CANADIAN POLITICS: A Public Statement On My Federal Support

THIS IS JUST A STATEMENT OF FACT. I AM NOT TRYING TO CONVINCE YOU EITHER WAY BUT PROVIDE YOU WITH THE TOOLS AT THE END OF THIS STATEMENT TO DISCOVER FOR YOURSELF.

I’ve been a Conservative voter since 1988. That first time around, I had just turned 18, I believed in the work that Mulroney was doing, and lauded his guts for trying to correct the mess that started with Pierre Trudeau and the lack of Quebec’s signature (though admittedly, there was no way in hell that Levesque back then would have signed it). Even during the lean years when poor Charest had the thankless job of propping a dying PC party, I still continued to vote PC. It was, at the time, the party that made sense for me overall as the PC was still a centrist party.

The Problems of C-51 is the powers it gives to CSIS

The Problems of C-51 is the powers it gives to CSIS

Even after the merger with Reform/Canadian Alliance, I had continued to vote that way. For those who are puzzled about that decision back then, I wasn’t anywhere near the community firebrand I am today, and admittedly my social beliefs were quite a bit more right and even can be described as evangelical. But also, I lived in a riding where the voter was taken for granted, the former Liberal stronghold of NDG-Lachine (originally NDG).

This time, it’s different. I’m conflicted in giving my support to Harper, and if anyone is interested in my single biggest opposition this time around, it’s C-51.

I don’t recommend anyone reading it in it’s entirety unless you’re a glutton for punishment. It took me several hours months ago, but there’s a reason why virtually every newspaper in Canada, civil group and legal group has found it to be a fundamental limitation on our civil rights, where CSIS becomes a virtually unregulated shadow police and the limits on free speech could be curtailed as its so vague that it could be interpreted in extreme ways easily.

In the world where good intentions do pave the way to hell, this is one of them. I understand the intentions intended to keep us all safe, but what’s one beneficial group’s tools can be a tyrant’s means.

With Harper the mind behind it, and Trudeau blindly or stupidly backing it, I’m honestly considering a protest vote against Harper… and I live in his riding of Calgary-Heritage.

As for those who’ve noticed my work and support for Kent Hehr in nearby Calgary Centre despite his being Liberal, this is one case where I support the best PERSON for the riding, not the party. He himself had nothing to do with C-51, and has fought not only for LGBTQ rights, but for the cause of those he represented in the past, and well. If you do vote in Calgary-Centre, you wouldn’t find a better representative.

Terry Lo, September 9th 2015

A tool for a good cause can be used for tyranny

A tool for a good cause can be used for tyranny

To Find C-51 Resources Go To:
http://www.quirksandquiddities.ca/a-collection-of-resources-concerning-bill-c-51-the-anti-terrorism-act/#s2

You’ll find the Bill as a whole, plus virtually all of the press and analyses behind it. The one created by Global Research is an especial compelling read that states and shows point by point the problems with it.

BILL 51 http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&DocId=6932136

LEGAL PRIMER http://www.globalresearch.ca/canadas-antiterrorism-bill-c-51-a-legal-primer-expands-the-powers-of-canadas-spy-agency-allows-arrest-on-mere-suspicion/5436727

A Brief Wakeup Call – #YYCFlood

Sorry all, there’s plenty more to write about myself, the kids and the storm that’s coming. But, this time I have to say something as my city, Calgary, starts to resume some sense of normal life after almost 2 weeks of extreme floods and loss.

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Ok Calgary. It’s been a hell of a last 10 days. Downtown has reopened. Many districts have power again. But a lot of our homes are still damaged beyond repair, some of our favorite haunts are shuttered for months, and time has simply stopped on that flood day at the Sisiska Nation and High River areas.

Most of us have lives to get back to, but if there’s any way you can spare a few hours a week to help our neighbours, I honestly implore that you do. What happened with the flood and it’s aftermath to recover is NOT a sprint, it’s a marathon. Too many of us will be feeling it for months. So as our Mayor said, when the pain really hits months from now, we have to make sure our neighbours know we are there for them.

One last point. English Poet put it best, in the line, “And They Also Serve.”  It means that there’s a place for everyone in one way or another.  Not everyone has to go tear apart drywall, slog mud out of the basements or clean away debris.  There’s the sorting stations of donations around the city, folding and processing the Hell or High Water Shirts, first aid stations, rest stations and dozens of those little things that makes the volunteer army run.

Napoleon said that an army runs on it’s stomach.  The same applies here, as how long do you think our volunteers and first responders would last at this pace without the food and water, and the simple pure generosity we’ve been inspired and aspire to.  If you can’t help directly, think how much good you’ve done just by giving a few flats of water.  But please, over the time to come, just do something.

It’s our country.  It’s our city.  It’s Home.

Rant over. Good luck and best wishes. – Terry

The New Frontiers: Countdown, Last Thoughts, and the Calgary Flood of 2013

This is a quickie add-on.  As you all know, I’m am now literally hours away from seeing my kids.  But, I’m having some mild guilt as well right now.  As you all have probably been watching on the news, my city Is being hit by one of the largest floods ever experienced.

Right now, Sled Island, Enbridge Ride for Cancer, Banff Marathon, Pacekids Run, and many many more events have been cancelled.  Even worse, the Trans-Canada Highways and the related rail lines have been totally washed out near Canmore.  As such, many of the supplies that keep Calgary stocked in cheap Chinese manufactured products, fruits, vegetables (I mean the green leafy types, not the BC liberal and green politicians), and so on will be in short supply for weeks to come.

A LOT of my friends in the social media world and more have been doing their best to help, or will help if the waters recede enough to allow a clean up.  But I can’t be there. I’ve been waiting over 9 years for this moment tonight with my kids, and a bit longer also to meet a dear friend as well.  So yes, I feel like I’m abandoning my town in it’s time of need right now.

I’ll be back Sunday night.  There’s going to be a LOT of cleanup to come, so I’ll get my chance to help and pitch in.  But sigh… it’s a lot to see.  For my friends, I’ll be there Monday on.  Stay safe, and be the best our city can be.

Now back to my kids.  Nerves and all have more or less faded.  I’ve been worried about this for so long, that I’ve decided to just give in to the inevitability and see where it all ends up.  Right now, I know that my “son” will be there, but now there’s a complication that my “daughter” won’t be.  Her grandmother has given her a “it’s me or him” ultimatum, and this can’t be easy for her.  If she makes it, she does.  I’ll always do my best to be there for her from hereon.

That’s pretty much it for now. To my fellow Calgarians, do your best and take care. I’m doing what little I can right now before I leave, and my best wishes to you all when I leave my post tonight.

To my kids. I’ll see you soon.  To Xan, so looking forward.  To Vancouver, to the challenge.

Fortes Fortuna Juvat.  Fortune Favours the Bold. My love to you all.