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Bill Longstaff: The NDP—back to social democracy

Rather like the British Labour Party under Tony Blair, the NDP made a play for the political centre. The Liberals, led by the dangerous to underestimate Justin Trudeau, have now writ fini to that ambition.The thing for the NDP to do now, in the heart and mind of this member of the party at least, . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: The NDP—back to social democracy

Bill Longstaff: Sunny ways and other thoughts on the election

The Dark Age is over. The wicked witch of Calgary is gone. And Justin Trudeau has promised he will lead according to Sir Wilfred Laurier’s “sunny way.” Guided by the PM-elect’s “positive, optimistic, hopeful vision” rather than by Harper’s paranoia, the country will be a much happier place to inhabit.

I had hoped for a . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Sunny ways and other thoughts on the election

Bill Longstaff: We’re on the international stage—for our bigotry

The latest issue of Press Progress includes an article commenting on the attention the Prime Minister’s divisive anti-Muslim politicking is getting around the globe.

For instance, The Economist carries the headline “Muslim-bashing is an effective campaign tactic” and goes on to say, “The fuss is a godsend for Stephen Harper, who hopes voters will . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: We’re on the international stage—for our bigotry

Bill Longstaff: A minority progressive government would be the best result of the election

I wouldn’t dare to be so bold as to play the prophet and predict the shape of the government that will result from Monday’s federal election. Polls and electorates are much too fickle. I can only observe that if the polls are accurate and the electorate doesn’t suddenly change its collective mind, after the Governor . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: A minority progressive government would be the best result of the election

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Paranoid election signs attack Liberals, NDP and Mainstream Media

Canadians are faced with two stark options in this federal election, according to new election signs spotted north of Edmonton in the federal riding of Parkland-Sturgeon River. Either we can a) help destroy Canada and Alberta by voting for the Liberals and New Democratic Party on October 19 or b) destroy the Mainstream Media.The presence . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Paranoid election signs attack Liberals, NDP and Mainstream Media

In This Corner: Stuff Happens, week 38: Too close to call; ‘stuff happens’ in Oregon; what was the Pope thinking?

The finish line of the federal election is in sight, but we’re no closer to seeing a winner than we were weeks ago. The latest polls indicate that support for the NDP is beginning to fall — turning their famous Quebec ‘orange crush’ into an ‘orange crash’ — while support for the Liberals is rising. . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Happens, week 38: Too close to call; ‘stuff happens’ in Oregon; what was the Pope thinking?

In This Corner: Stuff Happens, week 38: Too close to call; ‘stuff happens’ in Oregon; what was the Pope thinking?

The finish line of the federal election is in sight, but we’re no closer to seeing a winner than we were weeks ago. The latest polls indicate that support for the NDP is beginning to fall — turning their famous Quebec ‘orange crush’ into an ‘orange crash’ — while support for the Liberals is rising. . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Happens, week 38: Too close to call; ‘stuff happens’ in Oregon; what was the Pope thinking?

Bill Longstaff: Why this Dipper is voting Liberal in Calgary Centre

Liberals have been screwing Calgary for a long time. When one hears this, one’s thoughts immediately turn to Trudeau senior and his National Energy Program. But it started long before that. Back in the beginning in fact. When Alberta became a province in 1905, Frank Oliver, Edmonton newspaper publisher and Liberal MP, persuaded Prime Minister . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Why this Dipper is voting Liberal in Calgary Centre

The Canadian Progressive: The lies Harper told during 2015 election call, first leaders’ debate

Stephen Harper told a lot of lies during his launch of the 2015 federal election campaign, and during the first national leaders debate, hosted by Maclean’s Magazine.

The post The lies Harper told during 2015 election call, first leaders’ debate appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Trudeau on supporting Bill ‪C-51‬: “Perhaps It Was Naive”

During last Thursday’s Maclean’s leaders’ debate, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau admitted that the Liberals’ support of Harper’s “secret police” Bill C-51 was “perhaps it was naive.”

The post Trudeau on supporting Bill ‪C-51‬: “Perhaps It Was Naive” appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: On The Liberal Party’s Sliding Support

Over at the National Post, John Ivison is trying to give more credit to the attack ads and a handful of missteps for the sliding support of the federal Liberal Party.

Ivison has missed two key points that have driven supporters away from the Liberals:

Bill C-51 and Bill C-24.  Along with the so-called . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: On The Liberal Party’s Sliding Support

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: On The Liberal Party’s Sliding Support

Over at the National Post, John Ivison is trying to give more credit to the attack ads and a handful of missteps for the sliding support of the federal Liberal Party.Ivison has missed two key points that have driven supporters away from the Liberals: B… . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: On The Liberal Party’s Sliding Support

BigCityLib Strikes Back: NDP Governments Are Always Fun!

