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The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: People’s Alliance Announces Carleton By-election Candidate

A provincial by-election has been called for the riding of Carleton. The People’s Alliance of New Brunswick has justannounced their candidate. The following is a copy of the press release:

The People’s Alliance of New Brunswick announces Deputy Leader RandallLeavitt as candidate for the upcoming Carleton By-election.

Leavitt’s background is in business management and sales, . . . → Read More: The Tory Pirate – Politics & Policy: People’s Alliance Announces Carleton By-election Candidate

The Liberal Scarf: Mississauga Ward 4 by-election had been called for April 27th! Check out Joe Horneck’s campaign website and support a strong voice for transit!TodayT

Last month, I wrote about how I thought Joe Horneck would be a strong addition to Mississauga city council with an upcoming by-election for Ward 4 in downtown Mississauga.With Mississauga Council calling the by-election today for April 27th, … . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Mississauga Ward 4 by-election had been called for April 27th! Check out Joe Horneck’s campaign website and support a strong voice for transit!TodayT

The Liberal Scarf: Mississauga Ward 4 by-election had been called for April 27th! Check out Joe Horneck’s campaign website and support a strong voice for transit!TodayT

Last . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Mississauga Ward 4 by-election had been called for April 27th! Check out Joe Horneck’s campaign website and support a strong voice for transit!TodayT

The Liberal Scarf: Joe Horneck would be strong addition to Mississauga City Council

It was a great personal experience to serve as Alvin Tedjo’s campaign manager in Mississauga Ward 2 this fall, one that really made me think about the future of my hometown as it builds an independent identity for itself.

With that in mind, some interesting things have happened since the municipal election. Long-time City Councillor Frank Dale was elected as Peel Regional Chair, and as such, a by-election is happening in his former Ward 4.

While a number of candidates have put their name forward, I believe Joe Horneck is by far the best candidate for the future of Mississauga.

Joe has a strong, progressive and urban vision for Mississauga:

As co-chair of the western summit’s report, Unlocking Our Gridlock Together, A Citizens’ Report on Transit, Horneck has been an effective advocate for action on an issue that needs all the action it can get. He’s quite comfortable being dubbed “the transit candidate.”…

He’s an unabashed supporter of the Hurontario LRT and says an integrated hub at the Cooksville GO Station could be a catalyst that’s required for the economic stimulation of that corner of the ward.
“If we can get a mix of private and public sector investments coming together around the transit hubs, it spills into the neighbourhoods around it,” he says.


. . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Joe Horneck would be strong addition to Mississauga City Council

The Liberal Scarf: Joe Horneck would be strong addition to Mississauga City Council

It was a great personal experience to serve as Alvin Tedjo’s campaign manager in Mississauga Ward 2 this fall, one that really made me think about the future of my hometown as it builds an independent identity for itself.

With that in mind, some interesting things have happened since the municipal election. Long-time City . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Joe Horneck would be strong addition to Mississauga City Council

Politics, Re-Spun: Whitby-Oshawa Shows the Need for Active NDP-Liberal Cooperation

The Pundits Guide has a spectacular analysis of what it takes to almost take out a strong Conservative seat in a by-election. See below.

It shows that a relatively weak NDP campaign with a very strong Liberal campaign almost is enough.

What more does it take? Ask Nathan Cullen and others in the NDP and . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Whitby-Oshawa Shows the Need for Active NDP-Liberal Cooperation

The Liberal Scarf: Whitby-Oshawa Conservative candidate Pat Perkins questions science on climate change

So Pat Perkins is willing to spend thousands of your tax dollars to fly herself out to a real-estate conference in Cannes, France that by her own admission “nothing concrete” has come out of, but she isn’t willing to listen to scientists on climate cha… . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Whitby-Oshawa Conservative candidate Pat Perkins questions science on climate change

The Liberal Scarf: Whitby-Oshawa Conservative candidate Pat Perkins questions science on climate change

So Pat Perkins is willing to spend thousands of your tax dollars to fly herself out to a real-estate conference in Cannes, France that by her own admission “nothing concrete” has come out of, but she isn’t willing to listen to scientists on climate change?

Whose priorities do you think she’ll listen to in . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Whitby-Oshawa Conservative candidate Pat Perkins questions science on climate change

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: More political stragedy #nlpoli

Paul Davis started out as Premier talking about his plan to run a national competition to find a communications director for his office.

There’s been no mention of Davis’ missing communications director as he and his office blunder through the Manning mess.  Then suddenly, on Monday, the talk of a national competition was gone.  Davis . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: More political stragedy #nlpoli

Accidental Deliberations: On taboos

Regular readers will know that I’ve spent plenty of time discussing all kinds of plans for multi-party pre-electoral cooperation – and that I’ve been highly skeptical about whether the ones we’ve seen in Canadian politics can be either justified in principle, or made effective in practice. And I’ll readily acknowledge that those questions are worth . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On taboos

atypicalalbertan: 7 THINGS TO WATCH IN ALBERTA BY-ELECTIONS

By-elections are being held in four ridings across Alberta on October 27th. This mini-election, of sorts, is needed to elect Premier Jim Prentice and two of his cabinet ministers to the legislative assembly. More importantly, the four races will serve as a weather vane in the rapidly shifting winds of politics in Alberta today. We shouldn’t … Continue reading 7 THINGS TO WATCH IN ALBERTA BY-ELECTIONS . . . → Read More: atypicalalbertan: 7 THINGS TO WATCH IN ALBERTA BY-ELECTIONS

atypicalalbertan.ca: 7 things to watch in Alberta by-elections

By-elections are being held in four ridings across Alberta on October 27th. This mini-election, of sorts, is needed to elect Premier Jim Prentice and two of his cabinet ministers to the legislative assembly. More importantly, the four races will serve as a weather vane in the rapidly shifting winds of politics in Alberta today.

