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CalgaryLiberal: A Merger That’ll Never Happen

The left in the province of Alberta will never merge. There are four core reasons for this to be the case. Firstly, the NDP is directly tied, through its organization, its employees (many of whom who work for the federal NDP as well), and other means, cannot get the nod for merger from Ottawa. This [...]

Slap Upside The Head: Canada’s Newest Gay MP

Canada has a new, openly gay MP this week after a byelection on Monday filled Jack Layton’s old seat with the NDP’s Craig Scott. Congratulations, Craig!

Canadian Progressive World: Olivia Chow Should Follow Her Own Political Path

The buzz: Jack Layton‘s widow, Olivia Chow, will likely run for the leadership of the Federal NDP. Bad political decision if the MP for Trinity-Spadina, Toronto, does. The world over, political widows often capitalize on the legacies of depar… . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Olivia Chow Should Follow Her Own Political Path

BigCityLib Strikes Back: So, My Little NDP Brothers: Official Opposition Is Harder Than You Thought! HUH? HUH?

 Here’s the official talking points from the NDP website.  And they’re not all wrong.  Connections are rife between the Harper government and Quebec separatists, as they are between the Harper government and Tamil Mil… . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: So, My Little NDP Brothers: Official Opposition Is Harder Than You Thought! HUH? HUH?

BigCityLib Strikes Back: NDP Filibuster: The Street Has Spoken

Or at least my wife, long-time Liberal, saying: “You know, I’m proud of Jack.” Indeed. Lots of piss and vinegar out of the NDP in the Canada Post showdown. Meanwhile the Liberals come across as a bunch of old white guys that need to sleep, when they’re… . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: NDP Filibuster: The Street Has Spoken

Slap Upside The Head: NDP Resolves To Revoke Ex-Gay Charitable Status

I’ve got some particularly cool news today! The federal New Democratic Party, Canada’s official opposition, unanimously adopted a resolution over the weekend to revoke the charitable status of unscientific “ex-gay” organisations, including Exodus Global Alliance. The resolution, which was presented and adopted the NDP’s 2011 policy convention in Vancouver, should be welcome news to anyone, but [...] . . . → Read More: Slap Upside The Head: NDP Resolves To Revoke Ex-Gay Charitable Status

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Go Lizzy May!

Elizabeth May is the only MP in the HOC, and The Green Party the only party (by definition!) in favour of due diligence when it comes to legislatin’ crime laws. Also clever on the part of the Dippers, politically, but do they really want to stand for … . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Go Lizzy May!

Challenging the Commonplace: OK. I Am Officially Excited

On this blog, I’ve lambasted Jack Layton, Michael Ignatieff, Stephen Harper, Elizabeth May… The only leader of a Canadian federal party I haven’t targeted with slings and arrows is Gilles Duceppe and that’s only because his party isn’t a national one.

Some would say I’ve been particularly hard on Layton. Until Ignatieff came onto the Canadian political scene, they were likely correct. I went

Challenging the Commonplace: CRTC, UBB and a Response from my MP

Am glad the CRTC has been ordered to review (read: ‘reverse’) its decision on usage-based Internet billing. But I won’t be happy until the CRTC has gone the way of the dinosaurs, just like the dinosaurs its morphed mandate has been so busy protecting.

That aside, I wanted to share this great letter I received from my MP, NDP Jean Crowder, written in response to my terse email regarding the