The Progressive Economics Forum: Fiscal Record of Canadian Political Parties

With all the recent news stories — as well as alarm raised by other leaders — about the fiscal and economic impact and record of NDP governments, I decided to take a look at and review the fiscal record of all federal and provincial governments in Canada for the past three decades. These results may ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: Harper’s Hitlist

The scrawled note that evaded the redactor’s pen – unlike so many Afghan detainee files – did more than to cast Kairos into the ever-growing pile of Canadian organizations and individuals that have been, to borrow Jason Kenney’s euphemism, “defunded.” It also cemented the realization, for many Canadians, that the crucial boundary protecting nonpartisan limbs ...

Drive-by Times: Superman: other ways to enrage the right

Progressive Proselytizing: Parkdale-Highpark Riding All Candidates Debate Response

I recently attended the all candidates debate for the Parkdale-Highpark riding hosted by the BWVRA and wanted to share my thoughts on the debate, the candidates and various issues that were brought up. While this post will undoubtedly be specific to this riding, the themes are quite generalizable. On the debate itself: While it is late in the election ...

ParliamANT Hill: Royal Wedding Celebrated by CanadiAnts

Inspired by this story: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/royalwedding/story/2011/04/29/royal-wedding-reaction-fans.html

the disgruntled democrat: Canada’s Facebook Election Changes the Face of the Nation

Yes, I’ve seen the latest polls and have jumped on the bandwagon. I’m putting aside the pessimist belief that the vagaries of the voting system would undo the sudden rise in support of the NPD.There’s something historic going on and it has more than just a shift in voting patterns. More importantly, this is the ...

Drive-by Times: Police arrest three anti-royal wedding protesters

Before the royal wedding at Westminster Abbey, British police arrested three anti-capitalist activists who were planning a street theater event. Guardian: Three anti-capitalist activists who were planning a mock execution of Prince Andrew with a guillotine to mark the royal wedding have been arrested and detained at Lewisham police station.Officers arrested Professor Chris Knight, a ...

Evilness: Is Harper driving us back into recession?

Well the numbers for February are out and they show that the Canadian economy shrank in the month of February. Given that Harper has been crowing about how good the economy is because of his stewardship, this would be a sign that that stewardship isn’t as good as Harper has been leading us to believe.

The Loss of Formality and Ceremony

I like to drive. I have a little sports sedan, and I really like to put it through its paces on roads that have never met a straight line.  It isn’t about the speed for me, it is about pushing the machine to its limits – the brakes, the suspension, the tires – in a ...

Take off, eh?: Burlington still leaning Conservative

According to LISPOP, the riding of Burlington is still leaning heavily to the Conservatives. It doesn’t look like the Orange Crush has taken effect in the riding. The Liberal candidate is Alyssa Brierley. Her hope of winning rests on a significant number of disgruntled CPC votes bleeding away to the Liberals. I can say this ...

Take off, eh?: Burlington still leaning Conservative

According to LISPOP, the riding of Burlington is still leaning heavily to the Conservatives. It doesn’t look like the Orange Crush has taken effect in the riding. The Liberal candidate is Alyssa Brierley. Her hope of winning rests on a significant number of disgruntled CPC votes bleeding away to the Liberals. I can say this ...

Final thoughts on Decision 2011…

… and I’ll try to keep it positive. Maybe… But whatever you do, please don’t take this as an endorsement (or non-endorsement) for any of the candidates; these are just some idle thoughts that are absolutely not reflective of the opinions of the E-B. I think it’s still too close to call for Monday, in ...

Critical Brain Candy: The most useful flowchart

I saw this linked on Reddit as “This is quite possibly the simplest and most Zen flowchart I’ve ever seen”, and I like it:

Enormous Thriving Plants: Unsurprisingly, Canadian birther is…

…still birthering. Like Iraqi WMDs, a priori commitment to a claim always seems to trump (pun intended) reality for people like “Canadian Sentinel”, “WorldNetDaily”, and a goodly dose of FOX News fans. These kinds of things continue to say a lot about their critical thinking skills & reasoning.

Enormous Thriving Plants: Unsurprisingly, Canadian birther is…

…still birthering. Like Iraqi WMDs, a priori commitment to a claim always seems to trump (pun intended) reality for people like “Canadian Sentinel”, “WorldNetDaily”, and a goodly dose of FOX News fans. These kinds of things continue to say a lot about their critical thinking skills & reasoning.

Enormous Thriving Plants: Unsurprisingly, Canadian birther is…

…still birthering. Like Iraqi WMDs, a priori commitment to a claim always seems to trump (pun intended) reality for people like “Canadian Sentinel”, “WorldNetDaily”, and a goodly dose of FOX News fans. These kinds of things continue to say a lot about their critical thinking skills & reasoning.

Northern Reflections: A Failed Prime Minister

Stephen Harper set the bar for success in this election. There were only two choices, he said — a Conservative Majority or Chaos. No one at this point can accurately predict the outcome of this election. But it would appear that Canadians — as they do so often — have chosen an outcome that will ...

kirbycairo: Not to lose, is the Strategy of a Loser. . .

This article in the Globe (shame on them for endorsing Harper!), asks “Will Harper Regret the Strategy of Running Not to Lose?” It is an interesting article that makes some very cogent points. As I was reading the article it struck me how similar this strategy has been to recent events in high profile Chess ...

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(alternatively titled: “Reason number 457 to loathe and despise Peggy Nash”)

A few words about monetary policy

Liberal policy meant severe cuts to social program spending at the provincial level and massive provincial deficits to maintain programs, or punitive cuts. Also, liberals introduced us to bracket-creep tax increases that hurt anyone when they had an income increases. Conservative policy has been that of massive deficits and debt. Corporate tax cuts at the ...

Liberal Arts and Minds: Take a Closer Look

Bob Rae asks you to take a second look at both the Conservative and NDP platforms. Take your time especially with the NDP list of promises. They don’t make any sense. NDP platform here.

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Majority out of reach, Tories say

Schadenfreude. The Star Exclusive: Majority out of reach, Tories say The adventures of a Franco Ontarian Viz Min Woman in Ottawa.

Enormous Thriving Plants: Ritz’s ridiculous recession rheoric reflects… desperation.

Nothing like the NDP’s polling numbers going up to prompt nervous conservative MPs to go off their rockers. I particularly loved listening to 650 CKOM’s uncritical echoing of that nonsense all day long. Gotta love the “liberal media”. The NEP? Does Gerry Ritz and his Conservative Party confederates really think Saskatchewan voters are that dumb? ...

Enormous Thriving Plants: Ritz’s ridiculous recession rheoric reflects… desperation.

Nothing like the NDP’s polling numbers going up to prompt nervous conservative MPs to go off their rockers. I particularly loved listening to 650 CKOM’s uncritical echoing of that nonsense all day long. Gotta love the “liberal media”. The NEP? Does Gerry Ritz and his Conservative Party confederates really think Saskatchewan voters are that dumb? ...

Enormous Thriving Plants: Ritz’s ridiculous recession rheoric reflects… desperation.

Nothing like the NDP’s polling numbers going up to prompt nervous conservative MPs to go off their rockers. I particularly loved listening to 650 CKOM’s uncritical echoing of that nonsense all day long. Gotta love the “liberal media”. The NEP? Does Gerry Ritz and his Conservative Party confederates really think Saskatchewan voters are that dumb? ...