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cmkl: What kind of liberal will Justin Trudeau be? I don’t know yet

I don’t want to denigrate or deem unworthy voters aspirations for change. We were certainly due. But I cannot share the enthusiasm people are having this morning for the pageant of Trudeau naming his new cabinet.

ParliamANT Hill: Cantada election 2015: PM proposes banning travel to extremist hotspots

Satire inspired by this headline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/harper-proposes-travel-restrictions-1.3184703

ParliamANT Hill: Cantada election 2015: PM proposes banning travel to extremist hotspots

Satire inspired by this headline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/harper-proposes-travel-restrictions-1.3184703 . . . → Read More: ParliamANT Hill: Cantada election 2015: PM proposes banning travel to extremist hotspots

Canadian Psephos: Predicting the Unpredictable

With the first full day of official campaigning underway, where is the state of the race?

Luckily we know, since it seems that everyone and their mothers have set up election projections or predictions in time for this campaign. Even I have maintained a rolling average offline, currently showing a tight three-way race (though with . . . → Read More: Canadian Psephos: Predicting the Unpredictable

Canadian Psephos: Editable Map of #elxn42 boundaries

Looking for a map of Canada’s new 338 constituencies that you can colour code on your own? Are you a visual learner and like to see how support looks on a geographic projection? Do you like pretty colours?

Look no further! Below is a map that anyone can use for their own purposes. I drew . . . → Read More: Canadian Psephos: Editable Map of #elxn42 boundaries

cmkl: Armine, I need to hear more about this ‘fix don’t scrap TFSA’ business

I have huge amounts of respect for Armine Yalnizyan. In the People’s Republic of Chris she is Finance Minister. For life. However her latest item on rabble.ca wherein she (or her headline writer) calls for the Tax Free Savings Account program to be fixed (as opposed to scrapped) has got me thinking she’s plugged in . . . → Read More: cmkl: Armine, I need to hear more about this ‘fix don’t scrap TFSA’ business

cmkl: Canada’s public sector keeps private sector pain at bay: Michael Babad in the Globe

Okay, that’s my take on his headline. Unlike him, I am morally and contractually bound not to repeat the enemy’s framing. At least in a headline. But apart from that Babad’s commentary in the Globe today is just about right. It’s a critique of a CFIB study complaining about how much harder life is for . . . → Read More: cmkl: Canada’s public sector keeps private sector pain at bay: Michael Babad in the Globe

cmkl: CSIS to be given ‘power to disrupt,’ not arrest, in new anti-terror bill, CBC reports

I really hope this is one of those trial balloon thingies where the government puts out feelers, leaks ‘drafts’, spreads rumours about something far worse than they actually intend. Because if they actually do plan to let CSIS ‘disrupt’ people without due process, as CBC reports, we will truly have turned a corner into the . . . → Read More: cmkl: CSIS to be given ‘power to disrupt,’ not arrest, in new anti-terror bill, CBC reports

cmkl: Conservatives’ red tape commision saves next to nothing

Red Tape Cuts Rated Modest Blacklock’s reports. I do so wish they’d come up with a revenue model that lets them get their journalism out there more. Because they’re actually doing as much real Hill journalism (if not more) than the entire Parliamentary press gallery. But I’ll go straight to the punch line. $21 million . . . → Read More: cmkl: Conservatives’ red tape commision saves next to nothing

Illuminated By Street Lamps: Supervised Injection In Toronto: Why The Discussion Has Screeched To A Halt

By Joe Fantauzzi @jjfantauzzi

Drug use is a multifaceted issue in urban life. Addiction can take an enormous toll on individuals and can leave the municipalities in which those people live struggling to adequately service their needs as well as the needs of the community. Supervised injection facilities, in which users consume drugs in a . . . → Read More: Illuminated By Street Lamps: Supervised Injection In Toronto: Why The Discussion Has Screeched To A Halt

Illuminated By Street Lamps: The Toronto G20 Summit: A State of Exception

By Joe Fantauzzi@jjfantauzziBetween June 26 and 27, 2010, thousands of demonstrators[1] descended on Toronto, Ontario to protest while the leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies[2] met behind a protective fence built of steel and secretive legislative authority. When the tear gas cleared and the G20 Summit ended, 1,105 people had been detained. It has been described . . . → Read More: Illuminated By Street Lamps: The Toronto G20 Summit: A State of Exception

Illuminated By Street Lamps: Locating Canada’s State Multiculturalism As A Racist Doctrine

By Joe Fantauzzi@jjfantauzziCanada is a multicultural nation. More than four decades of policy, legislation and celebration have engraved this country’s pluralism into its national character. The ethnic diversity of this country is presented globally as a fundamental strength of the Canadian nation. But massive structural inequalities which have not been erased with state multiculturalism policies . . . → Read More: Illuminated By Street Lamps: Locating Canada’s State Multiculturalism As A Racist Doctrine

The Scott Ross: Liberals Down In All Major Polls, Arrogance Is Up

Justin Trudeau is popular? It doesn’t matter.

