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May 25, 2015
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Michael Chongís Letter to CARP Members
Author Says Reform Act is in Danger; Issues Call to Action


This letter is a call to action. The Reform Act is stalled in the unelected Senate. Senators need to hear from Canadians that this is unacceptable. On February 25th, 2015, the Reform Act was passed by an overwhelming majority of MPs in the House of Commons, 260-17. It was immediately sent to the Senate for passage into law. But since then, it has been stalled in the Senate. Time is running out. If the Reform Act is not passed by the Senate before June 26th, 2015, it will die. Read more

Senate risks Ďcrisis of confidenceí if it lets Reform Act die
Michael Chong says the Senate has no business blocking a bill that enjoys popular and bi-partisan support among the public and elected representatives


Despite its popularity, Conservative MP Michael Chongís bid to empower MPs and shift the balance of power between caucuses and party leaders, is poised to die on the floor of the Senate as the fall election draws nearer. Read more





Taxi From Hell
The Middle-Aged Guide to Growing Up


This is one of my Mexico stories. I was living in Cuernavaca, a pleasant resort town south of the volcanoes that ringed the capital city. The town had been the vacation resort of the Aztec Emperors, the Emperor Maximiliam (Napoleonís brother) and his bride Carlotta had a palacio here, and it had been Hernan de Cortesí final home. Cortesí palace is now a municipal building and is decorated with immense murals by Diego Rivera. Read more

Scammers Never Rest, They are Always Looking for a New Angle
Carol In Your Corner


Recently I received an email from Dr. Mario Ettore, addressing me as ďMy Dearest FriendĒ, (I never knew!) informing me that he is the personal treasurer to Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the Richest Man in Russia. He would like to invest several million dollars with me in my country or in my off-short account (my what?), and once all this goes through I will take 35% of the total fund. To help in our mutual cause I am to contact him. And then he would no doubt need information as to the number of my bank account... Read more

Pundits and Predictions
Carolís Corner


Being a pundit can be a hazardous occupation. As we witness the unexpected all over the political map, it becomes clear that being a pundit can be an invitation to brickbats, rotten tomatoes and wicked laughter. ďAhahĒ, gleefully chortle the critics, ďThey got it wrongÖ..again!Ē Read more





CARP Members Voice their Opinion on Election Issues
The CARP Poll Report


The CARP electorate is engaged, demanding and volatile; they will change their political allegiances now in a way unthinkable in the past in order to achieve their goals for the country. Virtually every member has voted and all will vote next time. While they see Stephen Harper as the best Prime Minister by a wide margin, he is given the lowest approvals of all four leaders, a political phenomenon known as the ďstrict fatherĒ leader stereotype, not liked, but respected. Read more





Seniors Vote calling for transformative change in public systems to make life better for all Canadians
Older Canadians are among the most politically engaged voters


Seniors' past party loyalty cannot be taken for granted. And this has led all political parties to ask, ďWhat do seniors want?Ē The answer has been a call for the kind of transformative change in our public systems that will make life better for all Canadians as they age.Read more

NDP has agreed in principle to participate in CARP debate
Federal Leaders' Debates Update


The opposition parties might have agreed to a national English debate broadcast by the major TV networks, but the Conservatives arenít budging on their decision to skip it. The NDP, Liberals and Green party reached an agreement in principle Thursday with the television consortium that has traditionally organized the election debates, for two national broadcasts with simultaneous translation. Read more

Susan Eng of CARP talks to CTV News Channel's Dan Matheson
CARP VP invited to discuss hospital discharge policies in the wake of Winnipeg inquest


Most Canadians would like to think that hospitals have protocols, yet there is no indication that this is the case. When asked about what kind of protocols should be in place, Susan Eng says that the patientís caregiver or a hospital volunteer should be called to accompany the person to their home to ensure their safety. Read more

New Generation of Seniors Changing how we Retire
CARP National and Chapter Chairs extensively featured


What will you do when you grow up? Funny how we used to love that question when we were younger ó how it gave us licence to dream about our future ó but few want to contemplate the flipside: What will you do when you grow old? Who wants to dream about rocking chairs and nursing homes? As a dramatic increase in the number of senior citizens looms large on the horizon, though, more older adults are embracing the future with gusto ó and creativity. Read more

Radical retirement options explored
Looking at communities built around a simple but important philosophy


You may hope youíll drop dead on a golf course or drift off in your sleep before youíll need institutional care, but author and sociologist Lyndsay Green says, donít count on it. Instead, the sociologist and author of The Perfect Home for a Long Life suggests following the advice of elders who are enjoying their so-called Golden Years. Read more

Stuck in Senate limbo, Michael Chongís Reform Act not dead yet
Groundswell of public support could yet save popular Reform Act from death in the Senate


New life has been breathed into Conservative MP Michael Chongís attempt to reform the House of Commons. For a time, it seemed his bill, designed to limit a party leaderís hold over his MPs, was destined to die of neglect in the Senate. Perhaps that was oddly appropriate. The upper chamber had let the Reform Act sit on the shelf so that it appeared it would die when the Senate broke for summer and then an election. Now, prodded by complaints from the public in e-mails and telephone messages, the Senateís rules committee is planning hearings on the bill next week.Read more

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CARP Electoral Issues Poll
1. In Canada, our electoral system allows the party with the majority of seats to form the government, whether or not they represent the majority of the voters. Does this system work well for Canada or does it require reform?

