Auteur : julienlamarche

Question 2 of ERRE town halls

Question 2 of the town halls have been:

What specific features are important to you in our electoral system? Local representation, proportionality, simplicity, legitimacy, inclusiveness, effectiveness?

It’s easy to say « all of them ».  Here is question 2 broken down into sub questions that contrast the various options:

  1. Should the legislature have some proportionality or not?  If not, are you aware the last time a majority government was elected by a majority of voters was in 1984?
  2. Should a local candidate obtain 50% or a plurality to represent a 1 seat riding?
  3. Regardless of your answer in question 1, do you prefer single (smaller riding) or multi seat ridings (more competition & choice)?
  4. How should list seats be made? Closed, open, flexible, best loosers?
  5. What proportion of seats should be allocated to list seats?  Pick any number between 0 and 50%.
  6. To accomodate list seats, from 1 to 10, should we enlarge ridings (1) or + number of MPs (10)?

Getting Pontiac on

Letter to the Pontiac Chambers of Commerce:

Electric vehicles are more and more in use.  There is one easy cheap ways to get the attention of electric car users and potentially draw them in the Pontiac.

Document all your regular outdoor 120 V power plugs on .  Electric cars have adapters to plug into a regular power sockets.   Some cars also have adapters for 240 V plugs.

If your members want to email me ( their address and the location of their 120 V or 240 V outdoor plug, maybe a picture of the plug location, I’ll happily add it for them.   I’ve added a listing for the plugs at Mill Dam Park.  I heard there were some 240 V plugs in the RV park in Quyon but I have not confirmed that.

I estimate charging a car is 15-25 cents per hour on 120 V.  I could add in the description of the plug if a buisiness is expecting compensation for that.  I would assume a vehicle electric owner wouldn’t stick arround longer than the time to have a meal or do some shopping, so it wouldn’t end up costing more than 2$.

A gas station or main street buisness might want to look into a type 2 charger (1000$ for one without any payment system).

Happy to answer anyone’s questions on the topic [at].


VIA rail as an act of Parliament

Sent to:

  • The ministry of transportation:,
  • It’s critics:,,, Benjamin Rankin

Bonjour à tous,

Why is it that we still have VIA Rail incorporated from an order-in-council than an act of Parliament?  Is it politically that difficult?  Does it require lots of resources to write the act?   Is CN rail that much of a powerful lobbyist? Does it require more political will from the population? Am I overestimating the the benefits of re-creating VIA rail as an act of Parliament? Would Privy Council be against it?

It seems to me that passenger rail in Canada is suffering so much.  Yes, geography and low population density does not make it as easy as in Europe.

My understanding is that having VIA rail incorporated as an act of Parliament would allow it to get better financing from sources outside government.  To have it’s financing still tied to government approval seems silly.  I know there are lots of matters to consider when governing.   But it doesn’t seem to me that difficult and the only opponents I could see would be one (admittedly big) corporation plus perhaps the bus companies.

Do you need citizens to push for it?  What’s the obstacles to getting this changed?  Am I misunderstanding the differences and benefits of having VIA Rail as an act of Parliament?