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Trashy's World: Con talking head is “disappointed” in our democratic process…

…huh? Conservative Party spokesman Fred DeLorey called the decision disappointing. “Fifty two thousand people in Etobicoke-Centre followed the rules, cast their ballots and today had their democratic decision thrown into doubt,” he said. Well, no, Mr. DeLorey. Some of those 52,000 voters in the riding did NOT follow the rules and that is why the . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Con talking head is “disappointed” in our democratic process…

Pample the Moose: Robocalls – Guelph at the centre of the maelstrom

Well, it’s not quite how and why I’d like to see my current hometown in the news, but if it helps expose corruption from the 2011 election, I won’t complain. It would appear that the automated phone calls here in Guelph on election day 2011 were what triggered the main Elections Canada investigation that has . . . → Read More: Pample the Moose: Robocalls – Guelph at the centre of the maelstrom

the reeves report: Globe columnist John Ibbitson talks politics and how the West has won

Globe columnist and author John Ibbitson.

A standing room only crowd assembled last night at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto to hear Globe and Mail columnist John Ibbitson speak on the current state of Canadian political affairs. Ibbitson’s talk, it would seem, was convened to inform the assembled crowd of Toronto elite just . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Globe columnist John Ibbitson talks politics and how the West has won

the reeves report: Is Bob Rae the Liberals next Keith Davey?

Senator Keith Davey chats with Prime Minister and Pierre Trudeau in this 1976 photo.

Peter C. Newman’s latest book When the Gods Changed: The Death of Liberal Canada was supposed to be the book that chronicled Michael Ignatieff’s rise to political power in Canada. Plucked from the wilderness – question mark – of . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Is Bob Rae the Liberals next Keith Davey?

Larry Hubich's Blog: Together, we can do it

In October, TCU Place in Saskatoon played host to the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour’s 56th annual convention. This year’s convention was another overwhelming success with 500 to 600 delegates in attendance. Convention delegates were treated to a number of presentations by a variety of accomplished speakers, some of whom you can read about inside the . . . → Read More: Larry Hubich’s Blog: Together, we can do it

Larry Hubich's Blog: Court date rapidly approaching

All legal arguments have now been filed in the unprecedented case against the Sask. Party governments’ anti-worker, anti-democratic, unconstitutional labour laws.

As reported earlier in this blog, the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour and 25 additional plaintiffs (SFL et al) plus 3 intervenor unions filed their legal arguments in the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench related . . . → Read More: Larry Hubich’s Blog: Court date rapidly approaching

Larry Hubich's Blog: Vote to Protect the things that make Saskatchewan great.

Larry Hubich's Blog: SFL Labour Issues Campaign

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the reeves report: Are the NDP too dependent on Jack Layton?

I’ll be brief this time, because I know every pundit and their brother will be covering this story and making this speculation. But it’s worth asking – are the NDP too dependent on Jack Layton for their success? True, this success has been incredibly recent, and it is an exception in Canadian politics that the … Continue reading » . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Are the NDP too dependent on Jack Layton?

the reeves report: Out on a Limb: In Defence of the (Political) Moral High Ground

This may be terribly naive of me (and I’m not ruling out that possibility, to be fair), but I am going to go out on a limb and make the following two statements: 1) the (political) moral high-ground is (often) worth defending; and 2) two wrongs do not make a right. I know, I know. … Continue reading » . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Out on a Limb: In Defence of the (Political) Moral High Ground

Pample the Moose: Quebec NDP: The Kids [Could Be] All Right

Monday was an exciting night for Quebec university NDP clubs, as a number of members of their executives were elected to the House of Commons, amidst a wave that elected NDP members in almost 80% of Quebec’s ridings (on the strength of about 43% of the… . . . → Read More: Pample the Moose: Quebec NDP: The Kids [Could Be] All Right

Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Green Party of Canada: An election result with mixed blessings

Elizabeth May has been cemented in place as the Green Party leader, BUT this means the Green Party is finished with the coming elimination of the per vote subsidy. Oh well, it was nice while it lasted . . . → Read More: Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Green Party of Canada: An election result with mixed blessings

Pample the Moose: Don’t blame Guelph. We voted for Kodos!

