Christy Clark had as much chance of winning BC’s election today as Canadian politics has gender equality, and that’s close to zero.
With six female premiers, soon to be five, Canada looks like a pretty equitable place, but just as with Christy Clark’s chances on election day, looks can be deceiving.
For instance, on the face of it, British Columbia looks like a province of better gender representation, Christy Clark wasn’t its first female premier after all, Rita Johnston received that honour back in 1991. But considering the similarities between Johnston and Clark, what is clear is not gender equality, (Read more…)
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 politics and instead chose a career of teaching. But with time this idealist realized that Canada deserved better than the “conservatives” in power and ran for his party’s leadership.2 He easily won it by a large margin on the first ballot… in (Read more…)
For the very same reason why so many Liberals want him to win, Justin Trudeau shouldn’t become Liberal Leader.
If 150,000 people only supported Justin Trudeau because of substance then there would be no argument against the 41 year-old MP for Papineau. A Trudeau only made popular by policy would present little risk in selecting him for leader. After all, the Liberal Party could survive, even if just barely, another loss from a leader who only represented the party’s policies. However policies aren’t why Justin Trudeau has so many supporters, and policies aren’t why he is a risk to the
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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 just over seven years ago that the federal Liberals, after a long tenure in government and facing lagging poll numbers, held a leadership race with a crowded field of candidates. Starting in October of last year the Ontario Liberals did the exact same thing.
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Because Stephen Harper was a self-described “radical right-wing ideologue”, he was the only one who could make the conservatives more Liberal.
Because Barack Obama was so anti-war, he was the only one who could make the Democrats more pro-war than Republicans.
In both cases it was each man’s close association to a particular cause that gave him the credibility and therefore the power to fundamentally change it.
And it is because Justin Trudeau is perhaps the most identifiable Liberal that he, and he alone can make the party more conservative, and, as they aren’t mutually exclusive, more progressive. Trudeau has
Why should the Liberal Party, the NDP, and the Green Party merge? Because they are already united in blandness. If these parties were not bland, if they were not vague, or if they even had the slightest unique trait among them, merging would not be an… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Blandness Is Easy To Merge With Liberals, NDP, & Greens
Leadership races are often an opportunity for a political party to start over with a blank slate, Liberals might not get that chance if a slightly hypocritical Dominic Leblanc gets his way.
Liberal MP Dominic Leblanc is discouraging anyone from running for leadership who only seeks to raise their profile and that members who lost their elections shouldn’t run either. Now he may be right, but he is absolutely the wrong guy to say it.
Today Dominic Leblanc is speaking against others using the Liberal leadership race to raise their profiles, but in 2008 he himself used the leadership contest
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Tablet computers have been around for years, but it took Steve Jobs to make them popular.
Though the Liberal Party has been around longer than any tablet computer, it shares more than a few similarities with the now ubiquitous device.
The Liberal Party has strong fundamentals and viable market share in a competitive industry, but like the early tablet computers, it is an old idea in a new world. What Liberals need is what tablet computers needed, Steve Jobs.
In 2001 Microsoft announced a revolutionary platform in personal computing, the Microsoft Tablet PC, the problem was it wasn’t very popular.
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Only 4% of NDP MPs and 7% of Conservative MPs have been in Parliament since 1999 compared to 40% of Liberal MPs. If the Liberal Party needs to change, it needs to start with its MPs.
The Liberal Party’s main problem is it’s old. It’s few MPs are the oldest and the longest serving, indicating a party that is stagnant and anything but new. If the Liberals do need new ideas, they need new MPs to champion them. The party needs old MPs to step down for new ones to step up.
Liberal MPs may represent Liberal policies, but in
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Union membership is dwindling nationally; the New Democratic Party is erasing socialist principles from its constitution; and that most left-leaning party elected its most right-leaning candidate for leader.
The role of churches in society is weakening and their attendance is diminishing; there has been record spending and historic increases in government’s size; and the Conservatives have recognized gay rights, including marriage equality, and womens’ rights, including abortion.
New Democrats and Conservatives have demostrably changed, adopting liberal ideas and principles.
Liberalism has won the war of ideologies, it is just now the Liberal Party is losing the battle of who will
Part of it is policy.
Part of it is leadership.
Most of it is passion.
I am of the belief that when voters aren’t simply voting against someone else, than they will be voting for the party who’s leader gives them the most hope for the future.
