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The Cracked Crystal Ball II: RoboCalls Scandal – It’s Still Alive

For those who had lost track of the Robocalls fraud perpetrated by the Harper Conservatives during the 2011 election, it hasn’t gone away.

Harper has done an enormous amount of work to bury this case.  Not only have they fought the allegations tooth and nail, they have hobbled the ability of Elections Canada to . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: RoboCalls Scandal – It’s Still Alive

Illuminated By Street Lamps: ANALYSIS: The Slow Decline of The Liberal Party of Canada

By Joe Fantauzzi @jjfantauzzi The electoral fortunes of the Liberal Party of Canada, once routinely referred to as Canada’s “Natural Governing Party”[1] have been in precipitous decline for nearly a decade. Currently the third party in the House of Commons, until relatively recently the Liberals held significant federal majority governments and guided Canada for 13 years . . . → Read More: Illuminated By Street Lamps: ANALYSIS: The Slow Decline of The Liberal Party of Canada

Impolitical: A winning essay on national media coverage of the 2011 federal election

This is a brilliant piece of writing by Mark Brister: “National media coverage of the 2011 federal election was a failure.” Not sure if it’s getting much coverage but there’s a lot of good stuff there. If this is the runner-up for the 2012 Dalton Camp Award on links between democracy and the media, I’d . . . → Read More: Impolitical: A winning essay on national media coverage of the 2011 federal election

Drive-by Planet: Did dirty tricks help Stephen Harper to a majority?

Stephen Harper denies the Conservative Party of Canada had anything to do with robo-calls and other misleading phone calls made during the 2011 federal election. The calls sent some Canadian voters on a wild goose chase, hunting for “relocated” polling stations that didn’t exist.

A disposable cellphone registered to a mysterious Pierre Poutine of . . . → Read More: Drive-by Planet: Did dirty tricks help Stephen Harper to a majority?

Canadian Progressive World: Conservatives Robocalls Scandal: What Canadians Are Saying

Thanks to the still-imploding Conservatives robocalls scandal, the end of the age of innocence in Canadian politics has begun. The scandal is being described in the kind of terms common in authoritarian countries. Only Federal …Read More

Illuminated By Street Lamps: RIP Jack

Stolen by cancer.

You will never be forgotten.

Impolitical: Meet the new Toronto

2011 Federal ElectionIt’s a much more colourful place from previous elections.  See the 2008 map, by contrast:2008 Federal ElectionThanks to Blunt Objects for posting links last night to the above maps. They were created by a user at Rabble who po… . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Meet the new Toronto

Illuminated By Street Lamps: The New Political Landscape

The results of the general election have dramatically shifted Canada’s political orientation.

A round-up:

What’s good: No more mushy-middle, quasi-conservative-government-in-waiting-politicking by the Grits.

What’s bad: Big Blue is stronger than ever.

What’s good: An activist Official Opposition.

What’s bad: No matter what the Opposition does, it will be defeated in the Commons.

And finally, what’s . . . → Read More: Illuminated By Street Lamps: The New Political Landscape

Impolitical: "Like winning bingo on the Titanic"

Briony Penn, 2008 Liberal candidate in Saanich-Gulf Islands with some post-election thoughts: On the evening of May 2, along with the majority of Canadians, I was stunned. “Like winning bingo on the Titanic” was the saying that captured the mood of… . . . → Read More: Impolitical: "Like winning bingo on the Titanic"

Vote Swap Canada 2011: Facebook app finds you someone to strategically vote swap with

Use it now! http://voteswap.sharurl.com/voteswapcanada/ Instructions Submit your riding, party you support, and parties you’re willing to vote for. Review your matches. Submit requests to swap votes with the people you’ve matched with. You can sub… . . . → Read More: Vote Swap Canada 2011: Facebook app finds you someone to strategically vote swap with

Illuminated By Street Lamps: Vote

It’s the right thing to do.

Let’s make this a more progressive Canada.

