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15
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Make your vote count

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Representative democracy is a farce because ordinary citizens have virtually no influence over what our government does. We may joke about our elected politicians, but they always have the last laugh.
Corporations and special interest groups fund election campaigns in order to control the government and turn our democracy into an oligarchy—a government by the super-rich for the super-rich. Funding the elections is their best investment because they get back their contribution many times over in government subsidies, as in the case of oil companies. In some cases, the return on investment could be hundred times in the form of tax exemptions, more lenient environmental regulations, or other favors to improve the bottom line for the company at taxpayers’ expense.
As part of the payback, corporation and special interest group get their operatives appointed in leading role in various government agencies and institutions to ensure their control bureaucrat’s decision making. As a result of their control of the elected politicians and the operatives within, they tailor our laws for their benefits to the detriment of the majority and create laws that take away our liberties and freedoms. They enabled the intelligence agencies to spy on us and label us as terrorists for just practicing our democratic rights. They destroy our environment without consequences as in the case of the mine Mount Polley spill in British Columbia, fracking, pipeline projects in British Columbia, and the tar-sand projects in Alberta. They would not mind making our countries uninhabitable if they did not face strong resistance from courageous environmentalists and First Nations. They export our jobs overseas or bring foreign temporary employees to avoid paying full wages to our citizens. They evade paying taxes by sending their wealth to tax havens.
They open the doors to foreign investors and Chinese money launderers who use Canadian real estate to park their money away from the eyes of the Chinese government.
They get away with crimes we would spend the rest of our lives in jail if we committed them. They push the government into unnecessary confrontations and wars with other nations to please some special interest groups.

Coming from a dictatorship, I was so excited about participating in the political process. I even ran as a candidate in my constituency on behalf of the Green Party. After working from within the system, I discovered democracy is big lie. In my book, The New Era: Returning the U.S. to democracy & Prosperity, I devoted a chapter about democracy and how all its principles are violated.

Since my candidacy in 2004, I stopped voting and withdrew from participation in politics until the 2008 financial crisis hit. I decided to find out how those gangsters on the top the food chain managed to rip the world off trillions of dollars and got away with their crimes. Most of those crooks were rewarded with higher pay or huge severance/retirement packages that counted in tens of millions of dollars, while many of us lost their jobs and their savings, and have to work in their retirement age to support themselves. My research opened my eyes to the dark side of our world, and helped me to find a way to make democracy works for all of us.

Here is how the election system currently works:
Before the general elections, the political parties, multinational corporations, and special interest groups screen the candidates to identify those who would best serve their interests.
In the first screening round, the political parties decide who could run for nomination in each constituency based on their ability to raise election campaign funds from corporations and/or special interest groups.
In the second screening round, each constituency association takes a vote to select the candidate who would represent their constituency.
In the third round, corporations and special interest groups vote using their checkbook to fund candidates from the top two political parties to guarantee their control of the new government regardless of who wins the elections. Incumbent candidates are evaluated based on their previous record of service, dedication, loyalty, and potential to serve the interests of the corporation and special interest groups. Each candidate gets a share of the funds based on their ability to payback after the elections, a favor for a favor (quid pro quo).
After the third screening, selected candidates have enough funds to run their own public campaign, hire image consultants, and use the media to promote their polished image and reach out to the voters. At this time, corporations and special interest groups know that they own the government regardless who wins the elections.

In the general elections, you have four options:
1. Vote for a candidate from either leading parties – As a result, you support corporations and special interest groups control of the elected government and give legitimacy to the election process.
2. Follow your conscience, and vote for an independent candidate who is passionate about public service, knowing that he will not win – As a result, you are endorsing the rigged election process.
3. Boycott voting as a way of passive resistance against the tyranny of the oligarchs – As a result, you waste your time while politicians and the media would turn a blind eye to the turnout and would never question the legitimacy of the elections even when the majority of eligible voters do not participate.
4. Bloc voting – it is the most effective way to restore our political power from the corporation and special interest groups. Using our bloc vote, we could control the outcome of the elections. Here is how it works:
At the beginning, concerned citizens in each constituency would establish a New Era Constituency Club committed to voting for the most qualified candidate based on criteria established by the Club. The bloc vote would be able to hold the balance of power within the constituency, and consequently within the legislature.
The ability of the club to decide the outcome of the elections would give it a much bigger weight than that of the corporation and special interest groups. I explained it in detail in my book, The New Era Returning the U.S. to Democracy & Prosperity and on the website http://www.TheNewEraClubs.com. We can use that system in the coming federal elections to tip the balance for a candidate or a political party. In the future, the Club would be able to formulate its platform and use it to select their preferred candidate(s).
If you are open to explore this system, learn more about it, and want to make the political system work for all of us, not just the oligarchs; join us at the New Era Constituency Club. Each club will be independent, led by constituency members. If there is no constituency club, please be the first to start one.
Then, you can promote your club on social media and friends from the constituency or anywhere else where concerned citizens want to restore their democratic government.
Potential for success:
The disgruntled voters represent more than 60% of the eligible voters. If we can attract one third of them, the Constituency Club could decide the outcome of the elections.
Make your vote count and join at The New Era Constituency Club.
By joining us, you will be securing a better future for your children and your country.

