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Cowichan Conversations: Rick Mercer On Thomas Mulcair And The NDP Convention

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Trashy's World: How not to show your appreciation of and trust in your “base”…

Dear fellow Conservative: We really, really want your money and support. But please, please, just STFU. If you are approached by anyone resembling a reporter, blogger, Liberal, New Democrat, Green, environmentalist, Public Servant, First Nation member, telecom industry employee or Maude Barlow, please run away screaming, hands over ears, and yelling “LALALALALALA!” as loudly as . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: How not to show your appreciation of and trust in your “base”…

The Scott Ross: Wynne-ing Like It’s 2006…And Losing Like It’s 2008

Today Ontario Liberals chose their next leader, but if 2006 is any indication, they might have just chosen their next loser.

Similarities between Kathleen Wynne’s recent victory in the Ontario leadership race and Stephane Dion’s in the federal Liberal leadership contest in 2006 suggest a just as similar electoral future.

Old, Tired Parties: It was . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Wynne-ing Like It’s 2006…And Losing Like It’s 2008

Trashy's World: Bloggers not welcome?

If this is accurate and the Ontario Libs are going to make it prohibitively difficult for bloggers to attend their leadership convention, then they are dumber than I thought. Really? C’mon. You’d be alienating a significant segment of your supporters. Do you REALLY want to drive some of your membership into the arms of the . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Bloggers not welcome?

The Scott Ross: Trudeau, Harper And Canadians Lack Substance

Critics claim Justin Trudeau has no substance when it comes to policy, they fail to realize that neither does Stephen Harper, nor any other leader or party; not to mention the fact that Canadians increasingly don’t care.

This is not a defense of Justin Trudeau but an offence committed by Canadians.

Politics has increasingly . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Trudeau, Harper And Canadians Lack Substance

The Scott Ross: The Not So Leblanc Slate

Leadership races are often an opportunity for a political party to start over with a blank slate, Liberals might not get that chance if a slightly hypocritical Dominic Leblanc gets his way.

Liberal MP Dominic Leblanc is discouraging anyone from running for leadership who only seeks to raise their profile and that members who lost . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: The Not So Leblanc Slate

ParliamANT Hill: CAW Video Contest Finalist: Local 444 & PlAnt a row, Grow a row

Inspired by this video:http://www.caw2012.ca/caw-video-contest-finalist-local-444-plant-a-row-grow-a-row/

ParliamANT Hill: Challenge Neo Liberal Capitalism to Build a Better World, LewAntza says

Inspired by this story:  http://www.caw2012.ca/challenge-neo-liberal-capitalism-to-build-a-better-world-lewenza-says/

The Leadership Narrative

Way back when, a few months after the last federal election, I replied to the Susan Delacourt’s “Is the Liberal Party dead?” question, echoed ad nauseum in the nation’s press, with a warning to be wary of forcing Canadian politics to fit a certain narrative.

That narrative presupposes the inevitability of a polarized left-right dichotomy; . . . → Read More: The Leadership Narrative

Pop The Stack: Beards Again

Last night the NDP chose a new leader Thomas Mulcair. Mulcair was the most reformist candidate that was on offer but he was also not the biggest party insider among the candidates. So in a sense he represents a tradeoff between striking out in bold new directions versus staying the course and not attempting to . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Beards Again

Pop The Stack: Beards Again

Last night the NDP chose a new leader Thomas Mulcair. Mulcair was the most reformist candidate that was on offer but he was also not the biggest party insider among the candidates. So in a sense he represents a tradeoff between striking out in bold new directions versus staying the course and not attempting to . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Beards Again

The Scott Ross: A Tale of Two NDPs

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: A Tale of Two NDPs

The Scott Ross: A Layton-22

Jack Layton never based his decisions on what one person would do, to ask New Democrats to do that is doing anything but honouring the man or the party.

Finishing a speech at the NDP Leadership Convention Olivia Chow told the crowd of orange, “Ask yourself, what would Jack do.” The thing is of course, . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: A Layton-22

The Scott Ross: Ignatieff’s Liberals & Romney’s Republicans

The comparison between Canadian politics and American politics has been made more than once, the similarity of Liberal and Republican dominance in their respective countries during the last century is the most obvious. But in recent years Liberals and Republicans seem to be sharing more and more in common, Michael Ignatieff and Mitt . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Ignatieff’s Liberals & Romney’s Republicans

The Scott Ross: Outshining Trudeau

Just as Liberals look at Justin Trudeau and ask if he is like his father, many are asking if he will run for leader, the answer to one is the answer to the other.

Though Justin Trudeau has stated he will not be running for Liberal Leader, citing his duty as a father to . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Outshining Trudeau

The Scott Ross: A Liberal Spark

A national convention this weekend showed that out the ashes of the Liberal Party there was a spark. That in Ottawa, where once the largest Liberal flame burned, where once it warmed all of a cold Canada, this weekend the city now home to the party’s cinders flared the tiniest but most ardent spark of . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: A Liberal Spark

The Scott Ross: Liberal President Priorities

On Saturday a respectable 1744 Liberal members voted on the most important change to the Liberal Party in years, perhaps ever, opening up the party to non-members and completely revolutionizing how Canadian political parties operate. Today Sunday more than 2500 will have cast a ballot for party president, an office that has less significance in . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Liberal President Priorities

The Scott Ross: Liberal Members Vote To Allow Supporters To Lose Too

Without buying a party membership you can become a Liberal supporter and not vote too.

Liberals this weekend passed numerous amendments, one of them allows for non-members to vote for Leader, and though this issue was passed by a majority, both sides of the debate lost, because so few delegates actually voted.

Whether the Liberal . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Liberal Members Vote To Allow Supporters To Lose Too

The Scott Ross: Liberal Change For Innovation

May 2 2011- The Liberal Party had its worst defeat in history.

June 18 2011- The Liberal Party holds an extraordinary convention over the phone and online, the first teleconference of its kind in North America.

January 11 2012- Despite suffering worst electoral defeat, Interim Leader Bob Rae announces the Liberal Party has raised the . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Liberal Change For Innovation

The Scott Ross: Sheila Copps Wants Another Ignatieff

The Scott Ross: Liberal Pride

Many Liberals may take pride at the sight of increasing poll numbers, they shouldn’t.

The Liberals have problems, increasing poll numbers aren’t going to fix them. Liberals need to build a new party, that will take time, determination and purpose. Poll numbers aren’t going to stop backroom deals, poll numbers aren’t going to hold coffee . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Liberal Pride

The Scott Ross: Less Liberal, Less Canadian

In 2006 Howard Dean spoke at the Liberal Leadership convention. In 2008 many Liberal organizers went to the United States and worked for the Democrats. In that same year many Liberals attempted to draw similarities between Liberal Leadership candidate and longtime American resident Michael Ignatieff with Barack Obama. In 2009 Liberals began using the same . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Less Liberal, Less Canadian