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Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

- Miles Corak writes about the spread of economic inequality in Canada: Companies like ATS epitomize the underlying tide driving jobs and incomes when the computer revolution meets global markets. This tide never went away, even if until a year or so ago a swift current of oil made it easier for some of us to paddle in the opposite direction. It’s a tide offering prosperity to a lucky few, creating proportionately fewer jobs than Canadians need, and leaving many hanging on tight to whatever jetsam floats within reach.

But this tide was (Read more…)

Alberta Politics: Russian boots on Syrian ground create new reality for Canadian leaders, whether they discuss it or not

PHOTOS: Russian President Vladimir Putin – creating new realities for Canadian leaders to talk about … or not. Below: The three Canadian debating amigos, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper and NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair. As the three principal contenders for the job of running the country were sparring entertainingly over the […]

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: White is the new black #nlpoli


Stephen Harper said that his party had a program that would help change the dependence in Atlantic Canada on government spending, a dependence that had led to what he called a “culture of defeatism.”

That’s the actual phrase, by the way,  “culture of defeatism.”  Not a culture of defeat as some politicians have put it in the innumerable times since 2002 that they have used that phrase against Stephen Harper in a federal election campaign.

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Pushed to the Left and Loving It: How Thomas Mulcair Made Clap Trap a Human Right

Pick a debate, any debate, and Thomas Mulcair will find a way to bring up the “fact” that he reduced GHG emissions every year that he was the environment minister in Quebec, and that he was responsible for putting a clean environment as a right into Quebec’s charter.

Of course, he will also say that he did not  promote the sale of bulk water, despite video evidence.  That video got the most re-tweets during last night’s French language leaders debate.

However, that lie is pretty tame, compared to his other whoppers.  Let’s compare:

Did GHG Emissions really go Down (Read more…)

somecanuckchick dot com: Consider this post a chronicle of Thomas Mulcair’s flip-flop policies…

Consider this post a chronicle of Thomas Mulcair’s flip-flop policies…

I could go on… but this is a nice start, eh!

In no particular order: [Articles + Videos; In English, or en français.]

Shortly after his election to the National Assembly, Thomas Mulcair denounced the political interference of Québec’s powerful union movement [Article: In English.]

Now, Thomas Mulcair has declared he is extremely proud that the FTQ, Québec’s largest union endorsed the NDP in the coming election… [Article: In English.]

In the Québec National Assembly, Thomas Mulcair argued in favour of bulk water exports to the USA. (Read more…)

somecanuckchick dot com: These are the types of NDP candidates Thomas Mulcair stands behind…

These are the types of NDP candidates Thomas Mulcair stands behind…


Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie

Alexandre Boulerice says the NDP is against the niqab! [VIDEO, en français!]


Jean-François Delisle says the NDP should reopen Constitution to deal with the niqab. FYI Jean-François Delisle has backed off his initial statement that the NDP should reopen the Constitution to revisit Freedom of Religion in order to rule on the question of the niqab.


Hamilton West—Ancaster—Dundas

ICYMI! Alex Johnstone made a penis joke about Auschwitz, a concentration camp. Apparently, Alex Johnstone, a school trustee, didn’t know what Auschwitz was…

Anti-Abortion, Anti-Same-Sex (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, expanding on this post about the crucial difference between the types of change on offer from the NDP and the Libs.

While there wasn’t room for this point in the column, I’ll also note another rather important distinction between the two parties.

In the NDP’s case, Prime Minister Tom Mulcair would have to take into account the real and consistent preferences of party members and supporters who have coalesced primarily around shared policy goals. And while the base is likely willing to be patient so long as the result is real progress, one can’t imagine Mulcair being able (Read more…)

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: The NDP’s Obsession With Justin Trudeau Could be Their Undoing

“I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.”  - Franklin D Roosevelt

Just hours before the Globe and Mail debates on the economy, a story surfaced suggesting that Justin Trudeau was in trouble in Papineau.  It started out as “may be” but then quickly changed to “is”‘ as the results of a poll were released.

This sampling suggested that Trudeau’s NDP opponent, Anne Legace Dowson (shown above), was 11 points ahead, worrisome if it were true, but it wasn’t.  Turns out that it was the NDP who commissioned the poll of 375 people, and (Read more…)

Alberta Politics: What’s next? F-35 boondoggle to land on the deck of a Canadian Mistral carrier?

