Oh journalists, you love a strong response to an unanswerable question don’t you?
The media are really into nailing down what each party leader thinks about coalitions after the next election at the moment. Case in point, this week’s little drama with Liberal leader Justin Trudeau trying to answer questions about coalitions with the NDP after the election which he shouldn’t be answering:
Trudeau might be open to forming coalition with NDP, but not with Mulcair as leader Trudeau says he’d be more open to coalition with NDP if Mulcair wasn’t leader
The CBC even posted a video question on Facebook (Read more…)
.@davidcommon Odd report by @ElliottLouise about @JustinTrudeau & @ThomasMulcair #coalition didn't mention @ElizabethMay & @CanadianGreens.
— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) April 15, 2015
Today’s news: Most Canadians are opposed to a coalition government. Presently the only party with the word “coalition” in its founding documents is the Conservative Party of Canada, and yes it’s true as Trudeau said today, that most Canadians are opposed to the Conservative government.
The problem is, if you have a real conversation with Canadians, you’ll learn they aren’t really opposed to a coalition government, they are just afraid of political instability they’ve associated with (Read more…)
Following up my blog post of 4 years ago about Harper’s tax break for the wealthy are stories on CBC and elsewhere regarding the TFSA folly. The increase benefits only ~39% of Canadians who’ve managed to open such a savings account.
“Harper pledges to double tax-free savings limits – but not till deficit is beat” And you have to give him credit, he’s going to be right. Because he won’t be in office when the deficit is beat, a Conservative government doesn’t know how to go out of deficit (history shows they only go into them).
“TFSA limit could (Read more…)
The unethical fools at the Broadcast Consortium will probably gladly keep Elizabeth May away from the debates this year too. Especially amusing is the Conservative spokes-tool saying more participants would make it a gong show. Mulcair wanting a debate focused on women, while angling to keep the only female leader out of the room, is special too.
What’s wrong with the Star and Robert Benzie to write an article about debate controversy and not even mention the Consortium considering blocking the Green Party again because they got away with it last election?
Why would it be up to the Conservatives (Read more…)
What? I Stepped In What?
With just three weeks to go, Israel’s national election has turned into a real nail-biter. The governing Likud party of Benjamin Netanyahu is in a dead heat tie with the rival Zionist Union party, each of which stands to collect 24-seats according to the latest polls. Of course it’s not all that simple. With 11-parties expected to meet the 4-seat party threshhold, forming a government coalition really is a matter of herding cats.
Being tied for first isn’t an enviable position for Netanyahu’s Likud, not when the prime minister is about to stage his potentially (Read more…)
Satire inspired by this headline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/stephen-harper-s-new-election-face-lose-one-minister-shuffle-three-1.2954017
Instead of bashing politicians who cross the floor, we should instead be more like them. It’s more likely than not to be a good thing that people change political parties. First it shows our competing ideologies are similarly moderate and not extreme; second it shows that we aren’t as polarized and as dysfunctional as other countries are; and thirdly it proves we balance principles with pragmatism. Of course changing parties can be done for selfish reasons, but so can any good deed. I want a moderate political system where compromises are made for the good of everyone. If selfish (Read more…) . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: We Should All Be Able To Cross The Floor
Hapless Dean Del Mastro, the former Prime Ministerial Parliamentary Secretary is supposed to soon find out how long he’ll spend in jail away from his wife and baby child.
What's the difference between $21K and $20K? No kids, not $1000, it is a mistrial! #DelMastro #DDM pic.twitter.com/YPtKkOSmCd
— Far Side Peter (@FarSidePtbo) January 27, 2015
Fear is a primal response, instilled in us by evolution as a survival mechanism. Recognizing when to be afraid has kept our species alive on a planet where we are far from being the fastest or strongest. Fear can also be irrational, making people do strange things. Stephen Harper and the Conservatives are hoping fear […]
Here’s Harper’s legacy, as he’s attempted to plunge our country into darkness:
The group surveyed attitudes towards democracy and governance in interviews with 50,000 people in 28 countries. It found that Canada was among those nations most likely to support shuttering its legislatures. In fact, the study found that only the citizens of Paraguay, Peru, and Haiti were more likely to put their democracies in mothballs than Canadians.
… Could these strange numbers explain why Canadians yawned when Stephen Harper was found in contempt of parliament, and immediately handed him a majority government?
“His long term goal is to (Read more…)
Check out @LindaMcQuaig latest column: Why the robocalls conspiracy will happen again — quietly | iPolitics http://t.co/rPdhmu380t #cdnpoli
— Yamina Tsalamlal (@YaminaTsa) December 4, 2014
Avoiding any responsibility was no small feat for the Conservative party, given how strongly the evidence pointed to some sort of organized scheme, presumably involving the authorization — or at least the tacit co-operation — of high-level officials within the party.
Indeed, in a 100-page ruling, Federal Court Judge Richard Mosley found that there was an organized campaign of voter suppression, and that the information used to make misleading phone calls to non-Conservative voters (Read more…)
“If the Commissioner of Canada Elections is prepared to ignore the findings of two judges, I think that will speak very poorly of the powers of investigations we have in this country to explore electoral fraud.”
Côté has not yet responded to May’s complaint.
