Jim Prentice • Photo by Manning Centre
Jim Prentice probably took some political science courses during his university studies, but it would appear he needs a refresher. In particular, it seems, he needs a reminder about the nature of the left-right political spectrum and exactly what the extremes of that spectrum look like.
On day one of the current Alberta election, on two separate occasions, Prentice characterized his main political opponents as extreme parties on the left and right, and their policy positions as “extreme ideas and ideologies.”
Generally, in discussions of politics and public policy, when someone refers (Read more…)
Rafe Mair has been gearing up for this most important LNG fight over locating an LNG facility in Woodfibre. Truth is folks the LNG game brings us nothing but heartburn.
Here is Rafe:
(I had the pleasure of getting to meet and know Leanne at the Feb 2014 Liberal Convention in Montreal. We had been vaguely aware of each other before through blog interactions, so we weren’t total strangers, but it was a treat to meet her in person, and after getting to know her, I was pleased she was elected to National Membership Secretary. I thank Leanna for contributing this guest-blogpost to assess her first year on the “job”!. As usual, all guestblog posts/opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of me or this site. – Scott.)
Well, as the (Read more…)
Inconvenient comment #1:
Inconvenient Comment #2:
Former Conservative Finance Minister – the late Jim Flaherty – ruled out dipping into contingency fund last year to balance the books:
Flaherty told CBC News it would be “imprudent” to do so as the fund has frequently proven necessary. “If you do the arithmetic, we could have had a budget balanced by $100,000,” Flaherty said at the time. “I prefer to have a nice clean surplus.”
Inconvenient Comment #3:
Again from Jim Flaherty: this time rejecting dipping into the (Read more…)
There’s been more then a couple newspaper op-eds in the Star and Globe of late worrying about the Liberals and Justin Trudeau losing their mojo and declaring they need to do something to turn around sagging poll fortunes. They seem to have been basing that on their perception of one particular pollster – Ekos – who has been the only pollster really who has been doing a weekly look at Party and Party Leader numbers. (I’ll also note they seem to conveniently put that meme away when Ekos shows a Liberal turnaround – that pollster has had the CPC and (Read more…)
Richard Hughes–Cowichan Conversations
I have always been amazed as to how the BC Liberals along with their far right conservative friends in Ottawa manage to snow the citizen taxpayers with the fabrication that they are wise and capable handlers of our economy.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Premier Christy Clark-selling off our assets to cover hers.
We have been scammed and conned into very difficult financial circumstances fuelled by the illusion that fracking our way into the future will mean jobs, and a great wealth of profits needed to fund our social services, highways and other infrastructure demands.
The Calgary Flames are preparing to host their first playoff game since 2009 in a matter of days. While the Flames are working hard to even up their series, the politicians are working the doors. The province of Alberta may be preparing to elect a new party to power for the first time since 1971.
Does this sound familiar? Just three years ago I was responsible for the following assumption:
Danielle Smith is likely to be the next premier of Alberta
It doesn’t sound like a terrible statement, but this type of statement reveals a foolish reliance on poor (Read more…)
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Why are conservatives so successful in communicating their messages? What do progressives need to do to communicate their values to large populations?
rabble.ca and our partners Canadian Dimension will be hosting renowned cognitive linguist and author of the groundbreaking Don’t Think of an Elephant, George Lakoff in Toronto this Saturday April 18 for an inspiring all-day symposium. For tickets to this exclusive event, please register here. For a taste of Lakoff, if you are in Toronto consider coming to his evening lecture on Elections, Activism and Beyond.
Globally, we are witnessing a time dominated by (Read more…)
Richard Hughes–Cowichan Conversations
Really, who did not see this coming. issue here is that we want to see and hear all the leaders debate.
How many times have we been through this now?
What is revealing that is none of the top three Harper, Mulcair or Trudeau had the wit, grace or acumen to demand that all leaders participate.
First past the post has to go! Bring on structural reform. Canada matters!
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May is set to be included in the 2015 federal leaders’ election debates. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)
Green Party leader was cut out of 2011 (Read more…)
Richard Hughes-Cowichan Conversations
It is when events like the recent bunker oil spill in English Bay take place that the value of independent writers, thinkers, and bloggers like Rafe Mair display their real value.
Here is Rafe’s take on this mess in English Bay that has spread around the harbour.
It is a disgusting, but only a drop in the bucket to what lies ahead if we do not put a halt to the insane notion of shipping oil, refined or compressed from Tar sands products, through our coast and harbour.
