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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Saskatchewan Royalty Is Oil?

The debate rages in Saskatchewan now about if federal money should go directly to oil companies and contractors capable of sealing defunct oil wells abandoned by irresponsible and ancient corporations. Those wells are left in the trust of our politicians, the people who tend to tell us that without oil jobs, Saskatchewan doesn’t amount to […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Saskatchewan Royalty Is Oil?

Accidental Deliberations: On double majorities

Nathan Cullen’s proposal for party representation on the Parliamentary committee reviewing electoral reform has received plenty of attention. But it might actually go much further than advertised to validate the results of the committee’s work and legi… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On double majorities

Accidental Deliberations: On oversimplification

One could hardly design a more stark contrast between the complex realities of politics and the media’s tendency to portray them in appallingly simplified terms than Althia Raj’s report on the NDP’s conference calls with party members last week. But fo… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On oversimplification

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, with my take on the factors NDP members should take into account in evaluating Tom Mulcair’s leadership.For further reading…- I’ve written numerous previous posts on the future of Mulcair and the NDP which expand on the points made in the colum… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Accidental Deliberations: On timing

Following up on the subject of the federal NDP’s leadership, I’ll note that the Edmonton convention won’t figure to be the only one before the next federal election – and that there might be a case to hold off for now.The NDP’s constitution provides fo… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On timing

Accidental Deliberations: On organization

Given some of the odd twists and turns in Paul Wells’ latest piece on Tom Mulcair’s future, I’m hesitant to give too much credence to his unnamed sources. But to the extent it’s accurate, Wells’ take on the lack of much organization on any side of a le… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On organization

Accidental Deliberations: On relativity

Since we’re seeing another wave of hysteria about Tom Mulcair’s support in the general public as the NDP’s convention approaches, let’s check in with the main poll being cited for the thesis that there’s some imminent issue with his popular support. An… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On relativity

Accidental Deliberations: On strategic choices

Christopher Kam’s series of posts on political parties’ strategy surrounding electoral reform is definitely worth a read. But I’ll stand by the view that there’s another alternative interpretation of the likely outcomes – particularly based on the like… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On strategic choices

Cowichan Conversations: Rabble Poll On NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair’s Leadership

This is the second loss for the NDP when leading out of the gate. In both cases the professional corporate spinners such as Hill and Knowlton’s Brad Lavigne and of course the Kool, Topp Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Rabble Poll On NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair’s Leadership

Eh Types: NDP Resolution? Shave the Beard

On January 1st, many greet the New Year armed with a resolution meant to improve themselves. As people are creatures of habit they often fail, but there is surely merit in recognizing where you can improve. In that spirit, I decided to s… . . . → Read More: Eh Types: NDP Resolution? Shave the Beard

Accidental Deliberations: On rebuilding steps

I’ve posted before about the NDP’s strong progressive stance since the October election – which looks to be a positive move in terms of principles and politics alike.  But there’s also a great deal of work to be done on the party side. And I’ll su… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On rebuilding steps

Accidental Deliberations: On voting from experience

If I have any concern with Nathan Cullen’s suggestion that Canada hold a referendum on electoral reform only after seeing a different system in action, it’s that it may concede too much to the people looking to set up roadblocks in the face of a clear … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On voting from experience

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, expanding on these posts as to what might come next as Canada’s political parties map out their strategies on electoral reform.For further reading…- Chantal Hebert wonders whether Justin Trudeau will face internal pressure to renege on his prom… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Michal Rozworski: Questions for the Canadian left

Harper is gone, but (as a friend only quarter-jokingly said) we got the second worst outcome sold as the best, so now what? That’s the 10 second version of this post. I want to throw up a few questions or, better yet, problems that I think the Canadian left will have to face together over […] . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: Questions for the Canadian left

Accidental Deliberations: On earned media

Ideally, a new Parliament should have the opportunity to talk about issues of far more direct significance and practical value than keeping even offensive speech such as Donald Trump’s out of Canada. And so it’s a bit disappointing to see Tom Mulcair p… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On earned media

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.

Accidental Deliberations: Movements and moments

Let’s continue this line of thought about the federal NDP’s most recent election campaign with my slight twist on one of the more familiar questions which has faced the party (in various forms) over a period of decades.I’ll start by drawing a distincti… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Movements and moments

Accidental Deliberations: On purposes

There are plenty of questions which the NDP is rightly asking in the wake of this fall’s federal election results. But Susan Delacourt is uncharacteristically far off base in her view as to what the main question is. By way of contrast, the question of… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On purposes

Accidental Deliberations: On balancing acts

For those wondering, I’m indeed following up on these posts and working my way through some of the factors in the NDP’s federal election result. (For more on the subject, see the latest from Lawrence Martin, and Desmond Cole talking to Cheri DiNovo.)I’… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On balancing acts

Babel-on-the-Bay: They want the show and substance too.

“My candle burns at both ends; it will not last the night; but ah, my foes, and oh, my friends – it gives a lovely light!” Edna St. Vincent Millay – 1892 to 1950 Listen up boys and girls, what you see, is what you get. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not his father. Justin […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: They want the show and substance too.

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- David Ball talks to Joseph Stiglitz about inequality and its causes – including the spread of corporate control through trade agreements:What would you say is the dominant cause [of growing inequality]… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

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