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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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For more information on the Issue raised contact:

Hon. Sinclair Stevens,
P.C. Party Leader,
1-888-666-3821
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Dorian Baxter,
PC Party Candidate
Toronto Centre Riding
1-289-221-2687
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 08:14
 
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.

Canadians and the PC Party need you!


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Reasons to Donate to the PC Party, the Progressive Canadian Party - Today: Veteran's Affairs

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Progressive Canadian candidates playing a positive role in Canadian politics: Leader PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 13 September 2019 13:27
Progressive Canadian candidates playing a positive role in Canadian politics: Leader 

For Immediate Release:
Burlington, Ontario, Friday the Thirteenth, September 2019 –  Progressive Canadian Party Leader Joe Hueglin has made the following observations on the federal election, the tone of politics today, and the role of the PC Party. 

Progressive Canadian Party candidates are playing a positive role in Canada's 43rd General Election.

Many expect the election called September 11, 2019 will see a "donnybrook" follow, a "scene of riotous disorder, heated argument." Media reports and polls suggest more voters than usual are unsettled by the choices available to them and that party standing in parliament at dissolution is of little interest.

The hyper-partisanship of the last parliament, despite the promise of “sunny ways,” and negative politics of the Harper years is expected to continue as constituency candidates from parties of the last parliament fan out across Canada offering voters the same negative politics and spin-crafted talking points heard in the House of Commons.

PC Party candidates listen.  We  want to address positively seldom discussed issues of importance to all Canadians where they live.  To address issues in national conversations in a positive way . And to do so with the good will and a sense of decency for which Canada and Canadians are justly proud.

Progressive Canadian candidates raise issues and ask questions where progressive action is needed, guided by the enlightened view of the people rather than by protest politics and rancour born of ideology and movement intolerance of other opinion. Issues of concern to the many not just to the few.

Issues and from the perspective of nation-building other candidates have forgotten is the purpose of parliament even when the issue is familiar.


General concerns we raise and issues importance to Canadians we address:

-1- assurance of funding and review of means of delivery of our universal health care system equally in all of Canada, including the means to deliver national pharmacare and autism help;

-2- ensuring post-secondary high school education is available to all Canadians prepared to work to obtain it, whether academic, professions, or trades;

-3- return the role of funding infrastructure to the Bank of Canada rather than by interest earning private institutions;
-4- establish banking services at local post offices, postal banking, according to need;

-5- protection of the environment by growing sustainable resources and renewable energy infrastructure, rather than protest politics and conflict;

-6- act to mitigate the effects of climate change on rivers, shorelines, species at risk, and the loss of permafrost in Canada's North;

-7- democratic and parliamentary reform that will serve the people rather than the interest of movements and parties.

 

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For more information and to arrange an interview contact:
Brian Marlatt Progressive Canadian Party candidate, Nanaimo-Ladysmith, and Deputy Leader
778-878-9024 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Twitter: @PCParty1867 See Full Bio: Brian Marlatt
Joe Hueglin, Leader Progressive Canadian Party, 905-639-9363 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
See also: Candidate putting progressive conservative principles on the ballot in Nanaimo-Ladysmith, Nanaimo News Bulletin.
Last Updated on Friday, 13 September 2019 13:30
 
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,
1-888-666-3821
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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"
http://www.albertasenator.ca/hullabaloos/?article&494

Brian Marlatt, "Senate Reform: Let the GG take the advice of the full Privy Council in making Senate appointments." The Examiner, April 1, 2010.
http://www.examiner.com/article/senate-reform-let-the-gg-take-the-advice-of-the-full-privy-council-making-senate-appointments

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

Hiebert, Uppal pledges Senate Reform, PAN, August 11, 2011.
http://www.peacearchnews.com/news/127491533.html?mobile=true

"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.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2013/01/25/pol-harper-appoints-5-new-senators.html?cmp=rss

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
http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Politics/ID/2331406978/

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 February 2013 13:29
 
Progressive Canadian PROC submission on Bill C76, The Elections Modernization Act PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 April 2019 11:25
June 2018, Progressive Canadian Party Communications and Policy Chair, Brian Marlatt, presents 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.
Last Updated on Monday, 26 August 2019 23:05
 
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