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 on: December 17, 2010, 08:05:57 AM 
Started by Biogrand - Last post by Jay Frank
what about those bills?

Warrantless wiretapping....real time DPI police powers....
End of the  You know...the kinda things people in this party probably should know aboot but are too busy distracting themselves with 4chan Anonymous idiots and Wikileaks mirrors.

Same reason I'm looking for a new job.


 on: December 17, 2010, 07:47:59 AM 
Started by Johann - Last post by Johann
Mikkel: Split this off from the Introductions thread.

It's wonderful to have someone from the Territories here to participate, and kudos on making your own path. That's the whole reason this party is here. We've had conversations on access to internet in the North before, and it will be great to hear your input. The only other active Northerner is actually a Canadian citizen living in Alaska.

Thanks, I am glad to be here, hopefully I can add something.  I think the Pirate Party could make some inroads in the north, information access is a big issue here.  There are a lot of related concerns including education, Government accountability, and corporate responsibility.  Some very ugly history here.

This is a pretty small voting population and turnout is under 50%.  I'm not saying that we could win a seat here in a walk or something but I think there is a possibility of a strong showing.  For example, there are a lot of young people here that don't vote and don't care, as well as a lot of young short-term residents who don't participate in local politics.  A lot of those transient workers don't end up being so transient, like me, 11 years and counting!  Some of those people vote Green by default, they don't even know anything about the Green party.

Ethel Blondin was the MP here for 18 years (won by only 53 votes over the NDP in 2004).  She was defeated in 2006 by the NDP, the MP is now Denis Bevington.  The Conservatve party had a strong showing in '08 but lost by 535 votes. 

The Green party picked up over 700 votes here (of 13,000 cast) in 2008.

There is some anger here towards the NDP, especially in regards to the long gun registry vote (which Bevington did vote to get rid of) and resource development.  Unfortunately that means more votes to the Conservative Party.  However, it does create some opportunities since our Party (as I understand it) allows candidates to create a local platform in addition to the main platform.  I don't think I am the only person out West who feels that the NDP has changed with its recent success.  They had a strong rural base that they seem to be turning away from.  They also don't seem to be engaging youth, at least in areas where I know people in the west. 

*sigh* I shouldn't even bring up such completely anecdotal "evidence," still I had an interesting if brief conversation with an NDP pollster/shill a couple of nights ago.  I was a contributer though I never joined the party.  Strange call.

After the brief intro, he literally went straight into "Harper is up to his old tricks again and we are looking at a spring election, we need your support."  Those comments are a little heavy handed for my taste.

I told him that I wouldn't be giving my support, either through money or my vote, and he got pretty angry at that point. "What's with you people up there! (Vancouver area #) You're the third one tonight that has said that!"  I told him what a couple of my concerns were and he cut me off with "those are just wedge issues, they don't matter"

Which is just silly.  A so-called wedge issue is considered a wedge for a reason - because it matters to some people!!

I have emailed our MP quite a few times, he is quite courteous and I think he even answers his own email.  I get some very strange replies when I email Jack Layton though, whoever is answering his email should probably take a little more time to review it before they send it.

 on: December 17, 2010, 06:45:46 AM 
Started by trailblazer11 - Last post by HamiltonOntario
1 The accessibility of distributed resources carries with it the need for an information                           
                                            service that enables users

2 the appropriate "host protocols" for intercommunicating over the subnetwork.

 on: December 17, 2010, 02:22:45 AM 
Started by Mikkel Paulson - Last post by Mikkel Paulson
I'm not surprised. The Pirate Party movement has been pretty good at getting press beyond the usual political channels.

 on: December 17, 2010, 02:07:26 AM 
Started by Mikkel Paulson - Last post by Johann
I agree that it's kinda neat, but the most important factor in name recognition on our ballot, where "Pirate Party"/"Parti Pirate" will serve us better than "PPCA".

I like "Pirate Party"/"Parti Pirate" I think that would work a lot better.  I'm surprised that completely non-political friends of mine were already familiar with the Pirate Party name from European news.

 on: December 17, 2010, 01:58:18 AM 
Started by JasonCarr - Last post by Johann
Election does seem likely. 

 on: December 17, 2010, 01:34:05 AM 
Started by Mikkel Paulson - Last post by Mikkel Paulson
You think we should drop the “Party” from the short name?

 on: December 17, 2010, 01:01:33 AM 
Started by trailblazer11 - Last post by trailblazer11
Just a quick note on how to win voters over in the next election. We should stay positive. Avoid confrontational angry rhetoric. Respond calmly and steadfastly to challenges that is sure to be directed at us especially on copyright. We want to be the fresh air and leave positive impression on voters. Talk concisely and precisely (if possible) with lots of substance to drive our message home. We want to make old politics evidently silly. Show a clear contrast between us and the major party. We should make that on top of our list if we create a campaign guide or strategy.

 on: December 17, 2010, 12:49:59 AM 
Started by Mikkel Paulson - Last post by trailblazer11

Cool. Totally agree. I am a proponent of the no more than 3 syllable brand name rule. Apparently most recognizable brand have 3 syllables or less. PPCA is 4. Pirates is 2 and more recognizable.

 on: December 17, 2010, 12:15:47 AM 
Started by Mikkel Paulson - Last post by Mikkel Paulson
It's done.

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