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Journal tomhudson's Journal: My new career path. 24

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As a bonus , I'll probably soon reveal the unbelievable story of how I acquired my legal knowledge - by doing something nobody else ever has, and which, until now, would be considered pretty much impossible.

I'd rather not, because there is some danger involved, but it's necessary to achieve my goals in an open and transperent fashion.

Advice and help sought and welcome.

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My new career path.

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  • Best wishes on your new venture.
    • Thanks. As a preview, this is part of an email going out to the elected members at the provincial and federal level tomorrow:

      Unfun Fact # 1: When the Toronto office of Equifax illegally sold a list of 10,000 names culled from a â€oescan†of 267,000 credit records that met certain criteria (bankruptcy within the last 2 years, and bankruptcy within the last 5 years) to a Quebec business, I reported it to the Montreal Police. They told me to report it to the Surete du Q

  • Or better said: BARBIE FOR PRESIDENT!

    Yes, slashdot, I was shouting. I think that was the whole point of capitalising the sentence.

    • Thanks for the correction :-) "Vote For The Online Troll" makes a bad campaign poster in many quarters (though the experience gained is certainly useful in politics).
  • Are the next relevant elections scheduled, or are you planning to get involved first in a non-elected position? Or are you looking for a different mode of entry entirely?

    Good luck!
    • The provincial government has to call an election within a bit more than a year - though the actual date is their choice. Currently, they suck in the polls (though none of the other parties look much better) so they'll put it off as long as they can.

      I'd like to think I learned a few things the last time I ran independently at the provincial level. First, I don't have any respect for any of the local parties. They are all too "we do things differently here" so they do not reflect the same party at the na

  • This is who politicians are, and what they do, irrespective of country.
    • It doesn't have to be that way. There have been examples of politicians who put their job, and the interests all the people they represent, first, while balancing that with the interests of the country as a whole, not just in Canada, but elsewhere.

      We don't teach this, because teachers have absolutely murdered history. I remember how many times I came so close to flunking it because it was absolutely boring! And yet, real history is so much more interesting than the crap we're fed in school. It's not a

      • by unitron ( 5733 )

        There have been examples of politicians who put their job, and the interests all the people they represent, first, while balancing that with the interests of the country as a whole, not just in Canada, but elsewhere.

        Yes, but then small charter aircraft were invented to reduce their numbers.

  • "Retinal problems won't mean turning a blind eye on corruption!"

    "I beat city hall, and I'll beat corruption!"

    "Zero tolerance for graft!"

    "I'm doing this for my country and for you, not for the money."

    "Help prevent theft by bureaucracy, elect Barbara Hudson!"

    • Thanks - the first one is funny :-)

      Realisticaly, getting elected won't change much of anything. This really needs to be with a lot of people involved, who are both intelligent and angry, and are looking for a constructive way to focus their anger on changing things and not on just saying "this is wrong grumble grumble grumble ..." and then when elections come around, complaining that there's nobody worth voting for. In other words, organizations on the ground and candidates in every riding. I figure th

      • by plover ( 150551 ) *

        Yeah, I came up with the first one, then tried too hard to think of more.

        Can you form a coalition of other like-minded patriots who are opposed to graft, in hopes of all getting each other elected? I use the word patriot because I consider corruption a particularly insidious form of petty treason.

        Alternately, you can at the very least promise not to be as corrupt as the weasel currently holding the office. "Barbara Hudson: 72% less corrupt than the leading politicians!" Hmm... it lacks a certain je ne sa

        • I've actually gone and done the unthinkable - reactivated my facebook account. I'm looking much further an municipal, or even provincial, politics. The rot is in at every level in this country, and not one party is willing to address the issues, because they don't want to run afoul of the "political realities."

          To the extent that they have "gone along to get along", and pandered to the various factions to the detriment of the populace, they are pretty much "useful idiots" - each one being someone else's

          • by plover ( 150551 ) *

            As for a real Truth and Reconciliation Commission, are you truly willing to forgive the previous politicians their corruption? Would Canadians? And if the mafia is still active, can you actually realistically hold office, or is this the "danger involved" that you mentioned above?

            I guess I don't understand Canadian politics enough to know if housecleaning is even a realistic issue. You folks seem to have a lot more flexibility than we do, but I still think fundies and wingnuts have the majority sway no ma

            • The danger is from a schizophrenic killer who I testified against many moons ago ... I was promised that he would be committed for life since he's incurable. Unfortunately, "life" in this case was only a year or so ... he even had the nerve to show up at one of the judge's homes "just to talk to him." The judge called the police - and who can blame him. I ran into that same judge years later in a court action, and afterward he gave me a big hug, asked me how I was doing, and it was good seeing him again.

    • by gmhowell ( 26755 )

      I was always fond of:

      "Stop voting for the lesser of two evils."

  • I wish you well on your new career path. I have to ask: in Quebec, how much is being a Francophone an asset politically?

    • It's both an asset and a liability, like anything else.

      It's a liability in that anyone who opposes the "received wisdom" of things such as the "Quebec Nation" is immediately labeled a "maudit vendu" - a sell-out or a traitor. However, the concept makes less sense than a "Newfie Nation" - Newfoundland wasn't part of Confederation, for example.

      The "Nationalist" concept is divisive - it separates people, draws a line between them, when in fact we should be wanting to do the exact opposite, because honestly

      • That's fascinating. I just figured that Quebec was like Iceland, where everyone grows up comfortably bilingual and only uses their native tongue for cultural purposes. I didn't realize you had entire segments who were monolingual Francophones and end up severely limiting their mobility as a result.

        • There are people who absolutely do not want the french populace to become bilingual. The passed laws forbidding them to send their kids to english schools several decades ago, and now they're whining about the influence of the Innert00bs.

          There are people on both sides of the language divide who are jerks, who never bothered to learn the other language, and who just want to live in their bubble world. And then there are the ditto-heads - again, on both sides - who just plain refuse to speak the other lang

  • I know a few dozen liberally-minded individuals who live in Trois-Rivières.. I might be able to convince some of them to do campaign work for you, if they like your platform. My email is in my profile!

    • Thanks - this is going to take more than campaign workers, though. It's going to take people who are willing to actually help design policy, explain it to the populace, and even run. Having run twice municipally and once provincially (always as an independent candidate), I can tell you that it's not easy.

      If they're interested - barbara dot hudson at gmail dot com.


  • Glad you got it sorted. From things you've posted before I figure it wasn't an easy choice - the familiarity cuts both ways, yet I gather there was a paucity of realistic choices. Did we share a jurisdiction you'd likely have my vote. I'd rather have someone in office I trust to reason than someone who agrees with me.

    Most useful aphorism I've found for the field is "Politics is the art of the possible."

    Give 'em hell.

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