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I think this really underscores the fact that the CPC is after power, not after winning as many Canadians to their side as possible. I imagine a party confident in its platform would shout from the roof tops about it, not hide it from anyone who isn't already on board.

It's hard to fathom a party can behave in such a manner and still command such a portion of the vote. Do people not realize that eventually they will lose power, and then the shoe will be on the other foot? An open democracy is good for everyone except the CPC.
Maybe if they behave in such a secret manner, they aren't worth mentioning when it comes to finding someone to lead a developed democratic nation.

Every political party is after power, whether they act like it or not.

I'm wondering if Harper thinks there's a chance he could be assassinated or something. It's certainly suspicious behaviour for someone who you would think would want as much publicity as possible.

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Participants at Conservative events must agree to gag order
I think this really underscores the fact that the CPC is after power, not after winning as many Canadians to their side as possible. I imagine a party confident in its platform would shout from the roof tops about it, not hide it from anyone who isn't already on board.
It's hard to fathom a party can behave in such a manner and still command such a portion of the vote. Do people not realize that eventually they will lose power, and then the shoe will be on the other foot? An open democracy is good for everyone except the CPC.
Maybe if they behave in such a secret manner, they aren't worth mentioning when it comes to finding someone to lead a developed democratic nation.

This should tell ANYONE who is on the fence about possibly voting for the C.R.A.P. and Stevo that they should not get your vote. It boggles the mind the there are so many people who will vote for the C.R.A.P. without realizing how bad they are. Sheep.

C.R.A.P. = Conservative Reform Alliance Party

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Participants at Conservative events must agree to gag order
Members of the public who attend Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s campaign events are being required to agree to a gag order before they can walk through the door, iPolitics has learned.
While attendance is by invitation only, and attendees are vetted by the Conservative Party before receiving a ticket, those who want to attend a campaign event in person are also being asked to agree to a number of conditions including not to transmit any description of the event or any images from it.
“Holder (of the confirmation of registration) is prohibited from transmitting or aiding in transmitting any description, account, picture or reproduction of the Event,” according to information contained on the invitation website for an event Harper is planning in Brampton East on Monday.
A similar warning appears in connection with an event Harper appeared at in the Montreal riding of Mont Royal as he kicked off his campaign last Sunday.
Those attending the event also have to agree to be searched.
“Holder and his/her belongings may be searched upon entry, and Holder consents to such searches and waives any related claims that might arise against Conservative Fund Canada, the Electoral District Association concerned, and the facility. If the Holder elects not to consent to these searches, Holder will be denied entry to the facility.”
The party also makes it clear that breaking that rule – or any of the other rules it sets out – can result in attendees being expelled from the event.
“The confirmation of registration and entry to the event is a revocable licence: it may be withdrawn, admission refused or Holder expelled from the premises at any time for any reason without recourse by Holder.”
While those who attend Harper’s events can’t transmit accounts or images from the event, the party reserves the right to use pictures of them in its own broadcasts or advertising.
“Holder consents to the use by the producer of the Event, without compensation, of Holder’s image or likeness incidental to any transmission or reproduction of the Event.”
Harper’s election campaign is only in its first week but the high level of control the Conservative Party is exercising has already become an issue.
The party is being highly secretive about when and where Harper will campaign, often giving little or no notice to the public or media who have not signed up for his pricey campaign tour.
On Tuesday, veteran Queens Park reporter Susanna Kelley was refused entry to a Harper campaign event. While she arrived 20 minutes before the start of the event, she was told she could not enter because RCMP sniffer dogs were not available to check her out.
The RCMP refused to discuss the incident, saying it doesn’t talk about security arrangements around the prime minister. But while the RCMP required reporters to be vetted by sniffer dogs at the Conservative Party event, there was no such requirement for either the media or members of the public at Rideau Hall Sunday when Harper launched his campaign.
When Harper visited Belleville, Ontario on Friday, the local newspaper was given an advance heads up by a local Conservative organizer that he was coming but directed to only send a photographer and advised the prime minister would not take any questions from the media. Nor did the local Conservative candidate Jodie Jenkins agree to repeated requests from the Belleville Intelligencer for an interview.
While party leaders often appear at local campaign events to build support for their local candidates and count on participants to get the word out about the leader’s message, the Conservatives have also found themselves in the past on the defensive after videos taken by participants have been circulated to opponents or posted on YouTube. For example, in a private address to Conservatives in Sault Ste. Marie in 2009, Harper said he needed a get a majority government to do some of the things he wanted to do – something he had shied away from saying publicly.
Other parties often encourage participants to tweet comments or photos from party rallies, sometimes even asking them to use a particular hashtag in a bid to build social media buzz around an event.
An NDP official said the party’s campaign events with NDP Leader Tom Mulcair do not have any prohibition on transmitting comments or photos.
“People are invited to bring their friends and are encouraged to take photos and share their experiences however they choose.”
Olivier Duchesneau, spokesman for the Liberal Party, said his party’s events are open to everyone because Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau wants to meet “as many Canadians as possible.”
“Canadians should be free to share their thoughts and experiences on social media during and after political events. It’s not a surprise that the Conservatives are exercising this type of control. They are operating their campaign the same way they have been governing this country for 10 years. Their approach is not open or transparent.”
The Conservative Party has not yet responded to a request from iPolitics for comment.
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I think this really underscores the fact that the CPC is after power, not after winning as many Canadians to their side as possible. I imagine a party confident in its platform would shout from the roof tops about it, not hide it from anyone who isn't already on board.
It's hard to fathom a party can behave in such a manner and still command such a portion of the vote. Do people not realize that eventually they will lose power, and then the shoe will be on the other foot? An open democracy is good for everyone except the CPC.
Maybe if they behave in such a secret manner, they aren't worth mentioning when it comes to finding someone to lead a developed democratic nation.

