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"Progressive Canadians Announce Toronto Centre Candidate." PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 21 October 2013 19:23

"Progressive Canadians Announce Toronto Centre Candidate."
"Toronto Centre: Local Issues and Referendum on Harper Conservatives as a National Party."

For Immediate Release October 22, 2013

Newmarket, Ontario - The Honourable Sinclair Stevens, Leader of the Progressive Canadian Party (PC Party) is pleased to announce that Party President, the Rev. Dorian Baxter, will be the PC Party candidate in the November 25th Toronto Centre by-election.

The by-election called following the retirement from Parliament of Toronto Centre MP, recent Liberal Interim Leader and former Premier of Ontario the Honourable Bob Rae is in a very real sense a referendum on the Harper government and calls into question the standing of the Harper Conservative Party as a national party.

Ten years after the take-over of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, Mr. Harper?s party continues to try to reshape Confederation and Parliament around old Reform Party prejudices as evidenced by his partisan Senate appointments, reform proposals and Scandal, and political prorogations of parliament as a zealous, inward-looking movement rather than with responsibility to all Canadians as a national party.

Progressive Canadians continue to share the Progressive Conservative national vision and policies which reinforce Canada?s parliamentary institutions, democracy and social fabric in areas like health care and education and our responsibility to our veterans founded on real Tory principles which balance progressive social policy and fiscal responsibility in the national interest, PC Party candidate Dorian Baxter observed on announcement of his candidacy in Toronto Centre.

"Progressive Canadian proposals for Senate Reform, for example, work within our constitutional framework, traditions, and the purpose of the Senate," he said, "rather than seek to change or abandon them as proposed by those who put party ahead of democratic and national interest."

"The Harper Conservatives show a clear disrespect for parliamentary institutions and the means to democratic accountability including the Opposition which Stephen Harper ignores, the Senate which he sees as responsible to himself, the public service and scientific community which he silences, and the media he treats with contempt," said Progressive Canadian candidate Dorian Baxter.

The by-election also raises the opportunity to discuss a number of important local and citizen-concerned issues of wide importance to Canadian infrastructure including the failure of the Harper Conservatives to consult the community rather than just his political allies in Toronto City Hall on GTA transit issues. By imposing the subway model preferred by Mayor Ford rather than fully consulting the community particularly concerning the less-costly TTC LRT model which would take advantage of existing unused rail lines to move people to and from places of work, home, and downtown Mr. Harper?s government again looks inward rather than to the wishes, well-being and fiscal interest of Canadians, in this case Torontonians and specifically Toronto Centre.

Education, too, continues to suffer from neglect. "This is an issue that is both local and national," Baxter observed, "no less than the defunding of health care by decreasing the rate of increase of federal transfers to the provinces under the Canada Health Act from 6% to 3% by the Harper government beginning in 2014.

Out of reach cost of tutition has come to mean that money rather than academic excellence is deciding who can benefit from and contribute to Canada?s potential and place in the world. Together with suppression of scientific knowledge in the interest of political messaging, suppression of access to post-secondary education through underfunding or picking winners and losers in the intellectual and skills marketplace of an ever-changing future seems to be driven by the resource extraction obsessions of a government and party which lacks national perspective and national vision, unlike the former Progressive Conservatives and Progressive Canadians.

"Progressive Canadians are Progressive Conservatives; Progressive Conservatives are Progressive Canadians," Dorian Baxter said, noting further that "it was John A. Macdonald who, in 1854, first described the Tory party as "progressive Conservative" and that is not the present government."

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 08:14
Harper Senate Reform undermines Democracy and National Unity: former Tory Cabinet Minister and PC Party Leader, Sinclair Stevens states. PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 09 February 2013 19:06
For Immediate Release February 5, 2013.

Newmarket, Ont.  -  The Hon. Sinclair Stevens, Leader of the Progressive Canadian Party, today stated his serious concern that the Harper government’s appointments and proposals for Senate Reform again undermine democracy in Canada and Canadian national unity.

The Harper government claims a strong mandate but it is based on the support of only 39% of Canadians in the 2011 election.

"Harper’s appointments are mere patronage and partisanship, showing no interest in democracy and threatening national unity," Stevens said. "His appointees pledge to vote as he wishes rather than, as Senators, to determine what is best for Canada." Stevens added, "Harper’s Senate Reform proposals threaten Canadian unity by making Senators militant advocates of each province’s interest against all the others and against Canada, making Canada and parliament answer to Senators elected by the provinces and appointed by himself as prime minister. Yet his constitutional reference is trying to deny the provinces their constitutional right to object to his proposal for firewall federalism. He is trying to see how far he can go because the constitution doesn’t interest him. Democracy doesn’t interest him. That’s why he prorogues parliament and uses omnibus bills to treat the Opposition in the Commons as irrelevant rather than as the voice of Canadians who are their constituents."

