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Babel-on-the-Bay: Trudeau tests veto on vote reform.

This scenario has taken place before. He does it in Quebec thinking nobody in the rest of Canada is going to hear about it. Justin Trudeau is hardly the first politician to test the waters before diving into the deep end of the pool. In this case the prime minister gave an interview to Quebec’s . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Trudeau tests veto on vote reform.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Labouring against logic.

Pundits are asking if the New Democratic Party is a labour party? Frankly folks, if you do not know the answer, nobody in the party is ready to answer it either. Even an authority such as left-wing writer Thomas Walkom of the Toronto Star is wondering where the party is headed. In a recent op-ed […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Labouring against logic.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Waiting for the Left to shine.

If you are old enough to remember hearing the 1960s Les Paul and Mary Ford recording of the World is Waiting for the Sunrise, you might also be wondering when the New Democrats are going to be old enough to know when they are going to shine. And with the success of the federal Liberals […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Waiting for the Left to shine.

Babel-on-the-Bay: It looks good on the NDP.

It is the way an Aussie friend says, “It looks good on them.” It is not said in a mean way but it implies that they deserve their quandary. And the current condition of the New Democrats is not only well deserved but about time. There are no more political virgins for them to sacrifice. […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: It looks good on the NDP.

Babel-on-the-Bay: The NDP Gunfight at the Edmonton Corral.

Who knew? Premier Rachel Notley in her Annie Oakley role had no choice but play to the home town crowd. Now former New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair probably wished he was anywhere else. But the gunfight at the Edmonton Corral was a three-way fight and you had to be careful not to turn your back […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The NDP Gunfight at the Edmonton Corral.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Party conventions are always about money.

The first thing learned about political conventions is that it always has to be at a profit. The second is that if there is nothing contentious, create something. You always have to fill the hall. And filling the hall does not seem to be a problem for any of the three political party conventions planned […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Party conventions are always about money.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Wandering in the wilderness with the NDP.

Leader Thomas Mulcair is hardly the only New Democrat with something to prove at the party’s Edmonton Convention April 9 to 10. Sure, he needs to justify his leadership but the real question is where Canada’s New Democratic Party is headed? It is obviously not the direction that Mulcair chose for the last federal election. […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Wandering in the wilderness with the NDP.

Babel-on-the-Bay: But what if FPTP isn’t broke?

You almost hate to ask the question. What is wrong with the way Canadians vote? There seems to be an assumption by some people that first-past-the-post (FPTP) voting is a failure. Does that mean you have to dump FPTP and take a flier on some other theoretically improved voting system? And why is it better? […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: But what if FPTP isn’t broke?

Left Over: Turning a Fail into a Win…

Mulcair takes responsibility for failed election campaign in letter to NDP supporters Mulcair wants to remain NDP leader promising not to repeat mistakes of 2015 election By Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press Posted: Feb 10, 2016 3:51 PM ET Last Updated: … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Turning a Fail into a Win…

Babel-on-the-Bay: New Democrats search for substance.

They have tried it provincially in Ontario and then they did it again federally. It does not work. Our New Democratic Party cannot change its spots just at election time. If they are going to become a more middle-ground social democratic party, they need to establish some bona fides long before an election. The recent […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: New Democrats search for substance.

The Disaffected Lib: We’re All Neoliberals Now. Let’s Change That.

One thing that struck home during our extended election campaign was how our mainstream political parties have become deeply invested in neoliberalism. While it has several descriptions, reflective of its insidious vagueness, neoliberalism is the merger of political and economic ideology most often called “free market fundamentalism.” It is a sort of merger of . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: We’re All Neoliberals Now. Let’s Change That.

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Thoughts on the NDP

I’d like to have confidence in the NDP, but they have become a neoliberal party, in full submission to the corporate powers and the neoliberal corporate agenda, despite the fanfare and the piece-meal token gestures. Mulcair certainly is no Tommy Douglas, nor is he a Tony Benn. I hope I am wrong, and I’d be . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Thoughts on the NDP

Babel-on-the-Bay: With thanks to the Hair.

