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Writings of J. Todd Ring: Bernie Sanders: The backlash is on – surprise, surprise!

Bernie Sanders was effectively silenced and blacked out of the media, by and large, for a long time, until he became too popular and too prominent to ignore. Now, the only candidate who is not a Wall Street hireling, hack or shill, the only candidate w… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Bernie Sanders: The backlash is on – surprise, surprise!

Democracy Under Fire: Single Transferable Vote & Instant Run Off Voting

This week I will once again discuss some of the voting systems that may be considered for our future electoral reform. Single transferable vote (STV) is often touted as a “proportional” system, it is not, it is merely Instant Run Off (otherwise k… . . . → Read More: Democracy Under Fire: Single Transferable Vote & Instant Run Off Voting

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Revolution and Uniting the People: Bernie Sanders, Thomas Jefferson and FDR I would say that Bernie Sanders is not only a good candidate for US President, and beyond that, the only serious candidate for the people, since he is the only one who is not t… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Writings of J. Todd Ring 2016-01-12 17:52:26

Democracy Under Fire: The Problem with Proportional.

Fair Vote Canada in an open letter sent to the Prime Minister has come out strongly for the Democratic Voting Task Force to involve citizens from the beginning on Trudeau’s pledge to have reform studied by an all-party committee, that is as it shou… . . . → Read More: Democracy Under Fire: The Problem with Proportional.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Concalls: Duffy Trial Revelations

The Duffy Trial has been a bit of an expose on how the Harper Cons’ PMO operated. It’s not pretty. The comments made about Sona and Finely are nothing to sneeze at either. With Sona destined to sit in jail, and Finely in a grave, it all seems a little bit of an academic discussion […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Concalls: Duffy Trial Revelations

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: Progressivism & Monarchy

(Originally posted to The Maple Monarchists on November 28th) It is not a secret that, as a general rule, conservatives seem to support monarchy more thanprogressives. While it is true that conservative support for tradition and established authoritymake support for monarchy quite natural what aspect of monarchy makes it such anincomparable ideal for progressives?This question has played in the back of my mind for a while now. I ponder it a [...] . . . → Read More: The Tory Pirate – Politics & Policy: Progressivism & Monarchy

Democracy Under Fire: Goodby Harper, Hello Canada

I am going to be taking a short break from my weekly blogging over the holidays but before I do I wanted to write a little of my personal thoughts as to what I hope the new year will bring. I will admit to being very optimistic, perhaps too much so, … . . . → Read More: Democracy Under Fire: Goodby Harper, Hello Canada

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: Single Member-Proportional Vote (SM-PV) Feedback & Public Support

Back in May I came up with an idea for electoral reform. Since then I’ve been seeking input, looking for similarelectoral systems, and trying to judge what the public would think of SM-PV. In all three areas I have had a bit of success.For those who didn’t check out the link above my proposed system keeps most of the FPTP system intact with one keychange: every MP in the House of Commons would have a vote that is stronger or weaker based on their party’s share of the popular vote. The result bei [...] . . . → Read More: The Tory Pirate – Politics & Policy: Single Member-Proportional Vote (SM-PV) Feedback & Public Support

Democracy Under Fire: Promises- Electoral Reform, spending & advertising.

Electoral Reform is probably the most called for item on the democratic reform agenda, and I suspect will be the most difficult to keep from being a very divisive promise given the strong opinions held by various individuals and citizen groups across… . . . → Read More: Democracy Under Fire: Promises- Electoral Reform, spending & advertising.

Democracy Under Fire: Promises – Openness, Transparency and Service.

Continuing our review of the Liberal Partys promises we turn to:= Openness and Transparency. Amending the Access to Information Act so that all government data and information is made open by default in machine-readable, digital formats. Acceler… . . . → Read More: Democracy Under Fire: Promises – Openness, Transparency and Service.

Democracy Under Fire: Promises – Parliamentary Accountability

As promised in my post A cabinet that looks like Canada, this week I am going to take a closer look at the Liberal Government’s quite modest promises as regards to parliamentary reform as listed in their platform document. Taking them one at a time t… . . . → Read More: Democracy Under Fire: Promises – Parliamentary Accountability

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: Conservatives Announce Their Shadow Cabinet & Critic Roles

The Conservative Party announced its Shadow Cabinet and Critic roles today. Of the various MPs holding Oppositionroles there are six I will be in contact with in the immediate future (by which I mean after Parliament’s website updatesits contact information). Here are the six I have my eye on, their portfolio, and the reason for my interest in them. ​Hon. Maxime BernierInnovation, Science and Economic Development As I have written about several times I am critical of Canada’s intell [...] . . . → Read More: The Tory Pirate – Politics & Policy: Conservatives Announce Their Shadow Cabinet & Critic Roles

