The Audacity of Hope

The extraordinary David Brooks, a must read of mine, describes some of the big plans that Obama has in store for the near future. They’re both audacious, and hopeful. Let no one say that Obama doesn’t deliver the style of Presidency he promised 2 years ago (well, at least the audacity of hope part)….

The "Business" of Development?

Amanda Henry muses on the issue of whether development work should be turned into a business, or whether it should remain a charitable, largely selfless activity. (Amanda also calls herself a “starry-eyed idealist” which I think does not do herself justice: an idealist she may be, but anyone willing to admit complete uncertainty because of ...

Festivus Airing of Grievances: Harper

Happy Festivus. I have grievances to air about Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Stephen Harper has become just like his predecessors. On foreign policy, he has lost the moral foreground leaving a suspected Canadian terrorist, Khadr, to the U.S. and their suspect instruments much as his predecessors left Maher Arar to the U.S. and their rendition ...

Rob Maguire: 13 ways to promote your Facebook page

It seems that everyone and their monkey are on Facebook these days. Recent stats show that Facebook is growing at a rate of 600,000 new users each day, swelling the network to over 140 million active users. Photo by LarimdaMD. For nonprofits, these numbers represent an increasingly huge opportunity to get the word out about ...

Vaulting Ambition, Which O’erleaps Itself

Vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself And falls on the other. – William Shakespeare, Macbeth Health care reform has always been extraordinarily difficult in the U.S.—we saw how Bill Clinton fared with it. Big reforms in general are difficult: Bush never managed to address social security reform, tax code reform, or immigration reform which were three ...

Hurtling Forward, But What is the Destination?

With the last of Michael Ignatieff’s rivals dropping out of the race, he is now all but certain to ascend to the leadership. The Liberal Party will, it is widely agreed, now have a stronger and more credible leader to take on Harper come this fall. Instead of waiting until May, the Liberals are ready ...

Jacked Up: Harpercrites Exposed!

The Conservatives just can’t seem to get enough of eating their own words. “The brutal fact here is that something has happened that has never happened before in Canadian history,” Mr. Day, the current Conservative Minister of Trade, said on CTV Newsnet on Tuesday. “And that is two federal leaders have actually signed a deal ...

Jacked Up: Democracy Delayed is Democracy Denied

So let’s do a little comparative analysis: Number 1: David Warren calls a possible coalition a “Thai-style coup d’état”. Now as much as I like the guy, I don’t think Dion could fool anyone into thinking he was the commander of a ruthless army. And last time I checked no politicians had been dragged into ...

CoteGauche: In Bed with the Seperatists

Another point of paranoia on the right. For those worried that the Bloc Quebecois’ support of the opposition coalition will lead to the break up of the nation or another referendum on Quebec sovereignty; exhale, there is no need to stockpile water, ammunition and canned goods. There is nothing that the Bloc, or any other ...

CoteGauche: In Bed with the Seperatists

Another point of paranoia on the right. For those worried that the Bloc Quebecois’ support of the opposition coalition will lead to the break up of the nation or another referendum on Quebec sovereignty; exhale, there is no need to stockpile water, ammunition and canned goods. There is nothing that the Bloc, or any other ...

CoteGauche: Constitutional or Political Crisis?

I guess it takes extraordinary events to bring me out of retirement. Listening to talk radio, reading blue blogs, one would think Canada is facing an unprecedented crisis that threatens to bring down the nation. As overblown hyperbole and rhetoric are the stock in trade of these media, it is not surprising to hear terms ...

CoteGauche: Constitutional or Political Crisis?

I guess it takes extraordinary events to bring me out of retirement. Listening to talk radio, reading blue blogs, one would think Canada is facing an unprecedented crisis that threatens to bring down the nation. As overblown hyperbole and rhetoric are the stock in trade of these media, it is not surprising to hear terms ...

Thus Prate the Pundit » Social Critique: Coalition! I Was Wrong about Being Wrong

In my last post, I said that I was wrong about Dion’s political strategy in the last election. It turns out that while I wasn’t exactly right, I also wasn’t wrong. I’d imagined a scenario in which the conservatives were unable to win a majority, thus putting us back in the same, unworkable situation in ...

