The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: Pirate Party TV Spot

The Pirate Party recently released its campaign ad. In what is probably a unique strategy in this campaign it attacks noone, ignores superficial fluff, and goes in depth into an aspect of the party platform. In short its a model of what all theparties should have used their ads for during this super long election: ...

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: The Pirate Party’s Live Blog of the Debate

Not having received an invitation to participate in the Globe Economy Debate (assumably lost in the postal system) thePirate Party of Canada decided to live blog their own answers to the questions asked. The following is the transcripttaken from the party website. Question 1: JobsCanada is facing structural, rather than cyclical change. Do you have ajob plan, beyond taking ...

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: Pirate Party Platform Spotlight (Part 4):Supporting Local Representation

A common complaint that the electorate has year-after-year is that MPs do not represent them. As party discipline hastightened into a stranglehold it has, in effect, made it impossible for MPs to represent their constituents’ views inParliament. The Pirate Party rejects this model of how a party should be run. Fundamentally we see a political ...

LeDaro: Stephen Harper faces media on campaign trail

Harper is doing okay. >

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: Random Thoughts: Just Not Ready For The Meme Campaigning

So today I was at work (I do this a lot these days) and it was fairly quiet. My coworker from the Flooring Department wasvisiting my glorious Paint Department. He has been learning how to work in the department in his free time (probably aspart of some plot to supplant me). Anyways, I decided it ...

LeDaro: Stephen Harper’s campaign and appeal to voters

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: A Long Campaign Season Would Be Good For The Pirate Party

Well, the rumours are flying that Prime Minister Harper intendsto ask Governor General David Johnston to dissolve Parliamentthis Sunday. This would begin the longest election campaign inCanadian history. It seems clear the Conservatives fully intend towin by outspending their opponents. While this would be arather crass political movement if it occurs it would also be verygood ...

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Looking forward to 2015-18

Looking forward to 2015 and beyond, here are some of the things I would like to see Collingwood Council and the town staff accomplish in the upcoming term. I have laid these out in my campaign website and literature already, but thought I should include something in my blog to complement those sources. Maintain our ...

Maple-Flavoured Politics: Voter and Campaign-Worker Fatigue

We’re in the midst of a general election here in Ontario. Election Day is June 12, 2014. Two ridings in Toronto, Trinity—Spadina and Scarborough—Agincourt, are also in the midst of federal by-elections. That Election Day is June 30, 2014. (There are also two by-elections in Alberta, but at least there aren’t provincial elections there now.) ...

OpenMedia.ca: Big Telecom is actually taking you to court

Last night as I was wrapping up my day, I took one last glance at my email and I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was our public interest lawyer notifying me that Canada’s cell phone giants have just quietly put forward a motion in Federal Court to overturn parts of our new cell phone Code ...

The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: In Canada, a ‘Proud to Protect Refugees’ campaign is launched on Refugee Rights Day

By: Canadian Council for Refugees | Press Release: Today the Canadian Council for Refugees and other organizations announced the launch of a campaign designed to transform the conversation about refugees in Canada. Under the banner ‘Proud to Protect Refugees’, 4 April (Refugee Rights Day) will see the launch of new efforts to […] The post In Canada, ...

The Scott Ross: We Need Uninformed Voters As Much As We Need Informed Ones

Just as you need a brain and a heart, a country needs voters who know the issues and voters that don’t. As the election for the American President looms, after months, if not years of campaigning, countless ads, two debates so far (not counting the twenty or so for Mitt Romney), and four years of ...

The Scott Ross: Romney Is What He Appears To Be & That’s Not Being What He Appears to Be

From not releasing his tax returns to flip flopping on almost every major issue, Democrats often warn that Mitt Romney isn’t what he appears to be. Good news for Mitt, a new secret-video shows who he really seems to be; bad news for Mitt is that it shows that what he seems to be is ...

