Hat tip to BluntObjects for the LeadNow poll of Canadians’ views about the need to fix our broken electoral system. The poll shows massive support by Liberals, Dippers and Greens for some form of proportional representation (the key plan of the Joyce Murray fix-it-now campaign for leadership of the Liberal Party): Q: Do you . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Poll: Massive support for Proportional Representation
“Marc Garneau confirmed he’s dropping out of the federal Liberal leadership race at a press conference in Ottawa.
Garneau said he spoke with Bob Rae and Justin Trudeau Tuesday night and informed them of his decision.
Garneau said Trudeau is the clear winner of the race based on his analysis of the numbers. . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Marc Garneau Quits and Backs Justin Trudeau
Joyce Murray – contender
With the deadline to register to vote a few days away, and less than a third of the total eligible registered so far, it is imperative that the deadline be extended for a week or two weeks:
With a Thursday deadline looming, less than one third – 89,000 – of . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Supporter registration deadline should be extended
Democracy is coming
At our last convention our party decided to throw the doors open to Canadians by inviting them to join as non-member Supporters and to vote for our next leader. The response has been stunning. Our next leader will be elected by many multiples more people than those paltry few who elected . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Massive Win for Democracy in the Liberal Party of Canada
Justin Trudeau’s Big Enchilada?
This extract from The Vancouver Courier just about sums up the fate of electoral reform’s future right now:
Political cooperation isn’t a new concept, but University of B.C. political science professor Philip Resnick says it’s worth noting that in both the NDP and Liberal leadership campaigns, it has been . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Is Justin Trudeau trying to win the big enchilada on his own?
Trudeau: Ideology over science
Hat tip to Impoliticalfor this remarkable summary of why Trudeau has decided, in is wisdom, to ignore the wishes of the majority of Canadians for a more democratic electoral system. Read the whole article for the exchange between Trudeau and Murray on proportional representation. Here’s a summary of how the . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: If Justin Trudeau really wanted to engage Canadians, he would do this
Andrew Coyne – truthteller
Andrew Coyne in an article in the Vancouver Sun headed To improve our politics we have to repair our broken electoral system, puts a devastating case forward as to why pre-election cooperation followed by post-electoral meaningful electoral reform is necessary:
If you never make the case for electoral reform, then . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Electoral Reform: The Case that 7 of the 8 Liberal candidates will not or cannot answer
So, will there be electoral reform?
The cutoff date to register as a member or supporter of the Liberal Party of Canada in order to choose the next leader is March 3. Those registered by that date have to register to vote in the contest by March 14, with the next leader officially revealed . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: We are 7 days from choosing the next Liberal Party leader
Joyce Murray – She walks the talk
Joyce Murray’s electoral reform proposals are the most democratic of all candidates for leadership.
Unlike the others who are simply practising old-style top-down command politics, Joyce is actually walking the talk of participatoty democracy in the party.
Her pre-election cooperation idea leaves the decision up to the . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Joyce Murray’s electoral reform proposals are the most democratic of all leadership hopefuls
I decide when …
The third debate is over. No-one blew their brains out. No-one surprised the audience. The race will be decided by March 4, when each of the candidates will be able to compare the number of supporters they signed up in each of the 308 ridings, calculate that number as . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: The Liberal leadership race is between Trudeau and Murray, with a 2014 early election
Trudeau vs Reformer Murray
Justin Trudeau told a crowd in Hamilton that a Liberal Party led by him would take steps to reengage Canadians in our political life: The Liberal Party’s first step in a Federal election should be reengaging people who have given up on politics, says leadership contender Justin Trudeau.
“We need . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Political disengagement in Canada: Why is Justin Trudeau ignoring the obvious?