My predictions

I know others have slaved over predictions models. Grats for your work. I just wait until the end, and then guess. Here’s my prediction: CPC 130 NDP 93 LPC 63 BQ 20 GPC 1 Ind 1 I have the Conservatives at 130 because I refuse to give them a bu… . . . → Read More: My predictions

Preserving Judeo-Christian Values in Canadian Society

Bearing false witness is apparently not much of a Judeo-Christian value these days. Check this out: “Naked in a bed in a brothel with a young Asian woman.” Well, that’s not in the story linked to. He was in the bed, she wasn’t. And it was “suspect… . . . → Read More: Preserving Judeo-Christian Values in Canadian Society

I get mail: Stephen Taylor

I think he’s blowing a gasket: Days before Canadians go to vote, I am shocked by the latest poll numbers. Apparently, the socialist NDP is surging in various parts of the country and may indeed spoil a Conservative majority. Even worse, Jack Layton ha… . . . → Read More: I get mail: Stephen Taylor

Conservatives conceed "NO MAJORITY"

From today’s Star, a source inside the CPC says “It all comes down to Ontario and we’re just not there…[there is currently no] seat matrix that gets Harper to a majority.” They need to find two dozen more seats in Ontario than they think they can… . . . → Read More: Conservatives conceed "NO MAJORITY"

Forum Research reports reduced Harper minority, NDP in Stornoway

From The Hill Times, the projection is Conservatives 137 seats, the NDP 108 seats if an election were held today, 60 for the Liberals and only three seats for the Bloc Québécois. As for individual ridings, Gerard Kennedy is set to lose Parkdale-High… . . . → Read More: Forum Research reports reduced Harper minority, NDP in Stornoway

Illuminated By Street Lamps: The Reality Of The Grit Attack on Jack

Floundering, the Grits have today unsurprisingly gone after the NDP in a new attack ad.

It comes a day after Big Blue unleashed an attack of its own.

Here’s a reality check on the Grit claims:

Grit allegation: NDP refuses a principled stand on the gun registry.

Reality check: The NDP has over and over . . . → Read More: Illuminated By Street Lamps: The Reality Of The Grit Attack on Jack

Two simulstaneous polls, two very different results

Proclaims the National Post: Tories 19 points up, NDP tops Liberals for second: Poll !!! Yikes! Ipsos Reid has the Conservatives at 43%, NDP 24%, Liberals in third at 21%? Can it be? A second poll by Ekos has the Conservatives at 34.4%, and the NDP a… . . . → Read More: Two simulstaneous polls, two very different results

Illuminated By Street Lamps: Important Poll Has NDP Ahead of Grits & Canada Fragmenting

A poll released today by Ipsos Reid shows the New Democrats are now polling higher than the Grits in the battle against Big Blue.

And, the poll states the NDP is only 5% behind the Liberals in the Grit stronghold of Ontario.

Funny that – more evidence that Canada is not a two-party nation.

And, . . . → Read More: Illuminated By Street Lamps: Important Poll Has NDP Ahead of Grits & Canada Fragmenting

Illuminated By Street Lamps: NDP-Grit Divide Is The Real Story Of Election 41

Shockwave:

The NDP has tied the Grits for support as the election enters its final phase, according to a pollreleased by Angus Reid Public Opinion.

Both parties are polling at 25% support, putting them both 10% behind Big Blue.

Looks like voters do draw a distinct line between the Grits and the NDP, despite some . . . → Read More: Illuminated By Street Lamps: NDP-Grit Divide Is The Real Story Of Election 41

Updates from The National Citizens Coalition

FYI, I get emails from the NCC, all of them peddling shamelessly for Harper… April 12, 2011: Dear Friend of freedom, It seems like just yesterday that we braved a certain frigid December day, which changed the way we’d look at Canadian politics fo… . . . → Read More: Updates from The National Citizens Coalition

Harper to consider treatment centre only if a Tory is elected in riding?

Am I reading this right? YELLOWKNIFE — Stephen Harper’s vision of a strong and free Far North ran up against northern reality Monday. Even as he reannounced a promise to complete an all-season highway in the Arctic, he said funding a drug treatment… . . . → Read More: Harper to consider treatment centre only if a Tory is elected in riding?

Campaign Strength/Weakness Observation

For a PM who didn’t want to do any stimulus spending, and took Parliament to the brink over it in 2008, Harper certainly has reaped considerable political leverage with the so-called Economic Action Plan. The opposition, despite having forced it to h… . . . → Read More: Campaign Strength/Weakness Observation

Illuminated By Street Lamps: Let’s Hear From Everyone At The Debates

There was an awful lot of talk this week about a one-on-one debate between Iggy and Harper.

Sorry, but this is not an election that simply pits Big Blue against the Grits. Canadian governance is not a two-party system.

That kind of debate would exclude a myriad of opinions and stifle public debate on major . . . → Read More: Illuminated By Street Lamps: Let’s Hear From Everyone At The Debates

Coming soon: Harper Bunker Book