Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Tim Hudak, the GOP and Voter Suppression

I posted recently about an Ontario conservative scheme to suppress the vote in the upcoming provincial election. A Party calling themselves None of the Above could be traced back to Mike Harris. Recently it was also discovered that several Ontario households received letters from the PC Party with incorrect information, that would have sent them ...

Scott's DiaTribes: Byelection Day in Ontario – grading the pollsters polls

Interested political observers and partisans will be looking at today’s by-elections here in Ontario to see what message the voters will be sending the Ontario Liberal government of Kathleen Wynne. I’ll be interested in the results for more then one reason. We have had 2 polling companies – Forum, and Campaign Research – doing polling ...

Law is Cool: About Those Robocalls…

Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro was himself behind two robocalls on election day, the Calgary Herald revealed today. Del Mastro’s campaign manager, Jeff Westlake, sent recorded messages to constituents reminding them that it was election day and offering rides, but only identified the caller as “Jeff.” The problem is that the Member of Provincial Parliament ...

Firms Use #CPC Tactics To Halt Bad PR

Many of you will remember yesterdays post about John Fryer, the UVic professor who wrote a letter to the editor of the Globe and Mail about the two day Manning Center intensive campaign course he attended where-in he allegidly had heard about Robocalls and voter suppression. Turns out the group that Fryer had claimed were . . ...

Market research association to convene panel on Campaign Research

Yeah, that’s going to do it. One corrupt body made up of corrupt members going after one of its own. Right.

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Why are we so Shocked to Learn that the Conservatives Stole the Election?

During the G20 in Toronto, when Canadian citizens were being arrested, beaten and shot with rubber bulletts, simply for engaging in their democratic right to protest, at Charles McVety’s Christian College, another event was taking place. With an election on the horizon, Harper’s point man to the Religious Right, was hosting a seminar with none ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Americans Fear Their Election Could End up Like Canada’s. I Can Help

In the upcoming election, Barack Obama will not be challenged by the Republicans, who frankly have given up on even pretending to be politicians serving the public, but by the Super PACs.  Political Action Committees financed by wealthy corporations,  who are tired of democracy getting in their way. Remember that leaked 2006 CitiGroup memo that ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: What if This Happened to You?

What if you went into work today and were told that you would have to take a 50% wage cut?  Could you pay your mortgage?  Your rent?  Your bills?  Feed your family? Think about that.  Your pay cut in half. Well that’s what’s happening in London, Ontario.  After purchasing Electro-Motive Diesel, Caterpillar Inc. is playing ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your afternoon reading. – Dan Leger worries about the consequences of the Cons’ faith-based government: Despite the big majority and many years left in its mandate, the government seems to operate in a constant state of fear and insecurity. How else to explain the attempts to closet Commons committee hearings behind closed ...

Smoking gun: firm who made Cotler robocalls worked on Andrew Scheer campaign

Not that the media will do more than blink but this should be front page news. A Citizen analysis of Elections Canada records shows that Campaign Research was involved in at least 39 candidate campaigns during the spring election, and was paid nearly $400,000 for the work. Not all Conservative candidate returns have been filed ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: The Conservatives Did What? Please, Not While I’m Eating!

John Kenneth Galbraith, once said of Richard Nixon:   “Our nation stands at a fork in the political road. In one direction lies a land of slander and scare; the land of sly innuendo, the poison pen, the anonymous phone call and hustling, pushing, shoving; the land of smash and grab and anything to win. This is ...

Odd Happenings in Mont-Royal

So imagine this. You are an MP of a riding in the middle of Montreal. You’re not any MP, though, you are a Liberal MP. Your party has held this riding since 1940 and not only that, the first time you ran for this riding, you won it with 91%. Now it’s true, . . ...

The Sixth Estate: Polling Company Trying to Discredit Liberal MP Has Conservative Ties

As you may have heard by now, a polling company has been phoning around Montreal, claiming that Liberal MP Irwin Cotler is about to resign and asking who they plan to vote for in the upcoming by-election. The first problem is that Cotler hasn’t resigned and there isn’t (as yet) a by-election. Now, Cotler may ...