Marjaleena Repo

The StarPhoenix, April 11, 2016
Viewpoint: Voter enumeration, poll bans can bolster democracy
by Marjaleena Repo

Ever since the writ was dropped on the 2016 Saskatchewan election, voters were inundated with almost daily polls... continued...

Maple Leaf

Windsor Star, June 10, 2015
Leadership Mocked
by Marjaleena Repo

In his critical examination of the political career of Peter MacKay, Andrew Coyne feels the need to throw gratuitous insults at David Orchard, the man who made MacKay's leadership possible through a signed agreement which MacKay soon unceremoniously scuttled continued...

Maple Leaf

June, 2015
Lawrence Martin's mythmaking about the Orchard-MacKay deal
(Not accepted by the Globe for publication.)
by Marjaleena Repo

Lawrence Martin, in his article, "The secret deal that undercut MacKay, and the old Tories" (Globe and Mail, June 2, 2015), turns the world upside down when he claims that the "secret backroom deal" that David Orchard signed with Peter MacKay destroyed the Progressive Conservative party... continued...

Maple Leaf

Global Research, June 08, 2013
Canada Politics: Deception and Betrayal in the Conservative Party
by Marjaleena Repo and Michael Welch

This week's programme looks back ten years to the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada's leadership race of 2003 which turned out to be the party's last before it merged with the rival Canadian Alliance... continued...

Maple Leaf

April 27, 2011
Why aren't people voting? Let me tell you the reasons why
By Marjaleena Repo

At Guelph university Conservative operatives recently tried to nullify the vote of several hundred students at a poll set up to facilitate student voting. They failed, but there is a far subtler and more effective way of eliminating troublesome voters, students, Aboriginals, the poor and the elderly alike. continued...

Maple Leaf

May 3, 2011, CKUW Radio
Marjaleena Repo: The democratic deficit in Canada

Marjaleena Repo was the campaign manager for David Orchard in two federal elections, in Prince Albert in 2000 and in Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River in 2008. She also managed David Orchard's two Progressive Conservative leadership campaigns, in 1998 and 2003. She talks with Michael Welch about the reason for low voter turnout in elections and so called "voter apathy."

Marjaleena refers in the interview to the "by-election of 1988," which she says should be 2008 (at which time stringent new voter ID requirements were introduced).

Maple Leaf
Saskatoon, Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Stéphane Dion and The Tale of Two Tapes
By Marjaleena Repo

Mr. Dion's speech was late to arrive at the networks, and when it was broadcast, it turned out to be of visually substandard quality, out of focus and with a a disorganized background that distracted from the speech. (Those who heard it on the radio, were lucky because they had no distractions and could pay attention to the words.) Mr. Dion's speech itself was clear and personable, not in the slightest difficult to understand, in my opinion — but then, having an accent myself, I am accent-friendly! ... Nevertheless, the production of the tape, rather than the content, has become THE political event in the Canadian media.

As many people have written and called asking "what went wrong?," below are a couple of short pieces about what happened with the tape, with names of the responsible ones, at least a few of them. You be the judge of whether Mr. Dion is to blame! continued...

Maple Leaf

Saskatoon, Monday, December 8, 2008
I attend an anti-parliament rally in Saskatoon with a leaflet
By Marjaleena Repo

This is my first-hand experience of attending an anti-parliament rally in Saskatoon on December 6th, organized by Conservative party members (how I hate to call them that after they stole the name from the Progressive Conservatives to cover up their Reform party roots — "Tories" they definitely are NOT!). The rally attracted the most fanatic and aggressive, who are already in a murderous mood. Their signs were vicious and vitriolic, and they targeted mostly Stephane Dion and Ralph Goodale. continued...

Maple Leaf

Saskatoon, Sunday, November 30, 2008
OPEN LETTER: The Liberal Party HAS a leader and his name is Stéphane Dion.
By Marjaleena Repo

... The facts are these: back in December 2006, in our convention in Montreal, Stephane Dion was elected by the membership to be the party's leader. He was chosen, I believe, because there was a strongly-felt need for something new and fresh, not part of the "same old, same old" which had ceased to attract Canadians to the party, as members and voters. This decision by the members stands, and cannot be undone by a handful of individuals in the caucus and on the executive. continued...

Maple Leaf

Prince Albert Daily Herald, Tuesday, April 8, 2008 (edited version) and Prairie Messenger, April 9, 2008
The Ahenakew affair: a bad law, an opportunity missed
By Marjaleena Repo

... Mr. Ahenakew's brutish comments were made at an emergency meeting December 12, ’02, in Saskatoon ... The reporter taped Ahenakew blaming the Jews for creating World War II and calling them "a disease." Five days later Ahenakew, in a press conference, apologized profusely for his offensive and hurtful language, stating that his comments were made in anger and frustration over the plight of native people in Canada, but that this did not excuse them. He asked to reach out to the Jewish community.

This was the moment when history could have been made, by a new level of communication and trust-building between Ahenakew, his own constituency whom he had hurt and the Jewish community, victim of his ignorant and deeply offensive comments. continued...

Maple Leaf

GlobalResearch.ca, June 19, 2006
Canada: a galloping police state?
By Marjaleena Repo

After five years of what can only be described as intense "terrorism envy" by our security establishment – with their repeated predictions of terrorist acts in Canada – the country has moved up a notch, to terrorism frenzy. The discovery of an alleged conspiracy by 17 Muslim men to attack facilities in Toronto and kidnap parliamentarians (as well as beheading the prime minister) – ostensibly to get Canada to withdraw from Afghanistan v came just in time before parliament debates the renewal of our post-2001 anti-terrorism legislation, and when support for Canada's all out military involvement in Afghanistan is softening by the day. continued...

