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Ascoli
03:54 PM on 11/29/2012
I'll say it again ......the NDP and Liberals should join up together.
Let's stop dividing the vote and allow the sneaky Tories to sneak into power.
04:13 PM on 11/29/2012
Agree 100%. 60% of Canadians do NOT vote Conservative. How stupid do we have to be to see joining is within our best interest? Liberals & NDP must have super sized egos or a nostalgia of the historic roots of each party to be so stubborn. Times have changed. Join or watch the CONs ruin the country we love.
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agsterino
Less stuff . . . more meaning
04:05 PM on 12/13/2012
The more centered the NDP became, the more popular they became. Through the Green Party in with the NDP and liberals, have them collaborate and compromise. Or in other words, shake them together until they come out with certain mutual core principles.

Quibble with the minutiae after the election.

However, outlaw all lobbying. No private enterprise promises of golden job opportunities for an ear. No corporate influence whatsoever.

And no one allowed to vote until they have at least read a readers digest version of the party platforms outlined by non partisans. Any deliberate misleading of information results in automatic appearances before every crowd to explain. Tent and chairs will be supplied.
06:00 PM on 11/29/2012
When J.T. becomes leader of the LPC, do you believe that egos can put aside for this to happen? We all know how beneficial this can be but I don't see happening.
03:39 PM on 11/29/2012
Coletto works for Sun News so there's an obvious bias to begin with. He claims "We have a generation who have chosen to remain ill-informed and unengaged," said Coletto. I would like to see his evidence for this biggoted slander.

NDP voters have always ranked as the best informed of the three parties supporters. I've never spoken to an 18-24 year old who didn't vote because there were no issues they understood or cared about they all told they didn't vote because our first past the post system is designed to make their vote valueless.
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Ryan L Painter
Activist, friend to labour, blogger, progressive
07:47 AM on 11/30/2012
I've experienced, as an election volunteer, activist and door knocker, what Coletto is talking about and frankly, I'm appauled at the lack of engagement that my generation has in politics. The complaining and naysaying about politicians and politics, all the while not bothering to go down to a polling station and vote. It's the simplest thing to do, casting a ballot, and if we all did it the configuration of the House of Commons would look vastly different and be far more representative. As it is, my generation has chosen to be disengaged and allow our parents and grandparents to cast the deciding votes on our lives. We need to wake up to the realities that the current government knows it's not in their interest for us to vote, so they aren't going to incentivize us to vote for them. We need to vote with our feet and get to ballot boxes when the occasion calls for it, not sit on our hands and complain that nobody represents us.
01:34 PM on 11/30/2012
Although I agree with you Ryan, I don't want uninformed voters going to the booth. The talking points are designed to grab votes and never intentioned to be genuine in some instances. We need to encourage everyone to pay attention to what is going on, talk to family members and friends and go to debates and find out what the candidates are all about.
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agsterino
Less stuff . . . more meaning
04:07 PM on 12/13/2012
.... And the extreme right wing is still choked that women got the right to vote.
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02:26 PM on 11/29/2012
since very few of them vote it doesn't make much difference.
01:52 PM on 11/29/2012
"We have a generation who have chosen to remain ill-informed and unengaged," said Coletto.

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Ill-informed people supporting the NDP in large numbers? Jeez, from the comments you hear tossed around here by the posters, you'd think only Conservatives had ignorant supporters.
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TRMS
Gotta send me a plastic Jesus
03:56 PM on 11/29/2012
"A mature discussion of politics must acknowledge that members of all political stripes fundamentally wish to improve the society they live in, even if they have radically different ideas about what that means and how to achieve it. If you are incapable of this, then you are simply too immature to add value to the public discourse." - you
04:47 PM on 11/29/2012
You're now trolling my comments! LOL! Find something more productive!

You can't be serious all the time, learn to take a joke.
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TRMS
Gotta send me a plastic Jesus
01:47 PM on 11/29/2012
In dark times, when we have damaging and divisive governing party, this kind of news is good to hear. Canada's future will be brighter once many of the old white guys have passed on.
01:55 PM on 11/29/2012
Yeah, let's celebrate the deaths of the people who built this country to be among the wealthiest, safest and freest countries in the world. Canada's not perfect, but it's ridiculous to say that the older generation is somehow holding us back.