Bah! Our electoral system has given a party that won 40% of the vote from the 61% of eligible voters who cast ballots a majority of seats in the House of Commons, and they’ve got control of the Senate as well. And as far as I can tell, electoral refo… . . . → Read More: Pample the Moose: Don’t blame Guelph. We voted for Kodos!

Pample the Moose: Election-day shenanigans in Guelph

Like a good citizen, I headed out bright and early this morning to my local polling station to vote this morning. There was no line-up, but a steady flow of people in and out to the various booths. My partner reported the array of Conservative signs … . . . → Read More: Pample the Moose: Election-day shenanigans in Guelph

Pample the Moose: Election Prediction? Beats Me!

Well, this election has turned into quite the roller-coaster ride, hasn’t it? Depending on your pollster of choice, we’re either headed for an historic NDP breakthrough or a Conservative majority. Confused? Me too. As in past years, I’m participati… . . . → Read More: Pample the Moose: Election Prediction? Beats Me!

Blevkog: Sam Pazzano: Whore! Future senator?

Wow. The Conservatives are scared, and have no shame. Warning: If you click this, you might throw up a little in your mouth. I did. On the bright side, maybe this ridiculously transparent smear job will have the same effect for Layton’s campaign … . . . → Read More: Blevkog: Sam Pazzano: Whore! Future senator?

Blevkog: Prediction time!

Hey all, I’ve been playing with my spreadsheet. It’s silly, fun, and a waste of time. That aside, I’ve taken the shift between polling numbers in 2011 (allowing for the current trends to continue until Monday) and voting numbers from … . . . → Read More: Blevkog: Prediction time!

Pample the Moose: NDP in Quebec: Who are these prospective MPs?

With all the excitement/panic/drama surrounding the apparent NDP wave in Quebec, it’s fair to wonder who might suddenly become the new crop of MPs from Quebec if polling data translates into seats in the House of Commons. I, for one, am very curious. Here in Guelph, the NDP ran fourth in the 2008 election, and even today, a week before the election, there is still no candidate bio on the website for the local candidate, Bobbi Stewart. I have no idea from the website who she is, other than the election preparedness chair for the local riding association.If that’s the case in Ontario, it’s no surprise that speculation is rampant about the Quebec crop of candidates for the party. The Globe and Mail has started digging, and has turned up at least a handful of university students. I’m not surprised at all. When I volunteered for the local NDP candidate in Outremont in the 2004 election, I was rather surprised to discover that the entire provincial campaign was being run out of a single office on St. Laurent Blvd, and that most of the candidates for the province were in fact the campaign management team, based almost entirely out of Montreal, many of them university students, and most of them under thirty years of age. A quick glance through the list of candidates seems to indicate that this is again the case in at least a sizeable number of ridings.As a person who genuinely would love to see the NDP replace the Bloc as the choice of Quebec voters, I’m hoping that some of the blue seats in that province will turn orange, and that the newly elected MPs will do a good job. It’s just that nagging memory of the ADQ surge to become the official opposition in Quebec in 2007 that has me a little concerned of what could happen when a series of placeholder candidates suddenly become MPs. Let’s just say that I’m hopeful, yet concerned…

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Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Green Party Canada: Advance Polls and the Youth Vote.

The Green Party of Canada has been surprisingly effective in this election, in some respects anyway. I have been a vocal critic of the Leadership of the Party, but given the bad choices made, they are doing the right things to win Elizabeth her Seat in SGI . . . → Read More: Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Green Party Canada: Advance Polls and the Youth Vote.

Pample the Moose: An Orange Revolution in Quebec: The NDP in la belle province

I’m somewhat surprised by the latest CROP and Ekos polls coming out of Quebec, showing the NDP cruising into first place, and the Bloc vote steadily falling. But as I’ll get to later in this post, there are good historical reasons to explain this tren… . . . → Read More: Pample the Moose: An Orange Revolution in Quebec: The NDP in la belle province