Our Democracy under Threat

Here are some of the reasons why we think our democracy is under threat. Note to our conservative friends with acknowledgement from the website Harperwatch. “Those who have a long history of voting Conservative, please understand: the Harper Conservatives are not the PC’s of the past, they are the Reform Party, based on neo-conservative, Evangelical Christian values – think radical, right-wing religious. Is that our Canada?” https://harperwatch.wordpress.com/characteristics-of-fascism/            http://www.whynotharper.ca/#2    http://scienceblogs.com/confessions/2013/05/20/the-canadian-war-on-science-a-long-unexaggerated-devastating-chronological-indictment/#.VH4NEJVo4F8.twitter

“In an impassioned plea for reform, Green Party leader  Elizabeth May argues that the major issue of the 2015 federal election 2015 should not be climate change or energy diversification but the story state of our democracy” : http://www.policymagazine.ca/pdf/11/PolicyMagazineJanuaryFebruary-2015-May.pdf

“Disappointed with Democracy, Canadians speak out on barriers to political participation.” :                                                       http://www.desmog.ca/2015/01/05/disappointed-democracy-canadians-speak-out-barriers-political-participation

The democracy hacks special on CBC Radio One’s “The 180” with Jim Brown: gender parity, proportional representation, new seating plan for MPs, mandatory voting, coalition governments, leave Ottawa.                                                         http://www.cbc.ca/radio/the180/the-180-s-democracy-hacks-special-1.2879585

Michael Chong, Conservative MP, is interested in strengthening Canadian democracy. From his website: “On December 3, 2013, Michael Chong MP introduced the Reform Act. The Reform Act is an effort to strengthen Canada’s democratic institutions by restoring the role of elected Members of Parliament in the House of Commons.” Here is the link to a summary of his act.                                          http://michaelchong.ca/2014/09/11/reform-act-2014-backgrounder/

So many quotes to highlight from this article. Here is one: “The exceptionally successful four decades campaign to change the “ideological fabric” of society has put western civilization on a track to irreversible collapse according to a major study sponsored by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The study focused on population, climate, water, agriculture and energy as the interrelated factors that determine the collapse or survival of civilizations going back 5000 years.”              http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2015/01/26/Downsize-Democracy-For-40-Years/?utm_source=mondayheadlines&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=260115





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