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Monday, September 14, 2009

My perspective on the Wildrose Alliance Party of Alberta

I will not be voting for the Wildrose Alliance Party of Alberta in the next provincial election. The reason 
why is simply this. This party wants to get
rid of the section 3 of the Human Rights, Citizenship and Multicultural Act. This act was put in place by 
the Progressive
Conservative Party of Alberta and it performs these functions:

it prohibits the publication, issuing or display before the public of a representation that indicates discrimination or an intention to discriminate, or that is likely to expose a person or class of
 persons to hatred or contempt based on the following protected grounds:

  • race
  • colour
  • ancestry
  • place of origin
  • religious beliefs
  • gender (including pregnancy, sexual harassment, and gender identity)
  • age
  • physical disability
  • mental disability
  • marital status
  • family status
  • source of income
  • sexual orientation
Section 3 of the HRCM Act consists of three subsections that:
  1. prohibit discrimination;
  2. balance freedom of expression and the elimination of discrimination; and
  3. provide defences and justifications for certain types of statements.
According to what I have read about the Wildrose Alliance's party position on this section of this act,
the members of this party are opposed to its existence because they say it prohibits free speech from
existing in Alberta. I think the members of this party are misinformed and not educated regarding this act.
In my mind there is a big difference between restricting a person's freedom of speech, and restricting a person's ability to use speech or actual actions to incite or generate hate against individuals or groups of individuals in Alberta! As a survivor of hate crimes myself, I know what it does to a person, and I will not allow a party such as the WildRose party to destroy legislation which must exist in this province to protect some people from hate-mongers and those who use hate in a criminal fashion against other citizens of Alberta!

In fact, according to one member of the Wildrose Party, Bill Whatcott, this is the real intention if the Wildrose Party they get in power
in Alberta:

"The Wildrose Alliance leadership race is a new opportunity for Christians in Alberta and other people of good will, who care about the welfare of the unborn and genuine religious liberty to make our voices heard in our province. Sadly, many influential Albertans desire to silence the voices of those of us who wish to advocate for the weak and the defenceless. There is a movement afoot in our province to marginalize voices for the unborn. The prevailing pseudo orthodoxy unfortunately is to relegate Alberta’s infant holocaust to that of being a “side issue” or a “non issue.” The more important issues according to this way of thinking is taxes, the economy, the environment, etc... Uncomfortable “side” and “non” issues, such as slaughtering more than 10,000 unborn children a year, funded by your tax dollar, should not be brought up in provincial leadership races and certainly should not be a defining issue when casting your vote."


By writing this statement at the above-mentioned website, this person has obviously categorized Albertans into two groups:those who are Christians and those who are not. I, or maybe those of us who are are pro-choice or for abortion, and those who are against abortion.

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Thoughts worth thinking about

"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.