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: Justin Trudeau Cannot Be Trusted

Perhaps hoping to hide behind the Tumultous Trump’s first weeks in power, Justin Trudeau has rashly walked away from his firm commitment to remedy Canada’s democratic deficit. He has decided that he prefers the archaic first past the post electoral system, and has ceased any attempts to bring about meaningful electoral reform and make (Read ...

CuriosityCat: Conrad Who? on why Trump is a genius

Here’s that voice from the past on Trump’s perception by Canadian commentators, and on his ability to change the contours of politics in American within six months: What mad national egotism, propelled by “arm-flapping moralism” (in the words of half-Canadian U.S. secretary of State Dean Acheson 60 years ago) propels Lawrence Martin to imagine that Canada ...

CuriosityCat: Andrew Coyne on Justin Trudeau and discussing Uganda

The political uproar in Canada over the questionable (Read more…) used by the newish Trudeau Liberal government to raise funds though what seems to many to be a Cash for Access method, has not died down. Now Andre Coyne, one of Canada’s most astute journalists, has put this mess in a context that the Liberal ...

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 ...

CuriosityCat: PM Trudeau should immediately replace Minister Monsef to ensure reform

Or was it bait and switch? PM Trudeau solemnly assured voters during the election campaign that the last election as the last one under the archaic first past the post system of choosing MPs. And now the junior minister tasked with carrying out this solemn promise is showing signs of a lack of drive in ...

CuriosityCat: Are the Liberals being honest with Canadians over electoral reform?

It seems that Andrew Coyne doubts this (my bolding and underlining): A third point where the government’s devious slip is showing: electoral reform, and the public consultations in which a special parliamentary committee has been engaged these past several months. There is no debating this: as a matter of public record, the overwhelming majority of ...

CuriosityCat: Harper’s ‘New’ Conservatives Slow-Motion Implosion

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 the ...

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: Prime Minister Trudeau will lead us out of the Harper darkness

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. Make ...

CuriosityCat: Success – Greece to stay in the Eurozone and the EU

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 order ...

CuriosityCat: Greece tables unified set of negotiation principles with 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, ...

CuriosityCat: Greece & The Euro: Super Mario will come to the rescue this weekend

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 commentators ...

CuriosityCat: Justin Trudeau’s legacy will equal that of his father

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 a ...

CuriosityCat: Election 2015: Why Canadians will have a new government

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 government is ...

CuriosityCat: Ranked ballots in 2018: Democracy is coming to Canada!

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 voting by ...

CuriosityCat: Why I want Elizabeth Warren as the next US President

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 didn’t ...