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And you can dance to it! Liveblogging the launch of a Harper-majority-stopping campaign with a song!


 

10:55:58 AM
Well, these people don’t mess around — the press conference hasn’t yet begun, but there are already two posters adorning the stage; one proclaiming him “THE WORST LEADER IN THE WORLD” – albeit with a question mark; the other characterizes Canada’s position on climate change as “We’re taking our ball and going home.” The ball is, of course, the earth, and the website is avaaz.ca, which is one of those random series of letters that always seems to get mixed up in my head.

11:06:53 AM
Well, great. My berry crashed right as I posted that update, so I’ve missed the first five minutes of the press conference, and am now listening to the co-founder of Avaaz rail against the craven environmental irresponsibility of the Conservative government – in Bali, and on climate change in general – after brief introductory remarks from the Canadian representative of what is, we’re told, one of the largest online activism groups in the world, and which is dedicated to bringing “people-powered politics” to our election.

“This is a strictly tri-partisan campaign,” says Ricken Partel – the aforementioned founder – who says that all three parties will benefit from “smart voting”. Wait, does that include the Bloc Quebecois? I guess not.

11:10:46 AM
Finally, the song! It’s called “You have a choice” and is the “anthem” of this campaign – and includes famous Canadians like that guy from the Barenaked Ladies who wasn’t busted for drugs, and someone from Broken Social Scene. According to Patel, it’s getting “a lot of buzz” and may even be on the radio.

11:12:05 AM
Since last night, they’ve racked up over 8,000 pledges – all in close races – which is very exciting.

And … That’s it. Yeah, it turns out I’m the only reporter here, and I was too busy typing maniacally to ask a question.

11:13:13 AM
Oh wait, he’s back – with one more thing: an ad campaign that will be running in “key districts” that will target Conservatives who have been implicated in this “horrible” climae change plan – that would be Turning the Corner, I guess – including John Baird, Peter MacKay and — Randy Kamp? I wonder what he did to merit such treatment.

11:14:52 AM
Thanks to that brief encore I did get to ask a question – the one I was musing over earlier, about the Bloc Quebecois. Turns out this is the national campaign, which means just the three federal parties – but there will *also* be a Quebec-centric campaign, run by their “Quebec partners”.

So – yeah. Check out avaaz.ca, and this post will be entirely redundant, except for me grumbling about my traitrous berry.


 

And you can dance to it! Liveblogging the launch of a Harper-majority-stopping campaign with a song!

  1. “Avaaz.org is an independent, not-for-profit global campaigning organization that works to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people inform global decision-making. (Avaaz means “voice” in many languages.) Avaaz receives no money from governments or corporations, and is staffed by a global team based in Ottawa, London, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Paris, Brussels, Sydney and Geneva.” from Avaaz webpage.

  2. You know, sometimes I wonder whether, for all their well-meaning, these campaigns do more harm than good.

  3. Thanks for the bringing the site to our attention. It seems like a solid platform.
    Just signed a whole bucket full of petitions, I should feel good about myself for the next couple hours.

  4. Charles is clearly not paying attention to the polls.

  5. Did anyone ask them if they thought Dion “got it doen” when the Liberals were in power for 13 years and when he was Environment Minister? Setting priorities isn’t as easy when you’re in government.

    …just wondering

  6. “Did anyone ask them if they thought Dion “got it doen” when the Liberals were in power for 13 years and when he was Environment Minister?”

    by Conservative standards?

    (1993 emissions/1993 GDP)/(2005 emissions/2005 GDP) = (608Mt/727,184M)/(747Mt/1,371,425) = 0.67

    that’s a 33% reduction so yes he did.

  7. Alta, when it comes to the environment, you Tories should just keep your head down and wait for people to change the subject.

  8. From avaaz.ca:

    “…mobilize and inspire Canadians to stop a Harper majority from devastating our climate by voting strategically where we live for the candidate most likely to defeat the Conservative candidate.”

    So if I was someone who didn’t spend all day reading Kady’s blog (I’m not), I would find it helpful if they suggested some way to find out which candidate is most likely to defeat the conservative in my riding. As it is the website isn’t very informative (unless I missed something).

  9. Geiseric: Good point!

  10. Umm, wrong thread. Sorry.

  11. Geiseric: I have to say, good point!

  12. comment by Alta Vista Dude on Monday, October 6, 2008 at 11:42 am:

    Did anyone ask them if they thought Dion “got it doen” when the Liberals were in power for 13 years and when he was Environment Minister? Setting priorities isn’t as easy when you’re in government.

    …just wondering

    I am just wodering if you remember pre medicare life . Maybe you and jack should think on 13 years of supporting medicare by hook or crook against WTO , G7 , NAFTA , harris , USA private medicine and now harper refusing to enforce The Law which is the Canada Health Act ???

    Humming the tune to “as the world turns”

  13. “Geiseric: I have to say, good point!”

    I have my moments, thanks.

  14. Geiseric the Lame:

    Try this calculation:

    GHG emissions of oil produced / GDP

    when you increase the world price of oil three fold, but keep the total oil production constant.

  15. What’s that got to do with Turning the Corner?

  16. (btw for those that can’t figure out the math, it would show a 66% reduction in GHG emissions/GDP, without having done anything to physically reduce them)

  17. What’s that got to do with Turning the Corner?

    Not sure. Just think emissions per GDP to be a questionable ratio when dealing with a resource based economy subject to wild swings in commodity prices.

    Perhaps you are arguing the same point.

  18. “Just think emissions per GDP to be a questionable …”

    Now that you mention it, that IS my point. A clear definition of precisely what emissions will be calculated relative to under Turning the Corner is striking by is absence even though the project is already two founding documents deep. GDP is the common example. Whatever it is relative to it’s pinned to 1.5% growth. Every other value fails to meet the absolute target.

  19. Hmm, an internationally-based organization seeking to interfere with the democratic process in Canada. Not classy. Not illegal in my books (although given all the stupid restrictions on free speech the Canada Elections Act does impose on our own citizens, one wonders whether this should be so tolerated), but most certainly not classy.

  20. “(btw for those that can’t figure out the math, it would show a 66% reduction in GHG emissions/GDP, without having done anything to physically reduce them”

    oops. not, actually. 67% emissions to dollars. 100%-67%=33% efficiency.

  21. I make a much better student than I do a teacher.

  22. That Avaaz group founder/organizer (Ricken Patel) might have some ‘splaining to do. Seems that while he has Canadian citizenship, he actually is an American and lives and works in New York.

    He’s no longer eligible to even vote in a Canadian election since he has been out of Canada for more than 5 years. The Avaaz organization is also based out of New York city.

    Do we REALLY want outsiders influencing our electoral process?

  23. Vote against Harper, save the planet?

    If I were Harper, I’d be feeling so powerful right now… :p

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