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Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- David Olive talks to Robert Reich about his work fighting inequality:There are certain irrefutable facts besides water always running downhill. There is no arguing, for instance, that the U.S. era Reich describe… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

A Grumpy Hobbit: I Normally Don’t Cross Post Other Peoples Material,… BUTTTT

Montreal Simon just went to town on Ezra’s ballsack with an automatic paintball gun.I highly recommend to pop over and read it, it will make you smile. The Wonderful Humiliation of the Ghastly Ezra Levant . . . → Read More: A Grumpy Hobbit: I Normally Don’t Cross Post Other Peoples Material,… BUTTTT

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Assorted content to start your week.- Upstream offers a summary of the Canadian Institute for Health Information’s latest report, with particular emphasis on growing inequality in health metrics due to social factors despite increased funding into the … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.- Karen Brettel and David Rohde discuss how the cult of shareholder value is destroying the concept of corporations actually making anything useful. And Deirdre Hipwell writes that the financial-sector workers … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

The Progressive Economics Forum: Progressive, pro-family, pro-growth

A good parental leave system makes children more affordable, and improves gender equity in the labour force and at home.

In Quebec, parental leave innovations include time reserved solely for the father, higher replacement rates, and flexibility. This has dramatically increased the number of fathers taking parental leaves, which in turn has a long-term impact on the distribution of labour within the home. (It may also have contributed to Quebec’s shrinking pay gap – which is happening at a time when the gender pay gap in the rest of Canada is stagnating.)

While it is clear that “use-it-or-lose-it” parental (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: On open questions

I’ve previously criticized the attempts of outside commentators to push Thomas Mulcair out the door as NDP leader. By the same token, though, I’ll note that it’s equally inappropriate to try to immediately declare that there won’t be any review of Mulcair’s leadership before the next federal election – which seems to be the spin some people are putting on the aftermath of this fall’s election (if not exactly the party’s own message).

To be clear, it’s fine for Mulcair to make a personal commitment to run given the opportunity to do so. But it’s ultimately up to NDP members (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: On definitions

The post-mortems on the NDP’s federal election campaign continue to roll in. And it’s particularly a plus to see that there will be a systematic effort within the party itself to review the choices which led to the election results – both for better and for worse.

In the meantime, I’ll continue pointing out my own view of the campaign with another of the crucial pieces of the puzzle – that being the NDP’s handling of Justin Trudeau.

At the beginning, the process of jockeying for position between the opposition options dating back to Trudeau’s election as the Libs’ leader (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Just Not Ready, Civil Rights Edition

So let’s get this straight: Ralph Goodale’s plan to address the unconstitutional civil rights intrusions imposed under Bill C-51 (which his party waved through in the face of widespread opposition) is…to leave them in place indefinitely while the Libs figure out what they can get away with keeping.

Needless to say, we should expect any government’s starting point to be to minimize any interference with our Charter rights at all points – not to leave existing abuses in place as the default option. And if the Libs aren’t willing to offer that possibility, we should fully expect the NDP (Read more…)

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 political and commercial/corporate powers usually born out of the surrender of incidents of political sovereignty through multi-national financial and trade agreements.

It’s a process akin to the tactics of a boa constrictor whose victims often fail to realize the severity of their predicament until its (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.

- Lana Payne surveys some of the glaring warning signs about the Trans-Pacific Partnership for anybody who thinks a government’s job is to further the interests of citizens rather than corporations: These deals are no longer about free trade. Rather, as I pointed out in my last column, they are about negotiating “managed investors’ rights” deals on behalf of the world’s most powerful corporations.

Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel Prize winning economist, has pointed out these new trade agreements “are becoming particularly bad. It used to be that trade agreements were negotiated over tariffs (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: NDP Lost The Election When They Stopped Being The Social Conscience Of Canada

Don Maroc

Coming out of the starting gate with what they thought was a good lead Jeremy Corbyn. They were bounced from a strong position as the Queen’s Loyal Opposition, with 103 seats, to

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A Grumpy Hobbit: Day Two of the The Rebel Media E-FLAP

Well, The Rebel Media doesn’t disappoint. It is now my second day of E-FLAP, Ezra Fabrication, Lies and Propaganda (E-FLAP) and we already have two more additions to the catalog. First we have a Rebel Blogger Sid Camus and his hit piece on marijuana, it has AUTHORITATIVE STUDIES (you can see where I am going with this one)Then we have the Chief Propaganda Minister, Ezra on why Shell canceled

Bill Longstaff: The NDP—back to social democracy

Rather like the British Labour Party under Tony Blair, the NDP made a play for the political centre. The Liberals, led by the dangerous to underestimate Justin Trudeau, have now writ fini to that ambition.The thing for the NDP to do now, in the heart and mind of this member of the party at least, is to return to social democracy.

Not that the NDP hasn’t occupied centre-left of the political

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

- Amy Goodman interviews Joseph Stiglitz about the corporate abuses the Trans-Pacific Partnership will allow to take priority over the public interest. And Stuart Trew and Scott Sinclair offer some suggestions to at least ensure that Canadians have an opportunity for meaningful review and discussion before being stuck with the TPP.

- Robert Benzie reports on a financial accountability officer’s review finding that like so many other privatization schemes, the Ontario Libs’ Hydro One selloff will only end up costing the public money.

- Jeff Sallot wonders whether the Trudeau Libs have the (Read more…)

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Social Democratic opportunity.

New Democratic Party members have a rare opportunity over the next four years to create a political party for Canada’s future. They are uniquely based to change the NDP into Canada’s first social democratic party. It would be the kind of political party that the founders of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) were really contemplating when they wrote the ill-conceived and inflammatory Regina Manifesto.