Gawd! This gal from the new  Alberta provincial NDP government is giving me flashbacks to Rae Days. Although I don’t think Bob Rae had a death-metal chick in caucus, just some guy that posed topless.   Anyway, six months from now her federal counterpart might be Finance Minister. Who knows?  Life is like a box of . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: NDP Governments Are Always Fun!

BigCityLib Strikes Back: HOLY FUCKING SHIT! Rob Ford To Run For CPC Against Bill Blair?

OMG!!!  OMG!!!OMG!!! Sooo @towhey says that Doug Ford talked this morning about Rob Ford running against Bill Blair for Scarborough Southwest federal seat— Siobhan Morris (@siomo) April 26, 2015

So the CPC would counter Justin’s marijuana legalization position by running a crack smoker?  Hard to imagine.  But we can always hope.

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Thomas Mulcair reminds me of Stephen Harper

TweetMore than 500 people packed into the lobby of the Winspear Centre yesterday to watch the New Democratic Party of Canada officially nominate Edmonton-Centre‘s Lewis Cardinal as the first candidate for 2015 federal election. The selection of Edmonton-Centre as the NDP’s first nomination demonstrates that party’s desire to turn Edmonton into a battle ground in . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Thomas Mulcair reminds me of Stephen Harper

The Canadian Progressive: He called Nelson Mandela a terrorist, now claims Harper endorsement

by: Obert Madondo

Chances are you would never vote for Rob Anders even if you were a hard-core Conservative. The Calgary West MP is one of the most disagreeable politicians in Canada.

In 2001, the former Reform Party MP once called South African anti-apartheid icon, Nelson Mandela, a “terrorist“. He prevented the House of . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: He called Nelson Mandela a terrorist, now claims Harper endorsement

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: MLA Janice Sarich not jumping into federal politics

TweetEdmonton-Decore Progressive Conservative MLA Janice Sarich released this statement this morning announcing that she will not seek the Conservative Party nomination in the new federal riding of Edmonton-Griesbach: After a thorough exploration I have decided not to pursue a nomination for the federal Conservative Party of Canada. I have been asked about the possibility on . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: MLA Janice Sarich not jumping into federal politics

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: He’s in: Ron Liepert challenges Rob Anders in Calgary Signal Hill

TweetFormer provincial cabinet minister and MLA Ron Liepert officially announced in a statement this morning his intentions to seek the Conservative Party of Canada nomination in the newly redistributed Calgary Signal Hill riding. Mr. Liepert’s candidacy has been widely suspected since the “timetodobetter.ca” group announced it would support a candidate to challenge ultra-conservative Member of . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: He’s in: Ron Liepert challenges Rob Anders in Calgary Signal Hill

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Ron Liepert versus Rob Anders: the next PC-Wildrose proxy war?

TweetWill former provincial cabinet minister Ron Liepert make the jump into federal politics? With the launch of the TimeToDoBetter.ca website today, rumours began to spread that the former two-term Calgary-West Progressive Conservative MLA turned consultant could challenge ultra-conservative Rob Anders for the Conservative Party nomination in the new Calgary Signal Hill riding. Mr. Liepert’s candidacy . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Ron Liepert versus Rob Anders: the next PC-Wildrose proxy war?

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

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Justin Trudeau: Full Text Of Montreal Leadership Address

In Montreal Tuesday, Papineau MP Justin Trudeau announced his bid to lead the Liberal Party of Canada. Here’s the full text of his address: “Make no small dreams, they have not the power to move the soul” – Goethe Now that’ll take courage, but more than that, it’ll take hard, honest work. So let me . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Justin Trudeau: Full Text Of Montreal Leadership Address

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Justin Trudeau Announces Liberal Party Leadership Bid

After months of speculation, it’s official! Justin Trudeau is running for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada. And he’s already dreaming big: he wants to replace Stephen Harper as Canada’s next prime minister. Announcing his leadership bid in Montreal Tuesday, the Papineau MP delivered a speech unequivocally pointing in that direction. The speech . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Justin Trudeau Announces Liberal Party Leadership Bid

Canadian Progressive: Bad News: Two Polls Give Harper Conservatives Edge Over News Democrats

As the Canadian Parliament returns for what promises to be another acrimonious session, two opinion polls show that the Harper Conservatives hold a slight lead over Thomas Mulcair’s New Democrats. The Canadian Press Harris-Decima poll pegs Conservative support at 34 per cent, the New Democrats at 27, the Liberals at 24 and the Greens at . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive: Bad News: Two Polls Give Harper Conservatives Edge Over News Democrats

Canadian Progressive: New Democrats And Conservatives Tied at 34% each: Poll

The poll by Toronto-based Forum Research Inc is bad news for Tom Mulcair and the NDP. Real bad news for Canadian democracy. According to the National Post: With these voting intentions, an election today would see the Tories take 140 seats for a minority in Parliament while the NDP would grab 114 seats. Just last . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive: New Democrats And Conservatives Tied at 34% each: Poll