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Mind Bending Politics: Did Big Media Play A Big Role In The Liberals Big Win?

I’ve been fairly critical of the media’s role in this election. From the consortium threatening to pull Conservative Ads on false copyright pretenses, to political favoritism in the Munk Debates, and now the situation with the former National Post editorial editor Andrew Coyne when the post refused to post his endorsement of a political candidate. […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Did Big Media Play A Big Role In The Liberals Big Win?

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Election 2015 and Strategic Voting: Madness, or Practical Necessity?

An economic and political analysis of Canada, neoliberalism, and the world Get a cup of coffee or tea, or a glass of wine, and settle in – this is not sound-bite commentary. We are going to dig deep. “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson It pains me to . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Election 2015 and Strategic Voting: Madness, or Practical Necessity?

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Election 2015 and Strategic Voting: Madness, or Practical Necessity?

An economic and political analysis of Canada, neoliberalism, and the world Get a cup of coffee or tea, or a glass of wine, and settle in – this is not sound-bite commentary. We are going to dig deep. “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson It pains me to . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Election 2015 and Strategic Voting: Madness, or Practical Necessity?

wRanter.com: Munk Debate glosses over Israel – is that a good thing?

Is that all there was? Given how much praise – and criticism – the Harper government’s strong support for Israel has attracted, it’s somewhat surprising that so little was said about the Jewish state in the Sept. 28 Munk Debate on foreign policy in Toronto. The night’s only exchange on Israel, between Prime Minister Stephen . . . → Read More: wRanter.com: Munk Debate glosses over Israel – is that a good thing?

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic Voting in Winnipeg South: vote Liberal

Winnipeg has become an important battle ground in the recent election. In the last election, in 2011, six of the eight ridings that include part of Winnipeg went Conservative.  In five of these, strategic voting could make a difference. Strategic voting Winnipeg South Winnipeg South: vote Liberal CPC incumbent Rod Bruinooge is not running.  electionprediction.org regards it . . . → Read More: Bouquets of Gray: Strategic Voting in Winnipeg South: vote Liberal

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Conservatives in Canada swing further to the far right – the other two major parties are little better

The Conservative party of Canada is clearly playing into fear, xenophobia and racism as a way to win votes, as its “War on Terror” narrative, its racial baiting and its new snitch line show. This is sickening. Mind you, the Liberals and NDP have eerily similar agendas to the Conservatives on key issues of the . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Conservatives in Canada swing further to the far right – the other two major parties are little better

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in the 2015 election – summary thread

Those who want to vote strategically in the coming election are often find it challenging to decide which party to vote for. This is again true in the current election. I will begin a series of posts here endorsing specific candidates and, where possible, identifying pairs of ridings where (say) NDP and Liberal interests are . . . → Read More: Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in the 2015 election – summary thread

Maple-Flavoured Politics: Playing the Security Card

The Conservatives are trying to make security a “ballot box question.” To hear Stephen Harper tell it, there’s a jihadi terrorist lurking in every shadow, ready to pounce on us when we least expect it. (Funny that they are always “jihadi” terrorists, as if the Timothy McVeighs and Ted Kaczynskis of the world never existed. . . . → Read More: Maple-Flavoured Politics: Playing the Security Card

Mind Bending Politics: Arab Countries Need To Be Doing More On Syrian Refugees

(Arab League Flag) Like many Canadians I had a very heart felt response to the picture of the three year old who laid face down dead after trying to cross the Mediterranean for the EU escaping the Syrian civil war. What I found more disturbing was Immigration Minister Chris Alexander’s cold response to the story […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Arab Countries Need To Be Doing More On Syrian Refugees

Mind Bending Politics: The US May Have Trump; But Canada Has An Alien

Let’s put it this way; we could have used the swagger and unexpectedness Donald Trump presented in last nights US Republican debates in the Canadian leaders debate. Instead, the first hour the Canadian debate consisted of Conservative leader Stephen Harper doing what he does best which is misleading Canadians on facts. Green Party leader Elizabeth […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: The US May Have Trump; But Canada Has An Alien

Eh Types: Up For Debate

You and I are different. We’re not like everyone else. We may have never met, but I can say we are unique with a great degree of certainty. Two simple facts tell me so. I wrote this piece, and you are reading it. Most people don’t seek out yet another debate think piece. Political junkies . . . → Read More: Eh Types: Up For Debate

Left Over: To The Left, To The Left…Second-Guessing The Youth Vote

Free to dream, I’d be left of Jeremy Corbyn. But we can’t gamble the future on him

 

 

Here is a comment I made re an opinion piece in the Guardian by Polly Toynbee…

This is an oddly similar discussion to one happening in Canada today..but we are just beginning the election campaign to . . . → Read More: Left Over: To The Left, To The Left…Second-Guessing The Youth Vote

Mind Bending Politics: Election Called, Media in Crisis, International Observers Called In

Yesterday Prime Minister Harper dropped the election writ, and Canada is now in it’s 42nd election since confederation. There has been much speculation around the timing of the writ dropping. This election will be one of the longest and most costliest elections in modern times, which could cost Canadian tax payers close to $1 billion+ […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Election Called, Media in Crisis, International Observers Called In

