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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 »

Montreal Simon: Is the Con Speaker Trying to Muzzle the Opposition?

OK. Let me get this straight. The Con regime is planning to ram their so-called Fair Elections bill through Parliament. A bill that is intended to suppress the vote, muzzle the Chief Electoral Officer, give the Cons a fundraising advantage, and make it even easier to steal an election, like they tried to steal the last one. But when Tom Mulcair accuses the Cons of trying to cheat, as he did today, the Speaker Andrew Scheer says he can't use that word?

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Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Triumph of Hope

I haven't had a chance to see much of the Justin Trudeau show yet.But what I've seen I've mostly enjoyed. Justin Trudeau is telling his Liberal party that their revival depends on being an antidote to anger, apathy and fear in Canadian politics.And what amuses me the most is how the MSM can't seem to understand why he is so popular.Read more »

The Liberal Scarf: Orange continues to be crushed in federal by-elections

I was happy to help the Freeland campaign in Toronto Centre over the last couple of months, and I’m glad to have her as my MP. I was a poll captain, and Freeland pulled 62% of the vote in my home poll, woot. With the results spinning game already going on, here is my contribution, taking a look at some of the data from by-election results since the last election: The NDP did get its best ever result in Toronto Centre with 36%, but despite Mulcair running a star candidate with a hard negative campaign, the actual margin between the (Read more…)

The Liberal Scarf: "Stephen Harper’s climate-change record can’t be ignored anymore" – because it’s putting Canadian jobs and our economy at risk

Worthwhile article from Chantal Hebert here.

She’s not the first to link Harper’s gutting of environmental regulations, skeptical attitude towards climate change and attacks on the environmental movement to other countries (particularly our major trading partner south of the border) reluctance to embrace Canada’s natural resources, but in just two sentences, Hebert does a good job of exposing the box that the Conservative government has painted Canada’s economy into:

“Harper has made it impossible to have a national conversation on the economy without talking about pipelines, but just as impossible to debate those without addressing his climate change record. (Read more…)

BigCityLib Strikes Back: When Tom Met Rob And Lisa

From here.

The Liberal Scarf: Why not a McQuaig vs. Mulcair debate on natural resource development?

As I predicted back in September, the Mulcair NDP has wasted no time in demonstrating that the “Love is better than anger” NDP is long gone, as Mulcair candidates in the by-elections (particularly Toronto Centre) have spared no opportunity in launching angry attacks on the third-party Liberals.

Mulcair’s candidate in Toronto Centre, Linda McQuaig has been negative from day one, attacking the Liberal candidate for not being “from” Toronto (an interesting strategy in a riding with one of the largest population of New Canadians in the country and not one I really thought worked well for the NDP against Glen Murray (Read more…) . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Why not a McQuaig vs. Mulcair debate on natural resource development?

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Scandal that Won’t Die

OMG. The horror, the horror. It was supposed to be Stephen Harper's Day of Jubilee. The day he showed off the severed heads of the three Senators to his demoralized caucus. Or tossed them in the general direction of the opposition.

And solemnly declared that the sordid Senate scandal, or The Great Distraction, was over.But instead the scandal took another macabre twist, when one of the heads started talking….to the RCMP!!!! Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Smearing of Tom Mulcair

There couldn't have been a better illustration of what Stephen Harper has done to our Parliament and our country. A more disgusting example of how he corrupts everything he touches. Smears anyone who gets in his way. And is making a mockery out of our democracy.Read more »

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Latest Ipsos-Reid Poll Shows NDP Rising At The Expense of The Liberals

Ipsos Reid just released new federal poll numbers. Their latest poll was conducted between Oct. 25 and 28, 2013. Their previous poll covered Oct. 16 to 20, 2013.

Here is a comparison between their 2 polls

            Oct. 20       Oct. 28 NDP      27%            31%   up 4% Lib         33%            31%  down 2% Con       31%            30%   down 1% Grn          2%              2% Blc           6%              6%

With the Senate scandal being front and centre in the news for the past couple of weeks, and with the performance of Thomas Mulcair hammering away at Harper in Question Period, I think we can see Canadians (Read more…)

Impolitical: Restore our anthem politics

I support the “Restore our Anthem” initiative to replace the words “in all thy sons command” to the gender neutral “in all of us command.”

The reactions early on to this latest initiative in the letters to the editor sections of the National Post and Globe were fairly supportive, sometimes a little silly but definitely not reflective of a major backlash of the variety that was seen in 2010 following the Harper government’s effort to take this step.

