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WATCH: MPs read a classic Christmas poem

The halls of Parliament have been decked. Lights are dancing across the walls of Centre Block. And as the holiday spirit has arrived in Ottawa, members of Parliament put aside politics to read one of the season’s favourite stories. 687 more words

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[取西經] 紙上候選人的忽然得勝與連任

區議會選舉日,寫寫這篇,鼓勵傘兵和真心為香港、為社區的參選人。

加拿大奉行政黨政治制度,選民可以透過手上一票,在省或聯邦選舉,推舉由黨提名的侯選人進入議會,令政黨可取過半數議席,成為執政黨實行執政理念。因此,政黨領袖在議會和競選期間的表現,將大大左右旗下候選人的獲選機會。

三大黨派(保守黨、自由黨及新民主黨)為求在全國所有選區都保持能見度(以及些微勝算),往往都會確保在每個選區都會有候選人出選,在鞭長莫及或毫無勝望的選區,甚至會找黨支持者「臨時拉伕」掛名出選。這些候選人也不會真的落場競選,功能只是在選票上出現黨和人名而已,故此這類候選人也被稱為 “paper candidate” 的「紙上候選人」。有候選人甚至戲稱,自己只是街上的「路牌」而已(魁省會在街燈掛宣傳街板)。

雖然這些有若「傘兵」的空降部隊,縱有黨的提名,看起來勝望等於零;但其實,又並不盡然。

二零一一年林頓(Jack Layton)領導的新民主黨(NDP)在聯邦國會選舉大勝,尤其在魁省取得壓倒性支持,省內的75個議席拿下59席,還首次成為正式反對黨。究其原因,是林頓的極佳表現及個人魅力,令選民選擇票投新民主黨,取代表現甚差的自由黨,甚至取代保守黨執政,縱使對候選人「零認識」也照投可也。在政黨政治下,加國選民為支持政黨執政,不惜「賭一舖」的極端策略投票取態。

這些名不經傳的「掛名」候選人,也能意外跟著新民主黨大勝的「橙色浪潮」進入國會。這些新科國會議員當中,以布羅索(Ruth Ellen Brosseau)最堪玩味。她當時為年僅26歲的單親媽媽,在大學酒吧擔任經理。她不但從未踏足過選區也非居民,很對政治幾近一無所知;競選期間也沒有在選區出現,甚至前赴拉斯維加斯數天慶祝生日;在大部份選民操法語的Berthier-Maskinonge選區出選,她的法語卻不大靈光。她事後稱參選其實只是為支持政黨,才答應黨部要求替其提名出選。

布羅索不費吹灰之力,卻奪得四成選票獲得議席。樹大招風引來傳媒揭秘及抹黑,以及狗仔隊式追訪;其背景和到拉斯維加斯一事被大造文章,甚至被冠以”Vegas girl”之惡名。

不過,她卻沒有因此被人看扁。除了惡補法語,更頻頻落區與選民接觸;在國會亦積極參與黨務,更成為影子內閣中,黨農業及食物政策副評論員,及後更晉身成黨團副主席;議會內,她為聯邦政遺失學生貸款資料一事領頭追究;她亦積極爭取聯邦政府,補償其選區不合格混凝土地基的維修費用。

不到兩年,她已由一個眾矢之的的政壇新丁,搖身一變成為政治明星。

上月聯邦選舉,新民主黨遭遇慘敗;在重災區之一的魁省,她不但保住議席連任,得票率還「逆市」升2.63%。她也不諱言:「上屆大家是投給林頓的,今屆大家是投給我的!」

不像香港飯民空談口號不屑實務(或以為派月餅就是實務),落得樁腳盡失的下場;布羅索真心服務地區人士,積極做好其國會議員本份,是她成功連任的本錢;選民的眼睛也是雪亮的,選票就是最好的「照妖鏡」。(圖為布羅索與兒子)

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Ruth Ellen Brosseau’s rise from paper candidate to NDP star

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Stuff Happens, week 41: World notices Canada, enjoy it while you can.

Canadians, forever the neglected middle child in the family of nations, are always weirdly excited when the world pays us any attention. So worldwide reaction to the election of Justin Trudeau got media play this week, as the world is briefly paying attention to Canada in a way not seen since, well, Pierre Trudeau. 792 more words

Canada's unlikeliest MP: Ruth Ellen Brosseau went from 'Vegas Girl' to NDP success story

The story begins with an attractive 27-year-old woman, a hard-working single mom with a big heart and a young son who is paying the bills by slinging beers for a living at a campus pub in Ottawa. 679 more words

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THE ART OF SPEECH BY THOMAS MULCAIR


by Bernard Bujold (LeStudio1) – 
Election Canada 2015 campaign continues and Thomas Mulcair does not hesitate to showcase his qualities as popular speaker to convince voters. 87 more words

THE ART OF SPEECH BY THOMAS MULCAIR


by Bernard Bujold (LeStudio1) – 
Election Canada 2015 campaign continues and Thomas Mulcair does not hesitate to showcase his qualities as popular speaker to convince voters. 87 more words

Accidental MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau ready for re-election battle

LOUISEVILLE, Que. – The first time Ruth Ellen Brosseau set foot in the federal riding of Berthier-Maskinongé in 2011, it was as if the circus had arrived, and she was the oddity everyone had to see. 1,022 more words

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