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Pop The Stack: Don’t Throw Away Our Shot

For the first time, we find ourselves not as a reflection of another power. Our politics is not a derivation of Westminster or Washington anymore. Our politics is specific to us, not a derivation from a distant metropolis. — “Canada in the Age of Donald Trump” — Stephen Marche, The Walrus

Hello Prime Minister Trudeau, . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Don’t Throw Away Our Shot

Pop The Stack: My Letter to my MP on Electoral Reform

Dear Mr. Saini, I am one of your constituents and I must say very happy you won your seat and your party won the recent election even though I am not always a Liberal voter. I was unable to attend your open house last night in Kitchener with Minister Monsef but I have a strong […] . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: My Letter to my MP on Electoral Reform

Pop The Stack: Voting For, Against and Together

Great proposal from Andrew Coyne. I couldn’t have said it better myself, and I’ve tried, and tried and tried.

“The opposition parties would agree on a single candidate to put up against the Conservatives in each riding. Were they to win a majority, they would pledge to govern just long enough to implement electoral reform: . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Voting For, Against and Together

Pop The Stack: Voting For, Against and Together

Great proposal from Andrew Coyne. I couldn’t have said it better myself, and I’ve tried, and tried and tried.

“The opposition parties would agree on a single candidate to put up against the Conservatives in each riding. Were they to win a majority, they would pledge to govern just long enough to implement electoral reform: . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Voting For, Against and Together

Pop The Stack: Progressive Voters Unite! …Around Someone…

So in case you hadn’t heard there is a by-election coming up on Monday, three in fact, and the polls look interesting. The most exciting is the by-election in Calgary Centre where polls indicate a three way race between the Conservatives, the Liberals and (deep breadth) the Green Party.

Now I’m on the record as . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Progressive Voters Unite! …Around Someone…

Pop The Stack: Progressive Voters Unite! …Around Someone…

So in case you hadn’t heard there is a by-election coming up on Monday, three in fact, and the polls look interesting. The most exciting is the by-election in Calgary Centre where polls indicate a three way race between the Conservatives, the Liberals and (deep breadth) the Green Party.

Now I’m on the record as . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Progressive Voters Unite! …Around Someone…

Pop The Stack: Could the Liberal Party Become The Open Party?

Here’s a short survey from the Liberal Party on foreign ownership rules for natural resources. There are two interesting things about this. First, foreign ownership of our natural resources, especially by state corporations of other nations, is an important issue Canadians need to talk about more. I’m not especially knowledgable about it so I won’t . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Could the Liberal Party Become The Open Party?

Pop The Stack: Could the Liberal Party Become The Open Party?

Here’s a short survey from the Liberal Party on foreign ownership rules for natural resources. There are two interesting things about this. First, foreign ownership of our natural resources, especially by state corporations of other nations, is an important issue Canadians need to talk about more. I’m not especially knowledgable about it so I won’t . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Could the Liberal Party Become The Open Party?

Pop The Stack: You’re Wrong Adam Goldenberg

Adam Goldenberg has an opinion on strategic campaigning and he is off base in so many ways. Green party leader Elizabeth May has suggested that her party and the NDP refrain from running candidates in the Etobicoke Centre by-election. But Mr. Goldenberg says:

Elections are not primarily about picking winners and losers. The process matters . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: You’re Wrong Adam Goldenberg

Pop The Stack: You’re Wrong Adam Goldenberg

Adam Goldenberg has an opinion on strategic campaigning and he is off base in so many ways. Green party leader Elizabeth May has suggested that her party and the NDP refrain from running candidates in the Etobicoke Centre by-election. But Mr. Goldenberg says:

Elections are not primarily about picking winners and losers. The process matters . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: You’re Wrong Adam Goldenberg

Pop The Stack: Time to Drop Left, Right and Centre

Words have power. Canadian politics is undergoing a realignment and the old words we use to describe the ‘political spectrum’ are becoming more a hinderance than a help in trying to understand the change and what can come next. There is an idea that all political ideas all fit neatly in boxes on a spectrum . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Time to Drop Left, Right and Centre

Pop The Stack: Time to Drop Left, Right and Centre

Words have power. Canadian politics is undergoing a realignment and the old words we use to describe the ‘political spectrum’ are becoming more a hinderance than a help in trying to understand the change and what can come next. There is an idea that all political ideas all fit neatly in boxes on a spectrum . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Time to Drop Left, Right and Centre

