On ‘Day of Democracy’, Prime Minister urges us to ‘talk about what democracy means in our communities’

“I call on all Canadians to get informed and involved. By using our voices as forces for positive change, we can strengthen democratic norms and institutions.”

Niagara At Large urges you to read this statement and think about the disgusting mess we have at the regional government level, right here in Niagara, Ontario

A Statement by Canada’s  Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, on International Day of Democracy

Posted September 15th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement to mark the International Day of Democracy:

“Today, we join our partners in the United Nations to celebrate the International Day of Democracy. We take the opportunity to recognize the freedoms that democracy affords us – and remind ourselves of the responsibility we all share to keep our democracy strong.

“This year’s theme – Democracy and Conflict Prevention – highlights the indivisible links between peace and democracy. Canada recognizes the critical need to strengthen democratic norms and institutions around the world to promote peace and stability.

“In order to endure, both peace and democracy must be built through inclusive approaches that respect human rights and diversity and promote gender equality. Women and girls’ leadership and participation in political, social, and peacebuilding processes are essential to creating political systems that truly represent the voices of all members of society.

“Equality is vital to a thriving democracy, and Canada reaffirms the need to work to change the severe disparities that exist in our world. To address these gaps, Canada and all UN member states adopted the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The agenda provides a framework to eradicate poverty, protect our environment, and promote human rights. Our countries – and our world – are stronger and more peaceful when all people can make their voices heard, and when everyone’s rights are protected.

“Today is also the launch of Elections Canada’s Canada’s Democracy Week, a time for all Canadians, especially young people, to get engaged in the democratic process and talk about what democracy means to them and their communities.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I call on all Canadians to get informed and involved. By using our voices as forces for positive change, we can strengthen democratic norms and institutions in Canada and help make democracy a reality for all people around the world.”

To Niagara at Large readers – The following quote from Winston Churchill on democracy did not come with the Prime Minster’s statement. Niagara At Large is putting it on because, unfortunately, there is an awful lot truth in his words, and it may very be one of the reasons we are now facing such a rogues gallery of characters sitting on our municipal councils, minus too few good ones.

So inform yourselves and get engaged folks! We are little more than 12 months away from the next municipal elections.

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 “A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders

 

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3 responses to “On ‘Day of Democracy’, Prime Minister urges us to ‘talk about what democracy means in our communities’

  1. Pardon me, but what a crock. “Peace” ?! 122 countries adopted a UN treaty to ban nuclear arms; and Trudeau wouldn’t sign. Then there’s the Saudi arms deal. Apparently it’s anathema to these Liberals to break a business contract, but they don’t care how many treaties they break with First Nations. And what of the rumours that Canada is considering bowing to NATO and joining the US-led ballistic missile defense team. If you want peace in this country, Justin, you could start by keeping a few promises, like those to First Nations, for a start. Otherwise your words are just more hot air.

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  2. Absolutely “Democracy means EVERYONE” and therein lies the problem.
    In Niagara Falls alone the voter turn out was only 36.7% of eligible voters.
    That means a WHOPPING 63.3% didn’t care, didn’t bother to vote for whoever would make decisions on their behalf for the next 4 years.
    It’s an old saying but tragically true “The people get the government they deserve”. If it’s a reprehensible bunch making decisions the “people” don’t like or actions they disapprove of – guess what – it’s the ones who didn’t bother to vote who “voted them in” by not voting.
    Not voting is a vote for whoever gets in because there was no alternative selected!!

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  3. In the early years of Canada the Liberal Hierarchy attempted to pass our NATION over to the Americans (David Orchard- The Fight for Canada) Believe it or NOT it was the Original Progressive Conservatives who stopped this treason…Note I said the “ORIGINAL” and NOW we have Liberals, one an ex Liberal Deputy Prime Minister party to once again this treasonous action….This Young Trudeau born with a Silver Spoon has (Where? good Question) NO concept of reality and the will of “ALL” Canadians just his corporate friends. It is getting more difficult as time passes to maintain a “PRIDE” in a country that the Government has sold out to the most Corrupt country in the World…and has us involved in wars on Sovereign Countries where we have no right to be……God HELP Canada

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