For the record. In countries like Egypt, China, Iran, some people unforunately had to die in the process of trying to have their voices heard. In Canada, many people throw away their rights and privileges to vote because they think democracy is free and that their time is too valuable even if it is necessary to give legitimacy to their country’s governance.
Harper apologizes over rally screening (with video)
“Conservative Leader Stephen Harper is apologizing to anyone who has been removed from his party’s campaign rallies, three days after the allegations first surfaced.”
“Cone of silence tightens on Tories
JOHN IBBITSON AND DANIEL LEBLANC
OTTAWA— From Friday’s Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Apr. 07, 2011 9:45PM EDT
Last updated Thursday, Apr. 07, 2011 9:53PM EDT
Some Conservative candidates across Canada are emulating Stephen Harper’s tightly scripted election campaign by refusing to attend all-candidates debates or appear before the media. [Kempton: This is pathetic. Even candidates in the raked Legislative Council don’t dare to skip all-candidates debates.]
The Conservative Leader has earned much criticism for avoiding unscripted forums, a practice that opponents are calling “a bubble campaign.” Even so, many local Conservative candidates, both incumbents and challengers, are adopting it as their game plan. Some other Tory candidates, however, say they are only too happy to joust with their opponents.
The phenomenon appears most pronounced in Alberta, where Conservatives hold every riding but one.
In Calgary East, Tory incumbent Deepak Obhrai has come under fire for being the only candidate not to respond to an invitation for an all-candidates debate on Tuesday.
“In the interest of the democratic process, your attendance as the incumbent MP is an absolute must,” campaign worker Aman Hayer wrote on behalf of Liberal candidate Josipa Petrunic. “ You owe it to your constituents.”
Calgary-Nose Hill Tory incumbent Diane Ablonczy has also indicated she may boycott any all-candidate forum. Read the rest of this entry »