[discuss] No need to wonder...;-)

> 1. Re: discuss Digest, Vol 33, Issue 5 (Monty)
> 2. Canadian "politicians" to shame? (Russell McOrmond)
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> Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2007 20:27:39 -0500
> From: Monty
> Subject: [discuss] Re: discuss Digest, Vol 33, Issue 5
> To: discuss@cluecan.ca
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> Sigh...the only real thing that is happening is that Canada (along
> with the U.S.) is falling further and further behind the rest of the
> world, thanks to the corrupt, bungling baffoons who currently manage
> the country (I use the word manage, since there are certainly no
> 'leaders'). At least the GPC is becoming at least aware of something
> called FLOSS.
> And then there are the governments who put Canadian politicians to shame:
> http://www.computerworlduk.com/management/government-law/public-sector/news/index.cfm?RSS&NewsId=5008
> http://www.news.com/French-parliament-dumping-Windows-for-Linux/2100-7344_3-6138372.html
> http://3v1n0.tuxfamily.org/blog/linux-docs/italian-parliament-moves-to-linux/
> http://www.govtech.com/gt/126612?topic=117674
> http://www.marketwire.com/mw/release.do?id=775707
> --
> * May the Source be with you...;-) *
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> Message: 2
> Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2007 09:50:05 -0500
> From: Russell McOrmond
> Subject: [discuss] Canadian "politicians" to shame?
> To: CLUE general discussion list
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> Monty wrote:
> > And then there are the governments who put Canadian politicians to shame:
> Broken record, I know...
> I'm curious if it is the politicians that are put to shame in these
> examples, or the political involvement of citizens. Most European
> countries have far more active FLOSS associations than we have been able
> to build so far in Canada. I suspect that if we built CLUE to be
> comparable to http://ffii.org/ then we would be able to see similar
> results in Canada.
> Joseph Potvin has himself been able to do quite a bit with the federal
> government, and that has been documented in Canadian media a few times.
> Imagine if we had 30 people doing work like Joseph is...

Ah...no, it is not the people. I have contacted several politicians ,
about this, (and many other issues ;-), and get little response. It's
not at the top of their list to actually do something meaningful for
people/education, etc. It's more about the 'freebies', trips, 'free
priority software for personal use', etc. that our corrupt politicians
enjoy, when they become engulfed in the FUD machine, or '$400,000
'advertising incentives', etc.

When we get genuine leaders (as if that will ever happen), who are
concerned about ALL Canadians, and the education of ALL Canadians,
without crippling the taxpayer, etc., and/or rediverting savings to
priorities that benefit ALL Canadians, rather than just 'buddy-buddy'
with the corporate elite, etc., then perhaps we'll see a more public
move to FLOSS, etc. The GPC is the first party that I know of that
has taken this step to the public, (i.e. where are the PCs and Libs?,
why, they're in the pocket of M$, etc. Hence, they are not interested
in FLOSS (in fact, it's been my experience that just the opposite
occurs, i.e. more is wasted on proprietary systems, etc., recent known
examples being in health care, etc.). Good luck on getting openness,
accountability, etc. out of either the Libs or PCs.
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