PHOTOS: The F-35, possibly the worst military aircraft ever made, dollar for dollar or pound for pound, photographed to make it look less like a brick. A hovering version of the same plane. A not-quite-finished Mistral-class helicopter carrier. SANTA FE, N.M. I suppose a hotel in the desert, just down the block from the address […]

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Les vrais newfies #nlpoli

Sometime late in the last century, Bloc NDP leader Tom Mulcair said something in the Quebec National Assembly about Newfies.

Mulcair apologised for the remark during his campaign stop in St. John’s on Sunday, and well he should

“Newfie” is a slur. Even if it is used by people from Newfoundland, the word is still offensive. In some sense, It conveys an attitude about the place as being one so destitute that people leave it in droves for a better life.   In another sense, it conveys an attitude about the people as buffoons. 

So Tom apologised and, as far as that goes, we should hear no more of it.  What we should continue to discuss, though, is the rest of what Tom had to say.

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Accidental Deliberations: On full responses

I’ll weigh in quickly on the controversy surrounding Jean-Francois Delisle – and start by noting that his comments yesterday reflected a desire to alter law to discriminate against a particular group that we shouldn’t accept from any political candidate or party.

That said, today’s follow-up statement also signals that responsibility will fall where it should for a comment which has nothing to do with party policy. Delisle will answer personally for the content of his opinion, with voters in Megantic-L’Erable getting to judge his comments in the context of their other choices on the ballot.

Meanwhile, voters elsewhere can rest (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

- PressProgress highlights just a few of the Cons’ obviously-flawed claims about corporate tax rates. And Ethan Cox discusses why we should be talking about the CETA and TPP during the campaign both due to their own importance, and the potential to tap into public concerns. 

- Martin Lukacs writes about the importance of the Leap Manifesto as a challenge to a deeply-entrenched and destructive status quo. And Thomas Mulcair’s response to an attempt to use it as a political gotcha is well worth a look:

- Susan Delacourt calls out the Cons’ (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: On wasted opportunities

Before the first federal leaders’ debate, I wrote about the factors worth watching for which we might not otherwise get to evaluate during the course of a campaign. But unfortunately, we didn’t get much chance at all meaningfully test the party leaders’ judgment due to some poor choices in the presentation of the Globe and Mail’s debate tonight.

Again, I’d expect a debate to push candidates beyond their talking points, with both the moderator and the competing candidates contributing to that effort. But that only happens if the debate includes a few key elements: questions which ask for more than (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Donald Sutherland urges Canadian voters to kick Harper out, endorses Mulcair

Canadian actor Donald Sutherland urges voters to kick Stephen Harper out of office during the October 19 federal election, endorses NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair.

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Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, summarizing these posts as to how the opposition parties can set the stage for a minority Parliament by telling us what they’ll do on the first set of confidence votes – and how we can make better voting choices if they fail to do so.

For further reading…- Having mentioned the expected outcome of a Parliament in which two of the NDP, Libs and Cons are needed to support a government, I’ll point out the seat projectors which have reached that conclusion – including Too Close To Call, Three Hundred Eight, the Globe and Mail’s (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

- Exchange highlights the World Economic Forum’s observation that countries can do far more to combat inequality. And Angus Reid finds that Canadian voters are far more receptive to Tom Mulcair’s progressive economic plan than to more of the same from either of the major competing leaders.

- Meanwhile, the Leap Manifesto offers an important target as to the more fair and sustainable society we should be aiming for in the long run. And Bruce Campbell, Seth Klein and Marc Lee discuss how it’s well within our means.

- Aaron Wherry takes a look (Read more…)

A Different Point of View....: Can Mulcair work a miracle and gain unlikely victory?

From the very start, the main issue in the federal election race has been as obvious as the beard on Tom Mulcair’s face, but it’s been largely ignored by mainstream media.

The big time journalists are rushing from the leaders’ pre-planned news conferences day after day, but the majority of voters have said in opinion polls that by far the biggest issue for them is to have either the NDP or Liberals emerge as the party that can soundly defeat Stephen Harper and the Conservatives.

During the fourth week of the campaign, it looked like the NDP might be the chosen party. They were at 33.9 per cent in the polls. The Conservatives were at 28.4 per cent, and the Liberals 27.9.

It looked like the NDP might jump to, say, 36 or 38 per cent in the polls and become the party to stop Harper. But it didn’t happen. . . . → Read More: A Different Point of View….: Can Mulcair work a miracle and gain unlikely victory?

