CuriosityCat: How Nathan Cullen can bring about electoral reform within months

Our Prime Minister clearly has limited knowledge of electoral reform, both the theories and the practice. This article rebuts his extraordinarily inaccurate claims about the dangers to Canada of electoral reform: The prime minister keeps making the bizarre argument that a partly proportional electoral system would allow anti-immigration Conservative Kellie Leitch to form her (Read ...

CuriosityCat: Has PM Justin Trudeau done his homework on electoral reform?

The Twaddle Prime Minister It does not appear that Canada’s Prime Minister knows enough about electoral systems throughout the developed world. As a result, he seems to have made a decision to break a campaign promise that won his party a majority of seats, and to walk away from remedying the democratic deficit that Canada ...

CuriosityCat: Collateral damage of Justin Trudeau’s broken electoral reform promise

There are immediate casualties resulting from Trudeau’s broken promise: It was Trudeau’s oft-stated promise way back when he was leader of the third party that, if elected PM, the 2015 federal election that ultimately gave his Liberals their majority would be the last ever conducted via the first-past-the-post voting system that had served Canadians since ...

CuriosityCat: Electoral reform: Good for the NDP in our Parliament!

The NDP is giving voice to the outrage of hundreds of thousands of Canadians by tabling a censure motion in the House: The New Democrats have officially served notice that they’re prepared to devote their upcoming opposition day to a motion that would, if passed, have the House formally conclude that Team Trudeau “misled Canadians ...

CuriosityCat: Electoral reform and Trudeau’s shameful flight: The fight continues

The next election in 2019 will be very different from the last one. The Trudeau Liberals took just over one year to walk away from their core campaign promise to not have another election using the FPTP system, and in so doing earned the distrust of hundreds of thousands of voters who had voted (Read ...

CuriosityCat: Canada’s PM Trudeau cynical about his election promises

Journalist Campbell Clark  sums up the cynicism behind Justin Trudeau’s reckless abandonment of a central election promise: He calculated it was better to drop it. That’s probably not a cost-free calculation. Left-leaning voters cared more about electoral reform, and the NDP will make it a cause; the Liberals always fare worse when they (Read more…) ...

CuriosityCat: Canada’s Trudeau about to make a colossal mistake re Trump Inauguration

False compass? Trudeau and his advisors have decided to snub the most powerful nation in the world by staying away from the inauguration of its next president on January 20. Despite the fact that Americans voted in a free vote for their next president, and Donald Trump won the presidency in accordance with the rules ...

CuriosityCat: Trudeau’s Liberals pay a 20% price in poll of their bungling

Lack of Leadership takes a toll The Pay for Access scandal coupled with the incredible bungling of the very important electoral reform initiative, has led to a 20% drop in Liberal Party support: After soaring in public approval for more than a year, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals tumbled last month in a new poll that reflects ...

CuriosityCat: How Trudeau’s Liberals failed Canada on electoral reform

The miscalculation that Justin Trudeau made regarding his solemn promise to bring about electoral change, is shown in this summary: The Liberals, however, decided to go one step further in eschewing conventional political practice: Instead of stacking their side of the table with wily veteran MPs, they assigned four first-timers to the task, while the ...

CuriosityCat: Electoral Reform: How Clustered are You?

I took the MyDemocracy test of my “values” today, and was place in one of the “clusters” chosen by Vox Pop Labs as representing all those who participate in the Trudeau Liberals reaching out to all Canadian households to find out their views on a few issues about reform. I set out below some of ...

CuriosityCat: Brexit surprise ahead for Trudeau Liberals if they break electoral reform promise

The Trap of Broken Promises We’ve seen in the UK, USA and now Italy, just how out of touch ruling elites are with the discontent bubbling below the surface of their citizens. And now Canada’s newly minted Prime Minister is apparently starting to substitute his election victory for the deeply-held desire by many citizens (Read ...

CuriosityCat: PM Trudeau summed up by Chantal Hebert on electoral reform

Here’s the devastating article she wrote on how the Liberals, lead by Justin Trudeau, have mismanaged the election commitment to electoral reform: As for the Liberals, they have managed to turn a secondary policy front into a field of ruins. With the logistical clock ticking on moving to a different voting system in time (Read ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Last Rites #nlpoli

This week Premier Dwight Ball became the punchline to a joke. Ball spent yet another day not giving straight answers to simple questions about what they knew and when they knew about Ed Martin’s severance.  For good measure,  the opposition Conservatives managed to drag natural resources minister Siobhan Coady into the mess.  She had the ...

CuriosityCat: Tom Mulcair explains how the NDP Swiss Cheese Plan came about

Dramatic disclosures on the campaign trail today!  A respected numbers man has called the campaign plan prepared by Tom Mulcair for the NDP, a “Swiss cheese plan.”  He likes it, but thinks it’s a bit skimpy: Even though Canada’s former budget watchdog called the NDP’s fiscal plan “Swiss cheese,” leader Thomas Mulcair insists Kevin Page ...

CuriosityCat: Election 2015: Is the Liberal Party ready for October 20th?

Who will be our next PM? Probably Harper We vote on October 19. It will be a cliffhanger, with final results only out early the next day. A minority government is possible, as the Poll Tracker shows with today’s results: The Poll Tracker’s polling average currently awards the Tories 29.3 per cent of the vote ...

CuriosityCat: Duffy senate scandal: Nigel Wright says PM Harper “good to go” on coverup points

As expected, the now famous words “good to go” were front and centre in the cross examination of state witness Wright by Duffy’s defence counsel yesterday (my underlining): It gripped a packed courtroom, not because Wright dropped bombshells but because the top insider finally told the story behind one of the biggest mysteries in the ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: For want of a nail… #nlpoli

Dwight Ball demonstrated last week how very simple things can turn into problems very quickly. He handed his political opponents a stick they can use to beat him with. The fact they really don;t have much more than innuendo and speculation doesn’t matter. He’s given them a weapon. Ball confirmed on Friday that the Liberal ...

CuriosityCat: From My Quotes Cupboard: China’s leaders could have ruled the waves, but blew it

Decisions made can impact centuries, as China found out when its leaders made a shortsighted decision in the early 1400’s: In Nanjing today you can see a full-size replica of the treasure ship of Admiral Zhen He, the most famous sailor in Chinese history. It is 400 feet long – nearly five times the size ...

CuriosityCat: Canada, want a good Deputy Prime Minister? Look for the man with the hardball in his office

Two of these men could be PM in the next 18 months Thomas Mulcair says he and his NDP have learned from the disasterous provincial NDP election: “It’s not enough to look at the electorate and say, ‘vote for me, I m good.’ You have to say, ‘vote for me, I’m a good person to ...

CuriosityCat: Egypt: How bad information cost Morsi his job

David Kirkpatrick has an interesting analysis in the New York Times about how badly Morsi miscalculated in the months and days leading up to his ouster as president of Egypt by the Army, including his faulty information: Inside Mr. Morsi’s office. Mr. Morsi’s team checked the official crowd count, sent their own observers, monitored the ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Transformation #nlpoli

Provincial Conservatives in Newfoundland and Labrador have a political philosophy that is equal parts Machiavelli,  Kafka, and the Three Stooges. For the first few years they seemed to be constantly plotting and manoevring, always one step ahead of their opponents at home and abroad.  Those days are gone, now, replaced by a surreal landscape of ...