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CuriosityCat: Mulcair leads the way to a more democratic Canada

Mulcair: The man who would bring democracy to Canada

Thomas Mulcair, that very capable MP who is leader of the NDP, has publicly committed himself to remedy our democratic deficit, as this post indicates. Mulcair is to be commended for two things. First, for signing the Fair Vote Canada declaration (click herefor the full text). Second, for strongly coming out in favour of a modified proportional representation system of electing our federal MPs. The Fair Vote Canada declaration has this very important commitment:

What is important about the Fair Vote Canada declaration is that it is the modern equivalent (Read more…) . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Mulcair leads the way to a more democratic Canada

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Parliament Should Go Solar

Following up on my 2010 blog post on solar for the White House, it takes almost 3 years to get solar added to a historic national building.

That’s why we should all get started with pressing Parliament Hill’s renovation to include commercially available PV solar panels to the south facing slopes of Canada’s iconic government building.

Simply put, solar panels mean less carbon pollution, and more jobs for Americans – jobs that can’t be outsourced. They’re good for our energy future, and they’re good for our economy.

Time to follow America, again.

Left Over: Reflections on Defections….

 

ANALYSIS

MP Glenn Thibeault’s defection leaves the NDP feeling ‘hurt’ Sudbury MP’s decision to join provincial Liberals leaves former party searching for answers

By Rosemary Barton, CBC News Posted: Dec 18, 2014 11:00 AM ET Last Updated: Dec 18, 2014 11:00 AM ET

9 Wildrose MLAs, including Danielle Smith, cross to Alberta Tories Progressive Conservative members say they’re willing to look beyond past grievances

CBC News Posted: Dec 17, 2014 11:09 AM MT Last Updated: Dec 18, 2014 9:36 AM MT

 

I think that ex=NDP Thibeault crossing the floor to the Liberals was typical political expediency, although the fact (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: NDP MP Glenn Thibeault defects to Ontario Liberals, “proud” of it

Sudbury NDP MP Glenn Thibeault has defected from the federal party to run for Kathleen Wynne’s Ontario Liberals in a upcoming byelection in Sudbury.

The post NDP MP Glenn Thibeault defects to Ontario Liberals, “proud” of it appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: NDP MP Libby Davies Explains Decision Not To Run In 2015

New Democrat MP Libby Davies explains her deciding not to run during the 2015 federal election after representing Vancouver East for six consecutive terms.

The post NDP MP Libby Davies Explains Decision Not To Run In 2015 appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Left Over: So Long, It’s Been Good to Know You, Libby…..

Libby Davies, NDP deputy leader, won’t run in 2015

CBC News Posted: Dec 12, 2014 1:26 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 12, 2014 7:39 PM ET

Having watched Ms. Davies for all of the forty years of her political career, starting with her election to Vancouver Council, I am saddened, but not surprised, at her early retirement.. She has tirelessly devoted herself to the issues that are more difficult and contoversial in her riding than in others, and she fought hard for every vote..the fact that she was “muzzled’ on certain issues was a black mark on Layton and (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, taking a quick look at Canada’s options for electoral reform while arguing that an MMP system would create far better incentives for our political leaders than the alternatives.

For further reading…- Alison wrote about our options in advance of yesterday’s vote on the NDP’s electoral reform proposal. – Eric Grenier discusses the possible outcomes under the three main alternatives based on current polling. And I’d argue that the current party standings offer a useful litmus test as to one’s weighting of representativeness versus defaulting toward majority government – as a preferential system would put the Libs within (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: NDP Introduces Mixed-member Proportional Representation Motion

New Democrats introduce in the House of Commons a motion for a mixed-member proportional representation electoral system at the federal level.

The post NDP Introduces Mixed-member Proportional Representation Motion appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Progressive Proselytizing: The NDP’s 7% problem

The NDP’s biggest problem electorally isn’t a question of policy or values or leadership or connecting with voters or just about anything else perennially brought up to explain their difficulties in the polls both federally and provincially across Canada. Their big problem comes down to one stat: only 7% of Canadians think they will win the next federal election, less than a fifth the number the Liberals get. If nobody thinks they can win, there are going to be hordes of theoretical supporters who will vote instead for the person they think might win, typically a Liberal.

