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The Canadian Progressive: NDP MP Libby Davies Explains Decision Not To Run In 2015

New Democrat MP Libby Davies explains her deciding not to run during the 2015 federal election after representing Vancouver East for six consecutive terms.

The post NDP MP Libby Davies Explains Decision Not To Run In 2015 appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Left Over: So Long, It’s Been Good to Know You, Libby…..

Libby Davies, NDP deputy leader, won’t run in 2015

CBC News Posted: Dec 12, 2014 1:26 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 12, 2014 7:39 PM ET

Having watched Ms. Davies for all of the forty years of her political career, starting with her election to Vancouver Council, I am saddened, but not . . . → Read More: Left Over: So Long, It’s Been Good to Know You, Libby…..

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Nomination update: Yellowhead by-election, Bow River Tories vote, and Anybody but Xiao

TweetPremier Jim Prentice announced this week that five-term Conservative Member of Parliament Rob Merrifield would be appointed as Alberta’s representative in Washington D.C. Mr. Merrifield’s resignation from the House of Commons means that a federal by-election will need to be called in the Yellowhead riding by March 17, 2015. This would be the fourth federal . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Nomination update: Yellowhead by-election, Bow River Tories vote, and Anybody but Xiao

Accidental Deliberations: On healthy proposals

Paul Wells seems quite disappointed not to have received more attention for his recent piece on Thomas Mulcair’s speech to the Canadian Medical Association. So let’s take a closer look at why the angle Wells took didn’t seem like much of a revelation – and what might be more significant in Mulcair’s plans.

At . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On healthy proposals

Cowichan Conversations: iPolitics–Is Mulcair Just Another Harper With a Beard?

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

In the quest for power Federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair has abandoned previously held NDP principles and beliefs and that is causing heartburn on the left, and centre-left.

The shift to the right that has taken place has left many NDP supporters wondering if the NDP is where they want . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: iPolitics–Is Mulcair Just Another Harper With a Beard?

Cowichan Conversations: Thomas Mulcair-Anne McGrath Stop Interfering In Local NDP Nominations

Richard Hughes-It is time the NDP risked democracy

The Federal NDP often tries to favourably compare themselves as being more democratic and grass roots driven than the Liberals or Conservatives. It may well have been that way in the past but they certainly cannot claim that high ground today.

The Nanaimo Ladysmith Riding . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Thomas Mulcair-Anne McGrath Stop Interfering In Local NDP Nominations

OPSEU Diablogue: Aglukkaq might as well be talking about car washes and kittens

We’ve noted several times the absence of Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq when it comes to media inquiries about issues within her jurisdiction. Her performance in Parliament likely gives us a good illustration why. The absence of a renewed Federal-Provincial … Continue reading →

Accidental Deliberations: #mtlqc13 – Day 2 Review

Aaron Wherry has been documenting the resolutions passed at the NDP’s convention in Montreal – and so I haven’t seen much need to comment on them in detail. But the most noteworthy development in today’s policy debates came from a resolution which wasn’t passed – but which nonetheless signalled the NDP’s willingness to tackle difficult . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #mtlqc13 – Day 2 Review

centerandleft: Mulcair’s Center Squeeze

Most New Democrats – probably all New Democrats – genuinely dislike Steven Harper. With good reason, he’s muzzled scientists, bullied unions, abandoned the impoverished, given tax breaks to the largest corporations, all things that stir up democratic socialists. Yet, their newly minted leader was not only represented the Quebec Liberal Party in the Quebec National […] . . . → Read More: centerandleft: Mulcair’s Center Squeeze

Outasite! Supreme Court bludgeons Con ideology with reality.

One of the few benefits of not having any political power is that you get to sit back and watch the majority power fall all over its own ideology and arrogance.

Less than 40% of Canada voted for these guys. That’s not a mandate for anything other than doing . . . → Read More: Outasite! Supreme Court bludgeons Con ideology with reality. . . . → Read More: Outasite! Supreme Court bludgeons Con ideology with reality.

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Aaron Wherry takes a look at how the NDP caucus has responded to Jack Layton’s death and the resulting outpouring of public sympathy:After Jack Layton had departed Parliament Hill for the final time last week, … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Afternoon Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Libby Davies weighs in on what comes next for the NDP:(Jack Layton) had a vision for Canada that was about inclusivity and fairness, and he was willing to work with others to make this happen.However, … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Afternoon Links

Blunt Objects: Libby Davies for NDP Leader

Yes, just, yes.Pick out the most left-leaning NDP leader you can think of, and Libby Davies is still farther left. She makes Andrea Horwath look like Mike Harris (or does she do that herself?).Actually, Libby Davies would be an interesting contestant. … . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: Libby Davies for NDP Leader

RedBedHead: After Jack: Three Bad Ideas & One Good One For The NDP

The weeklong outpouring of mourning, love and solidarity after the passing of NDP Leader Jack Layton has now subsided. The sense of optimism that Jack insisted upon and the hunger for change that he not only represented but fanned to flame with the fun… . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: After Jack: Three Bad Ideas & One Good One For The NDP

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Selected text for your weekend reading. – Edmund Pries points out how the right sees wasted public money and gratuitous tax slashing as tools to force cuts to programs which actually serve a valuable purpose: During the Reagan era, a friend and former… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament In Review: June 15, 2011

Yes, the spring session of Parliament has come to an end. But with much less news popping up on the political scene, I’ll take the opportunity to take a look back at the days I didn’t get to through my Parliament in Review posts – starting with Wednesd… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament In Review: June 15, 2011