My piece on the mainstream media’s trade deal boosterism was published at Ricochet yesterday.
Canada’s media have heaped fawning praise on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the biggest free trade and investment deal in years. Rather than raising questions and red flags over a secret deal with mixed impacts, our media has been cheering and patting elites . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: The media love the TPP, but should you?
Here’s the Nanos latest poll:
Nanos Nightly Election Tracking Highlights (3-day tracking ending October 2) – Federal Liberals trend up for last two nights of Nanos tracking National Ballot – In the latest Nanos tracking completed Friday evening the Liberals had 34.6% support followed by the Conservatives at 30.5%, the NDP at 25.1%, . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Liberals surge to 43% in Battleground Ontario says Nanos
Nanos Nightly Election Tracking Highlights (3-day tracking ending October 2) – Federal Liberals trend up for last two nights of Nanos tracking
- National Ballot – In the latest Nanos tracking completed Friday evening the Liberals had 34.6% support followed by the Conservatives at 30.5%, the NDP at 25.1%, and the Greens at 4.8% nationally.
- Battleground Ontario – There has been a noticeable movement in one of the key battlegrounds in favour of the Liberals over the past two evenings of tracking. Support for the Liberals in battleground Ontario stands at 43.6% while the Conservatives are at 33.8%, the NDP at 18.6% and the Greens at 4.0%.
That surge in Ontario is a large one; seems many voters there have decided that the best choice for managing the economy is Justin Trudeau and the Liberals.
And they are moving away from Thomas Read my lips: no deficits Mulcair, and from Stephen No Hope & No Vision Harper.
Add to this the dramatic change in Quebec, where the Orange Surge has turned into the Orange Crash, and we are speedily heading for a Liberal Party majority government on October 19.
That leaves less than 17 days before Stephen Harper resigns as prime minister on October 20, and tootles over to the Governor General to tell him this.
And by April 2017, we will have passed a law to remove the FPTP system of electing our MPs, and replaced it with one that better reflects modern democracies. Before that date, the chances are very high that we will be going to the polls in a referendum, to choose between two alternative methods of electing our MPs: an alternative vote system and a modified proportional representation system, all fleshed out in the commission that the LPC has committed to appoint asap after the election.
. . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Liberals surge to 43% in Battleground Ontario says Nanos
The end of the Harper era
Tom Mulcair has firmly rejected any chance that the NDP would support Stephen Harper’s government in any confidence votes after the October 19 election:
Earlier Wednesday, Mulcair was also asked whether he would support a Conservative minority government.
“There isn’t a snowball’s chance in hell,” he said.
. . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Tom Mulcair says Not a Snowball’s Chance in Hell he will prop up a Harper minority government
Qualified support? OK
Polls show the Conservatives slipping, and the NDP and LPC in a dead heat for the role of replacement government, but neither of those two parties expected to gain a majority of seats in the House (170 seats). And this has given rise to intense debate about coalitions. Trudeau is right . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Coalition or no coalition? What will happen on October 20
Harper’s sham democracy
It is difficult to think of a more important election for Canada’s future than the coming October one. The choice is stark: more of the Harper Conservative chipping away at our democratic institutions, or, under Justin Trudeau as our PM, a refreshing change that will usher modern democratic methods into Canada.
. . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Prime Minister Trudeau will lead us out of the Harper darkness
Just when Tom Mulcair was starting to measure the curtains in Harper’s home so that he could replace them when he became Prime Minister; when the polls showed a surge of votes for the NDP after the dramatic events in the recent Alberta election; and when pundits have started writing about Justin Trudeau being . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Justin Trudeau’s legacy will equal that of his father
Politician with Courage
And not a moment too soon! The Liberal Party government of the province of Ontario deserves the congratulations of every Canadian for their bold step in dragging democracy into the 21st century with this step:
The provincial government will change the Municipal Elections Act to allow cities to adopt ranked-ballot . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Ranked ballots in 2018: Democracy is coming to Canada!
Sturgeon’s view of Miliband’s anti-cooperation nonsense
Next week Britons go to the polls, and Labour leader Miliband has once more put his foot in his mouth with a statement that he is not interested in any post-election coalition or cooperation with the surging Scottish SNP party. Labour will be blown out of the water . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: UK Election: Labour leader’s nonsense about no cooperation with SNP
The Damsel is in distress
The Telegraph has this introduction to the article on safe seats: Has your constituency already been won in the 2015 general election? Find out here. Does your vote really count? New research shows that more than half of MPs are in safe seats. Find your constituency on this map . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Why the UK needs proportional representation
Senator Elizabeth Warren: The Voice of the Left
It’s time for a progressive, highly educated, intelligent, tough as nails, committed liberal to inhabit the White House one President Obama moves on to other things.