Seeing Red in the Southwest: My Canada includes Quebec, s’il vous plait!

Today’s news conference with the new coalition triumvirate illustrated that social democrats can work together on specific principle-based issues. The presence of Gilles Duceppe was critical. In each of the last elections, M. Duceppe has invariably impressed me in the debates. I dispute him on the separatism issue but I have respect for his ability ...

Seeing Red in the Southwest: My Canada includes Quebec, s’il vous plait!

Today’s news conference with the new coalition triumvirate illustrated that social democrats can work together on specific principle-based issues. The presence of Gilles Duceppe was critical. In each of the last elections, M. Duceppe has invariably impressed me in the debates. I dispute him on the separatism issue but I have respect for his ability ...

Seeing Red in the Southwest: My Canada includes Quebec, s’il vous plait!

Today’s news conference with the new coalition triumvirate illustrated that social democrats can work together on specific principle-based issues. The presence of Gilles Duceppe was critical. In each of the last elections, M. Duceppe has invariably impressed me in the debates. I dispute him on the separatism issue but I have respect for his ability ...

Seeing Red in the Southwest: Maple Syrup and Turkeys

An American friend asked me to summarize what happened over the weekend here in Canada. Thought I’d share my response here so those who’ve been hibernating this weekend can get caught up too.We’ve had a busy few days in Canada while you folks were having your turkey. Actually we had a bit of a revolution. ...

Seeing Red in the Southwest: Maple Syrup and Turkeys

An American friend asked me to summarize what happened over the weekend here in Canada. Thought I’d share my response here so those who’ve been hibernating this weekend can get caught up too.We’ve had a busy few days in Canada while you folks were having your turkey. Actually we had a bit of a revolution. ...

Seeing Red in the Southwest: Maple Syrup and Turkeys

An American friend asked me to summarize what happened over the weekend here in Canada. Thought I’d share my response here so those who’ve been hibernating this weekend can get caught up too.We’ve had a busy few days in Canada while you folks were having your turkey. Actually we had a bit of a revolution. ...

My Canada Includes Justice: Death by Terrorism… versus Death by Capitalism

For those who have grown up in a country like Canada, it’s difficult to imagine what things must be like in Mumbai at the moment. For the families of the victims, there is anguish and anger – at the loss of their loved ones, at the perpetrators, and at the politics of terrorism which punishes ...

My Canada Includes Justice: Death by Terrorism… versus Death by Capitalism

For those who have grown up in a country like Canada, it’s difficult to imagine what things must be like in Mumbai at the moment. For the families of the victims, there is anguish and anger – at the loss of their loved ones, at the perpetrators, and at the politics of terrorism which punishes ...

My Canada Includes Justice: Death by Terrorism… versus Death by Capitalism

For those who have grown up in a country like Canada, it’s difficult to imagine what things must be like in Mumbai at the moment. For the families of the victims, there is anguish and anger – at the loss of their loved ones, at the perpetrators, and at the politics of terrorism which punishes ...

Seeing Red in the Southwest: Pig Wrestling

Remember when you wrestle with a pig, he’s enjoying it and you both end up covered in mud! Rather than pig wrestling, progressives across Canada need to stand up and take an interest in the possibility of a progressive coalition government that would represent more of our interests.Interested in a progressive coalition government, the Rideau ...

Seeing Red in the Southwest: Pig Wrestling

Remember when you wrestle with a pig, he’s enjoying it and you both end up covered in mud! Rather than pig wrestling, progressives across Canada need to stand up and take an interest in the possibility of a progressive coalition government that would represent more of our interests.Interested in a progressive coalition government, the Rideau ...

Seeing Red in the Southwest: Pig Wrestling

Remember when you wrestle with a pig, he’s enjoying it and you both end up covered in mud! Rather than pig wrestling, progressives across Canada need to stand up and take an interest in the possibility of a progressive coalition government that would represent more of our interests.Interested in a progressive coalition government, the Rideau ...