No, our system works well

No, our system isnít perfect but is better than many

Maybe, it could use minor reforms

Yes, system leaves too many unrepresented, reforms needed

Yes, system is broken, requires a new electoral system (PR, AV, etc)

OTHER

DONíT KNOW

2. Canada uses the Westminster first-past-the-post electoral system (FPTP) in which the party with the majority of seats forms the government. If no party has a majority, the party that has the confidence of the House forms the government. Do you approve or disapprove of FPTP?

Approve strongly

Approve

Disapprove

Disapprove strongly

DONíT KNOW

3. If no party has a majority of seats, the party with the most seats has the first chance to form a minority government. Do you approve or disapprove of a minority government?

Approve strongly

Approve

Disapprove

Disapprove strongly

DONíT KNOW

4. If no party has a majority of seats, two or more other parties can form a coalition government, and attempt to gain the confidence of the House. Do you approve or disapprove of coalition governments?

Approve strongly

Approve

Disapprove

Disapprove strongly

DONíT KNOW

5. In our FPTP electoral system, the government is almost always elected with less than 50% of the popular vote. Is it important to you that a government should receive a majority, or more than 50% of the popular vote?

Very important

Important

Not very important

Not at all important

DONíT KNOW

6. Under FPTP, in a majority, the governing partyís legislation may be amended only at its discretion, the opposition has no power to force amendments or block the legislation. In a coalition government, all legislation is negotiated between the cooperating parties, which can shift and change. In minority government legislation is negotiated, it can be difficult to gain consensus and they often lead to early elections. Which type of first-past-the-post (FPTP) electoral outcome do you prefer?

Majority governments

Coalition governments

Minority governments

NEITHER

DONíT KNOW

7. There are other tested electoral systems besides FPTP. With the Alternate Vote, or Ranked Ballot (AV), voters indicate their first, second, third, etc, choices. If no candidate wins a majority on the first ballot, second choices are tallied, then third, etc, until a majority is reached. Do you approve or disapprove of AV?

Approve strongly

Approve

Disapprove

Disapprove strongly

DONíT KNOW

8. Under an AV system, the government always has a majority. Is this important or not important to you?

Very important

Important

Not very important

Not at all important

DONíT KNOW

9. Another electoral system is Proportional Representation (PR), where each party wins seats proportionate to its share of the vote, and no party is unrepresented. Do you approve or disapprove of PR?

Approve strongly

Approve

Disapprove

Disapprove strongly

DONíT KNOW

10. Under PR, every party is represented and the government is frequently a coalition. Is it important or not important to you that every party is represented in the House?

Very important

Important

Not very important

Not at all important

DONíT KNOW

11. FPTP leads to, possibly majorities, possibly minorities and possibly coalitions. AV leads always to majorities. PR leads almost always to coalitions. Which of these three electoral systems do you prefer based on these outcomes?

FPTP

AV

PR

None of these

OTHER

DONíT KNOW

12. Do you approve or disapprove of the victory of the provincial NDP under Rachel Notley in the recent Alberta election?

Approve strongly

Approve

Disapprove

Disapprove strongly

DONíT KNOW

13. The NDP won a large majority with just over 40% of the vote. Do you approve or disapprove of this outcome?

Approve strongly

Approve

Disapprove

Disapprove strongly

DONíT KNOW

14. Bill C586, the Reform Act initiated by backbench MP Michael Chong, which is in the Senate for final passage now, allows caucus to choose to set certain limits on party leaders in choosing caucus chairs and candidates and provides mechanisms for caucus members to initiate leadership reviews. Do you approve or disapprove of Bill C586?

Approve strongly

Approve

Disapprove

Disapprove strongly

DONíT KNOW

15. As far as you know, who should have more power in the party caucus, the leader or the caucus members?

Leader, to lead more effectively

Caucus members, to be more representative and transparent

BOTH EQUALLY

NEITHER

DONíT KNOW

16. Bill C586 was amended considerably by the government, and is now less definitive and more ambiguous. In addition, the Senate has given the Bill such a low priority it may not be passed before the coming election. How important is it to you the Senate allows passage of Bill C586 during this Parliament?

Very important

Important

Not very important

Not at all important

DONíT KNOW

17. Do you agree or disagree the current Senate should be able to postpone bills passed by the House?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DONíT KNOW

18. How important to you are the provisions originally contained in Bill C586, including committee chairs being selected by caucus, and caucus being able to initiate leadership reviews?

Very important

Important

Not very important

Not at all important

DONíT KNOW

19. What do you think should be done with Canadaís Senate?

Abolish it

Reform it extensively

Make it equal, effective and elected (Triple E)

Leave it as it is

OTHER

DONíT KNOW

20. What is your personal opinion of the ethics of the average Canadian Senator?

Excellent

Good

Fair

Poor

DONíT KNOW

21. If a federal election were held tomorrow, which partyís candidate would you support?

Conservative

Liberal

NDP

Green Party

Bloc Quebecois

OTHER

UNDECIDED

22. If a federal election were held tomorrow, which party would you expect to win?

Conservative

Liberal

NDP

Green Party

Bloc Quebecois

OTHER

UNDECIDED

23. Where do you live? Saskatchewan Alberta BC/Territories

Newfoundland

Nova Scotia

PEI

New Brunswick

Quebec

Ontario

Manitoba

24. What is your gender?

Male

Female

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