Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Dennis Pilon highlights how the stubborn defence of disproportional electoral systems can only be explained by a fear of voters’ preferences being given effect: The issue is not whether it’s better to have a few or a lot of parties in Parliament — that’s irrelevant. The issue ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Gary Bloch writes about the costs of poverty (and the small-minded attitude toward public supports which allows it to remain): We also see the effects of poverty at home: the discomfort of living next to people who are struggling to survive, with the resulting anger and irritation ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Postmedia columnists and Fraser Institute team up to attack the Alberta’s climate change plan

The full court press against the Alberta government’s Climate Leadership Plan continued today as Postmedia business columnists Gary Lamphier and Claudia Cattaneo dutifully and uncritically weighed in on the latest report from the right-wing Fraser Institute. The report, which claims the emissions cap included in Alberta government’s climate… Continue Reading →

Alberta Politics: NDP environmental policies: Who’re ya gonna believe? Mark Carney or Rick Strankman?

PHOTOS: Bank of England Governor and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley at yesterday’s brief news conference in the provincial Legislature Building. (CBC Photo) Below: Rick Strankman and Michael Bloomberg. Who’re ya gonna believe, huh? Mark Carney, former governor of the Bank of Canada whence he was wooed away to serve as governor of the Bank of ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Mark Carney, Governor of Bank of England, on climate change lawsuits

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, and formerly Governor of the Bank of Canada, does know something about financial risk.  And when he was asked to speak to Lloyd’s of London, he chose to talk about the financial risks of climate change, including (and this is what caught our ...

The Disaffected Lib: Mark Carney Again Warns of Climate Change Induced Financial Collapse. Is Anyone Listening?

The former governor of the Bank of England said it. The current governor of the Bank of England is saying the same thing – to anyone who’ll listen.  Mark Carney who recently left the top perch at the Bank of Canada to sit on the top perch of the Bank of England says, unless we ...

Things Are Good: Economic Discussion of Climate Change Gets Real

We’ve already seen climate refugees and climate wars, yet the business world has been rather slow to react. Many businesses operate with the denial of the economic effects of climate change. Today the head of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has warned the financial world that climate change is the biggest challenge we will ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Notley should avoid getting dragged into oilsands election trap

When Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper claimed on the campaign trail last week that Alberta’s new government was “a disaster,” Premier Rachel Notley and Finance Minister Joe Ceci calmly and cautiously responded. But when Mr. Harper again criticized Alberta’s new… Continue Reading →

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, expanding on this post as to how we should be criticizing the politicians who are wilfully misleading the public about the future of Canada’s oil industry – and not the ones who are willing to keep living in reality once a campaign is on. And if Stephen Harper comes out of hiding today, it ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Lana Payne writes that by finally recognizing the unfairness and ineffectiveness of Alberta’s regressive tax system, Jim Prentice may be starting a needed national debate: Alberta Premier Jim Prentice talks up taxes for individuals including a sales tax (Alberta is the only province not to have one) and ...

Cowichan Conversations: Oil and Gas Investors Get Warning–Pension Funds at Risk

Blaise Salmon Thanks to Mark Carney, former governor of the Bank of Canada and current governor of the Bank of England, for his warning that the “vast majority” of the world’s oil and coal reserves will never be used due to advancing climate change. The value of these reserves is factored into the share prices ...

The Disaffected Lib: OPEC Sees a Bright Future Ahead. Unfortunately, It’s Not Yours.

As far as the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, is concerned the future looks rosy.  In its latest outlook report, OPEC foresees $177 per barrel oil prices by 2040 and a market that will require an extra 21 million barrels a day over the next 25-years to meet growing demand. I expect you know ...

OPSEU Diablogue: Who’s values will prevail on Thursday?

