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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: School Board Elections #nlpoli

Some folks were a bit agitated over the weekend about how hard it is going to be  – supposedly – to vote in the school board election.Voter turn-out may be down, according to Amanda Bittner, a  political science professor at Memorial University.  According to the Telegram, Bittner “said a lack of accessibility to voter information . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: School Board Elections #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Headpiece of the Staff of Ra-Ra #nlpoli

The provincial New Democrats claim the Liberals broke their own independent appointments commission law when they appointed a bunch of folks to senior executive positions in the provincial public service last week.Right off the bat, let’s be clear: &nb… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Headpiece of the Staff of Ra-Ra #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Headpiece of the Staff of Ra-Ra #nlpoli

The provincial New Democrats claim the Liberals broke their own independent appointments commission law when they appointed a bunch of folks to senior executive positions in the provincial public service last week.Right off the bat, let’s be clear: &nb… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Headpiece of the Staff of Ra-Ra #nlpoli

The Canadian Progressive: NDP forces Liberals to surrender electoral reform committee majority

The Liberals will no longer exercise majority control over the special parliamentary committee tasked with liberating Canada from its 149-year old anti-democratic first-past-the-post electoral system. The post NDP forces Liberals to surrender electoral… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: NDP forces Liberals to surrender electoral reform committee majority

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Picking stuff out of the appointments hockey bag #nlpoli

One of the provincial Conservatives’ signature new initiatives in the first session of the legislature after the 2003 election was a bill that supposedly set fixed election dates.  Changes to the House of Assembly Act also triggered a general el… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Picking stuff out of the appointments hockey bag #nlpoli

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Robert Reich suggests that government should respond to corporations who engage in anti-social activity such as moving their earnings offshore by making sure they can’t simultaneously take advantage of… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- Roderick Benns interviews Scott Santens about the effect of a basic income:Benns: Why is the concept of a basic income guarantee so important at this point in our societal development? Santens: We’re living in a pa… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

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 . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: PR—an essential first step

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

– Luke Savage warns that the Libs’ election win may ring hollow for Canadian progressives: Throughout its democratic history, Canadian politics have basically oscillated between two parties that do not seriously threaten the status quo or the injustices it perpetuates. Occasionally goaded by organized populist movements, they have both . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

– Don Pittis examines the Cons’ record on jobs and the economy, and reaches the inevitable conclusion that free trade bluster and corporate giveaways have done nothing to help Canadians – which makes it no wonder the Cons are hiding the terms of the deals they sign. And John . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: On veto points

I’ll follow up on this post by once again discussing another area where individuals’ past comments are being treated as a basis for general exclusion. And the subject is particularly sensitive the midst of an election campaign – particularly in light of the issue where it’s surfacing.

As in the case of judicial appointments, . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On veto points

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

– Robin Sears discusses the hubris behind the Cons’ early election call, while Tim Naumetz notes that the extended campaign is just one more issue where the Cons are offside of the vast majority of the public. And the Guardian comments on the reasons for optimism that we’re nearing . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Susan on the Soapbox: The NDP in Power: Week One

The best thing about booting the PCs out of office is the refreshing change the NDP have brought to the Legislature. And if the first week of the 29th Legislative session is any indication, we can expect the next four years to be thought provoking, entertaining and bizarre.

Democratic reform

Unlike the Prentice PCs whose . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: The NDP in Power: Week One

Accidental Deliberations: On representative units

Does anybody remember which particularly prominent political pundit went far out his way to trumpet the idea that basic unit of political legitimacy is the caucus – to the point of repeatedly advocating a legislated requirement that a caucus vote override the decisions made by the whole of a party’s membership?

