Accidental Deliberations: On missed opportunities

As mentioned here, I’ll be adding over the next little while to an already-substantial set of views on the NDP’s choices which led to last week’s federal election results. But I’ll start by expanding on a point which I made briefly earlier in the campaign (at a time when it was far from clear how ...

Trashy's World: Debate no-shows – they are slaps in the faces of those who organise them…

I was one of those “organisers” of an all-candidate debate / meeting that the news articles often refer to. Our debate last night in the riding of Ottawa South was quite well attended with around 500 members of the community showing up at a local high school auditorium to hear what the all the candidates had to ...

Left Over: Why Would the Opposition Take Debate?

Federal election 2015: Conservative move on election debates raises questions Forget philosophical battles over free-market democracy – how, exactly, is this going to work? By Kady O’Malley, Janyce McGregor, CBC News Posted: May 17, 2015 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: May 17, 2015 5:00 AM ET   Big whoop..no one watches anyway, and Harper is so ...

Calgary Grit: Liberals One-on-One

The moderator failed to ask the tough questions, such as “Mr. Bertschi, why on earth are you wearing that scarf?“ My mind has been on the Ontario Liberal leadership race the past few months, so I’ll admit to not having paid close attention to the federal contest. Not wanting to feel left out the next ...

calgaryliberal.com: Final Round of Voting for Best Canadian Political Blog

Alright. Look, guys, I’ve been good this year. I’ve blogged regularly, I’ve been keen on the recent debates, I’ve gotten on Don Martin’s Power Play, landed myself on CBC, and pulled in tonnes of people into provincial and federal politics. I’m a talented blogger and an increasingly capable political type. I need your help. I’ve made ...

calgaryliberal.com: Rebranding: Not Interested in Scraps

The goal is government. I’m interested in a party that wants into government. Anything else is a waste of time. It’s a waste of time to just complain and oppose, along with it being fundamentally unnatural and strange. I want a value-based and focused support of ideas. Bottom feeding and walking by the edge of the major ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Great American Debate (With a Poll!)

Hard to believe that’s not necessarily an oxymoronic construction, I know, despite the terminology having been debased by countless so-called “debates” as part of the contrived circus/televised horse-race that is the primary political process in the USA. This past weekend, ABC News staged an ideological face-off, ostensibly about the proper role of government in people’s ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Fake Billionaire to Moderate GOP Debate

News that reality-show host Donald Trump will be “moderating” a post-Christmas Republican “debate” in Iowa gave Lawrence O’Donnell yet another delightful opportunity last night to heap copious amounts of scathing abuse on the obnoxious grifter… Of course, should the Newsmax-sponsored event actually come to fruition it will definitely be “must-see TV” – but solely as ...

Blunt Objects: #NDPldr Debate #1: The Economy

Today’s Dipper leadership debate takes place in Ottawa at 2pm EST til 4pm, and apparently will focus on the economy. Now what, you make ask, does a Dipper have to say about the economy that isn’t anything but tax rises? Well, there’s nine of them there to tell you what’s what. And it’s going to ...

Molly'sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2011-11-30 22:34:00

PERSONAL: WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT PART 4: As the various Occupy camps fall one after another (a proof of the need for organization ?) to the various authorities it is perhaps about time to reflect on why these protests have gathered the sort of support that “the left” has failed to gather ...

CalgaryLiberal: The Sunny Way

The Sunny Way? This is, of course, one of Aesop’s fables and a favorite story of Wilfred Laurier. It’s a story about persuasion being superior to force, to working with others being superior to shutting down debate, and for strength of kindness over the intolerant attacks on others. I’ve written the story out below. One day the West Wind and the Sun ...

Blunt Objects: This is Pre-Debate Ontario

Pre-debate Ontario has the Ontario Liberals sitting with a minority government, down 21 seats; the Hudak PCs win 37 seats, up 11; and the Horwath NDP win 20, up 10. At this point in the game, it looks pretty good for Premier McGuinty and co., especially considering the dire straits they were in before. And ...

Blunt Objects: Ontario Debate Live"Blogging"

Follow along http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/09/23/ontario-leaders-debate548.html I will be commenting for all the Live”Blogging” so that you, our readers, can contribute along!

An Interesting Shift. Is It a Sign Of Things To Come?

Nik Nano’s most recent poll, which can be found here, shows an increase in all three parties on the leadership index. Interestingly enough, Harper seems to have lost 15 points and ceeded these points to the Bloc, Liberals and NDP.Below is Nano’s most recent polling intentions trend, using his three day tracking methodology: CPC  39.7% ...

Right of Center Ice: G&M on Ignatieff: Energy and urgency. He was hot.

Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff was fiery on tonight’s national leaders debate. He covered every topic under the sun and reminded Canadians exactly why we are having this election. There were a few stumbles, these debates are never perfect. But he was on point when he needed to be and nailed Harper and his neo-Conservatives on ...

Harper reconsiders avoiding debate with Ignatieff

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After yesterdays great debate about the debates, Harper appears to be backing down from his offer of a one-on-one debate with Ignatieff. I think a one-on-one debate between the only two leaders that realistically can end up as Prime Minister is a great idea. It should be something that we have every election after a ...

MadLibMadLib: Democracy Debated? Or Democracy Debased?

So the boys have thrown down. The Conservative Leader, Mr. Harper, issued the challenge this morning to Mr. Ignatieff, the Liberal Leader, that they should have a one-on-one debate between the two candidates who, at least in the words of John Baird, are the only men running to become Prime Minister. Leaving aside the fact ...

Can Democracy and Censorship co-exist?

Censorship comes in many forms, and usually when it is included in a discussion about democracy it mean Government censorship and the control of information.  In this case, I am not talking about Government control of the media, but rather about media censorship/control of the information Canadians have in this, their 41st general election. Here is ...