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56 Responses to “Take Our Survey – 10 global issues that will face the next PM”

  1. Margaret MaierOctober 19, 2015 at 8:12 pm #

    With Harper at the helm things can only get worse – very very much worse.

  2. PJ RobertsonSeptember 23, 2015 at 7:31 pm #

    More important than any of the issues on your list is climate change and its contribution to humanitarian crises around the world.

    As to “confronting violent extremism” (sic), the second issue on your list, Canada needs to address violent extremism by focusing on its roots and finding solutions through imaginative diplomacy. To this end, the next PM should restore Canada to its historic leadership roles of peacemaking and peacekeeping in partnership with the UN.

    (As to Harper’s default “warrior” posture towards any and all complex challenges at home and overseas, history will record it as a pathetically ignorant, infantile, and cheap play for votes.)

  3. Richard LowerySeptember 22, 2015 at 12:01 am #

    The current focus on exploiting the world’s resources for the sake of profit must be stopped or we will perish, as we rightly should.

  4. ElectroPig von FökkenGrüüvenSeptember 20, 2015 at 9:57 pm #

    Why does NOBODY even care in the slightest about the fact our government is now 1.8 TRILLION (or more!) dollars in debt to foreign banksters?

    Do YOU “just happen to have” $51,000.00 lying about “that you don’t need” to chip in to take care of the debts racked up in less than half a century by OUR EMPLOYEES?

    Why does NOBODY care that this has ALL accumulated since 1974, when our government commanded the Bank of Canada to stop issuing our own currency?

    These are considerably more important issues to CANADIANS than whatever foreign “not-really-a-wars” on the other side of the planet!

    • michaelOctober 12, 2015 at 2:55 pm #

      im here caring with you buddy , and so is my local green party candidate who another concerned local has been doing his best to drive home just how serious this issue is to him , also that’s the main platform of the canadian action party if you aren’t already aware of them…..

      but for me there is no greater issue than the total free fall collapse our biosphere is currently in the middle of which the single greatest causal factor for is the ongoing global geoengineering experiments


  5. ClaudeSeptember 19, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    You are missing the very important Ukraine Issue and it should be one of the first one in the list.
    In the survey I suggested to add:
    End support of Ukraine civil war and of existing illegitimate government
    and: Improving relations with Russia.
    None of the 3 Parties have the “right” position as they all support the civil war instigated by the US. They all agree to supply money and soldiers. Like Harper they do their best to wrongly blame & demonize Putin.
    This criminal proxy war has killed more than 7000 ( some estimates as high as 50000). It has displaced more than 2 millions and most of them took refuge in Russia.
    As a Peacemaker:
    1- we should stop supporting the Kiev government, bring back all the troops and recall our $400 million loan.
    2- Apologize to the Russian people and to Putin for Harper’s numerous false statements and verbal aggressions. We are ashamed by his declarations, It should be rectified.

    This would go a long way towards improving relations with THE world Peacemaker, Putin.
    Putin did not invade Ukraine as some are trying to make us believe. On the contrary he did everything possible to avoid confrontations, He is now doing the same thing in Syria.

    Ukraine and its people are dying and receding into chaos. Canada can & should do better to help. To me it is obvious we are making the situation worst like in the Middle East.

    If you are killing you are not helping anybody ( including yourself) other than the war machine makers.

    • Daniel NilssonSeptember 19, 2015 at 3:58 pm #

      I agree. We need to stop supporting the civil war in Ukraine with money and other resources, and stop blaming Russia.

      • JohnSeptember 20, 2015 at 10:35 am #

        I agree.

    • HelenSeptember 19, 2015 at 5:11 pm #

      Thanks, Claude.

    • GeorgeSeptember 19, 2015 at 6:19 pm #

      I completely agree.

    • Gilda BlackmoreSeptember 19, 2015 at 10:35 pm #

      Right!!! There are so many issues that need righting but it’s unfortunate this one got left behind.

    • Christina RobertsSeptember 19, 2015 at 11:13 pm #

      Thank you, Claude, and to all who articulated our politicians’ (and, between the lines, our journalists’) mishandling of the Ukraine issue. Canada’s role as peacemaker should definitely be brought back to the forefront — we need to have the courage to be more honest and helpful in an intelligent way.

      • Jim DerksenSeptember 20, 2015 at 12:44 pm #

        I agree.

