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VIDEO: Nathan Cullen says lower voting age since we “force” 17 year-old kids into military

- March 12th, 2012

I’m not sure what Nathan Cullen was getting at here and he’s normally more sensible than this. His statement that we should lower the voting age to 16 since “we can force them into the army at 17″ is puzzling on many fronts.

Canada hasn’t had a draft in decades. You can join the military at 17 but I believe you need parental permission. Would you need parental permission to vote at 16 then?

Strange.

Mulcair’s party is “parochial and insular”

- January 23rd, 2012

It’s been a week since my TVA colleague Annie Dufour broke the story of Thomas Mulcair holding Canadian and French citizenship while vying to be Prime Minister of Canada. Mulcair told TVA that he was keeping both citizenships and said he saw no conflict.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said it is up to Mulcair to decide what to do about his own citizenship.

“Just to be clear, these cases have come up in the past, and obviously it’s for Mr. Mulcair to use his political judgment in this case,” Harper said. “In my case, as I say, I’m very clear. I’m a Canadian and only a Canadian.”

You know by now that Mulcair wasn’t happy with that response from Harper and told Canadian Press that, “It’s a reflection of profoundly parochial and insular thinking.”

Which brings me to the parochial and insular NDP. It seems that while being a citizen of two countries is just fine by Mulcair, being a member of two political parties in wrong. This according to the NDP’s own constitution.

Membership: for the purposes of federal individual membership in the province of

 

Quebec, membership shall be open to every resident of Quebec, regardless of race,

 

colour, religion, sex or national origin, who undertakes to accept and abide by the

 

constitution and principles of the Federal Party and who is not a member or

 

supporter of any other federal political party.

 

Hmmm…this would seem hypocritical. If I can be Canadian and French or German or Saudi or Congolese serve as prime minister then why can I not be an NDP member and a Conservative member at the same time? Of course we already know what several NDpers thought about this issue the last time it came up.

It really does hurt the senses trying to figure that one out.

As I have said several times on TV and talk radio, this is not about Mulcair alone, there is a bigger issue here of what loyalty is owed to Canada by any politician. Would we accept an American or Saudi dual citizen?

Mulcair also claims that Harper’s comments show that he doesn’t support immigrants. Is there a difference though between someone who comes to Canada from another country and makes this their home and someone who is born here and then pledges allegiance to a foreign power? I’d say so.

NDP against attacks on judiciary, unless they do it

- November 3rd, 2011
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New Democrat MP Joe Comartin has done what his party says they are against, he attacked the judiciary. Chris Roussakis/QMI Agency

Let it be known throughout the land that the NDP is against attacks on the judiciary unless they are the ones doing it.

On Wednesday the New Democrats issued a statement denouncing an attempt by Conservatives on the Access to Information and Ethics Committee to get access to documents in the possession of CBC. The committee is studying whether CBC is properly following the law, a matter that is currently being fought in the courts because of CBC’s refusal to release certain documents to the federal information commissioner.

So now the NDP is going to boycott the committee which they see as an attack on judges and the courts.

“We believe the motion clearly oversteps the division of powers between the Legislative and Judicial branches of government. By compelling the production of documents directly related to a case now before the courts, Mr. Del Maestro’s motion oversteps the role of this committee. It is improper for the committee to determine how to interpret legislation. This is clearly a function of the judiciary.”

Now no one would want to see the courts or sitting judges attacked. Well, I would and I do it on a regular basis, but the NDP really doesn’t like any kind of attack on the judiciary unless they are doing it. Here’s what Joe Comartin, a lawyer and New Democrat MP said to Supreme Court nominee Michael Moldaver who promised to learn French now that he is on the highest court.

“I heard the same commitment from him. And we all know that was five, five and half years ago and Mr. Rothstein is still not able to conduct any hearings in French,” Comartin said during hearings in mid-October.

Francoise Boivin, another lawyer and New Democrat MP made similar comments about Rothstein promising to learn French.

Now Justice Marshall Rothstein, appointed in 2006, has come out to defend himself. Rothstein says the record of the public hearings before his appointment are clear, he made no such promise.

“Mr. Comartin was at the parliamentary hearing in 2006 and the record of that hearing is perfectly clear as to what I said and what questions were and were not put to me,” he said. “It speaks for itself. I have no intention of engaging in a debate with Mr. Comartin.”

So, there you have it. The NDP is definitely against attacks on the judiciary unless they are the ones conducting the attacks. Just as they are all for Parliament being able to see whatever documents they want to see, such as classified military documents about Taliban prisoners, but not entitled to even ask for documents on the CBC.

All clear?