PAROLE BOARDS AND OTHER PLACES

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES ... APRIL 23RD, 2014

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CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES  … APRIL 23RD, 2014
BY
JAMES BREDIN

The date of the next election is in the government closet,
You can't find this out even if you make a large deposit,
It's not written in the Charter or Constitution so we don't know,
So you can just think about the Ice Storm and all that heavy snow.


Its like medically assisted death -- they will not allow change,
Our Supreme Court said it can't happen so it can't be arranged,
And those ideas you had about Constitutional change won't go,
Like they told Sue Rodriguez so we should already know.


But there should be a way somewhere somehow to bring it about,
So we don't need to go all they way to Ottawa and shout,
Can we find someone to rewrite Pierre Trudeau's Constitution?
That's referendums, recall, compulsory voting and less confusion.

APRIL 23RD, 2014



Tuesday, April 22, 2014

DEMOCRACY DOWN ... APRIL 22ND, 2014

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DEMOCRACY DOWN … APRIL 22ND, 2014
BY
JAMES BREDIN

We have to wait till the next election but we don't know the date,
Our politicians won't let us know and it will not come up for debate,
In fact they would prefer to cancel elections completely,
And to do all these Constitutional changes discretely.

This kind of talk is frequently and quietly swept under the rug,
Those who question this type of talk, will get a political shrug,
So no binding referendums or recall for you or me,
Democracy is almost banned even if you don't agree.

And you don't even have to vote if you don't feel like it.
And there's nothing they can do which they will never admit,
So shut up, sit down and there's no need to even think,
If you know a loud mouth; just tell him, to go see a shrink.

APRIL 22ND, 2014




Monday, April 21, 2014

THE BRIDLE PATH ... APR 21ST, 2014

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The Bridle Path

by

James Bredin

The Bridle Path is a fine posh place of big mansion houses,
Where rich folk from Switzerland sometimes stash their spouses.
The lawns are low and weeds don’t grow and the driveways long and curved,
And license plates from New York State can sometimes be observed.

But folk are few, don’t give reviews and the place is so sedate,
But lenses watch the garden gates and hedges hide the real estate,
But if you’re blessed to be a guest you’ll see the tennis courts,
And the girls in white, all sunshine bright, running at their sports.

It was in this fine place that I first perceived Pontius de la Clair,
A gardener and a servant man and a little in despair,
As he stood on a ladder, he seemed quite sadder and clipped the cedar hedge,
And told me about Switzerland and their house on a mountain ledge.

"I should have an electric clippers and a fancy sit-down mower.
"And a long-barreled leaf blower and a sheltered snow thrower.
"We travel the world wherever we like, to Zurich or Madrid,
"I’ve driven the Rolls with all that chrome to his every buyout bid.

I didn’t tell Pontius then, because it took me time to see,
And I didn’t want to pain his pride -- we were both bourgeoisie,
He was a servant and a spectacle, part of the deluxe display
He was a lackey just like me, something serious to convey.



Thursday, April 17, 2014

A FINAL FAREWELL FOR JIM FLAHERTY ... APRIL 17TH, 2014

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A FINAL FAREWELL FOR JIM FLAHERTY  …APRIL 17TH, 2014
BY
JAMES BREDIN

St James Anglican Cathedral was crowded to the doors yesterday,
At the funeral of Irishman politician Jim Flaherty they prayed,
Great man, well liked, Canadian Financial Minister for all,
Political friends and enemies all there packed wall to wall.

The mounties in red carried the flag draped coffin up the aisle,
With lots of pomp and ceremony in a religious style,
Prime Minister Stephen Harper said one last final farewell,
While Jim's wife and three sons told how the family had excelled.

And the archbishop said prayers dressed in bright priestly vestment clothes,
One sad but precious holy day in Toronto as everyone knows,
Jim Flaherty is no doubt in heaven with the other good guys,
But  its still terribly sad when a man as good as Jim Flaherty dies.

APRIL 17TH, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

NO CHANGES PLEASE ... APRIL 14TH, 2014

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NO CHANGES PLEASE  … APRIL 14TH, 2014
BY
JAMES BREDIN

Referendums and recall cannot be mentioned in high places,
In our appointed Senate, our Commons or even right in our faces,
Because almost everything is perfect or didn’t you know?
Maybe it’s time we talked to or emailed friendly Justin Trudeau.



Because Justin’s father wrote our Charter of Rights many years ago,
But maybe Justin is not interested in this political stuff though,
But we need him or someone like him, to recognize our distress,
Because we need changes at that high-up Ottawa address.



The established elites know what constitutional recall could do,
That and referendums are never mentioned though known to a few,
Because party politics rule and need not adapt to change,
So why should recall and referendums be so strange?

April 14th, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

FORBIDDEN CONSTITUTION ... APRIL 13TH, 2014

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FORBIDDEN CONSTITUTION   ...April 13th, 2014
BY
JAMES BREDIN

We can't have a new Constitution because that's the rule,
Our politicians and Senate appointees don't want one for sure,
Because referendums and recall could interfere with their lives,
So this is never mentioned and their political careers survive.

And our appointees can stay in the Senate till they're seventy five,
That's so far ahead, we don't know and you may not be alive,
A new Constitution is like a religious sacrilege to them,
While they pompously stand and announce but condemn.


We have Trudeau's Charter of Rights and what more do we need?
But we don't have referendums or recall and on that we're agreed,
As far as they are concerned; these ideas should never be mentioned,
Can't even discuss it at the next political convention.

APRIL 13TH, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT? ... APR 11TH, 2014

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WHAT DO YOU EXPECT?
By
James Bredin

We had two or three Senate scandals but they’re already forgotten,
They say that the appointment-for-life system is not rotten,
And our appointed senate aristocrats deserve more respect,
But we don’t know why or who they are so what do they expect?




Not a very democratic system and apparently it can’t be changed,
Unless someone writes a new constitution but how can this be arranged?
Could Trudeau write a new one -- an improvement on his father’s Charter
And in his forthcoming political career; this would be a great starter.




We need referendums, recall and compulsory voting for you and for me,
Plebiscites about first-past-the-post elections to be improved and agreed,
Propositions allowed so ordinary people can have input in high places,
So party politics does not rule the roost right in our faces.

Apr 11th, 2014