Whoever shows up to the polls tomorrow may determine Ontario’s next Premier and whether she or he enjoys a majority or minority government. The question is, will that be decided by a majority of Ontarians, or will it reflect a … Continue reading →

Cowichan Conversations: Former Bank of Canada Governor Speaks Of the Dangers Of Radical Fundamentalist Capitalism

    Now here is a voice of reason that is well worth watching and listening too. Carried by Press Progress and made available courtesy of Huffington Press. Well, this ought to cause a stir at this summer’s garden parties among Canada’s elites. Mark Carney, former Bank of Canada Governor (now the Governor of the ...

Politics and its Discontents: Martk Carney Speaks On The Consequences Of Unbridled Capitalism

Mark Carney said the following to a group of the world’s elites last week: “Just like any revolution eats its children,” Carney told the audience of global power brokers, “unchecked market fundamentalism can devour the social capital essential for the long-term dynamism of capitalism itself.” “All ideologies are prone to extremes. Capitalism loses its sense ...

A Different Point of View....: Should Account-holders pay for High-Flying Bankers’ Misdeeds?

When the next big financial crisis hits the world economy, and Canadian banks are in distress — as they were  during the 2008 financial crisis — the bank-using public will have plenty to worry about. As we saw earlier in this series, it’s hard to trust banks to protect our savings and investments when so ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Andrew Simms and Stephen Reid note that the corporatist dogma that everything is done more efficiently in the private sector has no apparent basis in reality: The myth of private sector superiority says that the private sector is efficient and dynamic, the public sector wasteful and slow; ...

The Ranting Canadian: Wife of Bank of England governor turns herself into a guillotine-magnet

Wife of Bank of England governor turns herself into a guillotine-magnet: Diana Carney – wife of the new Bank of England governor (and former Bank of Canada head) – had a Mary Antoinette moment on March 25, 2013 when she whined on Twitter that she and her husband were having trouble finding suitable housing in ...

Alex's Blog: The Trouble With Austerity: Economics as Ideology

A somewhat abridged version of this post first appeared in The Toronto Star here Governments here and elsewhere are increasingly preoccupied with cutting even as evidence piles up of its harmful consequences on people and the economy. Austerity is not even delivering the balanced budgets its advocates promise. Even the IMF is now preaching balance ...

Alex's Blog: The Trouble With Austerity: Economics as Ideology

A somewhat abridged version of this post first appeared in The Toronto Star here Governments here and elsewhere are increasingly preoccupied with cutting even as evidence piles up of its harmful consequences on people and the economy. Austerity is not even delivering the balanced budgets its advocates promise. Even the IMF is now preaching balance ...

Impolitical: Most and least worthwhile Canadian initiatives 2012

Taking some inspiration from Ezra Klein on this who in his year end wonk piece distributes various awards. He includes a most worthwhile and least worthwhile Canadian initiative. (The term “worthwhile Canadian initiative” once won a contest held by The New Republic on the most boring headline that one could imagine. Thus, Ezra’s use of ...

Calgary Grit: 2012 Woman of the Year

Every December, I like to name a “Person of the Year” – the individual who left their mark on Canadian politics over the past year. The only rules are that the PM is too obvious a choice, and that lame picks (“You!”) are strictly verboten. The Person of the Year doesn’t need to be someone ...

Impolitical: The Carney brouhaha

This is causing a bit of a stir in some circles today in light of the Globe piece yesterday: “The Carney affair with the Liberal Party: It will all end in tears.” I’m not sure exactly who would be the ones ending up in tears here so I leave it to others to determine that. ...

Accidental Deliberations: On transferable skills

Stephen Gordon is at least moderately panicked about the less-than-surprising news that some Lib operatives tried to recruit Mark Carney to serve as the party’s national leader – and there may be worse to come. But I’ll argue that there’s far less to be concerned about than Gordon, Mike Moffatt and others are suggesting. At ...

Pop The Stack: Who ever said Canadian politics was dull?

What an exciting day to be a political addict in Canada. Who says Canadian politics is boring? People who aren’t paying attention, that’s who. At least four exciting things happened yesterday. Yes, four. First, the Mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, was found in violation of the Conflict of Interest act and will be removed from office. Essentially, ...