posted on May, 1 2011 @ 11:54 PM
I would have liked to make this an in depth thread but my life won't allow for such time right now so I must be brief. If you wish to do your fellow
Canadians and world citizens a favour, don't vote for the Conservative party. I'm not making the generalization that this party is a bad choice in
all circumstances, however, under the leadership of Stephen Harper Canada is loosing its integrity. There are plus sides and down sides to
conservative policies, but on the whole Harper has shown that he cannot be trusted and that he is incrementally destroying Canadian sovereignty
through his continuation of the 'harmonization' (of the North American community) initiative started by his predecessor. Of course, this is just
one of the many wrongs the 'Harper Government' has committed and I could go on for longer than I have time for.
The party holding the most promise in my opinion, is the Green party. Contrary to what some may believe, the Green party does not concern itself
exclusively with environmental issues (although these are some of the most important issues). Here are some other reasons to vote for the Green
The renegotiation of NAFTA's Chapter 11
14 April 2009 - 10:12am OTTAWA--The Green Party of Canada has consistently called for renegotiation of Chapter 11 of the North American Free
Trade Agreement (NAFTA), saying that this part of the agreement is detrimental to Canadian interests and exists solely for corporate profits. The
latest threat is to increasingly popular cosmetic pesticide bans, now enacted in Quebec and Ontario, which the chemical companies say are cutting into
their profits. Chemical giant Dow AgroSciences is now filing under NAFTA for loss of profit of $2 million due to Canadian pesticide bans. “Laws
put in place to protect the health and safety of Canadians are at risk whenever a corporation based in the US loses profits. Chapter 11 of NAFTA
operates to give US and Mexican corporations the right to sue the Canadian government for any decision impacting its profits, regardless of the
scientific evidence supporting our decision. The investor-state provisions of NAFTA are profoundly anti-democratic," says Green Leader Elizabeth
May. “It is very evident that this flawed trade agreement must be renegotiated.” Problems with Chapter 11 of NAFTA have been apparent for more
than a decade. The Canadian law restricting the use of MMT, a neuro-toxic gas additive made by Ethyl Corp. of Richmond, Virginia, was repealed in an
out of court settlement by Canada in a NAFTA suit in which Canada also paid out $13-million to Ethyl Corp. Canada also was forced in a Chapter 11
suit to pay millions to Ohio-based S.D. Myers for a short term ban on the export of PCB contaminated waste. Mexico has also lost suits brought by
large US polluters.
Its rational approach to involvement in Afghanistan
The Green Party is the only party who recognizes that the NATO mission is ill-conceived and doomed to failure. We are the only party to advocate
remaining in Afghanistan by asking for a UN peace-keeping mission to avoid a humanitarian crisis. We are the only party that recognizes the need for
poppy production to sustain the agriculture economy in Afghanistan. We favour legalizing and regulating poppy production to supply pain relieving
drugs to developing countries.
A supported budget deficit reduction plan
The Green Party is the only opposition party to have tabled our deficit cutting plan with the Parliamentary Budget Office, to ensure we did our
homework and our numbers will hold.
The potential for a proportional representation system
Power is increasingly centralized. Individual MPs – your voices in Parliament – are becoming more and more irrelevant. Question Period is a
daily showcase for behaviour we would not tolerate from our children. It’s time to restore true democracy and put the power where it belongs – in
the hands of Canadians.
> Reform our voting system. Hold a national discussion on the health of our democracy, address the growing and undemocratic power of the Prime
Minister’s Office and explore the options for a more meaningful electoral system. Consider the risks of “first past the post” and vote on
whether it should be replaced. Consider proportional representation.
> Access to information. Seek true solutions to the increasing corporate control in Canadian journalism. Whatever is “dumbed down” must be
> Ensure that citizenship is equal. Social justice and equity are cornerstones of democracy. Canadian democracy is more secure when human rights are
respected – starting with the First Nations and indigenous peoples of this continent, Turtle Island. Canada must move forward in implementing the
spirit of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Once again, I could go on but unfortunately I haven't the time. The Green party is a viable (and prime) alternative to a Harper Government and would
be a better conduit of your voting power.