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Saviolo

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Irony is officially dead

This came across my Twitter feed today:

https://twitter.com/calvinstowell/status/834241109102645249

Is there a thread listing DINOs who are vulnerable?

A friend of mine over on Twitter was asking for a list of DINOs that are not really standing against the Trump machine or upholding Democratic or progressive principles and are vulnerable in 2018. Is there a single thread or list that anyone can link for thos representatives that should be primaried and are vulnerable in 2018?

National Day of Action for Electoral Reform

The Twitter feed @FairVoteCanada linked to a Google doc with a listing of actions taking place across the country:

https://twitter.com/FairVoteCanada/status/829704303430422529

Now, I'm a bit annoyed with the Twitter feed, because they've been retweeting some National Post articles that are short on fact and long on smarm re: ERRE, but I do agree that action is a good idea to hold Trudeau to his promise. The excuses he and his cabinet have been peddling have been pretty flimsy, and it's time to hold the LPC accountable to their promises.

Here's a link to the list of actions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1c9AR6iLPH_zqH8N81iBhaqpeZJ5fkNlH-GbWIqpXVF8/edit

And I'll be at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto for sure.

Trudeau abandons pledge on electoral reform

Source: Globe and Mail

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is abandoning his long-held promise to change the way Canadians vote in federal elections.

In a mandate letter for newly appointed Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould, Trudeau makes it clear that electoral reform – once top of mind for the Liberal government – is no longer on the agenda.

“Changing the electoral system will not be in your mandate,” the prime minister writes in the letter, released Wednesday.

Trudeau repeatedly promised – both as a campaigning Liberal leader and as prime minister in a speech from the throne – to get rid of the current first-past-the-post voting system in time for the 2019 federal election.

The Liberals have since given themselves some wiggle room, saying they would not go ahead without the widespread support of Canadians.

Canadians made their views known through the House of Commons special committee on electoral reform, town halls held by MPs from all parties, the travels of former minister Maryam Monsef and a much-maligned online survey called MyDemocracy.ca.

The mandate letter shows that Trudeau and do not believe those consultations have produced their desired – albeit undefined – level of support for electoral reform, let alone any clarity on a preferred replacement.


Read more: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/trudeau-abandons-pledge-to-change-voting-system-before-2019-election/article33855925/



I've already called my MP about this. Her parliamentary mailbox was full, but I was able to leave a message at the constituency office.

This is so disappointing and incredibly frustrating, when this was one of the Liberals' major planks, and to see Trudeau just toss it away is ridiculous. This needs to be brought back on the table right away.

If you need to find your MP's contact information, look here: http://www.lop.parl.gc.ca/ParlInfo/Compilations/HouseOfCommons/MemberByPostalCode.aspx?Menu=HOC

(x-posted to Canada forum)

Trudeau abandons pledge on electoral reform

From the Globe and Mail: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/trudeau-abandons-pledge-to-change-voting-system-before-2019-election/article33855925/

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is abandoning his long-held promise to change the way Canadians vote in federal elections.

In a mandate letter for newly appointed Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould, Trudeau makes it clear that electoral reform – once top of mind for the Liberal government – is no longer on the agenda.

“Changing the electoral system will not be in your mandate,” the prime minister writes in the letter, released Wednesday.

Trudeau repeatedly promised – both as a campaigning Liberal leader and as prime minister in a speech from the throne – to get rid of the current first-past-the-post voting system in time for the 2019 federal election.

The Liberals have since given themselves some wiggle room, saying they would not go ahead without the widespread support of Canadians.

Canadians made their views known through the House of Commons special committee on electoral reform, town halls held by MPs from all parties, the travels of former minister Maryam Monsef and a much-maligned online survey called MyDemocracy.ca.

The mandate letter shows that Trudeau and do not believe those consultations have produced their desired – albeit undefined – level of support for electoral reform, let alone any clarity on a preferred replacement.


I've already called my MP about this. Her parliamentary mailbox was full, but I was able to leave a message at the constituency office.

This is so disappointing and incredibly frustrating, when this was one of the Liberals' major planks, and to see Trudeau just toss it away is ridiculous. This needs to be brought back on the table right away.

If you need to find your MP's contact information, look here: http://www.lop.parl.gc.ca/ParlInfo/Compilations/HouseOfCommons/MemberByPostalCode.aspx?Menu=HOC
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