Senate, Harper integrity remain key issues in 2015 election
Thursday, 15 October 2015 11:06

Senate, Harper integrity remain key issues in 2015 election:
South Surrey White Rock PC Party candidate Brian Marlatt

For Immediate Release.

October 15, 2015 South Surrey, BC -
"The Senate emerged as an important issue early in this election because of the Duffy trial and the Harper Senate scandal," Progressive Canadian candidate Brian Marlatt said this morning in the hotly contested key BC riding South Surrey-White Rock where Harper Conservative candidate Dianne Watts is described as a falling star.
"The Senate dominated the first half of the 2015 federal election, not surprisingly, because of the Duffy trial, involvement by Harper's chiefs-of-staff, and more subtly but most significantly because of Stephen Harper's proposals to rewrite Canada's constitution through Senate reform by neglect or confrontation, in defiance of the Supreme Court of Canada reference on Senate reform, as most Canadians will understand the court's intention."
"Progressive Canadians believe it presents an opportunity for meaningful change within the constitution", Marlatt said.
"What was revealed or alleged in the Duffy trial is really less important than Harper's stratagem to create a false choice between abolition, perhaps by neglect of the prime minister's duty to nominate new senators to the Governor General when others retire, like South Surrey's Senator Gerry St. Germain who retired in 2012, and provincial election of senators pretending to be reform.  Harper wants to replace Canadian federalism framed around a vision of one Canada from to sea to sea with province-first federalism.  Harper's objective is to create a provincially elected Senate to build firewalls around the provinces against Canadian national policies and national programmes", Marlatt believes.
"Failing that," he suggests, "Harper is willing to threaten abolition by neglect to win favour for his firewall proposal as the alternative."  A federal court case brought forward against the Harper government by Vancouver lawyer Aniz Alani directly challenges Stephen Harper's refusal to name senators as neglect of the prime minister's constitutional responsibilities."
The Progressive Canadian Party proposal for Senate Reform addresses the issues of patronage, partisanship, and the threat to national unity inherent in  provincial election of Senators to Canada's Parliament, says Brian Marlatt the PC Party candidate in South Surrey-White Rock.
"The Senate is a check on the prime minister and cabinet government and on excesses of electoral partisanship and provincial sectarianism, as intended at Confederation.  It balances representation by population in the elected Commons with regional representation in the appointed Senate to review and revise government legislation and regulations, what is meant by "sober second thought".  It does not exist to build firewalls against Ottawa as Mr. Harper has described it or to serve the government's agenda as Mr. Harper believes.  Mr. Harper is the first prime minister ever to accept pledges from senators he names to pass his party's legislation."
"Progressive Canadians propose that future nomination of senate candidates to the Governor General should come from the non-partisan Queen's Privy Council, instead of from the Prime Minister alone", Marlatt said.
"The Queen's Privy Council exists within the constitution to advise the GG as the Queen's representative but is rarely used.  It consists of all present and former prime ministers and cabinets, former Supreme Court justices, diplomats, other distinguished Canadians, and leaders of the Opposition or premiers on invitation.  Patronage, partisanship, potential provincial sectarianism, and unconstitutional abolition are avoided.  Excellence, merit, and knowledge of governance, service, become the standard in appointment without the partisanship of election."
"What we, in South Surrey-White Rock, should not miss is how intimately this involves our own riding", he added. "The Progressive Conservative Guiding Principles for Senate Reform were written here as Tory policy by Progressive Conservatives in South Surrey-White Rock before the party takeover and are the basis of the Progressive Canadian proposal for Senate appointment, free of partisan patronage, through nomination by the Queen's Privy Council."

For more information contact:
Brian Marlatt,
Progressive Canadian candidate
South Surrey-White Rock
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Hon. Sinclair Stevens
Leader, Progressive Canadian Party
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Last Updated on Sunday, 18 October 2015 20:25
An Opinion: The Commonwealth, a positive alternative to the TPP.
Saturday, 10 October 2015 20:02

  An Opinion: The Commonwealth, a positive alternative to the TPP.

    Why has Canada not taken the lead as an alternative to the Trans-Pacific Partnership by championing a deal within the 53 nation Commonwealth that would be twice the size of the Trans-Pacific Partnership?  We could have been actively trading with the other 52 nations well before this. This would have given us a much bigger advantage, globally, when it came time to sign a deal like the Trans-Pacific Partnership where there are only 6 Commonwealth nations, namely:Australia, New Zealand, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, and Canada.

    Fact is, Stephen Harper is a follower, not a leader.

    Canada need not be in the shadow of other countries. If Stephen Harper had shown initiative, we would currently be enjoying the advantage of dealing with 2.3 billion people in the Commonwealth, as opposed to a mere 800 million in the TPP.  With the signing of the TPP, Canada only has a meagre 5% of the action.

    A Commonwealth deal would give us a great deal  more of the action. Canada is the best situated country in the world, with its free trade agreement with the U.S.A. and Mexico, and its membership in the 53 member Commonwealth of Nations which has over 2.3 billion people.

    English is a language which is used and followed across the Commonwealth countries. Most of the local laws are derived from British law. These countries, therefore, are natural markets for co-operation. Emerging economies such as India, South Africa, Malaysia, Kenya, Nigeria, Brunei, Pakistan and Bangladesh are also in the Commonwealth.

