The end of the Harper era
Tom Mulcair has firmly rejected any chance that the NDP would support Stephen Harper’s government in any confidence votes after the October 19 election:
Earlier Wednesday, Mulcair was also asked whether he would support a Conservative minority government.
“There isn’t a snowball’s chance in hell,” he said.
. . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Tom Mulcair says Not a Snowball’s Chance in Hell he will prop up a Harper minority government
Dianne Watts, Leader of the Opposition?
With poll after poll showing the most likely election result in our federal election on October 19 will be a majority of seats held by the opposition parties, the NDP and LPC, the chances of Stephen Harper remaining as prime minister are slim to zero.
There might be . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Look for Ms Clean to replace Harper as Leader of the Opposition on October 20
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
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
Although far from a biblical scholar, I find the above line, taken from the Book of Acts, to be an apt title. Even though I am taking it out of context, it encapsulates for me a capacity that the world in general, and Canada in particular, has lost: the capacity to dream of and . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: … Your Young Men Will See Visions, Your Old Men Will Dream Dreams.
When Stephen Harper’s spinners start pontificating about his steady hand on the tiller over the past decade or so, think on this: Is Canada’s economy really that much better off under his watch? Or has he presided over a country whose financial and economic muscles had continued to waste away.
Sometimes the facts get . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: The Legacy of Ottawa: The Gutting of Canada
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
Wise money chases low margins
After the last election, I wrote a post that pointed out that these 14 seats were won by the Conservatives by the slim average of 443 votes per seat. With the Tories ahead of the Liberal Party in fundraising so far, the Liberals could be well advised to set . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: 2015 election: Liberals, put money into the 14 Birddog Seats!
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
It is to state the obvious that all progressives long for the day that the Harper regime is ousted from office. What is not so obvious, however, is what shape our country will take once that happens.
There are those who place their faith in Justin Trudeau. Others look with hope to Thomas Mulcair. . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: With An Eye To The Future
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
No matter what the Liberal leader says or does, his popularity ranks at a consistently high level. While part of the explanation for his standings in the polls surely lies in the Canadian people’s weariness with the Harper regime, a regime that has shown itself, through its practices of division, neoliberal politics and fear/hate-mongering, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Explaining Justin Trudeau
As I have written in the past, poor leadership costs all of us dearly. Whether looking at local provincial, federal or international politics, the price we pay for leadership that has too high a regard for itself and too little for the people is moral, social, economic and military disarray. Whether we are talking . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Cowardly Leadership: We All Pay A Price
John Nebbish Kerry?
This question has been raised, given Kerry’s missteps in recent weeks:
Nonetheless, one can’t deny Kerry’s almost inexplicable series of mishaps, faux pas and unfortunate events: on Friday it was the press conference in Cairo with the UN Secretary General and the Egyptian foreign minister that was not only upstaged by . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Israel & Gaza: Is Kerry a Nebish?
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
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 . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: From My Quotes Cupboard: China’s leaders could have ruled the waves, but blew it
It seems I, Martin Regg Cohn and Cheri DiNovo aren’t the only ones to take issue with Andrea horwath’s leadership these days:
Re:Horwath admits ‘bittersweet’ election result, July 9
I wonder what Robin Sears has to say about Cheri DiNovo. The day Andrea Horwath walked away from the Liberal budget I cancelled my membership . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Oh, And One More Thing
But only a little bit. And only because her campaign is being criticized from within.
As I noted in a recent post, Ontario NDP leader Andrea’s Horwath’s hubris following what almost everyone else would call a failed Ontario election campaign has been both unseemly and wholly unjustified. She initially avowed that she had no . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Andrea Comes Down From Her Perch
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
The other day I wrote a post critical of the ‘blame game’ being played by the NDP’s Andrea Horwath to excuse her lack of progress during the recent Ontario provincial election. In a similar vein, Star letter-writer Michael Foley of Toronto offers his excoriating assessment of her rationalization:
Re: Liberal scare tactics cost party . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Well Said!
The other day I wrote a commentary on recently re-elected Nepean-Carlton Ontario Progressive Conservative Lisa MacLeod. In a thinly-disguised job application/op-ed piece for the Star, Ms. MacLeod talked about what is needed for revitalized leadership of her party, brought to electoral ruin by the soon-to-be-departed leader Tim Hudak. Perhaps not surprisingly, MacLeod’s prescription for . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Lisa MacLeod Revisited
I’ll say right off the top that I am no fan of recently re-elected Ontario Progressive Conservative Lisa MacLeod, and not just because she is a member of what has become an extremist party. Her embrace of the politics of division, her strident hyper-partisanship, and now, post-election, her hypocrisy, rankle.
Tim and Lisa in happier . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Lisa MacLeod’s Ambition