Forum on Canada’s Senate: Where it came from, what it is and where it might be going! – September 18
Toronto Danforth Debates and Toronto Cente Debates are pleased to announce a Forum for the general public:
What: Forum on Canada’s Senate
When: Wednesday September 18 – 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – Free doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Sponsor or organizer: Reverend Edith-Ann Don Mills United Church
You are invited to evening of education, discussion and illumination with a number of speakers including:
The Honourable Senator Percy E. Downe – Senator Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
The Honourable Craig Scott – MP Toronto Danforth
The Honourable Sinclair Stevens – Former Member of the Parliament of Canada and current leader of the Progressive Canadian Party of Canada
Bring your thoughts! Bring your questions! Bring your concerns! Bring yourself to this interesting evening.
When it comes to Canada’s Senate: “It’s the best of times and the worst of times”. It is necessary? Is it relevant? What role does it play?
In a nutshell:
In the Senate Chamber, Canada’s 105 senators take part in formal debate on current affairs. Here, senators’ main job is to examine bills proposed by the Government. Bills in the Senate go through a similar process of debate as in the House of Commons, and a bill must pass the Senate before it can become law. Any senator may take part in the debate on a bill and propose amendments. In addition, senators may propose their own bills and initiate debates in the Chamber.
Canada’s 105 senators come from all walks of life, and from every province and territory. They reflect our rich mix of geographical, religious, ethnic and linguistic communities, gender and age, interests and political perspectives, expertise and experience.
Senators are usually affiliated with a political party. The Government caucus is formed by the senators affiliated with the governing party in the House of Commons. The Opposition caucus is formed by the non-government party with the most seats in the Senate. (This means that the Official Opposition in the House of Commons and the Senate may be different parties.) Senators may also choose to sit as independents.
Senators are appointed by the Governor General of Canada on the advice of the Prime Minister according to geographical divisions set out by the Constitution Act, 1867. They must own property and live in the geographical division for which they are appointed. Although originally named for life, senators now serve until the age of 75.
Hardly a day goes by without some news about the Senate.
Recent examples include:
|PC Party||Dorian Baxter||207||0.6|
|United Party||Brian Jedan||54||0.2|
|Green Party||Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu||1,517||4.7|
|CAP||Christopher Robert Porter||77||0.2|
|Libertarian||John Christopher Recker||133||0.4|
|NDP-New Democratic Party||Craig Scott||19,210||59.4|
|Independent||John C. Turmel||57||0.2|
|Total number of valid votes:||32,318|
|Polls reporting: 196/196||Voter turnout: 32,318 of 74,512 registered electors (43.4%)|
|The number of registered electors shown in this table does not include electors who registered on election day.
A special thanks to David Langer of Toronto for his extraordinary effort in producing this video and videos of the other candidates debates. We officially award David Langer:
“The Toronto Daforth MVP (Most Valuable Player) Award for The Enhancement of Democracy in Toronto Danforth!!”
You will find more of his election videos on his YouTube Channel.
Thanks also to the Candidates who are seeking to be our elected representative in Toronto Danforth. We appreciate your hard work and commitment to public service. Simply holding yourself out as a candidate is an act of public service. We are grateful to you.
This has one of the most interesting races/campaigns ever.
Although only one candidate can get the most votes, each of the candidates is a winner!
Andrew Moran of Digital Journal has written a wonderful report of the March 15 “All Candidates Debate” at Don Mills United Church. It is a must read!!
Here is the beginning:
Toronto – Did the Independent and minor political party candidates win Thursday night’s final Toronto-Danforth by-election debate? Although they most likely won’t win the by-election, the Independents brought forth applause and innovative ideas.The Toronto-Danforth candidates made their final case before residents cast their votes Monday for the federal by-election. The two-hour debate featured the Independent and minor political party candidates providing different insights into the political sphere as opposed to the four major political candidates. Nine of the 11 candidates answered questions about the economy, the environment, what the role of government ought to be and the now infamous Bill C-30, which has garnered a lot of negative responses from Canadians across the country. The polls indicate that New Democratic Party candidate Craig Scott, who sported an orange tie Thursday night, will most likely win Monday’s contest. However, the raucous crowd was as much behind the Independent candidates as they were for Liberal Party candidate Grant Gordon, Green Party candidate Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu and Scott.
