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The Scott Ross: Quebec Election Shows Hypocrisy On Clarity Act

Stephen Harper, Justin Trudeau, and Andrew Coyne, among others, are wrong to suggest separatism was recently defeated by Quebec voters. Well they aren’t just wrong, they’re hypocritical.

Since the close defeat of separatism in the 1995 referendum, federalists have demanded a clear question for any public decision on Quebec sovereignty. Parliament even passed the Clarity . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Quebec Election Shows Hypocrisy On Clarity Act

The Scott Ross: Quebec Election Shows Hypocrisy On Clarity Act

Stephen Harper, Justin Trudeau, and Andrew Coyne, among others, are wrong to suggest separatism was recently defeated by Quebec voters. Well they aren’t just wrong, they’re hypocritical.Since the close defeat of separatism in the 1995 referendum, feder… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Quebec Election Shows Hypocrisy On Clarity Act

The Scott Ross: Trudeau Was Conservative With Nonprofit

In the free market prices reflect demand, instead of choosing a few events to speak at arbitrarily, Justin Trudeau set a price to attend those gatherings that wanted him the most. This method of relying on market prices to benefit charities and busines… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Trudeau Was Conservative With Nonprofit

The Scott Ross: Trudeau Was Conservative With Nonprofit

In the free market prices reflect demand, instead of choosing a few events to speak at arbitrarily, Justin Trudeau set a price to attend those gatherings that wanted him the most. This method of relying on market prices to benefit charities and businesses is a rather conservative idea.

So yes before he was Liberal Leader . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Trudeau Was Conservative With Nonprofit

The Scott Ross: Christy Clark Loses & So Does Gender Equality

*UPDATE 05/15/13: With Christy Clark’s amazing upset I am happy to admit the below post is wrong. BC has its first popularly elected female Premier. Congratulations, it is an incredible victory.Christy Clark had as much chance of winning BC’s election … . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Christy Clark Loses & So Does Gender Equality

The Scott Ross: Christy Clark Loses & So Does Gender Equality

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 . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Christy Clark Loses & So Does Gender Equality

The Scott Ross: Another Thing Trudeau & Layton Have In Common

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 . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Another Thing Trudeau & Layton Have In Common

The Scott Ross: Why Justin Trudeau Shouldn’t Lead The Liberals

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 . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Why Justin Trudeau Shouldn’t Lead The Liberals

The Scott Ross: Wynne-ing Like It’s 2006…And Losing Like It’s 2008

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 . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Wynne-ing Like It’s 2006…And Losing Like It’s 2008

The Scott Ross: Trust In Trudeau

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 . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Trust In Trudeau

The Scott Ross: Blandness Is Easy To Merge With Liberals, NDP, & Greens

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

The Scott Ross: The Not So Leblanc Slate

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 . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: The Not So Leblanc Slate

The Scott Ross: Liberal Party’s Future, New Apple or Old Microsoft

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 . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Liberal Party’s Future, New Apple or Old Microsoft

The Scott Ross: Old Incumbent Liberal MPs Are A Problem

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 . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Old Incumbent Liberal MPs Are A Problem

The Scott Ross: This Is What A Liberal Victory Looks Like

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 . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: This Is What A Liberal Victory Looks Like

pragmaticcanadian: Connecting With Voters

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 . . . → Read More: pragmaticcanadian: Connecting With Voters

The Scott Ross: Bearded, Women, Leaders

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 . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Bearded, Women, Leaders

The Scott Ross: A Tale of Two NDPs

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, . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: A Tale of Two NDPs

The Scott Ross: A Layton-22

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, . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: A Layton-22

The Scott Ross: Conservatives Unite, Liberals & NDP Divide

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 . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Conservatives Unite, Liberals & NDP Divide

The Scott Ross: The Road We’ve Traveled

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 . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: The Road We’ve Traveled

The Scott Ross: The Liberal Post

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 . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: The Liberal Post

The Scott Ross: Outshining Trudeau

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 . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Outshining Trudeau

The Scott Ross: Liberal History

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 . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Liberal History

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