Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Liberal 1 Year Report Card

The Trudeau Liberals returned to power on October 19, 2015. In the last year they’ve done some things I’ve disagreed with, and some things I approve of. I’ll list them from memory, because if I can’t recall them, they probably didn’t leave too much of a negative or positive impression: Good: B -Allowed 25000+ new ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Impatient for democratic reform?

The federal Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef must have the easiest job in Ottawa. Sure, she is new to the job and has lots to learn but so far, she has had it easy. Even her announcement of the Senate of Canada appointment process was made easy. She made it last December along with ...

Accidental Deliberations: On warped incentives

CC offers one noteworthy takeaway from Jenni Byrne’s attempt to deflect blame for the Cons’ election loss: Wherein Jenni Byrne openly admits that the CPC *needs* vote splitting to stay relevant. https://t.co/HrQDeH058x pic.twitter.com/BpUFBmezhz — CC (@canadiancynic) February 8, 2016 But let’s follow what this line of thought means for Canada’s electoral system. Would any rational ...

Accidental Deliberations: On double majorities

Nathan Cullen’s proposal for party representation on the Parliamentary committee reviewing electoral reform has received plenty of attention. But it might actually go much further than advertised to validate the results of the committee’s work and legitimize a more fair electoral system. One can view Cullen’s proposal as reflecting a proportional system for allocating committee ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: FPTP Or Not FPTP?

I don’t mind the Cullen/Coyne option, where we adopt a new system, have one election under it to see how we like it, and then have a referendum, where going back to pure FPTP is one of the options. Personally, I like better the idea of ratifying a newly chosen system via referendum before the ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Concalls: Duffy Trial Revelations

The Duffy Trial has been a bit of an expose on how the Harper Cons’ PMO operated. It’s not pretty. The comments made about Sona and Finely are nothing to sneeze at either. With Sona destined to sit in jail, and Finely in a grave, it all seems a little bit of an academic discussion ...

Cowichan Conversations: The Gloves Are Off- This Will Be A Hardball Fight Until Election Day

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger We now have the stage set for the final 5 weeks of Canada’s second longest election ever. There was a fair amount of chatter and speculation regarding Liberal-NDP and even Green Read more…

CuriosityCat: Political disengagement in Canada: Why is Justin Trudeau ignoring the obvious?

Trudeau vs Reformer Murray Justin Trudeau told a crowd in Hamilton that a Liberal Party led by him would take steps to reengage Canadians in our political life: The Liberal Party’s first step in a Federal election should be reengaging people who have given up on politics, says leadership contender Justin Trudeau. “We need to ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: RoboCall Boundary Edition #RoboCon 650 days and counting

Last week I got a robocall from “Chase Research” and listened to it all, taking notes when I realized it was a Conservative push-poll and would cause a scandal. I waited for the number to push to repeat the message or options, but pressing 9 just erroneously thanked me for responding, provided a contact phone ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Throw National Post a Lifeline

I haven’t encountered a Kelly McParland article that I can say I agree with. His latest, about Elizabeth May’s attempt to subvert the stalemate in Parliament amongst the opposition parties, is missing the point. May isn’t just out to help the Green Party, which of course is a given, despite McParland’s ridiculous claim that he’s ...

Cowichan Conversations: The BC Green Party Dictates That The Means Justify The Ends!

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes-Political Blogger The Greens, often seen and promoted as an alternative to the old line parties are not really all that different when it comes to democratic decision making. They are just as bad as the other parties it seems, well maybe not worse than the BC Liberals who also have a penchant for  fixing ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: F-35: Don’t Need No Stinking Accountability

I am genuinely concerned that there is no viable alternative party for conservatives in Canada who have, to this point, put all of their eggs into the Harper basket(case) Conservative Party of Canada. It’s staggering, the amount of intellectual fortitude (dishonesty) it takes to justify the crimes, the lying, the harassment, and general bad-neighbourly things ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Another Independent

The House of Commons has a new Independent MP. Hyer has quit the NDP to sit more freely to represent his constituents. What that means to him and Thunder Bay – Superior North, is for others to tell you because I know only what I’ve read of the man’s bio on his website today. My ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Jack Layton: Canada’s Defrauded Prime Minister

Hindsight. It’s a bitch. It’s also bitter and hypothetical at times, so take these particular musings in that context. It’s a “what could’a been”. Jack Layton would have possibly been Prime Minister last year, had a sweeping campaign of election fraud with voter suppression not taken place across the country. Take a moment to let ...

politics on CAPS LOCK: THE BIG SHOW

YAH I KNOW I STARTED LIVE BLOGGING JUST AS ITS ALL OVER. SORRY BUSY EVENING, WHAT WITH THE BOY COMING HOME AND BUNCH OF OTHER THINGS. WATCHING SUNTV FOR THE TRASH FACTOR. WILL UPDATE IN BETWEEN BREAKES COOKING SUPPER 9:04 TIM HUDAK’S OPPOSITE OF VICTORY SPEECH. LONGER THAN PETER MACKAY’S FACE 9:08 THERE WE GO ...

politics on CAPS LOCK: LATE TO THE PARTY

SO YEAH JUST BACK FROM VISITING MY SON AT THE HOSPITAL, DID YOU HEAR THIS THEY HAD AN ELECTION IN MANITOBA? BASICALLY IT’S BEEN CALLED ALREADY (SPOILER ALERT: NDP MAJORITY) BUT I SEE THAT CBC STILL OFFERS LIVE COVERAGE ON THEIR WEBSITE. LET’S HAVE A LOOK, SHALL WE… 9:20 SOME KIND OF FOOFERA ABOUT THE ...