Of all the (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Okay you Liberal Bastards, What Now?

Trudeau the Lesser’s Liberals did backflips to support Israel’s brutal outrage against Gaza’s civilian population this summer.  It was as though no one had ever heard the Israeli military’s term, Dahiyeh.  Of course you didn’t need any fancy terms to see that Israel was brutally – and quite illegally – targeting Gaza’s Palestinian population completely in flagrant violation of human rights laws and the laws of war.  That much is obvious when the side with strike jets takes down the public’s water and sewage plants and then moves on to hit schools and hospitals, even clearly designated UN refuge sites. (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

- Tom Sullivan’s advice for Democrats south of the border that it’s essential to reach out to dispossessed voters of all types of backgrounds with a compelling alternative to the status quo is equally relevant to progressives in Canada.

- But the good news is that here, somebody’s actually applying it. And we’re also hearing plenty about how our local reactionaries are ignoring the vast majority of families – with Ashley Splawinski offering this look at the Cons’ income splitting scheme compared to the obvious alternative:  About 86 per cent of all families including (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: On targets

Shorter Chantal Hebert: And just think how much more successful Jack Layton could have been as the NDP’s leader if only the Cons had spent years attacking him rather than Stephane Dion and Michael Ignatieff!

Of course, it’s true enough that Canada’s political scene has changed – and indeed for the better in terms of the NDP’s position. But if the NDP can engage its supporters, keep itself in the consideration set of potential governments and build further support for an already-popular leader in relative peace, I’m at a loss as to why Hebert thinks it should envy the (Read more…)

reeves report: NDP to refuse support for Rouge National Urban Park bill

Everyone wants the 10,500 acres in the Rouge Valley to be made into a national urban park, yet few but the Harper Tories think their plan for the green space is the best path forward.

Rouge Park at Sunrise. (Flickr Photo Courtesy of Snuffy.)

ON A MEDIA TOUR this week of the proposed park on Toronto’s eastern boundary, federal NDP environment critic Megan Leslie (Halifax) told reporters she will advise her caucus to oppose government Bill C-40 despite the personal difficulty she feels in opposing the park.

“I’m in a parallel universe where I get applause for voting against (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: Whitby-Oshawa Shows the Need for Active NDP-Liberal Cooperation

The Pundits Guide has a spectacular analysis of what it takes to almost take out a strong Conservative seat in a by-election. See below.

It shows that a relatively weak NDP campaign with a very strong Liberal campaign almost is enough.

What more does it take? Ask Nathan Cullen and others in the NDP and Liberal orbits who know that more actual NDP-Liberal cooperation and coordination is necessary to defeat the Conservatives. They won’t be decimated, but they will still be in government without far more intentional Anything But Conservative coordination in our broken electoral system.

If NDP and (Read more…)

Left Over: Coalition of Progressives: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

http://montrealsimon.blogspot.ca/2014/11/why-progressives-may-soon-be-forced-to.html

The usual desultory conversations have been making the media rounds regarding a Liberal/NDP coalition…yet the typical trivial fracas in Parliament seems to be vetoing the idea before it hits the ground..

Trudeau oversteps, Mulcair gets castigated for responding, the Cons snigger in the background as the rest of us seem to self-distruct, over and over again, a continual Groundhog Day of self-abuse that gets us nowhere..instead of planning for a successful run at the Cons next time around, our political choices seem bent on maintaining the status quo..

It would be great if this happened (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Why Progressives May Soon Be Forced To Work Together

There are few things that depress me more than the sight of progressives fighting each other.As the NDP and the Liberals are doing these days.Especially when I remember how close we once came to forming a Great Canadian Coalition, and bringing down Stephen Harper. And how great it felt to work together, before that dream was shattered.And my only consolation is that when I look at the way the polls are going, I can see another coalition in the making.Read more »

Left Over: Door #1 or Door #2….

