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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Wanna talk loopholes? #nlpoli

Regular readers shouldn’t be surprised to discover the Liberals put a giant loophole in their independent appointments commission law that said, in essence, that they didn’t have to use the commission if they didn’t want to do so.Danny Williams did exa… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Wanna talk loopholes? #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Wanna talk loopholes? #nlpoli

Regular readers shouldn’t be surprised to discover the Liberals put a giant loophole in their independent appointments commission law that said, in essence, that they didn’t have to use the commission if they didn’t want to do so.Danny Williams did exa… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Wanna talk loopholes? #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Wanna talk loopholes? #nlpoli

Regular readers shouldn’t be surprised to discover the Liberals put a giant loophole in their independent appointments commission law that said, in essence, that they didn’t have to use the commission if they didn’t want to do so.Danny Williams did exa… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Wanna talk loopholes? #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: How government decides – From Bow-Wow to Basenji #nlpoli

The Liberals’ signature policy initiative is Bill 1.It is so important that it is the only piece of new legislation the Liberals have introduced in this session that is directly connected to their election promises.Bill 1 creates a new appointments com… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: How government decides – From Bow-Wow to Basenji #nlpoli

CuriosityCat: Liberals surge to 43% in Battleground Ontario says Nanos

Here’s the Nanos latest poll:

Nanos Nightly Election Tracking Highlights (3-day tracking ending October 2) – Federal Liberals trend up for last two nights of Nanos tracking National Ballot – In the latest Nanos tracking completed Friday evening the Liberals had 34.6% support followed by the Conservatives at 30.5%, the NDP at 25.1%, . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Liberals surge to 43% in Battleground Ontario says Nanos

CuriosityCat: Liberals surge to 43% in Battleground Ontario says Nanos


Here’s the Nanos latest poll:

Nanos Nightly Election Tracking Highlights (3-day tracking ending October 2) – Federal Liberals trend up for last two nights of Nanos tracking
  • National Ballot – In the latest Nanos tracking completed Friday evening the Liberals had 34.6% support followed by the Conservatives at 30.5%, the NDP at 25.1%, and the Greens at 4.8% nationally.
  • Battleground OntarioThere has been a noticeable movement in one of the key battlegrounds in favour of the Liberals over the past two evenings of tracking. Support for the Liberals in battleground Ontario stands at 43.6% while the Conservatives are at 33.8%, the NDP at 18.6% and the Greens at 4.0%.

That surge in Ontario is a large one; seems many voters there have decided that the best choice for managing the economy is Justin Trudeau and the Liberals.
And they are moving away from Thomas Read my lips: no deficits Mulcair, and from Stephen No Hope & No Vision Harper.
Add to this the dramatic change in Quebec, where the Orange Surge has turned into the Orange Crash, and we are speedily heading for a Liberal Party majority government on October 19.
That leaves less than 17 days before Stephen Harper resigns as prime minister on October 20, and tootles over to the Governor General to tell him this.
And by April 2017, we will have passed a law to remove the FPTP system of electing our MPs, and replaced it with one that better reflects modern democracies. Before that date, the chances are very high that we will be going to the polls in a referendum, to choose between two alternative methods of electing our MPs: an alternative vote system and a modified proportional representation system, all fleshed out in the commission that the LPC has committed to appoint asap after the election.

. . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Liberals surge to 43% in Battleground Ontario says Nanos

CuriosityCat: Tom Mulcair says Not a Snowball’s Chance in Hell he will prop up a Harper minority government

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

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.

. . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Prime Minister Trudeau will lead us out of the Harper darkness

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 . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Success – Greece to stay in the Eurozone and the EU

CuriosityCat: Barry Kay of Laurier Institute: Say welcome to Prime Minister Tom Mulcair

Global News graphic of the horse race

James Armstrong of Global News has a fascinating article about the findings of the Barry Kay team of the Laurier Institute, with three really illuminating graphics. The three diagrams clearly spell out the problems facing the Liberals  and the Conservatives, if either Trudeau or Harper are to . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Barry Kay of Laurier Institute: Say welcome to Prime Minister Tom Mulcair

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 . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Justin Trudeau’s legacy will equal that of his father

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 . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Ranked ballots in 2018: Democracy is coming to Canada!

