Posts Tagged ‘Member of Parliament’

An excerpt from an email to my Member of Parliament on October 10, 2014, on what every Canadian Member of Parliament should be aware of in lieu of Parliament’s vote to support air strikes against ISIS. Consider passing on this information to your Member of Parliament, and as things escalate according to plan, some may begin to raise questions behind closed doors and consider whether these military interventions are truly in the Canadian national interest.

I wanted to draw your attention to the remarks of former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Gen. Wesley Clark, that indicate these latest events may all be part of a bigger plan being played out by others who have no Canadian national interest, as he appeared on the program Democracy Now! in 2007 (transcript here) and described his meeting with a General at the Pentagon in 2001 after the start of bombing in Afghanistan, and he was told “This is a memo that describes how we’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.”

The timeline hasn’t held up, but since then, Iraq was invaded in 2003, Sudan was broken up in 2005 with South Sudan proclaiming independence in 2011, Lebanon’s former Prime Minister was assassinated in 2005, the U.S. has been continuing air strikes against Somalia to this day, Libya was taken over in 2011, the U.S. has since officially been providing military support to rebels against Assad in Syria, and Israel has repeatedly been saying that it will not hesitate to respond militarily to Iran’s ongoing nuclear program regardless of the international process through the IAEA.

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Federal Election CommissionCould America learn something about federal elections from its northern neighbour?

It came as a surprise to me in 2008 that the basic eligibility requirements for President of the United States, which are so carefully outlined in the Constitution that created the same office, aren’t verified in the most basic way by the Federal Election Commission — the commission charged with faithfully executing the federal electoral laws in support of the Constitution.

It is especially surprising to me that Americans don’t require such basic verification, given that the President of the United States is the highest office of the world’s most powerful national economy and military force in the world.

The constitutional requirements for a candidate for President of the United States are:

No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

However, from the Federal Election Commission’s Candidate Registration Toolkit, none of the “Essential” forms even mention citizenship, let alone  an oath or affirmation of eligibility for office.

Contrast that with page 5 of Canada’s Nomination Paper of a Candidate at a Federal Election or By-election:

I, the undersigned, the nominee in this Nomination Paper, do swear or solemnly affirm that:

1. I consent to the nomination;

2. I am a Canadian citizen at least 18 years of age on election day;

A Canadian citizen who knows the candidate is then required to solemnly swear or affirm that he/she knows the candidate.

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