Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Jordy Cummings exposes the shady side of Justin Trudeau’s shin persona. Dimitri Lascaris interviews Nora Loreto about Canada’s relationship with the U.S. And Michal Rozworski challenges Trudeau’s decision to serve as a prop for Donald Trump rather than defending Canadian values: The point to remember is that there would ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Martin Kenney comments on Canada’s continuing role in “snow washing” offshore tax evasion. The Conference Board of Canada examines the massive gap between what Canada should receive in public revenues, and what’s actually taken in to keep our society functioning. And Kamal Ahmed highlights how employers are ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – David Atkins comments on the ever-growing disconnect between the interests of a few making a killing on Wall Street and the lives of people stuck in the real economy: (T)the entirety of supply-side economic thinking is based on the idea that inflating the assets of the wealthy ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Yves Engler highlights the two-tiered justice system exacerbated by the Harper Cons, as anybody with a sufficient level of privilege avoids any punishment for wrongdoing: One law for the rulers and another for the rest of us — wasn’t that supposed to have ended with feudalism? If ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Cory Doctorow duly blasts the Harper Cons for meekly complying with an onerous copyright treaty which isn’t even in force. Which raises the question: if the Cons were really interested in demonstrating some independence as a response to the U.S. declining to rubber-stamp Keystone XL, wouldn’t this be ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Molly Ball writes about the false assumptions underlying far too much political discussion – with one looming as particularly significant for Canadian purposes: 5. Campaign ads really, really, really don’t make much difference. In this part of the paper, Fiorina’s exasperation becomes palpable. Political scientists have studied ...

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: November 29, 2011

Tuesday, November 29 saw debate at third reading on the Cons’ omnibus crime bill. And with even some Cons starting to recognize the desperate need for amendments, the government’s obstinate refusal to allow for any real consideration of the bill stood out all the more. The Big Issue At the start of debate, Andrew Scheer ...

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: November 16, 2011

Wednesday, November 16 saw plenty of direct clash between the Cons and the NDP on an issue that’s been in the news again today. And lest there be any doubt, while the Cons have raised their level of inflammatory rhetoric, they’ve been less than convincing when it comes to anything of substance. The Big Issue ...

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: November 14, 2011

Monday, November 14 saw MPs return to the House of Commons from a week’s break. But if anybody thought the time away would lead to less contentious debate, the day instead saw one of the more fundamental debates we can expect to see out of our elected officials – with the Cons refusing to show ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – If you’re only going to read one analytic take on the NDP leadership campaign, make it Alice’s – featuring this take on Thomas Mulcair’s strategy in cultivating later-ballot support: I’m fairly sure I was privy to the exchange between Paul Wells and “Mulcair guy” or at least one ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Gerald Caplan documents the U.S. Republicans’ refusal to live in a reality-based society, while hinting that the same philosophy is no less present in the Harper Cons. – Meanwhile, Bruce Johnstone comments on this week’s Canadian Wheat Board ruling as an indication that the Cons also believe themselves ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Afternoon Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading. – Barrie McKenna thoroughly debunks the claim that “financial literacy” alone is enough to put ordinary citizens on a level playing field with the financial industry: Looking to financial literacy to fill the void is like asking ordinary Canadians to be their own brain surgeons and airline pilots. The ...

Accidental Deliberations: Compare and contrast

One Western premier has some perspective on what a provincial leader can expect to accomplish on the global stage: She regretted, but didn’t condemn, the Obama administration’s decision to delay approval of the mega-project until after 2013. And she displayed refreshing humility about her own power to change minds in Washington. “To presume that somehow ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your afternoon reading. – Paul Dechene is duly scathing in comparing the City of Regina’s tax giveaways to big business (which are of course added on top of hundreds of millions in provincial tax abatements) to its utter refusal to provide any benefits to non-profit organizations: Been thinking about building an office ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Afternoon Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading. – Purple Library Guy nicely sums up how the financial industry has become completely detached from anything that could be considered useful in generating real economic growth: When you abstract something, it tends to make it possible to do it on a larger scale, with more complexity. And originally, ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Evening Links

Assorted content for your evening reading. – Murray Dobbin nicely summarizes what the Cons are hoping to do in prioritizing big-money “philanthropy” over a functional state and civil society: Ideology is meaning in the service of power, and the Conservative government, libertarian to its core, intends to create the appearance of an increasingly volunteer society ...

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament In Review: October 17, 2011

Monday, October 17 saw the Cons cut off debate on second reading of their budget bill. Not surprisingly, the day thus focused in large part on the economy – including some noteworthy pushback against the brand the Cons have spent hundreds of millions of public dollars to promote. The Big Issue That’s right: as the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament In Review: October 5, 2011

After the previous day’s relatively non-partisan and specific focus, October 5 saw a return to broad debate on the economy – thanks to both a day of debate on the Cons’ budget bill and a number of queries in question period. The Big Issue Under the economic theme, the most noteworthy development was a strong ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Both the Star-Phoenix and CBC cover an important study from the Human Early Learning Partnership pointing out the difficulties facing today’s Saskatchewan families compared to the standard of living a generation ago. – No, neither NAFTA nor any other trade agreement will ever actually protect us from the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your weekend reading. – Janet Bagnall discusses Canada’s steadily-growing income inequality: In the last 20 years, the income of 80 per cent of Americans has stagnated while that of the richest one per cent has nearly doubled. Similarly, the Conference Board of Canada reported this week that a third of the wealth ...

Accidental Deliberations: Burning question

Sure, it’s been fairly obvious that the Harper Cons have spent their time in office asking the world to think less of Canada. But did anybody suspect them to have done so quite this literally?

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – The Halifax Chronicle Herald pushes back against the Cons’ and Libs’ anti-Bloc witch-hunt: For partisan reasons, involvement with the Bloc has become a game of political football. The Tories and Grits feel like they’ve scored a touchdown because Ms. Turmel’s cancellation of her Bloc membership was so recent. ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Armine Yalnizyan follows up on the Conference Board of Canada’s recognition that growing inequality is a serious problem for Canada by noting the similar observations around the globe: There is a growing awareness that when the fruits of prosperity are so poorly shared, trouble is not far ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your midweek reading. – The Star skewers the Cons’ insistence on pushing ahead with bad budget choices: As the Star argued during the election, Canada needs progressive economic vision in the form of strategic investments in scientific research and innovation, health care, a national child-care plan and improving the Canada Pension Plan ...