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Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- Trevor Hancock writes that if we’re going to designate anything as a public health emergency, poverty should top the list:I was pleased to see the B.C. Ministry of Health use the powers of the provincial health offic… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Politics and its Discontents: An Old Rumour Resurfaces. Will Charest Step Up When Harper Stands Down?

Posted by MoS, the Disaffected Lib:

An old friend of mine from Ottawa is a veteran Tory with roots going back to the Stanfield years. A couple of years ago my friend mentioned Jean Charest as a possible successor to Stephen Harper. I’ve heard that rumour off and on since then but nothing ever . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: An Old Rumour Resurfaces. Will Charest Step Up When Harper Stands Down?

Calgary Grit: 2012 Woman of the Year

Every December, I like to name a “Person of the Year” – the individual who left their mark on Canadian politics over the past year. The only rules are that the PM is too obvious a choice, and that lame picks (“You!”) are strictly verboten. The Person of the Year doesn’t need to be someone . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: 2012 Woman of the Year

Alberta Diary: Hockey-starved Canucks pray for brawl as Peter Van Loan channels Darrel Stinson

Prime Minister Jean Chrétien gets up close and personal with a protester. Below: NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, Tory chuck-a-bub Peter Van Loan, Liberal Fuddle-Duddler Pierre Trudeau, New Democrat Nathan Cullen, known for his gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.

Maybe I’ve just spent too much time hanging . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Hockey-starved Canucks pray for brawl as Peter Van Loan channels Darrel Stinson

Calgary Grit: Canada’s Greatest Losers

Last week, Martha Hall Findlay and Karen McCrimmon declared their candidacies for the Liberal leadership race. This week, George Takach has taken the plunge. I’ve posted one blog interview with David Merner, and will have others with David Bertschi and Alex Burton next week. Deborah Coyne, meanwhile, has already released more fresh ideas than we’ve seen from Stephen Harper during his entire tenure as Prime Minister. These are seven very different candidates with seven very different messages, but the one … . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Canada’s Greatest Losers

Calgary Grit: The Changing Face of Provincial Politics

Gary Doer, Bernard Lord, and Dalton McGuinty

With Dalton McGuinty’s abrupt resignation, Stephen Harper has now outlasted every sitting Premier in power when he took office. Hell, Alberta has seen two regicides during this period:

John Hamm (succeeded by Rodney MacDonald in 2006, who was defeated by Darrel Dexter in 2009) Bernard Lord . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: The Changing Face of Provincial Politics

Alberta Diary: The Great Wall of Saskatchewan: popular, yes, but a peacemaker?

Brad Wall, Christy Clark, Alison Redford and Greg Selinger discuss the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline while visiting China. Actual Canadian premiers may not appear to their Chinese hosts exactly as illustrated. Below: Mr. Wall, Ms. Redford, Mr. Selinger and Ms. Clark.

No sooner did Trend Research of Edmonton publish a poll showing Alberta . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: The Great Wall of Saskatchewan: popular, yes, but a peacemaker?

Calgary Grit: Charest’s Loss May Be Harper’s Gain

It was hard for Harper to say no to “the most federalist Premier in my lifetime”…and the one man who laughed at his jokes.

Although the federal leaders executed Cirque Du Soleil worthy backflips to stay out of the Quebec election, the repercussions of this vote will be far reaching. Having a separatist . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Charest’s Loss May Be Harper’s Gain

Cowichan Conversations: Quebec Students Were Right! Students Debts Are Crippling!

Quebec Students Protest Started Over Tuition Hikes

It was University Students in Quebec who raised the profile of challenges facing students seeking post secondary education.

Tuition hikes ignited the protests but costs for living accomodation, books, clothing and food combine to increase the overall burden.

The protests grew, morphed into a much wider . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Quebec Students Were Right! Students Debts Are Crippling!

Alberta Diary: Thanks to a murderous nut, long gun registry will be Harper’s first post-PQ test – he will likely fail

Gavrilo Princip under arrest in Sarajevo in 1914. But a speedy arrest wasn’t enough to avert a long war. Below, Quebec Premier Designate Pauline Marois.

If you think about it – and you can bet on it that the Canadian gun lobby will refuse to do so – the murderous man with the . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Thanks to a murderous nut, long gun registry will be Harper’s first post-PQ test – he will likely fail

Impolitical: Wednesday afternoon in big Liberal developments

First up, Dominic LeBlanc makes some news while attending the Liberal caucus meetings in Montebello: “Trudeau, LeBlanc front runner prospective candidates in Liberal leadership race.” “I’ve thought long and hard, as a number of other people have I’m sure, about whether I’m the best person at this time to assume the leadership of the party, . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Wednesday afternoon in big Liberal developments

Calgary Grit: Jean Charest Exits on Top

The headlines haven’t been kind to the outgoing Premier this morning: Jean Charest’s luck finally runs out, Charest’s Gamble Costs Liberals, Charest Has Only Himself To Blame For Quebec Election Defeat. I suspect many of these post-mortems were written before the votes rolled in last night, because the end result tells a far different . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Jean Charest Exits on Top

Impolitical: Quebec election morning after

What a tremendously shocking incident at the PQ victory rally last night. To see a death at a political rally, other gun injuries and a fire set…that’s a truly shaking thing for Canadians.

