David Cameron and the Spitzenkandidaten
Remember The Cullen Plan for pre-election electoral cooperation between the NDP and Liberals? He advocated a deal which enabled one candidate to run against the sitting Conservative MP, rather than splitting the vote and letting the Tory win, which is the reason Harper is in power right now. In . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: David Cameron turning on the Spitzenkandidaten
Justin Trudeau’s Big Enchilada?
This extract from The Vancouver Courier just about sums up the fate of electoral reform’s future right now:
Political cooperation isn’t a new concept, but University of B.C. political science professor Philip Resnick says it’s worth noting that in both the NDP and Liberal leadership campaigns, it has been . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Is Justin Trudeau trying to win the big enchilada on his own?
Joyce Murray – She walks the talk
Joyce Murray’s electoral reform proposals are the most democratic of all candidates for leadership.
Unlike the others who are simply practising old-style top-down command politics, Joyce is actually walking the talk of participatoty democracy in the party.
Her pre-election cooperation idea leaves the decision up to the . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Joyce Murray’s electoral reform proposals are the most democratic of all leadership hopefuls
The debate is gathering steam, and Andrew Coyne has posed several questions which every candidate for leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada (and particularly Justin Trudeau, whose father modernized the Canadian democracy almost beyond compare with his priceless gift of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms): Fundamentally, it comes down to . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Justin Trudeau, read Andrew Coyne if you are a bold, serious leader
MP Elizabeth May
MP Joyce Murray was interviewed by the Canadian Press on the possibility of a pre-election electoral cooperation taking place in ridings that choose to do so before the 2015 election. Joan Bryden’s interesting article on the interview includes this comment on the extraordinary significance that such cooperation might have : On a . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Liberal leadership race: Liberal-Green pre-election ceasefire could prevent Harper majority in 2015
What is YOUR plan to remove Harper?
Joyce Murray rocked Justin Trudeau with a sharp, hard question during the only real tussle between the nine candidates for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada at last night’s first debate of the LPC primary election campaign. Standing side by side, Murray and Trudeau were . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Joyce Murray to Justin Trudeau: What’s YOUR plan to ensure Stephen Harper is removed in 2015?
Thanks to Angus-Reid for their latest poll, but there is a critical piece of information concerning pre-election electoral cooperation and post-election electoral cooperation which the firm does not reveal, but which could meaningfully influence people’s take on the poll results. This is the Angus-Reid summary of the results on the electoral cooperation issue:
Note . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Missing info in Angus-Reid poll about "cooperation" of LPC and NDP
Joyce Murray – Reformer
Tomorrow MP Joyce Murray will be given the chance to kickstart what could be the most important public discussion in Canadian politics in two decades, when she debates the other candidates for leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada. Susan Delacourt has an interesting (and must read) article in The . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: MP Joyce Murray to kickstart the Canadian debate on electoral reform tomorrow
Joyce Murray – Progressive Reformer
MP Murray’s position on pre-election cooperation between the Liberal, NDP, Green and Blog parties in order to remove Harper’s right wing government from power, and her commitment to serious electoral reform, bears repeating in full:
Our principal challenge is to give Canada the 21st century electoral system it . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Liberal Leadership Race: Joyce Murray’s Electoral Reforms Promise
The Undemocratic Democracy
Recent byelections have once more proved that The Power Trap has the leaders of two of the opposition parties firmly in its grip. The State of Play post Calgary Centre Byelection Some recent reflections on the divided opposition parties:
Yet most Liberals here still see other parties joining them rather . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: The Joyce Murray Cooperate First, Reform Later Plan’s advantages
Joyce Murray: Targeting our democratic deficitAndrew Coyne has supported Murray’s idea of removing the Harper Tories from power and reforming the electoral system.This is a brief report of what Joyce Murray said, by Joan Bryden:But her proposal for co-… . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Joyce Murray is right: Our electoral sytem is broken and needs fixing
Andrew CoyneAt last we have some candidates for leadership of the Liberal Party who – unlike Justin Trudeau – are prepared to deal with the reality of Canadian politics: our democratic deficit. And journalist Coyne does us all a favour by dis… . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Andrew Coyne gives a good reason for choosing Joyce Murray as Liberal Party leader
Justin Trudeau & hard work
Very interesting article in Macleans – an interview with Justin Trudeau:
“Can I actually make a difference? Can I get people to believe in politics once again? Can I get people to accept more complex answers to complex questions? I know I can. I know that’s what I . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Why Justin Trudeau is running for leader of the Liberal Party of Canada
Little seedlings of support for David Merner as the next leader of the LPC are sprouting up. Three seedlings Dan Arnold of the National Post has this to say about Werner: I’ll reserve judgment until I meet the man, but Merner does meet three of the requirements on the official “Liberal leadership BINGO card” . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Should we choose David Merner as new leader of the Liberals, over Justin Trudeau?