January 25th Prime Minister Stephen Harper again appointed new Senators who pledge to support his government’s Senate Reform plans, including limiting Senate appointments to terms of nine years, depriving Parliament of its institutional memory, and to create a framework for the provinces to hold elections with no constitutional standing to select Senate nominees. He poses abolition as an alternative. A constitutional reference is now intended.

Under Canada’s constitution senators serve to review and revise government legislation and regulatory proposals with powers equal to the Commons in fulfilment of Senate responsibility as a revising chamber balancing Commons rep by pop with regional representation in four equal defined Senate Divisions. The Senate is not a house of the provinces nor of elected party or provincial partisanship. The Senate’s role is as the institutional memory of parliament and nonpartisan revising chamber of "sober second thought."

Constitutional reform of the Senate under the general formula requires the agreement of seven provinces representing fifty percent (50%) of the population of Canada.

Yet all of these Canadian constitutional principles seem to be violated by the Harper appointments and legislative proposals. Prime Minister Harper’s Senate appointments also violate the Guiding Principles for Senate Reform established and reaffirmed by the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, two of them developed in Western Canada.

The Guiding Principles for Senate Reform require any such proposal to meet three historic constitutionally-based standards.

First, acknowledgement that the important work the Senate does in Committee to examine proposed legislation or regulation provides the opportunity for long-term study of complex issues free of the inherent instability resulting from partisan politics in the Commons and electoral politics (Guiding Principle 235).

Second, the Senate is a check on the power of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Government. In fact, the Senate protects our parliamentary democracy against excessive partisanship by the Prime Minister, political movements and the party in power. This role was understood by Sir George Etienne Cartier who worried that democracy might be reduced to a populist mob and abused by a demagogue serving as prime minister (Guiding Principle 236).

Third, the first duty of Canada’s Senators is to Canada, not to their party, province, region or interest and belief. The Senate is a revising chamber, necessarily nonpartisan as the chamber of "sober second thought" at the centre of the Canadian federal principle (Guiding Principle 237).

The Senate is Parliament’s institutional memory, with powers equal to the Commons but reluctant to use them because they are appointed, not elected, yet serving as a safeguard against partisan self-interest of the party or prime minister in office and as a key defence of national unity within the Canadian federal principle.

But Stephen Harper abuses these principles, reminding us of his disregard for constitutional necessity and for Tory principle.

Referring to firewall federalism as classical federalism, Mr. Harper’s public statements on Senate Reform seek to replace Canada’s principle of co-operative federalism between the provinces and between the provinces and Canada itself. This would be the effect of provincially elected Senators.

Ironically such new Senators, if they were to be elected in provincial elections, would violate the intention of Canada Elections Act, Section 550, which prohibits candidates for election from pledges in writing to sell their vote or vote in ways conditional to their election because doing so is to buy office and to violate the integrity of parliament. In spirit if not in law Harper exacting promises of support for his policies from his senate appointees calls into question their credibility as a check on the prime minister and as a revising chamber capable of sober second thought concerning government legislation and regulation.

Progressive Conservative Senator Elaine McCoy who has described Canada’s appointed Senate as the last defence of democracy in today’s hyper-partisan political atmosphere in the Commons has proposed a blue ribbon panel to nominate Governor General appointments to the Senate instead of by the prime minister alone or provincial elections.

The Progressive Canadian Party, representing Progressive Conservative political philosophy and policy directions and guided by the Tory Guiding Principles for Senate Reform, applauds Senator McCoy’s recommendations and notes further that the Queen’s Privy Council already exists as a nonpartisan body to fulfil the constitutional requirements of Senate appointments and Senate Reform.

A quorum of the Queen’s Privy Council across party lines and levels of government, comprising former Governors General, present and former prime ministers and cabinet ministers, Supreme Court Chief Justices, inducted Leaders of the opposition and premiers, could fulfil its historic role as an advisory body to the Crown by recommending to the Governor General persons qualified to serve in Canada’s Senate in fulfilment of its duty as a revising chamber of "sober second thought."

The Progressive Canadian Party looks forward to the opinion to be provided in the Supreme Court reference.

