CuriosityCat: Mr. Trudeau: Coalitions are what you make them

Let’s talk coalition … The recent poll showing that most Liberal and NDP supporters would rather have a new government than have a Harper one after the 2015 election, even if this means some form of a coalition, has sparked renewed talk about the possibility of a coalition. One problem with such talk is that ...

Cowichan Conversations: Cowichan Conversations Poll on First West Credit Union Takeover of Island Savings Corrupted

      This poll has been corrupted.     Do you support or oppose the merger of Island Savings with Langley based First West Credit Union?   Support 77.68% (1,180 votes) Opposed 22.32% (339 votes) Total Votes: 1,519       The Poll appears to have been jimmied. ‘Opposed’ was  consistently leading by about ...

The Canadian Progressive: Tension, merger pains to intensify at Ontario child welfare agency: CUPE

By Canadian Union of Public Employees  (CUPE) | Jan. 30, 2013: Tension and merger pains tied to amalgamating two area child welfare agencies will intensify next week unless labour turmoil is avoided this weekend, warn front line workers at Family and Children’s Services of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville in Ontario. Determined to strengthen programs while servicing ...

calgaryliberal.com: I’m with Raj. (Mergers, Kent Hehr, cont.)

Just pointing something out here. Raj Sherman says Kent Hehr can speak his mind on mergers and the very base frustration that the Liberal MLA from Buffalo has with politics as they stand in Alberta.  Hehr giving voice to that fundamental frustration is fine and well. People who care deeply about the process are frustrated. I’m ...

Pop The Stack: Voting For, Against and Together

Great proposal from Andrew Coyne. I couldn’t have said it better myself, and I’ve tried, and tried and tried. “The opposition parties would agree on a single candidate to put up against the Conservatives in each riding. Were they to win a majority, they would pledge to govern just long enough to implement electoral reform: a year, ...

Pop The Stack: Voting For, Against and Together

Great proposal from Andrew Coyne. I couldn’t have said it better myself, and I’ve tried, and tried and tried. “The opposition parties would agree on a single candidate to put up against the Conservatives in each riding. Were they to win a majority, they would pledge to govern just long enough to implement electoral reform: a year, ...

Walking Turcot Yards: Tremblay Resigns!

One of the things that stands out in my mind regarding the merger of the cities on Montreal island involves former Verdun Mayor, Georges Bosse.  After the merger Bosse became a key player on Montreal’s notoriously secretive Executive Committee. Soon after he was the City’s main shill for the massive, and awesomely ill conceived, Devimco ...

CuriosityCat: Open Letter to Paul Adams about Electoral Cooperation

Paul Adams has done us all a service by commenting on the wishes of the majority of voters in recent elections, and is now fending off attacks from right wing commentators about his proposal that the progressives unite to unseat the Harper new Tories in the next election. However, Adams is doing us a disservice ...

Driving The Porcelain Bus: kirbycairo: Why I don’t Believe in a Merger. . . . .

kirbycairo: Why I don’t Believe in a Merger. . . . .: I don’t think I am naive. Nor am I ignorant of contemporary or historical political issues; I have made a careful study of political philoso… Great post by Kirbycairo. Click the link above to read the whole thing. I’ve never really understood the ...

Blunt Objects: Mulcair Shows Liberals the Way to Do It

There is one reason I like Thomas Mulcair. It isn’t his politics, which while closer to me than any other possible NDP leader save for maybe Martin Singh, I still have major disagreements with. For instance, his insistence that Quebec gets a free opt-out of everything. Try following that to its logical conclusion – and ...

The Scott Ross: Conservatives Unite, Liberals & NDP Divide

It is widely known that over the last few years a certain political group has been arrogant, close-minded, and divisive, what may come as a surprise is that group is made up of the Liberals and the NDP. Both Liberals and New Democrats have criticized Conservatives for years, alleging they are arrogant, intolerant, and divisive, ...

Thus Prate the Pundit » Social Critique: Should the NDP Renew Itself with a Shoot of Green?

Before our last federal election in 2010, I’d proposed a rationale for the NDP and Green Party to merge (from an NDP perspective). With the NDP leadership convention operating at full speed, now is a great time to reconsider this idea. In fact, one of the NDP’s recurring debate themes involves whether or not the ...

The Scott Ross: Time Will Merge What Liberals & NDPers Can’t

Up upon an isolated mountain top, in a dark and long forgotten manor, underneath thunderous clouds, a large titanic body of gears and motors emblazoned in red stands motionless. The large lifeless liberal leviathan, composed of parts gathered from across the land and across time is all but complete except for a spark, that force ...

On Mergers and Acquisitions

Moson Breweries executives will tell you that they merged with Coors, and old Progressive Conservatives like Peter Mackay will tell you that the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada merged with the Reform Party of Canada.  Sometimes, a merger is a pure thing, a marriage, and a new thing with a new name is created.  Other ...

Trashy's World: Merger and murder: only two letters apart

Eerie, isn’t it? Redrum, redrum… Regrem, regrem… Think about it… Mulcair in Jack’s role… Hammering an axe through the Liberal caucus room’s door! For those of you who don’t get the cultural reference, I pity you. Seriously, if the progressive voices are to ever unseat the ReformCons, they will have to merge, or at the ...

Scott's DiaTribes: All options should be discussed at least – not thrown away arbritarily.

I see that we have some stories in the media about “merger talk growing” between the Liberals and NDP again after the funeral of Mr. Layton. We even had a couple of Liberal MP’s come out (Justin Trudeau notably) saying that while he wasn’t convinced it was the way to go, he was willing to ...

Blunt Objects: Marlene Jennings on Merger

Hi, Teddy here. I thought this quote was interesting, so I thought I’d share it with all of you. The original news story is here “The NDP did not come out of the Liberal Party. It’s always been a completely independent movement,” defeated MP Marlene Jennings said. “I think if there’s a merger we should ...

Blunt Objects: Liberals and Greens

Hello. I am Teddy. I am the admin of Riding by Riding, and, a new contributor to this blog. I am a liberal. I’ve always been a liberal. The problem has been that I’ve not been a Liberal in some years.Big L and small l. I’ve always backed Liberal policies, Liberal ideas, even the Liberal ...

The Global Express: A Shift in Canadian Politics

With one of the most unpredictable and unimaginable elections in recent memory, the most accurate way to summarize it all in one sentence would be to say; there is a shift in Canadian politics. We have seen a shift in the status quo, and possibly the re-alignment in the Canadian spectrum. What the Conservatives won ...

Thus Prate the Pundit » Social Critique: Time to Establish a Green Social Democratic Party (GSDP)

Why is there both a New Democratic Party (NDP) and a Green Party? Examine them, really read their positions and philosophies. The two parties are essentially the same and where they’re not, they’re frequently complementary. In the following, I’ll present why I think the two parties must merge and what it might look like if ...