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Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links – #VoteOn Edition

This and that for your Thursday (and Ontario election day) reading…

– Joseph Heath makes the case against Tim Hudak’s PCs in particular, and the shift from public to private goods in general: (I)t’s fairly clear what the PCs are planning. They are proposing a general shift in Ontario away from consumption of public goods . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links – #VoteOn Edition

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– Richard Shillington studies the Cons’ income-splitting scheme for the Broadbent Institute, and finds that it’s even more biased toward the wealthy than previously advertised: • The average benefit of income splitting across all households is only $185, though nine out of 10 households will receive nothing. When . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Assorted content to start your week.

– Jim Stanford looks into the fine print of the Hudak PCs’ assumptions about corporate tax slashing and finds that even their own numbers show that most of the money gifted to corporations would be thrown away (emphasis added): On second reading there are other interesting aspects to the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

This and that for your weekend reading.

– Tavis Smiley discusses the need to speak realistically about the causes and effects of poverty, rather than simply dismissing real human costs as somebody else’s fault and problem. And similarly, Tim Stacey comments on the appalling “empathy gap” – which sees upper-class mouthpieces complaining about the cost . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

– Elias Isquith interviews Matt Taibbi about the complete lack of morality underlying Wall Street and the regulators who are supposed to protect the public interest from banksters run amok. Paul Buchheit reviews some compelling evidence that poorer people are more ethical than the wealthy – suggesting that extreme . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: On natural selection

Shorter (or paraphrased) Lisa Thompson: People mention ‘Walkerton’ as if it were a bad thing. Don’t they understand the benefits of killing off the weak?

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Assorted content for your Sunday reading.

– Martin Regg Cohn discusses EllisDon’s ability to dictate political choices by the Ontario Libs and PCs as a prime example of corporate manipulation of the political system: What Wynne didn’t say was that EllisDon, its subsidiaries and executives, have been shockingly generous donors to her party: more than . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

– The Star’s editorial board highlights why our elected representatives should be countering the effect of precarious employment (rather than exacerbating them as the Cons have done): Simply put, programs like Employment Insurance and the Canada Pension Plan were created back in the days when employees received wrist watches . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: On self-destruction

I’m sure we’ll eventually learn more about the reasons why Dalton McGuinty decided to jump ship. But it’s worth pointing out how his move looks to completely undercut his own party.

After all, Ontario’s Libs have spent nearly a decade branding McGuinty as the dull but reliable Premier Dad – and followed up on that . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On self-destruction

Accidental Deliberations: The End of the Blue Grit?

Yes, last night’s Kitchener-Waterloo by-election resulted in a resounding victory for the Ontario NDP and new MPP Catherine Fife. But perhaps more noteworthy is the signal the result sends to the McGuinty Libs – as well as his partymates elsewhere in Canada.

In effect, the Libs’ by-election message boiled down to two themes. Most of . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: The End of the Blue Grit?

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

– Dan Gardner draws some parallels between the Cons’ attacks on Europe and the well-worn (and entirely false) Reagan-era “welfare queen” line of spin. But I wonder whether the Cons are making matters somewhat more difficult for themselves by trying to negotiate a free trade agreement with exactly the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Pathologies revealed

Paul Wells is right to point out the parallels between the McGuinty Libs’ environmentally-destructive, all-or-nothing omnibus bill and the similar legislation being rammed through Parliament by the Harper Cons. But there’s an even more telling connection between Ontario and federal politics.

At the time they presented their 2008 FU to a country headed into a . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Pathologies revealed

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

– Yes, the individual examples are worrisome enough. But the real takeaway from Sarah Schmidt’s report on the CFIA’s testing of food products for sale in Canada is that more often than not, consumers can’t trust what’s on the label: CFIA allows for a variance of up 20 percentage . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Blunt Objects: Forum Poll of Ontario: 34% PC, 30% Lib, 30% NDP

That’s a close race for sure, though despite tying the Liberals for second, the NDP remain in third place.

Forum Research: Prog. Cons: 34% – 42 seats Ont. Liberal: 30% – 35 seats New Dems: 30% – 30 seats Greens – 5%

This poll is actually more important than it seems, given the uncertainty over . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: Forum Poll of Ontario: 34% PC, 30% Lib, 30% NDP

Trashy's World: Ontario PCs…

… give the Liberals another election victory! Great news that the PC’s walking-talking campaign disaster has been given the nod to continue to “lead” the party… probably into another election! Awesome! That is just about the best present that the Liberals could hope to receive! They get to trounce Hudak ONE MORE TIME… Woo-hoo! Trashy, . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Ontario PCs…

Blunt Objects: Minority Governments, How We Missed You…

Today marks the first defeat of the Ontario Liberals in the legislature on any bill since they came to power in 2003. The Opposition parties lead by Tim Hudak (PC) and Andrea Horwath (NDP) forced through a wrong-headed bill on cutting back the provincial portion of the HST on home heating bills (why is this . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: Minority Governments, How We Missed You…

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- No, it’s no huge surprise that the Cons are planning to launch systematic attacks against labour as the next step after making it clear they’ll treat any strike or lockout as both illegitimate and entirely the f… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Blunt Objects: OLP, PCPO – Intertwined not going anywhere fast

Two polls – one Angus Reid, one Forum (the latter being massive) – show that the Ontario Liberals and the Progressive Conservatives are stuck together like glue, though AR’s is a little lesss sticky.AR shows the race at 36% for the PCs, 32% for the OLP… . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: OLP, PCPO – Intertwined not going anywhere fast

Accidental Deliberations: A vote for the NDP is…a vote for the NDP

Apparently Ontario’s political pundits feel the need to get one more campaign’s worth of use out of their stale old Lib vs. Con spin. So let’s clear things up as to what the ascent of Andrea Horwath and the Ontario NDP actually means.No, the NDP at 29%… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: A vote for the NDP is…a vote for the NDP

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- For those with a few months to kill between now and next March, now may be the time to direct a browser tab toward Alice’s NDP leadership site and start hitting “refresh”.- The Conference Board of Cana… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Blunt Objects: Two Polls Give Ontario Grits Smiles

One from Ipsos Reid and one from Nanos Research confirm the trend seen in the Harris-Decima poll that was out only a few days ago, which blew the race in Ontario wide open.First, the Ipsos Reid poll gives the Ontario Liberals the lead with 38%, with th… . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: Two Polls Give Ontario Grits Smiles

Blunt Objects: Blue on Blue Violence

While not violent, per se, it’s interesting to see the clash of Tory vs. Tory in Brampton today, courtesy of Warren Kinsella:The person on stage is former PC Premier Bill Davis (1971-1985), talking in front of an audience in his hometown of Brampton ab… . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: Blue on Blue Violence

Blunt Objects: Hope for McGuinty and Horwath?

(Sorry if anyone missed my wonderful revelations over the past few days, but a workin’ man has things to do)The common assumption these days is that current Ontario Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty is more or less doomed come October 6th, when Ontarians… . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: Hope for McGuinty and Horwath?

Blunt Objects: The Battle for Eglinton-Lawrence

No, not that battle, because that one has already ended (and it didn’t end well for us).No, this is the new battle for Eglinton-Lawrence, this time on the provincial scale. The contenders are incumbent Ontario Liberal MPP Mike Colle, versus treacherous… . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: The Battle for Eglinton-Lawrence

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content to start your long weekend.- Thomas Walkom highlights the message being sent to students as to what workers should expect in the years to come. And it’s well worth reflecting on whether the problem lies precisely with the politicians s… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links