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Driving The Porcelain Bus: NDP Support Pre-election 2011 Compared to 2015

Here is an interesting comparison between the NDP support 8-5 months before the election in 2011 compared to the same period now in 2015. Back in 2011, support was in the mid teens at this time and didn’t start to rise until closer to the election. But in 2015, support was in the upper teens and has gradually risen (with a jump at the end of the period) to close to 30 in the same period. So, the NDP support this time around is much stronger, double what it was at the same time before the previous election. They are (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Breaking: A New Poll Suggests the NDP is Surging

For months Tom Mulcair and the NDP have been creeping up in the polls. But this latest EKOS poll is still stunning.For now it's starting to look like an orange surge. Read more »

Cowichan Conversations: Federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair and Former PC Prime Minister Joe Clark Speak On Bill 51

And now let’s hear from Former Progressive Conservative Prime Minister Joe Clark

Montreal Simon: The Rise of Tom Mulcair and the Missing Progressive Vision

I've always thought it was unfair that Tom Mulcair should work so hard and reap such little benefit.Because the way he grills Stephen Harper in Question Period, like a prosecutor does a criminal, is one of the highlights of my day.Especially since it drives Harper crazy, and makes him say crazy things like what he said yesterday. Even though Mulcair's son is a police officer.So I'm glad to see that all that effort may finally be paying some dividends. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Tom Mulcair, Bill C-51, and the Monstrous Xenophobia of Stephen Harper

It was good to see Tom Mulcair finally take a stand against the Con regime's totalitarian anti-terrorism bill. Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair says the NDP will fight the Conservative government's new anti-terrorism bill when it goes before the House on Wednesday and pushed for the Liberals to do the same. After his party's weekly caucus meeting, Mulcair said the real threat of terrorism requires responsible measures, not the "dangerous, vague, ineffective" Bill C-51.Because it needed to be said: Bill C-51 is a rotten bill and should be scrapped.But what was depressing, and deeply alarming, was to see (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: How to Stop Stephen Harper From Using the War to Win the Election

I hate to ask this question, because I hate to criticize the opposition parties at a time like this one.But when will they understand that our war in Iraq is just a sideshow?Understand that the real war is the battle to defeat Stephen Harper and his Cons and take this country back. And stop falling into Harper's obvious traps.Like they did yesterday.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Coalition Idea, Tom Mulcair, and the Great Joe Cocker

In my last post I wrote about how I would welcome the idea of a coalition to bring down the Harper regime. Which as usual, was greeted with the usual scepticism from some of my readers and friends. As if it came from Mars not Canada.Then I saw that Tom Mulcair has said that he is at least open to the idea. The “C word” many tire of or avoid altogether during election campaigns doesn’t scare the federal NDP leader.While keeping the option on the table for 2015, the leader won’t yet commit to it, keeping (Read more…)

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Montreal Simon: How Stephen Harper Screwed the NDP AND Himself

He likes to think of himself as a Great Warrior Leader. And the greatest political genius this country has ever known.And of course his faithful fanatics in the PMO groom him like a queen bee, and feed his delusions.But these days I wouldn't be surprised if they are all sitting there in shock, watching Stephen Harper weeping like a baby, or biting the carpet in his closet.After finally realizing he has made a horrible, possibly fatal, and definitely elementary mistake.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Scandal on the Hill and the Old Boy’s Club

As if Stephen Harper hadn't degraded the image of our Parliament enough. Reduced it to a fascist circus where the Big Lie rules, and shame goes to die.Mocked it, muzzled it, or just crapped on it like a monstrous alien monkey from outer space. Now we find out it's also a place where power corrupts even basic human decency. A boozy place stuck in the past, where young women are routinely harassed. And considering all of the above, I have to say I found what Tom Mulcair had to say today extremely disappointing. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper, Tom Mulcair, and the Terrorist Menace

Well I'm happy to see that Great Warrior Chicken Leader has apologized for his somewhat less than Churchillian behaviour during the recent one-man assault on Parliament Hill. Prime Minister Stephen Harper told his hushed caucus Wednesday morning he felt remorse for surreptitiously ducking into a closet during last week's assault on Parliament Hill, CBC News has learned.But I see he's STILL insisting on calling it a terrorist attack, to try to make it sound bigger than it was, justify his decision to hide in a closet AND bomb Iraq. Use it as an excuse to ram through cyber-snooping (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Con Regime’s Republican Assault on Canadian Children

It was one of the first things Stephen Harper did when he came to power. Declare war children.By destroying plans for a national childcare program. Parents have been paying for that decision ever since, with a lack of daycare spaces, and exorbitant fees. And children have been paying for it with their lives.But still the Harperite cult is unrepentant.Read more »

The Canadian Progressive: Bizarre Conservative MP Paul Calandra’s Wikipedia Page Vandalized

Someone really pissed off has edited Paul Calandra’s Wikipedia page to reflect the Conservative MP’s bizarre obsession with Israel.

