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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 in some or all of the ridings, and I will be curious to see which of these 2 were closer to the mark (or if both are). Both of these pollsters used IVR (Interactive Voice Response) technology to get their polling results, so it will (Read more…)

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 for Peterborough is named Jeff Leal, and many constituents were confused. He also happens to be a Liberal, and claims calls were made during the Provincial election calling him a “baby killer.”

Del Mastro hired Nick Kouvalis of Campaign Research to

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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 . . . → Read More: Firms Use #CPC Tactics To Halt Bad PR

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 other than Karl Rove, the man who helped to steal two elections for George Bush.

McVety also runs the Canadian chapter of Christians United For Israel, a frightening and Apocalyptic Christian fundamentalist group, that promotes the nuclear annihilation of the Middle East. 

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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 they have worked so hard to suppress? The World is dividing into two blocs – the Plutonomy and the rest. The U.S., UK, and Canada are the key Plutonomies – economies powered by the wealthy. Continental Europe (ex-Italy) and Japan are in

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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 tough, using the same tactics they used in Illinois, when that state proposed an increase in the corporate tax rate.  Staunch Republicans, Caterpillar threatened to move to a state less union friendly.

They even offered to help the

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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 doors? What else would explain denying every single amendment proposed by the opposition, restricting debate and invoking closure on so many bills, muzzling the public service or employing “reprehensible” dirty tricks to undermine a sitting Liberal MP? In Harper’s Ottawa, even cabinet meetings are scheduled

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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 so the figure could be slightly higher still.

As @kady notes,

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 Nixonland. America is something different.”

Lawrence Martin in his book Harperland, writes:  ” [A]mong this breed of new conservative was a different temperament. It was an attitude not readily found in the traditional Canadian middle-of-the-road parties, but more common to a strain

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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, . . . → Read More: Odd Happenings in Mont-Royal

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 be stretching the truth when he says he isn’t resigning. Whoever decided to fund this shadowy operation — presumably the Government of Canada’s ruling party — must have thought he was going to, or they wouldn’t have exposed themselves like this.

The press has done

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