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Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Al & Mike Show - Episode 47 - Coup!
We discuss a potential looming constitutional crisis, as a Liberal-NDP coalition, supported by the Bloc faces off with Stephen Harper and the Conservatives for power. We discuss the implications, what the Governor General may do, and what we think she should do. Jay Currie joins us for the hour.
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Posted by Mike Brock on December 3, 2008 | Permalink
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Great show, and I find myself agreeing with Mike as to political funding. I don't think you can call yourself a freedom loving person and then say there should be campaign funding limits. The fearmongering about buying elections has been proven false. Republicans had always outspent Democrats and it never guaranteed they could actually buy their way into office. I have no problem with corporate, union, or 3rd party funding as long as we have full and total disclosure rules set by Elections Canada. John Stossel tackled this issue on 20/20. Campaign Finance rules are longer than the Bible and are used by the more savvy lawyered up political parties to bash grassroots movements over the head. In fact it gaurantees that to run for office one has to be rich themselves. For instance Dennis Prager said he had a billionaire friend who offered to give him money to run - but because it is against the law, Dennis himself would have to be rich to run for Prez - guaranteeing that anyone with limited means could never be President. Third Parties should be part of the process - it would make the process more democratic and less an inside baseball game.
As for the private property laws, again I agree. You cannot be "somewhat" for government seizure of private property. If it means re-routing a highway and costing taxpayers billions, so be it. That is the cost of freedom and well worth the price.
Posted by: Faramir | 2008-12-04 10:55:26 AM
Jay Currie mentioned how many in the West are seething about the proposed coalition. Doesn't he live in Oak Bay, because here in liberal Victoria that is not what I am hearing, except from more conservative circles. The most laughable thing I heard is that this agreement does not give power to the Bloc because they are not in cabinet. Where I sit everyone hates Harper and thinks he needs to be replaced.
Posted by: Faramir | 2008-12-04 11:09:27 AM
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