This and that for your Tuesday reading.- With health care once again receiving plenty of attention on the U.S. political scene thanks to the Republicans’ plan to dismantle publicly-funded Medicare, the differences between Canada and the U.S. are once a…Continue reading
One of these things just doesn’t belong. See if you can spot the difference in the following single-election results – and consider what it might mean for each party’s future strategy…
|Vote Share||Seats||Provinces w Seats||Provinces under 20%||High Prov%||Low Prov%||Rebates|
For those wondering, the parties who posted those totals are respectively the NDP in 2011, the Canadian Alliance in 2000, the Libs in 2006, and the Cons in 2004. And of course, each party served as the official opposition following the listed general election.
So let’s ask the rhetorical question: is there an obvious reason why one of those parties might have had both a glaring need to pursue a merger, and an obvious opportunity in doing so?
And conversely, is there an equally obvious reason why the other three might see fit to work from an existing national base, rather than pursuing wrenching structural changes?
Yes, it’ll take time to break the habits that have formed over the past few years – and it may well be that the Harper Cons will continue to stonewall and distort no matter what they face from the Official Opposition. But if this turns into a consisten…Continue reading
Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading.- Brian Topp’s initial observations on the new sitting of Parliament include this note on the Libs’ interim leader:(A)s a footnote, Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae was also interesting in these exchanges. H…Continue reading
Shorter Con instructions to ministers:If your underlings break the law based on your instructions, it’s their own damn fault for taking orders. So go nuts!Continue reading
Since when does a faction of the Cons get to declare that Denise Savoie should stand down as a candidate for speaker for their own benefit?And if Lee Richardson and his supporters were genuinely concerned about Andrew Scheer’s inexperience (rather than…Continue reading
Meanwhile, the obvious potential for growth in NDP support figures to have some rather important effects on the Cons’ strategy as well. After all, their current coalition of support left them little room for error even with a split opposition – and if …Continue reading
There’s plenty to catch up on in Canadian politics from the past week, and I’ll try to cover the biggest news over the next couple of days. But let’s start with one polling tidbit that looks even more important than the NDP’s improving support totals:R…Continue reading
Blogging may be on hold for the week, but columnizing isn’t. Here’s my latest, on the Cons’ disaster response and the broader question of what we expect from our elected leaders in a time of crisis.Continue reading
Off to a couple of undisclosed locations for the next week, with little to no blogging in the meantime. But let’s note one point worth watching as Parliament reconvenes.While I don’t think there’s much room for dispute that the Cons have tried to move …Continue reading
Assorted content for your Sunday reading.- John Allemang’s profile of Jack Layton is well worth a read in full. But after a campaign where any show of support can easily be written off as a matter of party scripting, it’s well worth noting the spontane…Continue reading
This and that for your weekend reading.- In case we didn’t already have enough examples of the Wall government’s contempt for voting, James Wood notes that it’s dragging its heels on authorizing any enumeration before the official writ period. That fig…Continue reading
Since I haven’t yet seen this story linked to the spin which seems to have made it necessary, let’s put two and two together.The professionals responsible for maintaining the solvency of the Canada Pension Plan have made it clear that the CPP is capabl…Continue reading
Kady’s post on the composition and chairing of committees notes that there’s some risk the Cons could try to use their majority to rewrite the rules. But it’s worth pointing out that there doesn’t look to be much precedent for that step in recent decad…Continue reading
Assorted content for your weekend reading.- The McGill Institute’s Election Content Analysis includes plenty of interesting information on how this month’s federal election was covered. But the most noteworthy point looks to be the lag time between dev…Continue reading
Andre Visior & Kay Stone – SunriseContinue reading
Lawrence Martin’s theory on how the NDP can start making Question Period more substantive looks to be a good start. But I’ll add that there’s one more consideration worth taking into account – especially in the early days of the new Parliament.After al…Continue reading
Sure, Greg is right to criticize the Libs for being willing to provoke a national unity crisis for political gain. But I’m not sure when that became reason for surprise: have we already forgotten that the party’s main Quebec strategy during its stay in…Continue reading
Assorted content to end your week.- thwap is among a few bloggers to rightly slam the Cons’ obscene message to flooded Quebeckers that the only way they can hope for help is if somebody stands to profit from it:Toews (is) justifying removing Canadian F…Continue reading
A couple of quick notes on the NDP’s shadow cabinet announced today…The most intriguing set of announcements comes in the form of several up-and-coming MPs assigned to a counterintuitive set of roles. Indeed, if one had to guess on the placement of L…Continue reading