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The Paris Attacks In Contex

Propaganda, hysteria, ultra-violence and imperialism, as usual “A people unaware of its myths is likely to continue living by them.” – Richard Slotkin I have been too horrified by the predictably violent and insane reaction of the Western pow… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: The Paris Attacks In Contex

Democracy Under Fire: As Predicted……

To judge by a report released Tuesday by the Parliamentary Budget Officer, the outgoing Harper government was unduly optimistic in its forecasts and estimates. (thats putting it ‘nicely’!)……that suggests that the Conservatives’ heralded return to a budgetary surplus was in fact a mirage that could not have been achieved without the one-time sale of government-held shares in General Motors early in the first quarter. For each of the next five years, the PBO projects fiscal deficits averaging $4.3 billion a year.However, those deficits don’t include the Trudeau government’s spending plans. They are the deficits that would have (Read more…)

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Lest We Forget: Reflections On Remembrance Day, Veterans Day, and the Current Corporate Assault on Freedom and Democracy Around the World

The 21st century was the most violent and murderous period in human history to date. And with our current direction, the 21st century may well surpass it in violence and war. Have we forgotten the lessons of the past, or have we yet to learn them? Worse yet, not only has war not ended, but […]

Democracy Under Fire: A cabinet that looks like Canada, why …. “Because its 2015”

Given the large number of Liberal MPs elected that was one of the easier promises to keep but never the less a damn fine start. Now comes the more difficult stuff so let briefly review the platform promises in regard to our democratic institutions and how “Fair and Open” this government intends to be. We all know we have heard similar phrases before and the outcome was nothing like the promise! With this in mind over the next few weeks I will take a closer look at some of the promises and some of the difficulties that may arise in (Read more…)

Democracy Under Fire: Election Revisited

The election has now taken place and for many of us the results may override any concerns that we had with the process however make no mistake this election process was far from flawless. If we are to believe the folks who reported problems at Pollwatchthere were polls that failed to open on time or ran out of ballots, poll staff who did not understand or follow the rules regarding identification, numerous errors on voter identification cards regarding poll locations (only some of which EC caught before the election), failure to update voter lists for those who took the (Read more…)

Bill Longstaff: PR—an essential first step

Our brand spanking new Liberal government has promised us electoral reform. Specifically, it is “committed to ensuring that 2015 will be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system.” Assuming the new system will provide proportional representation, this would be an essential first step in ensuring that all Canadians are fairly represented in their governance.

Democracy Under Fire: Democracy’s Future

After 5 years of writing about democracy’s decline and the impact of one particular individual had in that regard I am now faced with the question of ‘what do I write about now’. The choice is not hard for there is much to be done not only to return from where we came, but to move forward with improving our democratic systems and establish into law such systems so that they cannot again be twisted and ignored by future leaders and their followers.

A good place to start seems to be the Liberal platform on Democratic Reform which seems to (Read more…)

Things Are Good: Stephen Harper No Longer Prime Minister of Canada

Finally Canadians have vote out the Conservative party led by Stephen Harper. Their nine year rule saw Canada lose respect from around the world. Canada has earned a reputation of blocking climate change related international agreements and being a country that is swayed by horrible political manoeuvres. The country transformed from a place that supports collective freedoms to a country that won’t help refugees. The federal government, who passed drastic anti-terroist laws, said they won’t even investigate the murders of aboriginal women.

Canada became a shameful place. Regular readers of this blog would note that the only time Harper (or (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: John Oliver Does The Canadian Election

And he comes out strong against Stephen Harper. This video is a cultural event.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: John Oliver Does The Canadian Election

And he comes out strong against Stephen Harper. This video is a cultural event.

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Vote! Get involved, vote, speak, write, raise your voice – and get Harper out

Whether you volunteer, write, canvass, talk to friends and family, or in some other way engage in, and promote, democracy in Canada, please do be involved. Vote, encourage others to vote, talk about the issues, and let’s see a massive turn-out today, along with a lively, and much-needed, thoughtful discussion. This is our country, and […]

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Vote! Get involved, vote, speak, write, raise your voice – and get Harper out

Whether you volunteer, write, canvass, talk to friends and family, or in some other way engage in, and promote, democracy in Canada, please do be involved. Vote, encourage others to vote, talk about the issues, and let’s see a massive turn-out today, along with a lively, and much-needed, thoughtful discussion. This is our country, and […]

Things Are Good: Canada: Go Vote!

Today is election day in Canada and it’s a chance for Canadians to bring change to who runs the country. The hopefully soon to be ousted government has based laws which the courts say “constitutes cruel and unusual treatment“. The Conservative party has got to go.

Here’s John Oliver’s take on the sad state of Canadian federal politics.

You want to make Canada a good place? Go vote for change!

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