    • GayleSeptember 23, 2015 at 8:41 pm #

      Good list Claude. Totally agree. All these nato countries are creating and supporting wars in sovereign nations. I think nato should be stopped as it appears to be a terrorist organization by its behaviour. Pres Putin seems to be the only political force for world peace and humanitarian response. Unlike our western politicians Pres Putin and Pres Assad are concerned for their public and wish to protect them from invading forces.

  6. JudySeptember 19, 2015 at 8:44 am #

    Quality of life in Canada is declining under Harper’s rule. Harper seems to ignore all Canadian people’s concerns (including first Nations) and appears to be more of a dictator type leader. I feel he attempts to get us to agree with him by putting fear in our hearts.

    Our resources are Canada’s and not to be sold off to foreign countries. There seems to be no regard for caring for our environment here. We need to go back to being known for our peacekeeping and helping ways. We do not need to be supplying anyone with weapons.

  7. Jean McLarenSeptember 19, 2015 at 5:21 am #

    Because I live on the West Coast I am very concerned about the pipelines and the tankers that would destroy our beautiful coast with dirty oil if there is a spill. For us here it is a big and important issue. And of course climate change is very important also.

  8. michaelSeptember 18, 2015 at 10:22 pm #

    wow they left out the most pressive global matter of them all which is the rapidly collapsing biosphere/global warming of which the single greatest causal factor is the ongoing global geoengineering experiments….


    • GayleSeptember 23, 2015 at 7:09 pm #

      Thanks Michael. I’ve been watching this for about a decade and know of only one person who has noticed this fact and she has moved to Ecuador. It is hopeful that during this period of time this has been gaining more notice and seems to have left the disdain of conspiracy theory even though there are registered patents for these processes. Recently I read a report which mentions the real issue that this “climate change” belief is all based upon research that excludes geoengineering facts. I forget what the report was but it was related to the UN and was a well respected scientist which pointed this out as a huge hole in the accumulative effects of weather distortion.

  9. Ann ButtrickSeptember 18, 2015 at 7:20 pm #

    Expose Canada’s arms manufacture and trade

  10. JeanSeptember 18, 2015 at 7:06 pm #

    Mitigating refugee crisis, curbing corruption in our food supply (genetic engineering, overuse of chemicals), curbing ocean pollution, creating protected refuges for wildlife both on land and at sea, reducing human impact on climate.

  11. George GriffinSeptember 18, 2015 at 7:05 pm #

    Realize that global economics is a pipe dream to make the already extremely rich even richer at the ultimate cost to everyone and everything else. Governments need to serve the people they are supposed to by establishing community based self sufficient
    cultures first. We are not ready for global economics and were never designed for it.
    Just look around. What is it going to take? A nuclear bomb to wake people up to the fact that we have neither the right nor the ability to impose our business on other cultures. HelllOOOO is any one hgome???

  12. anne cameronSeptember 18, 2015 at 6:51 pm #

    So much emphasis on the Syrian refugees… so little emphasis on the refugees from many other countries…what about Palestinian refugees, Afghan refugees, and the refugees from just about every African country… or is all this Syrian refugee attention to prepare us for the invasion of Syria… mind you, it would only be to “free” them, of course…

    Stop the bombing. You’re just making more refugees!

  13. Dan CarpenterSeptember 18, 2015 at 6:06 pm #

    Geo-engineering in the skies- chem trails must stop. It is killing the trees and wildlife and us over time. This is an Agenda 21/New World Order mechanism to dumb down the population even moreso than the lack of nutrition in food, GMO’s and other attacks on humanity. Make vaccination content labels so the people can make an informed decision thereby eliminating compulsory vaccinations for school-age children and health care workers. There is plenty of evidence that they are not helpful and are causing all kinds of health care issues. EVERY HUMAN BEING SHOULD HAVE A CHOICE OF WHAT THEY PUT IN THEIR BODIES INCLUDING THE AIR WE BREATHE.

    • MichaelSeptember 18, 2015 at 7:06 pm #

      It is still very few watch “Agenda 21, and many believe it was made by insane conspiracy nuts.

