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The Canadian Progressive: Electoral Reform Committee Launches Cross-Canada Public Consultation Tour

On Monday September 19, 2016, the Special Committee on Electoral Reform launched its cross-Canada tour to consult Canadians on the best alternative to replace the current anti-democratic first-past-the-post system. The post Electoral Reform Committee … . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Electoral Reform Committee Launches Cross-Canada Public Consultation Tour

The Canadian Progressive: Canadian Youth Overcame Harper’s Fair Elections Act, Owned 2015 Federal Election

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

Left Over: Wake Up and Smell the Corruption, Canada…….

90 scientists and climate experts call on Trudeau to reject Pacific NorthWest LNG GORDON HOEKSTRA More from Gordon Hoekstra Published on: May 30, 2016 | Last Updated: May 30, 2016 1:41 PM PDT Analysis of the major flaws in Pacific … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Wake Up and Smell the Corruption, Canada…….

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how political fund-raising scandals in Ontario and British Columbia only highlight the complete lack of rules governing donations in Saskatchewan.For further reading…- SCOTUS’ Citizens United decision is here (PDF). And Michael Hiltzik discu… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Left Over: Keeping Up with Kristy Klark & Justin Kardashian….

With Site C, LNG Trudeau govt already breaking promises to First Nations, environment Posted March 21, 2016 by Damien Gillis in Energy and Resources While we have some cause celebrate here on Vancouver Island due to the BC Supreme Court … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Keeping Up with Kristy Klark & Justin Kardashian….

The Canadian Progressive: Naomi Klein on Hillary Clinton: “I Don’t Trust Her on Climate at All” [VIDEO]

Prominent Canadian journalist Naomi Klein told Al Jazeera this week that she doesn’t trust US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on climate change. The post Naomi Klein on Hillary Clinton: “I Don’t Trust Her on Climate at All&#82… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Naomi Klein on Hillary Clinton: “I Don’t Trust Her on Climate at All” [VIDEO]

Left Over: Turning a Fail into a Win…

Mulcair takes responsibility for failed election campaign in letter to NDP supporters Mulcair wants to remain NDP leader promising not to repeat mistakes of 2015 election By Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press Posted: Feb 10, 2016 3:51 PM ET Last Updated: … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Turning a Fail into a Win…

Parchment in the Fire: What are political parties offering workers in the Spanish elections?

On 20 December, general elections will be held in Spain, amidst a climate marked by the fallout of the Paris attacks and the pro-independence debate in Catalonia, with a profusion of televised debates but no more than superficial coverage of the parties’ election manifestos. The People’s Party (PP) is presenting the fall in the number… More What are political parties offering workers in the Spanish elections? . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: What are political parties offering workers in the Spanish elections?

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: Single Member-Proportional Vote (SM-PV) Feedback & Public Support

Back in May I came up with an idea for electoral reform. Since then I’ve been seeking input, looking for similarelectoral systems, and trying to judge what the public would think of SM-PV. In all three areas I have had a bit of success.For those who didn’t check out the link above my proposed system keeps most of the FPTP system intact with one keychange: every MP in the House of Commons would have a vote that is stronger or weaker based on their party’s share of the popular vote. The result bei […] . . . → Read More: The Tory Pirate – Politics & Policy: Single Member-Proportional Vote (SM-PV) Feedback & Public Support

Bill Longstaff: Would you pay the cost of a cup of coffee for democracy?

Canadian taxpayers are reasonably generous funders of democracy. Federally, we support political parties in two ways through our tax system. We subsidize political contributions up to $1,275 with an income tax credit up to $650. And we reimburse political parties for 50 per cent of their election campaign expenses and candidates 60 per cent, if . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Would you pay the cost of a cup of coffee for democracy?

