Prog Blog’s Flickr Photostream

Eh Types: NDP Resolution? Shave the Beard

On January 1st, many greet the New Year armed with a resolution meant to improve themselves. As people are creatures of habit they often fail, but there is surely merit in recognizing where you can improve. In that spirit, I decided to s… . . . → Read More: Eh Types: NDP Resolution? Shave the Beard - Alberta Politics: What do the federal election results mean for Edmonton and Alberta?

With the excitement of the 2015 federal election one week behind us, now is a good time to take a look at how the results of the election could impact Edmonton and Alberta. The reality of a majority Liberal government in Ottawa… Continue Reading →

LeDaro: LeDaro 2015-10-20 11:45:00

Finally, Stephen Harper is gone – an end to a decade-long nightmare for our country. His politics of control, fear, and division finally caught up to him. We got our country back, an end to scapegoating religious minorities, an end to the war on science, and hopefully the return to a sane foreign policy.

             99                                 1                      44                     (Read more…) - Alberta Politics: Trudeau Liberals crack Conservative “Fortress Alberta” in nationwide sweep

The dust has yet to finally settle on tonight’s election night results but we know that the Liberal Party led by Justin Trudeau will form a majority government with more than 180 seats in the next parliament. Conservative Party leader Stephen… Continue Reading →

Alberta Politics: Brothels? Neighbourhood injection sites? Have the Cons jumped the shark? Or is the nightmare just beginning?

PHOTOS: Trashy bars like this with free-injection sites and illegal card games out back could soon start popping up in cities like yours if we don’t re-elect the sternly upright Stephen Harper. Really! And if you think this story was easy to illustrate without straining the limits of good taste, you haven’t been spending much […]

The post Brothels? Neighbourhood injection sites? Have the Cons jumped the shark? Or is the nightmare just beginning? appeared first on Alberta Politics. - Alberta Politics: Mulcair and Trudeau show Alberta some love in the final days of Election 2015. Where’s Harper?

There is no longer any doubt that Alberta is an important battleground in this federal election campaign. While Conservatives will dominate in the provincial seat count, the Liberals and NDP believe they are in a position to win competitive races in Edmonton… Continue Reading →

CuriosityCat: The Debates: Who won, who lost, and why

Trudeau: The Fighter

Let’s start with the view of how Tom Mulcair behaved in the Munk foreign policy debate, from Gerald Caplan: But if I remove my mask of detachment, I must report that it was not at all the night the NDP needed to recover its faded lead. But there’s still three weeks left – a lifetime in politics. We have the most polarizing and, yes, dangerous, government in Canadian history and we have the NDP positioned to take advantage of it. Yet the NDP focuses its attacks far more on Mr. Trudeau and gives the government almost (Read more…)

CuriosityCat: Is an anti-Orange Wave rising in Quebec?

Abacus has a poll out on September 27 that has very bad news for Mulcair’s NDP. The NDP support in Quebec, its heartland, has plunged over the past week, dropping like a stone, while the other parties are ticking upwards: And this anti-Orange Wave has dragged the NDP down nationally as well:

In Battleground Ontario, the race has become a two-party race since the middle of August, with the Conservatives and Liberals slugging it out, and Mulcair’s roll-the-dice read my lips: no deficits gambit causing NDP support to slide: Ontario voters believe that the main job of any national government (Read more…) . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Is an anti-Orange Wave rising in Quebec?

CuriosityCat: The Biggest Wedge Issue in the 2015 Canadian election campaign

When Canadians reflect on the success of the Liberal Party in gaining power in the October 19 election, many will not know how important one issue was in gaining that victory.

Nor will many Canadians know who was the mastermind behind that winning issue. Thanks to one of the masterful journalists who write in Macleans, Martin Patriquin, they will not have to go far to find the answers. In the September 25 issue of Macleans, Patriquin outlines the background of the man behind Trudeau’s campaign for election. Gerald Butts is not only a policy wonk, but a seasoned political (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper Prepares to Play the Bigot Card in Quebec

It couldn't be a more horrible sight. For me it is the ultimate nightmare. The grubby Stephen Harper, the political porn peddler, in my own province of Quebec.The province that adopted me, and that I love so much.Preparing for tonight's French-language TV debate, and a last desperate effort to claw his way to another bloody majority.By playing the bigot card.For this latest French-only Con video leaves no doubt about that…Read more »

CuriosityCat: Tom Mulcair says Not a Snowball’s Chance in Hell he will prop up a Harper minority government

The end of the Harper era

Tom Mulcair has firmly rejected any chance that the NDP would support Stephen Harper’s government in any confidence votes after the October 19 election:

Earlier Wednesday, Mulcair was also asked whether he would support a Conservative minority government.

“There isn’t a snowball’s chance in hell,” he said.

“There’s no likelihood that the NDP would ever, under any circumstances, be able to support Mr. Harper, his divisive politics, his backward economics that have left 400,000 manufacturing jobs disappear over the last few years.”

That echoed a pledge from Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, who said (Read more…)

CuriosityCat: Tom Mulcair explains how the NDP Swiss Cheese Plan came about

Dramatic disclosures on the campaign trail today!  A respected numbers man has called the campaign plan prepared by Tom Mulcair for the NDP, a “Swiss cheese plan.”  He likes it, but thinks it’s a bit skimpy: Even though Canada’s former budget watchdog called the NDP’s fiscal plan “Swiss cheese,” leader Thomas Mulcair insists Kevin Page has very nice things to say about his party’s document. Page, who served as parliamentary budget officer from 2008-2013, has been advising Mulcair and the NDP, as well as other parties. He told The Huffington Post Canada Thursday that he was (Read more…) . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Tom Mulcair explains how the NDP Swiss Cheese Plan came about

CuriosityCat: Post-debate poll: Liberals swamping Conservatives in Ontario 41% to 31%

Stephen Harper has to move the needle substantially if he wants to retain his job as prime minister.

