the woodshed: The assault on democracy

Read this excellent summary by Lawrence Martin and then tell me we can afford to give Stephen Harper another term as president prime minister. Have a look at the regional polling numbers, the Conservatives are the choice of the majority in only Alberta and narrowly in the Prairies. They are at about 40% in Ontario ...

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Which NDP long gun registry policy do you prefer?

Over the course of this campaign, New Democrats have taken a number different and sometimes incompatible positions on the life saving long gun registry. Which do you prefer? 1) Municipal option 2) Support the gun registry 3) Take no stand but promise an independent vote. 4) Scrap the registration of long guns. Keep the registration ...

Chronicles of a Pure Laine: The last neverendum

How much time does it take for a “united country” to enshrine the distinct character of a quarter of its population in its supreme law to make it feel at home?… ten years?… twenty years?… thirty years?… who knows… How many referendums does it take to call them neverendums?… two and the possibility of a ...

An Aside – Engineers in Politics

Just saw an arictle in EE Times, a kind of article that started this blog!  From south of the border, a call to run for office for the nation’s engineers.

cultural sn:afu: The demolition of Vankleek Hill’s high school

Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute (ESVCI), the high school I occasionally attended, sometimes for days in a row, is being slowly and finally demolished. When the school board finally announced Vankleek Hill would be getting a new school, to replace the … Continue reading →

A voice from Riverbend: Where to vote?

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Canadian Dimension Feed: Strategic voting is more important than ever

Analysts and activists across the country are still trying to get a serious grip on the stunning rise in the polls of Jack Layton’s NDP—almost pinching themselves in the aftermath of fear and the loathing that characterized the first weeks of the election. How is it possible that Harper could stay in striking distance of ...

Exponential Book: Another election prediction

“Good predictions are only made by luck” (anonymous… nah, it’s me) You would think that, given my ability at guessing the outcome of elections, I would have given up by now… Well, this time I think I am in good company, as I profess my uncertainty — no, utter bewilderment, as to what is about ...

A voice from Riverbend: Edmonton-Leduc NDP campaigning Itinerary for Sunday May 1st

We’re spending the last day of the campaign as actively as ever! Interact with our team throughout the day at the following locations: Leduc Recreation Centre Main Street Leduc YMCA on 111st in Edmonton Terwillegar Rec Centre Riverbend Library Whitemud Crossing Library 119 Street 23 Avenue 111 Street Calgary Trail Ellerslie Road Rabbit Hill Road ...

Strategic Voting 2011

Perhaps I didn’t pay as much attention to this last time, but there seems to be a fairly new phenonenon of Strategic Voting websites, all aimed at removing Conservative candidates.  There always seems to be some venom at the ruling party, but with the Liberals in disarray, there is a new method of trying to ...

the woodshed: The next Conservative leader of Canada

A cheep shot, but too funny not to share – if you have Flash, click and go play it now. Pointy McShouty’s Flying Circus aka Angry Bairds Tweet The Rev. Paperboy Feed

Enormous Thriving Plants: "SUN gives Jack a happy ending"

The Rev. Paperboy gives the latest bit of election nonsense the best roundup I’ve read yet.

Enormous Thriving Plants: "SUN gives Jack a happy ending"

The Rev. Paperboy gives the latest bit of election nonsense the best roundup I’ve read yet.

Enormous Thriving Plants: "SUN gives Jack a happy ending"

The Rev. Paperboy gives the latest bit of election nonsense the best roundup I’ve read yet.

264MHz: Candidate on Vacation: A Personal Story

My father had been heavily involved in the NDP since his teenaged years. I believe he was even involved in The Waffle. He had lived in the Provencher riding for decades and had been very active in the riding. He was the president of the riding association and official agent for several candidates. Finally, after ...

the woodshed: SUN gives Jack a happy ending

Much is being made by the usual suspects of this clumsy smear job on Layton by the Toronto Sun. Give that story a very careful, very close reading and realize it is built entirely on a single unnamed source, contains no evidence of anything and is built largely on innuendo. Layton was never charged or ...

Adam M On The Front Page: Harper Government 3

The Enlightened Savage: #elxn41 Primer: The Results

Nation, I thought I’d save you all the time and trouble of staying up to watch the results on Monday’s election – especially since Tweeting the results is against the law (but blogging them seems not to be…  odd…). Everyone else seems already to have weighed in on how the results are going to work ...

Why Ignatieff will have his ass handed to him on Monday

Yes, we all know that the only poll that counts is the one on election day. However, after #elxn41 wraps it up, _if_ the results are merely in the same ballpark as the polls, then the Liberals are going to be handed ther worst defeat, EVAR! Everyone knows this. While there are many opinions on ...

Voting Your Heart May Hand Harper his Majority

Unlike the Toronto Star,* the Catch 22 Campaign still thinks it necessary to vote Liberal in those ridings where a Liberal is the obvious choice to defeat a Harper Conservative. *Edited to add: The Toronto Star is now recommending strategic voting for the Liberals in certain ridings: But vote strategically Catch 22 takes no joy from negative voting. ...

A Canadian Lefty in Occupied Land: Review: <I>Imperialist Canada</I>

[Todd Gordon. Imperialist Canada. Winnipeg: Arbeiter Ring Publishing, 2010.]Few features of the political culture in this country are more likely to set my teeth on edge than the devotion not only of the right and centre but of much of the left as well to the myth of Canadian benevolence. It has perhaps been a ...

theKrellant.ca: The Krellant Election Special—Youth Voting

Frank Feltanchor probes youth voter intentions in the latest video from the Krellant. In it, he gets to the heart of the resentment fueling political apathy among Canada’s youth.

kirbycairo: Gilles Duceppe has class if you ask me. . . .

Once again, I am impressed by the straightforward attitude of Gilles Duceppe. Even though he has the most to lose from the new popularity of the NDP, when Duceppe was asked what he thought of the Jack Layton story that emerged yesterday, Duceppe simply brushed it aside and said Layton was not charged or even ...

kirbycairo: Does our Prime Minister believe in the Law???

I have now watched the exchange between Harper and CBC reporter Terry Milewski a few times. Despite what Harper suggests, Milewski is not asking the Prime Minister to answer a hypothetical question. Rather, he is asking him to answer a simple legal question. To wit.; would he abide by the decision of the Governor General? ...

Progressive Proselytizing: Egypt’s Shifting Geopolitical Policies: A Consequence of Democracy

The recent democratization of Egypt has resulted in a series of distinct policy changes with regards to Israel, Palestine and Iran. These changes ultimately represent a shift in Egyptian policy towards the popular opinion of many Egyptians that are becoming relevant for the first time as Egypt moves towards democracy yet present challenges to current US foreign ...