Read more with pictures and video: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/321271#ixzz1pNMRgXDY
Did the Independent and minor political party candidates win the final Toronto-Danforth by-election debate on March 15?
We the independent and small parties candidates of the Toronto/Danforth By Election wish to issue a joint statement at this time as the main stream corporate media tends to marginalize the true voice of the people in favor of the established main stream political parties.
We feel that certain issues are not being addressed by these main stream parties because they run contrary to the agenda of the corporate and banking systems that have been controlling the political agenda for some time.
We as a group feel that Canada is in dire need for reforms to its system of governance, First of which is monetary reform and a return to utilizing the Bank of Canada to regain control of the issuance of currency.
Second that a national Initiative be undertaken to reform both the parliamentary and electoral systems to ensure a more accurate and fair system of governance.
And lastly an end to the policies of globalization and integration to ensure Canadian sovereignty and self determination.
Without these issues being addressed we believe democracy in Canada may become ineffective and in danger of disappearing completely.
This is the question posed by the producer of this YouTube video.
The commentary attached to the video:
Did the Independent and minor political party candidates win Thursday night’s final Toronto-Danforth by-election debate? Although they most likely won’t win the by-election, the Independents brought forth applause and innovative ideas.
Okay, so win lose or draw the Independent and minor political parties were heard!
The March 15, 2012 debate at Don Mills United Church, was well attended and with the large number and diverse range of candidates, it was a true “Festival of Democracy”.
In the words of one candidate:
Reposted with permission from The Calgary Manifesto.
It has been a busy week with various other projects, it seems this blog is becoming a productive way to procrastinate on school. That being said, I’ve completed the rest of the Toronto Danforth mapping:
At first glance, there doesn’t appear to be any significant change between 2008 and 2011 in NDP vote support, but the initial visual is deceiving. The two maps are built on different vote scales, so the darker orange on the 2011 map is at least 10% stronger support than in 08. An initial qualitative assessment would conclude that the support patterns are largely inverted to the LPC, indicated that gains in Danforth in 2011 came at the expense of the Liberal Party. As Elections Canada will likely be using the same polls for the ByElection, this provides an opportunity for use to quantify a possible vote shift back to the Libs. A northward march for the NDP, and a southward march for the CPC may leave the LPC with nowhere left to go.
The strongest growth areas can be seen on the western edge of the riding, and on the eastern edge, about halfway up. I wish I had the demographics broken down for the ridings, because that growth is definitely on the upper edge of the curve. I’d be curious as to the demographic classes which saw an above average break for the NDP. Floating center left voters may be valuable in the coming years. For those with a statistical inclination, ByElections are great opportunities to explore electoral dynamics, as you can run calculations using identical poll numbers. If I survive this semester, Danforth will be a fun race to examine indepth.
If all goes well, I’ll add the provincial breakdowns as well, but we’ll see. Hopefully the next post will be more than just a cursory look.
Last week, letters editor Paul Russell asked readers: “If you were prime minister, what law would you pass?” We’ve been inundated with responses (75 words or less).
Rein in politicians
I would make a law that mandates these qualifications for aspirants to public office. You are: not a lawyer, not in need of money, not on a career path and not a member of a political party. You have: children, seen the inside of a jail cell, single citizenship, compassion and have been hungry. That should hinder careerists, egomaniacs, greed merchants, silver spoon socialists and sundry scoundrels from infesting our institutions like rats on the ship of state.
David J. Baughn, Toronto.
Every elected politician should spend one day every two weeks in front-line services for the poor. Not on the committee to organize the next fund-raising dinner, but helping find a homeless person a home or a veteran their benefits. Having to confront these groups and their problems “up close and personal” might make for better laws all round. “A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.” (Mahatma Ghandi)
Jim Drummond, Halifax.
Let’s have a law that makes it illegal for anyone in Canada to be a professional politician.
Robert Cunningham, Bonfield, Ont.
Read more suggestions here.