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Marilyn Reid

Marilyn Reid has 24 articles published.

Marilyn Reid is a member of Democracy Alert and the Council of Canadians. For information on how to become involved in electoral reform, contact democracyalert.nl@gmail.com

The missing ingredient in the Muskrat Falls Inquiry

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The one thing that government apparently doesn’t want discussed at the Commission of Inquiry is why our democratic institutions allowed such an uncritical handling of the project. On Friday, April 6th, hearings took place at the Beothuck Building on Crosbie Place to establish who would have standing to appear at the Muskrat Falls Inquiry. A coalition of three volunteer based civil society groups (The Council of Canadians, Democracy Alert and the Social Justice Cooperative) were among the twenty-two requests for standing. I ended up as the spokesperson. What does Muskrat Falls have to do with three groups that have no expertise in finance or engineering? What could we possibly hope to contribute? Look carefully at the Terms of Reference for the Inquiry and you’ll see that they largely confine participation to what the Commissioner, Judge Richard Leblanc, referred to at the hearing as “the business case” of Muskrat Falls. What’s…

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Proportional Representation: Why aren’t we winning?

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If we want to ever get a proportional representation referendum in this province we’re going to have to rethink our strategies.

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Lessons from the fight against CETA

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Why has government ignored all information detailing the potential negative consequences of CETA and gleefully implemented legislation to activate it?

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I remember Occupy

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Have our values and the way we approach activism changed in the past five years?

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What really prompted Wallonia’s feisty standoff against CETA?

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The Belgian regional government had it right all along on the controversial Canada-European Union trade agreement.

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The many sides of electoral reform

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What are the chances the Liberal government’s electoral reform initiative will lead to the end of our first-past-the-post system?

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Brexit, Trumpism, and the challenge to globalism

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The focus on xenophobia as the source of Britain’s exit from the EU and the appeal of Donald Trump conveniently ignores the link many Brits and Americans see between our prevailing globalist ideology and extensive job losses and underemployment.

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What public consultation on the TPP?

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We went to a federal government-organized ‘public consultation’ on the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that the general public didn’t seem to know about. Here’s what went down.

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Inequality, neoliberalism, and the unmaking of the middle class

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Nowadays middle class values largely conform to the neoliberal ideology that has dominated economic discourse for the past 35 years. In light of our current “fiscal” problems, however, maybe it’s time to evaluate whether this has been in our best interests.

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Why you need to know about the TPP

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Prominent thinkers are speaking out against it and pro-democracy groups are calling for proper public consultations. But is our government listening?

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New NAFTA lawsuits reveal disturbing, dangerous trend

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If corporate interests keep suing Canada and other countries under trade agreements like NAFTA, state sovereignty might soon be a thing of the past.

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The missing election issue: Free Trade’s assault on jobs

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Looking at the election platforms of our three major parties, it becomes clear there are issues that the politicians don’t want to talk about. Unfortunately, they are precisely the issues that most affect the livelihoods of Canadians.

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Reclaiming democracy

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With an election this fall, 2015 is a big year for Canadian politics and democracy. But how much can really change, even if we do manage to vote Harper out of office?

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CETA: What government doesn’t want you to know about ISDS lawsuits

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Opposition to CETA is increasingly focusing on the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) section. What’s at stake for citizens?

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CETA: Time to admit it’s an oversold, underhanded deal

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The squabble between the federal and provincial governments over the $280 million MPR package is an opportunity to revisit what we’ve been asked to give up under CETA, and just what we’re getting in return.

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CETA, temporary workers, and the attack on middle class jobs

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Leaked excerpts of the Canada-EU trade deal reveal serious implications for Canadian workers

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Trade treaties bloom, sovereignty wilts

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The federal government is engaged in five major “free trade agreements” that threaten the degree of control Canadians have over their land, resources, freedom and future

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Players, absentees and spectators in the CETA ambush

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Who supports the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, and why? Who might have opposed it, but hasn’t? Are there prospects for stopping it?

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Forfeiting control and the right to litigate

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The federal government doesn’t want us to know how much we’re giving up for CETA. Presented as a “trade agreement” with the European Union, provisions in CETA’s investment chapter undermine our right to regulate and hold transnational corporations accountable for the consequences of their actions

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CETA will erode our traditional rights

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In the third of this 5-part series: Canadians’ wants and needs may change in the coming two decades, but the constraints under our new treaty with the European Union will not

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