This is how he rolls, in a nutshell.

You don't have to gag people if there's nothing to hide...nothing underhanded or shady that you don't want revealed. What a dysfunction this is.

I want a transparent, honest Government and the first step to getting there is eliminating those who stand to silence people. Anyone with any integrity would actually present their stance and be able to defend it in a forthright manner.

A keep it in the closet Government has no place in Canada.

Love that someone with a platform of "protecting Canada" takes measures to be secretive and is fearful of disclosure. We need to protect ourselves from him, not count on him to have our interests at heart.

Time to put your cards on the table, Stephen. All in, no bluffing.

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Every political party is after power, whether they act like it or not.

*Warning - Extreme Metaphor *

Raping a woman is fine because all sexually active, heterosexual men are after the same thing.

The problem isn't the desire for political power. The problem is the methods of obtaining and motivation for it.

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*Warning - Extreme Metaphor *

Raping a woman is fine because all sexually active, heterosexual men are after the same thing.

The problem isn't the desire for political power. The problem is the methods of obtaining and motivation for it.

Your metaphor could use a bit of... tweaking... but the bolded is bang on.

Say all sexually active heterosexual men are after the same thing - sex. Raping a woman is means to the same end that all men are working towards. But is it okay? No, not in the slightest.

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Smyth: NDP mystified by want ads for phone canvassers that pay Punjabi speakers less than English speakers
The federal NDP is trying to explain a want ad seeking Punjabi-speaking phone canvassers who would be paid $4 an hour less than the party’s English-speaking canvassers.
The party pays all its phone canvassers $17 an hour no matter what language they speak, NDP spokesman Glen Sanford insisted Sunday.
“That’s our policy and our pay and we’re clear about it in all our ads,” Sanford said.
But that doesn’t explain why a Craigslist ad appeared in late July seeking “Punjabi-speaking callers for federal NDP voter ID calling” at a pay rate of just $13 an hour.
The ad was placed by Express Employment Professionals, a Burnaby-based agency that encouraged applicants to submit their resumes by email.
“Must be fluent. Must have some data entry experience,” the ad says, noting the “volume of work is extremely high.”
But Sanford said the NDP is “mystified” by the ad, which triggered an internal party investigation Sunday to see if anyone had approved it.
“This is not our ad,” he said. “We don’t sub-contract employment services. We recruit our own staff directly.”
Repeated calls and emails to Express Employment Professionals went unanswered on Sunday.
Sanford pointed to a separate Craigslist ad placed by the party seeking English-speaking canvassers for $17 an hour. The ad stresses other language skills — including Punjabi, Cantonese and Mandarin — are an “asset”.
“People who speak these languages are more valuable to us, not less,” Sanford said. “It makes no sense we would pay them less money, which we certainly do not.”
That didn’t stop the NDP’s opponents from pouncing on the contrary ads.
“This is not acceptable,” said Sukh Dhaliwal, the Liberal candidate in Surrey-Newton, who noted NDP leader Thomas Mulcair is calling for a $15-an-hour minimum wage.
“He’s talking out of both sides of his mouth,” said Dhaliwal, who called on the NDP to provide a better explanation for the ads.
“People should be paid based on their skills and abilities, not on what language they speak.”
Sanford said the NDP is trying to contact the employment agency to see if the ad was “a mistake, typo or accident.”
Harpreet Singh, the Conservative candidate for Surrey-Newton responded to news of the ad.
“If this is true, this form of discrimination by the NDP is deeply disappointing," said Singh.
"That the NDP would demean the work of one group of Canadians by treating them as second-class workers is terribly insulting to Punjabi Canadians and an offense to Canadian pluralism. It appears the NDP is pushing a ‘do-as-we-say, not-as-we-do‘ policy on wages. Certainly, this stands in stark contrast to our Conservative Party’s respect for the diversity of Canadians.”
I find the responses by the Liberal and Conservative candidates very disappointing and indicative of more problems in our system. They take the first opportunity to pounce on something that, as of yet, has no basis in reality. Instead of focusing on real issues, they opt for optical cheap shots that don`t carry any actual weight (but might just stick in the minds of average low information voters). Not that I think the NDP is any different. It`s an issue for all Canadians. Or should be.