Angus-Reid is to be congratulated for polling Canadians on the Cullen Plan, rather than just focusing on the simplistic ‘merger’ issue. The latest Angus-Reid poll has this interesting snippet about the response to the Cullen Plan’s proposal that the NDP and LPC decide in individual ridings to select just one candidate to . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: The Cullen Plan – Harper Tories would go down, poll says
Nathan Cullen broke with other senior Dippers during the NDP leadership race to openly espouse the concept of electoral cooperation between the NDP, the LPC and the Greens. The aim would not be a merger of the three parties, but simply a working arrangement at the constituency level – driven by ordinary members of . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: The New Era: The Cullen Plan is alive, and a coalition government probable
WesternGrit ranks the top NDP leadership candidates through the prism of what is best for the Liberal Party, and, while expressly not endorsing any candidate, outlines a very strong case for Nathan Cullen as the best NDP choice for Canada (my underlining): How would Cullen affect the LPC? Well, if elected leader, he could return . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Liberal blogger CalgaryGrit makes persuasive argument for Cullen as NDP leader
The online activist group Leadnow.ca surveyed its members and found this result: This could be the start of something big. Last Thursday, we sent a message to the whole Leadnow community. We asked if you would support political cooperation between the NDP, Liberals and Greens to defeat the current government in the next election, and . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Ten thousand Canadians on electoral cooperation
We’ve heard little about the results of the push by these two significant groups, but perhaps by Sunday morning we will all be nodding our heads and saying: Of course! That’s what made it possible! Nathan Cullen – The Uniter Two online advocacy organizations are giving a potentially big boost to . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Will Nathan Cullen have to thank these 2 if he becomes leader on Saturday?
Remember when Michael Ignatieff turned himself into a pretzel while trying to respond to the simple question whether he would or would not enter into a coalition with other parties if the Tories did not get a majority? It seemed that every day he had another answer, with the latest one depending on how exactly . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: The C-word: Refreshing honesty from NDP’s Nathan Cullen
There is a lot of interest in the election of the next NDP leader: thousands have already cast their preferential voting ballots! The NDP’s two-day leadership convention begins Friday in Toronto. More than 40,000 members have already voted using advance online or mail-in ballots. There are 131,000 members eligible to vote for the next leader . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: 40,000 Dippers Down, 90,000 to go!
Canadians can be excused for feeling a bit out of touch with the squabble that has engulfed the NDP. Ed Broadbent, the old warhorse with a long record of service to the NDP, has come out swinging at the upstart Thomas Mulcair, who has overshadowed Broadbent’s preferred candidate for new leader of the left wing . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: The Root of the Conflict between NDP’s Ed Broadbent and Thomas Mulcair
Just been watching the last NDP leadership debate on CBC, and it is blindingly apparent that there is only one person on that stage who really understands the reality of the Canadian political lineup. Cullen has called for a change in thinking by the NDP to allow progressives from both the LPC and NDP to . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Why the ‘Two Punch’ plan of Nathan Cullen will unseat the Harper Tory government in 2015
There are barely 2 weeks left before Canada knows who will be the next leader of the NDP. There are 130,000 members of the NDP entitled to make this decision; and some 60,000 plus One hold the future of Canada in their hands. Your choice – as one of those 60,000 plus One – can . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: How the ordinary NDP member can save Canada
The biggest problem facing Canada right now is the apparent contempt for upholding our democratic rights that the current Harper new Tory government has.
This contempt is shown in the prorogations of the recent past; the attacks upon the independence of civil servants; the evasion shown in question period in Parliament when the Government ministers . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: NDP Leader: Nathan Cullen is the best choice for Canada