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The Canadian Progressive: Leap Manifesto Supported By 40 Per Cent Of Canadians: Poll

Supporters of the Leap Manifesto rejoice! According to a new poll from EKOS Research, your beautiful, bold, controversial, forward-looking document is supported by 40 per cent of Canadians. The post Leap Manifesto Supported By 40 Per Cent Of Canadians:… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Leap Manifesto Supported By 40 Per Cent Of Canadians: Poll

Left Over: Be Unconventional – Create a Revolution in Policy….

Mulcair and the NDP head into couples therapy at convention NDP leader faces a divided party, with some calling for his departure and others standing behind him By Chris Hall, CBC News Posted: Apr 08, 2016 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Be Unconventional – Create a Revolution in Policy….

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Things Trudeau Must Do

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has to do several things this year: legalize pot reform elections MMIW inquiry get renewable energy products into the hands of people you know If he fails to complete, or make meaningful progress on this list by Christmas time of 2016, I think he’ll de-inspire many of the fresh new Liberal […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Things Trudeau Must Do

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: A Fine Bigger Than Most Crimes – #PanamaPapers

Canada’s rich and powerful do not fear the media, and they do not have their names in the newspapers (some owned by foreign investment funds) when fined more than a million dollars for a crime much larger than that. FINTRAC won't name bank fined $1.1 million for suspicious transactions?! We are still a banana republic. […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: A Fine Bigger Than Most Crimes – #PanamaPapers

Terahertz: Budget 2016: Charities, consultations and clarifications

The Trudeau Liberals first budget was released yesterday. While most coverage was over the size of the deficits and who gets what money, my attention was on a single bullet on page 206. Pertaining to rules governing charities and their political activities, the CRA, in consultation with the Department of Finance, will engage with charities … Continue reading Budget 2016: Charities, consultations and clarifications . . . → Read More: Terahertz: Budget 2016: Charities, consultations and clarifications

The Canadian Progressive: Budget turns left but doesn’t step on the gas: think tank

The 2016 federal budget delivered on poverty reduction, First Nations funding, but several of the Liberals’ 2015 election promises were not addressed, says the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. The post Budget turns left but doesn’t step on t… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Budget turns left but doesn’t step on the gas: think tank

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wall Can’t Cut Pollution? Cut the Crap.

WEYBURN, Sask. – Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says a federal government cannot tax a provincial government and that might play a role in any potential national carbon tax. Wall says he might be able to make the case that Ottawa can’t impose a carbon tax on SaskPower because it’s a Crown corporation. OK, let’s play […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Wall Can’t Cut Pollution? Cut the Crap.

Bill Longstaff: "Liberal" is back in the U.S.

Liberal is one of the most honourable words in politics or, indeed, in life generally. According to my ITP Nelson Canadian Dictionary, it means "open to new ideas for progress, and tolerant of the ideas and behaviour of others," and what better basis for a good society than that. Indeed, we proudly call our political system a "liberal democracy." Unfortunately, U.S. conservatives managed to . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: "Liberal" is back in the U.S.

Left Over: Turning a Fail into a Win…

Mulcair takes responsibility for failed election campaign in letter to NDP supporters Mulcair wants to remain NDP leader promising not to repeat mistakes of 2015 election By Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press Posted: Feb 10, 2016 3:51 PM ET Last Updated: … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Turning a Fail into a Win…

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Microwaste, Big Problem

I phoned Johnson & Johnson about why they continue to sell products with microbeads after Parliament started to vote last year toward creating a law to ban their sale. The customer care rep had no specific information, and hadn’t heard about the forthcoming ban on microbeads the Conservatives started to pursue the day before the […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Microwaste, Big Problem

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Conservatives Failed to Protect Privacy

The Liberals record? Not much better. “I can’t answer the question about the former government, what their reasons were,” said Sajjan, also noting he does not believe any of the metadata inadvertently shared could have ended up in the hands of any countries beyond the Five Eyes. BREAKING: #CSE suspends #metadata sharing with int'l partners […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Conservatives Failed to Protect Privacy

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Looking Back At the Conservatives’ Campaign

I wrote this on October 1, 2015, but never finished it: Let’s examine the Conservative’s campaign thus far: It began with them showing ads where men are being drowned, as an example of how they’ll protect us, but no one else will. In the middle it had one of their candidates quit for being caught […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Looking Back At the Conservatives’ Campaign

The Progressive Economics Forum: Redistribution, Inequality, and Federal Policy: Guest Post by Edgardo Sepulveda

We are pleased to present this rich guest post by a new PEF member, Edgardo Sepulveda. Edgardo has been a consulting economist for more than two decades advising Governments and operators in more than 40 countries on telecommunications policy and regulation matters (www.esepulveda.com). Redistribution, Inequality and the new Federal Tax & Transfer initiatives I want […] . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Redistribution, Inequality, and Federal Policy: Guest Post by Edgardo Sepulveda

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Trudeau To Rush A Billion Dollars to Wall and Notley

The government is in talks to quickly allocate $1 billion for infrastructure projects in the two provinces — money earmarked by the previous government’s infrastructure fund but not yet delivered, two of the officials said. I sincerely hope that this money goes into supporting the growing renewable energy industry, and not into propping up the […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Trudeau To Rush A Billion Dollars to Wall and Notley