It’s absolutely unacceptable that Elections Canada failed to contact the leader of a national political party after they made a formal complaint in 2011 alleging election fraud took place on a wide scale.
Green party's Elizabeth May wants new investigation of 2011 election robocalls. http://t.co/y6rbWJBMJs
— Glen McGregor (@glen_mcgregor) November 27, 2014
Meanwhile (Read more…)
Here’s yet another example of Conservatives behaving criminally, and being let off the hook by Elections Canada. There’s such a culture of crime in the Conservative Party, I wonder when it will be deregistered as a legitimate political party in Canada. With election fraud examples from the past three elections, what’s the hold-up? I wouldn’t expect any other party to survive a review at Elections Canada after consecutive dirty, unethical election attempts.
Because the Guelph Liberal campaign was fined for not self-identifying in a robocall about their opponent’s position on abortion, the Conservatives ran a “clean and ethical campaign”. The crime of another party washes them clean. It’s very Jesus-like, somehow. Have them explain it to you, it’s beyond me.
“The Conservative Party ran a clean and ethical campaign. We spend our campaigns identifying supporters and getting them out to vote,” Cory Hann wrote in an email.
This, in response to knowing that the Conservatives’ communications worker on the Guelph campaign has been found guilty of criminal election fraud. It’s really a (Read more…)
With a week and a half to go before voting day in municipalities across British Columbia, the campaign here in Vancouver seems to have devolved into a veritable hatefest against two-term mayor and eccentric juice magnate Gregor Robertson.
There is nothing surprising about that. Incumbents (a.k.a. the sinister hands currently at the controls of Big Government) typically draw vitriol like no others during election season. Yet for all the negative attention received by the mayor and his Vision Vancouver party at all-candidates meetings and in the opinion pages, for all the foaming at the mouth over towers and (Read more…)
Between changing more diapers and falling deeper in love than I’d have thought possible, I’ve struggled to put in to words my thoughts on Toronto’s election since the ballots were counted. Sleep deprivation is likely an accomplice to my inability to write an adequate epilogue but hardly the ringleader. More likely the feeling of having […]
The Prime Minister’s first attack dog on the RoboCon file, Dean Del Mastro, has been found guilty of election fraud in 2008. The courts haven’t really caught up fully with the Conservatives’ election frauds of 2011, but they’ve already convicted Michael Sona after accepting Andrew Prescott’s worthless, immunized testimony about Pierre Poutine. Poutine’s actions had been defended by Del Mastro at the behest of the Prime Minister, in 2012.
#Breaking: Former MP Del Mastro guilty on all counts at election overspending trial http://t.co/OAt9idTyCT pic.twitter.com/QvUBEX8YPB
— The Globe and Mail (@globeandmail) October 31, 2014
What comes next? (Read more…)
In March of this year I had a job interview with a well known political consulting group. I must say despite not being hired I immensely enjoyed the interview. One of the questions I was asked, other than my response to a zombie apocalypse, was what I thought the main issue facing Toronto in the […]
Alison at Creekside has a much better summary of what’s happening behind the scenes on the RoboCon movie than I could hope to write. Warning: If you keep reading though, you may feel the urge to spend $20 or more dollars toward exposing Canada’s most effective election fraud criminals.
Ten minute promotional video on an investigative documentary in production which previews preliminary interviews. from The Script & Film Co. on Vimeo.
Michael Sona has to wait until next month to find out how much time he’s spending in jail for being convicted of participating in a nefarious scheme to defraud Guelph voters of their votes.
Crown says actions "damage public faith in the democratic process" #robocalls
— Laura Stone (@l_stone) October 17, 2014
Sona, btw, has been convicted but has not admitted to involvement in Guelph robocall. He may appeal. He hasn't commented much since verdict.
— Stephen Maher (@stphnmaher) October 17, 2014
Justice 4 #Robocalls won't B found 4 me till t/#CPC is no longer a legal entity in (Read more…)
I was overcome this weekend with an urge to re-read Charles Dickens’ masterpiece, A Tale of Two Cities. I suspect it’s because of its brilliant, powerful opening. That opening epitomizes for me Collingwood’s municipal election and the dichotomy between the two camps: positive versus negative. It was the best of times, it was the worst […]
I always learn something new, something valuable from every municipal election campaign. I learn from talking to people, I learn from community meetings. I learn from comments and emails I receive. I learn from other candidates, too – there are often good ideas proposed that can be developed by council later. Each election campaign has been a […]
Former mayor Chris Carrier has a big, nasty attack ad in the Connection this weekend. He promises “facts” and attacks the current mayor’s “spin.” But any reader who has followed the debate over the real figures for the town debt knows it’s quite the opposite. You weren’t fooled, were you, dear reader? I didn’t think […]
Another misleading statement was made during one of the all-candidates’ meetings last week: that our new recreational facilities – the Central Park Arena and the Centennial Aquatic Centre – cost $20 million and that the pool was 30% over budget. Neither is correct. According to our treasurer, Marjory Leonard, who replied to my emails this week, […]
As the ballots start to trickle in, the campaigns wind down. The Collingwood election is essentially over – we’re just waiting for the results now. But if you haven’t cast your ballot yet, here are some things to consider before you make your choices. This municipal election has been polarized along several lines, but your basic choices […]