CuriosityCat: Why the UK needs proportional representation

The Damsel is in distress

The Telegraph has this introduction to the article on safe seats: Has your constituency already been won in the 2015 general election? Find out here. Does your vote really count? New research shows that more than half of MPs are in safe seats. Find your constituency on this map . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Why the UK needs proportional representation

CuriosityCat: Kudos to Premier Wynne for remedying our democratic deficits

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

CuriosityCat: Why is Justin Trudeau dancing to victory?

Heather Malleck in the Toronto Star has a few good reasons why our next Prime Minister will be named Justin Trudeau:

But what makes some politicians attractive and others repellent?

Trudeau is intelligent, humane and self-confident, a Québécois who is devoted to Canadian unity and has the most marvellous family: a sophisticated career-minded . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Why is Justin Trudeau dancing to victory?

CuriosityCat: Ontario Election: A Good Case for Proportional Representation

Premier Wynne led her Liberal Party to a majority government this week, trouncing the anti-statist (drown the government in a bathtub) frothings of the Conservative Party, and shouldering aside the NDP expectation that governmental power was theirs for the taking, like ripe fruit, without any real effort on their part to justify this to voters. . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Ontario Election: A Good Case for Proportional Representation

CuriosityCat: Glenn Ashton's political blog: Is our Democracy save in the hands of Stephen Harper?

Safe?

Andrew Coyne is yet one more person to wonder about the danger posed for Canada’s democratic institutions by the majority government of Stephen Harper: As I say, we’ve never seen anything quite like this, not even from this prime minister. Which raises the question: At what point do Conservatives of goodwill become concerned . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Glenn Ashton’s political blog: Is our Democracy save in the hands of Stephen Harper?

CuriosityCat: Our housing problems: Should we charge an Inflation Tax on absentee home owners?

Charlie Smith: Thought-Provoker

We all agree with the principle that Polluters should pay for the impact of their pollution. So why not make those responsible for the inflated prices of homes in our cities pay a tax – the Inflators should pay principle? Consider this question posed by a London city council for debate . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Our housing problems: Should we charge an Inflation Tax on absentee home owners?

CuriosityCat: Ukraine: The Solution is at hand

Foreign Minister Lavrov – the man with the answer

Within a week or so the outlines of a solution to the Ukraine predicament will become clear to all. As I expected (and hoped), wiser heads have come up with a workable formula. The Russians are leading the way, with Obama ready to follow. At . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Ukraine: The Solution is at hand

CuriosityCat: The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade treaty: Evil fruit from Secret talks

It is worth reading the article by Joseph Stiglitz on the problems posed by the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade treaty. Our government is one of those negotiating in confidence a treaty that will substantially effect the livelihood of all Canadians. Stiglitz highlights the problems posed for democracies by the one-sided secrecy rules – citizens are . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade treaty: Evil fruit from Secret talks

CuriosityCat: A Liberal Party Mess in the Making

A man of principle

This is a mess. Justin Trudeau and his advisors had better get on to this debacle post haste, reveal all the facts and communications, and make sure the principle of open nominations is adhered to. If we start retreating from opennes and transparency before the election is here, we will . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: A Liberal Party Mess in the Making

CuriosityCat: Ukraine needs help to overcome the Iron Law of Oligarchy

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

CuriosityCat: Ukraine Predictions: A Breakup, of sorts

Plea from Ukraine

My earlier post showed some interesting maps of the ethnic and language divisions inside the Ukraine, and asked whether a split into two parts was going to happen. Today Julia Ioffe in the New Republic has this forecast: Neither America nor NATO can stop this. They’ve shown they won’t in Georgia, . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Ukraine Predictions: A Breakup, of sorts

CuriosityCat: Liberal Party Convention: The Most Important Policy Resolution

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

CuriosityCat: Ontario Byelections: The change that really counts

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