BC Ferries fare hikes may go ahead if Nanaimo-Horseshoe Bay changes can’t, warns CEO Service cuts, fare increases — or larger subsidies: BC Ferries says options limited going forward

CBC News Posted: Nov 06, 2014 10:42 AM PT Last Updated: Nov 07, 2014 7:24 AM PT

Is anyone surprised at this semi-transparent ploy? First the rumour was released that Nanaimo would be cut off from ferry service; suddenly, no, that isn’t going to happen, but…if it doesn’t happen then ferry rates will be going up, again. Now the gLibs will be blaming Islanders for the ferry rate raise..it’s an (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

- Paul Krugman points out the chasm between the policies demanded by businesses to suit their corporate biases, and those which actually best serve the cause of a strong and fair economy. And Michael Konczal highlights the damage done to our broader economy by a narrow focus on financial interests.

- Lisa Pasolli discusses the history of child care in Canada to offer some context to the policy choice that figures to dominate the next federal election. Margot Young makes the case that a new facade can’t fix the serious structural problems with (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

- Natasha Luckhardt examines what we can expect from Burger King’s takeover of Tim Hortons – and the news isn’t good for Canadian workers and citizens alike. But Jim Stanford reminds us that we’re not without some public policy options by following up on the employment effects of an increased minimum wage.

- Of course, that would require a government committed to ensuring that the benefits of public policy go where they’re needed. And we plainly can’t count on that as long as the Cons are in power – as Kathleen Lahey, Jennifer (Read more…)

CuriosityCat: Will Canada have a snap election over new anti-terrorist laws and ISIS?

Big Brother is watching …

There is a clear fault line between the two opposition parties, and PM Stephen Harper’s policies with regard to how to combat ISIS. 

The Conservatives favour actual fighting (planes dropping bombs etc.), while the opposition parties are against this. 

The NDP is further from the government’s position, while the Liberal Party would have Canadian armed forces join the anti-ISIS coalition led by the US and help its efforts (including transporting goods for the coalition), but short of Canadian planes dropping bombs on ISIS targets. Now another fault line has appeared: the Conservatives want (Read more…) . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Will Canada have a snap election over new anti-terrorist laws and ISIS?

The Canadian Progressive: Ottawa Shooting: NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair’s Speech

Here’s NDP leader Thomas Mulcair’s address to the nation following the fatal shootings at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday.

The post Ottawa Shooting: NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair’s Speech appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Trudeau Liberals lost Canadians’ support, NDP gained: Poll

A new poll by Abacus Data suggests that, in the the last month, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals lost the support of Canadians and the NDP made game-changing gains.

The post Trudeau Liberals lost Canadians’ support, NDP gained: Poll appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

- Michael Rozworski observes that the NDP’s $15 per day national child care plan has irritated all the right people – while still leaving ample room for improvement in the long run once the first pieces are in place. And PressProgress notes that the Cons’ opposition to the plan is based squarely on their view that women fail to raise their own children if they have either careers or care support.

- Meanwhile, Simon Enoch, Canadian Doctors for Medicare and the Saskatchewan NDP caucus are all rightly critical of Brad Wall’s attempt to (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

- Paul Kershaw examines political parties’ child care plans past and present, and finds the NDP’s new proposal to achieve better results at a lower cost. The Star’s editorial board weighs in on the desperate need for an improved child care system, while PressProgress focuses on the economic benefits. Nora Loreto notes that we should ultimately push for the “universal” aspect of the proposal to mean “free”. And Trish Hennessy observes that there’s reason to think a universally-available system will resonate with the Canadian public: We wondered how parents in Canada would “sell” a (Read more…)

The Progressive Economics Forum: The Troubled Economics, and the Curious Politics, of the Canada-Korea Trade Deal

There are many motivations to explain the Harper government’s rush to sign free trade deals. Since coming to power, the Conservatives have implemented 6 FTAs, have “concluded” 2 more (with Korea and, purportedly, with the EU), and have fully 14 other FTA negotiations on the go.

To some extent Conservatives actually believe in these things. I doubt that even they honestly swallow the rhetoric about FTAs spurring major new jobs and growth here. But Conservatives clearly support the pro-business institutional framework that NAFTA-style deals help to permanently enshrine. And their backers in the business community are enthusiastic that more free (Read more…)