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article imageInside Canada's political parties: The Canadian Action Party Special

By Andrew Moran     Nov 4, 2010 in Politics
Vancouver - Monetary reform is hardly in the mainstream of topics but the Canadian Action Party (CAP) believes it's one of the most important issues facing the nation today. CAP is another political party that attempts to address ignored issues.
On Monday, Digital Journal had the opportunity to speak with Canadian Action Party Interim Leader Christopher Porter regarding the history of the party, its stances on the various issues affecting the nation today and how it distinguishes itself from the rest of the political landscape.
About the Canadian Action Party
CAP was formed in 1997 by former Liberal minister of defence Paul T. Hellyer, who ran for leadership of both the Liberal Party and the Progressive Conservative Party in 1968 and 1976. The party was formed to address five key points: Monetary reform, sovereignty, civil and human rights, parliamentary reform and the environment.
The first time the party nominated its candidate was in the 1997 federal election.
Although the party has gone through “some hiccups” over the years in terms of leadership, the interim leader says they want to address monetary reform and tell the other parties that “we have one Goliath here and that is going to require more than one David here.”
Presently, CAP is talking to the other minor parties about these issues. They are also preparing for a convention to choose its next full-time leader.
The party believes in a participatory democracy and wants the country to go back to the local issues. Porter says that local issues should be solved locally through town hall meetings and grassroots organizations, which will allow citizens to voice their opinions.
“We need to go to the people and let them get actively involved,” said Porter. “Anybody who thinks one person, or party, can lead a nation of 30 million people to glory or defeat is ignorant. We can’t rely on script-talking and loud speaking, we have to admit our wrongdoings and discuss how we can let the voice of Canadians be heard in Parliament.”
The issues
Porter notes that the Bank of Canada (BOC) is fully owned by Canada – unlike the United States Federal Reserve System – and the party believes the government should return to the BOC “for a minimum of 50 percent of government-created money.”
The interim leader adds that this, and getting rid of the banking cartels, is important to the nation’s sovereignty: “A re-empowered Bank of Canada is critical for the survival of Canada as an independent and sovereign nation.”
According to CAP, Canada should leave Afghanistan, bring the troops home and focus on our own projects and infrastructure. He cites this because Canada “is a nation of peace” and the nation “must go back to its openness and friendliness.”
“Canada has a lot of its own problems and the government is not supportive of projects that have considerable gain on our potential as a whole,” said Porter. “Canadians have had a great international representation and Americans use Canadian flags on their backpacks because we promote peace and have a great representation.”
However, CAP is “fully committed” in funding, fully equipping and supporting the Canadian military in their role, which is to defend the borders of Canada.
Another interesting platform that is completely different from the rest of the political parties is the fact that the party wants to establish a crown commission – or a citizens committee – to re-examine the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and what role Canada should have because the party does not fully believe the conclusions made in the 9/11 Commission’s Report.
“Prime Minister Harper says that Canadian troops are fighting in Afghanistan because of the deaths of 24 Canadians from the fall of the World Trade Center on 9/11. However, to many questions linger as to who was responsible for those tragic events.”
Porter explains that Canadian citizens should have a role in it, which is similar to public juries. Therefore, these citizen committees could be formed and have a role in the decision-making process so that, in the end, it appeases everybody and ensures that everyone’s viewpoints have been heard, which would have a majority in participatory democracy.
The history, future of Canada
When asked what he thinks the government of Canada has done since World War Two that has been beneficial to the country, Porter responded that it’s hard describe the policies because there have been many negative strategies as well.
Porter cited NAFTA as a negative initiative because it focuses on foreign corporations. The war in Afghanistan has been tumultuous for Canada. And Canadian Prime Ministers openly stating that national sovereignty will be lost in the future to corporations.
What good can be done in the future? Porter believes the best way to improve Canada is to go directly to the people and have politicians admit their mistakes because this would, according to Porter, put faith and trust back to politicians.
“The general public would accept that and would eventually feel that politicians are going to be honest with them.”
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