October 8, 2013 – Green Party leader Elizabeth May, speaking at the Speak Up For Democracy Town Hall Meeting in Winnipeg. Photo: Paul S. Graham
Canadian democracy ain’t what it used to be and what it used to be was far from ideal. Still, fewer of us are voting and even fewer are satisfied with the outcome.
In recent years, voter turnout has declined precipitously. Of the 24.2 million citizens eligible to vote in the 2011 federal election, only 14.8 million, or 61.1 per cent did so. Of those who voted, 39.6 per cent, or (Read more…)
Green Party of Canada Leader Elizabeth May, MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands, is on a cross country tour, billed as “Save Democracy from Politics,” to call for major reforms in Canada’s Parliamentary system. According to May, Canadian democracy is being undermined by excessive partisanship, a party system that punishes MPs who do not toe the party line, and a Prime Minister’s Office that wields the powers that should be exercised by Parliament.
May was in Winnipeg to speak at a town hall meeting co-sponsored by the Green Party and Peace Alliance Winnipeg. I will post the video from (Read more…)
by: Obert Madondo | Twitter: @Obiemad:
Georges Laraque (Photo By Dave Sandford/CHC)
Former NHL tough guy Georges Laraque is ready for his next great fight. If he wins, he’ll join Green Party Leader Elizabeth May in Ottawa.
Laraque, once the NHL’s most feared hockey enforcer, announced Tuesday he’ll be the Green Party of Canada’s candidate in the Montreal riding of Bourassa.
“Today is an important day for me. It is the result of many years of community involvement. I would be so proud to be chosen by the people of Bourassa to be their representative,” said Laraque, who (Read more…)
. . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Ex-NHL star Georges Laraque seeks Bourassa riding for May’s Greens
I just took a gander at the Elections Canada databases to see the current state of the Green Party EDA`s. Like them or not, the Green Party remains a factor, and their 2015 campaign will play a role in determining the outcome of the 2015 election. I have a couple of general observations to make, and I have to say that the Green Party has some very impressive strengths, and some very telling weaknesses. It will sound like I am talking out of both sides of my mouth, but I will demonstrate why I expect that the GPC will have (Read more…)
By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Last week, Liberal leadership hopeful and Member of Parliament for Vancouver MP, Joyce Murray, called for opposition electoral cooperation in the Labrador by-election. To void splitting the vote. To ensure a “progressive win and Harper fail“. The Greens immediately heeded the call and are now challenging the [...]
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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 [...]
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I did not get a chance to watch tonight’s debate yet, but I did get a good laugh at the headlines about Elizabeth May`s very canny playing of the Liberal Party on Saturday. Elizabeth May announced that the Green Party would not be running a candidate in the anticipated Labrador by-election. And some people actually bought it!
As I blogged 2 months ago, the Green Party is in a sticky situation. Firstly, the number of Electoral District Associations has declined as their funding from the per vote subsidy dries up. If you carefully examine the databases over at Elections Canada (Read more…)
Either after the upcoming federal election, or the one after, the Green Party of Canada will fade away from existence. Firstly, its fundamental reason for existence has been taken on by other parties. Preston Manning, arch-conservative of the Conservative Party of Canada and head of the Manning Centre for Democracy, has called for a green [...]
Forecasted supertankers growth make oil spill unpreparedness “extremely worrisome” By Green Party of Canada | Feb 5., 2013: OTTAWA – The Green Party of Canada is worried by the conclusions reached by the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development in his report tabled this morning. “Commissioner Vaughan tells us the Federal government is in READ MORE
by Green Party of Canada | Jan. 28, 2013: The Green Party of Canada is calling on the government of Canada to stand on guard against the demands of the United States (US) for extraterritorial enforcement of an American law: the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The Government of Canada must protect our citizens and residents READ MORE
by Green Party of Canada: The Green Party of Canada calls on all Canadians to take part in #idlenomore events throughout Canada. Green Leader Elizabeth May, Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands, specifically invites citizens to take part in the 21 December 2012 rally in Ottawa. “Harper’s record on Aboriginal Affairs is dishonourable. The C-45 Omnibus bill READ MORE
Alberta families like this one just stayed home Monday and watched TV. Below: Pollster Janet Brown. So who stayed home? While poll analysts and pundits pontificated yesterday about what the somewhat-less-than-stellar victory of Conservative Joan Crockatt in the Calgary-Centre by-election might mean for the national political parties, the real story went largely unexamined – to … . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: And the winner is … no one: everybody missed Monday’s biggest story
Joan Crockatt, the first pest past the post, flanked by Calgary MPs Rob Anders and Jason Kenney, gives her victory speech in Calgary last night. Actual victorious Alberta Conservatives may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: The unsuccessful Liberal, Green and NDP candidates; the real Ms. Crockatt. Oh, how very depressing. Progressive voters outnumbered Conservatives, … . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Go back to sleep everyone: another Tory win in Calgary
It’s close. Yesterday the Harvey Locke team in Calgary-Centre ID untold numbers of voters and knocked on 10,000 doors. The race is close in Calgary-Centre and, for the first time in almost 40 years, a Liberal might be sent to Ottawa from Calgary…. . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: 10,000 Doors in One Day — Calgary-Centre: It’s Close.
by Green Party of Canada Again, Hamas bombing and Israeli retaliation have escalated. It should be clear that continuing to make war will not bring peace. Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense comes a mere three years after Israel’s Operation Cast L… . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Green Party of Canada: Operation Pillar of Defense Is Not The Answer
Napoleon after the Battle of Waterloo. Events in the Calgary Centre by-election may not turn out to be exactly as illustrated. Below: Liberal Harvey Locke, Conservative Joan Crockatt and Green Chris Turner. Is Joan Crockatt about to meet her Waterloo? As reported first by Dave Cournoyer of the Daveberta blog and moments later by the … . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Will the Tories meet their Waterloo on the field at Calgary Centre? One can only hope!
Green Party leader Elizabeth May is spot on again! She’s demanding that CSIS should weigh in on the Canada-China treaty, due to be ratified by cabinet this week. The Harper Government wants Canadians to believe that the treaty will “address Canada’s trade imbalance with the Asian economic powerhouse.” The truth, as May argued on CTV’s Question Period earlier [...]
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While I wrote quite a few blog posts on the 2011 Ontario Election, both generally and specifically with regards to my riding of Parkdale-Highpark, I never actually indicated precisely who I was voting for. I thus explain my reasoning here, belatedly, p… . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Why I voted as I did in the Ontario Election
One of the interesting results of the Ontario general election was the collapse of the Green Party from its 2007 peak of 8% down to just over 3% in 2011. In this post I run the math on various counterfactual scenarios to see what would have happe… . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: The sensitivity of the Ontario election results to the Green Party vote
Green parties so often exist on the fringes of the political spectrum, often without direct political power, and so it is important to periodically remind ourselves of why they are indeed important and have a role to play. The specific mechanism of thi… . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: The Influence of Green Parties
The following is my observations and reflections from attending an All Candidates Forum for the riding of Parkdale-Highpark. Click here for an overview on the candidates for this riding. While this post will obviously be specific to this particular On… . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: 2011 Ontario Election: Parkdale-Highpark All Candidates Forum Response
In all of North America, Ontario is unique in its approach and scale of tackling the dual problems of declining cheap fossil fuel availability and global warming. It has implemented North America’s highest rates for feed-in-tariffs, a program that pays… . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Ontario Election 2011: This is, and must be, a referendum on green energy