Maple Leaf

Halifax Chronicle-Herald, October 28, 2005
Orchard no ’outsider’ in PC party
By Marjaleena Repo

Marilla Stephenson’s Oct. 22 column, "Tories take a step back in time with convention," perpetuates various myths about David Orchard and his role in the extinguished Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. ... Far from being an "outsider," Orchard worked steadfastly in the party for six years, running for the leadership twice and contesting a seat for the House of Commons, receiving a higher percentage of votes then than any other Saskatchewan PC candidate in the 2000 election, and playing a significant role in the party’s policy and constitutional deliberations and conventions from 1998 on. continued...

Maple Leaf

April 27, 2005
ETHICS? WHAT ETHICS?
AN OPEN LETTER TO STEPHEN HARPER AND PETER MACKAY

from Marjaleena Repo

Dear Sirs, You ceaselessly point your fingers at the Liberal government members in the House of Commons and pontificate about their ethical misdeeds, alleged and real. You demand that they come clean, confess to their malfeasance and accept punishment, long before the Gomery Commission is able to present its findings of fact and recommendations.

Now you want to force the whole country through an early and expensive election because of the ethical failures of the Paul Martin government! But who are you two to talk about ethics and "moral authority?" Are you not staring yourself blind at the speck in the government's eye, while ignoring -- and hoping that no one else would notice either -- the beam in your own? continued

Maple Leaf

Ensign, April 12, 2005
Conservative leaders' rhetoric does not match reality
by Marjaleena Repo

In the aftermath of the Conservative Party's first convention, its leaders are making statements that cannot go unchallenged. Stephen Harper announces boldly that his party is a "very inclusive, open party," that there is room in his party for differing views, and that the party has demonstrated "a high degree of tolerance of differences." ...

On his part, deputy leader Peter MacKay continues to falsify history. He claims, with a straight face, that his infamous breech of the signed agreement with David Orchard in the 2003 PC Party’s leadership convention, to abide by the PC Party's constitution and not to merge with the Canadian Alliance, was "democratic, involved, transparent and open," because he had consulted widely and thoroughly with party members before he signed an agreement with Stephen Harper to do the exact opposite, to merge the parties. continued

Maple Leaf

CBC Radio, Commentary, Monday, November 26, 2004
How anti-American is Carolyn Parrish, really?
by Marjaleena Repo

Carolyn Parrish is the sacrificial lamb of Canadian politics, a dissenter who has to be taught a lesson. As a public person she has stepped outside the permitted narrow range of opinions, and, therefore, off with her head... continued  Listen to the broadcast at CBC Commentary.

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CIUT Radio, The Taylor Report, Monday, Oct 4, 2004
Marjaleena Repo's second interview on CIUT Radio "The Taylor Report"

Following up on her September 6/04 interview with Phil Taylor, Marjaleena Repo, senior advisor to David Orchard and former Progressive Conservative Party Vice-president for Saskatchewan, discusses the "coup d'état" that resulted in the takeover of Canada's founding party by the neo-con Canadian Alliance, the Republican Party North. In a fast paced back and forth, Taylor and Repo cover the dramatic territory of this unprecedented story and explore its political significance. (For more on the PC-CA merger click here.) View Marjaleena Repo's reading list of books and articles discussed during the September 6th programme. (30 minutes)

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CIUT Radio, The Taylor Report, Monday, Sept 6, 2004
"The Taylor Report" - Interview with Marjaleena Repo

Marjaleena comments on the war on Yugoslavia and the massive media disinformation campaign launched by NATO with the help of US PR firms to justify that war, the 2004 Canadian federal election and its low voter turnout, the legal challenge to the PC-CA merger and the status of the illegally withheld $70,000 from David Orchard's campaign funds -- and more. View Marjaleena Repo's reading list of books and articles discussed during the programme. (41 minutes)

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Transcript CBC "Commentary" Monday, July 5, 2004
There's more to "voter apathy" than meets the eye.
by Marjaleena Repo

About 40 per cent of eligible voters didn't cast ballots in last week's federal election. "We have to look past so-called voter apathy." ...continued.

Maple Leaf

Regina Leader Post, Thursday, Jun 24, 2004
in an edited version
Voter obstruction, not "voter apathy"
by Marjaleena Repo

Lately extraordinary media attention is being paid to "voter apathy," and no wonder, as in a remarkably short time the turnout of eligible voters has dropped from 75% in 1988 to 61.2% in 2000, heading towards the U.S. rates of ca 40%.

Lack of civics in our schools is blamed; or a weakened sense of citizenship in the country (and perhaps in the western world); or just people's busy lives. Mostly the blame goes to "politics" which is experienced as meaningless and alienating and on politicians who make and break their promises, as they see fit... continued

Maple Leaf

Ottawa Citizen, August 26, 2000
Bashing Clark is the new national sport for Canada's media
by Marjaleena Repo

...Clark has for months on end been the target of virulent attacks by the media. From the fury, one would think that he is the leader of an unpopular governing party rather than a 5th ranked party.

Reporters, columnists and cartoonists have raced to heap abuse on Clark. The Globe and Mail's Paul Sullivan dredged up the old canard of Clark "losing his luggage" on a foreign tour – probably the only Canadian blamed for an airline losing his baggage! Also, according to Sullivan, Clark "grins foolishly" while wearing" a dorky cowboy hat" – again the only person ridiculed for wearing de rigeur attire at the Calgary Stampede. continued

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