The federal Liberals are still extremely behind in the polls. The last three major polls conducted, with 100% accuracy, show the Liberal Party is far behind the Conservatives and in fact the Grits are at their lowest level of support in Canadian history. Those polls were of course . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Liberals Down In All Major Polls, Arrogance Is Up

The Scott Ross: Liberals Down In All Major Polls, Arrogance Is Up

Justin Trudeau is popular? It doesn’t matter.The federal Liberals are still extremely behind in the polls. The last three major polls conducted, with 100% accuracy, show the Liberal Party is far behind the Conservatives and in fact the Grits are at the… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Liberals Down In All Major Polls, Arrogance Is Up

Canadian Psephos: Canada 1867

I originally wrote this in May 2013. I may update or repost it in the future.

The Dominion of Canada held its first election between August 7th and September 20th 1867, due to the rather spread out nature of the new nation that had been born just a month before during the process known as . . . → Read More: Canadian Psephos: Canada 1867

The Scott Ross: Another Thing Trudeau & Layton Have In Common

Justin Trudeau and the late Jack Layton have quite a few similarities, underestimation by Conservatives is yet another.

It wasn’t too long ago a certain inexperienced federal politician became leader of a third place political party. Though the son of a prominent politician1, in his early life he had not been immediately drawn to federal . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Another Thing Trudeau & Layton Have In Common

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

The Scott Ross: The Need of a Canadian National Monument

Canada has no real national monuments.

Mostly it’s because of the irony; towering statues and obelisks that promote pride in Canadian humbleness or simplicity would tend to miss the point. But that problem assumes Canadians would look upon a 100ft copper maple leaf with arrogance and not their common reverence for the natural world around . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: The Need of a Canadian National Monument

Illuminated By Street Lamps: Canadian lobbyists. Who They Are and What They Do.

When the federal Lobbying Act came into force in 2008, Vic Toews, then the President of the Treasury Board, declared the legislation “increased accountability in Ottawa” and provided “a more open and transparent government for all Canadians.”[1] The law, Mr. Toews added, would give Canadians more information about who is attempting to influence public policy.Not . . . → Read More: Illuminated By Street Lamps: Canadian lobbyists. Who They Are and What They Do.

The Scott Ross: Penny Wise, World Foolish: Pennies Never Cost A Cent

All the attention focused on how costly it is to make pennies is worth less than any piece of copper.

For much of last year the most popular cited reason, the go-to justification for scrapping the penny was that making one costs more than what it’s worth. Simple economics, or even simple logic shows . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Penny Wise, World Foolish: Pennies Never Cost A Cent

The Scott Ross: Wynne-ing Like It’s 2006…And Losing Like It’s 2008

Today Ontario Liberals chose their next leader, but if 2006 is any indication, they might have just chosen their next loser.

Similarities between Kathleen Wynne’s recent victory in the Ontario leadership race and Stephane Dion’s in the federal Liberal leadership contest in 2006 suggest a just as similar electoral future.

Old, Tired Parties: It was . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Wynne-ing Like It’s 2006…And Losing Like It’s 2008

Illuminated By Street Lamps: On Prorogation: A Solution To Hand The Power Back To The People

By Joe Fantauzzi jjfantauzzi@gmail.com | @jjfantauzzi When a minority federal government facing a confidence vote over a rejected economic update suspended Parliament in 2008, a constitutional expert told CBC News the move had set a “dangerous precedent.”[1]

Several years later, when a minority government in Ontario used the same procedure, known as . . . → Read More: Illuminated By Street Lamps: On Prorogation: A Solution To Hand The Power Back To The People

Illuminated By Street Lamps: POSITION ANALYSIS: A Scathing Indictment of Neoliberalism And The Privatized Delivery of Social Services in Canada

The increasingly privatized delivery of social services under neoliberal governments is arguably doing real damage to the Canadian welfare state.

Discussions about neoliberalism, which as the Oxford Concise Dictionary of Politics points out emphasize deregulation and a diminished role for the state[1], are often closely linked with the rise of lean and mean government . . . → Read More: Illuminated By Street Lamps: POSITION ANALYSIS: A Scathing Indictment of Neoliberalism And The Privatized Delivery of Social Services in Canada

The Scott Ross: Why Being Conservative With Business Is Bad Business

Turns out Conservatives can’t grow businesses liberally. Go figure. Since Stephen Harper became Prime Minister the World Bank reports that Canada has fallen from the 4th most business friendly nation to the 17th. Data shows that not only has Canada … . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Why Being Conservative With Business Is Bad Business

Illuminated By Street Lamps: Employment Redistribution: The Case For A Bigger Bureaucracy

Let’s recap:

Unemployment rates are stagnant.

 and

Living in this country is much more expensive than, say, 30 years ago.  Coins are property of the Royal Canadian Mint

And with this as a backdrop, the federal and Ontario governments (see: page 8 of the linked paper on post-secondary education reform) . . . → Read More: Illuminated By Street Lamps: Employment Redistribution: The Case For A Bigger Bureaucracy