Miscellaneous material to start your week.
- Branko Milanovic answers Harry Frankfurt’s attempt to treat inequality as merely an issue of absolute deprivation by reminding us how needs are inherently social: “[Under necessities] I understand not only the commodities that are indispensable for the support of life, but whatever the custom of the country renders it indecent for creditable people, even of the lowest order, to be without.” (Book 5, Chapter 2)
Smith’s observation has far-reaching consequences. If our needs depend on what is socially acceptable, then they will clearly vary as between different societies. They will depend on (Read more…)
A few weeks ago I reported that my local Conservative MP “will be declining to participate in any all-candidates meeting that follows the traditional format, one he says simply does not work. He says he would prefer a format where each candidate is given a few minutes for opening statements and then they go to a corner and take questions directly from voters.” This follows closely the mantra coming out of Con mouthpieces during the 2011 election where there was a very long list of Con candidates who refused to partake in all candidates meetings. Here’s what spokesman Ryan (Read more…)
Not surprisingly, the musician is being investigated by the paranoid and vindictive Harper Government.
The Streisand Effect is working though, and www.HarperMan.ca is a hit today.
When I tweeted #Harperman last June & you RTed it @saskboy, I did wonder if #cpc thugs would come after Tony. They sure did. @althiaraj
— deBeauxOs (@deBeauxOs1) August 28, 2015
Tony Turner sang #Harperman protest song with his church group. Where's the office of Religious Freedom? http://t.co/caLeHKj9Jz #cdnpoli
— PatRiotchick (@PatOndabak) August 28, 2015
A common complaint that the electorate has year-after-year is that MPs do not represent them. As party discipline hastightened into a stranglehold it has, in effect, made it impossible for MPs to represent their constituents’ views inParliament. The Pirate Party rejects this model of how a party should be run. Fundamentally we see a political party asan alliance of equals with shared values.
“The party will avoid the use of whipped votes in Parliament. Instead opting to seek caucus consensus through debate and discussion.”
No person matches their party’s policy platform exactly. Because of this leeway must be given (Read more…)
We all know that getting our younger voters out is even more important this time than ever before and that it is hard to get many of them engaged in the cluster fk we laughingly call democracy. Who can blame them, even those of us who are ‘engaged’ are getting more and more disgusted with the shenanigans our ‘government’ thinks is acceptable, with more and more revelations coming daily. There is however a somewhat tongue in cheek site that provides information necessary to make an informed decision that may make it easier for ‘the younger crowd’ to absorb some of (Read more…)
Every election people across Canada seek to be elected as independents. Independents face a number of hurdles notshared by their party-nominated cousins. Obviously, they do not benefit from party brand management and national advertising. Perhaps more unfair is the requirement that all money raised by independent candidates be forfeited toElections Canada after the election, forcing them to start over next time. The Pirate Party of Canada believes that thisinherent unfairness is both harmful to democracy and easily fixed.
“We propose allowing independent candidates to raise funds in the two months leading up to a scheduled general election (Read more…)
2013 – 2014 Even with the ongoing Senate expense scandal, the Robocall investigation crawling along (much delayed by the presence of the Conservative lawyer at E.C. Interviews) another suspension of parliament for no apparent reason followed up by another massive austerity budget it was the (un)Fair Elections Act that got all the attention during this period. The closing or cuts to any number of federal programs and departments continued, many aimed at scientific, public safety and oversight areas, in an apparent effort to be able to ‘balance’ the budget just before the 2015 election. It becomes increasingly difficult to (Read more…)
When I see polls like the one today from Nanos which has the Conservative Party of Canada led by Stephen Harper in first place, I have to ask myself, “do Canadians deserve to lose universal health care? Do we deserve to lose the CBC? Do we deserve the erosion of our democracy, through so many actions they get too numerous to count (creation of a secret police force, government spying on citizens, electoral fraud in last two elections, first past the post system, unfair elections act, rewriting the rules to favour the party with the most money, giant (Read more…)
“It was possibly the most gob-smacking election launch in modern Canadian history.” So says much respected parliamentary reporter Susanna Kelley
“The shockers began almost immediately after Stephen Harper announced he’d asked the Governor General to dissolve parliament and call an election for October 19 — at 78 days, it will be among the longest in Canadian history. “I feel very strongly … that … campaigns need to be conducted under the rules of the law. That the money come from the parties themselves, not from government resources, parliamentary resources or taxpayer resources,” he said. That statement came to the slack-jawed shock of every (Read more…)
The Council of Canadians and partners to appeal a recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruling that favoured the Fair Elections Act’s restrictions on democratic participation.
The post Fair Elections Act injunction ruling under appeal, says Council of Canadians appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
Although political blog traffic goes way up during an election campaign, I haven’t put anything on my blog since the writ dropped. That’s partly because I have better things to do than analyze an election campaign that is too bloody long (unless it is 140 characters at a time on Twitter). Maybe I’ll add more in three weeks when it’s a more reasonable time to start talking about election day.
Hands up if you think the Cons will take illegal donations and overspend again. *shows hand*
This is also the first election in 9 years that I don’t intend to (Read more…)
The Harper Re-election Disaster Bus Totalitarianism: daily, for 11 weeks!
Get used to this.
People hate Harper and his Conservatives. We will see through his weak attempt to wedge oppositions parties by running a long election campaign because he has more money to spend.
Saturation will come fast.
We will remember how much contempt he holds for people and democracy.
We will listen to his 5 non-answers to 5 media questions each day and we will be constantly reminded of how much we can’t stand what he has done to Canada.
