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Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon #ERRE Links

A bit of electoral reform material for your weekend reading.

– Nathan Cullen points out how the Special Committee on Electoral Reform’s report (PDF) serves as an effective road map to make every vote count in Canada.

– PressProgress highlights how the Libs are attacking their own campaign promises in order to preserve an . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon #ERRE Links

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

– Wolfgang Munchau writes that the rise of right-wing insurrectionism can be traced largely to “centre-left” parties who have focused most of their attention on imposing austerity and catering to the corporate sector while offering little to citizens, while Naomi Klein comments on the role of neoliberal politics . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.- Michael Bader argues that a cynical view of politics represents the most important barrier to progressive victories:Cynicism is a corrosive force in our politics and culture, but one that is invisible to us beca… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- David Ball talks to Joseph Stiglitz about inequality and its causes – including the spread of corporate control through trade agreements:What would you say is the dominant cause [of growing inequality]… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

The Canadian Progressive: NDP Introduces Mixed-member Proportional Representation Motion

New Democrats introduce in the House of Commons a motion for a mixed-member proportional representation electoral system at the federal level.

The post NDP Introduces Mixed-member Proportional Representation Motion appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: NDP MP Craig Scott proposes an “adapted-for-Canada” system of proportional representation

NDP MP Craig Scott proposes an “adapted-for-Canada” system of proportional representation as a route to parliamentary reform and democratic renewal.

The post NDP MP Craig Scott proposes an “adapted-for-Canada” system of proportional representation appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

– Marc Lee writes that British Columbia has learned nothing about the dangers of staple economics. But Christy Clark has certainly learned something from her predecessor’s playbook: one term after Gordon Campbell’s promise not to impose an HST fell by the wayside immediately after he’d secured another four years . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

The Canadian Progressive: NDP: Abolish the “unelected and unaccountable Senate of Canada”

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Mar 4, 2013: The New Democrats today repeated their call for the abolition of Canada’s scandal-ridden “useless, expensive, undemocratic appendage of government”, the Senate. The Official Opposition’s MP for Toronto-Danforth, Craig Scott, issued the following statement earlier today: In order to address the irresponsible conduct of the unelected . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: NDP: Abolish the “unelected and unaccountable Senate of Canada”

Accidental Deliberations: On priorities

In addition to its eminently sensible proposal to give effect to the rights of indigenous Canadians, the NDP also introduced another bill yesterday – and one which looks to raise a few more questions.

Lest there be any doubt, that question doesn’t have to do with whether Craig Scott’s bill setting ground rules for a . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On priorities

Slap Upside The Head: Canada’s Newest Gay MP

Canada has a new, openly gay MP this week after a byelection on Monday filled Jack Layton’s old seat with the NDP’s Craig Scott. Congratulations, Craig!

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– Glen McGregor and Stephen Maher uncover an apparently-fictitious employee listed as one of Con contractor RackNine’s key contacts – nicely paralleling the obvious coverup behind “Pierre Poutine”. And Dr. Dawg places the latest revelations in context with the rest of the Cons’ misdirections and coverups.

– Meanwhile, . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Afternoon Links

Blunt Objects: TorDan – What Does It All Mean!!?

So the final results of last night’s by-election in Toronto-Danforth shouldn’t surprise many, as Craig Scott of the NDP easily hung on, ending the night with a nearly 10,000-vote lead over his nearest rival, Grant Gordon of the Liberals.

Craig Scott – 19,210 – 59.44% Grant Gordon – 9,215 – 28.51% Andrew Keyes – 1,736 . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: TorDan – What Does It All Mean!!?

Blunt Objects: Expectations of Toronto-Danforth Votes

Today, probably about 40% of the eligible voters of Toronto-Danforth will vote a new Member of Parliament into place, following the death of their old one, NDP Leader/Messiah Jack Layton.

The riding is, in all likelyhood, going to stay NDP. Below is a chart of the riding since the 1999 Ontario provincial election in the . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: Expectations of Toronto-Danforth Votes

Blunt Objects: Toronto-Danforth Polling!

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And it’s exactly the same as what happened in May 2011!

This is going to be an uneventful by-election. While it is a riding poll – they’re not always to be trusted – and the campaign has really only just begun (Feb 12), I’m not surprised in the least about what . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: Toronto-Danforth Polling!

CalgaryGrit: A Taste of the Danforth By Election

The by election in Toronto Danforth (or, as it must be referred to in every article on the subject, “Jack Layton’s old seat”) has been called for March 12 March 19. If you’re looking for political excitement, by elections may be as good as it gets over the next three years of majority government politics.

. . . → Read More: CalgaryGrit: A Taste of the Danforth By Election

The Equivocator: Toronto-Danforth Federal Liberal Nomination Meeting 2012

Filed under: Canadian Politics, Liberal Party of Canada, Ontario Tagged: Bob Rae, Byelection, Craig Scott, Grant Gordon, Liberal, Liberal Party of Canada, Toront-Danforth

. . . → Read More: The Equivocator: Toronto-Danforth Federal Liberal Nomination Meeting 2012

Impolitical: Campaign visuals from Toronto-Danforth

Thanks to some individuals who are out and about in Toronto Danforth today, we can see the early campaign literature that is being dropped.

Take a look at the outside visuals on the first Liberal lit:

And here are the outside visuals on the NDP’s piece:

Am quite OK with that contrast.

(h/t . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Campaign visuals from Toronto-Danforth

The Anti-Choicer Loses Liberal Nomination For Toronto-Danforth And The Riding is the NDP’s To Lose

Well, I’m sure many Liberals can rest easy, for now–the fetus fetishist, Trifon Haitas, lost the nomination to advertising exec, Grant Gordon last night. There was concern that the Liberals being in such bad shape, that it was ripe for a take-over from single issue interest groups, like a fetus fetishing group looking . . . . . → Read More: The Anti-Choicer Loses Liberal Nomination For Toronto-Danforth And The Riding is the NDP’s To Lose

Blunt Objects: The State of Play in #TorDan

Announced this week, Toronto-Danforth voters will head to the polls on March 12th 19th to vote for a new MP after the death of NDP Leader Jack Layton, who had represented the riding since 2004 with ever-increasing percentages of the vote in four successive elections.

Eric Grenier created a pretty graph covering the Danforth’s electoral . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: The State of Play in #TorDan

Chris Tindal: Becoming an MP

During the ill-fated campaign to introduce MMP voting in Ontario, critics often argued that one of the biggest problems with MMP was that it would allow parties to choose candidates, and that that process would be heavily influenced by the party establishment. I found this argument perplexing, since it’s an equally (if not more) valid . . . → Read More: Chris Tindal: Becoming an MP

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– Stephen Maher and Barbara Yaffe have learned to be duly skeptical of the Cons’ motives when it comes to Senate patronage. But John Ibbitson still has a ways to go – as he’s apparently still buying Con spin about new provinces holding Senate elections which has long . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links