Canadian politics

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Petition to Nanaimo Mayor and City Council, Nanaimo CAO (City Manager)

Tell Mayor and Council and CAO to put our community first

Bipartisan Citizen Resolutionin Support of Nanaimo City Council Putting Our Cities Needs First WHEREAS, Mayor and Council and CAO (aka City Manager) continue to participate in a personal “political power struggle” at the expense of the taxpayer's trust, confidence and finances; and WHEREAS, every opportunity to resolve these personal political disputes have been sabotaged by Mayor and Council and CAO (aka City Manager) in order to further their own personal political agenda; and WHEREAS, city business continues to be negatively effected and even stopped due to Mayor and Council and CAO (aka City Manager)'s inability to work with each other for the sake and betterment of the City of Nanaimo; and WHEREAS, Mayor and Council and CAO (aka City Manager) continue to wage these taxpayer-funded, personal political battles while paying no regard to how it is negatively effecting and dividing the community or the cost to the taxpayer; then THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the undersigned concerned bipartisan citizens of the City of Nanaimo demand to Mayor and Council and CAO (aka City Manager) that they choose one (1) of the following two (2) options, for the betterment of the City of Nanaimo: OPTION 1: Mayor and Council and CAO (aka City Manager) commit to work with each other in cooperation from now until the 2018 municipal election. Mayor and Council and CAO (aka City Manager) sign a code of conduct outlining how to treat their coworkers and subordinates with respect and commit to adhering to the code of conduct until the 2018 municipal election. Mayor and Council and CAO (aka City Manager) refrain from public outbursts of a personal nature against one another, including outbursts where apologies are given after the fact, until the 2018 municipal election. Mayor and Council and CAO (aka City Manager) refrain from using the media against each other for personal or political gain. Mayor and Council and CAO (aka City Manager) immediately cease and desist in the spending of any tax-dollars, directly or indirectly, towards partisan political agendas of a self-serving or personal nature. OPTION 2: If one or all members of Mayor and Council and CAO (aka City Manager) can not come to terms with all points contained in Option 1, then the individual member must resign their seat effective immediately; and THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Mayor and Council and CAO (aka City Manager) must make their decision known to the public, either individually or as a collective group, no later than Monday, August 14th, 2017 at 8:00 pm; and THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that if Mayor and Council and CAO (aka City Manager) choose to not respond to the public with their decision on how this council will proceed by Monday, August 14th, 2017 at 8:00 pm, then further peaceful, law-abiding, political direct action will be initiated against Mayor and Council and CAO (aka City Manager) at an appropriate time and at an appropriate level of response. Govern yourselves accordingly,THE UNDERSIGNED CONCERNED BIPARTISAN CITIZENS OF NANAIMO  

Matthew O'Donnell
381 supporters
This petition won 4 months ago

Petition to Ahmed Hussen, Justin Trudeau, Pamela Goldsmith-Jones

A Plea for Restoration of Canadian Citizenship!