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: The Mutually Unintelligibility of Right & Left

Recently a friend of mine on Facebook was asking why conservatives seemed to misunderstand a key aspect ofliberalism. The question was, and is, an interesting one. And it led me back to a field of study I first encountered inuniversity and have run across from time to time since then. Specifically I am referring to the ideas of Jonathan Haidt.He proposed that a lot of the anger generated between liberals and conservatives is because both groups assume thatthere is only one scale for mo [...] . . . → Read More: The Tory Pirate – Politics & Policy: The Mutually Unintelligibility of Right & Left

A Grumpy Hobbit: RWNJ Revisionist History 101 = The Nazi Were Socialist

The Nazi were SOCIALISTS!!!! After all the name of their political Party was the National Socialist Party (or there abouts) blah blah blah,… This is the one of the favorite mindless talking point I hear from RWNJs who have never crack a history… . . . → Read More: A Grumpy Hobbit: RWNJ Revisionist History 101 = The Nazi Were Socialist

Scott's DiaTribes: Compassion confounds Conservatives

I get the feeling that Conservative supporters are confounded Canadians like a PM with compassion. Amongst the sites that still allow comment sections (and that number is shrinking, but that’s another story), on any given story that shows Prime M… . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Compassion confounds Conservatives

The Canadian Progressive: Canadians Prefer Proportional Representation Voting System: Study

A new landmark new study – the left-leaning Broadbent Institute – Canadians want the new Liberal government to fulfill its 2015 election promise to reform Canada’s anti-democratic voting system. The post Canadians Prefer Proportional Representation Vot… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Canadians Prefer Proportional Representation Voting System: Study

A Grumpy Hobbit: It is Called *Being Consistent* Knee to the Nads For Ninny Nanny Nitwit Justin

To all those trained CPC Harper bots who had no issue with Harper having a private Chef and/or who were outrage about Trudeau firing said Chef,… Well seriously you just have to STFU about Ninny Trudeau hiring a couple of Nannies. (PS, the Harper Ch… . . . → Read More: A Grumpy Hobbit: It is Called *Being Consistent* Knee to the Nads For Ninny Nanny Nitwit Justin

wRanter.com: What does the Liberal win mean for Jewish groups?

The longest election campaign in modern Canadian history delivered more than a surprise Liberal majority – it yielded six new Jewish MPs for the winning party: Michael Levitt in Toronto’s York Centre; Anthony Housefather in Mount Royal, and Jim Carr in Winnipeg South Centre – all ridings with large Jewish populations – as well as […]

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: Somewhat Late Musings On Election 2015

My internet picks the worst times to stop working. As a result I was without internet for the lead up and aftermath ofelection 2015. But I’m back online and ready to give my thoughts on Monday’s election results. Fundy Royal Goes Liberal I never imagined I’d see the day when the riding of Fundy Royal would elect a Liberal. Further, I never imagined I’d behappy about it. I took the time to contact each MP during the campaign (and met many of them in person) and it wasLiberal candidate Alaina Lockhart who impressed me the most. Accessible, willing (Read more…)

Writings of J. Todd Ring: New Leadership Urgently Needed For The US, Canada and Britain

Imagine if Martin Luther King Jr., Tommy Douglas and Tony Benn were President of the US, and Prime Ministers of Canada and Britain, respectively. The world would certainly be a far better, more just, freer, more peaceful, and safer place. But we do not. In all three of these “leading” nations we have neoliberal corporate […]

Writings of J. Todd Ring: New Leadership Urgently Needed For The US, Canada and Britain

Imagine if Martin Luther King Jr., Tommy Douglas and Tony Benn were President of the US, and Prime Ministers of Canada and Britain, respectively. The world would certainly be a far better, more just, freer, more peaceful, and safer place. But we do not. In all three of these “leading” nations we have neoliberal corporate […]

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Polls, St. John’s East, and the coming provincial election #nlpoli

SRBP told you on Tuesday morning that the federal election did not bode well for the New Democrats and Conservatives in the province.

The Liberals are just better organized than the other parties.  They can identify their voters,  keep in touch with them, and get them to the polls far better than the New Democrats or the Conservatives.  That’s how you win elections.  And when you are that much better at it than all the others, the odds go up exponentially that you will get more and more seats than people might expect. 

There’s way more to it than just the idea that the Liberals have a computer program that does today what we used to do on index cards.  Campaigns converted to Excel and other spreadsheet programs back when personal computers first appeared.

Organization is also about how the parties collect information and what they do with it. . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Polls, St. John’s East, and the coming provincial election #nlpoli

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Trudeau Man, I, Ahh… I Don’t Know

Canadians were so eager to get rid of Stephen Harper, they forgot they weren’t served very well by a mainstream party holding a majority on power the last 4 years.

*uncharacteristically crumples plan paper up into a ball and throws it in the garbage* Me yesterday:

October 19, 2015 at 1:35 PM:

The alternate universe of sensible adults and fair outcomes would include a minority Parliament with Trudeau, Mulcair, and May all sharing the role of PM at different times over the next 4 years. But, we won’t get such an outcome, and are more likely to get [a (Read more…)