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CuriosityCat: Electoral Reform: How Clustered are You?

I took the MyDemocracy test of my “values” today, and was place in one of the “clusters” chosen by Vox Pop Labs as representing all those who participate in the Trudeau Liberals reaching out to all Canadian households to find out their views on a few issues about reform. I set out below some . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Electoral Reform: How Clustered are You?

Alberta Politics: A ‘merger’ between the Alberta Party and the Progressive Conservatives? Unlikely

PHOTOS: A meeting of the Alberta Party’s “Big Listen,” circa 2010. Actual Alberta Party coffee parties may not have appeared exactly as illustrated. Below: Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark, former leaders Sue Huff and Glenn Taylor, and PC Party President Katherine O’Neill (from Facebook). Don’t bet the farm on a “merger” between the Progressive Conservatives . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: A ‘merger’ between the Alberta Party and the Progressive Conservatives? Unlikely

CuriosityCat: Brexit surprise ahead for Trudeau Liberals if they break electoral reform promise

The Trap of Broken Promises

We’ve seen in the UK, USA and now Italy, just how out of touch ruling elites are with the discontent bubbling below the surface of their citizens. And now Canada’s newly minted Prime Minister is apparently starting to substitute his election victory for the deeply-held desire by many . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Brexit surprise ahead for Trudeau Liberals if they break electoral reform promise

Alberta Politics: Con gong show at the Legislature had plenty to make Albertans wonder about their opposition parties

PHOTOS: Anybody recognize the clowns with the yellow signs? Inquiring minds want to know … and they say they’re prepared to pay good money to find out! (Duncan Kinney photo, grabbed from Twitter.) Below: Ezra Levant, whose Rebel Media organized Saturday’s demonstration at the Alberta Legislature, which failed to leave a positive impression of the . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Con gong show at the Legislature had plenty to make Albertans wonder about their opposition parties

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 48: Why we (sigh) need pipelines

This week, the Trudeau government approved two pipelines, and rejected one other. Trudeau is winning lavish praise for his bold, statesmanlike decision in some quarters, hyperbolic, end-of-the-world scorn from others.

Trudeau’s decision to allow two of three is simply the right thing to do, in some ways because we have no choice. The simple, sad . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 48: Why we (sigh) need pipelines

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon #ERRE Links

A bit of electoral reform material for your weekend reading.

– Nathan Cullen points out how the Special Committee on Electoral Reform’s report (PDF) serves as an effective road map to make every vote count in Canada.

– PressProgress highlights how the Libs are attacking their own campaign promises in order to preserve an . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon #ERRE Links

CuriosityCat: PM Trudeau summed up by Chantal Hebert on electoral reform

Here’s the devastating article she wrote on how the Liberals, lead by Justin Trudeau, have mismanaged the election commitment to electoral reform:

As for the Liberals, they have managed to turn a secondary policy front into a field of ruins. With the logistical clock ticking on moving to a different voting system in time . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: PM Trudeau summed up by Chantal Hebert on electoral reform

Montreal Simon: Michael Harris On The Demonization of Justin Trudeau

The other night Justin Trudeau turned up at an event in Toronto's Distillery District, bearing a bag of gifts to add to a so-called Toy Mountain for poor children.And I was amazed to see how cheerful and relaxed he looked, after the barrage of criticism he has had to endure in the last two . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Michael Harris On The Demonization of Justin Trudeau

Montreal Simon: Fidel Castro, Stephen Harper, and the Con Scumbags

I wasn't planning to write another post about the death of Fidel Castro, and the ugly way the Cons and the Con media went after Justin Trudeau for daring to eulogize him.I thought I had said everything I wanted to say here. But then I saw that even though it's been six days since . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Fidel Castro, Stephen Harper, and the Con Scumbags

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Great Pipeline War

The next time Justin Trudeau visits Vancouver he'll have to keep a low profile, or wear plenty of camouflage paint.Because the Great Pipeline War has finally begun in earnest. But although the protests will be loud, and you can count me among those who believe that no new pipelines should be built.As T.S. Elliot . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Great Pipeline War

Alberta Politics: The Pipeline File: NDP’s ‘social license’ approach worked where Conservative shouting failed, it’s that simple

PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Kananaskis, Alberta, in April 2016 (photo by Chris Schwarz, Government of Alberta). Below: Anti-pipeline demonstrators in British Columbia (Rabble photo by Alyse Kotyk). They may not find it reassuring that Alberta conservatives are praying for their success. Without the Alberta NDP’s climate strategy, . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: The Pipeline File: NDP’s ‘social license’ approach worked where Conservative shouting failed, it’s that simple

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Notley’s Climate Change plan earns Trudeau’s Pipeline approval

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today the fate of three pipelines that have dominated political debate in Alberta over the past six years. Yes to Kinder Morgan Trans-Mountain Pipeline. No to the controversial Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline. Yes to the… Continue Reading →

The Disaffected Lib: Look Justin, Cut the Bullshit

Today’s the day when we learn whether the federal government will put our north coast in jeopardy or merely threaten our south coast with disaster.

