Canada Votes 2008

Canadian federal election is called for October 14, 2008

I believe in Open .ca

I Believe in Open Badge

The "I Believe in Open" site, a project of Visible Government, allows people to sign on to a pledge to make government more open and transparent.

I, (your name) believe candidates should:

* Support reforms that increase government transparency and accountability.
* Make campaign promises specific and measurable, and report progress on promises and their metrics at least semi-annually.
* Publish the content of his or her daily schedule, including meetings with lobbyists and special interest groups.
* Support reforms allowing free access to scientific and survey data gathered by government institutions.
* Support reforms that make it easier for Canadians to obtain government information they have a right to know.

Danny Williams launched ABC Website

While I personally disagree with the "anyone but" way of voting, I find the website to be interesting as it was launched on September 15 by Danny Williams, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador and Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador.

I know that I'm the first to remind anyone I'm speaking to that the Progressive Conservative party is different than the current Conservative party with PC organizers and supporters splintering between leaving politics, joining the Liberals, joining the Greens (where they get their recent strength) and joining (not merging with) the Conservatives. That said, I'm surprised to see such a vocal opposition to the Conservatives from a Progressive Conservative. - Please sir, I want some democracy is another election related website to check out.

Elizabeth May trusts Canadian voters, but do you?

One after the other I read Elizabeth writing about her trust of Canadians, and then was sent by a different email to a site called A similar site existed in the USA during the 2000 election when people were worried about the effect of Nader. It is really flaws in their antiquated FPTP electoral system coupled with electoral colleges, and unaccountable electronic voting machines that incorrectly determines the US presidency.

The 57 Ridings that can Change Election's Outcome

Hill Times journalists Abbas Rana, Simon Doyle and Harris MacLeod have assembled a list of 57 ridings in British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec, where the parties won or lost by a margin of about five per cent or less in the last federal election. This is a superset of what Michael Geist called the Copyright MPs which won their riding by 10 percent or less in the last election and their riding is home to a university.

CTV's Questionable Period and "professional" vs new-media

As a political junkie I am a regular Sunday viewer of CTV's Question Period. This is despite the fact that they have never bothered to cover technology issues such as net neutrality and Copyright, even though C-61 is one of the top 10 issues that candidates are hearing about from constituents (as reported by candidates as meeting and via the less editorialized CPAC coverage).

This morning I found a particular panel of alleged professional journalists to be particularly annoying. Including in their closing panel about the election was Mike Duffy of the CTV show Mike Duffy live. When discussing Ms. May he tried to suggest that she does not support a woman's right to choose, and started to compare her to Republican VP Candidate Sarah Palin.

Free Software and the Canadian Federal Election 2008

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a donor supported charity founded in 1985 and based in Boston, MA, USA. The FSF has a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom and to defend the rights of all free software users. They have sister organizations in Europe, India and Latin America.

Since any inclusion of legal protection for "technological measures" in the law regulates what software citizens are allowed to run on their own computer, they have an interest in this issue. Canadians who are part of the Free Software Community really need to get involved in this election to ensure that the rights of Canadian Free Software users are protected. Richard Stallman, founder and president of the FSF, requested that I write this article to give our community some ideas of what to do.

Read the rest of this entry on IT World Canada's blog »

Service providers must beware informed consumers

CBC's Peter Nowak interviews Liberal Scott Brison, incumbent MP for Kings-Hants in Nova Scotia. Brison is now the industry critic, the Liberals' counterpoint to Minister of Industry Jim Prentice.

How one techie is thinking thus far about the Canadian General Election

While I have had party membership in the past, I am currently not a member of any party. I'm a person with a technical background and have spent a lot of volunteer time in the last decade working on public policy in areas of technology law. If you are a fellow technical person looking for some ideas during this election, I'll offer what I'm thinking.

Read the rest of this entry on IT World Canada »

Copyright pushing people to the NDP

I notice a thread on SlashDot about C-61 dieing with the election being called. What I find interesting is how many people have stated publicly that they plan to vote NDP as the party most likely to gain a number of seats which has a reasonable view on Copyright. SlashDot has tended to have people who are right-of-center, towards Libertarian views, so is a community that would traditionally be closer to what the Conservatives claim to represent. There are people who claim to be lifelong conservatives looking towards the NDP this election, feeling the Conservatives have abandoned them.

NDP Digital spokesperson Charlie Angus has been extremely visible in this debate, and the more fellow NDP members that get elected, the more powerful Mr. Angus' voice becomes.

The Green Party (more centre-right) is also mentioned, although with only one MP that didn't have a chance to stand and speak in the house as a Green, people aren't sure about them yet. There also hasn't been a digital spokesperson constantly speaking out on this issue, with the NDP being the only party (with or without seats in the house) who has such a person. It would be great if such a person came forward from each party who could put a positive face onto that party, but thus far this hasn't happened.

Syndicate content