And the article in Politicosums up why I think Warren would make a great president for that powerful nation: Warren . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Why I want Elizabeth Warren as the next US President
Mulcair: The man who would bring democracy to Canada
Thomas Mulcair, that very capable MP who is leader of the NDP, has publicly committed himself to remedy our democratic deficit, as this post indicates. Mulcair is to be commended for two things. First, for signing the Fair Vote Canada declaration (click herefor the full . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Mulcair leads the way to a more democratic Canada
Which one, or two, of these men will lead Canada?
The end of the Harper government is clear from this latest poll, which shows that the Harper scare tactics of the past have run their course: Liberal and NDP supporters, meanwhile, have expressed a tepid willingness to consider each other, suggesting that a Liberal-NDP . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: 2015 election: Coalition gains favour
Political Reformer Premier Wynne
While many premiers, MPs, politicians and commentators wring their hands about the low voting counts in elections, and the feeling of impotence of many citizens, Premier Wynne of Ontario has decided to stop whining and do something about it. With one bold step, Wynne will provide Ontario municipalities with the . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Kudos to Premier Wynne for remedying our democratic deficits
Heather Malleck in the Toronto Star has a few good reasons why our next Prime Minister will be named Justin Trudeau:
But what makes some politicians attractive and others repellent?
Trudeau is intelligent, humane and self-confident, a Québécois who is devoted to Canadian unity and has the most marvellous family: a sophisticated career-minded . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Why is Justin Trudeau dancing to victory?
Premier Wynne led her Liberal Party to a majority government this week, trouncing the anti-statist (drown the government in a bathtub) frothings of the Conservative Party, and shouldering aside the NDP expectation that governmental power was theirs for the taking, like ripe fruit, without any real effort on their part to justify this to voters. . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Ontario Election: A Good Case for Proportional Representation
Michael Harris: The Big 10
A must read for all who fear for our democracy, Michael Harris has done all Canadians a favour by spelling out ten questions he wants answered, along with some supporting facts that are background to each question he has posed. The inaction or lack of response by those whose . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Robocalls and our Democracy: Michael Harris’ Compelling Ten Questions
It is worth reading the article by Joseph Stiglitz on the problems posed by the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade treaty. Our government is one of those negotiating in confidence a treaty that will substantially effect the livelihood of all Canadians. Stiglitz highlights the problems posed for democracies by the one-sided secrecy rules – citizens are . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade treaty: Evil fruit from Secret talks
A man of principle
This is a mess. Justin Trudeau and his advisors had better get on to this debacle post haste, reveal all the facts and communications, and make sure the principle of open nominations is adhered to. If we start retreating from opennes and transparency before the election is here, we will . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: A Liberal Party Mess in the Making
At the Montreal convention, the Liberal Party overwhelmingly agreed to Priority Resolution 31, Restoring Trust in Canada’s Democracy. An important part of that resolution is this: AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT immediately after the next election, an all-Party process be instituted, involving expert assistance and citizen participation, to report to Parliament within 12 . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Canada: A Simple Election Law (“SEL”)
In my view, the single most important policy resolution at this week’s convention in Montreal is the prioritized number 31, which should significantly reduce our democratic deficits. That resolutionreads: 31. Priority Resolution: Restoring Trust in Canada’s Democracy* BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Liberal Party pursue political reforms which promote: Open, democratic nominations of candidates; Fewer . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Liberal Party Convention: The Most Important Policy Resolution
It seems that the leaders of all three poltical parties in the province of Ontario sense that voters want change. Premier Wynne, leading a minority Liberal government, was rejected by voters in the two byelections, but says change is wanted: Real Change Wynne?
After writing off the byelections as “skirmishes” that aren’t indicative of . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Ontario Byelections: The change that really counts
Brian Rice – Political reformer par excellence
For many reasons, I believe that Liberals should elect Brian Rice as the next President of the Liberal Party. He is a mover and shaker, a man of ideas, an adept politician in his own right, and a very hard worker. One very good reason for choosing . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Brian Rice: The right person for President of the Liberal Party of Canada
It’s election season for Calgary Co-op. For the month of February if you’re a member-owner of Calgary Co-op you can select three of their nine-member board. Most people don’t know they can help select representatives on that board. Out of some 440,000 members the Calgary Co-op cooperative only nets a little over or under 5,000 . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: 1 out of 100 Calgary Co-op members vote.
They’re are the march … to protect our democracy
A bombshell burst in Ottawa today when the Mounties filed a request for a search warrant dealing with the Duffy expenses scandal. Reading that request is interesting. I include a few snippets that caught my eye. Overall, my impression from the sketchy information in the . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Senate expenses scandal: Snippets from the Mounties