Honestly, it's really sad when people can't respect political differences and wish for their elders to die.
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TRMS
Gotta send me a plastic Jesus
02:57 PM on 11/29/2012
Did I say I respect political differences? I don't respect Harper or social conservatism at all. We all die. They death rate is 100%. Time will pass. Harper did not build this country. He's destroying it.
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02:05 PM on 11/29/2012
Or one could look at it that some people are depressed by nature and instead of opportunity see only doom and gloom. The other day I saw a young man sitting in his usual spot in the coffee-shop. Instead of using his device as usual he was telling a friend how impossible it was to find a job in his field, whatever that was. Directly behind him was the "Help Wanted" sign. With tips the barista likely makes in excess of 30 an hour. So you hang in there and wait for someone to die and will you a job sport. Let us know how it goes.
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TRMS
Gotta send me a plastic Jesus
02:54 PM on 11/29/2012
I have a career that I love. I work in film and television, and I get paid relatively well. Thank-you very much. I'm also highly educated. I don't know what your situation is, hopefully you are doing well too, whatever your advanced degree or chosen profession might be. I hope you don't have to toil on some thankless blue collar job. I have empathy for others, and hope that they do well. that includes you, little buddy. I want this country to get back on track so we can all have happy lives. I only see doom and gloom where it exists; in the loss of Canada’s reputation internationally, the lack of respect for the environment, the lack of respect for the Canadian people, and the long-term damage to industries that are not resource based. They use wedge issues to get lower class whites to think that someone else is their problem, maybe a poor unemployed guy in a coffee shop who was minding his own business.
01:40 PM on 11/29/2012
Millennials like myself hate status quo, we want better than previous generations, while the baby-boomers keep telling us we have to sacrifice, but why? Why us? The economic problems, the debt ridden governments were all caused by the baby-boomers, they enjoyed a good welfare system they didn't want to pay for, so instead they put it on us, no, I will not sacrifice for previous generations mistakes, the baby-boomers have to pay for what they had instead of just shrugging their shoulders.
02:02 PM on 11/29/2012
No baby-boomer has ever told me to sacrifice. In fact, all we as a generation heard was how we could achieve anything we set our minds to. This is why, when things get tough, my fellow Millennials espouse bratty comments like yours: "why us?"

You act as if the previous generation has done nothing for you. How about pay for your schools or your infrastructure? How about help build one of the freest societies in the world where you can speak your mind without fear of violence? A country where our fellow LGBT millennials will have rights their forefathers never dreamed possible?

The boomers didn't screw up on purpose, that should be obvious. Our grandparents who sacrificed in WWII didn't complain "why us?" when they had to go off and fight their father's war. They fought.

The challenges we face as a nation are not nearly so existential or severe. We'll get through it.
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Warren Yuill
Jesus Built My Hot-Rod
01:07 PM on 11/29/2012
Way to pick the bum steer kids.
The NDP will be cut down to their traditional size after the next federal election.
The libs will pick up that slack as will the conservatives to a lesser degree.
Thus the net benifit to you will be zilch.
12:24 PM on 11/29/2012
We always swing to the right in this country...and then, after enough abuse through crony capitalism, begin to drift to the centre left again.

The Liberals have been sent to the woodshed. They still need to learn the error ( arrogance ) of their ways..thinking of themselves as the Naturally Governing Party. Racing to the front of trends and then pretending to be leading.

The conservatives, after a nice run, are once again taking aim at their own feet, and shooting.

The NDP, at the moment, and not in all ways, but closer than anyone else, appear to be responsive to my ideals as a Canadian, at this point in time.

Canada for Canadians...not to be parceled out, and sold off piecemeal around the world for the benefit of a very few.
12:52 PM on 11/29/2012
Idealism is what the NDP is all about. Realism is what's needed to govern. The parents have learnt, so will the kids.
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Jason Bullock
02:20 PM on 11/29/2012
If realism is needed to govern, then why are the Cons in power?
01:37 PM on 11/30/2012
Totally disagree with you. NDP'ers are realists.
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02:16 PM on 11/29/2012
The issue with the NDP is they will say anything to get elected. The issue with the Conservatives is that they are elected, with a majority, and therefore blamed for everything that goes wrong. The Liberals are lost. People like Carney are heading off simply because it has become a populist party. The advantage the liberals have is their dedicated vote, softly swung to the NDP, could be reclaimed. The advantage the Conservatives have is that they are governing stably. The advantage the NDP has is that soft Bloc and Liberal vote. If you look at us in comparison to the US the Conservatives are center leaning a bit right, the Liberals are left leaning center, the NDP are left leaning far left, and the greens would be about right if we lived in Hobbit houses.