The Harper Throne Speech of early 2010 came following Harper’s second prorogation of Parliament, both viewed as illegitimate. The second was (Read more…)

A BCer in Toronto: Hebert, Walkom, and (not that) Harper talk #cdnpoli at Word on the Street

Up next after the city hall politics panel in the Toronto Star tent at the Word on the Street festival on Sunday was the federal politics panel. On hand were Toronto Star federal politics columnists Chantal Hebert, Tim Harper and Tom Walkom. The topic? “Stephen Harper vs. Justin Trudeau and Tom Mulcair.”

The discussion was wide-ranging, but one thing that struck me was that, although the Star was the only paper to endorse the NDP in the last federal election, the columnists on the stage sure don’t think much of Tom Mulcair. I’m sure the NDP will react defensively, (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Tom Mulcair and the Troubles of Eve Adams

Well as you know Tom Mulcair got into a spot of trouble on Parliament Hill the other day.He ran a stop sign, was intercepted by the RCMP.And then mercilessly mocked by the Cons in the House of Commons. First by James Moore and then by Jason Kenney.But now it turns out Mulcair wasn't the only parliamentarian intercepted by the RCMP. So was Con MP Eve Adams. Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Day Tom Mulcair Exposed Harper’s Inner Beast

There couldn't have been a greater contrast between the two political leaders. There couldn't have been a clearer sign that the Con regime is rotting, like a fish, from the head down.On one side there was Tom Mulcair, controlled, dignified, asking short direct questions about the sordid senate scandal.On the other there was Stephen Harper, squirming like an eel, dodging most questions, and lashing out like a political thug. Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Day Stephen Harper Was Grilled Like a Criminal

It was without a doubt the best Question Period I have ever watched.The day Stephen Harper was finally forced to answer questions about the Senate scandal. And was roasted like a chicken, or grilled like a criminal.Read more »

The Canadian Progressive: Stephen Harper takes partisan politics abroad

Harper’s government reacts with overwrought rage when other Canadian politicians express opinions outside Canada. So which way is it? By: Tim Harper | Toronto Star, Published on Fri Apr 19 2013: OTTAWA — Stephen Harper was representing Canada at the funeral of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in London this week. Was [...]

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A BCer in Toronto: Justin Trudeau won’t be so easy to ill-define

The day after Justin Trudeau was elected leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, as predictably as the sun rises in the East, the Conservatives did what the Conservatives do – they released negative personal attack ads. It’s all they know how to do. And it has worked for them before (see Dion, Stephen and Ignatieff, Michael). Will they make it a hat trick? Time will tell, but it was interesting, as these ads were released, to read a new poll from Ekos. I said the other day to ignore the polls, and that advice holds, particularly the . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Justin Trudeau won’t be so easy to ill-define

Montreal Simon: Julian Fantino and the CIDA Scandal

Last night I wrote a post about how the Harper regime is turning CIDA into the Con International Development Agency. I was also planning to mention how the Harperites have turned the CIDA website into another branch of the Con Ministry of Propaganda and Disinformation.

With the picture of Julian Fantino, and the ads for the Porky Action Plan, and "Responsible Resources Development," and even the War of 1812.But I had to cut it out for length reasons, and now I see others have beaten me to this scandal.Read more »

Impolitical: Mulcair does Bay Street

Mulcair gave a speech on Friday to the Canadian Club on the NDP’s vision for economic growth. If you read through, I don’t think you’ll find much that is particularly visionary. The point was probably not to fly too many flags but rather to portray the Mulcair NDP as pro-business and not at all scary.

It was rather mundane. Talking about “partnership between industry, labour and government,” for example, is not exactly surprising from an NDP leader. Investing in youth is something you might hear from all parties. There might also be the hint, as you read through, that Mulcair

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Impolitical: Mulcair on Trudeau

Best lead in to a Mulcair quote in recent memory: Mulcair interrupts his oyster eating. “You know far too much about Quebec politics, “ he says bluntly “to think that the Trudeau brand carries any weight in the province of Quebec.”

Yes, put down that oyster for a moment, man.

Come now, the Trudeau brand doesn’t carry “any weight” in Quebec. None? That’s setting the bar a little low, I’d say and it probably isn’t unwelcome expectation setting.

And isn’t this exactly the kind of attitude Liberals used to have about New Democrats in Quebec?

Montreal Simon: Tubby Van Loan and the Mighty Mulcair

If anybody still thinks that the Con regime is not out of control, the sight of Peter Van Loan in Question Period today should have been enough to cure that delusion.

For there was Tubby, as his friends call him, filling in for Stephen Harper, clutching a piece of paper with his scripted lines marked with a yellow highlighter.

Sweating like a pig, bellowing like a bull, and turning farce into satire.Read more »

Canadian Progressive: NDP MP Denise Savoie resigns House Commons seat

The Victoria, B.C. MP says her doctor gave her a “health warning” this spring. She plans to leave politics and devote herself full-time to her family.