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Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: March 27, 2012

Tuesday, March 27 saw a day dominated by the type of serious discussion about the role of the financial sector that we should expect in the years to come – even if the basis for that discussion was less than we should have hoped for.

The Big Issue

The main topic of debate was Bill S-5, a bill on financial regulation which originated in the Senate. And it’s surprising to me both how little disagreement there was on the bill, and how petulant the Cons were about the NDP’s small attempt to improve it.

While otherwise noting his party’s support

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Accidental Deliberations: On shadow boxing

Aaron has already listed and commented on Thomas Mulcair’s shadow cabinet assignments. But there are a few additional points worth adding into the mix.

First, while others have pointed out Nathan Cullen’s promotion to House Leader, the exact choice of positions is very much worth emphasizing. As the leadership candidate whose message centred on how to approach other political parties, Cullen has been put in charge of…approaching other political parties, at least to the extent of managing business in Parliament. And if “cooperation to defeat Harper” continues to be Cullen’s guiding principle, then it will be well worth watching

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Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Afternoon Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

- Nycole Turmel offers a reminder that we shouldn’t allow the Cons and their proxies to distract anybody with shiny objects when they’re so obviously wrong on the core issues facing the country: In taking aim at the Conservatives’ priorities, Ms. Turmel criticized Mr. Harper for his seeming preoccupation with MPs’ lucrative pension plans rather than ensuring secure pensions for all Canadians.

“He thinks the most pressing issue right now is MPs’ pension, not the retirement security of millions of Canadians,” she charged. “Maybe it’s because I’m a long, long way from having an

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David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Time to loosen up and let federal NDP Quebec caucus learn in public – out here in Alberta

The Liberal Party rises from the dead? Not going to happen. Even Justin Trudeau doesn’t look like the guy with his hand in the air. If you want to skid the Harper Conservatives, it’s NDP you’re going to have to ask to do the job. Below: Lise St. Denis.

The time has come for the federal New Democratic Party to loosen up and let its rookie-rich Quebec caucus learn how to be good Members of Parliament right out there in public.

Yeah, there are risks in such a course of action. But there are risks in trying to control the

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Canadian Progressive World: Canada’s Occupy and labor activists rally against Caterpillar’s state-sponsored corporate greed

Occupy Ottawa activists are expected to join thousands of Canadian Occupy and labour activists in London, Ont., on Saturday, January 21, for a massive rally against Electro-Motive Diesel Canada. The company, a subsidiary of U.S. …Read More

The Year That Was: Canadians Politics in 2011

What a year 2011 was. Who would have thought in January that the Conservatives would, by May, have a majority government? That the Bloc, so long a dominant force in Quebec, would be reduced to numbers not seen since the early 1990′s? That the Liberals would be reduced to third party status? That . . . → Read More: The Year That Was: Canadians Politics in 2011

The Year That Was: Canadians Politics in 2011

What a year 2011 was. Who would have thought in January that the Conservatives would, by May, have a majority government? That the Bloc, so long a dominant force in Quebec, would be reduced to numbers not seen since the early 1990′s? That the Liberals would be reduced to third party status? That a social [...]

Blunt Objects: The Most Disappointing Opposition Since Michael Ignatieff’s

That’s about how I would describe the NDP – or the Official Opposition, as they’re officially styled – and its career in the first session of the 41st Parliament.

The New Democratic opposition has really failed to uphold the standard that came with its amazing breakthrough victory in May of this year. Everyone expected this principled, “new” Opposition that would change the way politics were done in Canada through a substantive change in attitude in the Opposition Leader’s Office.

But, can anyone actually point out where the NDP has changed the way anything has been done, whether it was under

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Harpercons Cut Debate, Behave Like Dictators And The Biggest Story These Media Hacks Can Come up With is Pat Martin Tweeting the F-Bomb?

Oooh! Shiver me timbers! Pat Martin used the word “Fuck”. Wow! Not like he the first politician to use it publicly. Remember Senator Nancy Ruth’s shut the fuck up moment? And another, more forgettable moment from John the pitbull Baird? Yes, we do let them slide, don’ t we? But not ol’ Pat Martin. . . . → Read More: Harpercons Cut Debate, Behave Like Dictators And The Biggest Story These Media Hacks Can Come up With is Pat Martin Tweeting the F-Bomb?

Accidental Deliberations: Leading nowhere

After several months of interim NDP leader Nycole Turmel being neatly edited out of far too much coverage of Canadian politics, it shouldn’t come as too much surprise that she’s behind Bob Rae in the latest Nanos leadership polling. But I’d think the m… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Leading nowhere

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to end your weekend.- Of course the ongoing leadership race will do plenty to determine the NDP’s future direction. But for those thinking all will be quiet in the meantime, Nycole Turmel isn’t missing the opportunity to highlight the … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

politics on CAPS LOCK: Meeting the Candidates

I’ve made my mind up about who gets my #1 vote in the NDP leadership election, March 24, 2012, in Toronto. It’s Tom Mulcair.

