1. Imtiaz Popat and I celebrated the beginning of the last two weeks of the federal election campaign on “The Rational” last night. We talked about:
    - the BC NDP leadership race/outcome
    - how yesterday is the beginning of how Clark and Dix will define their leadership and competition, regardless of how the various leadership campaigns went
    - the HST referendum and the travesty that the government will spend most of the summer sitting on the results
    - the Vancouver-Point Grey by-election
    - how voter fatigue is somewhat a ploy by the right wing to encourage us to be lazy and not embrace our democratic power
    - Clark is not at all about families first
    - reversing corporate tax cuts is not going to affect the poorest 95% of BC/Canada, just the rich and corporations
    - how the federal debates went
    - why the NDP is polling higher and why people like Jack Layton so much
    - Harper's scare tactics are failing
    - why Canadians are beginning to understand and appreciate life after majority governments
    - how people are tired of Harper's politics of hate

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  2. Imtiaz Popat and I celebrated Labour Day on “The Rational” last night.

    We discussed:

    * Labour Day
    * my Labour Day article today: "Labour Day, Dignity and Doubling the CPP"
    * volunteer labour
    * dignity for seniors
    * doubling the CPP because $11,000/year is unacceptable
    * BC's pathetic minimum wage
    * a fall federal election could lead to a Liberal minority government and time to leverage them for economic dignity
    * student poverty is a result of right wing ideological choices: post-secondary education is seen as an income boost and the government wants its cut
    * the government is managing our CPP funds by investing in tar sands and privatized highways
    * BC's Gateway Project and the North American transportation infrastructure vs. Peak Oil
    * workers and unions need to engage in society by working in coalition with community groups and climate justice
    * corporations and government employers are not taking the lead on greening our society, so workers need to
    * extremism, xenophobia and skapegoating
    * increased corporate profitability, how productivity gains aren't trickling down to workers: class war
    * all majority governments are bad right now, especially considering how much of the social conservative agenda being introduced by Harper with just a minority government
    * BC Conservative party's increasing viability, along with the BC Greens means more of a chance of a BC minority government in 2013
    * what will it take for a BC political party to say they'll actually get rid of the HST?

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