It's also suspicious that this ad was posted, since the NDP recruits its own canvassers. Are we seeing the beginning of dirty tricks in this campaign? Another fake Pierre Poutine hiring an agency for illegal actions? Very curious.
The NDP candidate is Jinny Sims. Somehow the article forgot to mention it.
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Every political party is after power, whether they act like it or not.

I'm wondering if Harper thinks there's a chance he could be assassinated or something. It's certainly suspicious behaviour for someone who you would think would want as much publicity as possible.

If Harper is that concerned about that than maybe he shouldn't have tried to turn the country into a police state.

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It's also suspicious that this ad was posted, since the NDP recruits its own canvassers. Are we seeing the beginning of dirty tricks in this campaign? Another fake Pierre Poutine hiring an agency for illegal actions? Very curious.

Wouldn't surprise me in the least. And Dahliwal's response is insulting.

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Smyth: NDP mystified by want ads for phone canvassers that pay Punjabi speakers less than English speakers
The federal NDP is trying to explain a want ad seeking Punjabi-speaking phone canvassers who would be paid $4 an hour less than the party’s English-speaking canvassers.
The party pays all its phone canvassers $17 an hour no matter what language they speak, NDP spokesman Glen Sanford insisted Sunday.
“That’s our policy and our pay and we’re clear about it in all our ads,” Sanford said.
But that doesn’t explain why a Craigslist ad appeared in late July seeking “Punjabi-speaking callers for federal NDP voter ID calling” at a pay rate of just $13 an hour.
The ad was placed by Express Employment Professionals, a Burnaby-based agency that encouraged applicants to submit their resumes by email.
“Must be fluent. Must have some data entry experience,” the ad says, noting the “volume of work is extremely high.”
But Sanford said the NDP is “mystified” by the ad, which triggered an internal party investigation Sunday to see if anyone had approved it.
“This is not our ad,” he said. “We don’t sub-contract employment services. We recruit our own staff directly.”
Repeated calls and emails to Express Employment Professionals went unanswered on Sunday.
Sanford pointed to a separate Craigslist ad placed by the party seeking English-speaking canvassers for $17 an hour. The ad stresses other language skills — including Punjabi, Cantonese and Mandarin — are an “asset”.
“People who speak these languages are more valuable to us, not less,” Sanford said. “It makes no sense we would pay them less money, which we certainly do not.”
That didn’t stop the NDP’s opponents from pouncing on the contrary ads.
“This is not acceptable,” said Sukh Dhaliwal, the Liberal candidate in Surrey-Newton, who noted NDP leader Thomas Mulcair is calling for a $15-an-hour minimum wage.
“He’s talking out of both sides of his mouth,” said Dhaliwal, who called on the NDP to provide a better explanation for the ads.
“People should be paid based on their skills and abilities, not on what language they speak.”
Sanford said the NDP is trying to contact the employment agency to see if the ad was “a mistake, typo or accident.”
Harpreet Singh, the Conservative candidate for Surrey-Newton responded to news of the ad.
“If this is true, this form of discrimination by the NDP is deeply disappointing," said Singh.
"That the NDP would demean the work of one group of Canadians by treating them as second-class workers is terribly insulting to Punjabi Canadians and an offense to Canadian pluralism. It appears the NDP is pushing a ‘do-as-we-say, not-as-we-do‘ policy on wages. Certainly, this stands in stark contrast to our Conservative Party’s respect for the diversity of Canadians.”
I find the responses by the Liberal and Conservative candidates very disappointing and indicative of more problems in our system. They take the first opportunity to pounce on something that, as of yet, has no basis in reality. Instead of focusing on real issues, they opt for optical cheap shots that don`t carry any actual weight (but might just stick in the minds of average low information voters). Not that I think the NDP is any different. It`s an issue for all Canadians. Or should be.
It's also suspicious that this ad was posted, since the NDP recruits its own canvassers. Are we seeing the beginning of dirty tricks in this campaign? Another fake Pierre Poutine hiring an agency for illegal actions? Very curious.
The NDP candidate is Jinny Sims. Somehow the article forgot to mention it.

