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Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

– Linda McQuaig responds to the CCCE’s tax spin by pointing out what’s likely motivating the false attempt to be seen to contribute to society at large: Seemingly out of the blue this week, the head honchos of Canada’s biggest companies, the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, put out . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Montreal Simon: The Contempt of Stephen Harper and the Shame of Pierre Poilievre

Well nobody can deny that they were made for each other. Or made of each other.With Stephen Harper usually being the mouth, and Pierre Poilievre the other end.For there was Harper's ghastly little baby today defecating all over the Chief Electoral Officer. Read more »

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Montreal Simon: Pierre Poilievre and the Invisible Video

Uh oh. I see Pierre Poilievre's war on the Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand has suffered another humiliating setback.And his career is deflating faster than even I had predicted.Yesterday, his office dug up a YouTube video to try to show why the Cons must muzzle Mayrand.Suggesting that the ad he aired to encourage young . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Pierre Poilievre and the Invisible Video

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

– Jim Stanford writes that union-bashing has proven to be political poison for many of the parties who have tried to distract from increasing inequality with attacks on workers: (T)he biggest problem for Mr. Hudak’s crusade was a deeper sentiment in Canadian public opinion regarding unions and the role . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Politics and its Discontents: David Christopherson Rebukes Disruptive Tory Tactics; Pierre Poilievre Reassures All

Although the Opposition had been guaranteed uninterrupted testimony from Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand on the ‘Fair’ Elections Act, they didn’t get it.

David Christopherson, NDP MP from Hamilton Centre, offered this trenchant rebuke:

Meanwhile, on Power and Politics, Minister of State for Democratic Reform Pierre Poilevre made it clear that Mayrand’s testimony, in . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: David Christopherson Rebukes Disruptive Tory Tactics; Pierre Poilievre Reassures All

Montreal Simon: The Con Regime and the Attempted Muzzling of Marc Mayrand

It couldn't have been a more revolting spectacle. Canada's Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand called to testify before a House of Commons committee.To talk about the foul voter suppression bill known as the Fair Elections Act, and the Harper regime's attempts to muzzle him.Only to have the Cons try to muzzle him again, by . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Con Regime and the Attempted Muzzling of Marc Mayrand

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s Orwellian “Fair Elections” Act Violates Canadian Constitution

by: Obert Madondo

Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Photo by Remy Steinegger

The Harper Conservatives’ Bill C-23, the so-called “Fair Elections” Act, violates Section 3 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

It’s clear the Conservatives are preparing to steal the 2015 federal election. Bill C-23 is part of their ongoing war on the politically-marginalized. . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s Orwellian “Fair Elections” Act Violates Canadian Constitution

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Stealing Democracy: Part IV – Marc Mayrand Responds

When it comes to reviewing Bill C-23, as much as I enjoy exploring the labyrinthine language of legalese, I am also interested in what the current head of Elections Canada has to say – after all he’s spent the better part of the last decade in that space. Pierre Poilievre, the minister of state for . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Stealing Democracy: Part IV – Marc Mayrand Responds

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

This and that for your weekend reading.

– Toby Sanger asks who really bears the risk when governments agree to hand over billions to the private sector through P3 arrangements: While Canada may be one of the leaders in the market for P3s, we’re far from a leader when it comes to transparency, assessment and . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

The Canadian Progressive: Harper Conservatives Delay Robocalls Justice… Again!

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: The Harper Conservatives will not be introducing the comprehensive “election reform act” they promised Canadians, after all. The bill was due to be tabled in Parliament on Thursday. Apparently, the Conservatives have discovered a “last minute” issue with their own piece of legislation. An issue so […]

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The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: Canadians Should Reject Elections Canada Robocalls Report

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Stiffer penalties for election fraud, more voter privacy and robust investigative powers are some of the recommendations Elections Canada made in its long-awaited report on the robocalls scandal, which rocked the May 2011 federal election. Canada’s Chief Electoral Officer, Marc Mayrand, presented the report to Parliament […]

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Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your weekend.

– Karl Nerenberg reported on Marc Mayrand’s Robocon testimony, featuring some much-needed discussion of what can be done to improve the Canada Elections Act to ensure fair elections rather than creating an incentive for electoral fraud: Mayrand fretted to the Committee that there are too many grey areas in . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

– Yes, there was huge news in Robocon yesterday, with Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand rightly declaring the Cons’ fraudulent vote suppression to be “absolutely outrageous” while sharing the news that reports of wrongdoing have now come in from two-thirds of all of Canada’s federal ridings. And Mayrand also . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links