Rick Mercer Explains Our Democratic System

It’s federal election day in Canada, and it has turned out to be a much more interesting election than was expected.  The NDP have had a surprisingly strong showing in the polls over the last 10 days, and this has left both the Harper Conservatives and the Liberals scrambling to change their tactics in the dying days of the campaign.  Canadians, it seems, don’t like Stephen Harper or Michael Ignatieff that much, but they do trust Jack Layton, leader of the federal NDP.

Unfortunately, I will be traveling all day and won’t be able to easily tune into the election results.  But I thought it would be appropriate on election day to post this Rick Mercer video from two years ago, Canada Explained:


And remember, if you are Canadian, exercise your democratic right and VOTE – other people are dying to.

Vote For Harper Cause He Doesn’t Care About “So-Called” Greenhouse Gases

Another response to Rick Mercer’s challenge to the youth of Canada to surprise our politicians and vote – beautiful!


We’ve got a shot to start a movement
We’ve got a chance to make the whole world lose it
We can start a moment of change
An opportunity to keep the pride in our name

We need to wake up and watch what were doing
Bush was a bitch and the whole world knew it
But now we’re just as guilty as him
Environmental crime is good if you’re a crooked PM

But we’ve got a shot to start a movement
And we’ve got a chance to make the whole world lose it
We can choose who’s in demand
And we can change fate with the swipe of a pen

Vote for Harper if you don’t want trees
Vote for Harper if you don’t like green
Vote for Harper ’cause he doesn’t really care about
So-called Greenhouse Gases

Vote for Harper if you don’t want lakes
Vote for Harper if you don’t like change
Vote for Harper ’cause he doesn’t know a thing about
So-called Greenhouse Gases

We’ve got a problem, we’re on a slippery slope
So what’s it gonna take to get the youth to the polls
We’ve got a choice to make ’cause we can sway the vote
And if we want a change we have to take control

We can change every single thing that we hate
We can be the boss and take control of our fate
History will be whatever we wanna make
And we’ll still party at the end of the day

All we gotta do is get ourselves out of bed
All we gotta do is write an X with a pen?
All we really want is a planet to live
A cold beer in our hands and a river to swim

More links:

Deserts in Bloom

Find which party’s values match up with yours:  Vote Compass on CBC.ca

Help Regenerate Canadian politics: LeadNow.ca

21st Century Flat Earthers – Climate Change Deniers

Here’s a recent video from the U.S.-based League of Conservation Voters:

A disturbing trend has emerged among many Republican Senate candidates: a refusal to accept the sound and settled science that man-made carbon pollution is causing the planet to warm. If these candidates win in November, the number of card-carrying members of this “Flat Earth Society” will rise exponentially in the world’s greatest deliberative body. Take action: pledge, share, vote at www.flatearth.tv.

More links:


Skeptical Science

What Happens When BP Spills Coffee, and Big-Oil Lovin’ Senator Murkowski’s Bill Voted Down in U.S. Senate

  • This video is making the rounds on the net – it was posted on Youtube on June 9th and already has over 200,000 views (*update – 8 hours later, it’s up to 749,461!*).  From the folks at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre:


Click here go to the UCB’s website.

  • Some great news on the climate change front!  From the League of Conservation Voters, this update about Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski’s attempt to block the EPA from regulating carbon dioxide emissions, which was voted on in the U.S. Senate today:

…the Senate struck down Senator Murkowski’s reckless proposal to gut the Clean Air Act’s ability to protect public health and hold the biggest polluters accountable for their carbon pollution. LCV would like to thank the Senators that voted down Senator Murkowski’s resolution for standing up to Big Oil and other corporate polluters.

Click here to read the LCV’s press release on the vote.

Click here to go to 350.org for ideas on how to get to work on a cleaner, brighter future in 2010.