CuriosityCat: Electoral Reform: The Case that 7 of the 8 Liberal candidates will not or cannot answer

Andrew Coyne – truthteller Andrew Coyne in an article in the Vancouver Sun headed To improve our politics we have to repair our broken electoral system, puts a devastating case forward as to why pre-election cooperation followed by post-electoral meaningful electoral reform is necessary: If you never make the case for electoral reform, then yes, ...

CuriosityCat: Joyce Murray’s electoral reform proposals are the most democratic of all leadership hopefuls

Joyce Murray – She walks the talk Joyce Murray’s electoral reform proposals are the most democratic of all candidates for leadership. Unlike the others who are simply practising old-style top-down command politics, Joyce is actually walking the talk of participatoty democracy in the party. Her pre-election cooperation idea leaves the decision up to the ridings ...

CuriosityCat: Liberal leadership race: Liberal-Green pre-election ceasefire could prevent Harper majority in 2015

MP Elizabeth May MP Joyce Murray was interviewed by the Canadian Press on the possibility of a pre-election electoral cooperation taking place in ridings that choose to do so before the 2015 election. Joan Bryden’s interesting article on the interview includes this comment on the extraordinary significance that such cooperation might have : On a national ...

CuriosityCat: Joyce Murray to Justin Trudeau: What’s YOUR plan to ensure Stephen Harper is removed in 2015?

What is YOUR plan to remove Harper? Joyce Murray rocked Justin Trudeau with a sharp, hard question during the only real tussle between the nine candidates for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada at last night’s first debate of the LPC primary election campaign. Standing side by side, Murray and Trudeau were dealing ...

CuriosityCat: Missing info in Angus-Reid poll about "cooperation" of LPC and NDP

Thanks to Angus-Reid for their latest poll, but there is a critical piece of information concerning pre-election electoral cooperation and post-election electoral cooperation which the firm does not reveal, but which could meaningfully influence people’s take on the poll results. This is the Angus-Reid summary of the results on the electoral cooperation issue: Note that ...

CuriosityCat: MP Joyce Murray to kickstart the Canadian debate on electoral reform tomorrow

Joyce Murray – Reformer Tomorrow MP Joyce Murray will be given the chance to kickstart what could be the most important public discussion in Canadian politics in two decades, when she debates the other candidates for leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada. Susan Delacourt has an interesting (and must read) article in The Star ...

CuriosityCat: Liberal Leadership Race: Joyce Murray’s Electoral Reforms Promise

Joyce Murray – Progressive Reformer MP Murray’s position on pre-election cooperation between the Liberal, NDP, Green and Blog parties in order to remove Harper’s right wing government from power, and her commitment to serious electoral reform, bears repeating in full: Our principal challenge is to give Canada the 21st century electoral system it deserves. • ...

CuriosityCat: Joyce Murray is right: Our electoral sytem is broken and needs fixing

Joyce Murray: Targeting our democratic deficit Andrew Coyne has supported Murray’s idea of removing the Harper Tories from power and reforming the electoral system. This is a brief report of what Joyce Murray said, by Joan Bryden: But her proposal for co-operation with other parties is bound to be the most controversial. Murray sees the ...

CuriosityCat: Andrew Coyne gives a good reason for choosing Joyce Murray as Liberal Party leader

Andrew Coyne At last we have some candidates for leadership of the Liberal Party who – unlike Justin Trudeau – are prepared to deal with the reality of Canadian politics: our democratic deficit.  And journalist Coyne does us all a favour by discussing the issue of our lamentable electoral system, in the process giving Joyce ...

CuriosityCat: Why Justin Trudeau is running for leader of the Liberal Party of Canada

Justin Trudeau & hard work Very interesting article in Macleans – an interview with Justin Trudeau: “Can I actually make a difference? Can I get people to believe in politics once again? Can I get people to accept more complex answers to complex questions? I know I can. I know that’s what I do very ...

CuriosityCat: My shortlist for permanent leader of the Liberal Party of Canada

Speculation swirls around Bob Rae and his rumoured resignation as interim leader in order to throw his hat into the ring for permanent leader. Journalists give their views of which Liberals will be candidates. The party itself is preparing to enrol tens of thousands of Supporters, who – although not members of the Party – ...

