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 ...

Seeing Red in the Southwest: Be careful – when you wrestle with a pig!

My only word of caution in the current constitutional crisis unraveling in Ottawa would be offered to Mr. Dion. “Be careful! When you wrestle with a pig, remember he enjoys it but you both get covered in mud!”Otherwise, full steam ahead!The proposed motion that Dion has put out on the wires this afternoon for consideration ...

Seeing Red in the Southwest: Be careful – when you wrestle with a pig!

My only word of caution in the current constitutional crisis unraveling in Ottawa would be offered to Mr. Dion. “Be careful! When you wrestle with a pig, remember he enjoys it but you both get covered in mud!”Otherwise, full steam ahead!The proposed motion that Dion has put out on the wires this afternoon for consideration ...

Seeing Red in the Southwest: Be careful – when you wrestle with a pig!

My only word of caution in the current constitutional crisis unraveling in Ottawa would be offered to Mr. Dion. “Be careful! When you wrestle with a pig, remember he enjoys it but you both get covered in mud!”Otherwise, full steam ahead!The proposed motion that Dion has put out on the wires this afternoon for consideration ...

Thus Prate the Pundit » Social Critique: Polishing Up the Political Remains

Looks like I was wrong about Dion’s political strategy. Even if I was right, it didn’t turn out as I thought. I waited until today to proclaim my wrongness because I thought the last likely possibility it could unravel as I theorized would be with the speech from the throne. Today the NDP, Liberals, and ...

My Canada Includes Justice: Gay Bashing is a Hate Crime

On November 3, Jane Currie and her partner, Anji Dimitriou, were assaulted by a man as they were picking up their children after school. The same man had verbally abused them on previous occasions. This time, the man swore at Anji, accused her of talking to his child, spat in her face, and then attacked ...

My Canada Includes Justice: Gay Bashing is a Hate Crime

On November 3, Jane Currie and her partner, Anji Dimitriou, were assaulted by a man as they were picking up their children after school. The same man had verbally abused them on previous occasions. This time, the man swore at Anji, accused her of talking to his child, spat in her face, and then attacked ...

My Canada Includes Justice: Gay Bashing is a Hate Crime

On November 3, Jane Currie and her partner, Anji Dimitriou, were assaulted by a man as they were picking up their children after school. The same man had verbally abused them on previous occasions. This time, the man swore at Anji, accused her of talking to his child, spat in her face, and then attacked ...