    • michaelSeptember 18, 2015 at 10:34 pm #

      ah nice to see im not the only one sounding the alarm of geoengineering here….

      like lol how does this organization expect us to take it seriously when it wont even try to two the line with the mention of climate change? i don’t watch corporate media but i guess the pushing of that narrative has long since been dropped from the whims of the power structure because of just how bad how fast things are getting so they’re hopping if they get organizations like these to not mention it then the people wont notice the planet melting around them?….

      well from what i’ve seen it’s not working , elizabeth may said it last night after the global mail shit show that they didn’t even mention the climate crisis , yet those organizations are still trying to pretend that they’re informing the people on what the people think are the most important issues , which according to corporate media is not the climate crisis anymore , however according to any person you talk to and to all those at the live event with may the climate crisis is the #1 most important issue on their minds…..

      let’s just hope that the people can become aware enough of the geoengineering that’s going on around them every day to be able to put a stop to it before all life is lost forever……..

      • JimboSeptember 19, 2015 at 5:20 pm #

        No kidding. THE single most important global issue is climate change. But…somehow it gets pushed to the back burner with all these red herrings getting attention. Our so-called leaders are just tools of the corporate machine, which insists upon the status quo. Silly humans putting economic growth above all…at the expense of life on earth. NEWSFLASH! Humans are living creatures too and not immune to methane and lack of food and water! The 6th great extinction is upon us and homo sapiens will be gone soon. Very soon. Every child born today will not see their 50th birthday. Don’t worry , it’s just a prediction!

  14. MichaelSeptember 18, 2015 at 5:54 pm #

    Many wars in near past and existing ones seem to have a signature:
    – say there is a strong government which may oppose Western “cultures”
    – create and fund the opposition
    – topple the government and create the chaos of never-ending war in the country
    – make the country governemt conform with anything West desires

    Even Ukraine could not escape of the same scenario, same as former Yugoslavia, Libya, Iraq, etc.
    Politicians need to be integral and look impartially to make an analysis to understand why this all going on. So far Canada is a war promoting country. It lost its image of being peace keeper.

    Also there is a big doubt that the escalation Israel/Palestine(+all Middle East) will ever be resolved, as Israel used all opportunity of supreme USA backed up brutal force to establish a feeling of superiority over inferior Arab nations as it unfortunately could be traced even from their cleric vision of the “heritage rights” given to them by God over any other nations. Arabs have no heritage thus may not be treated equally.

    No single leading country should promote cold wars, or actual wars, and the only remedies are dialogues regardless it may seem hopeless. If some quit saying it useless they are turned to conventional war preparation. Canada’s relationship with Russia is an example of official despise stand seen for decades even in higher extend than the USA have to Russia. Does anyone really win with this attitude? While at the same time China calmly takes over Canadian integrity making it another banana republic.
    Officials awfully mislead their nations making another nations seen as “axis of evil” – that is deeply wrong, as there are no hostile nations in general, while there could be hostile governments over them, but that label should not be used for the entire nations – that is a big mistake deliberately perpetuated by leaders.

  15. Adam MarsanSeptember 18, 2015 at 5:51 pm #

    1. Roll back R2P (it’s actually Right 2 Profit, not Responsibility 2 Protect) and Respect International Law (Assad is the rightful leader the sovereign state of Syria)

    2. Expose the funding of extremists by US Democrats and Republicans through Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence and regional allies like Saudi Arabia and Israel (consistent covert sowing of chaos for geopolitical gain dating back to 1979 Afghanistan)

    3. Oppose legitimacy of the overtly fascist Kiev regime (with prominent neo-Nazi elements) that came to power in an illegal and bloody coup “brokered” by the US (Obama’s wording) which replaced elected oligarchs with unelected fascist oligarchs

    4. Expose the media’s lies re Crimea (the Broadcasting Board of Governors conducted a
    poll one month after the Crimean referendum that showed the vast majority of Crimeans felt the referendum was legitimate and appropriately reflected their desire to join Russia

    5. Report the other side of the story – RT, especially CrossTalk, presents the views of Russia, Iran, Syria, etc., and these are Completely ignored by CTV, CBC, Global, etc., and by extension every politician (who all play to what the conventional wisdom is amongst the general public/electorate)

    6. Prosecute war criminals (Cheney, Rumsfeld, Bush, Blair, Netanyahu, etc. – all those protected by ICC immunity)

    7. Anything less is cutting the anti-war movement off at the knees. Those who know need to speak out more boldly about each of these issues shielded by our heavily circumscribed and corrupt media

    • Terry LawrenceSeptember 18, 2015 at 7:10 pm #

      Excellent list, Adam.

