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FF_Canuck





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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 4:33 am    Post subject: Write your own throne speech... Reply with quote

I've posted a similar topic in the past, but I figured that with an October Throne Speech looming, and a bounty of new forum members, I would pose the following scenario:

If you were in Harper's shoes, what would your throne speech look like? What new priorities would you lay out for the government? Would you write them to engineer an election, or strive for a compromise that the other parties would support? Aim for the centre, or lay out a plan for truly conservative governance?

I would gamble with a bold plan that would likely force an election. In the unlikely event that the opposition caves, they would in effect be endorsing these priorities. This strategy would place the Libs and the Bloc particularily between a rock and a hard place. I think my priorities would look something like this (and yes, I know they're extreme):

1) Finance Reform
- Announce legislation to convert current personal taxation to a flat sales tax for individuals by 2010
- Income Splitting to be introduced immediately in the interrim
- Raise personal exemption levels immediately
- Announce reductions of corporate and small buisiness tax rates to be completed in phases
- pass legislation mandating that surpluses may only be 'spent' on tax reduction or debt repayment

2) Jurisdictional Issues
- pass legislation prohibiting new federal spending in provincial jurisdictions
- current funding provided for healthcare and other areas to be replaced with negotiated tax rate transfers by 2010
- rescind the Canada Health Act, leaving the option of private delivery to the provinces
- Restrict the DFO's mandate to coastal waters and tributaries

3) Law and Order / Security
- Promise a free vote on extension of the combat mission in Afghanistan past 2009
- Continue current equipment procurement efforts for the CF
- Plan to increase Regular CF to support 2 additional Combat Battalions (total 5)
- Increase base pay for CF personnell by $15,000 a year over 5 years
- Pass legislation for mandatory minimum punishments on firearms offences
- Disband firearms registries and strengthen licensing requirements
- Approve arming National Park Wardens, return wardens to enforcement duties, and reform into primarily enforcement / public safety agency
- Reform impaired driving legislation with a view to increasing conviction rates and penalties

4) Immigration / Citizenship
- Illegal immigrants to other nations may not file for refugee status to avoid deportation
- Non-citizens who commit indictable offenses in Canada WILL be deported following completion of their sentence in Canada. Commiting a criminal offense will void refugree status unconditionally.
- Dual citizens who commit acts of treason or terrorism will have their citizenship voided
- Develop paths for evaluation and recognition of foreign credentials in all areas
- Possibility of capital punishment will not be factored into extradition requests by treaty partners
- Streamline immigration process for immigrants from Commonwealth nations
- English or French language training mandatory for immigrants with unsatisfactory fluency in an official language
- Immigrants from high risk areas to be subjected to loyalty / background checks verified by polygraph when required

... I think that's enough to get everyone angry 8)
PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 5:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a bit bold for the Canadian ears but I like that.

good job!
Hasdrubal





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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 6:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would do a throne speech but alas I might be fired after I dissolve the monarchy. :lol:
biggie





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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like it FF -

I think attaching(or replacing a couple) with the GST cut might be smart as well; so if the government does fall, you can blame the oposition for trying to stop the cut :)

I'll post a list later tonight 8)
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice.
If it were me, I think I would add something to support/promote the family. I'd probably
- increase personal exemption levels for single income families with multiple children
- announce legislation to give the unborn some level of protection
- repeal gay marriage
- come up with a plan to improve the adoption process (not sure what this plan should be yet. I just know that we need one)

--Ruth
Riley W





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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rescinding socialist health care? :P :P

That would make the NDP and Liberals go crazy!

I say we reform to a Netherlands-like system.

Netherlands system is:

capitalist health insurance companies.

the insurance companies are regulated.

Every citizen is REQUIRED to purchase a health insurance plan.

If your low income you get the same plan the government gives to their employees for free.

I think the public would be content with that....
FF_Canuck





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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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- increase personal exemption levels for single income families with multiple children


I'm not opposed to the principle, and I think introducing Income Splitting would achieve exactly this. And while I was happy with the targeted tax cuts in our last budget, I'd like to see a taxation system that makes such measures unnecesarry.
kwlafayette





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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A new tax system. Not a revamp, not a tweaking, a new one.
- flat tax (Hall & Rabushka)
- family tax return

Unions have too much power. We are heading towards a pre-Thatcher UK type situation.
- introduce legislation giving power back to the workers; give workers the right to withhold union dues
- unions have too much power when introducing themselves into a workplace, rewrite that whole body of legislation

Legalize private medicine in this country. Too many people do not have access to even one tier, let alone two.

Revamp the whole court system. Make judges liable for the crimes of people they release.

That would be too much for the first term right there, even though I have more ideas. Introduce a way to remove judges who make a mockery of justice.
mrsocko





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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2007 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here I sit broken hearted
Paid a dime and only...

Oh! you mean the other throne speech :oops:
Nicklan





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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2007 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A Flat tax for all personal income taxes and profits from business the same

Leave the Canada health act the way it is stop stalling on funding our medical system the way it is

We don't need an more Officers with guns trained to Kill first and ask questions later

My side arms legal for anyone so long as they are in Plain Site and proper training has be recieved

There is nothing wrong with the DUI laws we already have

I am not shore how the military got under Law and Order
But, nearly all of Canada agrees that the DRUG WAR needs to end, if you want a majority you can not ignore this, some thing has to be done, this is a medical problem not a crimnal problem !

As for Immigration Put a Stop to that Fraud the immigrant investment program or as some call it the whole sale give away of Canadian Citizeship to anyone who can pay cash for a house !
Nicklan





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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2007 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

STAND UP FOR CANADA AND CANADIAN, canadian owned and operated, canadian made, Economic Development the average income for Canadians is still less then 40 thousand a year.
biggie





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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nicklan wrote:
STAND UP FOR CANADA AND CANADIAN, canadian owned and operated, canadian made, Economic Development the average income for Canadians is still less then 40 thousand a year.


protectionism? thats your answer?

you realise that they debunked that strategy a couple hundred years ago... right? 8)
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