I ask only . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On representative units

The Disaffected Lib: It’s Not That We Disagree, It’s That I Despise Your Ideas

When ever I read another article and view another series of photographs of the carnage Israel has inflicted on the civilian population of Gaza and then think of the Netanyahu apologists, Trudeau and Mulcair, I despise them and any party that would tolerate much less follow their views.  That these two greasy opportunists haven’t been tossed . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: It’s Not That We Disagree, It’s That I Despise Your Ideas

Pop The Stack: The Freedom of MPs

Andrew Coyne isn’t always great, but when he’s great, he’s great. Spot on here.

Andrew Coyne: Trudeau helps the cause of democratic reform (by not pursuing it)

MPs should be free to vote as they wish at least in theory. In practice they will often vote with their party, that’s why they’re in the party. . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: The Freedom of MPs

Pop The Stack: The Freedom of MPs

Andrew Coyne isn’t always great, but when he’s great, he’s great. Spot on here.

Andrew Coyne: Trudeau helps the cause of democratic reform (by not pursuing it)

MPs should be free to vote as they wish at least in theory. In practice they will often vote with their party, that’s why they’re in the party. . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: The Freedom of MPs

Politics and its Discontents: A Brief Programming Note

Since spring finally seems to be arriving in my place on the planet, it seems like a propitious time to take a day or two off from this blog and contemplate other matters. In the interim, I recommend the following for your perusal:

The Star’s Thomas Walkom writes about democracy, voting and past democratic . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Brief Programming Note

Politics and its Discontents: A Guest Post From The Mound Of Sound

I have missed reading the Mound of Sound since he put his blog, The Disaffected Lib, on hiatus about five weeks ago. A man of wide-ranging interests and passions, his posts on climate change and politics never failed to catch my attention and stimulate my own reading and research.

Yesterday I received an . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Guest Post From The Mound Of Sound

Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Arseny Yatsenyuk and the Ukraine’s ‘End Game’

Foxy Yatsenyuk could be a Ukrainian Hero

I have started innumerable draft posts about Ukraine over the past few weeks, but there was little room for anything but speculation. The tensions and factors underlying the ‘Crimean Crisis’ were pretty clear to see, but the interplay was too fast, and Russia’s actions and reactions . . . → Read More: Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Arseny Yatsenyuk and the Ukraine’s ‘End Game’

cartoon life: Poilievre’s opinion

“I never made such a gesture.” responds Pierre Poutine, in response to critics of the so-called “Fair Elections Act’”.

Filed under: comment, digital, illustration, photo Tagged: bill C-23, Canada, CPC, democratic reform, Pierre Poilievre, politics

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The Right-Wing Observer: Can we protect our Democracy from unscrupulous Democratic Reform?

When a person or an organization observes an opportunity for profit or gain and are then confronted with laws that make it illegal to proceed, they usually have to make a choice between two or three vastly different courses of action:

Break the law and attempt to escape detection, capture and punishment; Decide that the . . . → Read More: The Right-Wing Observer: Can we protect our Democracy from unscrupulous Democratic Reform?

Northern Reflections: The Big Bang?

There has been much debate about Justin Trudeau’s Senate gambit. Bill Tieleman claims that it is merely sleight of hand. But Lawrence Martin thinks it may be a big bang moment, which starts the process of democratic reform:

The Trudeau gambit could well touch off a chain reaction or at least provide momentum . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: The Big Bang?

A BCer in Toronto: If Chong’s Reform Act were in place in BC, would Adrian Dix be Premier today?

Lots of the debate around Michael Chong’s proposed Reform Act to, among other things, allow a federal parliamentary caucus to fire the party leader, has taken place in the abstract. We need to do something, it’s better than nothing, you’re with reform or you’re with the terrorists, and so forth. Let’s take it into . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: If Chong’s Reform Act were in place in BC, would Adrian Dix be Premier today?

Calgary Grit: The Best Intentions

Michael Chong is one the most respected people in the country when it comes to democratic reform. He quit his cabinet position on principle, and proposed a series of thoughtful Question Period reforms in 2010, which seem all the more overdue after the Paul Calandra show we saw last week.

So when Michael Chong tables . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: The Best Intentions