For more information on the Issue raised contact:

Hon. Sinclair Stevens,
P.C. Party Leader,
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APPENDIX: References:

Senator Elaine McCoy, "Last best hope for democracy in Canada: an appointed Senate" Toronto Star, February 22, 2010. http://www.examiner.com/article/senate-reform-let-the-gg-take-the-advice-of-the-full-privy-council-making-senate-appointments

Senator Elaine McCoy, "Same Old, Some New, Ideas on Senate Reform"

Brian Marlatt, "Senate Reform: Let the GG take the advice of the full Privy Council in making Senate appointments." The Examiner, April 1, 2010.

F.A. Kunz, The Modern Senate of Canada, UofT : Toronto, 1965, pp. 369-375.

Hiebert, Uppal pledges Senate Reform, PAN, August 11, 2011.

"Harper's new Senate appointments feature personal, political connections, Macleans, January 25, 2013. http://www2.macleans.ca/2013/01/25/harper-appoints-five-new-senators-from-ontario-alberta-saskatchewan-and-n-l/

PM Harper appoints five new senators, CBC, January 25, 2013.

Uppal on Senate Reform - Politics - CBC player
Minister of State for Democratic Reform Tim Uppal announces that the federal government will seek clarification from the Supreme Court on its powers to reform or abolish the Senate

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 February 2013 13:29
Progressive Canadian Party candidate Brian Marlatt confirmed in Nanaimo-Ladysmith PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 April 2019 23:20
Progressive Canadian Party candidate Brian Marlatt confirmed in Nanaimo-Ladysmith

For Immediate Release:
Nanaimo, BC, and Niagara Falls, Ont, April 10, 2019 –   Brian Marlatt is the Progressive Canadian candidate in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith by-election, May 6, 2019.  Brian Marlatt’s candidacy was confirmed by Elections Canada today according to PC Party interim leader and former Progressive Conservative MP Joe Hueglin.

The Progressive Canadian Party was founded by Progressive Conservatives who foresaw that the ‘new’ Conservative party formed after the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada was removed from the ballot in the  2003 hostile takeover of the Tories by the Reform Party’s ‘Canadian Alliance,’ led by Stephen Harper, would not be a “merger” or Progressive Conservative.  Key PC Party members have included Mr. Hueglin, former Tory Treasury Board president and Industry  minister, the Hon. Sinclair Stevens, and Science minster, the Hon. Heward Grafftey.

Brian Marlatt was a member of the Progressive Conservative Policy Advisory Committee reporting to the PC’s BC Executive Council from 1998-2003.

Brian Marlatt, who was nominated earlier this month as the PC Party candidate in the May 6, 2019 Nanaimo-Ladysmith by-election, is a writer, researcher and public policy analyst.  He has worked as a manager in a family business, Paramount Distributors, prior to an academic leave-of-absence and assuming family health care responsibilities when his father suffered a major spinal cord injury.

He also contributed to market introduction of proprietary, two-way voice technology patented by Paramount’s sister company, Paramount Systems, designed for the security industry and for use in health care to assist the physically challenged.

A Progressive Canadian candidate in South Surrey-White Rock in 2015 and before 2012 electoral boundaries redistribution, he has since moved to Vancouver Island.

Brian Marlatt has contributed to the Elections Canada Advisory Committee of Political Parties (ACPP) and EC OGI Steering Committee.  In June 2018, he presented a brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs (PROC)concerning Bill C-76, The Elections Modernization Act, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act, receiving royal assent December 13, 2018.

For more information and to arrange an interview contact:
Brian Marlatt Progressive Canadian Party candidate, Nanaimo-Ladysmith
Joe Hueglin, Leader Progressive Canadian Party, 905-356-3901  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Donate to the PC Party & Vote PC Party in Election 2015 - for all Canadians PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 November 2014 20:01

In 2015 Canadians will elect a new government. You can contribute to democracy in Canada by donating to the PC Party today. The PC Party is the Progressive Canadian Party, Progressive Conservatives sustaining the Tory tradition Canadians have known since Confederation and even before 1867.

By donating to the PC Party today you will gain a 75% tax credit for every dollar you give up to $400.00 for the 2015 tax year, and additional tax credits on amounts up to $1,500. Donating and voting PC you will help elect Progressive Canadians to Parliament in the Tory tradition we know in Canada from Sir John A. Macdonald to today, honoured by the PC Party.

Issues Canadians care about are at stake.

Health Care. Falling contributions to health care funding to well below the promised 50% Canada Health Act participation of the federal government, beginning under the Chrétien Liberals as deficit reduction, is challenging health care sustainability under the Harper Reform Party-led Conservative Party of Canada as never before. In 2014, Stephen Harper failed to renew the 2004 Health Care Accord with the provinces and reduced funding rate renewal from 6% to 3% per annum; Stephen Harper re-entered federal politics in 2003 after leading the National Citizen’s Coalition, founded to end universal public health care in Canada.