Good god, she's terrible. I'm glad I'm not in that riding in which she's in there.

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I think all Canadians are independent, we just have to vote for the garbage given to us. It's like getting to choose your prison meal, they are all gross but you have to eat.

I don't think so.

Voters vote for the parties that directly benefit themselves - so Harper is trying to grip onto the power that is dissolving within his hand.

He's giving increased TFSA room, even though most people won't get to use the added space (they don't save up enough). Basically, the richer people benefit from it rather than the middle to lower class.

Anti-terrorism law - makes it look like he's doing something but in reality, it's just preventing Canadians from travelling abroad to 'terrorist states controlled by terrorists' - which could be a lot of places in the world, really.

Talking about economy and how the Conservatives are balancing the budget - never mind the fact that it's cut A LOT of stuff, especially from the military to try and keep his election promise from so long ago. Also, most economists are saying that Canada's economy is not really that good - Harper's government says otherwise. The next party that comes in is going to be in trouble because they'll inherit the mess.

Bashing other candidates/negative ads.

Bill C51. Enough said.

There's seriously a lot to bash about Harper but they'll not be related to the election.

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http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/harper-proposes-travel-restrictions-1.3184703

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper said Sunday if re-elected he would introduce legislation that would make it a criminal offence for Canadians to travel to parts of the world under the control of extremist groups.

"A re-elected Conservative government will designate travel to places that are ground zero for terrorist activity a criminal offence," Harper said Sunday during a security-themed campaign stop in the Ottawa riding of West-Nepean, during which he also faced renewed questions about his role in the Mike Duffy scandal.

"We are talking about the most dangerous places on earth, where governance is nonexistent and violence is widespread and brutal." .

The proposed law would apply to certain "declared areas" Harper said, though he did not name any specific locations. A document provided to the media by the party said parts of Syria and Iraq would "likely" be among the first areas to be subject to the travel ban.

Similar laws exist in Australia, which has designated parts of Iraq and Syria as no-travel zones.

Just when you think he can't get any worse, he does. Apparently Harper now wants to tell us where we can and can't travel. And this won't stop actual terrorists from going to these areas, they will just travel somewhere else and then find alternate transportation.

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http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/harper-proposes-travel-restrictions-1.3184703

Just when you think he can't get any worse, he does. Apparently Harper now wants to tell us where we can and can't travel. And this won't stop actual terrorists from going to these areas, they will just travel somewhere else and then find alternate transportation.

Yes, it's terrible that he wants to keep Canadians from higher probabilities of either becoming terrorists or getting killed by them.

The only thing wrong with the proposal is making it a criminal offense.

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Yes, it's terrible that he wants to keep Canadians from higher probabilities of either becoming terrorists or getting killed by them.

The only thing wrong with the proposal is making it a criminal offense.

It has the potential to impact individual liberties and could go against our Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms. Mobility Rights are a thing...and while this may not directly impact someone like myself, other Canadians from various ethnic backgrounds could be impacted to a greater extent; raising an even greater concern in my opinion.

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