DeSmogBlog: Romney’s New Campaign Strategy: Attack Green Jobs During Massive Unemployment

Green Jobs US.jpg Since President Obama took office, industry-funded think tanks and faux grassroots organizations, along with oil-friendly politicians have been collectively demanding to know “where are the jobs?” And with last month’s jobs report showing an increase in the U.S. unemployment rate (even though there was a net job gain for the month, making ...

DeSmogBlog: Republican Ohio Governor Kasich’s Trillion Dollar Shale Gas Lie

kasichshrug2.jpg About the only positive thing you can say about industry-funded astroturf groups is that they at least base their misinformation campaigns on phony “studies” and “reports.” Their lies are based on SOMETHING. The same cannot be said of Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich, who has come up with a whopper based on absolutely nothing. ...

OpenMedia.ca: Campaign update: From its inception the Internet has been about us

From its inception the Internet has been about us: the users. Yet time and time again old government and industry bureaucracies have tried to restrict our connection to each other through the Internet. Their latest effort comes in the form of the TPP’s Internet trap. This extreme and secretive scheme appears to be an attempt ...

DeSmogBlog: Republican Senator Scott Brown Suffering From "Subsidy Amnesia"

Scott-Brown-Campaign-SMS-Marketing1.jpeg With a straight face, Republican Senator Scott Brown told a crowd in Massachusetts this week that “oil companies don’t get subsidies” from the federal government. Brown tells us that, just like other companies, they are able to “take deductions,” but nothing more. The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) was quick to jump on the ...

The Scott Ross: Supply Management of Martha Hall Findlay’s Debt

For Martha Hall Findlay the economics of Supply Management are simple; the economics of her 6 year overdue personal political loans, however, are apparently far more complex. Where Ms. Findlay rightly believes the government should stop protecting dairy farmers, she wrongly believes the government should continue protecting her outstanding political campaign debt of $65,000. On ...

DeSmogBlog: FreedomWorks Creates Error-Filled Site To Accuse EPA Of "Killing Jobs"

EPA Kills Jobs Facebook Ad.jpg FreedomWorks, the sister organization to the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity (AFP), has launched a new website and advertising campaign to convince American voters that the Obama administration and the EPA are out to destroy American jobs. FreedomWorks has been instrumental in creating the Tea Party in America, bankrolling the so-called “grassroots” ...

LeDaro: Mitt Romney on the campaign trail

Let the flip-flops begin!

knitnut.net: I’m starting to wish I hadn’t joined the NDP

I can hardly wait until March 24th when all the NDP leadership candidates stop compaigning for my vote. My phone has been ringing off the hook with recorded messages from different candidates and their various supporters, telling me why I should vote for them, or inviting me to participate in electronic town halls and other ...

Polygonic: La France Forte, or Why You Desperately Need Sarko Standing On the Beach

The French presidential campaign is kicking into high gear, and Nicolas Sarkozy has one key message for his ungrateful people: vote him back in, and he promises to spend his second term standing on the beach, like a magnificant granite Colossus, liquifying overseas demons with the sheer power of his blue-eyed gaze.  Don’t believe it? ...

The Scott Ross: Change Doesn’t Exist Only Once

It began on rhetoric but ended on substance; this video is like Obama’s campaign, because Americans can choose to continue it, to not just look back at what they have done but to look forward at what they will do. This year Americans can continue to make history, not end it; Americans can continue to ...

DeSmogBlog: Here We Go Again – Republican Attacks On EPA Kick Off 2012 Agenda

business-anti-environment.jpg With the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set to finally enact stricter air pollution standards in accordance with the Clean Air Act and two subsequent U.S. Supreme Court decisions requiring them to do so, powerful Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are working to make sure that the new standards never see the ...

DeSmogBlog: BP Launches PR Blitz To Repair Image

bp-logo-oil.jpg College football fans aren’t the only ones who’ll be paying close attention to what’s happening in Louisiana this evening – BP is hoping that tonight’s BCS championship game will be the ultimate payoff for their aggressive public relations campaign which is aimed at convincing the American public that the oil from the Deepwater Horizon ...