Sorry for the delay… or “gap” if you will, in posting. Busy times! But, as the Harper gov’t slides ever further into ridiculousness… I’m back, baby!Continue reading
At the Liberal Convention last weekend, the party passed a motion adding “supporters” as a class of Liberals, and allowing those Supporters to vote in their ridings for the next Liberal leader as part of our new weighted One Member One Vote system. Although there was a campaign pushing thisContinue reading
Reading “White House Ghosts”, and a great chunk from Eisenhower: Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is notContinue reading
With the news that Jason Kenney is banning veiled women from taking citizenship oaths, I wanted to go on record here. Canadians have the right to religious freedom. Unless there is a demonstrable risk of harm to other people, or to another persons actual rights, that religious freedom should beContinue reading
On a week when both Preston Manning (“Manning says polarized debate has stalled concrete actions — including a “two-track” approach that would allow private insurance in a universal system. Today’s pressing debate should not be about public or private, he said, but rather about the appropriate relationship between public andContinue reading
Call me old fashioned, but when five months after winning office you impose a two-year moratorium on family reunification, I call that:A) Lying. Although unlike with their intentions to negotiate health accords one a bilateral, instead of country-wide …Continue reading
I want to encourage you to read, but not necessarily endorse, this article from Far and Wide arguing that Nathan Cullen’s proposal that in non-Conservative-held ridings the Liberal, NDP, and Greens come together to collectively nominate a candidate.F&a…Continue reading
Since in my last post I said I’d try to come up with some ideas for changes to the Liberal Party, let’s get started (note that the “I” in the title is optimistic!). Here’s my first (and a more contentious, based on people I’ve run it by) thought. I wou…Continue reading
The Liberal Party of Canada has a convention in January. I’m hearing lots of chatter about “who’s running for President” and at least a little bit about who’s running for other positions. What I hadn’t been hearing was about what kind of changes will b…Continue reading
I couldn’t not blog this: Question: Why do you keep calling immigrants foreign workers?Answer: Oh, I’m not. Dalton McGuinty’s plan, and Greg Sorbrara was on the radio about it yesterday, is to bring more people to Ontario. Now listen, Ontario is a …Continue reading
Terrible, terrible, terrible. Jack dedicated his life to public service, not for power, but to try to push things in a direction he believed in, and that’s a beautiful legacy.Continue reading
… But, is anyone making the argument that it’s a terrible idea to fire a bunch of public servants right now because those public servants will be out of a job?The job market here isn’t like in the States, but it’s rough. People employed by the govern…Continue reading
A quick hit on Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak on pot, with the news that he’s “gotten high”, presumably on some pretty “fly doobies” in his distant past (he’s only 44, but displays an incoherence well beyond his years).Hudak goes on to say he’s opposed to…Continue reading
Helpfully, Brampton-Springdale PC candidate Pam Hundal (part of the protest in my previous post) has now tweeted that the billion dollars the Ontario Liberals invested into Brampton healthcare services was wasted, not invested. Welcome to Tea Party Nor…Continue reading
Well, this is extremely disturbing:First, Ontario Provincial PCs (note that I’m this close to starting to refuse to call them “Progressive”, at least until they bring back a live one like John Tory) disrupt a speech given by former Premier Bill Davis t…Continue reading
I return again today to the topic of tolerating dissent.
Here’s what @rosiebarton tweeted today that set me off: I’m listening to the Liberal scrums. These people have a LONG road ahead. No one is on the same page. #cdnpoli and here’s my (two part o…Continue reading
Having argued in my last post that we should avoid obsessing on leadership politics over philosophy and organizing, there’s a reason this post is about leadership. I’m not going to comment on the politics, but rather on the way the party should be cons…Continue reading
In 2005, Andrew Potter wrote (in what happened to be a piece discussing pitfalls Michael Ignatieff might face as Liberal Leader) that “Canadians are incapable of having an adult discussion”. Isn’t it time for the Liberals to become that party?
With wh…Continue reading
Thanks to everyone who read my last piece, by the way (even if you didn’t leave comments).
Here’s what I have to add today.
The way for the Liberal Party of Canada to return to relevance is to work on small-L liberalism. I fervently believe that’s wh…Continue reading
Here’s what I’m thinking right now about the election that just was, and the future. If I continue to blog going forward, I’ll probably try to expand and improve on it from time to time.
Far More Than “Centrist”
Having watched Michael IgnatieffContinue reading