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 ...

Half an Hour: A Vote for Layton, A Vote for Canada

I remember standing in the front row of the Coalition demonstration in December of 2008. Jack Layton came over and shook my hand, and I said to him, “I hope you become Prime Minister some day.” I registered a look of surprise in his face, as though he hadn’t considered it a possibility. Today, it’s ...

Terahertz: Why I oppose strategic voting

Canadian politics are plagued by an archaic electoral system where whoever gets one more vote than second place gets sole command over their constituency. This practice is known formally as “single-member plurality” or first-past-the-post voting and remains in use only in Canada, the UK, and the USA. When Canada was founded, and only 2 major ...

kirbycairo: Answer the Question Mr. Harper. . . .

As I, and other progressive bloggers, have been saying for years now, Harper has no respect for the Law or the constitution. Not that long ago, when the idea of an opposition threatened, John Baird made cryptic remarks to Don Newman about what the party might do to prevent another party taking power. Now we ...

Art Threat: History reloaded and remixed – A review of The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

The mixed tape is a cultural phenomenon that, thankfully, refuses to die. From the time of the earliest printed booklets through to the ubiquitous mixing of audio cassette tapes in the 80s to the sampling and remixing of the 90s and 2000s, people have taken existing media and sculpted into their own assemblages. The Black ...

Terahertz: Vancouver Quadra All Candidates Debate

This past Wednesday I attended my local riding’s all-candidate’s debate at UBC, hosted by the Professor Emeritus Association. All of our candidates were in attendance, including incumbent Liberal Joyce Murray, NDP Victor Elkins, Green Laura-Leah Shaw, and Conservative Deborah Meredith. The debate was 2 hours, with opening and closing statements from each candidate and then ...

My Seat Projections

Okay, just for fun I’m going to do this. I don’t have some crazy scientific method of figuring it out, I just go with my gut feeling – which has varying results. Interestingly you can see from my post here which was made on Election Day in 2008 that the estimates I made for the ...

Politics and its Discontents: And I Thought I Had Written My Last Blog Entry Before The Election ….

It seems I was wrong. Once more, the disdain Harper has consistently shown for Canadian democratic traditions and norms is made manifest. Click here to read the story and watch the video that demonstrates the on-going threat he and his ilk pose. Recommend this Post