The post Bizarre Conservative MP Paul Calandra’s Wikipedia Page Vandalized appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Montreal Simon: The Con Speaker and the Death of Parliament

For years Stephen Harper and his Cons have been slowly killing our Parliament.They have have debased it, they have rendered it impotent. They have reduced it to a scripted horror show, where every question is answered with an attack on the opposition.But yesterday with their ghastly leader out of the country they practically finished it off.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Start of the Next Election Campaign

Well there he was yesterday, kicking off the new session of Parliament, not in the House of Commons, but at the Ottawa Convention Centre.Strutting across a stage in front of a giant Canadian flag, and the Con seals in his caucus. Looking like a used car salesman, or an American televangelist.Promising tax cuts for the faithful at an election-style rally. Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Day the Premiers Gave Stephen Harper a Slap in the Face

He thought he could disrespect all those dead and missing aboriginal women. He thought he could treat that holocaust as just random acts of violence.He thought he could use his callous position to appeal to his bigot base.He thought he could get away with it.But today Canada's Premiers gave him a stinging slap in the face. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Is Stephen Harper Finally Running Out of Time?

He has been keeping a low profile. Apart from a steady barrage of short statements on the Ukraine crisis he isn't saying much about anything else.Let alone this devastating poll. Far from the apparent ascendance of the Conservatives as the new natural governing party, their reign appears to be closing and the recent surprising (not to us we note ) election of majority Liberal governments in Canada’s two largest provinces, may well be a harbinger of the end of the period of conservative political dominance in Canada.But as Chantal Hébert points out he will not long be able (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Return to Harperland and the Great Progressive Depression

Well I'm finally back home in Toronto, after spending two weeks in Scotland, and a few days in Montreal.And although I'll miss the excitement of the Scottish referendum campaign, and the uplifting spirit of the Commonwealth Games.I brought Clyde, the thistle-headed games mascot home with me, and hopefully a haversack of hope with me as well.Because goodness knows this Harperland needs it eh?Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the War on Russia and Tom Mulcair

Well I suppose it was inevitable. He would pose as a Great Warrior Leader, and promote democracy in Ukraine, if not in Canada.He would beat his tiny furry chest, send troops, planes, and ships to the region, and talk tough to the sinister dwarf Vladimir Putin.In relentless pursuit of the ethnic vote.Only to see his grand plan to bring Putin to his knees, with a barrage of "crippling sanctions" to be fired out of every orifice, exposed as a hollow farce. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Foul Smearing of Tom Mulcair

There surely could not have been a more outrageous sight than the spectacle of Tom Mulcair today being grilled like a criminal.And accused by the Cons of using parliamentary funds for partisan purposes.Tom Mulcair stood his ground Thursday throughout an unprecedented two-hour grilling by a Commons committee over the NDP's allegedly improper use of parliamentary resources. The NDP leader was at times contemptuous of his Conservative and Liberal tormentors, but managed to keep his temper in check as he insisted — repeatedly — that New Democrats have done nothing wrong.Read more »

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Underdog Liberal has a shot in Fort McMurray-Athabasca by-election

TweetFour federal by-elections will be held across Canada on June 30, 2014, including in Alberta’s Macleod and Fort McMurray-Athabasca ridings made vacant by the retirements of Conservative Members of Parliament Ted Menzies and Brian Jean months ago. While most general elections in Alberta can be counted on to result in broad Conservative sweeps, Albertans have shown themselves to be […]

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Who wants to be leader of the Alberta NDP?

TweetWhile most political chatter in Alberta is focused on how big Jim Prentice’s victory will be on the first ballot of the Progressive Conservative leadership vote on September 6, there is another race about to begin – the race to become the leader of the Alberta NDP. At his press conference announcing departure, outgoing NDP […]

The Canadian Progressive: Fair Elections Act could sink Stephen Harper and Conservatives in 2015

by: Obert Madondo | April 12, 2014

This week Canada’s two main opposition parties declared war on the Conservatives’ Orwellian Fair Elections Act. One that could bring down Harper during the 2015 federal election.

While falling short of declaring the Fair Elections Act an election issue for 2015, both the Official Opposition and third-placed Liberals are vowing to stand up for our right to vote.

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says the focus of next election will be the ‘Fair Elections Act’. He wants Bill C-23 overhauled.

“We’re going to do everything we can to stop this thing,” Mulcair told delegates in (Read more…)

The Liberal Scarf: What happened to Tom "Captain Canada" Mulcair now that the writ has dropped in Quebec?

Looks like Captain Canada is staying “neutral” in the face of a PQ government which would almost certainly call a referendum and which of course, will be running on the regressive so-called “Charter of Values” that would ban observant Jews, Sikhs, Muslims, and Christians from being a part of the civil service.

If Mulcair is “neutral” against this, what will he take a stand for?

Canadian Political Viewpoints: Quebec as Scorched Earth

The devil is in the details. For the longest time, the Conservatives have identified a resurgent Liberals as their go-to target. Pollsters confirm that the Liberals have indeed enjoyed a bump in their support thanks to the new Trudeau Era. Even the media has placed greater emphasis on the Liberals, over the NDP as official opposition. As such, many have concluded that this is a two horse race; and the Cons will focus their ammunition on the Liberals and forego the NDP. But a recent development suggests that may not be entirely accurate.  I have held a long standing (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Tom Mulcair and the Coalition Dream That Will Not Die

As you may know, I have always been a strong supporter of a progressive coalition.Because I can't forget how once upon a time we came so close to having one, and bringing down the Con regime.Until we were betrayed by the Governor General, Michael Ignatieff caved, and both the Liberals and the NDP ended up burying the idea.So I was really glad to see Tom Mulcair bring the idea of a future coalition back from the dead. Read more »