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ParliamANT Hill: ConservAntives attempt to dodge vote on NDP bid to boost Speaker’s powers

Inspired by these headlines: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/conservatives-attempt-to-dodge-vote-on-ndp-bid-to-boost-speaker-s-powers-1.2781264

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/paul-calandra-apologizes-for-non-answers-as-sources-pin-blame-on-pmo-1.2779046

The Scott Ross: Conservative MP Celebrates Anti-Bullying Day By Threatening Violence

Yesterday was Pink Shirt Day, it’s a day dedicated to ending bullying. Now if you didn’t wear a pink shirt, don’t feel too bad, because unless you spent the day threatening someone with violence and having to be physically restrained, you’re still one up on Conservative MP Ron Cannan.

Because it was on Pink Shirt . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Conservative MP Celebrates Anti-Bullying Day By Threatening Violence

The Scott Ross: Conservative MP Celebrates Anti-Bullying Day By Threatening Violence

Yesterday was Pink Shirt Day, it’s a day dedicated to ending bullying. Now if you didn’t wear a pink shirt, don’t feel too bad, because unless you spent the day threatening someone with violence and having to be physically restrained, you’re still one … . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Conservative MP Celebrates Anti-Bullying Day By Threatening Violence

The Scott Ross: Why Justin Trudeau Shouldn’t Lead The Liberals

For the very same reason why so many Liberals want him to win, Justin Trudeau shouldn’t become Liberal Leader.

If 150,000 people only supported Justin Trudeau because of substance then there would be no argument against the 41 year-old MP for Papineau. A Trudeau only made popular by policy would present little risk in selecting . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Why Justin Trudeau Shouldn’t Lead The Liberals

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Elizabeth May calls for a “Guaranteed Livable Income” in Canada

Today, October 17, is the United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Elizabeth May, the leader of the Green Party of Canada and MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands, is calling for a “Guaranteed Livable Income” in Canada. “The theme of the 2012 observance is ‘Ending the Violence of Extreme Poverty’. It serves as a . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Elizabeth May calls for a “Guaranteed Livable Income” in Canada

The Scott Ross: M-312 Aborted, Questions Live On

If a pregnant woman with a 38 week old fetus is violently attacked and survives but the fetus dies there is no charge of murder. Is that just?

Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth proposed Motion 312 ostensibly to update the archaic definition of when life begins in the Canadian legal code, but more realistically his . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: M-312 Aborted, Questions Live On

An individual with opinions.: Underlooked Stephen Harper quotes P4: Harper is an eloquent polemic.

Part 4 of underlooked Stephen Harper quotes. Part one, two and three here.

One party dictatorship and our fleeting Parliamentary democracy There’s a semi-famous paper written by Stephen Harper and Tom Flanagan when they were younger floating around the progressive pointing out, quite eloquently and accurately describing one of the biggest issues facing Parliament in . . . → Read More: An individual with opinions.: Underlooked Stephen Harper quotes P4: Harper is an eloquent polemic.

The Scott Ross: Old Incumbent Liberal MPs Are A Problem

Only 4% of NDP MPs and 7% of Conservative MPs have been in Parliament since 1999 compared to 40% of Liberal MPs. If the Liberal Party needs to change, it needs to start with its MPs.

The Liberal Party’s main problem is it’s old. It’s few MPs are the oldest and the longest serving, indicating . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Old Incumbent Liberal MPs Are A Problem

The Leadership Narrative

Way back when, a few months after the last federal election, I replied to the Susan Delacourt’s “Is the Liberal Party dead?” question, echoed ad nauseum in the nation’s press, with a warning to be wary of forcing Canadian politics to fit a certain narrative.

That narrative presupposes the inevitability of a polarized left-right dichotomy; . . . → Read More: The Leadership Narrative

Women in politics: the “squeeze” factor

As any student of Canadian politics knows, Ellen Fairclough was Canada’s first female cabinet minister, appointed by Diefenbaker in 1957 and serving until her defeat as MP for Hamilton West in 1963. I have mixed feelings about Fairclough’s politics: she did good work on the immigration file, but she was a Tory, of course, and . . . → Read More: Women in politics: the “squeeze” factor

The Scott Ross: Conservative MP: "Federal Funding at all time high!"

This is a recent mail-out from fiscal Conservative MP Ryan Leef: “Federal Funding at all time high!”

Don’t let the headline fool you, in the flyer he goes on to argue for the small government we have all begun to associate with Conservatives.

Mr.Leef promises to cut cold temperatures in half with heat . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Conservative MP: "Federal Funding at all time high!"