Almost every declared and non-declared (or expectant) candidate for the national NDP leadership were in Edmonton this weekend. At first, we heard that Paul Dewar was coming Saturday night for a meet-and-greet, but when we got there we discovered: (1) Martin Singh and Romeo Saganash were there (we would later learn that Brian Topp was there, and that Niki Ashton (undeclared) and Nycole Turmel (not a candidate, but interim leader) were in attendance as well); (2) (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.- Nycole Turmel sums up what Canadians should rightly expect from their government – but figure never to get from the Harper Cons:Canadian families aren’t looking for finger-pointing. They’re not looking to shi… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

And Here We Go Again! Lisa ‘I’m Too Sexy For The Proletariat’ Raitt Is Mad And She Ain’t a Takin’ It No More! Part D’Uh!

Yep, Dear Lisa is busy sharpening her claws and no doubt finding ‘sexy’ ways to stamp on workers, yet again, boys ‘n’ girls, and this time, it’s Air Canada Flight attendants. Flight attendants, who are represented by CUPE, have voted to reject the latest deal negotiated between CUPE and management. Interesting twist. What . . . → Read More: And Here We Go Again! Lisa ‘I’m Too Sexy For The Proletariat’ Raitt Is Mad And She Ain’t a Takin’ It No More! Part D’Uh! . . . → Read More: And Here We Go Again! Lisa ‘I’m Too Sexy For The Proletariat’ Raitt Is Mad And She Ain’t a Takin’ It No More! Part D’Uh!

Accidental Deliberations: On wedges

Greg offers up an important response to the Cons’ initial line of attack on Brian Topp. But let’s also note how the latest barrage fits into the Cons’ broader strategy in taking on the NDP.Remember what happened as part of the silly season of summer, w… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On wedges

Accidental Deliberations: On direct clash

One of the most interesting questions following the NDP’s ascent to Official Opposition status was that of how the Cons would seek to attack a party which didn’t carry the Libs’ baggage. Now, it looks like we’re seeing the answer – and it’s worth quick… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On direct clash

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – The Halifax Chronicle Herald pushes back against the Cons’ and Libs’ anti-Bloc witch-hunt: For partisan reasons, involvement with the Bloc has become a game of political football. The Tories and Grits feel … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – The Mark is the latest to point out that the NDP’s success in winning over former Bloc members and/or sovereigntists should be considered a huge victory rather than reason for criticism: The Globe, at least, notes … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

CalgaryGrit: This Summer’s Blockbuster Hit

It seems every summer, one political story comes out of nowhere to dominate the headlines. After all, pundits need something to pontificate on, a task that has grown more challenging with the next election four years away. Last summer’s break-out hit … . . . → Read More: CalgaryGrit: This Summer’s Blockbuster Hit

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Afternoon Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Marc Lee tears into the “unfunded liabilities” spin on public benefits which is now making an appearance in Canada: (W)hat’s missing from this horror movie is that this is an artifact of CPP being … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Afternoon Links

Accidental Deliberations: Still feigned indignation

At the very least, the media finally seems to have picked up on the reality that all Canadian national parties include some former Bloc members and/or sovereigntists in their ranks. But that leads to the next obvious problem: that it’s scolding the NDP… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Still feigned indignation

Accidental Deliberations: On broken systems

Let’s add one more to the list of theories as to how the other parties’ pearl-clutching over interim NDP leader Nycole Turmel may actually play to the NDP’s advantage – and this time with a far more immediate effect. Keep in mind that the last nationa… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On broken systems

Blunt Objects: Angus Reid Poll is Good News for NDP…. Or Is It?

Regular readers here know of my criticisms of Angus Reid which, from time to time, are proven exceptionally right. Their most recent poll, however, is kind of a mixed bag – especially for the New Democrats.But first, the topline numbers:CON: 39%NDP: 31… . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: Angus Reid Poll is Good News for NDP…. Or Is It?

English Canada and MSM Blind to Turmel Affair

thestar.com iPhone : English-speaking Canada blind to Turmel affair Filed under: NDP, Nycole Turmel, Sovereignty . . . → Read More: English Canada and MSM Blind to Turmel Affair

Accidental Deliberations: On distinguishing factors

Lest there be any doubt, it’s still ridiculous to pretend that any person’s past involvement in a Quebec sovereigntist party should be taken to disqualify that person from Canada’s public discourse. But for those looking to facilitate the Cons’ attacks… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On distinguishing factors