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Zack Goldford

A principled stance

Canadians are looking for principled politicians that have life experience, substance and a clear vision for Canada. Luckily, this has already been taken care of by the government of the day, but in this critical trial period of Canada’s would-be Prime Ministers, it is important that Canadians take a hard look at the behaviours of our political leaders. In order to be regarded on the world stage as a true global leader, we must stand actively with our allies to combat global issues. Sitting on the sidelines and letting other countries dictate our foreign policy is exactly the wrong idea if we wish to gain the respect of other nations. In the past year, the Islamic State (ISIL) has been carrying out atrocious and inhumane acts. Canada has provided humanitarian assistance to aide the Iraqi people as well as strategic military assistance to help the local government fight this terrorist group. Our Prime Minister and the Conservative Caucus have worked hard to ensure that Canada contributes its fair share to our allies’ efforts in combating this situation. Parliament recently passed a motion to authorize military action in conjunction with more than ten other nations. By committing six fighter jets, we demonstrated as a nation, that we will not allow this terrorist group to expand and cause an even greater threat. While the government has taken urgent action in passing this motion, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has advocated for Canada to take a different path. Instead of demonstrating leadership and participation in the global campaign to take out ISIL, he argues that we should not participate in this combat role. While he does support humanitarian action, failing to participate in the US-led combat mission would send a message to the international community that Canada is not ready to participate in defending… Read More

For a strong and modern democracy

Over the past number of weeks, there has been much discussion about certain terms of the Fair Elections Act. To many, it contains vital changes that are critical to maintaining our country’s place as one of the world’s foremost democracies while critics continue to argue about the technicalities. Chief among these measures is the elimination of vouching. In the past, “electors” were able to come to polling stations with no identification and could nevertheless vote by getting a neighbour to “vouch” for them, certifying that they are qualified to vote in that specific riding. While this appears to be nothing more than a measure put in place to ensure that regardless of if one remembers or forgets their ID, there will be some way to still vote. The problem is that often when vouching was used at the polls, there were irregularities. The government cites the Neufeld Report, exposing that around 25% of the time vouching was used, there was an irregularity. Sad, but not surprising because it was so easy to get away with so many wrong and even illegal things at polling stations. Considering that error rate, the only way to restore the public conference in the nation’s democratic system is to abolish vouching. Canadians should be proud that that is exactly what is going to happen. Voting must be seen as a cherished right rather than a free-for-all frenzy of who can bring out the most fraudulent voters. The fact that one without ID cannot buy alcohol or cigarettes, operate a motor vehicle or do many other things without a simple card with their picture on it but they can nonetheless vote in a federal election is simply nonsense. Without proper safeguards, people can vote once, twice, three times or more in ridings and polls that may… Read More