They will be voting for the party that they believe will do what is right, and vote against those that would travel the path of least resistance to power, or to secure their gold plated pensions.
Engaging in “politics as usual” is a recipe for disconnect. This is what we have been doing, (Read more…)
It’s been 70 years since a major party leader had a beard, over 110 years since an opposition leader had one.
A century ago facial hair used to be quite common, in Parliament and out. The NDPs selection of the bearded Thomas Mulcair as Leader makes one wonder, if beards can depart in a trend unnoticed from politics, what less obvious and more important characteristics of our representatives have disappeared?
It is not surprising that the last party leader to have a beard was J.S.Woodsworth, founder of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF). Woodsworth’s beard was reminiscent of
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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way
There are two NDPs and there is no starker contrast between the two than the
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Jack Layton never based his decisions on what one person would do, to ask New Democrats to do that is doing anything but honouring the man or the party.
Finishing a speech at the NDP Leadership Convention Olivia Chow told the crowd of orange, “Ask yourself, what would Jack do.” The thing is of course, asking that question is anything but what Jack Layton would do.
At a convention centre plastered with the phrase, “I Am The Jack Layton Legacy” the contradiction could not be clearer; a Catch-22 of Canadian political proportions.
“Bon Jack” as Quebeckers referred to the
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It is widely known that over the last few years a certain political group has been arrogant, close-minded, and divisive, what may come as a surprise is that group is made up of the Liberals and the NDP.
Both Liberals and New Democrats have criticized Conservatives for years, alleging they are arrogant, intolerant, and divisive, but lest those two parties forget, the Conservative Party has done what those two won’t, and that’s be open to compromise and political union.
The Conservative Party is itself the union of two distinct political organizations that put aside their differences, to contemplate, to be
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The Road We’ve Traveled, isn’t just a new video released by the campaign to re-elect President Barack Obama, it’s a display of historic influence.
The United States may have the largest army in the world, it may have the most nuclear weapons, but soldiers and bombs don’t win over hearts and minds. In the world today, as its always been, people are won based on the incitement of feeling with the association of positive ideas. Because of this, books opposing various governments and their ideologies have been burned while books supporting them have been written, the same can be said
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The Liberal Party is like a newspaper, regardless of whether there is news or not, it has to keep coming out claiming something important has happened because if it doesn’t it will go under.
Just like newspapers have to print every morning, regardless of whether there is any real news, political parties have to offer policies, regardless of whether they are policies that are needed or even wanted.
For the last few years Liberals and others have confused causes, miscontruing the existence of policies with the qualification that they should exist. Like someone who sees a newspaper and assumes there
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Just as Liberals look at Justin Trudeau and ask if he is like his father, many are asking if he will run for leader, the answer to one is the answer to the other.
Though Justin Trudeau has stated he will not be running for Liberal Leader, citing his duty as a father to his young children, there are still two years till the leadership race. Besides the fact children grow fast in two years, one just needs to look at Bob Rae, who signed an agreement not to run, to see things change.
Justin Trudeau’s reason for not running
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Laurier, McKenzie King, Pearson, Trudeau, Chretien all mean nothing to the Liberal Party, to Canada if we as members and as Canadians do nothing.
Though each man was great in his own time, their greatness today rests on our shoulders. For if the Liberal Party was to disintegrate, was to collapse, the ideals these men stood for would be shown to be temporary, to be insufficient to cohere a party, let alone a country.
If Liberals do not define what Liberalism is, they relegate the ideology to Laurier’s tomb and show both to be long dead. If Liberals fail to
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A national convention this weekend showed that out the ashes of the Liberal Party there was a spark. That in Ottawa, where once the largest Liberal flame burned, where once it warmed all of a cold Canada, this weekend the city now home to the party’s cinders flared the tiniest but most ardent spark of love, liberty, and democracy.
Adopting policies like opening the party up to non-members, allowing the public to vote for Liberal leader, preferential ballots for general elections and marijuana legalization were the ignition, lighting up the hopes of Liberals across our country. But a flash is
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“Well you know the Conservatives say, and we know the mantra those of us who have to sit through this every day in the House of commons, that Canadians gave them a mandate to do whatever it is that they want to do; a mandate to carry out whatever abuses they want to carry out. Well Mr.Harper let me tell you something, Canadians gave us a mandate as well. They gave us a mandate to hold you to account and to keep you from abusing your power, and that’s exactly what we are going to do and what we
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