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September 9th, 2011

A Digital Economy Strategy

A summary of law professor and digital economy expert Michael Geist’s submission to the government as part of a digital economy strategy consultation. (This topic is the subject of The DASH Show Episode 8: Digital Economy - filming Oct 30) ...

Our Question: Should Michael Geist's digital economy strategy proposals be adopted?

Vote 3 Comments 41 Votes Official Position: Yes

September 9th, 2011

Should the Per-vote Party Subsidy be Ended?

Now that the Conservatives have secured a majority government, Prime Minister Stephen Harper will almost certainly begin phasing out per-vote subsidies for political parties, as he promised to do on the campaign trail. But should he? ...

Our Question: Should the per-vote subsidy be ended?

Vote 6 Comments 39 Votes Official Position: No

September 9th, 2011

Should it be Easier to Qualify for Employment Insurance? (Bill C-280)

The Employment Insurance system is a lifesaver for Canadians who fall upon tough times - but seeing as the program turns a profit, should it be easier to qualify for benefits? ...

Our Question: Should the Employment Insurance system be reformed to make it easier to qualify for benefits?

Vote 4 Comments 38 Votes Official Position: Yes

September 9th, 2011

Online Voting (Updated)

Elections Canada wants to start testing online voting in 2013 federal by-elections, with an aim of one day offering the option to cast a ballot through the Internet to all Canadians in every election. Is it a good idea? (This topic is the subject of The DASH Show Episode 7: Online Voting, featuring Dr. William J. Kelleher) ...

Our Question: Should governments pursue online voting for federal and provincial elections?

Vote 8 Comments 51 Votes Official Position: Yes

September 8th, 2011

Mandating Lower Fuel Consumption in Canadian Vehicles

Canada has already committed to new fuel efficiency standards for light and heavy duty vehicles, but could - and should - they be tougher? ...

Our Question: Should Canadian vehicles be subject to stricter fuel consumption rules?

Vote 1 Comments 37 Votes Official Position: Yes

September 8th, 2011

Bill C-10 (Updated) - Young Offenders Sentenced as Adults

Part of Bill C-10, the government’s omnibus ‘tough on crime’ legislation, aims to have more violent young offenders sentenced as adults. Is this a good idea? ...

Our Question: Should violent young offenders always be sentenced as adults?

Vote 8 Comments 68 Votes Official Position: No

September 7th, 2011

Should High School ‘Victory Laps’ be Eliminated?

The practice of taking an extra year in high school - a victory lap - to improve grades or put off attending university remains a popular choice in Ontario. Should it be eliminated to save the education system money? ...

Our Question: Should Ontario high school students be forced to graduate after meeting provincial requirements?

Vote 0 Comments 31 Votes

September 7th, 2011

Should Baby Boomers be Contributing More to Their Future Health Care Costs?

A recently released UBC study suggests that fears about retiring baby boomers’ impact on our health care system are overblown - but can we afford to take that chance? ...

Our Question: Should baby boomers be contributing more toward their future health care costs?

Vote 0 Comments 34 Votes Official Position: Yes

September 2nd, 2011

Should Health Care be a National Responsibility?

Despite most Canadians being satisfied overall with the quality of their health care system, there is most definitely room for improvement. Could making health care a federal responsibility be a step in the right direction? ...

Our Question: Should Canadians' health coverage be a federal concern, rather than provincial?

Vote 2 Comments 36 Votes Official Position: Yes

September 1st, 2011

Should the Government Do More to Clean Up the Oil Sands?

Revenues generated by oil sands projects are worth billions of dollars to the provincial and federal governments. Should more be done to minimize environmental damage, or are the criticisms against the industry largely unfounded? ...

Our Question: Should the government do more to protect the environment around oil sands projects?

Vote 9 Comments 40 Votes Official Position: Yes

August 30th, 2011

Are Legislative Changes Needed for Home Insurance?

Would it be worth the cost to legislate good customer service and quick response times for the insurance industry? ...

Our Question: Are legislative changes needed to improve service from insurance companies?

Vote 5 Comments 38 Votes Official Position: Yes

August 29th, 2011

Should the public get more information about what goes on in the PMO and in ministers' offices?

The Supreme Court has ruled that some documents - like daily agenda books kept by the prime minister and other ministers - fall outside the authority of the Freedom of Information Act, and need not be released upon request. Should Parliament close this loophole? ...

Our Question: Should Parliament amend the Freedom to Information Act to make documents like ministers’ daily agenda books available to the public?

Vote 6 Comments 44 Votes Official Position: Yes

August 29th, 2011

Are City Parking Enforcement Methods a Cash Grab?

In much of Canada, antiquated parking meters mean motorists either have to overpay for parking or risk a stiff penalty; either option means more money in city coffers. ...

Our Question: Do you feel city parking rates and enforcement methods are appropriate, or a cash grab in need of review?

Vote 5 Comments 39 Votes

August 29th, 2011

Should the Order of Canada Be Revoked for Later Transgressions?

Out of the nearly 6000 members of the Order of Canada, four have had their membership revoked. Some say that’s too many. ...

Our Question: Should Order of Canada recipients lose their award for later transgressions?

Vote 5 Comments 43 Votes Official Position: Yes

August 29th, 2011

Should Crown Corporations Get Into the Online Gambling Business?

Online gambling is an almost guaranteed source of income for governments that can definitely use the cash injection - but is accepting it immoral, and should that even enter into the equation? ...

Our Question: Should Crown Corporations get into the online gambling business?

Vote 7 Comments 46 Votes Official Position: Yes
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September 18th, 2009
OPC Administrative: Tolerance Margin

Our Question: What should the Tolerance Margin be?