The 1960 creation of the New Democratic Party (NDP) stepped away from some of the socialist rhetoric of the Regina Manifesto but still clung to the class-struggle as the union movement became a dominant force in (Read more…)

The Progressive Right: Orange Crash ( #ndp #cdnpoli )

Unadulterated arrogance was the reason for the NDP election loss – and it`s on full display in this article. They point to everyone else but themselves for their loss. Craig Scott, who was defeated in Jack Layton’s old riding of Toronto-Danforth … wrote, “Liberal MPs … were fundamentally lazy, sitting passively in their corner of the House … and arrogantly waiting for the messiah to take them back to the promised land of power.”


“The backroom lobbyists moved over to the Trudeau team,” [Charlie Angus] wrote. “Corporate Canada is a more content place today.”

 “I think maybe Canadians (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: On missed opportunities

As mentioned here, I’ll be adding over the next little while to an already-substantial set of views on the NDP’s choices which led to last week’s federal election results. But I’ll start by expanding on a point which I made briefly earlier in the campaign (at a time when it was far from clear how the choice would play out).

I noted then the dangers of playing it “safe” by limiting the number and type of debates early in the campaign – particularly for a party with a well-liked leader, but relatively few mouthpieces in the media to carry (Read more…)

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Thomas Mulcair is Only a Symptom of a Much Bigger Problem for the NDP

“The party got off to a bad start with its election promise to balance the budget without raising taxes. That promise, difficult to honour during a period of general economic turmoil, would seriously limit its policy options.”

That quote, though fitting, was not about the last federal election, but was written about the Nova Scotia NDP,  that got trounced after just one mandate.  The author, Howard Epstein,  was a long serving NDP MLA who wrote the book:  Hope betrayed? The Nova Scotia NDP’s rocky fall from power.

Epstein asks:  ”If the NDP can’t differentiate itself from other (Read more…)

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Conservative NDP Merger we need #nlpoli

The province’s largest public sector union met last week in St. John’s for its annual convention.  They started out their first day with a speech from recently-elected boss Jerry Earle. The militant guy promised the union would militantly oppose any plan to turn public sector services over to the private sector.

The province’s NDP leader – Earle McCurdy – spoke to delegates on Thursday.  McCurdy said for umpteen thousandth time this year, that he and his friends in the union party would also steadfastly resist any effort to privatize public services. 

Friday was the day the union let the other two provincial party leaders say a few words.  What happened next was amazing..

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Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

- I’ll start in on my own review of the NDP’s election campaign over the next few days, focusing on what I see as being the crucial decisions as the campaign played out. But for those looking for some of what’s been written already, I’ll point out recaps and analysis from Charlie Demers, Tim Ellis, Hassan Arif, Evan Dyer, Jenn Jefferys, Christopher Majka, Gerald Caplan, Jim Quail, Elizabeth McSheffrey and Paul Dechene – while noting that I’ll be challenging and/or expanding on some of their analysis (Read more…)

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: Somewhat Late Musings On Election 2015

My internet picks the worst times to stop working. As a result I was without internet for the lead up and aftermath ofelection 2015. But I’m back online and ready to give my thoughts on Monday’s election results. Fundy Royal Goes Liberal I never imagined I’d see the day when the riding of Fundy Royal would elect a Liberal. Further, I never imagined I’d behappy about it. I took the time to contact each MP during the campaign (and met many of them in person) and it wasLiberal candidate Alaina Lockhart who impressed me the most. Accessible, willing (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here (via PressReader), on how the prisoner’s dilemma I wrote about back here wound up playing out in Canada’s federal election.

For further reading, particularly on the difference in how the NDP and the Libs treated each other…

- Tonda MacCharles’ look behind the scenes of the Cons’ strategy includes this tidbit: Senior Conservative organizer Ken Boessenkool even called New Democrats, advising them to turn their guns on the Liberals or both the Conservatives and the NDP would lose.

- But Anne McGrath noted that the NDP had a specific reason to go easy on Trudeau: Wells to Anne: Why (Read more…)

Writings of J. Todd Ring: New Leadership Urgently Needed For The US, Canada and Britain

Imagine if Martin Luther King Jr., Tommy Douglas and Tony Benn were President of the US, and Prime Ministers of Canada and Britain, respectively. The world would certainly be a far better, more just, freer, more peaceful, and safer place. But we do not. In all three of these “leading” nations we have neoliberal corporate […]

Writings of J. Todd Ring: New Leadership Urgently Needed For The US, Canada and Britain

Imagine if Martin Luther King Jr., Tommy Douglas and Tony Benn were President of the US, and Prime Ministers of Canada and Britain, respectively. The world would certainly be a far better, more just, freer, more peaceful, and safer place. But we do not. In all three of these “leading” nations we have neoliberal corporate […]

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Polls, St. John’s East, and the coming provincial election #nlpoli

SRBP told you on Tuesday morning that the federal election did not bode well for the New Democrats and Conservatives in the province.

The Liberals are just better organized than the other parties.  They can identify their voters,  keep in touch with them, and get them to the polls far better than the New Democrats or the Conservatives.  That’s how you win elections.  And when you are that much better at it than all the others, the odds go up exponentially that you will get more and more seats than people might expect. 

There’s way more to it than just the idea that the Liberals have a computer program that does today what we used to do on index cards.  Campaigns converted to Excel and other spreadsheet programs back when personal computers first appeared.

Organization is also about how the parties collect information and what they do with it. . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Polls, St. John’s East, and the coming provincial election #nlpoli