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The Scott Ross: A More Democratic Senate Is Less So

Canadians certainly are no Nero, but they do have at least one thing in common with the late Roman emperor.

In 64 AD it is said that while Rome burned its emperor Nero fiddled. That while his city suffered calamity he amused himself with music. Today Canadians are doing something similar.

Rome may not be burning, but with decreasing turnout, less party members, and more partisanship, Canada’s democracy is clearly in danger and instead of stopping to help, Canadians are too busy fiddling, with the Senate.

It can’t be anything but odd, that while Canada’s democracy is weakening on every

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The Scott Ross: Trust In Trudeau

Because Stephen Harper was a self-described “radical right-wing ideologue”, he was the only one who could make the conservatives more Liberal.

Because Barack Obama was so anti-war, he was the only one who could make the Democrats more pro-war than Republicans.

In both cases it was each man’s close association to a particular cause that gave him the credibility and therefore the power to fundamentally change it.

And it is because Justin Trudeau is perhaps the most identifiable Liberal that he, and he alone can make the party more conservative, and, as they aren’t mutually exclusive, more progressive. Trudeau has

Pop The Stack: Yes David, the Conservative movement has two sides, but it also has two parties.

True words written by David Brooks.

But the next step is for him to realize that the Democrats are not actually socialists at all but are the Traditional Conservatives he is talking about and pining for. In Canada we used to call them Progressive Conservatives and they’re all but dead up here too, having merged into a more economic conservative party and the centrist party. For most of the western world your Democratic Party is very conservative socially and embodies all these cautious step forward values you discuss. Truly progressive parties around the world are not timid about proposing universal (Read more…)

The Scott Ross: How Reducing The GST Increased Your Debt

With declining productivity, higher unemployment, and deficit after deficit, it should be obvious the Canadian government would do anything to strengthen the economy, however it is not so obvious what that same government has done to weaken it.

In a 2008 report it was predicted that the Conservative government in lowering the GST from 7% to 5% would increase the indebtedness of Canadians. Last week the repercussions of that decision six years ago became clearer; Moody’s warned that growing household debt could tip the Canadian economy back into recession.

Shortly after the federal government reduced the Goods and Services Tax

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The Scott Ross: Layton’s Last Words Were First Laurier’s

“Faith is better than doubt and love is better than hate.” – Sir Wilfrid Laurier, 1918 “Love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear.” – Jack Layton, 2011

A year after Jack Layton’s untimely passing, the presence of the former NDP Leader is still felt across Canada, ironically however it is in his last words where such a feeling may be in doubt.

In a letter to Canadians written before he died Jack Layton wrote compellingly about the need for political change, for people to care enough to act. His last words in the

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Conservative war on ideas and the great leap backwards

#cpc #bcpoli #pmsharper #ndp #cdnpoli

For those who think that American style ultra-stupid conservative politics would never come to Canada, brace yourself – its on its way. And I’m not just talking about Sun News network, dubbed as ‘Fox North’ by its critics – even if they do come close as far as dumbing down the message goes.

Stephen Harper and his Conservative Party are bent on re-shaping Canada into a Conservative nation. That means a far right leaning intellectual infrastructure. This already exists in America with all of the far right think tanks and ‘intellectual’ type societies and groups

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The Scott Ross: Old Incumbent Liberal MPs Are A Problem

Only 4% of NDP MPs and 7% of Conservative MPs have been in Parliament since 1999 compared to 40% of Liberal MPs. If the Liberal Party needs to change, it needs to start with its MPs.

The Liberal Party’s main problem is it’s old. It’s few MPs are the oldest and the longest serving, indicating a party that is stagnant and anything but new. If the Liberals do need new ideas, they need new MPs to champion them. The party needs old MPs to step down for new ones to step up.

Liberal MPs may represent Liberal policies, but in

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The Scott Ross: Arguments For Free Post-Secondary Education

1. Free post-secondary education is a student loan that the country takes out and gets more money back than it ever put in. The government will receive more money from income taxes on the resulting increased salaries and wages of graduates than it spent on the initial investment for free higher education. (Compared to high school graduates, college graduates have a 21% higher income and university graduates have a 61% higher income.)

2. All other education is free because education is a public good. If high school is free, so should post-secondary education. Previously, other levels of

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The Scott Ross: Canada’s #1 Social Problem: There Aren’t Any More Social Problems

What’s worse than being a fat, polluting, racist, ignorant jerk? That’s easy, not knowing you are one.

And what’s worse than even that? Being in a society full of people just like you, where no one is aware of immoral conduct, of greed, of sexism, and of the ignorance that protects it all.

Though great things and great people reside in Canada, in our northern nation a similar situation exists; there are no more social problems. Of course the absence of social inequalities is nothing to mourn, but the perception that there are none while many still exist certainly is.

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The Scott Ross: A Tale of Two NDPs

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way

There are two NDPs and there is no starker contrast between the two than the

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The Scott Ross: Conservatives Unite, Liberals & NDP Divide

It is widely known that over the last few years a certain political group has been arrogant, close-minded, and divisive, what may come as a surprise is that group is made up of the Liberals and the NDP.

Both Liberals and New Democrats have criticized Conservatives for years, alleging they are arrogant, intolerant, and divisive, but lest those two parties forget, the Conservative Party has done what those two won’t, and that’s be open to compromise and political union.

The Conservative Party is itself the union of two distinct political organizations that put aside their differences, to contemplate, to be

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The Scott Ross: Legalize Same-Ideology Unions

The Liberal Party and the New Democratic Party shouldn’t merge to defeat the Conservatives, they should merge to be better than themselves .

Liberals often cite diversity is strength but at the same time rebuff making the party stronger, making a new party stronger by uniting with the NDP. New Democrats often take pride in socialist principles but at the same time endorse harsh capitalistic electoral competition where both parties lose.

These two parties should not merge to be a united progressive coalition, as if any such union should be strategic, no, they should merge for the same reason that each

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The Scott Ross: The Liberal Post

The Liberal Party is like a newspaper, regardless of whether there is news or not, it has to keep coming out claiming something important has happened because if it doesn’t it will go under.

Just like newspapers have to print every morning, regardless of whether there is any real news, political parties have to offer policies, regardless of whether they are policies that are needed or even wanted.

For the last few years Liberals and others have confused causes, miscontruing the existence of policies with the qualification that they should exist. Like someone who sees a newspaper and assumes there

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