This has been the weekend for firming up the opinions and decisions on our federal election in Canada. We are in the last week of a long and exhausting campaign. And it is all thanks to the Hair. He set the election date. He called for the writ early in an attempt to beggar the . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: With thanks to the Hair.

Babel-on-the-Bay: The blatant bigotry of the Hair.

The Hair had the support of the Bloc’s Gilles Duceppe in promoting bigotry the other evening. In the last of the badly arranged debate sessions of the 2015 election, Canadians saw their prime minister backed by a separatist asking for votes from bigots. It was probably the most tragic display of the election and nothing . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The blatant bigotry of the Hair.

The Progressive Economics Forum: Election 2015: An Escape Hatch for the NDP?

In an earlier post, I sought to explain (not necessarily defend) the Mulcair team’s decision to run balanced budgets as an election campaign tactic to counter being branded by the Conservatives (and potentially the Liberals)as a profligate manager of the public purse. Whether or not this tactic is successful will ultimately reflect in the October . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Election 2015: An Escape Hatch for the NDP?

Babel-on-the-Bay: Turning the corner on the 2015 election.

There are many wonderful readers of Babel-on-the-Bay. The other day one of our stalwarts sent an e-mail saying how warming it was to read that the Harper government is toast. Obviously some of the Conservative readers caught a bit of a chill in the words but so far nobody has argued. The best news is . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Turning the corner on the 2015 election.

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Mr. Mulcair Will the NDP Negotiate A New Health Accord to Include ABA for Autism Under Medicare?

September 30, 2015

Thomas Mulcair 
Leader of the Official Opposition

Dear Mr Mulcair

The Federal NDP has in the past been very helpful in addressing autism on a national level including efforts by Nova Scotia MP Peter Stoffer who worked with the late Fredericton Liberal MP Andy Scott to effect passage of a National Autism Strategy motion in the House of Commons albeit one  which did not address autism treatment coverage under Medicare.  In July 2014 I asked if the NDP would support a real National Autism Stragegy.  I receivd the following positive response from your office:

Dear Mr. Doherty,


Thank you for writing. We appreciate hearing of your advocacy work on behalf of your son and all individuals living with autism spectrum disorders.


Please be assured that New Democrats are determined to help put the needs of Autistic children on the political map. The NDP supports the continuing efforts to create a National Autism Strategy, therefore ensuring that individuals would receive the highest level of care, regardless of which region of Canada they live in.


As you mentioned, NDP MP Glenn Thibeault is helping to provide leadership on this matter along with working to have the Canada Health Act amended to include Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) and Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) as medically recognized treatments for individuals living with autism spectrum disorders. (http://glennthibeault.ndp.ca/post/thibeault-re-introduces-autism-legislation


Going forward you can count on our team of New Democrat MPs to continue to speak out on this matter. It’s time for leadership that will move Canada forward.


Again, thank you for taking the time to be in touch.


All the best,

Office of Thomas Mulcair, MP (Outremont)

Leader of the Official Opposition


New Democratic Party of Canada
Here in Fredericton I asked candidates in the current election the following question  as part of the Medicare for Autism Now!’s 1 in 68 campaign:

I was very pleased to receive the following excellent response to the One in 68 question from the Fredericton NDP candidate Sharon Scott-Levesque:
Hello Harold,

I wish to thank you for your message regarding the inclusion of Applied Behaviour Analysis in Medicare. As you have noted, this is an issue affecting a growing number of Canadian families, and I understand the high costs of treatment are of great concern.

As you know the Canada Health Act requires provinces to cover medically necessary services without naming any particular procedure.  This means that the decision on what to cover has been left up to the provinces, creating a patchwork system where some provinces provide coverage for Applied Behavioural Analysis and others do not.
I recognize that this disparity creates a hardship for families and myself and the NDP are interested in working with the provinces to see this disparity eliminated. This is definitely a subject we will raise with the provinces when we negotiate a new Health Accord.

I do support this change and hope we can work together in the future.