Which pipeline will Trudeau approve? Will it be the Enbridge Northern Gateway or the expanded Kinder Morgan line through the Lower Mainland? Maybe it’ll be both. Maybe he’ll kill . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Look Justin, Cut the Bullshit

Montreal Simon: Why Justin Trudeau Should Attend Fidel Castro’s Funeral

As you know the Cons and the Con media are going after Justin Trudeau's statement on the death of Fidel Castro, like a pack of hysterical hyenas.And are trying to portray him as an embarrassment to Canada, or a communist, or Castro himself.While their flying monkeys swarm him on Twitter…Read more »

. . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Why Justin Trudeau Should Attend Fidel Castro’s Funeral

CuriosityCat: PM Trudeau should immediately replace Minister Monsef to ensure reform

Or was it bait and switch?

PM Trudeau solemnly assured voters during the election campaign that the last election as the last one under the archaic first past the post system of choosing MPs. And now the junior minister tasked with carrying out this solemn promise is showing signs of a lack of . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: PM Trudeau should immediately replace Minister Monsef to ensure reform

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 47: Tarnish on the golden boy

Is the shine coming off the golden boy?

Justin Trudeau is under the gun these days for what appear to be, if not lapses in ethics, at least some questionable activities. The Liberals have stretched the fundraising rules to the breaking point, engaging in cash-for-access fundraisers where well-heeled folks get to hobnob with government ministers . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 47: Tarnish on the golden boy

Montreal Simon: Fidel Castro:The Death of a Revolutionary Giant

I knew something was wrong when Fidel Castro wasn't able to meet with Justin Trudeau, during his recent visit to Cuba.I knew Fidel had to be very ill not to meet with the young man he helped console while acting as an honorary pallbearer at his father's funeral.And sadly I was right, for now . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Fidel Castro:The Death of a Revolutionary Giant

Alberta Politics: I come to bury Castro, not to praise him: unpacking conservative fury at PM Justin Trudeau’s condolences

PHOTOS: Fidel Castrol in his heyday. Mr. Castro died Friday at 90. Below: An affectionate Havana scene … “Viva Fidel por siempre;” Margaret Trudeau, Mr. Castro and Pierre Trudeau in 1976; King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who died at 90 last year; Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Before I start, let’s just make one thing perfectly . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: I come to bury Castro, not to praise him: unpacking conservative fury at PM Justin Trudeau’s condolences

CuriosityCat: Are the Liberals being honest with Canadians over electoral reform?

It seems that Andrew Coyne doubts this (my bolding and underlining):

A third point where the government’s devious slip is showing: electoral reform, and the public consultations in which a special parliamentary committee has been engaged these past several months. There is no debating this: as a matter of public record, the overwhelming . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Are the Liberals being honest with Canadians over electoral reform?

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau, the Cons, and the Trump Bump

With less than thirty shopping days to go before Christmas, I've been trying to ease myself into the spirit of the holiday season.But let's face it, it's not easy.Not with Donald Trump running wild in the United States.Not with his malignant influence spreading into Canada.Read more »

. . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau, the Cons, and the Trump Bump

Alberta Politics: Smoke-Free Alberta asks: Why hasn’t all of the Smoking Reduction Act been enacted?

PHOTOS: Water pipes and flavoured tobacco … Why has Alberta legislation outlawing them not been enacted? There are no secret political messages in this picture, by the way. Below: Alberta Health Minister Sarah Hoffman, NDP MLA Sandra Jansen, and Edmonton Journal Editor Mark Iype. A letter Monday from the Campaign for a Smoke-Free Alberta to . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Smoke-Free Alberta asks: Why hasn’t all of the Smoking Reduction Act been enacted?

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Evening Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– The Star argues that Canada can’t afford to leave tax loopholes wide open for the rich – as the Libs are doing in violation of their campaign promises. And Martin Lukacs notes that obscene giveaways to the rich seem to be the top priority for Justin Trudeau . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Evening Links

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading.

– Paul Krugman writes about the dangers of Donald Trump’s crony capitalist infrastructure plan. And Tom Parkin warns us that Justin Trudeau’s Canadian equivalent is headed toward exactly the same results: A private infrastructure bank means paying more for financing. It means getting less infrastructure. Fewer construction jobs. Less . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

– Karl Nerenberg examines new research from the Canadian Centre for the Study of Living Standards showing how workers have seen hardly any benefit from four decades of productivity gains which have filled corporate coffers: (I)n Canada, the productivity of labour — the amount workers produce per unit of . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Alberta Politics: More Bernard-trutherism: An update on Alberta’s (now ex) Roughneck

PHOTOS: Bernard the (now-ex) Roughneck enjoys some of the acclaim that goes with his newfound prominence here in Wild Rose Country. Photo grabbed from Facebook. Below: Neal Hancock as Bernard during his Parliamentary Press conference two months ago. Below that: A screenshot of Interim Opposition Leader Rona Ambrose at her Edmonton news conference on Thursday. . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: More Bernard-trutherism: An update on Alberta’s (now ex) Roughneck