A Grumpy Hobbit: E-FLAP #000006 – The Ezra Levant Spinoff Fanboy Club

They call themselves "Life was Better Under Stephen Harper" and really are nothing more than Ezra Levant – The Rebel Media – regurgitation crew. Yup, you will normally first see Ezra make something up, and then these little peons will puke it up on their own page,… I said normally, but occasionally these pea brains try to do it on their own and fall flat on their faces. Lets watch them as . . . → Read More: A Grumpy Hobbit: E-FLAP #000006 – The Ezra Levant Spinoff Fanboy Club

A Grumpy Hobbit: E-FLAP #000006 – The Ezra Levant Spinoff Fanboy Club

They call themselves “Life was Better Under Stephen Harper” and really are nothing more than Ezra Levant – The Rebel Media – regurgitation crew. Yup, you will normally first see Ezra make something up, and then these little peons will puke it up on their own page,… I said normally, but occasionally these pea brains . . . → Read More: A Grumpy Hobbit: E-FLAP #000006 – The Ezra Levant Spinoff Fanboy Club

A Grumpy Hobbit: Photoshopping With A Grumpy Hobbit

For your consideration, another Grumpy Hobbit Original. . . . → Read More: A Grumpy Hobbit: Photoshopping With A Grumpy Hobbit

A Grumpy Hobbit: Photoshopping With A Grumpy Hobbit

For your consideration, another Grumpy Hobbit Original.

Left Over: Shove that Poll Where the Sun Don’t Shine…

Having watched the polls ruin the voter turnout in BC during our last provincial election, seeing that few progressives bothered to vote at all, since the polls were showing a vast majority for the NDP..I am no fan of the damn things…

They have been wrong many times, but, right or wrong, they work an . . . → Read More: Left Over: Shove that Poll Where the Sun Don’t Shine…

Left Over: Shove that Poll Where the Sun Don’t Shine…

Having watched the polls ruin the voter turnout in BC during our last provincial election, seeing that few progressives bothered to vote at all, since the polls were showing a vast majority for the NDP..I am no fan of the damn things…

They have been wrong many times, but, right or wrong, they work an . . . → Read More: Left Over: Shove that Poll Where the Sun Don’t Shine…

The Canadian Progressive: 8 Ridings Where Voters Can Defeat Harper by Strategically Voting NDP

A Vancouver-based data scientist recently identified 8 riding where voters can move a step closer to defeating Stephen Harper – and installing Thomas Mulcair as Canada’s next prime minister – by strategically voting NDP on Oct. 19.

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The Canadian Progressive: Harper to blame for Elections Canada’s awful voter registration mess

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.

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Parchment in the Fire: Portugal’s austerity government wins – POLITICO

The center-right coalition, whose reform zeal won Berlin’s admiration, looks short of an outright majority.

Source: Portugal’s austerity government wins – POLITICO

Filed under: Eurozone crisis Tagged: Austerity, elections, Europe, Eurozone Crisis, Portugal

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Random Ranting Raving and Ratings: The Liberal Party and the Public Service: A History Lesson

Today Justin Trudeau published an open letter to public servants attempting to convince them what a friend they have in the Liberal Party.  I can only assume that Mr. Trudeau is hoping that public servants have forgotten or are ignorant of the Lib… . . . → Read More: Random Ranting Raving and Ratings: The Liberal Party and the Public Service: A History Lesson

Random Ranting Raving and Ratings: The Liberal Party and the Public Service: A History Lesson

Today Justin Trudeau published an open letter to public servants attempting to convince them what a friend they have in the Liberal Party.  I can only assume that Mr. Trudeau is hoping that public servants have forgotten or are ignorant of the Liberals track record.

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Accidental Deliberations: On accurate readings

Paul Barber offers a rundown of the problems with an overreliance on polls, while Heather Libby goes further and suggests that we ignore national polls altogether. But I’ll follow up on the argument I’ve made before that rather than taking any concerns about poll data as a basis for throwing polling out the window altogether, . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On accurate readings

Random Ranting Raving and Ratings: Denying Women Canadian Citizenship Does Nothing to Fight Opression

Are Stephen Harper and the Conservatives actually trying to argue that denying a woman citizenship for wearing the niqab is somehow promoting equal rights?  It would seem to me that by denying a woman citizenship, the government is actually contri… . . . → Read More: Random Ranting Raving and Ratings: Denying Women Canadian Citizenship Does Nothing to Fight Opression

Random Ranting Raving and Ratings: Denying Women Canadian Citizenship Does Nothing to Fight Opression

Are Stephen Harper and the Conservatives actually trying to argue that denying a woman citizenship for wearing the niqab is somehow promoting equal rights?  It would seem to me that by denying a woman citizenship, the government is actually contributing to oppression rather than fighting…

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LeDaro: Harper’s election platform

He will keep his promise. What more public wants? !!