Love Trumps Hate

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Jack’s final words to Canadians touched all our hearts:

“My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we will change the world.”

But no ground is secure, no victories guaranteed while the forces of reaction and bigotry are gaining ground.   Leading candidates for the leadership of the Conservative party are employing the same bigoted and racist messages we see in Trump’s America!

They believe there is an audience for those messages in Canada.

It is up to all of us to prove them wrong!  

What gains are you worried will be lost?

How can we work together to make our vision of a loving inclusive society come to life?

 

  • commented 2017-03-26 13:34:03 -0300
    I think you are wrong about Trump! You are doing what you say Trump is doing. You are judging him and his followers and labelling them. You are interfering with another countries free elections with your evil opinions, just as the Democrates are saying Russia has done to the American election processes. LOVE does TRUMP hate!!! GOD IS LOVE, and Trump is trying to bring back the true GOD back to America. I sincerely hope that he succeeds in doing so, and that his spirit will spill over in to Canada. Stop trying to influence Canadians to HATE Trump. This is not LOVE that you claim to have. Trump is not a law breaker like Obama and will make a very good President when he is finally given the chance. Sincerely, BJ Taylor
  • commented 2017-03-14 23:29:58 -0300
    Immigration is crucial to Canada’s future. Because of it, we have the highest growth rate of any G8 nation; without it, we would be in the same position as Japan, with a declining population that struggles to support a rising number of seniors. We need to be willing to admit more immigrants, and we need to stop using their abilities and potential wastefully.


    Canada has an exceptionally talented, well-educated population of immigrants, but far too often we squander their potential and waste our money by admitting engineers and computer scientists and leaving them to work as cab drivers; admitting nurses and leaving them to work as daycare workers. We must substantially improve credential recognition, make it more straightforward and clearer, so that people can work in the jobs for which they are trained. We must also greatly improve access to programs for learning English and French; we are admitting extremely smart people, and giving them the tools to learn our official languages faster will make them far more able to realize their potential.


    We need to seriously reform the temporary foreign worker programs. Bringing people from other countries to work as low-wage labour and then sending them back to their countries when they are done with them is fundamentally exploitative and contrary to who we are as a country. If someone is willing to come to Canada and work, they should be permitted to stay here. It is also crucial that we crack down on abuses of foreign workers; having their residence in Canada tied to a specific job means that in practice employers can do anything to workers and the workers will not object because it will mean being sent home and losing the income that their families need. Temporary foreign workers who leave a job due to conditions that violate Canadian labour law must be allowed to stay in Canada and find other work, and employers who violate the rights of workers must be penalized.


    We should also increase our admission of refugees – as a start, committ to admitting as many refugees as community groups are willing to sponsor. There is substantial evidence that community-supported refugees are far more successful than government-supported refugees, because of strong funding and committed support networks. When Canadians are generous and wish to sponsor people in need, the government should never stand in their way.


    We must end the Safe Third Country agreement with the US, because every passing day of the new US administration makes it more clear that this agreement is based on a fiction. Refugees will not be treated equally and fairly in the United States, for the foundation of the current government’s policy is its committment to treat them unequally and unfairly. If they wish to come to Canada, they should be allowed to do so. The fact that people who have fled across the world to escape conflict, and have passed all the US screening measures, are now risking their lives to escape the US, speaks louder than any words to tell us that they do not feel safe in the United States.
  • commented 2017-03-14 19:44:58 -0300
    1. Domestically, proportional representation should be our top priority. The best way to defend against extremism is to repair the rot of our democratic deficit.

    2. Bilaterally, suspend the Safe Third Country Agreement and other aspects of security integration that risk making us complicit in discrimination and human rights abuses.

    3. Internationally, pursue multilateral treaties establishing positive obligations for refugee admission, development assistance, and emissions reduction; and work within the UN to deter the use of force and act as a role model of compliance with international law
  • commented 2017-03-13 09:30:46 -0300
    The best way to make sure hate never trumps love in Canada is PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION!
  • commented 2017-03-12 22:59:38 -0300
    Never mind Trump. Focus on something you can do something about. Talk about what we can do, not what we can’t. Focus on and amplify our advantages as Canadians and add to the list. No excuses.
  • commented 2017-03-04 13:20:07 -0400
    When it comes to issues of social justice, I think you have to listen to the people that are most affected, and seriously consider the solutions they propose. Groups like BLM and activists in the trans/LGBT+ community have been thinking about these issues through an intersectional lens, and they have the best idea of the solutions that would work for them. And end to the militarization and racism in our police forces would be a good start, through retraining programs, harsh punishments for officers who flout the law.