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Were the Liberals and NDP Set Up by Lynton Crosby?

There has been much talk recently about the Conservatives hiring of the Australian strategist, Lynton Crosby. Known for his dirty and divisive campaigns, the news sent, if not shock waves, at least ripples; throughout the rival teams and their supporters.

However, we have since learned that Crosby has been working on Stephen Harper’s campaign since March, and in fact has been guiding him since 2006.

Why are we just hearing of this now?

Lynton’s reputation for creating wedge issues, or what he calls “wedge strategy”, is well known, as is his use of simplistic political idioms that become ingrained in (Read more…)

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: So Who’s the Dictator Now?

Recenty, former NDP MP, Bruce Hyer, has come out to the press about his former boss’s dictatorial style and problems he had with honesty; evident in the way that he is constantly contradicting himself.

When asked during his interview with Peter Mansbridge about this, Mulcair only said that Hyer did not want to vote with his colleagues. In an email to HuffPost, however, Hyer called Mulcair’s statements “a total fabrication.”  ”I always supported 95 per cent of the NDP party platform. I still support much of it! But I feel very strongly that my primary role is as the (Read more…)

Susan on the Soapbox: Can Lynton Crosby Save Stephen Harper?

Big news this week for the Harper campaign watchers—uber political strategist Lynton Crosby joined the Harper campaign team. Why this is news now and not when Crosby started working with the Harper team in March is a mystery, but never mind.

Mr Crosby has a stellar record. He brought John Howard, the former Australian prime minister, to power in 1996, 1998, 2001 and 2004. He made Boris Johnson the mayor of London in 2008 and 2012 and he swept David Cameron back into power after Cameron’s re-election campaign faltered in the spring of 2015.

And now he’s working with Stephen (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: On simplified procedures

Following up on this post, let’s also note how the right answer from Canada’s opposition parties could combine with the seeming agreement between the major party leaders as to the “most seats first” principle to take nearly all of the guesswork out of a post-election minority Parliament.

Again, the range of possible outcomes absent some consensus between the parties as to what should happen next would be virtually infinite. The Cons would be entitled to hang onto power without meeting Parliament for an extended period of time, and could play all kinds of games in seeking to avoid votes (Read more…)

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Why Stephen Harper and Thomas Mulcair Have Got it so Wrong on ISIS

Recently the Toronto Star posted a piece on Thomas Mulcair and the fight against ISIS:  Mulcair Would Pull Canada From U.S. Led Mission in Mid-East if Elected. This is a big mistake, not only politically, but from a humanitarian angle.  There is no argument that George Bush’s ill-conceived war in Iraq, or in fact the decades of invasions in the region, gave rise to ISIS; but abandonment is not the answer. As part of his reasoning, Mulcair claims that this is neither a NATO nor a UN mission, but he is wrong. Nato is involved and were involved (Read more…)

. . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Why Stephen Harper and Thomas Mulcair Have Got it so Wrong on ISIS

Accidental Deliberations: On basic questions

The National Post’s editorial board offers the latest reminder as to how confidence is won and lost in Canada’s Parliament. And it only highlights the need for our candidates – particularly those promising change – to offer a clear indication as to their post-election plans.

But while it’s worth discussing what types of agreement might be possible between various combinations of opposition parties, there’s one set of questions which doesn’t require any agreement at all. So let’s see what our opposition leaders and candidates have to say about these:

A. Will you commit to voting non-confidence in Stephen Harper at (Read more…)

Alberta Politics: The election of Jeremy Corbyn to lead Labour is proof that, sometimes, hope triumphs over fear mongering

PHOTOS: Jeremy Corbyn on Sept. 5, campaigning in Margate. (Photo by Chris Beckett.) Below: A young Mr. Corbyn, always true to his principles; the catastrophic Margaret Thatcher; 1970s Labour prime minister Harold Wilson; NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair. If you’re one of those who imagines Alberta has embarked on a “dangerous experiment” by electing the moderately […]

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Accidental Deliberations: On practical changes

One of the main attacks on the NDP’s election platform has been the question of what support there is for the constitutional change required to abolish the Senate. But it’s worth distinguishing between the relatively limited constitutional role actually mandated for the Senate which requires following the constitutional amendment formula, and other past practices and historical expenses which should be subject to change in relatively short order based on existing Senate precedents.

On that front, let’s take a closer look at Kady O’Malley’s criticism of Thomas Mulcair: (F)or the time being – and, most likely, at least, the short to (Read more…)