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The Scott Ross: How Harper Made The Senate More Accountable, Even If Just A Little

If Justin Beiber was in the Canadian Senate it would be the most watched institution in all of government, and, undoubtedly, the most accountable.

For if the Biebs walked down the Ottawan red carpet into that similarly coloured chamber, his every action would be televised, sensationalized, and scrutinized. There wouldn’t be a Bieber vote that . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: How Harper Made The Senate More Accountable, Even If Just A Little

The Scott Ross: How Harper Made The Senate More Accountable, Even If Just A Little

If Justin Beiber was in the Canadian Senate it would be the most watched institution in all of government, and, undoubtedly, the most accountable.For if the Biebs walked down the Ottawan red carpet into that similarly coloured chamber, his every action… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: How Harper Made The Senate More Accountable, Even If Just A Little

The Scott Ross: Wynne-ing Like It’s 2006…And Losing Like It’s 2008

Today Ontario Liberals chose their next leader, but if 2006 is any indication, they might have just chosen their next loser.

Similarities between Kathleen Wynne’s recent victory in the Ontario leadership race and Stephane Dion’s in the federal Liberal leadership contest in 2006 suggest a just as similar electoral future.

Old, Tired Parties: It was . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Wynne-ing Like It’s 2006…And Losing Like It’s 2008

The Scott Ross: Republicans Are Like Liberals

Liberals had their leader defined by their opposition in 2006 and 2009. Republicans suffered the same fate in 2012 and Democrats are already attempting to define likely candidate Senator Marco Rubio (video below). Liberals like to think they share a f… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Republicans Are Like Liberals

The Scott Ross: Democrats Learn From Conservatives: Obama Like Harper, Romney Like Ignatieff

Many progressives are elated that Obama won last night, they should thank Stephen Harper. For though many Canadians were happily surprised that Obama’s re-election strategy worked, there was really little doubt, as Stephen Harper had already proved i… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Democrats Learn From Conservatives: Obama Like Harper, Romney Like Ignatieff

The Disaffected Lib: Cons Shoot the Messenger

They told the truth the Government didn’t want to hear.   They had to go.

“They” are the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy.   The message advocated introduction of a carbon tax to reduce emissions.   For that the independent advisory group’s funding has been axed.

Environment Minister Peter Kent had initially said the . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Cons Shoot the Messenger

Seeing Red in the Southwest: My Canada includes Quebec, s’il vous plait!

Today’s news conference with the new coalition triumvirate illustrated that social democrats can work together on specific principle-based issues. The presence of Gilles Duceppe was critical. In each of the last elections, M. Duceppe has invariably impressed me in the debates. I dispute him on the separatism issue but I have respect for his ability . . . → Read More: Seeing Red in the Southwest: My Canada includes Quebec, s’il vous plait!

Seeing Red in the Southwest: My Canada includes Quebec, s’il vous plait!

Today’s news conference with the new coalition triumvirate illustrated that social democrats can work together on specific principle-based issues. The presence of Gilles Duceppe was critical. In each of the last elections, M. Duceppe has invariably imp… . . . → Read More: Seeing Red in the Southwest: My Canada includes Quebec, s’il vous plait!

Seeing Red in the Southwest: Maple Syrup and Turkeys

An American friend asked me to summarize what happened over the weekend here in Canada. Thought I’d share my response here so those who’ve been hibernating this weekend can get caught up too.We’ve had a busy few days in Canada while you folks were having your turkey. Actually we had a bit of a revolution. . . . → Read More: Seeing Red in the Southwest: Maple Syrup and Turkeys

Seeing Red in the Southwest: Maple Syrup and Turkeys

An American friend asked me to summarize what happened over the weekend here in Canada. Thought I’d share my response here so those who’ve been hibernating this weekend can get caught up too.We’ve had a busy few days in Canada while you folks were havi… . . . → Read More: Seeing Red in the Southwest: Maple Syrup and Turkeys

Seeing Red in the Southwest: Pig Wrestling

Remember when you wrestle with a pig, he’s enjoying it and you both end up covered in mud! Rather than pig wrestling, progressives across Canada need to stand up and take an interest in the possibility of a progressive coalition government that would r… . . . → Read More: Seeing Red in the Southwest: Pig Wrestling

Seeing Red in the Southwest: Pig Wrestling

Remember when you wrestle with a pig, he’s enjoying it and you both end up covered in mud! Rather than pig wrestling, progressives across Canada need to stand up and take an interest in the possibility of a progressive coalition government that would represent more of our interests.Interested in a progressive coalition government, the Rideau . . . → Read More: Seeing Red in the Southwest: Pig Wrestling

Seeing Red in the Southwest: Be careful – when you wrestle with a pig!

My only word of caution in the current constitutional crisis unraveling in Ottawa would be offered to Mr. Dion. "Be careful! When you wrestle with a pig, remember he enjoys it but you both get covered in mud!"Otherwise, full steam ahead!The proposed motion that Dion has put out on the wires this afternoon for consideration on Monday: his first Opposition Day, is a triumph of intellect over the . . . → Read More: Seeing Red in the Southwest: Be careful – when you wrestle with a pig!

Seeing Red in the Southwest: Be careful – when you wrestle with a pig!

My only word of caution in the current constitutional crisis unraveling in Ottawa would be offered to Mr. Dion. “Be careful! When you wrestle with a pig, remember he enjoys it but you both get covered in mud!”Otherwise, full steam ahead!The proposed motion that Dion has put out on the wires this afternoon for consideration . . . → Read More: Seeing Red in the Southwest: Be careful – when you wrestle with a pig!

Thus Prate the Pundit » Social Critique: Unravelling Dion’s Political Strategy

Though my attention is tuned to our federal election, this post doesn’t continue the IP political issues I wrote detailing a stance against certain sorts of “intellectual property” regulation (NDP seems to address it best, though Dion provided a reasonable response to my letter). I’ll go on a tangent today: Stéphane Dion’s campaign strategy is . . . → Read More: Thus Prate the Pundit » Social Critique: Unravelling Dion’s Political Strategy