March 16th, 2014
OPC's Political Manifesto: Wake up Canada!

Our Question: Do you agree with and offer to SHARE this political manifesto?

June 12th, 2012
What do we stand for? - Our Platform

June 28th, 2011
OPC Discussion Board

March 30th, 2015
Party for Accountability, Competency and Transparency - Political Platform

Our Question: Do you support the PACT For CANADA?

September 26th, 2010
Lobbying - an ethical dilemma (Updated)

Our Question: Should Lobbying continue to be allowed?

August 30th, 2010
Labour Unions in the Public Sector (Updated)

Our Question: Should Unions be eliminated from Governmental organizations?

March 25th, 2014
OPC Candidate - Electoral District 35095 - Trinity--Spadina, ON

Our Question: Please vote for one of the eligible candidate(s):

March 25th, 2014
OPC Candidate - Electoral District 48020 - Macleod, AB

Our Question: Please vote for one of the eligible candidate(s):

March 25th, 2014
OPC Candidate - Electoral District 48001 - Fort McMurray--Athabasca, AB

Our Question: Please vote for one of the eligible candidate(s):

May 14th, 2012
Public Influence on Federal Budgeting

Our Question: Should Canadians be able to directly influence federal spending in the budget?

June 27th, 2011
Should Canada Post be Considered an 'Essential Service'? (Updated)

Our Question: Should Canada Post be declared an essential service (strike ban)?

October 28th, 2010
National Debt: A Crisis in the Making? (Updated)

Our Question: Should national debt be a priority for the Canadian government?

October 25th, 2010
How do I sign up?

September 15th, 2010
Canadian participation in the War in Afghanistan

Our Question: Should Canada end their participation in the war in Afghanistan now?

June 13th, 2010
Legalizing Marijuana in Canada

Our Question: Should the use of marijuana be legalized in Canada?

Past Issues:

August 29th, 2011
Does the RCMP Need an Independent, Civilian Oversight Body?

Our Question: Does the RCMP need an independent, civilian, federal management board?

August 29th, 2011
Should the House of Commons Get More Seats to Better Reflect Canada’s Growing Population?

Our Question: Should the House of Commons grow to better reflect Canada’s population?

August 29th, 2011
Should Supervised Safe Injection Sites Continue Operating in Canada?

Our Question: Should supervised safe injection sites continue operating in Canada?

August 29th, 2011
Should Canada Have Chain Gangs? (Updated)

Our Question: Should inmates be forced to perform manual labour in Canada?

August 29th, 2011
Should Canada Consider Leaving NATO?

Our Question: Should Canada consider leaving NATO?

August 22nd, 2011
E-commerce Fraud and Internet Regulation (Updated)

Our Question: Should Internet access in Canada be more heavily regulated to shut down and prosecute those perpetrating online fraud?

August 5th, 2011
Should the Federal Government Regulate Gas Prices?

Our Question: Should the federal government regulate gas prices?

August 5th, 2011
The risks of Plea Bargains

Our Question: Should plea bargaining be permitted by the Canadian judicial system?

August 5th, 2011
Canada’s Anti-spam Laws (Bill C-28)

Our Question: Should Canada aggressively pursue criminal charges against spammers and phishers?

August 4th, 2011
Safe routes for bicycles

Our Question: Should alternatives be put in place so that bicycles can be banned from public roads?

July 14th, 2011
Email Privacy (Updated)

Our Question: Should email inboxes receive the same legal protection as envelopes?

June 28th, 2011
OPC Discussion Board
June 27th, 2011
Should Canada Post be Considered an 'Essential Service'? (Updated)

Our Question: Should Canada Post be declared an essential service (strike ban)?

May 26th, 2011
Simplifying Moving Day: Canada’s Central Address Database

Our Question: Should the Federal government create a Central Address Database allowing citizens to update all their contact information in one place?

May 18th, 2011
Initiative, Referendum and Recall: Canada's First Step towards Direct Democracy

Our Question: Should we adopt an Initiative, Referendum and Recall Act at the federal level in Canada?

April 26th, 2011
Abortion Law (or Lack Thereof) in Canada (Updated)

Our Question: If Canada would consider an Abortion law, what is your position?

April 23rd, 2011
Should Canada’s Human Rights Commissions be Abolished?

Our Question: Should Canada’s human rights commissions be abolished?

April 15th, 2011
OPC Administrative: Double Majority - Popular and Geographic Majority for Official OPC Positions

Our Question: Should the Online Party of Canada use double majority to determine official OPC positions?

April 13th, 2011
Canada's Arctic Sovereignty

Our Question: Is establishing Canada's Arctic sovereignty worth the time and money

April 10th, 2011
Provincial Governments - redundant administrative level

Our Question: Should Provincial governments be eliminated (split resp. into Local and Federal)?

April 10th, 2011
The Cabinet: elected MP's vs. hiring a team of professionals

Our Question: Should the Canadian Cabinet be formed by professionals or elected MPs?

April 9th, 2011
Public Servant Salary Index

Our Question: Should the federal government public servants’ salaries be indexed as fractions of the prime minister's?

April 5th, 2011
The power of the 'Media Consortium' over political debates

Our Question: Should Elections Canada take control and include all registered parties in debates?

April 2nd, 2011
Recycling Programs

Our Question: Should the federal government propose legislation enforcing deposit-based recycling programs on every province?

March 29th, 2011
Canada's F-35 Jet Purchase, and US-relations (Updated)

Our Question: Should Canada honour its commitment to purchase 65 F-35 fighter jets to bolster Canada-US relations?