Apr
6
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Wealthy Chinese Immigrants and Tax Evasion

Clubs, Politics, Uncategorized, Vancouver
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The tax season is upon us and the federal election date is approaching. During this time, we are reminded how taxes and government policies affect our lives. A good example is the Immigrant Investor and Entrepreneur Program by which Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) expedited immigration of thousands of wealthy Chinese investors. Nevertheless, the government did not ensure that those immigrants would pay their fair share of taxes as they and their families enjoy our public services such as medical and education services.
The Government of Canada mistakenly thought that those investors would bring their wealth and expertise to Canada and contribute to the growth of our economy. This assumption has been proven wrong and the government terminated the program on June 19, 2014 because of its abject failure. However, the program continues to run in Quebec and wealthy Chinese immigrants still have a back door open to get into British Columbia.
It took the Government of Canada sixteen years to discover that those wealthy immigrants took from our public services much more than they would ever contribute and did not pay a dime in taxes on their profits overseas. It is unfair for the local struggling Canadians to carry all the burden of funding public services. It is time that the Government of Canada took a serious step to make those wealthy immigrants pay their fair share of taxes on their global income if they want their families to continue enjoying living in Canada. No free lunch anymore!
Most of the wealthy Chinese who immigrated to Canada, did not care much for Canada. They were seeking a safe haven to secure a residence for their families and a citizenship they can lean on if for any reason, things go bad in China. In addition, Canadian citizenship makes it possible for Mainland Chinese investors to do business and buy real estate in Hong Kong. They did not bother to learn the English language because they know they would not need it.
The immigration visa to Canada was one of the best investments for Chinese wealthy investors—free health care for their seniors and other family members, free education for their children, much better life quality in Canada, no taxes on their investments overseas, and their speculation on real estate in Canada would make them a small fortune. In addition, their seniors who have no income might be able to join poor senior Canadians to enjoy some free benefits. Because of this program, we did not see the expected tax revenues, nor ground shaking investments other than those digging foundations to build new homes and condominiums and sell them at astronomical prices to those immigrants, making life too difficult for the rest of us who live and work here.
Those investors brought in their families, children, parents, grandparents, but their wealth and profits stayed overseas hidden from the sight of CRA. The head of the family goes back to China to manage their businesses and leave behind their family members who need medical and educational services. If you visit our hospitals today, you will see the demand those Chinese senior have on our medical services. Most of those new senior immigrants do not speak English and would not belong to this society in anyway other than consumption of our public services without any contribution to our economy.
Those immigrants exploited the visa to the detriment of Canada and Canadians who work and live in Canada. They overloaded already diminishing education and medical services. Through speculation, they caused the astronomical rise in the prices of real estate making it unaffordable, increased of cost of living in Metro Vancouver due to higher retail properties rent, and contributed to congestion in the Lower Mainland as each of their families added two cars to our already congested roads. In addition, they increased the waiting period for surgery because of the huge number of senior they brought (their parents and grandparents). They turned the most beautiful city into one of the most congested and most expensive in the world. Soon, due to the increase in demand for medical services by their seniors and education for their children, exacerbated by their taxes evasion, governments will not be able to continue to offer the services needed and would privatize them—making them available only to those who can afford to pay.
Instead of facing the problem of tax evasion heads on, Revenue Canada using its security and intelligence resources to deal with it, it launched its 2013 Informant Leads Program (OTIP) to fight international tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance. The program offers financial awards to individuals with information about major cases of international tax non-compliance resulting in more than $100,000 of additional federal tax being assessed and collected.
In other words, the government is telling us that it does not have the resources to catch International tax evaders, but has the resources to spend on a war in the Middle East or chasing the ghost of terrorism at home. Moreover, while the government spends millions of dollars to collect every phone call we make, every email we send, and every move we make, it is unable to find out who those tax evaded are, and how much taxes they are stealing from the government. Evidently, this program will be another failure because it is asking individuals to do the government investigative work.
An easier solution is for Canada Revenue Agency to audit those new wealthy immigrants who claim on their tax return that their income is less than a portion of what the utility services cost them at their luxury homes, and the maintenance of their luxury vehicles. May be asking them where they spend most of the year will give the government a clue where those businessmen make their profits overseas.
It is time that our government took this issue seriously and investigate who those wealthy immigrants are, where they have their businesses overseas, and how much of taxes they report. It should dedicate some of Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) resources to find out how much taxes those immigrants are evading. It would become a source of income to make up for public services consumed by the families of those wealthy immigrants.