Whether it be by water or rail the certain accidents will (Read more…)
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SIGN THIS PETITION
We call on Tom Mulcair to advance, as a priority, the following policies, which we call the 4 P’s, as part of the current NDP election platform.
We, the undersigned, applaud Federal NDP Leader Tom Mulcair for advocating a national childcare plan, a $15/hour minimum wage, and for opposing repressive Bill C-51 and the extension of the bombing of Iraq, and into Syria.
At the same time we call on Tom Mulcair to advance, as a priority, the following policies, which we call the 4 P’s, as part of the current NDP (Read more…)
This past Thursday evening, John McCallum, Liberal MP from Markham-Unionville and the LPC’s critic for Immigration/Multiculturalism/ Seniors visited Brantford-Brant to meet with Liberal candidate Danielle Takacs and leaders of Brantford-Brant’s various cultural communities. Mr. McCallum is the 4th Liberal MP to visit Brantford-Brant in the span of less than 3 months (the others being Carolyn Bennett, Scott Simms and Adam Vaughan) which shows that Liberals at the national level believe Brantford-Brant is a priority riding and can be returned to the Liberal fold in the upcoming election
Danielle and her team organized a round-table to answer questions anyone at (Read more…)
Conservative Senator Nancy Ruth made comments last week about how awful it is to eat normal airplane food as an excuse why she billed more sumptuous meals to her taxpayer-funded expense account. Her arrogance only made Canadians agonize more over how we should abolish or reform the patronage cesspit of our appointed Senate. Her words also sparked a wave of […]
So Jim Prentice was a virtual lock to win this election a couple of months ago… at least in the eyes of the pundits, particularly after Danielle Smith and half of her Wild Rose Party defected.
Suddenly, after a very unpopular budget.. things look extremely unpredictable:
An Alberta election that once looked like a Tory cakewalk is instead developing into a close three-way race — at least in the early going of the campaign, according to two new polls. A survey conducted by Mainstreet Technologies shows the Wildrose in the lead with 31 per cent support among decided voters, followed (Read more…)
After years of being promised whenever the federal books got balanced, it looks like the next Harper budget is indeed going to double the contribution for Tax Free Savings Accounts. This policy has long been criticized – including by me – for being a policy that disproportionately provides advantages for the rich. Indeed, the number of people capable of putting aside over $10k in savings per year while working are fairly limited. Today in parliament, Finance Minister Joe Oliver has hit back against these criticisms, effectively pointing out that there is another big group of people who are already (Read more…)
Richard Hughes-Political Blogger
The Vancouver Observer has been a most welcome edition to the media mix in the Vancouver market and beyond.
They prove, dig and unapologetically provide us with hard hitting journalism with the integrity and purpose.
‘PM Stephen Harper has turned Canada into an advanced surveillance and security state’-Chris Hedges
Now that Harper has rammed Bill C 51-the supposed anti terror bill, report like Jenny Uechi and the Vancouver Observer are of increased value.
Jenny Uechi is Managing Director of Observer Media Group, and Managing Editor of The Vancouver Observer.
Chris Hedges photo by Jenny Uechi
Jenny (Read more…)
. . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Chris Hedges Calls Steve Harper A Pawn Or Puppet Of Corporations
The Globe and Mail just broke the story on what will likely be the defining component of Kathleen Wynne’s legacy: The Ontario Liberals are introducing a big cap and trade plan. Details are sparse as yet, but it looks like they will be joining the Quebec/California regime. This is huge news, especially given Ontario’s relative prominence in Canada’s economy.
While BC (under the Liberals as well, incidentally) were moving forward with their carbon tax, Ontario Liberals had made big moves on the green energy file. With cap and trade, they are now tackling the greenhouse gas production side of the (Read more…)
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A recent run-of-the-mill telemarketing call from one of Canada’s largest credit companies took on a threatening tone. Who knew that owning a credit card whose purchases produced redeemable points for free groceries also entailed an insidious tradeoff that invaded our privacy and left a chilling aftertaste?
Informed that failure to answer certain questions would result in forfeiture of the card, I resigned myself to ten minutes of wasted time and, following the usual gobbledygook about disclosure, was asked if anyone in my immediate and extended family had ever “held one of the following offices or positions (Read more…)
In December 2013, to the shock and surprise of most Canadians, Canada Post announced an end of home delivery, a huge price increase, and the loss of up to 8000 good jobs.
We were told this is necessary, otherwise Canada Post will lose $1 billion per year by 2020. This claim was repeated over and over without question, but it should be questioned.
2014 was the first year of their projections and they say they expected to lose $256 million that year. How did they do? They posted a profit of almost $200 million.
In fact, Canada (Read more…)