CuriosityCat: How to vote on October 19 to replace the tired, low-energy Harper government

Some are confused by their choices. Others are not sure how strategic voting in their own riding might work. If your main objective is to remove Harper and replace him with another more progressive government, then these people can help you decide how to vote on election day: Nationally, the organization Leadnowis working on a ...

CuriosityCat: Four Unusual Men & The UK Election

The Mayor waits patiently … The political fate of four men might be determined by this week’s UK general election. Two of the men have fluffed their campaigning in parts, while one man has a chance to rise, Lazarus-like, and change the rules of future elections; the fourth man is circling, with vulture-like feigned indifference, ...

CuriosityCat: UK Election: Labour leader’s nonsense about no cooperation with SNP

Sturgeon’s view of Miliband’s anti-cooperation nonsense Next week Britons go to the polls, and Labour leader Miliband has once more put his foot in his mouth with a statement that he is not interested in any post-election coalition or cooperation with the surging Scottish SNP party. Labour will be blown out of the water in ...

CuriosityCat: Mr. Trudeau: Coalitions are what you make them

Let’s talk coalition … The recent poll showing that most Liberal and NDP supporters would rather have a new government than have a Harper one after the 2015 election, even if this means some form of a coalition, has sparked renewed talk about the possibility of a coalition. One problem with such talk is that ...

CuriosityCat: 2015 election: Coalition gains favour

Which one, or two, of these men will lead Canada? The end of the Harper government is clear from this latest poll, which shows that the Harper scare tactics of the past have run their course: Liberal and NDP supporters, meanwhile, have expressed a tepid willingness to consider each other, suggesting that a Liberal-NDP coalition ...

CuriosityCat: David Cameron turning on the Spitzenkandidaten

David Cameron and the Spitzenkandidaten Remember The Cullen Plan for pre-election electoral cooperation between the NDP and Liberals? He advocated a deal which enabled one candidate to run against the sitting Conservative MP, rather than splitting the vote and letting the Tory win, which is the reason Harper is in power right now. In the ...

Politics and its Discontents: On Democracy And Political Leadership

I have a somewhat busy morning ahead, so for the time being I offer the following: Is the answer to things like this, this? Re Manning Takes Aim at Tory Election Bill (March 3): The Conservatives’ Fair Elections Act is anything but. Instead, it’s about ensuring they’ll form another majority in 2015. There’s only one ...

The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: Greens won’t contest Labrador by-election, urge the NDP to also desist

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Last week, Liberal leadership hopeful and Member of Parliament for Vancouver MP, Joyce Murray, called for opposition electoral cooperation in the Labrador by-election. To void splitting the vote. To ensure a “progressive win and Harper fail“.  The Greens immediately heeded the call and are now challenging the […] The post Greens won’t ...

The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: Joyce Murray: Electoral cooperation in Labrador by-election guarantees progressive win and Harper fail

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Liberal leadership hopeful and Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra, Joyce Murray, is absolutely certain that opposition electoral cooperation in the Labrador by-election “will ensure progressive win and Harper fail”. That it would demonstrate how electoral cooperation works to arrest the perennial anti-democratic trend […] The post Joyce Murray: ...

CuriosityCat: Is Justin Trudeau trying to win the big enchilada on his own?

Justin Trudeau’s Big Enchilada? This extract from The Vancouver Courier just about sums up the fate of electoral reform’s future right now: Political cooperation isn’t a new concept, but University of B.C. political science professor Philip Resnick says it’s worth noting that in both the NDP and Liberal leadership campaigns, it has been the B.C. ...

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: Justin Trudeau, read Andrew Coyne if you are a bold, serious leader

Andrew Coyne The debate is gathering steam, and Andrew Coyne has posed several questions which every candidate for leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada (and particularly Justin Trudeau, whose father modernized the Canadian democracy almost beyond compare with his priceless gift of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms): Fundamentally, it comes down to this: ...

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 ...