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Alberta Politics: They can still feel shame! Conservative leaders duck and cover in wake of Saturday’s disgraceful display

PHOTOS: Chris Alexander, at the moment the chant of “lock her up” began from the right-wing mob at the Alberta Legislature Saturday. Does this look to you like a man who is “shocked, taken aback, mortified even”? Me neither. Below: Michael Chong, Deepak Obhrai, Rona Ambrose and Brian Jean, all among the conservative leaders running . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: They can still feel shame! Conservative leaders duck and cover in wake of Saturday’s disgraceful display

Montreal Simon: Why the Cons Can’t Attract Good Leadership Candidates

Despite Rona Ambrose's desperate attempts to try to get more people interested in running for the job of permanent Leader of the Harper Party.So far her campaign has been a dismal failure.For after beating her drum, or kicking up her arms and legs… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Why the Cons Can’t Attract Good Leadership Candidates

Politics and its Discontents: Michael Chong And The Reform Act

Yesterday, Owen at Northern Reflections wrote a post on Michael Chong, one of the few members of Stephen Harper’s caucus with real integrity, attested to by his principled resignation as Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs after Harper’s unilateral declaration of Quebec as a nation. A legitimate question posed is why he remains in the caucus, given . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Michael Chong And The Reform Act

Accidental Deliberations: On powers of appointment

Andrew Coyne has rightly pointed out the gall the Senate is showing in nixing Michael Chong’s watered-down Reform Act (even if there’s something to a few of the criticisms). But let’s not miss the most absurd suggestion of all as to who should be given increased power over a party’s leadership (emphasis added): “I just . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On powers of appointment

Scott's DiaTribes: Interview with Diane Ballantyne, LPC Nomination Contestant, Wellington-Halton Hills

A lot of Liberal candidates are up in Ottawa this week for more Campaign College training, but nomination contestants are around to be interviewed, and today I’m doing an interview with Diane Ballantyne, Liberal nomination contestant for the riding of Wellington Halton-Hills (the riding currently held by CPC MP Michael Chong). I’ll note of the . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Interview with Diane Ballantyne, LPC Nomination Contestant, Wellington-Halton Hills

A BCer in Toronto: If Chong’s Reform Act were in place in BC, would Adrian Dix be Premier today?

Lots of the debate around Michael Chong’s proposed Reform Act to, among other things, allow a federal parliamentary caucus to fire the party leader, has taken place in the abstract. We need to do something, it’s better than nothing, you’re with reform or you’re with the terrorists, and so forth. Let’s take it into . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: If Chong’s Reform Act were in place in BC, would Adrian Dix be Premier today?

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how Michael Chong’s Reform Act privileges members of Parliament over party members and supporters – and how there’s far more reason for concern about a lack of genuine grassroots input as matters stand now than about the influence of MPs.

For further reading…– I’ll point to Andrew Coyne passim as the main cheerleader . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

A BCer in Toronto: My problems with Chong’s Reform Act and my own preferences for reform

Having finally gotten around to reading Michael Chong’smuch-ballyhooed Reform Act, which is being pushed by the media pundit class with a fervor that would make most partisans blush, I feel that, while well-intentioned, what the act proposes is flawed and suffers from a narrowness of view that has trouble looking south of the Queensway.

The . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: My problems with Chong’s Reform Act and my own preferences for reform

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Thought’s On Chong’s Reform Bill

Michael Chong’s Bill C-559 is a relatively short piece of work, but it has taken me a bit of time to go through it and start to understand the implications of the changes being proposed, mostly because it contains a series of small changes to much larger acts – in particular the Canada Elections Act, . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Thought’s On Chong’s Reform Bill

Montreal Simon: Michael Chong and the Canadian Revolution

Well it's not exactly the French Revolution eh? But this being Canada it's probably the closest we can get to one. Michael Chong has presented his Reform Act that would shake up our Parliament to its very foundations. Conservative MP Michael Chong today tabled the proposed reform act, a private member's bill intended to . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Michael Chong and the Canadian Revolution

Canadian Political Viewpoints: Why Reform Will Fail

Source: CBC News: Conservative MP Michael Chong Makes Bid to Fix ParliamentEven with Perrin’s e-mails being found amongst the clutter, and some shake ups in the Senate, let’s take a bit of a break and look at a ‘non-releated-but-totally-releated’ conse… . . . → Read More: Canadian Political Viewpoints: Why Reform Will Fail

Canadian Political Viewpoints: Why Reform Will Fail

Source: CBC News: Conservative MP Michael Chong Makes Bid to Fix Parliament

Even with Perrin’s e-mails being found amongst the clutter, and some shake ups in the Senate, let’s take a bit of a break and look at a ‘non-releated-but-totally-releated’ consequence of the Senate Scandal fallout.

Ontario Conservative MP Michael Chong is bringing forward a . . . → Read More: Canadian Political Viewpoints: Why Reform Will Fail

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Chong’s Reform Act And The Physics Of Hot Potatoes

The legislation wouldn’t kick in until after the next election.  Whatever perniciousness it might bring, and several good, contrasting assessments can be found here and here, fall upon the leader of the next government.

The official CPC talking points can be found below (they read better if you open them in a new tab):…which seems . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Chong’s Reform Act And The Physics Of Hot Potatoes

Calgary Grit: The Best Intentions

Michael Chong is one the most respected people in the country when it comes to democratic reform. He quit his cabinet position on principle, and proposed a series of thoughtful Question Period reforms in 2010, which seem all the more overdue after the Paul Calandra show we saw last week.

So when Michael Chong tables . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: The Best Intentions

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

– Alison chronicles how the definition of “accountability” has changed since the Cons’ own actions started to come under the microscope, while Paul Wells writes about the three different interests at play in the Cons’ scandal. And Tonda MacCharles explores how the Senate bribery scandal developed – though her . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Revolt of the Con Sheeple

OMG. I can hardly believe my furry ears. But a strange sound is coming from the Con Castle. And no, it's not the sound of Great Scandalous Leader standing in front of a mirror, and screaming "I know NOTHING !@#!!!" Over and over again. To see which one looks more credible.No, it seems . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Revolt of the Con Sheeple

A BCer in Toronto: Duffy drama obscures a concerning rift on sovereignty in Harper cabinet

While yesterday’s press conference by Mike Duffy’s lawyer further ensnaring the Prime Minister’s Office (beyond the departed Nigel Wright) into the Senate expense drama and Stephen Harper’s transparent evasions in question period will dominate today’s clips and political chatter, it’s obscuring a more serious and concerning issue: an apparent rift in Harper’s cabinet over sovereignty.

. . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Duffy drama obscures a concerning rift on sovereignty in Harper cabinet

BigCityLib Strikes Back: I’m From The Church And I’m Here To Help

A bit snarky, because I get what he means.  Anyway, here’s CPoC MP Michael Chong on AGW, from Dennis Gruending’s latest:

Chong said that faith groups can play an important role in the climate change debate. “The science has been clarified yet a sizeable number of people disbelieve. They are searching for someone they can . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: I’m From The Church And I’m Here To Help