Progressive Proselytizing: The effect on strategic voting of Wynne ruling out a coalition

Unfortunately, for those of us who think that some form of Liberal-NDP election deal or coalition would be vastly superior to the PCs forming a government with the largest minority, Kathleen Wynne has said that she won’t form a coalition with the NDP. Unsurprisingly, as this move changes the possible outcomes, it also has an ...

Progressive Proselytizing: Why I voted as I did in the Ontario Election

While I wrote quite a few blog posts on the 2011 Ontario Election, both generally and specifically with regards to my riding of Parkdale-Highpark, I never actually indicated precisely who I was voting for. I thus explain my reasoning here, belatedly, partly with the intent of being a record for myself in the future, and ...

Progressive Proselytizing: 2011 Ontario Election: Parkdale-Highpark All Candidates Forum Response

The following is my observations and reflections from attending an All Candidates Forum for the riding of Parkdale-Highpark. Click here for an overview on the candidates for this riding. While this post will obviously be specific to this particular Ontario riding, hopefully there will be some universal interest for my non Parkdale-Highpark readers. The event ...

Progressive Proselytizing: Cheri DiNovo and Biblical Views of Homosexuality

I don’t want to detract from the tone set in my previous overview of the religious leanings of Parkdale-Highpark candidates, but I feel compelled to address a particular interview with NDP incumbent Cheri DiNovo on the bible. As great as her religious egalitarianism is, I simply don’t believe she is giving a fair interpretation of ...

Progressive Proselytizing: 2011 Ontario Election: Religion in the Riding of Parkdale Highpark

Religion usually isn’t a dominant issue in Canadian politics. While there is certainly a general correlation with higher levels of Christian religiosity among conservatives, prominent debates over religion as the key polarizing issue is quite rare. During the debates in the Parkdale-Highpark riding in Ontario for the 2011 Federal Election, for instance, there was absolutely ...

Progressive Proselytizing: Ontario Election 2011: Candidate Overview for the Riding of Parkdale Highpark

This post is intended to fill a void on Google that does not, as yet, have a non-partisan summary of the basic facts about the candidates running in the Parkdale-Highpark riding in the 2011 Ontario Election. I will not offer any commentary here but shall defer that to later posts. The blurbs about the candidates are ...

Progressive Proselytizing: Parkdale-Highpark Riding All Candidates Debate Response

I recently attended the all candidates debate for the Parkdale-Highpark riding hosted by the BWVRA and wanted to share my thoughts on the debate, the candidates and various issues that were brought up. While this post will undoubtedly be specific to this riding, the themes are quite generalizable. On the debate itself: While it is late in the election ...

Progressive Proselytizing: The NDP surge and its consequences

The largest political story of the week has nothing to do about policies, it is about the fact that after months of poll numbers that stubbornly refused to budge the NDP has actually experienced a considerable surge in popularity confirmed by a half dozen different polls. The concept that the NDP may supplant the liberals as the ...