Eh Types: Nothing to Lose is Why Liberals Can Win 

If reports are correct, we are days away from Prime Minister Stephen Harper calling what will be the longest and most expensive federal election in Canadian history. The NDP and Conservatives are virtually tied for the lead in most polls, while Liberals trail in third place causing some to write them off. It might appear . . . → Read More: Eh Types: Nothing to Lose is Why Liberals Can Win 

Mind Bending Politics: Big Media Influencing Canadian Election For Political Favoritism

As the debates over the debates has raged on over the past several months, one thing is becoming increasingly clear. Journalists in Canada seem to be throwing out their duty of independence and holding our political parties to account for political favors; thus Canadians can’t rely on the media to do their traditional role of […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Big Media Influencing Canadian Election For Political Favoritism

OpenMedia.ca: Former Winnipeg Liberal candidate quits after party’s C-51 support

The list of Liberal candidates and supporters who “cannot abide the support for C-51” is growing rappidly. Who will be next?

Article by Mia Rabson for Winnipeg Free Press

OTTAWA – A former Liberal candidate and party organizer from Winnipeg has torn up his Liberal membership card because the party voted in favour . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Former Winnipeg Liberal candidate quits after party’s C-51 support

OpenMedia.ca: The Tyee: Liberal Plan a Tough Sell for C-51 Opponents

We want a Prime Minister who cares about our civil liberties. We need Trudeau and all party leaders to repeal reckless Bill C-51! Tell them to do so at KillC51.ca

Article by Jeremy J. Nuttall for The Tyee

Justin Trudeau will have to do more than pledge to fix what he calls . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: The Tyee: Liberal Plan a Tough Sell for C-51 Opponents

OpenMedia.ca: Liberal candidate David MacLeod resigns after Trudeau’s support for Bill C-51

Looks like Bill C-51 was a major factor in some Liberal candidates quiting. Speak out now to put a stop to this reckless, dangerous and ineffective legislation at KillC51.ca

Article by Jane Taber for The Globe and Mail

The Canadian Forces veteran who was poised to run for the federal Liberals in the northern Nova . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Liberal candidate David MacLeod resigns after Trudeau’s support for Bill C-51

Blevkog: “It’s real – get over it”

So says ipolitics (pay wall), referring to the NDP surge that was confirmed this week by polls released by EKOS and by other groups. They go on to demonstrate that, while NDP numbers jumped dramatically with the recent Alberta provincial election results, the upsurge really began as early as February. What this graph (shown below) . . . → Read More: Blevkog: “It’s real – get over it”

A Grumpy Hobbit: Lizzy May Drops the F-Bomb, RWNJs Run For Their Fainting Couches

Lizzy May Drops the F-Bomb, RWNJs Run For Their Fainting Couches

We need 5000lbs of smelling salts and a some Fainting Couches STAT!!!! Canadian RWNJs were dropping like flies today when it was found out that Green Party Leader Lizzy May dropped the F-Bomb. Now it is my policy/rule not to swear on this blog, . . . → Read More: A Grumpy Hobbit: Lizzy May Drops the F-Bomb, RWNJs Run For Their Fainting Couches

A Grumpy Hobbit: So Trudeau is a Pseudo Fascist, Just Like Harper

So Trudeau is a Pseudo Fascist, Just Like Harper

To my Liberal friends sorry, but voting and supporting Bill C51 in any way shape or form is a deal breaker for me. Welcoming Ex-Police Chief, Bill Blair into the Party and have him for an MLA in Ottawa shows even more bad judgement. Look I . . . → Read More: A Grumpy Hobbit: So Trudeau is a Pseudo Fascist, Just Like Harper

The Scott Ross: We Should All Be Able To Cross The Floor

Instead of bashing politicians who cross the floor, we should instead be more like them.It’s more likely than not to be a good thing that people change political parties. First it shows our competing ideologies are similarly moderate and not extreme; s… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: We Should All Be Able To Cross The Floor

The Scott Ross: We Should All Be Able To Cross The Floor

Instead of bashing politicians who cross the floor, we should instead be more like them. It’s more likely than not to be a good thing that people change political parties. First it shows our competing ideologies are similarly moderate and not extreme; second it shows that we aren’t as polarized and as dysfunctional as . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: We Should All Be Able To Cross The Floor

atypicalalbertan: 7 THINGS TO WATCH IN ALBERTA BY-ELECTIONS

By-elections are being held in four ridings across Alberta on October 27th. This mini-election, of sorts, is needed to elect Premier Jim Prentice and two of his cabinet ministers to the legislative assembly. More importantly, the four races will serve as a weather vane in the rapidly shifting winds of politics in Alberta today. We shouldn’t … Continue reading 7 THINGS TO WATCH IN ALBERTA BY-ELECTIONS . . . → Read More: atypicalalbertan: 7 THINGS TO WATCH IN ALBERTA BY-ELECTIONS

atypicalalbertan.ca: 7 things to watch in Alberta by-elections

By-elections are being held in four ridings across Alberta on October 27th. This mini-election, of sorts, is needed to elect Premier Jim Prentice and two of his cabinet ministers to the legislative assembly. More importantly, the four races will serve as a weather vane in the rapidly shifting winds of politics in Alberta today.

We . . . → Read More: atypicalalbertan.ca: 7 things to watch in Alberta by-elections