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Politics and its Discontents: The Illusion Of Choice

I know that I am but one of millions who long for the day the Harper regime is electorally deposed. That day cannot come soon enough. Yet, along with countless others, I am also aware that merely electing a Liberal or NDP government may only mean a change in style, not substance, given the many . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Illusion Of Choice

Politics and its Discontents: Canada’s Searing Moment of Clarity

I hope you didn’t miss it. The events of the past month in that distant corner of the world, the mid-east, shone a light of fierce brilliance on our own Canada that exposed an ugly side of our country for all to see who would not look the other way.

What was laid bare . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Canada’s Searing Moment of Clarity

Politics and its Discontents: Bye Bye, Zach

I have a busy day ahead, so for the time being I shall offer a brief update on the fortunes of young Zach Paikin, about whom I wrote earlier. It appears that Zach has bid farewell to the Liberal Party over what he perceives as Trudeau’s interference in the nomination process. You can read . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Bye Bye, Zach

Politics and its Discontents: Yond Zach Pakin Has A Lean And Hungry Look

Zack Paikin, the son of TVO Agenda host Steve Paikin, has announced that he will seek the Liberal nomination for the Ontario riding of Hamilton West—Ancaster—Dundas. While I am heartened whenever I see young people who are politically engaged, the 22-year-old Paikin is an extraordinarily conservative, overly confident and some would say arrogant Liberal; . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Yond Zach Pakin Has A Lean And Hungry Look

Politics and its Discontents: The Search For Authenticity

In their bewilderment over the staunch following that Toronto mayor Rob Ford continues to enjoy amongst ‘Ford Nation,’ some pundits have advanced the idea that it is his ‘authenticity’ that accounts for his traction, no matter what drugs he ingests, no matter how many criminal elements he consorts with, no matter how many lies he . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Search For Authenticity

Politics and its Discontents: A Needed Voice

For those interested in a broader public policy discussion than has been permitted by our political ‘leaders’ thus far, the NDP nomination of journalist Linda McQuaig yesterday in Toronto Centre, Bob Rae’s old riding, is an auspicious beginning. No stranger to progressives, McQuaig has exposed the iniquities of gross income inequality in her writing . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Needed Voice

Politics and its Discontents: A Word From The West

We are still in Alberta, having just returned to Edmonton from a trip to Banff and Lake Louise conducted by our son. I suspect that even if we weren’t here, I would have some sympathy for the West’s reaction to the latest utterance from Justin Trudeau.

Although I generally don’t like to use cliches, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Word From The West

Politics and its Discontents: On FIPA, Justin Trudeau, and Chauncey Gardner

Last night while checking my Twitter feed, I noticed several people expressing their deep disappointment over the fact that Justin Trudeau led his Liberal Party to vote with the Harper regime against an NDP motion to inform China that it will not ratify the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA). While much has . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: On FIPA, Justin Trudeau, and Chauncey Gardner

Politics and its Discontents: So Typically Classless

But then, why would anyone expect anything different from the Harper regime?

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Politics and its Discontents: Pondering Pandeering Political Parties

I am long past the age where I expect very much from politicians of any stripe. While it is easy to target (and I frequently do!) the Harper-led Conservative Party as the party of the corporate agenda, it is also sadly true that both the Liberal Party and the NDP have as their greatest priority . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Pondering Pandeering Political Parties

Politics and its Discontents: Egomania, Not Trudeaumania

Checking my Twitter feed this morning, I came upon a link to a story appearing in Sun News, an organization for which I usually refuse to spare the time of day, given its rather robust roster of strident, often hysterical voices desperately seeking to emulate the tone of Fox News. Nonetheless, I can . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Egomania, Not Trudeaumania

Politics and its Discontents: Some Questions Leadership Aspirants Need To Answer

I have recently written some posts bemoaning the paucity of policy undergirding the campaigns of those who would become the next leader of the Liberal Party, both on the provincial (Ontario) and federal level. Substituting for substance are tired br… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Some Questions Leadership Aspirants Need To Answer

Montreal Simon: Bob Rae’s Ridiculous Assault on Thomas Mulcair

I’m sorry to see that Liberals and the NDP are attacking each other, and that Bob Rae is calling Tom Mulcair a “mini-Harper.” 

“If there was any doubt in anyone’s mind in Canada, let me just say that the era of love and good feeling is clearly over inside the NDP. It’s a new . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Bob Rae’s Ridiculous Assault on Thomas Mulcair