He needs to increase his support amongst voters by between 15% and 25%, to move it up from the low nationwide 32% or so, to majority-seat territory of 37% to 40%.

The second debate was a Trudeau win, and the shift in battleground Ontario continues apace, according to the latest Forum poll: The federal Liberals appear to have a gained a foothold in Toronto and the GTA, with 41 per cent of voters saying they’ve decided on — or are leaning (Read more…) . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Post-debate poll: Liberals swamping Conservatives in Ontario 41% to 31%

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: When is a Dynasty Not a Dynasty?

There has been much talk during this election campaign, about Justin Trudeau’s famous father, and a notion that he believes that becoming prime minister is his birthright.  There were similar attacks on Michael Ignatieff, because he descended from Russian royalty on his father’s side and the famous Grant family of Canada on his mother’s.

Apparently being born into prominent families means that you cannot possibly lead this country.  You’re an “elite” and “out of touch”.

However, has anyone addressed the political dynasty of Thomas Mulcair?  He likes to portray himself as just a regular guy, one of ten (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Noisy But Not So Great Globe Economic Debate

OK. Before I write about my impressions of last night's Globe debate.I feel I need to make some things clear, in the interests of full disclosure.I've never been very good at numbers, and I'm not much interested in economics. I took a lot of classes at university but I slept through most of them. And when my rich uncle tried to lecture me recently in some fancy Bay Street restaurant, about the importance of balancing MY budget and investing wisely, I started nodding off until my head almost hit the table.Also having injured my knee in a bike (Read more…)

. . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Noisy But Not So Great Globe Economic Debate - Alberta Politics: Tuesday Morning Federal Election Updates from Alberta

Some of the latest from the federal election campaign trail in Alberta: NDP leader Tom Mulcair will visit the Lethbridge riding today to campaign alongside candidate Cheryl Meheden during his visit to Alberta. Mr. Mulcair is back in Alberta this… Continue Reading →

Cowichan Conversations: Jeremy Corbyn: The Green Britain I Want to Build

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Here is an address from British MP Jeremy Corbin while he was running to become the next British Labour Party leader.

Pegged as a long shot, turns out that he was

Read more…

CuriosityCat: Election 2015: X marks the spot

Here’s my current expectation of the possible seat wins around one week before the October 19 election. I’ve added an X – to mark the right hand border of my forecast – to the CBC/308 instructive Poll Tracker chart: X marks my spot for positions one week before the election on October 19

And why the change to party fortunes, with the Conservatives (Read more…) . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Election 2015: X marks the spot

CuriosityCat: Election 2015: The Shift to the Liberal Party starts

The Second King of Austerity?

With the dog days of summer ending, and only 6 or so weeks left in the interminable campaign, one of the most interesting sites to check on every now and then is the CBC Poll Tracker, run by Éric Grenier, the founder of, a website dedicated to political polling in Canada and electoral forecasts.

The latest Poll Tracker finding is fascinating. The gradual erosion of support for Mulcair’s NDP has started, and will continue at a slow pace. I believe the NDP hit the highest point a short while ago, and will now (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: A New Poll Suggests the Cons Are In Third Place

It's never easy for me to leave Scotland, the idyllic little country where a progressive government has driven the Cons to extinction.And it wasn't easy for me to blog as I biked from one small fishing village to another with my lap top in my haversack. But I did my best, for this time I couldn't wait to get back.And this couldn't have been a better homecoming present. Read more »

LeDaro: Federal Election: First Debate

As you can see Harper came well prepared.

A BCer in Toronto: BrieflyNotBriefly, the deal with all that referendum talk last night

You could have been forgiven for tuning in to last night’s debate and being bewildered by the exchange between Justin Trudeau and Tom Mulcair about the threshold for accepting a yes vote in a sovereignty referendum. So, as briefly as possible, here’s what’s up with that. • In the 1995 Quebec referendum, the yes side eked out a bare win with 50.58 per cent of the vote. The question set by the Parti Quebecois government was widely considered confusing and unclear. There were rampant reports of voter fraud by the Yes side. A younger Tom Mulcair called for an (Read more…)

Mind Bending Politics: The US May Have Trump; But Canada Has An Alien

Let’s put it this way; we could have used the swagger and unexpectedness Donald Trump presented in last nights US Republican debates in the Canadian leaders debate. Instead, the first hour the Canadian debate consisted of Conservative leader Stephen Harper doing what he does best which is misleading Canadians on facts. Green Party leader Elizabeth […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: The US May Have Trump; But Canada Has An Alien

Cowichan Conversations: The NDP’s Alistair MacGregor Is Off and Running in Cowichan-Malahat-Langford

Stephen Harper has decided to launch Canada into an 11-week election campaign, the longest since 1872, a year when communication still depended on horse, carriage, train, and telegraph.

Called under the guise of bringing

Read more…

Eh Types: Up For Debate

You and I are different. We’re not like everyone else. We may have never met, but I can say we are unique with a great degree of certainty. Two simple facts tell me so. I wrote this piece, and you are reading it. Most people don’t seek out yet another debate think piece. Political junkies do […]