CuriosityCat: Liberal blogger CalgaryGrit makes persuasive argument for Cullen as NDP leader

WesternGrit ranks the top NDP leadership candidates through the prism of what is best for the Liberal Party, and, while expressly not endorsing any candidate, outlines a very strong case for Nathan Cullen as the best NDP choice for Canada (my underlining): How would Cullen affect the LPC? Well, if elected leader, he could return ...

CuriosityCat: The Litmus Test for selecting the new NDP and Liberal Leaders: What will remove Stephen Harper

Two leadership races of enormous consequence are taking place in Canada right now: the overt race to select a new leader to replace Jack Layton, and the covert race to select a permanent leader of the Liberal Party. The electoral cooperation Pandora’s Box While many pundits and party members are talking about the policies (or ...

CuriosityCat: The Arithmetic says that NDP MP Nathan Cullen’s electoral cooperation plan can succeed

It’s been a little over a week since Nathan Cullen launched his bid for leadership of the NDP with a bold plan to encourage cooperation between members of the three opposition parties in those ridings where sitting Tory MPs were vulnerable. Despite the knee jerk dismissal of the Cullen Plan by Topp and Mulcair, it ...

CuriosityCat: The Reasons behind the Cullen Plan to Turf-a-Tory in 2015

Why would a young MP decide to join the race for leadership of the NDP, when he faces competition from veterans in the field, such as a backroom dealer, Brian Topp, backed by the party brass, and a seasoned politician , Thomas Mulcair, who fought and won in territory that virtually had been conceded by ...

CuriosityCat: Do Brian Topp & Thomas Mulcair have the right "leadership material" to head the NDP? MP Pat Martin says No!

Outspoken NDP MP Pat Martin is calling their leadership skills into question because of their ‘knee jerk’ rejection of the Turf-a-Tory Cullen Plan floated by NDP MP Nathan Cullen earlier this week when he joined the fray for leadership of that party: Nathan Cullen – the NDP’s grenade thrower NDP MP Pat Martin (Winnipeg Centre, ...

CuriosityCat: Let the people speak: Some comments on the Walkom article on the Cullen Plan

I skimmed through some of 70 plus comments on the Thomas Walkom article on Nathan Cullen’s idea to Turf-a-Tory through electoral cooperation between the Liberal, NDP and Green parties before the 2015 election. This idea is starting to get legs (Walkom’s article had over 170 recommendations to read in addition to those who actually commented ...

CuriosityCat: The Man behind the Cullen Plan to Turf-a-Tory in 2015 by electoral cooperation

Nathan Cullen had some blunt words for a Toronto crowd he addressed last night, when asked about the risks to a party which decided to adopt the Cullen Plan and then found its own nominated candidate outvoted: Nathan Cullen sketches the Cullen Plan It is an effort to avoid vote-splitting, and to allow parties to ...

CuriosityCat: John Ivison says the Cullen Plan could take away Stephen Harper’s majority government

Ivison sees trouble ahead for the Harper Tories with the plan launched by NDP MP Nathan Cullen when he announced that he was running for leader of the NDP.  Ivison believes the plan could take Harper’s minority away, because there are 21 Tory MPs clinging to power with a margin of victory of less than ...

CuriosityCat: More support for Nathan Cullen’s idea of electoral cooperation

Pat Martin is clearly onside; both Topp and Mulcair praise his innovativeness; and now Thomas Walkom, National Affairs Columnist of The Toronto Star, is onside. In an article headed A Plan to Unite the ‘Left’ that just might work, Walkom writes: From inside the New Democratic Party caucus comes a newish idea to unite the ...

CuriosityCat: NDP MP Nathan Cullen’s case for electoral cooperation

The leadership race for the NDP just got a lot more interesting. Enter the Innovation Leadership Candidate: An NDP MP has thrown his hat in the ring in order to start a national dialogue geared to discussing serious methods for progressives to cooperate to replace the right wing government of Stephen Harper in 2015 with ...