      • GayleSeptember 23, 2015 at 9:09 pm #

        Yes Terry I agree, Adam has put together a great list. I do often wonder about item 6 here as it has been more than a decade and nothing has happened to any of these war criminals. It is a good thing more people are objecting to them running free and referring to them as such but the ICC does not seem to respond to any important crimes instigated by the west or israel as a rule. I t leaves me believing the UN and many other “international” organizations are an extension of the usa as many of the founders of these foundations originated in the usa. So don’t hold your breath as they seem like criminal institutions themselves!

  16. Jerry PanenkaSeptember 18, 2015 at 5:43 pm #

    Re ISIS agents slipping into Canada.
    Hundreds of thousands refugees from Communist countries, such as Ukrainians, Hungarians, Czechs & Slovaks, Vietnamese….were welcomed to Canada. Can Harper come up with a single case of the Communist agent among those?

    • MichaelSeptember 18, 2015 at 6:04 pm #

      I thought East Europe folks, in general, immigrated to Canada passing all required staging background check ups. Also many of them were prosecuted during WWII for the assumed affiliation as Hitler friendly countries.

  17. Helen HighwaterSeptember 18, 2015 at 5:39 pm #

    WHY IS CLIMATE CHANGE NOT ON THIS LIST? I am very disappointed in Ceasefire for not including it. If we don’t deal with climate change, we won’t have to worry about any of the other things because we won’t be here.

    • Michael MottSeptember 18, 2015 at 6:23 pm #

      Not only Climate change, what about the ongoing disaster in Fukushima that is destroying the Pacific Ocean. The amount of damage that collectively we are perpetrating on our only home is nothing short of madness. My tailgate emissions do not compare with the continuous explosions, often inflicted on innocent civilians that are polluting our atmosphere in the name of stopping terrorism. It is all about the money! arms money when it ought to be alms money, which saves lives instead of destroying them.

  18. RMc-CanadaSeptember 18, 2015 at 4:53 pm #

    Canada should be Leading the World, not a World Disgrace with its head up American ass…

    Courtesy the Harper Regime.

  19. Jan HalvarsonSeptember 18, 2015 at 4:50 pm #

    Harper had no problem with hundreds of thousands of TFWs, what’s wrong with refugees?

  20. Disgruntled ReaderSeptember 18, 2015 at 1:06 pm #

    I know it’s not a global issue – but I’d sure like to see Canada’s military budget get trimmed back to pre-9/11 levels.

    • ClaudeSeptember 20, 2015 at 10:52 am #

      It is a very important issue. Stopping our wars, bringing back all the troops, including the trainers of killers, will save billions. Retraining our forces to, when in crisis, combat wildfires, assist in floods, snow and ice storms would save lives and infrastructure.

  21. OzySeptember 18, 2015 at 12:09 pm #

    The Convention on Cluster Munitions was ratified by Canada on March 16, 2015. Hence, question 7 above is inaccurate and should be changed. The Arms Trade Treaty contains serious errors, and is designed primarily as an instrument to impose sanctions upon Third World countries who can’t afford to track movements and sales of illicit arms within and through their borders. Rather than tasking manufacturers with building tracking mechanisms or disabling devices for non-small arms to prevent proliferation or smuggling, the treaty puts the burden for preventing such dangers solely on the shoulders of poor states which usually can’t even protect their own people, leave alone track arms brokers or weapon smuggling. Take a look at Afghanistan, Sudan, Somalia, et al, and ask yourself if they are capable of tackling this global illicit arms trade, as opposed to the American, British, Israeli manufacturers, etc, who could use sophisticated modern technology to track or disable their own products if they fell into the wrong hands? Why are we endorsing the creation of unrealistic legal regimes whose objective is primarily political rather than demanding a realistic solution to a threat to global peace?

  22. Guy St HilaireSeptember 18, 2015 at 10:35 am #

    There are so many fronts that need to be discussed and excepting Elizabeth May ,no potential leader is discussing .As an example it bothers me that we are now being labeled should we make any comment about the actions of Israel on the Palestinians .
    What have we been co-opted to when you know in your heart what is wrong and are not permitted to say so. Peace has never been achieved through the barrel of the gun . Diplomacy and respect is the only way.

