Monthly Archives: September 2008

Independent alleges Harper a threat to democracy

Harper a threat to democracy: independent
Bitter former conservative candidate. Self-published book speaks of ‘muzzled’ MPs, financial trickery and PM obsessed with control
ELIZABETH THOMPSON
The Gazette
Lawyer David Marler, running as an independent candidate in Brome-Missisquoi, fears a majority Conservative government would allow Prime Minister Stephen Harper to be "an absolute ruler without any constraint from members of his party," who would mutely follow him.
CREDIT: MARIE-FRANCE COALLIER, THE GAZETTE
Lawyer David Marler, running as an independent candidate in Brome-Missisquoi, fears a majority Conservative government would allow Prime Minister Stephen Harper to be “an absolute ruler without any constraint from members of his party,” who would mutely follow him.

A former Conservative candidate who was sidelined by the party after he refused to participate in a controversial in-and-out financial transfer in the last election, is warning that a Conservative majority government could pose a threat to democracy in Canada.

In a sharply critical attack on the party he once supported, David Marler, says he has come to realize that candidates who stand up for their ideas and speak their mind are not welcome in Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s party.

http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=98087913-92a0-458e-9dad-9a905e6a5f6c&p=2

Great Article – Why Independent Candidates Matter

Fantastic!! A kindred spirit!

I received this link today – here is an excerpt:

“An independent candidate, is truly free to serve their constituents because they have no party to conform to, no party whip to force them to vote one way or the other in Parliament and their loyalty is not divided. They have one employer and it is their constituents.”

To read this interesting article:

http://www.vivelecanada.ca/article/235930333-why-independent

Or visit the site of the Coalation Of Independent Candidates (another Kindred spirit) at:

http://coic.ca/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogsection&id=0&Itemid=9

Party Interference With Elected Representatives – After Elected

2. Party Interference With Your Elected Representatives After They Have Been Elected

The Party Isn’t Everything! It’s The Only Thing!

“See No Evil. Hear No Evil. Speak No Evil.”

You do what the Party Wants You To Do Or Think What The Party Wants You To Think Or Else …

Casualties Include: Bill Casey, Garth Turner

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nova-scotia/story/2007/06/05/budget-casey.html

http://www.canada.com/topics/news/national/story.html?id=86917dc9-84a7-40bc-b47e-fbf1b773c4ff&k=33379

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20061018/turner_suspended_061018/20061018?hub=CTVNewsAt11

(see the video)

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2006/10/18/turner-caucus.html

Party Interference With Local Ridings

1. Party Interference With Local Ridings In Their Selection Of Candidates
“You don’t run for the Conservative party unless Doug Finley says you can”

Read on to see how the Conservatives have blocked the candidacies of locally nominated condidates!

http://www.thestar.com/article/491926

“It’s Not About The Riding, It’s About The Party!”

What is the point of having local ridings if their candidates are chosen by party central?

Party Central has started to not allow candidates nominated by local riding assocations.

Examples Include: Brent Barr, Mark Warner, Bill Casey

http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/272579

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/10/31/dropped-candidates.html

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071024.wlivecasey25/BNStory/specialComment/

http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/272920

But, just in a case you think that the Conservatives have a monopoly on interfering with local ridings, as we all know Michal Ignatieff was given a bit of help from the Liberal Politburo to start his political career:

http://www.lufa.ca/news/news_item.asp?NewsID=5453

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20060123/elxn_michael_ignatieff_060123/20060124?s_name=election2006&no_ads=

Hello – Welcome To Independent Candidates

To promote, encourage and draw attention to the importance of Independent Candidates in the political process. Independent candidates are the only hope to bring democratic accountability to the grass roots level of Canada.

Party Candidates bring no democratic accountability. They are required to do what the Party tells them and are NOT responsive to or concerned with the local issues. Their allegiance is to their party and NOT to the people who elected them.

Party Candidates are nothing more than Party Automatons. They are simply the mechanism that is used to vote for the mainstream parties.