Mar
8
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Thinking App for mayors to solve TransLink problems

Clubs, Politics, Vancouver
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I am developing a “Thinking app for mayors” which can be run on iPhone, iPad, and other android devices—No brains required. Among other things, the app evaluates the current TransLink plans and funding which are getting more complicated by the minute.
When I fed the solution the Mayors Council reached so far, the phone beeped loudly and the warning signs were flashing “Danger, Danger, Danger,….”
The app offered the following explanation:
By appointing Jim Pattison as a head of a committee to oversee spending of taxpayers’ money on Metro Vancouver transportation plan, TransLink becomes the first corporation in the world to have three redundant boards of directors:
1. The Mayors Council—in charge of planning the transportation plans and overseeing the operation board of directors;
2. The operational board of directors in charge of executing the plans; and
3. The Pattison Committee to oversee both the Mayors Council and the operation board of directors, to disapprove the expenditure plan, return it to the previous two boards, and ask them to make sense of it!
A major flaw in this arrangement is that Pattison will be given responsibilities but does not have the authority to fire both the Mayors Council and the Board of Directors when he finds out that they are wasting taxpayer’s money or double dipping—paying the Mayors Council more than $1 million per year in perks from TransLink.
The app offered the following solution to lower cost and avoid conflict of interests:
1. Fire the current board of directors and elect a Professional Board of Directors. No appointees.
2. Cancel the payment arrangement between TransLink and the mayors. If they want to be paid for doing their job concerning the transportation plan, they should charge their own municipalities.
The same solution should apply to TransLink’s sister company, Metro Vancouver (Vancouver Regional District).

Feb
4
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Why vote NO to a 0.5% sales tax increase (congestion tax)

Clubs, Politics, Vancouver
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Something fishy is going on in the Lower Mainland. For the first time, politicians from all stripes including the B.C. Liberal Government, the NDP, the labor unions, boards of trade (chambers of commerce), environmentalists (David Suzuki Foundation), and the city councils are united, using scare tactics, to “convince” us to approve the increase of the provincial sales tax (PST) by 0.5% in order to fund the Regional Transportation Plan. Do not fall in their trap because approving it would pronounce the end of funding public services, as we knew it.
The Regional Transportation Plan for the Lower Mainland should be funded from existing municipal, provincial, and federal tax revenues. If raising taxes is necessary, developers should pay for the new transportation infrastructure demand because they created it. They built high rises and sold them to foreign investors at inflated prices, making billions of dollars in profits. The excessive increase in real estate prices raised cost of living in the Lower Mainland, made it unaffordable for average Canadian to own a home, lowered availability of rental properties to a dangerous level, and increased demand for transportation infrastructure and services.
Although the Plan is too expensive, when it is complete, it will not be able to meet the demands because of the rate of growth of the Lower Mainland population.
While elected politicians complain about lack of funds to pay for the Plan, they have plenty to spend without accountability on fancy trips and generous raises and perks for themselves and their unions. Although they are well compensated, mayors increase their income by double dipping, rewarding themselves with a pay of 0.07% of TransLink budget. This amount reached $1.06 million in 2013. This arrangement creates a conflict of interest for the mayors because as they increase TransLink budget, their “reward” would increase, accordingly. It makes you wonder how Translink’s funds are managed, seeing the CEO made $468,015.00 in compensations and the top seven employees made more than $2.3 million. Before funding the Regional Transportation Plan, TransLink should be audited to see how its budget is managed and why taxpayers’ money is on the hook to pay two boards of directors (Operation & Mayoral boards). These two boards should be dismantled and replaced by an effective board of directors not appointed by or affiliated with the current governments (provincial and municipal) or their cronies. Mayors should not be paid by a company they are supposed to oversee on behalf of taxpayers.
In the City of Vancouver, the project for the Broadway corridor ($3 billion SkyTrain) is shortsighted. By the time, the project is completed, public transportation to the University of British Columbia (UBC) would be more congested than it is today because UBC can only be accessed through Vancouver’s already congested streets. Lack of affordable accommodations around campus forces UBC students to live all over the Lower Mainland.
The congestion problem will not be resolved until UBC change its policy–stop its exponential expansion of building luxury high rises, and builds enough affordable accommodations for its students on campus. This will alleviate the congestion created by student use of public transportation to and from UBC.
Still, the carrying capacity of streets in Vancouver is a major problem because the city was designed as a small town with narrow streets and no highways. Continuation of building high-rises in Vancouver is not environmentally sound. It would continue to increase pollution in the city and make the congestion problem unresolvable within the Lower Mainland regardless of the money spent on TransLink. The beneficiaries of the wave of building high-rises in Vancouver are the developers and the municipal parties (Vision and the Non-Partisan Association) who secure most of their campaign funding from those wealthy developers. The losers are the Vancouverites whose cost of living continues to increase despite the decrease of wages, and their ability to own a house in Vancouver became an unachievable “dream.” So, do not be fooled by those scare mongering politicians and their cronies. Say no to the new 0.5% sales tax increase. If they want to follow on with their shortsighted plan, let them fund it from the existing tax revenues.