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.
On March 1, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. you are encouraged to meet the Toronto Danforth candidates at Applegrove Community Complex:
60 Woodfield Road.
The poster advertising the meeting is below.
Meet Neil Sinclair – the moderator or should we see “Master of Ceremonies”. Neil was a superb candidate in Ward 32 in the 2012 Municipal Election. We have found that Municipal Candidates make very good moderators. In the past both Liz West (Ward 30 candidate) and Jennifer Wood (Ward 29 candidate) have moderated our debates. Meet Neil in the following video. Continue reading Meet the Canadidates – Applegrove – March 1, 2012 – 7:00 p.m.
So, we will invite Andrew Keyes the Conservative candidate again.
In the last Federal Election, the National Post wrote an article about the problem of candidates not appearing in debates. In the April 28, 2011 debate neither the NDP nor the Conservative candidates appeared.
The Toronto Danforth by-election is turning into a festival of democracy. At the time of writing there are now eleven candidates. The latest to register is John Turmel. Mr. Turmel is a veteran candidate who is certain to add to the high level of interest in this election. A fascinating description of Mr. Turmel’s political career may be found here.
A warm welcome to Mr. Turmel.
Posted with permission of the author Theresa Lubowitz
The Battle for Toronto-Danforth
Last month the federal NDP nominated Craig Scott, a professor of law at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. Scott’s areas of political interests include human rights issues, both around the world and here at home with our Aboriginal peoples, and ending discrimination in the housing sector.
This month, the federal Liberals nominated advertising executive and FLICK OFF founder Grant Gordon. Gordon’s firm, which he also founded, focuses on branding socially and environmentally responsible companies. His candidacy for the Liberal nomination made waves in the news because of the fresh, positive, and fun approach he brought to politics through an amusing call to action for voters. Gordon’s political interests include protecting the environment and the security of our pension system.
Both candidates reside in Riverdale and have had successful careers making a difference in Canada and beyond its borders. Continue reading The Battle for Toronto-Danforth