Brigette DePape was right when she vowed that “despite the Harper government making it harder for us to vote, young people are going to be the game-changers nobody saw coming” during the 2015 federal election. Elections Canada’s 2015 National Youth… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Canadian Youth Overcame Harper’s Fair Elections Act, Owned 2015 Federal Election
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Miles Corak reviews Branko Milanovic’s new book on the complicated relationship between globalization and income inequality. Dougald Lamont examines the current state of inequality in Canada. And Matth… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links
The Council of Canadians calls for the re-opening of the investigation into the election fraud of 2011 in the wake of Mike Duffy’s recent testimony. The former Conservative senator testified under oath that a “black ops group at Conservative headqua… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Duffy testimony should spark new investigation into 2011 election fraud
For all the time spent on Canada’s federal election, it’s now time for voters to have their say. And anybody looking for basic information on where and how to vote should start with Elections Canada or a trusted local campaign.
For anybody wanting to read up on the factors which may help determine how to . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #elxn42 – Election Day Resources
In light of the Cons’ latest misleading ads, let’s take a quick stroll through the offence provisions of the Canada Elections Act: 480.1 Every person is guilty of an offence who, with intent to mislead, falsely represents themselves to be, or causes anyone to falsely represent themselves to be,(a) the Chief Electoral Officer, a member . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: This seems pertinent
Elections Canada has made an awful mess of voter registration for the 2015 federal election. It’s a mess that recalls bad memories of the 2011 robocall scandal. Stephen Harper is partly to blame.
The post Harper to blame for Elections Canada’s awful voter registration mess appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
. . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Harper to blame for Elections Canada’s awful voter registration mess
It should be a good news story. But instead it's a democratic nightmare.Large numbers of Canadians are flocking to advance polling stations across the country.Only to leave without casting their ballots because of the long lineups.Read more »
. . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Why Is Elections Canada Suppressing the Vote?
This CBC report below tells of substantial voting by students across Canada.
These students face years of struggle to pay back huge student loans and may well be motivated.
Will they send
Well we know how the Cons tried to steal the last election, and that most of the robocall gang got away.And we know Boss Harper and his mob.We know that if they are prepared to use naked bigotry to try to win an election, they are capable of ANYTHING.So call me paranoid, but I . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Are the Harper Cons Trying to Steal the Election Already?
Exciting news! Green Party leader Elizabeth May has just announced her endorsement of our crowdsourced pro-Internet action plan. So far Ms. May is the first major party leader to do so – and we’re thrilled to have her waving the flag for Canada’s Internet.
This is great news for Canada’s . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Let’s make Canada’s parties endorse our pro-Internet action plan
H/t Memorial March for the Victims of Harperism
H/t David Suzuki Foundation
If anyone you know is not certain whether he or she is registered to vote, checking out one’s status is easy by a visit to Elections Canada Online.
Meanwhile, the truly disenfranchised are getting some help in Halifax through something called the . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Some Compelling Reasons To Vote
Following up on this post and some additional discussion, let’s take a look at the question of what options would be available to Stephen Harper if he decided he wanted to escape a drubbing at the polls by cancelling the federal election. And fortunately, the answer looks to be “not much”.
The Canada Elections Act . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On final choices
There are many ways in which the ‘Fair’ Elections Act makes it more difficult for Canadians to exercise their voting rights; a group especially hard hit are aboriginals, not known for their support of the Conservative Party of Canada. Previous federal elections have allowed a second person to vouch for the identity of a . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Uh Oh. Mr. Harper Will Not Like This
If you remember that the judge who sentenced Michael Sona to nine months in jail, for his role in the robocall scandal, said he didn't believe the former Con operative had acted alone.And that during the trial, the Crown's star witness Andrew Prescott suggested that Sona's former boss was involved. And you remember that . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Robocall Scandal and the Monstrous Con Conspiracy
This and that for your Sunday reading.
– Adam Lent highlights the strong majority of respondents in the UK who see the political system as serving the powerful rather than the public. And Elizabeth Warren explains why the same conclusion applies in the U.S., while making the case that there’s room to improve matters simply . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links
In my last post I said that Stephen Harper may have dodged the robocall scandal, so far. But he cannot escape the moral responsibility for what happened.For having created a depraved culture where some of his fanatic young followers obviously thought it was OK to try to steal an election.But of course there is . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Why Stephen Harper Won’t Escape the Robocall Scandal
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.
– Neil Irwin highlights the reality that top-heavy economic growth has done nothing to reduce poverty in the U.S. over the past 40 years: In Kennedy’s era, [the “rising tide lifts all boats” theory] had the benefit of being true. From 1959 to 1973, the nation’s economy per person . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links
He has been lucky so far. The robocall scandal hasn't yet penetrated the darkness of his foul PMO.But now the robocall trial of Michael Sona is about to begin. Who knows who he might call upon to testify?And this can't be good news.Read more »
. . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Robocall Scandal: Did the Harper PMO Lie to Elections Canada?
Shorter anonymous Conservative MP: Of course we want nothing more than fairness out of Canada’s electoral oversight bodies. And by that, we of course mean they should stop damaging our party’s cause with this annoying habit of investigating Conservative wrongdoing.
Assorted content to end your week.
– Larry Bartels highlights how class plays a particularly large role in U.S. politics, as opinions about the role of government are particularly polarized based on income. And Paul Krugman notes that as a consequence, any demand to “stop class warfare” in favour of imposing the austerity preferred by . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links
Shorter Linda Frum: As one of Stephen Harper’s hand-picked counterweights to the troublesome democratic rabble, I refuse to acknowledge any difference between “encouraging voter turnout” and “abetting electoral fraud”. The less people with a voice in how this country is run, the better.
by: Obert Madondo | April 12, 2014
This week Canada’s two main opposition parties declared war on the Conservatives’ Orwellian Fair Elections Act. One that could bring down Harper during the 2015 federal election.
While falling short of declaring the Fair Elections Act an election issue for 2015, both the Official Opposition and third-placed Liberals . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Fair Elections Act could sink Stephen Harper and Conservatives in 2015
Inspired by this headline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/linda-frum-stirs-controversy-with-elections-canada-questions-1.2606836