Canadian comedy mini-series for election night – “The Party”

Sunday, 1 May, 2011

CTV asked a group of Vancouver comedians to produce a comedy mini-series for election night – Watch the first episode here.

Stephen Harper is an Evil Astronaut? – The power to ridicule

Tuesday, 19 April, 2011

“Actual patriotism has to do with loving a place enough to try and improve it.” – Win Butler of @ArcadeFire

Stephen Harper is an Evil Astronaut. Funny. [via ShitHarperDid]

Yoko VS Harper [Warning: strong language]

Vote Mob @ Memorial University of Newfoundland

Monday, 18 April, 2011

Vote Mob @ Memorial University of Newfoundland

Vote Mob @ Memorial University of Newfoundland. Very nice production. Great job! Who said the youth and students don’t care?! Go vote on May 2nd!

Vote Mob - We will vote @ MUN

Apr 19, 2011 Update:

CTV News with video, “Younger voters say their issues still being ignored

VOTE Mob – University of Calgary

Sunday, 17 April, 2011

It is nice to read “U of C ‘Vote Mob’ riled up for Canadian election – Rally urges students to get involved in voting”. Check out

University of Calgary Vote Mob (Omni News)

CBC News, “Rise of the Vote Mob feature on CBC

U of C Videos, “University of Calgary Vote Mob – Unstoppable!

This Rick Mercer’s rant to get people, especially students, out to vote started the “Vote Mob” thing.

Elections Canada rejects Tory effort to annul votes at University of Guelph

Friday, 15 April, 2011

* From Canadian Press, “Elections Canada rejects Tory effort to annul votes at University of Guelph”

“The Conservative party’s lawyer was caught in campaign cross-fire Friday as Prime Minister Stephen Harper faced charges on two fronts of disregarding the most fundamental rights of Canadians.

Arthur Hamilton was a key figure in two separate controversies that dogged Harper on the campaign trail:

— A Tory attempt to nullify some 700 ballots cast by University of Guelph students.
— A tearful accusation by ex-Tory Helena Guergis that Harper turfed her from cabinet and ruined her reputation on the basis of unsubstantiated allegations.

In the first case, it was Hamilton who wrote chief electoral officer Marc Mayrand, complaining about irregularities in the Guelph campus vote and demanding that the ballots not be included in the official vote count for the riding.

Mayrand rejected his arguments Friday, concluding that the votes are valid even though the special ballot process used was not properly authorized.

It was also Hamilton who last year passed on to the RCMP the most salacious allegations against Guergis, including drug use and consorting with prostitutes. According to a transcript of his police interview — obtained and released Friday by Guergis — Hamilton acknowledged that he could not verify the allegations and knew of no one who could.

The RCMP ultimately concluded there was no evidence to support charges against Guergis, who’s now running as an Independent in her riding of Simcoe-Grey.”

* “Conservatives want to dump Guelph U student votes – On campus vote has not been challenged in past”

Stephen Harper ignores due process and justice in Helena Guergis case

Friday, 15 April, 2011

I am not be a big fan of Ms. Helena Guergis (Wikipedia) but how her reputation was smeared and damaged by Prime Minister Stephen Harper is pure and simply wrong! I am shocked and ashamed of Harper and PMO’s total disregard of due process and justice, and covering things up by smearing of Ms. Guergis’ name.

Have a watch of Helena Guergis’s statement (via CBC News). Have a listen to CBC Power & Politics April 15th podcast after Helena Guergis’ press conference.

See CBC News “Harper ‘tossed me under a bus’: Guergis”

“During the news conference, Guergis accused staff in Harper’s communications office of running a “destructive campaign” against her and perpetrating “false allegations” that damaged her reputation.

“Not only was it made to seem I was guilty of conduct that has never been disclosed to me — going against the very core of what our principles of justice are built on — the Prime Minister’s Office still made it seem as though I was guilty of something even after I had been proven innocent,” Guergis said.

“This of course is the worst kind of politics, the kind that Canadians abhor,” she said.”

Toronto Star, “Guergis slams PMO for ‘concerted effort to perpetrate lies’”

To me, the following nine words said by Andy Beaudoin, Ms. Guergis’ campaign manager, summarize what made me angry most.

“Guilty until proven innocent. Guilty after being proven innocent!”

As proud Canadians, we have to keep our elected political leaders honest, regardless of which party we support.

I will try to add more to this entry later.

Mme. Muguette Paillé becomes instant star after #elxn41 French debates

Thursday, 14 April, 2011

Mme Muguette Paillé

CBC News “Quebec woman becomes instant star after debates“,

“it was a 53-year-old woman questioner who seemed to have won the hearts of many viewers.

Muguette Paillé, a 53-year-old unemployed woman from Sainte-Angèle-de-Prémont in Quebec’s Maurice region, asked the leaders about job creation, particularly for older workers, during the French-language debate.

Paillé quickly became a theme in the debate, as the leaders jumped on her comments to reinforce their policy ideas.

While the leaders were using her name, others were busy setting up Facebook sites declaring her the winner of the actual debate.

Paillé laughed at all of the attention during an interview with Radio-Canada after the debate.

Asked whether she feels she got an answer to her question, Paillé said she felt the leaders showed empathy, but what she wants is a job. […]

Paillé’s question to the leaders was: “The unemployment rate is very high in the region. Steady jobs are scarce. It is hard for someone like me — I’m 53 — to find work. So I would like to know how you intend to create jobs in Quebec, particularly in my region, and how it will help people over the age of 50 find permanent jobs.”” [NOTE: CBC Corrections and Clarifications – An earlier version of this story incorrectly used the word “employment” in Muguette Paille’s question. In fact, she said the “unemployment rate” was high.
April 14, 2011 | 12:59 p.m. “

Check out the debate video (with English translation) starting at about time code 22:00.

Someone posted Mme Paillé’s question in French onto YouTube.

Who is Afraid of Ai Weiwei? Lessons for Canadians #elxn41

Sunday, 3 April, 2011

April 3, 2011: Ai Weiwei detained by Chinese gov.

Guardian, “The 53-year-old [Ai Weiwei] remains uncontactable more than 12 hours after officials held him at the capital’s airport. […] His detention comes amid what human rights campaigners have described as the harshest crackdown on activists and dissidents in over a decade.

The Telegraph, “Ai Weiwei stopped from leaving China

The New Yorker by Evan Osnos, “Ai Weiwei Detained” – Highly recommended article.

Have a watch of the full PBS Frontline documentary: “Who is Afraid of Ai Weiwei?

“All of a sudden, these people who’b been standing on the sidewalk, milling around doing things, turned out to be people who had come to have dinner with him [Ai Weiwei]. And everybody there knew that, by simply eating dinner there, it was an act of defiance.”

P.S. When I saw Ai Weiwei willing to risk his life in “Who is Afraid of Ai Weiwei?” in order to fight for a better China, I am ashamed of the low voters’ turnout in Canada. It pains me to see my fellow Canadians, young Canadians, adult Canadians, born with the rights to vote easily giving up their rights/privilege to vote and ignoring their duty to vote in elections.

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