When I first read Nathan Cullen's proposal to kickstart the electoral reform process, I must admit that I thought the NDP had lost its grip on reality.For it did seem a bit unreasonable to ask the Liberals to surrender their majority on a committee… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Nathan Cullen’s Daring Proposal for Electoral Reform
Liberal member of the House of Assembly Scott Reid is a candidate for Speaker of the House. By the looks of things, members will have a competition for the Speaker’s chair. That will be a first.In the past, nomination of the Speaker w… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Scott Reid for Speaker #nlpoli
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.
– Luke Savage warns that the Libs’ election win may ring hollow for Canadian progressives: Throughout its democratic history, Canadian politics have basically oscillated between two parties that do not seriously threaten the status quo or the injustices it perpetuates. Occasionally goaded by organized populist movements, they have both . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links
Shorter Scott Reid: There is no indignity which we Libs we won’t suffer, and no evil which we won’t allow ourselves to be strongarmed into supporting, if it means marginally saving face for the leader irresponsible enough to embrace them in the first place.
Andrew Coyne wants to pretend we shouldn’t worry what legislation gets passed by the Harper Cons on the theory that there’s absolutely nothing stopping a future elected government from reversing course.
Which means it’s a good thing there’s no antiquated, undemocratic chamber of Parliament where regardless of the results of any federal election, a Conservative . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: From beyond the grave
Assorted content for your Sunday reading.
– Joan Walsh discusses Elizabeth Warren’s work on improving wages and enhancing the strength of workers in the U.S., while Jeremy Nuttall interviews Hassan Yussuff about the labour movement’s work to elect a better government in Canada.
– Bob Hepburn argues that getting rid of the Harper Cons is . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links
We were in the Napanee area on Saturday and I noticed the Randy Hillier signs. Not a lot, but a few. Hillier is the Conservative incumbent for the riding of Lanark – Frontenac – Lennox and Addington. This riding was only created in 2003, so for the 2007 election, all candidates were new.
He . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Randy Hiller and Being Careful What you Wish For
Assorted content for your weekend reading.
– Paul Krugman highlights why inequality is indeed an issue which demands action – both for its own sake, and for its impact on other goals such as economic sustainability. And Bill Moyers discusses the difference between a government responsive to its people and one completely controlled by elites: . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links
Yesterday, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau spoke with and answered questions from students at a high school in Brandon, Manitoba. One of the students asked him his position on marijuana, and he answered.
No transcript is available, but here’s how Brandon Sun reporter Jillian Anderson, who was there, describes it:
Austin said Trudeau started by saying . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: More hypocrisy on marijuana from the biker gang-supporting Conservatives
…401 blockade. This one. Mind you, Scott Reid is still a back-bencher. The whole illegal protesting gig didn’t work out for him as well as for some.