And we will see this. Every day:
Harper campaign (Read more…)
With much speculation (Harper, will meet with Governor General David Johnston, Queen Elizabeth II’s representative in Canada, Sunday at 9:55 a.m., according to a statement released late Saturday by the prime minister’s office.) that today is the day that Harper will go to the GG and dissolve parliament thus resulting in a record 11 week election period (or not) here is a quick review of the inordinate amount of money that will be spent during that time. No attempt has been made to estimate the millions spent by the Harper regime in recent months assassinating (Read more…)
Well, the rumours are flying that Prime Minister Harper intendsto ask Governor General David Johnston to dissolve Parliamentthis Sunday. This would begin the longest election campaign inCanadian history. It seems clear the Conservatives fully intend towin by outspending their opponents. While this would be arather crass political movement if it occurs it would also be verygood for minor political parties such as the Pirate Party ofCanada. Here’s why.
After the last federal election in 2011 the Leader of the PirateParty of Canada (with help from the candidates) wrote a reportdetailing the (Read more…) . . . → Read More: The Tory Pirate – Politics & Policy: A Long Campaign Season Would Be Good For The Pirate Party
A cringe-worthy tweet explains the Conservative mindset in running the election campaign early before school gets back. Keep kids in the dark, and disengaged so wise old people can continue to run things for them. Poppa Harper knows best.
@ChristinePenro1 @CBCAlerts election date hasn't changed.regardless, I certainly don't want students learning about elections from teachers
— AJF (@AronJFinn) July 30, 2015
Aron’s autobiography: “Conservative. Pro Oil & Gas. Man made Climate Change is a farce. Anti Trudeau / Wynne and the biased MSM [Mainstream media].”
.@CBCAlerts It would be nice if @GGDavidJohnston would politely tell the PM to (Read more…)
Meet Dean A. Del Mastro.
Yep, that is good old Dean being escorted to prison.
From Wiki – Dean A. Del Mastro (born August 16, 1970) is a former Canadian politician. He represented Peterborough in the House of Commons of Canada as a member of the Conservative Party from January 23, 2006 until November 5, 2014. After being charged by Elections Canada with falsifying election documents and knowingly exceeding the Election spending limit, he resigned from the Conservative caucus. Del Mastro has been convicted on three counts of breaking the Elections Act, including exceeding the election spending limit, exceeding his (Read more…)
Greetings loyal blog readers! I am happy to report that today’s Toronto Star contains a letter of mine (the first of the two on this page) about the Ontario Court of Appeal decision on expat voting rights. Rather than address this issue directly, I briefly examine the related matter of extending the franchise to non-citizens who live in Canada. Enjoy!
Filed under: Canadian Politics, Democracy, Letters to the Editor Tagged: citizenship, expats, Toronto Star
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In reviewing the events for this period I was struck by how important is is to look back at the undemocratic and secretive actions of the Harper regime, even I, who has written frequently and consistently on this subject had forgotten so many of the things done to diminish our governance. This just 2 or 3 years ago, and remember what they do is a much better measure of their ideology than what they say!.
The amount of effort being put into suppressing information and controlling the message continued to increase substantially as the Harper regime consolidated their centralization of (Read more…)
As a wrote before I really like the idea behind this website. New ideas continue to flow in every day. I thought I’d take a second to focus on what ideas for electoral reform have been proposed. Proposals are listed from oldest to newest (to be fair) with the original title.
Proportional Representation!Ranked Ballots for Municipal Elections in Toronto!Runner-Up Proportional Representation (NOT Party-List Proportional Rep)Ranked BallotingElectoral ReformProportional RepresentationPreferential ballot and Select the Senate from the Order of CanadaElectoral reformReform First-Past-The-Post Into Something Workable <–MineChange the electoral system to one (Read more…)
Most elections have been fought over the now-typical five-week period, but the 36 day writ period is merely a convention and we all know how much respect Harper has for parliamentary convention. Rumours are surfacing that “The Conservatives are said to have a cunning plan to extend the campaign this time around for their own partisan advantage.” The typical 36-day campaign (commencing Sept 13th) would limit the amount parties are able to spend to about $24-million, this would increase to around $45-million if the writ were dropped on Aug 9th or $40 million if the PM (Read more…)
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Dismantling Democracy in Canada
The group of networks known as the broadcast consortium, including CBC News, has set the English-language debate for Thursday, Oct. 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. ET, and the French-language debate for Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 8 to 10 p.m. ET…… despite an ongoing boycott by the Conservative Party. In a news release, the consortium which includes CTV News, Global News, Radio-Canada and Télé-Québec and CBC News, said the broadcasters maintain their invitation to the Conservative Party, who have thus far declined, to participate.
Some criticism has been heard regarding the time slot allocated, particularly from the western provinces where (Read more…)
The Globe and Mail, Google Canada, and Munk Debates all ought to be ashamed of their brands.
In both cases, the organizers say they chose to invite leaders whose parties have official status in the House of Commons, which requires at least 12 seats. The Green party, Bloc Quebecois and Forces et Democratie each have two seats.
So, rather than doing the common sense thing, and inviting all of the parties in the House to participate (more debate is good in a democracy), they do the convenient and wrong thing instead and exclude the Greens in a faux attempt to (Read more…)
I received a link to this site from The Friends of the Reform Act. It is essentially a site to crowd source the top 100 ideas forimproving Canadian democracy (there is a separate effort for the USA). So far they are halfway to 100 ideas. Notsurprisingly electoral & Senate reform dominate the proposals but a little bit of everything has been covered so far. The intention is to publish a book of the most popular ideas.
Since I like this sort of collaborative effort I figured I’d let people know about it. I also put forward (Read more…)