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Politics and its Discontents: The Tyranny Of Conformity

Yesterday, KirbyCairo wrote another of his thought-provoking posts, this one on the current plight of the federal NDP and its search for renewal. That prospect is dim, Kirby says, unless the party can break free from what he calls the top-down party st… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Tyranny Of Conformity

Politics and its Discontents: Rex Murphy Praises Thomas Mulcair’s Stand on Bill C-51

Regular readers of this blog will know that I have no particular use for Rex Murphy. Yet last night I found myself in total agreement with him as he offered an eloquent rebuke of Harper’s Bill C-51 by praising NDP leader Thomas Mulcair’s opposition to it. You can watch his reasons below:

Recommend this . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Rex Murphy Praises Thomas Mulcair’s Stand on Bill C-51

Politics and its Discontents: More On Our Opposition Leaders

Two posts I recently wrote were highly critical of both Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair for their apparent embrace, for political purposes, of Bill C-51, the bill that will serve only to further erode our civil liberties in the chimerical hope of containing terrorists threats to Canada. I expressed my disgust over the fact . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: More On Our Opposition Leaders

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: Thomas Mulcair Speaks

Noted recently is the widespread criticism that both Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair have earned by either their silence or their very timid comments about the slaughter in Gaza. While most Canadians have probably come to expect the reflexive uncritical endorsement of all things Israeli by the Harper regime, many have been disappointed to . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Thomas Mulcair Speaks

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: Scrutinizing the NDP

I am well past the age where I expect very much from our politicians, especially given the current level of disengagement among the Canadian electorate; because of that disengagement, the notion of electoral accountability has become merely a quaint and rather remote ideal. While I hate to admit it, for me the practice of voting, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Scrutinizing the NDP

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: Thomas Mulcair: Wastrel or Canny Investor?

Given the widespread support that the the NDP Leader of the The Official Opposition is enjoying these days, it is hardly surprising to see a public campaign to erode that support getting underway. The latest, of course, is the non-story of Thomas Mulcair remortgaging his house 11 times; as the trained seals the . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Thomas Mulcair: Wastrel or Canny Investor?

Is It Just Me, or Does Anyone Else Find the Timing of the Latest Harpercon Ads a Tad Curious?

Yep, boys ‘n’ girls, the Harpercons have come out with a new shiny thing–an attack ad against the Liberal interim leader, Bob Rae. I guess it’s never too early to get a jump start on that election campaign now, is it? I mean, they better get chopping now!! Only 3 + years before . . . . . → Read More: Is It Just Me, or Does Anyone Else Find the Timing of the Latest Harpercon Ads a Tad Curious?

Uh, Peggy Nash, Just Because Charest likes User Fees for our Health Care System, Don’t mean Quebecers Support Them

Well, Peggy Nash, whatever respect I may have had for you is gone now. And many thought that if she won the leadership, she would steer the NDP further to the left! Ha!

You see, boys ‘n’ girls, in some kind of misguided attempt to win over Quebec support, Ms Nash was willing . . . . . → Read More: Uh, Peggy Nash, Just Because Charest likes User Fees for our Health Care System, Don’t mean Quebecers Support Them

The Anti-Choicer Loses Liberal Nomination For Toronto-Danforth And The Riding is the NDP’s To Lose

Well, I’m sure many Liberals can rest easy, for now–the fetus fetishist, Trifon Haitas, lost the nomination to advertising exec, Grant Gordon last night. There was concern that the Liberals being in such bad shape, that it was ripe for a take-over from single issue interest groups, like a fetus fetishing group looking . . . . . → Read More: The Anti-Choicer Loses Liberal Nomination For Toronto-Danforth And The Riding is the NDP’s To Lose

Barely Five Minutes After He Was Announced Leader of The Bloc Quebecois, Daniel Paille is Out of The Starting Gate

It’s official, Daniel Paille has won the Bloc Quebecois leadership with a little over 61% on the second ballot (they used a preferential voting system). Ahuntsic MP, Maria Mourani came in second and Haute-Gaspésie—La Mitis—Matane—Matapedia’s rookie MP, Jean-Francois Fortin came in third and was knocked off the second round.

I contend that this . . . . . → Read More: Barely Five Minutes After He Was Announced Leader of The Bloc Quebecois, Daniel Paille is Out of The Starting Gate

Politics and its Discontents: Rick Salutin Skewers the Mythology of the NDP and CBC’s Leftishness

My favorite columnist, Rick Salutin, has a brief video on The Star website in which he asserts that the NDP and the CBC are no more leftist than Rex Murphy, Kevin O’Leary, or Don Cherry. You can watch it here. Recommend this Post

Trying To Understand Politics In Quebec These Days–Part 1–Is Sovereignty Really Dead? The Potential Resurrection of Gilles Duceppe

I had heard nothing from the federalist media, particularly from those from the right who say nothing but sovereignty is dead in la belle province. The evidence they have? Well, some polls, which I do take with a grain of salt–the usual suspects–Leger Marketing. Sadly, that is all most Quebecers have to work . . . . . → Read More: Trying To Understand Politics In Quebec These Days–Part 1–Is Sovereignty Really Dead? The Potential Resurrection of Gilles Duceppe

How can opposition battle Harper’s War Against Information when there’s no battle plan?