  23. boyce richardsonSeptember 18, 2015 at 9:13 am #

    The values that have made Canada an almost unique country, part of North America, yet open to any suggestion, not closed off by fanaticism, have been under attack from Stephen Harper and his witless coterie. Now, during the election he never stops prating about what a great country Canada is, “the best in the world” he says, but before he was in politics he went to the United States and made a scurrilous attack on Canada and all its works pretending that our socialized medical care programmes were a drive towards authoritarianism. The man is rubbish, and we have to get rid of him….

  24. Theresa NagleSeptember 18, 2015 at 8:32 am #

    I am ashamed to be Canadian with the actions of Prime Minister Harper.
    He is suspicious of the refugees and won’t do an immediate action.
    I am totally against declaring war in Syria.

  25. Jim ShepardSeptember 17, 2015 at 9:23 pm #

    The sycophantic support given to the neo-Nazi violent putsch that removed the legitimate government of Ukraine, support given by all our federal parties presumably to garner votes among our Ukrainian Canadians, sickened me. I was alarmed and disgusted to witness the display of the red and black Ukrainian fascist flag last year on my university campus; believe me when I say I was offended beyond words, being the son of a WWII veteran who helped defeat Hitler. That all our parties allowed Harper to call these fascist thugs a “democratic movement” has now had its effect. Now that Harper is joining the US in illegally bombing a sovereign country and giving arms and support to terrorists our Opposition has little to say. Have they foolishly handed him credit on the international scene which will bolster his election chances? I fear it. What a disgrace to what was Lester Pearson’s country!

    • Guy St HilaireSeptember 18, 2015 at 10:28 am #

      I totally agree with your post Jim . I hope that many will wake up to what is happening in our country. People like Harper make me yearn for the days of Brian Mulroney . Just kidding!

    • MichaelSeptember 18, 2015 at 6:09 pm #

      That is a sober view. They only had interest to weaken this country to get it prepared as another military base for USA against Rassia. Other than that Ukraine has no real value for the West.

  26. John VickersSeptember 17, 2015 at 8:41 pm #

    In retrospect the good that may come from this period is that we realise Canada has not really been, as we complacently thought in the past 20 – 30 years, as ethical and positive, in the tradition of the Lester Pearson years, but slipping to be more self-centred, and less concerned about the state of the environment, the problems of the poor, the First Nations people, and those in other parts of the world who needed support and more concerned about sustaining our first world, wasteful way of life at any cost.

    • JacquieSeptember 18, 2015 at 5:51 pm #


  27. JimSeptember 17, 2015 at 6:41 pm #

    The present government’s campaign of violence against Muslim radicals is counter productive, and their policy of selling arms to dictators will only increase the turmoil of the world and the flight of refugees.

  28. Terry ScholerSeptember 17, 2015 at 6:36 pm #

    The Harper government has not represented or supported ANY of my views, ethics, or beliefs. He is dismantling democracy in the most vicious and dismissive way.

    • Patrick McEneaneySeptember 17, 2015 at 9:26 pm #

      I agree

  29. peter evanchuckSeptember 17, 2015 at 6:19 pm #

    Harper’s Canada isn’t my Canada – he’s dictated rules and regulations that have removed the compassionate and peace- loving Canada that he inherited and that i so much miss since he’s been in power …. what a disgrace this country has become under Harper’s tyranny.

  30. Elaine HughesSeptember 17, 2015 at 6:16 pm #

    Thanks for all you do.

    • Patrick McEneaneySeptember 17, 2015 at 9:42 pm #

      Sometimes Harper makes me feel ashamed to be Canadian , but then I felt ashamed to be British when Thatcher was in Power in Britain . Now look what’s happening Jeremy Corbyn has come on the scene , and he vows to undo everything that she stood for. Maybe Karma is for real.At last we have a Leader who tells it like it is and will bring about peace in the world

  31. Maria Antonietta Francini MD MA (RETIRED)September 17, 2015 at 5:52 pm #


    • DebbieSeptember 18, 2015 at 1:24 pm #

      And so Maria…let them (refugees) eat cake?

  32. Labhu VyasSeptember 17, 2015 at 5:32 pm #

    Environment is equally important which has been neglected for last 10 years.
    We must quickly work on it.