[kwlug-disc] Parliament adjourned ... bills dead (again!)?

Insurance Squared Inc. gcooke at insurancesquared.com
Tue Mar 29 13:53:48 EDT 2011

Don't confuse issues and reason with who's going to win an election.  
The next election will be won by politicians that are well liked.  The 
issues only matter as much as the media plays the issues into people's 
emotions.  Having a debate quite frankly is pointless.

If the community wants to push this, they need to form a lobby group and 
push forward HARD.  Get votes behind it and scream loudly.  Threaten 
them with votes.  That works.  Debates don't.

Waterloo fair tax committee does this very effectively, at a couple 
different levels.  That's the model to follow if folks want to get 
things done.

I was speaking to my sister over the weekend about the the upcoming 
election.  She named a politician, said she 'didn't like him'.  Nothing 
to do with policy or qualifications or history or party.  The next thing 
she complained about, the politician she didn't like would be the one 
with a policy to fix her complaint.  Doesn't matter.  She doesn't like 
him.  That's how 35 million Canadians with votes work.

On 29/03/11 01:45 PM, Chris Frey wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 03:38:30AM -0400, Paul Nijjar wrote:
>> There is also an aspect of elections which remind me of job
>> interviews, which are also manipulative (and yet which we seem to
>> accept as necessary in life).
> If you found out that a job applicant tried to trick you into hiring
> him, would you still hire him?
>>> I think we should rise above that.
>> Sure. Then we'll lose again. I have plenty of experience with losing
>> political battles because I took the high ground.
> We haven't lost yet. :-)  It's true that that is due to forces out of
> our control, but that's not a reason to give up.
> Maybe we should have a "fake debate" right here on the list, and try
> to find an optimum questioning strategy.
> I'll start (and I might lose!) :-)
> 	"Mr. Candidate, which is more important in your view: the rights
> 	of the artist, the rights of the recording corporation, or the
> 	rights of the consumer?  Or do you view them as all equal?"
> - Chris
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