And what an incredibly close result. Notably, just 0.7% separated the PQ’s lead at 31.9% over the Liberals at 31.2%. . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Quebec election morning after

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Quebec Votes

The National Post is the only place so far that has a graphic representation of the vote breakdown.  As in the case of Alberta, the pollsters seemed to have missed a last minute swing away from the party favored to win. Maybe for the same reason, too.  Marois ran a profoundly xenophobic campaign and was getting called out for . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Quebec Votes

Alberta Diary: Post-Confederate Albertans in Ottawa, the PQ in Quebec: Can Canada afford a national leader with no national vision?

Prime Minister Stephen Harper takes note of Quebec’s aspirations. Alberta politicians may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Mr. Harper exhibiting the post-Confederation Alberta zeitgeist (Calgary Herald photo); PQ Leader Pauline Marois.

With the PQ back in power in Quebec City, no matter how tenuously, one prays Stephen Harper can overcome his tin . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Post-Confederate Albertans in Ottawa, the PQ in Quebec: Can Canada afford a national leader with no national vision?

Calgary Grit: Quebec Votes

Pauline Marois, perhaps Quebec’s first female Premier, tells a young girl that she too could one day run for office…assuming she speaks French, of course.

The polls have closed across the Nation of Quebec.

The campaign started as a truly unpredictable three-way race. It wasn’t hard to imagine a scenario where Jean Charest . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Quebec Votes

Calgary Grit: Quebec Votes Tonight

Today, Quebecers head to the polls, ready to elect what may be the least scary PQ government in the province’s history. That’s not a commentary on Marois, who is running on a disgustingly xenophobic platform. But even if the PQ gets a majority, it will be a majority built on only a third of the . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Quebec Votes Tonight

Song of the Watermelon: Quebection Projection

Apparently I haven’t learned my lesson since predicting a Peggy Nash victory in this year’s NDP leadership race. I may not have the statistical wherewithal or ear-to-the-ground perspicacity of an Eric Grenier, but I cannot resist the peculiar temptation — that siren song that has marked the downfall of politicos far greater than I — . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: Quebection Projection

Art Threat: Punk rock video conveys the energy of Quebec’s Carré rouge

A Montreal punk rock band recently released “>Carré rouge, a fast-paced music video inspired by classic punk sounds, and carried by collective chants from the massive street demonstrations sparked by the historic Quebec student strike.

“Loi spéciale, refusé! À qui la rue? À nous la rue! Carré rouge! Carré rouge! Carré rouge!” . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Punk rock video conveys the energy of Quebec’s Carré rouge

CuriosityCat: Why Quebec should give Charest the pink slip on Tuesday

Jean Charest and his Liberals have been a relatively good government for the past nine years, but it is time for that province to elect a new Premier with a new agenda. Charest has done many things that are positive. His Quebec North policy is the right thing for Quebec. Canada is a small . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Why Quebec should give Charest the pink slip on Tuesday

Calgary Grit: Your Guess is as Good as Mine

Three parties entered the Quebec election with a chance to win, and while the PQ appears to be stumbling to victory, it’s nearly impossible to predict what will happen on Tuesday.

Of course, that’s not stopping anyone.

La Presse (thanks to CROP) projects a PQ minority, while the National Post (thanks to Forum) and the . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Your Guess is as Good as Mine

Leftist Jab: The Fallout of Charest vs Marois

A sovereignty debate is a dish best served stale

Tonight was reminiscent of every Quebecers worst memories of large family gatherings when the topic of politics was raised and everyone was liquored up as we were served up a head to head debate between Premier Jean Charest of the Liberal Party of Quebec and Pauline . . . → Read More: Leftist Jab: The Fallout of Charest vs Marois

From Orangutan: Jean Charest’s word is "worthless"

Marc Bellemare, Quebec Liberal Premier Jean Charest’s former justice minister, said at a press conference in Sherbrooke Friday that he realized that the word of Jean Charest was “worthless” and that for Jean Charest, “the interests of Liberal Party fr… . . . → Read More: From Orangutan: Jean Charest’s word is "worthless"

From Orangutan: Jean Charest’s word is "worthless"

Marc Bellemare, Quebec Liberal Premier Jean Charest’s former justice minister, said at a press conference in Sherbrooke Friday that he realized that the word of Jean Charest was “worthless” and that for Jean Charest, “the interests of Liberal Party friends came before those of Quebecers.” Yet another reason to not vote Liberal on . . . → Read More: From Orangutan: Jean Charest’s word is "worthless"

From Orangutan: Il (Jean Charest) me dit – Parodie de Elle me dit – Mika

As election day, September 4, 2012, fast approaches in Quebec, I think it’s appropriate to remind my fellow citizens of the horrendous leadership the province has had to undergo under Premier Jean Charest. And this I do…with a song, a parody of Mika’… . . . → Read More: From Orangutan: Il (Jean Charest) me dit – Parodie de Elle me dit – Mika