We . . . → Read More: atypicalalbertan.ca: 7 things to watch in Alberta by-elections

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Election Stragedy #nlpoli

Charlene Johnson quit the legislature first.

The chief electoral office has been plugging special ballot voting in the seat she vacated since the early part of October.  For those who don’t know,  you can vote in Newfoundland and Labrador up to 30 days before the writ drops in any election.  In other words, there is . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Election Stragedy #nlpoli

Alberta Diary: Time for Tories to place a bet: Jim Prentice reaches a crucial moment in a high-stakes game

Prentice… James Prentice… Alberta’s premier eyes the opposition as the time grows near to decide whether to hold ’em, fold ’em, or just run. No way he can walk away now! Actual PC politicians dealt a lousy hand may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: The real Mr. Prentice; Calgary-Nose Hill-Mackay MLA Neil . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Time for Tories to place a bet: Jim Prentice reaches a crucial moment in a high-stakes game

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

– Robert Reich discusses how a reasonable balance of economic and political power is necessary to any protection of meaningful personal freedom: In reality, corporate free speech drowns out the free speech of ordinary people who can’t flood the halls of Congress with campaign contributions.

Freedom is the one . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading.

– Stephen Hume writes about the importance of tax revenue in building a functional and compassionate Canada: My taxes provide our mostly peaceful, prosperous and safe society; a health care system that for all its flaws and glitches is pretty darn good compared to the alternatives; a policing and . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

The Liberal Scarf: Where does Hudak Niagara Falls candidate Bart Maves stand on right to work?

We know Hudak has no tolerance for his own candidates standing up for local jobs in the face of his reckless right-to-work-for-less scheming and Bart Maves himself used to be opposed to the policy?

So what does Bart Maves stand for now?

It’s a question worth asking. In a debate this evening, Maves repeatedly talked about the need . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Where does Hudak Niagara Falls candidate Bart Maves stand on right to work?

The Liberal Scarf: PC candidates and MPPs flee from Hudak’s leadership

Hudak is down two candidates, with his candidates in Hamilton Mountain and Hamilton East-Stoney Creek resigning. This of course, comes hot on the heels of PC candidate Dave Brister getting the boot for standing up for his constituents and standing up to Hudak and his reckless “right to work for less” schemes, Hudak’s Finance spokesperson Peter Shurman . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: PC candidates and MPPs flee from Hudak’s leadership

The Liberal Scarf: Doing politics differently? NDP break campaign laws in Niagara Falls by-election

Is breaking the law to try and win Andrea Horwath’s idea of “leadership”?

The Liberal Scarf: Thornhill PC candidate supports subway taxes, undercuts Hudak’s policy

After trying and failing to land a star candidate, Tim Hudak has settled for former Conservative riding association president Gila Martow as his candidate in Thornhill to replace his Finance spokesperson Peter Shurman, who resigned after billing you $20 grand to pay for a second home while living 150 kilometers outside a his riding, which . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Thornhill PC candidate supports subway taxes, undercuts Hudak’s policy

Alberta Diary: In four letters, Brian Jean, the Crossword King of Parliament Hill, has Q-U-I-T

How Brian Jean may have started to see himself after whiling away too many hours on Parliament Hill over the decade. Amateur psychologizing by blog authors is unlikely to resemble the actual mental state of real Parliamentarians. Below: The real Mr. Jean, who announced yesterday he is quitting his job as MP for . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: In four letters, Brian Jean, the Crossword King of Parliament Hill, has Q-U-I-T

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how this week’s federal by-elections seem to confirm that another minority Parliament is a real possibility in 2015 – even as the main parties all rule out any discussion of what would happen under that scenario.

For further reading…– I make reference in the column to John Ivison’s rough calculations as to how . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Calgary Grit: Margin of Error

They were up late counting the votes in Brandon-Souris Monday night. That, despite the fact that the final poll of the campaign showed the Liberals with a commanding 29-point lead. In the end, the Liberal vote was 16 points lower and the Tory vote was 14 points higher. It would have been a shocking result, . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Margin of Error

The Liberal Scarf: Orange continues to be crushed in federal by-elections

I was happy to help the Freeland campaign in Toronto Centre over the last couple of months, and I’m glad to have her as my MP. I was a poll captain, and Freeland pulled 62% of the vote in my home poll, woot. With the results spinning game already going on, here is my contribution, . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Orange continues to be crushed in federal by-elections

Calgary Grit: Wheat Kings

Trudeau was so confident in the wake of the Forum poll, that he started waving “Vote PC” signs on the campaign trail.

On the surface, nothing really happened last night. The Liberals held two safe seats and the Conservatives held two safe seats. Yes, they were counting ballots until late night in Brandon, . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Wheat Kings