Veterans. Neglect of Veteran’s health care and other issues is especially egregious.

Economic Opportunity Inequality. Canada’s Growing Income Gap regionally and between the 1% of richest households and other Canadians is creating inequality through "Big Shift" neglect of Canadian economic realities, unfair corporate tax cuts passing corporate tax responsibilities on to everyday Canadians, and globalization through business and job exporting free trade agreements without regard for the common good of Canadians. Post-secondary education is becoming unaffordable, yet "The Harper Government" is doing little to educate future Canadian leaders.

Canadian parliamentary democracy and institutions are being made unrepresentative of the people of Canada through Fixed Date Elections which diminish democratic accountability, an unFair Elections Act which marginalizes students, seniors, aboriginal and other Canadians, excessive PM and PMO power over the MP’s we elect to represent Canadians in Parliament, and the Harper Senate Scandals.

Progressive Canadians, PC Party on the ballot, needs your support so we can Stand Up for Canada, Stand Up for Integrity, Stand Up for You as Proud Canadian Tories in Parliament.

Donate today and in the New Year. Join today, be a volunteer, be a PC Party candidate.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 14 February 2015 14:32
Michael Huenefeld is the Progressive Canadian Party / Parti Progressiste Canadien South Surrey - White Rock By-Election candidate, 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 18:09
Michael Huenefeld  is the Progressive Canadian Party / Parti Progressiste Canadien South Surrey - White Rock By-Election candidate, 2017

For Immediate Release,

November 15, 2017, South Surrey-White Rock.   The Progressive Canadian Party in South Surrey-White Rock and Interim Leader, former Progressive Conservative MP for Niagara Falls, Joe Hueglin are pleased to announce that the PC Party candidate in the 2017 South Surrey-White Rock By-Election is Michael Huenefeld,

Elections Canada confirmation will follow review of all required nomination papers.

The South Surrey-White Rock By-Election was called following the resignation of former MP Dianne Watts from the Parliament of Canada after only two years in national politics (2015-2017)  to pursue career ambitions toward the leadership of a provincial party, the BC Liberals.  Ms Watts is a former Surrey mayor.

Michael Huenefeld is the 2011 Progressive Canadian candidate-of-record in Vancouver Centre.  He was a long-time political activist and organizer with the Progressive Conservative Party. He is currently a member of the Progressive Canadian Party National Council.   His political philosophy is moderate/classical conservatism in the  tradition of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada.

Michael Huenefeld earned a BA (Honours) in Political Science with International Relations from the University of British Columbia in 1998. He went on to earn a Master of Arts in Political Science from Simon Fraser University in 2000. In 2004 he completed an MBA in Global Asset & Wealth Management at Simon Fraser University. Mr. Huenefeld is fluent in  English, French and Spanish, and is familiar with Japanese and Tagalog.  He has presented public lectures on French history to the Alliance Française de Vancouver.

Michael Huenefeld is presently a business instructor at Columbia College and SFU and has taught previously at Ashton College.  In his professional life, Michael is a former Operations Manager at Vancouver Community College, Policy Writer at Scotia Bank, Research Officer at the Legislative Assembly of BC, and interned with the BC Securities Commission and Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada.  Michael Huenefeld was previously also a Policy Analyst in the Office of the Chief Judge in the Provincial Court of B.C..

Michael’s campaign focus will include transportation, infrastructure modernization, and environmental concerns current in South Surrey-White Rock dialogue, and continuing PC Party commitment to the riding’s and Canada’s Autism community.

Michael’s broader policy concerns include:
A. Strong defence policy and support for veterans.
B. Canada's support for multilateral international institutions.
C. Arts and Culture.
D. Public health care system.
E. Recognition and support for victims of crime.
F. Fiscal discipline and economic policies that encourage international trade and technological innovation.
G. Moderate progressive conservatism

PC Party 2015 candidate-of-record in South Surrey-White, Brian Marlatt, who represented the PC Party as well in the 2011, 2008, and 2006 elections endorsed Michael's candidacy and will serve as Mr. Huenefeld's  By-Election Campaign Manager.
For More Information Contact:
Brian Marlatt, Campaign Manger, PC Party Campaign
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Joe Hueglin, Interim Leader, Progressive Canadian Party.
Ph: 905-356-3901

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 January 2018 08:17
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