I wouldn't know how to vote until probably the day of the election. Some MP do nothing, regardless of party. Some are actually players. It is hard to tell. I'm guessing a NDP/Lib split next election with another conservative win, but then followed by a liberal minority, liberal majority, and that the world doesn't end on 21 Dec 2012 so the greens will still have a seat.
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heterodoxlibertarian
small government liberal
12:00 PM on 11/29/2012
A lot of Canadians would like a party that is economically conservative AND socially liberal, in other words, libertarian. Unfortunately all three major parties are committed, in different ways, to big government.
12:17 PM on 11/29/2012
Libertarianism... anarchy for the wealthy.
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heterodoxlibertarian
small government liberal
12:33 PM on 11/29/2012
Not true, we oppose anarchy and support limited government, big difference.
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heterodoxlibertarian
small government liberal
11:59 AM on 11/29/2012
"If you're not a socialist before 25 you have no heart. If you're a socialist after 25 you have no brain."- Winston Churchill.
12:35 PM on 11/29/2012
If only the NDP were socialists. Today's NDP are just liberals with orange ties.
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heterodoxlibertarian
small government liberal
12:36 PM on 11/29/2012
You really want socialism? What shall we nationalize first? Marginal rates of 80 or 90 percent? Double the budget or triple it?
01:21 PM on 11/29/2012
"Conservatives are not necessarily st_pid, but most st_pid people are conservatives". John Stuart Mill

We can exchange quotations all day long. It proves nothing. Political orientation is more a representation of innate values and life experiences. People who become more conservative over time are generally people who are financially secure, who have benefitted from various social programs, but now do not want to pay into them. Most conservatives I have met are intellectually dishonest, if not downright hypocritical. I submit as an example, the Rob Ford case. Conservatives harp on this "mandatory minimum sentences" idea, but when that type of thing is applied to their poster-boy Ford, well hold the phone there Charlie, that law is too severe, too draconian. Oh, and the judge is unelected (ignoring the fact that judges do not create the laws, nor do they press charges, they simply interpret and apply the laws) But go ahead and throw a pot-head in jail for six years....
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heterodoxlibertarian
small government liberal
01:26 PM on 11/29/2012
I agree with Mill! I'm not a conservative by any means and I think throwing those who smoke pot in jail is criminal. I believe in economic and personal liberty, conservatives believe in some of the former but little of the later.
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11:46 AM on 11/29/2012
"A generation that's chosen to remain ill-informed and unengaged"??? How about a generation that's chosen to work at ground level while somewhere far away in a private room rich white guys fight over who is more popular. Who's unengaged? Hmmmm...
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BCPATRIOT
British Columbia
10:34 AM on 11/29/2012
Australians citizens 18 or over must all vote or pay a fine.

Voting at federal elections has been compulsory since 1924 for all citizens on the Commonwealth electoral roll. Anyone who is unable to provide a valid and sufficient reason to the Divisional Returning Officer for failure to vote at a federal election and who does not wish to have the matter dealt with by a Magistrates Court may pay a penalty of $20 (section 245).

http://www.aec.gov.au/elections/australian_electoral_system/electoral_procedures/Electoral_Offences.htm

No vote in Canada = 9,434,184 in our General Election 2011

We should have this law in Canada, but make the fine $100.00 a head.
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Martin Houde
I am no microbe
11:27 AM on 11/29/2012
Not voting is a democratic right. The way to fight it is not through coercion.

9 434 184 eligible voters who did not vote is a message. Like the canceled votes that are not counted, but should (you take the trouble to go and vote, and freely say that none of the options interests you). People are disaffected from the system, they don't have faith their voice counts. Sadly, our political class is not willing to listen to that message.

Especially with an aging population, younger voters have the feeling issues that matter to them don't count, and that their votes are drowned by the older vote. What issues are important in elections ? Health care, taxes, the economy. Even in Quebec, the higher education debate which raged during the Spring largely subsided during election campaign. Family programs were totally absent, and the environment barely registered. Those are the main things that matter to young voters. The economy matters too, of course, but to keep taxes low for the higher echelons doesn't.

Most of the political discourse is based on the biggest voting blocs : the middle aged and elderly. They are also more reliable voters. Hence, it's a circle, because political entities mostly focus on reliable votes, keeping out the young by the same process.
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BCPATRIOT
British Columbia
12:41 PM on 11/29/2012
People are disaffected from the system, they don't have faith their voice counts.

I've been voting since 1962, my party has never been in power, maybe they will in 2015. If you will not take the time to vote, then you should not be complaining.

God Bless Tommy Douglas.
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Adrian31
60% of the time, it works everytime...
01:10 PM on 11/29/2012
As Martin pointed out, not voting is as much a right as casting a ballot. What if one doesn't like any of the candidates or disagrees with the policies of all electable parties? Should one be forced to vote for someone they don't believe will benefit them or the country?

The simple answer is...No.
10:32 AM on 11/29/2012
I heard this phrase attributed to a French statesmen from about 100 years ago, but it still applies: "Not to be a socialist at twenty is proof of want of heart; to be one at thirty is proof of want of head." The Ys are just entering their 30s. Let's see if that's true.
12:18 PM on 11/29/2012
How is being a socialist proof of being stupid or ignorant? Catchy, but nonsensical.
01:48 PM on 11/29/2012
Well, the implicit meaning is that with age and experience, you realize that managing the government requires more than good intentions and passion.
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10:12 AM on 11/29/2012
W/O a digital bill of rights, all parties can say bye to the Y's.