    We also need to toughen up our hate speech laws. Groups like the Sons of Odin must not be allowed to wander the streets harassing people and distributing hate speech. We have to stamp out, once and for all, the loathsome ideals of white supremacy. I would also want our future Canadian PM to utterly repudiate the current POTUS, going so far as to threaten economic sanctions if their appalling human rights abuses are not curbed.


    Last, but MOST importantly, I believe we need to enact Electoral Reform in Canada ASAP, specifically some kind of proportional representation. (STV, if I had my druthers.) A diversity of opinion and responsibility in parliament, and the forcing of compromise and consensus building, is the best way to ensure that small parties are heard, but that extremist groups cannot dominate the conversation as they are now doing in the US. Furthermore, PR is the best way to ensure people that their vote matters, and will improve engagement in Canadian democracy.
  • commented 2017-03-03 23:17:57 -0400
    Dear Mr Julian

    I am 61 years old and have been an NDP supporter since the 1960’s when Russ Paulley an Ed Schreyer were all the news in the Manitoba NDP and of course Ed Broadbent, Tommy Douglas federally and Dave Barret in our lovely province. The NDP of the 1970’s in BC took many cues from other jurisdictions in Canada and the World; Public Transit and Automobile Insurance are two examples that come to mind. I think that BC and Canada need to stop the insular thinking and, finally return to some semblance of Government for The People. I know that you are a Federal Politician, but I think our problem here is that “Made in BC” thinking is navel gazing. Other jurisdictions in the world far older and wiser than us should be considered for advice as to what works and what doesn’t. A good example is the MSP and the penchant in our province for these type of made in BC policies and superfluous taxes, another would be our fascination with driving our cars to work. Maybe the federal government should finally step in and enforce the law with regards to Canadians having to pay for health care when no one else does? It is important, especially today with the Election in the United States, for us to stand against the corporatist idea of oligarchich government. I, personally think that people have better ideas.


    How are citizens of our province different from anyone else in Canada? Or the world for that matter? Our government and all those before it do a really good job of hiding the facts from us, federally and provincially. The jobs that the BC and federal Liberals are touting are transient. People have to move to go to them. A great example is the Kitimat smelter, Where a pristine environment was inexorably altered for the benefit of big industry, how quickly we forget. Imagine the alacrity of anyone who would think that altering what Mother Earth (Gaia) decided millenia ago, by reversing the flow of a great lake, solely for the benefit of one, single corporate body is a good thing? Why should people move to them and why should a few people in control of capital decide the future of free citizens? In my opinion, it’s time for control to pass to the people who are affected most and for good, union jobs to come to us, in our communities. Why is it acceptable to destroy the lives of citizens of our beautiful province for the sake of others for a couple of years of income and huge profits for a few (Read Peace River Valley) and then, afterwards a destroyed community and subsequently the environment. Drugs and divorce are just two of the consequences for the workers and citizens abused in this way, examples are everywhere in our Province. When are ALL political parties of British Columbia and Canada going to see this?
  • commented 2017-03-02 09:11:38 -0400
    In the last election, 63% of voters wanted a progressive government, so that’s encouraging. What’s not so encouraging is that it took 10 years to turf Harper and his neocon alt-right bigots. If the PCs choose a populist rock star like Kevin O’Leary (Trump lite), it could all go back the other way again.

    The solution to me has always been to get feet on the ground. There are a lot of us that have said “what’s the use”, and given up, while others spend a lot of time complaining, yet do nothing about it. If we soundly defeat them again, maybe the message will finally get through that this isn’t the Canada we want, but that will only happen if enough of us get off our duffs to beat them back into the ground again.

    Their biggest weapon is ignorance and complacence, so it’s up to the rest of us to get our side of the message out there loud and clear enough so everyone can hear us.

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