Regards,
Sharon Scott- Levesque RN
Fredericton NDP Candidate

Mr Mulcair, past NDP contributions have been helpful but the failure by the federal government to see that science based ABA/IBI treatment for autism is included under Medicare means that many autistid children have not received the training which could have helped improve the core deficits of their autism disorders.

NDP candidate Sharon Scott-Levesque’s statement of her support is much appreciated. 

Mr. Mulcair, can you confirm that the NDP will commit to  negotiating a new  Health Accord with the provinces which will include science based ABA/IBI  treatment for autism spectrum disorder uner Medicare?

Respectfully,

Harold Doherty
Fredericton, NB


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Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Mr. Mulcair Will the NDP Negotiate A New Health Accord to Include ABA for Autism Under Medicare?

September 30, 2015 Thomas Mulcair  Leader of the Official Opposition Dear Mr Mulcair The Federal NDP has in the past been very helpful in addressing autism on a national level including efforts by Nova Scotia MP Peter Stoffer who worked with the late Fredericton Liberal MP Andy Scott to effect passage of a National Autism . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Mr. Mulcair Will the NDP Negotiate A New Health Accord to Include ABA for Autism Under Medicare?

Babel-on-the-Bay: Mulcair flogs a dead plan for the Senate.

When you know that you cannot possibly achieve your objective, why try to sell it? Obviously New Democrat Leader Thomas Mulcair is no salesman. A good sales person knows that when something is impossible, you start investigating possible work-arounds to address the issue. Mulcair is lying to Canadians that he has a solution for the . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Mulcair flogs a dead plan for the Senate.

Random Ranting Raving and Ratings: Denying Women Canadian Citizenship Does Nothing to Fight Opression

Are Stephen Harper and the Conservatives actually trying to argue that denying a woman citizenship for wearing the niqab is somehow promoting equal rights?  It would seem to me that by denying a woman citizenship, the government is actually contributing to oppression rather than fighting…

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Random Ranting Raving and Ratings: Denying Women Canadian Citizenship Does Nothing to Fight Opression

Are Stephen Harper and the Conservatives actually trying to argue that denying a woman citizenship for wearing the niqab is somehow promoting equal rights?  It would seem to me that by denying a woman citizenship, the government is actually contri… . . . → Read More: Random Ranting Raving and Ratings: Denying Women Canadian Citizenship Does Nothing to Fight Opression

The Progressive Economics Forum: Missing in (debate) action: macroeconomic lessons from the Great Depression

This is a guest blog post from Mario Seccareccia, Professor of Economics, University of Ottawa.

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Since the October 2008 federal election, Canadian politicians have been struggling to come to terms with what to all accounts has turned out to be a “lite” version of the 1930s, whose major difference is that today we have . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Missing in (debate) action: macroeconomic lessons from the Great Depression

Left Over: Take a Propaganda at this Ridiculous Headline….

Spin Cycle: Is the NDP’s proposed corporate tax hike a ‘job killer’? Liberals, Conservatives decry NDP plan to raise corporate tax rate to 17% from 15%

By Ira Basen, CBC News Posted: Sep 17, 2015 3:22 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 17, 2015 3:32 PM ET

Who wrote that headline, . . . → Read More: Left Over: Take a Propaganda at this Ridiculous Headline….

Left Over: Take a Propaganda at this Ridiculous Headline….

Spin Cycle: Is the NDP’s proposed corporate tax hike a ‘job killer’? Liberals, Conservatives decry NDP plan to raise corporate tax rate to 17% from 15%

By Ira Basen, CBC News Posted: Sep 17, 2015 3:22 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 17, 2015 3:32 PM ET

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OpenMedia.ca: Let’s make Canada’s parties endorse our pro-Internet action plan

Exciting news! Green Party leader Elizabeth May has just announced her endorsement of our crowdsourced pro-Internet action plan. So far Ms. May is the first major party leader to do so – and we’re thrilled to have her waving the flag for Canada’s Internet.

This is great news for Canada’s . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Let’s make Canada’s parties endorse our pro-Internet action plan