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Liberals Reject Recommendations From Special Committee On Electoral Reform

The ECOreport reposts news about another of Justin Trudeau’s broken campaign promises, Liberals reject recommendations from Special Committee on Electoral Reform

Splicing together two Press Release from the Green Party of Canada

By Elizabeth May

A disappointment in Parliament today where the Liberals used their majority to defeat a motion to accept recommendations from the Special Committee on Electoral Reform. Two courageous Liberal MPs joined Green Party leader Elizabeth May, the Bloc Quebecois, NDP, and Conservative MPs to vote for the ERRE report.

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What Does The NDP-Green Agreement Mean for British Columbians?

The ECOreport asks,  what does the NDP-Green Agreement mean for British Columbians?

By Roy L Hales

Though still nominally premier, Christy Clark knows her government’s days are numbered. If she doesn’t resign, the BC Liberals will be toppled by a non confidence motion when the provincial legislature reassembles in June. Clark intends to continue as Leader of the Opposition. So what does the NDP-Green agreement mean for British Columbians?
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The Real Justin Trudeau

The ECOreport publishes a response to the National Post’s critique of the real Justin Trudeau

By Roy L Hales

The NATIONAL POST published a very cynical portrait of Canada’s Liberal government. Andrew Coyne wrote, “Every time you think you have plumbed the depths, every time you believe you have pierced the many veils of their duplicity, you are delighted to discover still another con wrapped inside the last — usually delivered by some smiling minister tweeting variations on ‘Better is Always Possible’ and ‘Diversity is Our Strength.’” Unlike the previous administration, which “never bothered to pretend they were anything other than grimly determined power-seekers,” the Trudeau people are using their perceived idealism as “a newer, slicker, con.”  Coyne may be right, but I suspect this is not the real Justin Trudeau.

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Referendum Should Precede Electoral Reform

The ECOreport reposts a OP-ED stating that a referendum should precede electoral reform

Originally Published on the Fraser Institute

Since the first election in Canada in 1792, Canadians have used the simple plurality system (commonly known as “first-past-the-post”) to elect representatives to the House of Commons, the provincial legislatures, and municipal governments. However, the federal government has promised to change the electoral system before the next federal election. And the government, including the prime minister, has repeatedly rejected calls for a referendum on the issue.

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Canada’s Unions Join Campaign For Proportional Representation

The ECOreport reposts as federal government gets set to launch electoral reform consultations, Canada’s unions join campaign for proportional representation

Originally Published on the Broadbent Institute

OTTAWA — The country’s largest unions are joining the fight for proportional representation to make sure every voter counts in the next federal election.

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How Can Canada Become A Democracy?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMAs Elizabeth May wrote, “We are essentially living in an unaccountable dictatorship – punctuated with elections.” I do not think that many who have watched the Harper Government’s attempt to steamroll over the concerns of cities like Vancouver and Burnaby, through the NEB hearing process, doubts this is true. The question is, how can Canada become a democracy?

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It Is Time to Reform Parliament

Rafe Mair, a former BC Minister of the Environment, writes a public letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, It is time to reform Parliament

Originally Published in the The Common Sense Canadian

By Rafe Mair

To: The Rt. Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister

Dear Prime Minister,

Most issues we face today we’ve faced before. Continue reading It Is Time to Reform Parliament

How the 2015 Election Will Change Canada

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Future generations will probably look upon this upcoming election as a turning point in our nation’s history. Prior to the advent of Stephen Harper, few Canadians realized the degree to which our country is an elected dictatorship. With the support of a mere 39% of the population, the Prime Minister can rip up carefully prepared environmental legislation and trample on the rights of major cities like Vancouver and Burnaby. Observing the extent to which Harper’s Conservatives are attempting to transform Canada into a Petro-state, some may ask if they are simply corporate shills. History will undoubtedly be kinder, as their true motivations come to light.  It is never-the-less time to examine how the 2015 election will change Canada.  Continue reading How the 2015 Election Will Change Canada

The NDP candidate for North Island-Powell River

The ECOreport interview with Rachel Blaney, the NDP candidate for North Island-Powell River

(story reprinted from Aug 26, 2015) 

Roy L Hales
Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1For the past two decades, the majority of British Columbia’s MPs have been Conservatives. Recent polls show that is about to change. The New Democratic Party (NDP) is poised to take over as many as 23 seats in the Federal election this October. One of the important political battles will be fought by Rachel Blaney, the NDP candidate for North Island-Powell River.

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