Both are recommending to their tens of thousands of members that they join the Liberal Party as Supporters and vast votes for meaningful electoral reform when voting for the next leader. But there is one startling statistic that should impact their strategy if they really want to be effective, and it is that one . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Liberal Leadership Race: Critical Strategy for Leadnow and Fair Vote Canada
The debate is gathering steam, and Andrew Coyne has posed several questions which every candidate for leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada (and particularly Justin Trudeau, whose father modernized the Canadian democracy almost beyond compare with his priceless gift of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms): Fundamentally, it comes down to . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Justin Trudeau, read Andrew Coyne if you are a bold, serious leader
MP Elizabeth May
MP Joyce Murray was interviewed by the Canadian Press on the possibility of a pre-election electoral cooperation taking place in ridings that choose to do so before the 2015 election. Joan Bryden’s interesting article on the interview includes this comment on the extraordinary significance that such cooperation might have : On a . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Liberal leadership race: Liberal-Green pre-election ceasefire could prevent Harper majority in 2015
What is YOUR plan to remove Harper?
Joyce Murray rocked Justin Trudeau with a sharp, hard question during the only real tussle between the nine candidates for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada at last night’s first debate of the LPC primary election campaign. Standing side by side, Murray and Trudeau were . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Joyce Murray to Justin Trudeau: What’s YOUR plan to ensure Stephen Harper is removed in 2015?
Joyce Murray – Reformer
Tomorrow MP Joyce Murray will be given the chance to kickstart what could be the most important public discussion in Canadian politics in two decades, when she debates the other candidates for leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada. Susan Delacourt has an interesting (and must read) article in The . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: MP Joyce Murray to kickstart the Canadian debate on electoral reform tomorrow
Joyce Murray – Progressive Reformer
MP Murray’s position on pre-election cooperation between the Liberal, NDP, Green and Blog parties in order to remove Harper’s right wing government from power, and her commitment to serious electoral reform, bears repeating in full:
Our principal challenge is to give Canada the 21st century electoral system it . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Liberal Leadership Race: Joyce Murray’s Electoral Reforms Promise
The Undemocratic Democracy
Recent byelections have once more proved that The Power Trap has the leaders of two of the opposition parties firmly in its grip. The State of Play post Calgary Centre Byelection Some recent reflections on the divided opposition parties:
Yet most Liberals here still see other parties joining them rather . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: The Joyce Murray Cooperate First, Reform Later Plan’s advantages
Andrew CoyneAt last we have some candidates for leadership of the Liberal Party who – unlike Justin Trudeau – are prepared to deal with the reality of Canadian politics: our democratic deficit. And journalist Coyne does us all a favour by dis… . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Andrew Coyne gives a good reason for choosing Joyce Murray as Liberal Party leader
Pot decrim is indeed a common sense idea, esp. now that our Southern neighbors are coming around to it. But it shouldn’t be the headline policy of the LPoC or any LPoC candidate. It should be outlined in a footnote on page 150 of the s… . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Now Lets Move On
Justin Trudeau – realpolitiek practitionerJohn Ibbitson in the Globe & Mail comments on the plans of the Trudeau team to use the changed constitution of the Liberal Party of Canada to enhance the chances of Trudeau not only winning the leadership c… . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Justin Trudeau really really gets what the new Supporters class means
Dalton McGuinty has announced his intention to resign as Premier, once the Ontario Liberal Party chooses a successor for him, which is expected to happen at the end of January. Whomever wins McGuinty’s crown in 85 days, will be sworn in as Premier likely two or three weeks later.
With support for the Ontario . . . → Read More: John Laforet: John Laforet: Is 2013 Going To Be The Year of Three Premiers?
PEW analysis of the 3 classes in the USA
Justin Trudeau has written an opinion piece for The Toronto Star dealing with the hollowing out of Canada’s middle class, and laying out some guiding principles for the Liberal Party should he become its leader.
Trudeau’s Observations: Here are some extracts from the piece:
. . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Justin Trudeau & the Hollowing Out of Canada’s middle class
Dalton for leader of LPC?
With Dalton McGuinty stepping down as leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, the timing it is perfect for Warren Kinsella to start a Draft Dalton Movement to persuade Dalton to throw his hat into the ring for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada. Kinsella is a big . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Warren Kinsella should start a Draft Dalton Movement
A Forum poll taken this past weekend (before Trudeau confirmed he is running for leadership of the Liberal Party), shows a huge shift in votes in Toronto, the major city of battleground Ontario: Toronto 2015 ridings
With Trudeau as their leader, the Liberals would claim 40 per cent of the vote in Toronto . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Justin Trudeau: Will Toronto go Liberal? Poll says Yes