other hand considering their elite are attorneys change the law to work in their favour namely making it “easy” for courts to be biased towards them in an ethical stand point (Not a legal standpoint).

First Impressions

A runup to an election in Singapore and Malaysia is always very interesting and a run up in either a federal or provincial election in Canada seems to attract more scepticism. It could be just due to the reason that we are so used to having an open democracy and an independent judiciary.

Kenneth Jeyaratnam:

Leader of the Reform Party, Singapore. He seems to have the qualifications to take on the PAP. First impressions are important. He seems to have failed at it.

When I got to start reading blogs and reading stories and viewing videos in events he has participated in I did not receive a good vibe from the guy. He seems to be a slouch and he has a fake British accent and looks like Mr Bean. I understand that substance matters more that the way somebody looks.

Due to that reason I watched the NUS forum members from most of the political parties were invited. Mike Palmer (Parti Tindakan Rakyat), Sylvia Lim (Parti Pekerja), Dr. Chee (Parti Democratik Singapura) and Kenneth Jeyaratnam ( Parti Reformasi). All I noticed was a guy who complained about his families misfortunes at the hands of the ruling party. Dr Chee did talk about similar stuff but his seemed more interesting and entertaining possibly because he was talking about the elderly down trodden folk in Singapore.

All in all I had high marks for Sylvia Lim and Dr Chee and low marks for Kenneth Jeyaratnam and Michael Palmer.

(I understand that I have not shared the reasons for giving some of the politicians high marks and some low marks. I shall try to do that in upcoming posts if and when an election is called)