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Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.- Heather Stewart discusses the possibility of a 20-hour work week to better distribute both work and income. And without going that far, Andrew Jackson suggests that our public policy priorities should include a n… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Democracy Under Fire: First Week Back.

With parliament resuming its been an interesting week both in the House and elsewhere, our new Prime Minister continued with his almost unrelenting schedule of travelling around actually talking to people (something the previous PM avoided at all cos… . . . → Read More: Democracy Under Fire: First Week Back.

Accidental Deliberations: On double majorities

Nathan Cullen’s proposal for party representation on the Parliamentary committee reviewing electoral reform has received plenty of attention. But it might actually go much further than advertised to validate the results of the committee’s work and legi… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On double majorities

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Ben Casselman and Andrew Flowers discuss Raj Chetty’s research on the U.S.’ glaring lack of social mobility and fair opportunities:Children from poor families are much less likely to work in adulthood … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Democracy Under Fire: Electoral Reform – The Ballots

Having recently reviewed a few of the more commonly used voting systems that may be considered by the proposed committee to examine electoral reform in Canada I thought it might be useful to collect some examples of the type of ballot that such syste… . . . → Read More: Democracy Under Fire: Electoral Reform – The Ballots

Babel-on-the-Bay: Justin: On electoral versus constitutional reform.

In a sit-down conversation with Justin Trudeau about six years ago, it was immediately obvious that he is an emotional person and as easy to read as an open book. Other than being eager to get him into a poker game, it was interesting to test his reaction to some basic political propositions. While he […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Justin: On electoral versus constitutional reform.

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Assorted content to start your week.- Steve Hilton suggests that we should make attending Davos as much a marker of shame as being responsible for a sweatshop – though I’d argue we have a ways to go in holding people accountable even for the latter. Da… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Democracy Under Fire: Single Transferable Vote & Instant Run Off Voting

This week I will once again discuss some of the voting systems that may be considered for our future electoral reform. Single transferable vote (STV) is often touted as a “proportional” system, it is not, it is merely Instant Run Off (otherwise k… . . . → Read More: Democracy Under Fire: Single Transferable Vote & Instant Run Off Voting

Montreal Simon: Joe Oliver and the Con War on Justin Trudeau

You might think that Joe Oliver would have stayed missing after the Cons lost the election, and he lost his seat.Or sought refuge in his private Bay Street Boy's Club…So he wouldn't have to answer questions about what him and Stephen Harper&#… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Joe Oliver and the Con War on Justin Trudeau

Scott's DiaTribes: Poll: 8/10 of Canadians feel Trudeau/LPC doing good/acceptable job on electoral reform

Lots of sound and fury out there in some quarters (mostly the Conservative Party, and academics/newspaper pundits/editorialists) about how dare the Liberal government propose changing the electoral system from First Past The Post to something else with… . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Poll: 8/10 of Canadians feel Trudeau/LPC doing good/acceptable job on electoral reform

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.- Will Wachtmeister reviews Malcolm Torry’s book of arguments for a basic income, focusing in particular on social cohesion and innovation as important reasons why individuals should enjoy economic security. But Se… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Chris Harper highlights a few of the factors necessary to help boost the long-term health of children:First, Antonovsky found that whatever stresses you encounter must be comprehensible. Children, for exampl… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: On strategic choices

Christopher Kam’s series of posts on political parties’ strategy surrounding electoral reform is definitely worth a read. But I’ll stand by the view that there’s another alternative interpretation of the likely outcomes – particularly based on the like… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On strategic choices

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- Scott Santens discusses how a basic income could help to foster social cohesion. And Jared Bernstein confirms the seemingly obvious point that properly-funded social programs work wonders in reducing poverty. – … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading.- In reviewing Gabriel Zucman’s new book, Cass Sunstein discusses the need to rein in tax havens and ensure that the wealthy pay their fair share of the price of a functional society:(W)hatever your politi… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: On standards for reform

Others have duly criticized the Star’s editorial on electoral reform. But I’ll argue that it can be brought in line with reasonable expectations with one important change.Simply put, it’s not a problem to insist upon “broad consensus” on a new electora… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On standards for reform

Northern Reflections: We Should Think Very Carefully

                                                http://www.knowledge.info/A lot has been written recently about electoral reform — … . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: We Should Think Very Carefully

BigCityLib Strikes Back: FPTP Or Not FPTP?

I don’t mind the Cullen/Coyne option, where we adopt a new system, have one election under it to see how we like it, and then have a referendum, where going back to pure FPTP is one of the options. Personally, I like better the idea of ratifying a newl… . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: FPTP Or Not FPTP?

Scott's DiaTribes: Electoral Reform first, then a referendum? Doable.

First off, Happy New Year everyone! I also hope you all had a good Christmas, and Happy Eastern Orthodox Christmas to those celebrating that this week. Let’s talk electoral reform again, shall we? I know it’s the seemingly implausible &#822… . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Electoral Reform first, then a referendum? Doable.

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- Nicholas Fitz observes that inequality is far worse than the U.S. public believes – even as it already wants to see significant action. And Thomas Piketty updates his policy prescriptions arising out of Capital:… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Northern Reflections: That’s Just Funny

                                               http://www.theguardian.com/It was never going to be easy reforming our electoral syst… . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: That’s Just Funny

Montreal Simon: Michael Harris On Rona Ambrose and the Con War On Electoral Reform

As we all know, Rona Ambrose can on occasion, and even without realizing it, be quite funny.Like the time she found herself agreeing with Australia's Stoner Sloth that marijuana makes you stupid.Because she should know eh?About the stupid.And as Mi… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Michael Harris On Rona Ambrose and the Con War On Electoral Reform

Montreal Simon: The Panic of the Cons and the Idiocy of Margaret Wente

As you know, the Con zombies and their friends in the media have been attacking Justin Trudeau and his plan to change the electoral system as if there was no tomorrow.After having realized there will be no tomorrow for them, once the first past the po… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Panic of the Cons and the Idiocy of Margaret Wente

Democracy Under Fire: The Problem with Proportional.

Fair Vote Canada in an open letter sent to the Prime Minister has come out strongly for the Democratic Voting Task Force to involve citizens from the beginning on Trudeau’s pledge to have reform studied by an all-party committee, that is as it shou… . . . → Read More: Democracy Under Fire: The Problem with Proportional.

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.- Paul Krugman discusses the connection between concentrated wealth and extreme anti-social political behaviour:Wealth can be bad for your soul. That’s not just a hoary piece of folk wisdom; it’s a conclusi… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links