CANADIANS: Have Options To Get Better Options From Our MP Candidates For Our Future
Vijay Sarma | Black Krishna Blog | April 4, 2011
The 2011 Canadian federal elections are barely one week old, and yet already one-fifth over, which means Canadians don't have very much time to act independently of the widely proscribed process to make sure it offers more that it looks like it will. Adults who can take action should. There's a million options in a democracy worth being proud of.
One option is people using their truth-sonar to bounce questions crucial to their voting decisions - and ostensibly others - off MP candidates offices and asking for an official response from them or their staff. Then replicate the process and share the answers, which isn't hard to do in a viral online universe that most Canadians have access to.
People are working with politicians in other countries, including the U.S., on issues of globalization threatening their futures more than anything else. 9/11 Truth can stop the wars saving lives and money; Climate Change Truth can stop global carbon taxing and austerity leading to mass poverty; GMO foods, free trade deals and more are options.
Many political parties have to take stances on certain issues to satisy noisy parts of their base. NDP-MP Peter Julian did a cross-Canada tour to oppose the SPP.Gov / North American Union sequel to NAFTA. So maybe we can bring it up now. The Green Party opposes fluoridating water. So maybe they'll help get the feds to finally stop pushing it.
With countless, yet often rare examples to use, not only can new issues like a public inquiry over G20 Martial Law in Toronto be introduced, but Canadians can see if parties follow up on the most important issues they've investigated - regardless of how rarely. Doing their due-diligence should make them look good. If they haven't, we should know and factor it in.
Activist groups have also been agitating against Harper (et al) for years, who in-turn has taken to spying on them (News AM1130 , 23/May/10). Many like the Council of Canadians are a great places to dig-up the dirt that's been going on behind the scenes for a while now. Most would be happy to hear from ordinary Canadians concerned about who to vote for.
No matter who's elected, unless the big picture and our biggest issues are brought up to keep them honest, they won't be. Canadians will see a few promises kept and a giant collapsing global system making way for a new and more permanent one as an excuse for not being able to get more. To prepare for the future, we need to ask for better policies today.
Local groups can receive non-partisan info packages from local residents on all the issues, candidates and parties to share with their constituents to consider. If it's true and valuable, nobody should refuse to see it, even if it changes their opinion of a preferred candidate. Voters can also research the records of local incumbents to share them widely.
With the recession in a "global economy" worsening despite a year-long "recovery" tease, perhaps it's time to look globally for solutions. Venezuela offers their people oil cheap and sells the rest overseas at regular global market rates. Canada could offer people the same if their politicians support it. Stuff that works in other socialist democracies can work in Canada.
Natural resources and a small population-base are keys to Canadian prosperity, so as long as it's currently threatened, it's not a bad idea to see how we can use them even better. Instead of just hoping the market will reflect kindly on Canadians, they can also figure out what we have and what we can spare and make sure it's being used well on behalf of people.
Socialist systems may not be the ideal ways to evolve governments, but as long as we have them and massive government bureacracies, we should make sure we can use them in our best interests instead of allowing them to become more remote and unnaccountable. Everyone is in the same boat, so if we look for allies, we can probably find them everywhere.
Public-private partnerships, where governments sell-off profitable assets that tax-payers paid for cheaply to corporations who then often co-manage us, are a growing part of the problem. How do governments regulate powerful profit-driven corporations they're partners with to protect people? The answer is they often don't. Or at least not as often. Make them an issue.
Connections to currently discussed issues and can often be made easily with new info, which can help more people understand them. With national debts that threaten federal funding everywhere, people can bring up Canadians historic efforts to achieve monetary reform and the Bank of Canada (.ca), which is supposed to print our money and save us from borrowing it.
Technology makes it easier than ever to communicate in many ways on the biggest issues using social networking, sharing videos, websites and more. It's also easier than ever to create and share offline counter-propaganda, like posters, flyers, dvd copies and more. Once this is done often enough locally, then it should be possible to arrange local meetings too.
Communication is key, especially when Canadians are temporarily in the mood or feel obligated to discuss politics during an election. While it may seem like a daunting challenge, that's because most Canadians are sorely out of practice both speaking and listening based on our "normal" conversations. That means we have to compose our thoughts more carefully.
Instead of just assuming most people don't want to discuss serious political issues, or G-d forbid "conspiracy theories" that reveal info governments don't want us to know, we can take the time to write a blog, letters to the editor, comments on online articles, make videos, create graphics and more. People will take it seriously if they see the people sharing it did too.
Online, it's not hard to do primary source research on "official" websites, or to find rare mainstream news that's reported by not repeated, like "Canada, U.S. agree to use each other’s troops in civil emergencies" (Ottawa Citizen, 22/Feb/08) that can become part of the 2011 Canadian federal election conversations, if they should. Just organize info so it's easy to share.
The most important thing is to keep is our confidence in ourselves and each other when it comes to getting active politically. Confidence is sexy, and Canadians like sexy, just like everyone else does. While we're encouraged to be humble, and it's not a bad idea, it's dangerous to feel so humble that we automatically defer to experts and stop thinking we can think for ourselves.
While this Canadian federal election may not herald the end of the world, it's certainly the last one before 2012. To some, this date is superstitious. To others, it's the likely year of final global consolidation of power by the corrupt central banks who run the world working for UN global governance. Federal politicians should be responsible for defending Canada from this mess.
Finally, there's a moral dimension to sharing crucial information that shouldn't be ignored. The idea isn't to scare people, it's to help people understand who's scaring them, why and what they can do about it on behalf of their families and friends. With all our futures threatened by forces many are aware of, this 2011 federal election, perhaps it's time for us all to figure it out.
Vijay Sarma is a journalist, artist and activist investigating globalization, how it affects people in Toronto, Canada and the World and what we can all do. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 647-855-4744 or http://twitter.com/MayorVij and his website is WhatYouWantToBelieveIn.com. After a successful independent info war campaign running for Mayor of Toronto, he considered a run for MP in Toronto in the Spring and may try for MPP in October. Please contact him with any suggestions.
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Marc Ambinder | National Journal | April 4, 2011
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