Progressive Proselytizing: The NDP email on "strategic voting" is largely nonsense

The NDP has sent several emails to supporters before and during the campaign premised on the idea that the best way to stop the Conservatives is to vote for the NDP. Here is the latest: “This election, there is one simple trick you can use to stop a Conservative majority: vote strategically.  We’ve heard about ...

Impolitical: Tory expense fun, it’s not just for the Senate

Ahoy Tory riding associations! Canadian Press follows the dollar trail to show us how political donation limits are playing out in Canada: “Eye-popping Tory riding war chests raise eyebrows.” This is something we have known for a bit but it’s nice to see reporting on it today in the wake of the Mike Duffy Senate ...

Impolitical: Tory expense fun, it’s not just for the Senate

Ahoy Tory riding associations! Canadian Press follows the dollar trail to show us how political donation limits are playing out in Canada: “Eye-popping Tory riding war chests raise eyebrows.” This is something we have known for a bit but it’s nice to see reporting on it today in the wake of the Mike Duffy Senate ...

Left Over: Dazed & Confused, Depressed & Not Amused….

By now the entire country  knows what happened here in BC…the re-election of the Provincial Liberals (or Con-Lites) …to say that  I am depressed is to  state the case in an all-too delicate way. If I can derive any tiny bit of  satisfaction  from the election, it is that… a) my old home riding, Kitsilano ...

Left Over: Not Taking Debate…….

  B.C. Liberal candidate turned away from UBC debate Organizers say Premier Christy Clark should have attended Vancouver-Point Grey debate CBC News Posted: Apr 3, 2013 7:41 AM PST What..? Christy Clark didn’t show up for a real debate? I’m gonna play forecaster here and state the blatantly obvious..not only will Clark be too ‘busy’ ...

Impolitical: New downtown T.O. ridings

Came across this map proposal yesterday in the course of some other reading. It shows the new downtown layout for federal Toronto ridings (and presumably provincial if it follows suit, which has been the plan). There are two newly created ridings: Spadina-Fort York (aka condo central) and University-Rosedale. Notably, Trinity-Spadina gets broken up posing a ...

Impolitical: Toronto-Centre’s rejigging

Interesting post by Chris Tindal today on the proposed re-drawing of Toronto riding boundaries and how it affects Toronto-Centre in particular. The upshot of his blog item is in its title: “New boundaries could turn a safe Liberal seat into one apiece for the NDP and Conservatives.” Tindal ran as the Green candidate in the ...

Impolitical: Nomination battles these days

Joan Crockatt’s winning numbers at Saturday’s Calgary Centre nomination meeting: Two sources indicated that three candidates were dropped and their votes redistributed before Crockatt emerged with more than 50 per cent of the vote. She had 445 votes on the fourth and final tally followed by investment manager Greg McLean with 283 votes and former ...

Impolitical: New Quebec ridings lose Liberal Prime Minister’s names

James Morton notes today that in the proposed new Quebec ridings, the names of two former Liberal Prime Ministers have been dropped: Laurier and Louis Saint-Laurent. Here is the list of proposed new boundaries and riding names. There is not an easy cross-referencing of the old and new ridings, it appears you just have to ...

The Scott Ross: 30 Day Time Limit For Robocall By-Election Applications

If by-elections are to result from the recent reports of election fraud in a growing number of ridings then a 30 day time limit might already be ticking. The Canada Elections Act (see below) clearly stipulates that any application for a by-election resulting from election fraud must be filed within 30 days of when said ...