I have two Canadian updates this week. The first is from Nora Loreto on what’s happening in Quebec after the fall’s anti-austerity strikes. Nora is a Quebec City-based journalist and labour activist. She gives an account not only of what happened during the strikes in Quebec, but also what to expect in their wake (see the […] . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: Podcast: Where is Quebec going after the strikes, where is Canada’s economy going after the oil crash?
Miscellaneous material to start your week.
– Paul Krugman compares the U.S.’ longtime recognition that concentrated wealth can do massive social harm to the Republicans’ recent efforts to claim that raising any revenue from the rich is somehow un-American: The truth is that, in the early 20th century, many leading Americans warned about the dangers . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links
Others have already weighed in on Quebec’s election results. But let’s note that for all the drama of an election where it was an open question whether voters could stomach any of the three main contenders, the outcome may set the stage for sweeping changes in the fairly near future.
I’ve already pointed out an . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: A wide open field
Apparently I haven’t learned my lesson since predicting a Peggy Nash victory in this year’s NDP leadership race. I may not have the statistical wherewithal or ear-to-the-ground perspicacity of an Eric Grenier, but I cannot resist the peculiar temptation — that siren song that has marked the downfall of politicos far greater than I — . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: Quebection Projection
Quebec politics are unique in North America because of the two distinct dimensions along which political battles are fought. In addition to the standard left-right dimension, there is the sovereignty-federalism one. For whatever reason, sovereigntists in the province have, as a general rule, tended to align themselves with the left, while federalists have tended . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: Quebec’s Election: Endorsements and Analyses
This and that for your Tuesday reading.
– While a misleading “wealth equals health” headline seems to have been the main take-away from the CMA’s health polling, Iglika Ivanova frames the issue more accurately in pointing out that the non-wealth determinants of health are the areas where Canada has far more room for improvement: (L)ifestyle . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links
A year, now, since Québec first crested the Big Orange Wave, and still, the NDP continue to thrive. It prompts a brand-new big idea: isn’t it time to build a provincial New Democratic Party in Québec?
Will six be enough for the thirsty masses?
There used to be one, though we’re forgiven to have . . . → Read More: Polygonic: The case for an NPD-Q
I’m coming across a bit of a quandry when attempting to project the province of Quebec’s seats that takes into account a proper, regional balance of the Coalition Avenir du Quebec’s new-found success.
My original model followed a basic average of the amount of voter drift between the older parties and the CAQ in three . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: How to Project Quebec?
When there is a single issue which dominates the politics of a jurisdiction for decades, it is often the case that progress on other issues is inhibited by the myopic focus on the one dominating issue. Such is the case in both Quebec and Israel dominated by the separatist issue and the Palestine issue . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Quebec and Israel’s changing political narrative
The by-election in the Gaspesie riding of Bonaventure will be held on December 5–less than a month from now. It’s a by-election, much like last year’s by-election in Kamouraska-Temiscouata, will be one to watch. The task at hand is… . . . → Read More: Upcoming By-Election In Bonaventure is Something Quebec Voters Should Be Watching And Why I am Rooting for The Liberal Candidate
Greg offers up an important response to the Cons’ initial line of attack on Brian Topp. But let’s also note how the latest barrage fits into the Cons’ broader strategy in taking on the NDP.Remember what happened as part of the silly season of summer, w… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On wedges
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Martin Patriquin offers up the definitive response to the pearl-clutching over Nycole Turmel’s Bloc membership (italics in original, bold added):(H)ere’s the wee nuance that seems lost on the rest of… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Afternoon Links
It’s sad to listen to Nycole Turmel’s mea culpa’s in the news as she pleads over and over that she is now and has always been a federalist. Almost half the province of Quebec are sovereignist for God’s sake. It’s a legitimate political stance and suppo… . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Why Is The NDP Buckling On The Bloc?
Well, not literally, though she was apparently a member of both the now-tiny Bloc Quebecois, and the little communist separatist party, Quebec Solidaire.Is this a high revelation? Well, there’s the fact that she never mentioned it before; that’s somewh… . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: Nycole Turmel: Marrying Separatists
While I have the greatest respect for the current situation the NDP is in, what with their permanent leader Jack Layton taking a break to fight another occurrence of cancer (I wish all the best for his fight), one has to wonder what he and the NDP cauc… . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: Nycole Turmel – Dancing With Separatists