Pop The Stack: Dion Proposes New Voting System

Monday’s election results in Alberta demonstrate once again the strange outcomes that our First-Past-The-Post (FPTP) voting system can create. A difference in vote percentage between 43% and 34% leads to 61 vs 17 seats for the PCs. Meanwhile the remaining parties which received about 10% of the vote each get only 4 out of 86 . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Dion Proposes New Voting System

Pop The Stack: Dion Proposes New Voting System

Monday’s election results in Alberta demonstrate once again the strange outcomes that our First-Past-The-Post (FPTP) voting system can create. A difference in vote percentage between 43% and 34% leads to 61 vs 17 seats for the PCs. Meanwhile the remaining parties which received about 10% of the vote each get only 4 out of 86 . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Dion Proposes New Voting System

Pop The Stack: Our Democracy is Leaving on a Jet Plane

This latest article by Andrew Coyne on the F-35 fiasco gave me chills, it’s a must read for anyone who still believes in honest, representative government. See this excellent article by Brian Stewart for more background on the growing secrecy in recent years surrounding the F-35 purchase and other activities at the Department of National . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Our Democracy is Leaving on a Jet Plane

Pop The Stack: Our Democracy is Leaving on a Jet Plane

This latest article by Andrew Coyne on the F-35 fiasco gave me chills, it’s a must read for anyone who still believes in honest, representative government. See this excellent article by Brian Stewart for more background on the growing secrecy in recent years surrounding the F-35 purchase and other activities at the Department of National . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Our Democracy is Leaving on a Jet Plane

Pop The Stack: Conservative Budget Shows Us What is Important to Them

A common response from many pundits on the recent Conservative budget seems to be: sensible, dull, uncontroversial. David Frum recently published his analysis and went a bit further asking whether or not this budget definitively proves that Canada is the “best-governed country in the advanced democratic world”. He thinks it does. His question is especially . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Conservative Budget Shows Us What is Important to Them

Pop The Stack: Conservative Budget Shows Us What is Important to Them

A common response from many pundits on the recent Conservative budget seems to be: sensible, dull, uncontroversial. David Frum recently published his analysis and went a bit further asking whether or not this budget definitively proves that Canada is the “best-governed country in the advanced democratic world”. He thinks it does. His question is especially . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Conservative Budget Shows Us What is Important to Them

Pop The Stack: Beards Again

Last night the NDP chose a new leader Thomas Mulcair. Mulcair was the most reformist candidate that was on offer but he was also not the biggest party insider among the candidates. So in a sense he represents a tradeoff between striking out in bold new directions versus staying the course and not attempting to . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Beards Again

Pop The Stack: Beards Again

Last night the NDP chose a new leader Thomas Mulcair. Mulcair was the most reformist candidate that was on offer but he was also not the biggest party insider among the candidates. So in a sense he represents a tradeoff between striking out in bold new directions versus staying the course and not attempting to . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Beards Again

Pop The Stack: For Once, I’m Glad I’m Not Voting

Democracy is the greatest sport on Earth. I feed on elections and leadership contests but I’m kind of glad I don’t have a vote this Saturday in the NDP leadership convention. Since I don’t have a vote I haven’t spent as much time researching all the leaders as I could have, but I know enough . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: For Once, I’m Glad I’m Not Voting

Pop The Stack: For Once, I’m Glad I’m Not Voting

Democracy is the greatest sport on Earth. I feed on elections and leadership contests but I’m kind of glad I don’t have a vote this Saturday in the NDP leadership convention. Since I don’t have a vote I haven’t spent as much time researching all the leaders as I could have, but I know enough . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: For Once, I’m Glad I’m Not Voting

Pop The Stack: Electoral Reform on the NDP Radar

The NDP leadership race is heating up and the most interesting development to me is that there seems to be a competition growing for who can be the most concerned about the sorry state of our democracy and the most committed to fix it. Take Peggy Nash, her website has a document devoted to electoral . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Electoral Reform on the NDP Radar

Pop The Stack: Electoral Reform on the NDP Radar

The NDP leadership race is heating up and the most interesting development to me is that there seems to be a competition growing for who can be the most concerned about the sorry state of our democracy and the most committed to fix it. Take Peggy Nash, her website has a document devoted to electoral . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Electoral Reform on the NDP Radar

Pop The Stack: Demanding Leadership on Democratic Reform

I’ve been offline and travelling for a while if you’ve been wondering about the radio silence (I know, unlikely). But I’m back now, living for the next two years in the self-declared “Greatest Democracy on Earth™”. We’ll see if they have any better luck than we are having up in Canada. With the way the . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Demanding Leadership on Democratic Reform