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protest vs power

I assume most of the NDP leadership candidates will share similar beliefs and priorities. My focus will be on electing someone who puts principle above power and does what is right, because it is right, not because it will give us positive editorials or a boost in the polls. I am hopeful from your kick off speech and I urge you to stay strong in your commitments. I think showing integrity will ultimately lead to power. Striving to please everyone ultimately pleases no one. Best wishes on the campaign..

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A moderate foreign affairs policy, particularly in the Middle East

Canada has long struggled with an international policy that both respects the independence and rights of individual nations, while being realistic about the existence of threats to international security. In my opinion, it is both short-sighted and unwise to ignore the threat of global terrorism ever-present in the world these days, however Canada must set an example as a moderate voice for co-operation, peace and compromise. Therefore, as NDP leader I would like Peter to champion an international policy that sees Canada continue to support our allies such as NATO in the defense against this threat; while doing so, we will be in a much better position to have a voice against unnecessary interference and excessive force. In the Middle East, I would like to see Canada continue the good work of Jack Layton and Tom Mulcair in standing up for the sovereignty and security of Israel against constant bomb and rocket attacks, while also encouraging both Israeli and Palestinian interests to come to the table and forge a path toward independence and human rights being protected on both sides. An independent Palestinian state must be the goal of our position in this region, however independence can only come when the Palestinian Authority is prepared to work with Israel and end all terrorist attacks within their borders.

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Create the sustainable economy and related jobs for now and the future

This is very important for Canada's domestic economy. While other developing countries are moving ahead we are falling behind; too many of the general population are finding job security and retirement security faltering.

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Electoral Reform - a government that represents every citizen.

The current system which delivers our government back and forth into the hands of the Conservatives and Liberals does a poor job of representing Canada's interests. It leads to partisan solutions to countrywide problems which always have a chance to be reversed by the next government. This leaves Canada's progress at a stalemate for many issues. A balanced system that proportionally represents all voters would likely result in far more minority governments and the electorate would have to learn to work together in order to hold the stability of Canada's government. It wouldn't be quick, but progress never is. Justin Trudeau says that a system like that would divide us. I think it would put Canadians in a position where we could no longer ignore the problems that people we disagree with experience, and the only way to tackle our own problems is to ensure that theirs are equally focused on. It wouldn't divide us, it would bring us together in a new understanding of one another's perspectives. I believe little is more essential in a time when partisan lines are as clear and wide as the current political atmosphere is showing.

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