Yup - 2 churches co-hosted a political forum - fairly
controversial event, huh! The Anglican Church came up with the idea
but their parish hall is up for demolition and the church wouldn't be the
appropriate setting. So the Catholic church volunteered to provide the setting
and serve coffee and juice.
The issue of church and state has already been posed in
the media and they were there to cover the event.
I got there late and almost everyone was seated, so after
I laid my stack of fliers on the table, I decided to go
around, handing them out. I was almost done when a young pastor decided that he
needed to police the situation.
Though I was just about finished, I still challenged his
authority, explaining that although I was late, these people were entitled to
make their best informed decision, regardless; but first they would need all the
information. He wouldn't be reasonable so I decided to
be diplomatic and retired, displaying obvious discontent,
back to my table for the remaining few minutes.
Not a minute went by and the fellow I left off at,
sauntered briskly up, gave me a big smile and took a half dozen or more of
my leaflets to pass around :-) Two minutes later, it began.
I'm so pleased to tell you, John, it was the most balanced
and well-hosted forum that I've attended, bar none.
Reverend Reed moderated, setting a comfortable tone
with his wit and light-hearted charm, filling us all in on who'd looked after
what, even considerately directing our attention to the location of the
loo. (I made careful note and later I was glad I did!) His humour
kept us all laughing, throughout. It was by far, the most pleasant forum
that I've ever attended, either as a spectator or a participant. Reverend
Reed was so delightful, I'm thinking of attending his service, this
The candidates all got 5 minutes each, and I got to
go, last. Going last has some distinct advatages.
I talked about how my sister and I were the only
to kids in our whole school that I'm aware of, who were in a single-parent
situation. Then I told them about my friend's son, admittedly grateful
to his Mom and Dad for staying together; he was the only kid in his class that
had both parents at home!
Then I talked about the forum, last night, a
child-care sponsored event and the thousands and thousands of spaces that were
needed. I asked why any parent would want to give up those most informative
years of their child's development, from infancy to 6 years old, to somebody
else and lose that experience - just for some money.
At almost every forum that I've ever attended, I've heard
from special interest groups and at the root of every issue, lay money - not
enough of it. And that's the only reason that I can think of, why a parent would
want to give up those most informative years of their children.
Then I went on about Bank of Canada, the good intention of
the framers who included provisions for the establishment of a central bank and
about the gaping hole in our money bucket that interest-based dollars were
pouring out of, faster than we could throw them in.
93% of all federal taxes collected in '97, went strictly
to interest and we never touch the principle, now 500 + billion dollars and
growing - not good economic management! There'd be money to fix everything if
we'd just plug the hole!
On political corruption, I pointed out that
Harper wants more laws when we have some very good laws that are sitting idle;
breach of public trust, misfeasance, malfeasance and treason - selling off our
public utilities that should be paying us dividends - to private, foreign
companies, against our wishes and clearly contrary to our best
interests, is treasonous. Circumventing the jurisdiction of our
central bank by instead indebting the nation to private banks, is
There were wide range of questions - GM food
"Just say no to GMO! And make the ingredient
label bigger; I can't read it." ..
"McCain said; "We hear our customers and we won't use g.m.
potatoes. When asked about the oil they used to cook them with, they replied;
Immigrations and the need for refugee appeal..
"So what became of the RCMP officer who was sent to either
Singapore or China to investigate immigrations? He quit the force or something,
didn't he?? - and we never heard the conclusion. There's certain
nationalities have come flooding in and they're all politically beholden to the
party that let them in; they vote based on that loyalty - yet I've met several skilled trades-people from Britain who've been
"Refugee appeal is a must because mistakes have been
made; I met a woman who voiced her critical opinion of a
politician and it was published in a newspaper. There were repercussions and she
lost her child and then fled to Canada. I have a copy of her appeal file and I
see several inconsiderations. Most assuredly, the
present supreme court route cost money and most political refugees have little,
I got to damn NAFTA, numerous times, mention Nuremberg,
the UN and the foreign policies of certain nations that were in contravention,
fomenting political unrest in 3rd world counties to pave the way for corporate
plunder - deep integration - Fortress North America's downright
A question on porn vs.. art came up - child porn -
Robin Sharpe! I got to talk about you, John; and Rob and a certain Chief Justice
and what he had to say to Rob!
I mentioned some pages on my site; Bushman, A Tale of 2
Lawyers and then follow the link to Robin Sharpe. They're gonna
find Judicial Piddlers on the way ;-)
When it was over, some guy came up and heartily shook my
hand, saying; "You gotta go to Ottawa!" He slipped 20
bucks in my pocket. He was wearing a Conservative button!
All in all, I got a very warm feeling from this evening's
event; the marvellous decorum providing the perfect atmosphere, it
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