HillTimes:

There are an estimated 1,500 communications staffers working in ministers’ offices and departments, including 87 in the PMO and PCO.

(And don’t forget Sun Media, Postmedia, editorial board at Globe & Mail and 90 percent of the media.)

Soon after Mr. Harper won power, the Prime Minister’s staff started deciding . . . . . → Read More: How can opposition battle Harper’s War Against Information when there’s no battle plan?

Harpercons Cut Debate, Behave Like Dictators And The Biggest Story These Media Hacks Can Come up With is Pat Martin Tweeting the F-Bomb?

Oooh! Shiver me timbers! Pat Martin used the word “Fuck”. Wow! Not like he the first politician to use it publicly. Remember Senator Nancy Ruth’s shut the fuck up moment? And another, more forgettable moment from John the pitbull Baird? Yes, we do let them slide, don’ t we? But not ol’ Pat Martin. . . . . → Read More: Harpercons Cut Debate, Behave Like Dictators And The Biggest Story These Media Hacks Can Come up With is Pat Martin Tweeting the F-Bomb?

What’s The Hurry, Stevie? Planning To Shut The Place Down, AGAIN??

We all have been hearing that Stevie Spiteful and his puppets have been doing all to curb debate on the motions they’ve been pushing in the House of Commons since their majority. Everything from scrapping the Canadian Wheat Board to that hideous… . . . → Read More: What’s The Hurry, Stevie? Planning To Shut The Place Down, AGAIN??

Quelle Surprise, The House of Commons Voted To Support The Continued Sale of Asbestos

Well, it’s now official. The NDP’s motion brought to the House of Commons to ban the sale of asbestos was struck down today.

By a vote of 152-123 this evening the House defeated the NDP’s motion on asbestos. The New Democrats, Liberals and Elizabeth May voted in favour, the Conservatives and Bloc Quebecois . . . → Read More: Quelle Surprise, The House of Commons Voted To Support The Continued Sale of Asbestos . . . → Read More: Quelle Surprise, The House of Commons Voted To Support The Continued Sale of Asbestos

And Here We Go Again! Lisa ‘I’m Too Sexy For The Proletariat’ Raitt Is Mad And She Ain’t a Takin’ It No More! Part D’Uh!

Yep, Dear Lisa is busy sharpening her claws and no doubt finding ‘sexy’ ways to stamp on workers, yet again, boys ‘n’ girls, and this time, it’s Air Canada Flight attendants. Flight attendants, who are represented by CUPE, have voted to reject the latest deal negotiated between CUPE and management. Interesting twist. What . . . → Read More: And Here We Go Again! Lisa ‘I’m Too Sexy For The Proletariat’ Raitt Is Mad And She Ain’t a Takin’ It No More! Part D’Uh! . . . → Read More: And Here We Go Again! Lisa ‘I’m Too Sexy For The Proletariat’ Raitt Is Mad And She Ain’t a Takin’ It No More! Part D’Uh!

Jane Taber and Candy Hoeppner Are Now Into Fiction: Part 1– Diabolical Wedgie Games: The Politics

Yes, Jane Taber is all ga ga giddy, again, for her precious Harpercons and this time it’s over her new girlfriend, Candy getchergun Hoeppner. Boys ‘n’ girls, Janie is all ga ga giddy this time because she is of the belief that Candy getcherguns Hoeppner, and she alone, is responsible for collapsing the . . . → Read More: Jane Taber and Candy Hoeppner Are Now Into Fiction: Part 1– Diabolical Wedgie Games: The Politics . . . → Read More: Jane Taber and Candy Hoeppner Are Now Into Fiction: Part 1– Diabolical Wedgie Games: The Politics

And Now, Let the Leadership Race Games Begin…But Before That, Let’s View The Quebec Challenge

Speculation regarding Jack Layton’s successor had already begun within days following his death. Personally, I thought it was in poor taste. Kind of predatorial, really. I mean, couldn’t we bury Jack first before getting to this new business? Anyway, it’s all now in full swing as of today and as Jean Lapierre mentioned . . . → Read More: And Now, Let the Leadership Race Games Begin…But Before That, Let’s View The Quebec Challenge . . . → Read More: And Now, Let the Leadership Race Games Begin…But Before That, Let’s View The Quebec Challenge

Jack Layton’s Funeral, Learning About Jack, The Family Man. A Few Words To Critics,

Jack Layton’s state funeral service couldn’t have been more fitting. Different kinds of music being played, from classical to Quebecois from Martin Deschamps to pop to a gospel rendition of a 60′s Youngbloods’ classic by Julie Michel. The musical selections also represented something Jack Layton strived toward, besides social democracy; diversity. In fact, not . . . → Read More: Jack Layton’s Funeral, Learning About Jack, The Family Man. A Few Words To Critics, . . . → Read More: Jack Layton’s Funeral, Learning About Jack, The Family Man. A Few Words To Critics,

RIP Jack Layton, 1950-2011

I just learned that Jack Layton passed away from cancer much too young early this morning, surrounded by his family. He certainly made history for the federal NDP and contributed a lot and still had much to contribute. He will be remembered as a leader who rose to many challenges with courage, like . . . → Read More: RIP Jack Layton, 1950-2011 . . . → Read More: RIP Jack Layton, 1950-2011