    Dealing with Commonwealth countries would give Canadian companies far greater access to the countries that account for over 40 percent of World Trade Organization(WTO) membership, and a combined GDP of over $10 trillion. There is over $3 trillion of trade between Commonwealth countries every year. Fifty percent of the Commonwealth countries export more than 25 percent of their total exports to other members, presenting an inherent strength in doing business together.

    The Commonwealth charter  ensures that Commonwealth countries have a common framework of values that include promotion of good governance, the rule of law, and free trade - among others. This gives us an excellent framework for doing business.

    Commonwealth countries such as Australia, the U.K., New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore and Canada were in the top 10 countries listed for ease in incorporating a new company and who live without unnecessary rules and regulations.

    It is time for a greater vision and a much broader scope which would mean a much stronger future for Canada, a Canada that can be a world leader in innovation and initiative.

    This world opportunity awaits us.

The Hon. Sinclair Stevens,

Leader, PC Party
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PC Party/Brian Marlatt Endorse Non-partisan Medicare for Autism Now!
Friday, 02 October 2015 12:08

Progressive Canadian Party Media Release
PC Party/Brian Marlatt Endorse Non-partisan Medicare for Autism Now!

October 2, 2015, South Surrey-White Rock - The Progressive Canadian Party supports and endorses the non-partisan "Medicare for Autism Now!" national campaign calling for policy change to make science-based Autism treatment (ABA/IBI) available to all Canadians diagnosed with Autism, regardless of age or where they live. "Political will, alone, will overcome the marginal constitutional barriers to support for families and children victimized by Autism," said the Progressive Canadian Party’s Brian Marlatt who first endorsed the national Medicare for Autism NOW!Campaign in the 2008 election. "The provincial governments struggle with the financial burden. The federal government must take the initiative; provincial jurisdiction is not a barrier to the power to persuade or the will to amend the Canada Health Act in the interest of families and children; this government’s firewall provincialism comes at a cost to the most vulnerable."

"The Medicare for Autism, NOW! campaign has not received the high profile media attention it did in2008 when a Rally for Autism took place here, in Surrey, and in Tony Clement’s riding in Bracebridge, Ontario," Marlatt notes, "but the One in 68 campaign in 2015 deserves support and can continue to count me in." "While BC has stepped up with the support of our local MLA Gordon Hogg and charitable donations to build the Pacific Autism Centre, much more needs to be done."

" The Harper Conservatives continue to fail children and families in real need," Marlatt believes. "A first priority must be to amend the Canada Health Act to provide joint federal/provincial coverage for ABA/IBI scientific-based Autism treatment. The Supreme Court of Canada and lower courts identify autism ABA/IBI as "medically necessary" treatment. There is no excuse for failing to act," Marlatt insists.

"Autism is reported to be a health care epidemic effecting 1 in 68 children in Canada, as indicated by extrapolating US CDC figures," Brian Marlatt stated. "What is equally shocking is that Canadians must rely on American statistics unspecific to Canada. This is symptomatic of the Harper government neoconservative war on knowledge, war on science and inconvenient truths - and defunding of Health Care." Autism treatment can cost families as much as $80,000 per year.. "This is the kind of catastrophic, chronic, health care issue the Canada Health Act can best address. Effective, science-based treatment is available but is not being delivered by the provinces and the federal government is not exercising its responsibilities under the Canada Health Act within its constitutional powers."

Politics as usual on health care is insufficient; that health care is an area of provincial jurisdiction is an inadequate excuse. Today, all levels of government are invited to do better.

Progressive Canadians ask all Canadian parliamentarians to join with them in calling for effective scientific-based autism treatment

For More Information, contact: Brian Marlatt, Progressive Canadian candidate

                                             South Surrey-White Rock

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Last Updated on Sunday, 18 October 2015 20:27
Economic improvements ignored in the Globe Debate
Friday, 18 September 2015 15:55

Economic improvements ignored in the Globe Debate

For Immediate Release September 18, 2015

Newmarket, Ont.
- The Hon. Sinclair Stevens, Leader of the Progressive Canadian Party, today expressed concern that neither the most efficient access to capital for infrastructure nor maximizing the capabilities of Canada's work force were presented in the Globe and Mail Debate.
The Progressive Canadian Party favours Bank of Canada funding of infrastructure. This measure provides necessary funds to stimulate the economy through construction of needed and in many cases necessary roads, hospitals, schools, and new technology facilities to build a 21st economy without concern for deficit and the accumulation of debt through compound interest. "Had this policy, which existed prior to 1974, been followed " stated Sinclair Stevens, PC Party Leader, ``the massive debt developed from funding through banks at interest rather than the Bank of Canada at administration costs would not have been developed.``
Education funding, too, is a key focus of good economic policy. Unlike some other countries Canadian governments do not support our citizens maximizing their capabilities through funding post secondary education. ``A Grade XII education no longer is adequate for an individual to be of economic value to themselves or our country``, Stevens said, ``to compete in world markets all Canadians must be encouraged and supported in maximizing their capabilities.  Where public funding of post-secondary education once averaged 82% of costs, today government funds only 57%, resulting in higher, even prohibitive, tuition fees which limit student and Canada`s potential.``
These and unique policy directions in the PC Party Prosperity Canada policies, such as a focus on trade and commerce with the 53 nations of the Commonwealth distinguish the Progressive Canadian Party from those engaged in the Globe Debate.

The Hon. Sinclair Stevens,
Leader, PC Party
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