When even Conservative supporters in the media start musing with friends about the possibility of a collapse in the Harper Conservative Party vote on October 19, you know that the drip-drip-drip of wet deposits from chickens coming home to roost is attracting attention: Talking to a Liberal friend Wednesday evening, we mused on whether . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Harper’s ‘New’ Conservatives Slow-Motion Implosion
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 . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Election 2015: Is the Liberal Party ready for October 20th?
Harper’s sham democracy
It is difficult to think of a more important election for Canada’s future than the coming October one. The choice is stark: more of the Harper Conservative chipping away at our democratic institutions, or, under Justin Trudeau as our PM, a refreshing change that will usher modern democratic methods into Canada.
. . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Prime Minister Trudeau will lead us out of the Harper darkness
Hands are being wrung; Chancellor Merkel is being cast as a vicious, heartless, and vengeful person; some speak of the French president being brushed aside; and Greeks are dismayed.
During a tense, drama-filled weekend, a deal was hammered out and presented to the debtor nation, which now has to pass legislation this week in . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Success – Greece to stay in the Eurozone and the EU
The PM of Greece fired his first opening shot in the coming negotiations with the Troika of faceless technocrats and panoply of politicians, by huddling with the opposition parties and then releasing their statement of principles. Employing one of the necessary steps in Harvard U’s Getting to Yes negotiation handbook (a must for every politician, . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Greece tables unified set of negotiation principles with EU
Mario Draghi of the European Central Bank
Deadlock reached, the EU negotiators broke off talks with the insurgent left wing Greek government, and that government threw a Hail Mary pass by calling for a referendum on the austerity package on July 5. Meanwhile, a hefty repayment of debt is due on June 30, and . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Greece & The Euro: Super Mario will come to the rescue this weekend
Just when Tom Mulcair was starting to measure the curtains in Harper’s home so that he could replace them when he became Prime Minister; when the polls showed a surge of votes for the NDP after the dramatic events in the recent Alberta election; and when pundits have started writing about Justin Trudeau being . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Justin Trudeau’s legacy will equal that of his father
Yes, Prime Minister …
Yesterday’s EKOS poll results released by Frank Graves have plenty of food for thought.
The poll results are worth detailed study by anyone trying to get a fix on what will happen in the coming election.
One thing right now, based on this poll snapshot, is that a minority . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Election 2015: Why Canadians will have a new government
Politician with Courage
And not a moment too soon! The Liberal Party government of the province of Ontario deserves the congratulations of every Canadian for their bold step in dragging democracy into the 21st century with this step:
The provincial government will change the Municipal Elections Act to allow cities to adopt ranked-ballot . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Ranked ballots in 2018: Democracy is coming to Canada!
Senator Elizabeth Warren: The Voice of the Left
It’s time for a progressive, highly educated, intelligent, tough as nails, committed liberal to inhabit the White House one President Obama moves on to other things.
And the article in Politicosums up why I think Warren would make a great president for that powerful nation: Warren . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Why I want Elizabeth Warren as the next US President
Three powerful leaders and one powerless one gathered around a table in Minsk, negotiating a ceasefire agreement for war-torn Ukraine. The negotiations took a surprising turn when the four leaders met alone, without their advisors – it is not yet clear who suggested this, but my bet would be Putin.
Fuel for the negotiators: . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Ukraine: Minsk deal includes de facto federation
Den Tandt: Muclair cannot count
So, what will our next federal government look like? Today is the last day of the year 2014, and most commentators have hidden their heads in the sand rather than venture a public guess.
Michael Den Tandt is one of the braver ones.
In an article in the National . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Michael Den Tandt is wrong: Mulcair knows what a mess of pottage is
Mulcair: The man who would bring democracy to Canada
Thomas Mulcair, that very capable MP who is leader of the NDP, has publicly committed himself to remedy our democratic deficit, as this post indicates. Mulcair is to be commended for two things. First, for signing the Fair Vote Canada declaration (click herefor the full . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Mulcair leads the way to a more democratic Canada
Gordon Gibson: The Nailer
If you are a politician, or work with any political party –federal or provincial or municipal – you should definitely read the succinct, well-written and politically significant articleby Gordon Gibson in the Globe & Mail, entitled Enough with pipelines. Refine it. Gibson summarizes, in one short article, the crux of . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Pipelines and Ottawa’s dropping of the ball: Gordon Gibson nails it
Political Reformer Premier Wynne
While many premiers, MPs, politicians and commentators wring their hands about the low voting counts in elections, and the feeling of impotence of many citizens, Premier Wynne of Ontario has decided to stop whining and do something about it. With one bold step, Wynne will provide Ontario municipalities with the . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Kudos to Premier Wynne for remedying our democratic deficits
The Real USA
The highly intelligent, courageous and scrappy new senator is not stopping in her fight for the middle class. She is pounding the streets, raising money for long-shot Democrat candidates, and focusing on the rigged stock market that favours the wealthy and has a lock on many elected senators and House representatives: . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: USA: Elizabeth Warren takes the fight to Wall Street
Susan Delacourt neatly sums up the state of play in Canadian politics in her article in the Toronto Star:
In that same vein, we have been told repeatedly that Canadians want people in power who are “good managers” of the economy, but what about being a good manager of democracy? . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Congratulations to Susan Delacourt
Danielle Smith: Visionary
Canada’s wealth depends largely on our ability to export goods and services that others want to buy from us. And one of our major exports is energy – whether it be electricity or oil and gas. Our ability to export large quantities of energy is under threat from those who are . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Visionary Concept of Wildrose Party’s Danielle Smith: A National Energy Corridor
Daron Acemoglu’s articleon the Ukraine in today’s Globe & Mail is a must read for all who are concerned about the mammoth task facing Ukraine right now. Unlike so many writers who skate across the thin ice of ignorance in their commentary on what is really happening in that blighted country, Acemoglu gets to . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Ukraine needs help to overcome the Iron Law of Oligarchy
At the Montreal convention, the Liberal Party overwhelmingly agreed to Priority Resolution 31, Restoring Trust in Canada’s Democracy. An important part of that resolution is this: AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT immediately after the next election, an all-Party process be instituted, involving expert assistance and citizen participation, to report to Parliament within 12 . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Canada: A Simple Election Law (“SEL”)
In my view, the single most important policy resolution at this week’s convention in Montreal is the prioritized number 31, which should significantly reduce our democratic deficits. That resolutionreads: 31. Priority Resolution: Restoring Trust in Canada’s Democracy* BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Liberal Party pursue political reforms which promote: Open, democratic nominations of candidates; Fewer . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Liberal Party Convention: The Most Important Policy Resolution
It seems that the leaders of all three poltical parties in the province of Ontario sense that voters want change. Premier Wynne, leading a minority Liberal government, was rejected by voters in the two byelections, but says change is wanted: Real Change Wynne?
After writing off the byelections as “skirmishes” that aren’t indicative of . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Ontario Byelections: The change that really counts
Brian Rice – Political reformer par excellence
For many reasons, I believe that Liberals should elect Brian Rice as the next President of the Liberal Party. He is a mover and shaker, a man of ideas, an adept politician in his own right, and a very hard worker. One very good reason for choosing . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Brian Rice: The right person for President of the Liberal Party of Canada
Tony Blair wrested control of the British Labour Party away from the hardliners who had successfully run that party into the ditch in election after election, by concentrating on a small core of voters, and offering policies that were outmoded, anti-capitalistic and unappetizing to most British voters. Thomas Mulcair faces the same problem that . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: The Battle for the Soul of Canada’s NDP
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 . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Canada, want a good Deputy Prime Minister? Look for the man with the hardball in his office