(Photo Credit: Andrea Andres) Please read my story, sign my petition, and help me spread the word.  A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian!  This petition began when John McCallum was the Minister.  John stepped down from this position in January of 2017 and Ahmed Hussen is the new Citizenship and Immigration Minister.  The new Minister is aware of this portfolio. Dear Honourable John McCallum, John, like you, I often operate out of principle and I believe in making things right. I have read your words and I believe you are a man of integrity. I’m reaching out to you and I plead with you to read my letter and act promptly to restore my Canadian citizenship. Yesterday I was a Canadian Citizen, today I’m not, and I did nothing to warrant my citizenship being taken away from me. I apparently fall under an archaic citizenship act, specifically section 8 of the 1977 citizenship act. In April of 2016 I found out that I have not been a Canadian citizen since January 14th, 2008. Citizenship and Immigration (CIC) says I failed to retain my citizenship prior to my 28th birthday therefore I lost my citizenship. Here’s the thing: in order to have known that I was to take steps to retain my citizenship means that someone needed to inform me of this in the first place and I promise you, no one did. If I was notified, I would like to know when, where, and how. My parents nor I have ever received any communication in regards to this. Had I been given the opportunity to retain my citizenship, I would have done so promptly. March of 1980, when I was only two months old, my parents auctioned off most of their possessions and packed only what they needed along with their five children into a pickup truck and drove from northern Mexico to southern Canada for a better life. After some time we all received Canadian Citizenship and we’ve been here ever since. I am the youngest of five children, we all obtained our citizenship the exact same way but I’m the only one who falls into this act. I have lived here my entire life and have taken the obligations and privileges of Canadian Citizenship seriously. Canadian is the only way I know how to be. It is not okay to go check your mailbox and find a letter from Citizenship and Immigration tucked in and amongst the London Drugs, Subway, and Canadian Tire sales flyers. I opened the letter anticipating it would be my proof of Canadian citizenship, but instead, I found out that not only have I not been a Canadian citizen since 2008, but also, I have no legal status in Canada. I lost my breathe and my knees felt as though they might give out. My face must have turned white because people were looking at me with concern in their eyes. My hands shook and hot tears welled up in my eyes. How could this be? This must be a mistake. Aside from the absurdity and injustice of it all. What baffles me is that in the last eight years, with no legal status in Canada whatsoever, I have been issued two passports, I have provincial health care (we pay for it every month), I registered to vote and voted in provincial and federal elections, I have filed taxes every single year, we have traveled abroad for vacations and I have always been allowed to enter back into Canada, all with no issues. There have been zero red flags for me. No government official has ever told me that I needed to look into this, not until I applied to replace my proof of citizenship card. Had I not applied to replace my misplaced citizenship card I still wouldn’t know and none of this would be an issue. My entire life is here in Canada. My husband and I own our home and have the privilege of being a part of this amazing community called Squamish, British Columbia. We live here with our five year old labrador Charli and our twenty-one year old niece. I work in private practice as a Professional Registered Counsellor and my husband Matt works as Director of Operations in the technology field. I grew up in a small southern Manitoba community where I attended Canadian public schools from kindergarten to highschool and then on to post secondary school in my twenties and thirties. My credit cards are Canadian, my banking (daily transactions, bank loans, mortgage, etc): only Canadian. My drivers license and car insurance: Canadian. All of my friends and family are Canadian. Phone numbers and addresses: all Canadian. I know the harshness of Manitoba winters: my sister Eva passed away on an icy winter highway in 2007 and I know the beauty of British Columbia summers. I could go on and on about just how Canadian I am but I think you get the picture. Canadian is not who I am but it is what I am. Canadian is the only way I know how to live and move around in my life. I have no ties to Mexico other than my birth certificate. Although Mexico is a beautiful country with beautiful people and a rich culture, I’ve never been tempted to seek citizenship in a country that is run by corrupt police and drug lords. Canada has provided a safe place for me grow into myself, find my voice and live out my passion and calling. Canada has afforded me many freedoms and I never take that for granted. John, you were quoted saying "If one believes that a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian … those principles must be applied universally.". I agree wholeheartedly. But why then, does the repealing of the act that revoked Zakaria Amara’s Canadian citizenship, restore his citizenship but the repealing of the act that I fell into does not restore my citizenship? Please explain to me how a convicted terrorist with dual citizenship cannot have his Canadian citizenship revoked but a law abiding, contributing member to society, like myself with no dual citizenship can have citizenship taken away? Why is Amara’s citizenship restored and I have to go through an arduous process to become a Canadian, again?  This is less about whether or not I agree with the restoration of Amara's citizenship and more about the inequality this picture paints. "It is a question of principle...We do not need an additional set of rules that would create two classes of citizen." - Honourable John McCallum I am calling on you, John McCallum, to practice the compassion I know you believe in, and not only restore my citizenship but also change section 8 of the 1977 citizenship act to take into consideration people like me who were granted citizenship as infants and children and have lived in Canada their whole lives. Many people are not aware of this act. CIC believes we were all notified but that is not accurate. Moreover, the act was repealed in 2009 but this did not help those of us who had already lost citizenship under the act. I implore you to take a look at this and revise it so it helps people like me. I recently heard Prime Minister Justin Trudeau use words like “compassionate” and “generous” to describe Canada and I believe that describes us well. I have always been proud to be Canadian and I hope I will be again. I hope when you say “a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian”, that includes me. I look forward to your response. Sincerely, Bertha Funk

Byrdie Funk
1,210 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Justin Trudeau, Tom Mulcair, Rona Ambrose, Elizabeth May, Rhéal Fortin, Bill Morneau

Stop Bank Gouging and Abuse

Feeling gouged by your bank?  You have a right to – while businesses in most sectors across Canada were suffering, Canada’s big 6 banks gouged out record annual profits of almost $35 billion in 2015 (which works out to almost $4 million in profit every hour, 5% higher than in 2014, and double their profits in 2010). The big banks also paid their CEOs about $10 million each in 2015, and gave them bonuses that totalled more than $10 million (51% higher than in 2008). In 2016, Canada’s big 6 banks continued to gouge you to hike their profits to more than $37 billion (6% higher than in 2015) – in part by firing thousands of people, cutting services, and hiking fees and credit card interest rates.  And their profits in 2017 are headed even higher -- they have already made $20.6 billion in just 6 months. Canada’s big banks make the highest percentage profits of any comparable banks in the industrialized world while doing far too little to support job-creating businesses and community development across Canada.  A recent CBC-TV news investigation detailed how TD Bank is pushing its employees to sell you products you don't need, and that you can't afford. In a recent report, the federal government points to all these problems -- including the fact that Canada's big banks control more than 90% of the banking market in the country, which makes them even more powerful and unaccountable to customers. But still the federal government continues to fail to require the banks serve everyone well at fair prices, and to require responsible lending and investing.  The federal government even gave the banks a record $114 billion bailout in 2008-2009 (most of it by having CMHC purchase mortgages from the banks), and the federal government will likely bail out the banks again if they have any financial difficulties. The federal government is reviewing the banking law right now – please sign this petition calling on Prime Minister Trudeau and other federal party leaders to make key changes to require Canada’s big banks serve everyone fairly and well at fair prices, and to lend and invest in sustainable, responsible job-creating businesses and support community development. Your time to be heard and counted is now! See details about gouging and abuse by Canada's big banks in the following recent news stories: (March 16, 2017) Consumer advocates have low expectations for probe into Canada's 5 big banks Democracy Watch (March 16, 2017) - Will Liberals make key changes to stop gouging and abuse of 30 million bank consumers or continue protecting overpaid big bank executives? CBC (March 6, 2017) - Bank employees say their jobs depend on upselling customers products that can put them into debt Financial Post (March 2, 2017) - Big 6 bank profits top $10.5 billion for first quarter of 2017 CBC (March 1. 2017) - A pretty greedy time as profits soar for Canadian banks CBC (June 13, 2016) - Canada's major banks hiking fees while pulling in big profits And see details about the federal Finance Department's public consultation on Canada's financial sector in its Report for Public Consultation on Canada's Financial Sector

Democracy Watch
25,205 supporters