Alex's Blog: What Bernie Sanders Has Accomplished

Here is an op ed in the Star on what we might learn from the Bernie Sanders camPaign 

Blunt Objects: Nanos, Robocalls, and Super Tuesday

Sorry for my lack of posting the past three days – but I haven’t missed much anyways. The big thing I did miss was the recent Nanos Research poll, showing for the second time in a row, the Liberals in second place. The topline numbers (and changes from the last Nanos poll) are as follows: ...

The Scott Ross: Ignatieff’s Liberals & Romney’s Republicans

The comparison between Canadian politics and American politics has been made more than once, the similarity of Liberal and Republican dominance in their respective countries during the last century is the most obvious. But in recent years Liberals and Republicans seem to be sharing more and more in common, Michael Ignatieff and Mitt Romney are ...

A BCer in Toronto: Both hope and fear drove Liberal delegates in Ottawa

Looking back on my three days in Ottawa for the 2012 Liberal Party of Canada biennial convention it’s impossible to craft one clear narrative – did delegates embrace bold change or put their faith in the status quo – because the evidence is highly contradictory. And that, I suppose, is typically Liberal: hard to and ...

A BCer in Toronto: Blogger debate video: BCer in Toronto vs. Calgary Grit on primaries

Well, it’s the eve of the 2012 Liberal Party of Canada biennial convention and one of the debates generating the most interest and discussion (besides the great #lpc12 vs #ott12 hashtag debate with threatens to tear our fragile party asunder) is the proposal to adopt a primary-style system (see 2, 3, 4 and 12) to ...

Blunt Objects: And so the Primaries Idea Goes Out With a Whimper

That makes me sad. I was looking forward to voting in the primaries-style system that was proposed before. Is is so wrong to move towards a system that, yes, is driven a lot by media attention, but is utterly more interesting than the races we have up here? There’s a reason why time and time ...

The Scott Ross: Why Canadians Want The Worst Politics Of America

Canadians would support our own political institutions if we didn’t idealize worse ones. The last few years have offered an incredible contrast in politics between what interests Canadians and what is best for Canadians. In looking at what has attracted support recently it is undeniably clear that pervasive American values have underpinned changing attitudes in ...

Blunt Objects: Open Primaries – A Primer

With all the discussion and talk about the Liberal Party of Canada moving towards a primary system, and most of the talk being on the so-called “open primary” model, I thought it would be a good idea to quickly go over what exactly an open primary is.. Sort of a political nerd’s Q&A. And yes, ...

Blunt Objects: Note on the eventual Toronto-Danforth by-election…

I agree with something posted awhile back by Globe and Mail columnist Robert Silver, that the upcoming by-election is a chance to do something different – specifically, the attempt at an “open primary” in the riding. The concept is simple: anyone puts their name forward as a candidate for the nomination, and after being vetted ...