Sudbury Steve May: From Conservative Minority to Majority, Part III: Fallout from the May 2nd Vote

Tuesday morning, May 3rd. Canada wakes up to discover that it’s elected yet another Conservative minority government. Just as all of the pundits were predicting prior to the vote of non-confidence in the Harper government. Sure, maybe the NDP and the Liberals have exchanged a few seats, and perhaps Harper’s majority isn’t as strong as ...

Prime Minister: "Debates are for losers"

At a campaign stop today in New Brunswick, Prime Minister Cowboy Steve clarified his stance on a proposed one-on-one debate with Liberal Party leader Michael Ignatieff. The Conservative Party leader told his audience “I don’t believe in debate as a worthwhile forum for presenting ideas and policy. I’d much rather address Canadians during our comprehensive ...

Views from the lake - eh?: An inconsequential, banal, silly word

Stephen Fry was being interviewed on CBC this morning, and the conversation turned to Twitter. According to the New York Times magazine, he is one of the world’s leading twitterers (tweeters?) with a number of followers that is approaching 2.5 million (yes, 6 zeroes after that). In the conversation Fry described how he views Twitter ...

Wildrose Alliance Continues Their Attack on Working People

The Wildrose Alliance continued their attack on working people in Alberta today following the announcement that the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) had reached a tentative deal with the provincial government for a new contract. The new contract will provide government workers a 4% raise in 2012, a lump sum payment this year, and ...

atypicalalbertan: BKACPP – Canadian Action Party

Party Name: Canadian Action Party Leader: Christopher Porter Date of Founding: 1997 05 13 2008 election: 20 candidates 3 455 votes 11th place of 19 parties Notable History: Party was formed in 1997 after the collapse of the National Party of Canada by former Minister of Defense and current member of Privy Council Paul Hellyer. ...

Victoria Liberal Christopher Causton’s Campaign Launch (video)

Yesterday afternoon I attended the campaign kick event off for Federal Liberal Party Candidate Christopher Causton.  It was also interesting to hear him clarify his position on election signs as that is a big interest area for me.   He said that as the 25 year Mayor of  Oak Bay, a municipality with some of ...

Late Friday Night Ode To … The Future (Again)

Yet another war, another election campaign (Canada), Christian fundamentalists posing as Conservatives doing everything they can to impose their religious views and beliefs (Canada and USA), so-called liberals/progressive/democrats cowering or triangulating while still not doing much to prevent the Christian fundie march (Canada, USA), the majority of the electorate more ignorant, uninformed an…

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: DAY SEVEN: "It’s Why Your Tuition Keeps Going up!"

In a memorable rant Rick Mercer lays out a host of reasons those between the ages of 18 and 25 should get out and vote in the coming May 2 election. For starters there’s 3 million such voters which is more than enough to have a massive effect on the results. For seconds the powers that ...

Bill Longstaff: Republicans wage war on the environment (with a little help from the Democrats)

If anyone still believes we are going to save ourselves from environmental catastrophe, the U.S. Congress is doing its best to disabuse us of our optimism. It has mounted a wholesale effort to preclude any serious efforts by the American government to deal with climate change. The Republicans have introduced bills that would bar the ...

A BCer in Toronto: New election look at Wellington Street Post

The new blog aggregate on the block, the Wellington Street Post, has a new look and feel for the election campaign. Much cleaner, more colourful and easier to read. And I like the leader photos (unlike the leader’s debates, the WSP has included Elizabeth May). Check it out.

A voice from Riverbend: Edmonton-Leduc NDP campaign diary, Days 5, 6 and 7

Was too busy to write for the past few days, and have a lot to report: We now have a Campaign Manager. Thanks for your help, Aaron! The number of volunteers and sign locations is growing almost hourly. Let’s keep it rolling, people! The website hits a new record number of visitors every day. We ...

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: DAY SEVEN: Stephen Harper Tires Of Democracy

I’m having a difficult time not writing about Stephen’s petulance as if he were some whiny assed titty-baby. His contempt for his opponents, the Canadian people and democracy in general have been difficult to watch during the first week of the campaign. He’s apparently decided that at campaign stops he’s only going to answer five ...

Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Green Party Moment: Is it Time for Real debate on Nuclear Power?

Linda Keen former Nuclear Watchdog So I was at the Green Party website, (actually, it’s more of an Elizabeth May site now.), and there was a media release with Elizabeth May’s schedule for the day. Lo and behold, amongst the local campaign type stops, is a notice of a joint press conference with EMay, and ...

TaylorOwen.com: Oped in G&M on Election Debates

Rudyard Griffiths and I have a piece out today on how and why our election debates are flawed, and what can be done about it.  We have a lot of research on this, so feel free to contact me for details. — Let a Commission, Not Broadcasters, Call the Shots Whether or not one agrees ...

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: DAY SEVEN: Tea Leaves, Mass Psychosis and Narratives

For those who drop in and check out the election related news links I’ve been posting and my comments you’ve probably noticed I have some talent for being able to read tea leaves, but for all I know perhaps it’s just a talent for the bleeding obvious. There’s little need to be cocksure about this. After all, most in the progressive ...

Law is Cool: LOTR on Queen’s Pro Bono Radio

This was inspired by lawiscool.com’s previous post about LOTR as property law.  We tried to break down different methods of possession and discussed who we thought was the true lord of the ring. Speakers are Colin Brown, Heather Sagar and Joy Wakefield of Queen’s University.  Thank you to Omar for the permission and to CFRC ...

Forecast: Grim With Heavy Chances Of Losing Country

Still insanely busy, but I just can’t remain silent on the current electoral campaign … I mean, the ongoing electoral campaign that began months ago (you know, before everyone actually proclaimed that *now* we’re running elections?) – but I digress. In any case, polls still tend toward two most likely outcomes: a CPC minority again, ...

A Canadian Lefty in Occupied Land: Sudbury: Writing for Social Change Workshops

Just sent out the following callout for a series of three writing workshops for people interested in doing writing related to social change in Sudbury. I’ll be facilitating the middle workshop and other local writers/activists will be facilitating the other two. If you are interested in attending, please let me know! All of Us Are ...

Finding Common Ground – Health Care

Click here to view the embedded video. The Greens are asking all parties to clearly state support for the five principles of the Canada Health Act: public administration, comprehensiveness, universality, portability, and accessibility.

Jacked Up: Keys to running a campaign

Exams and papers on the go so no time to really comment on it other than: Hilarious, thank you Scott Feschuk for summing up Harper’s campaign thus far. Let’s hope this is the track the Conservatives stay on for the rest of the campaign.

Confessions of a Liberal Mind: Open Letter to Stephen Harper, from Michael Ignatieff

This just crossed my desk this morning. Everyone should read this to hear the real story. Don’t believe the anonymous sources, believe this directly from the leader of the Liberal Party to the Leader of the Conservative Party. Open letter to Stephen Harper Dear Mr. Harper: I am writing about the one-on-one debate that you ...

Confessions of a Liberal Mind: Open Letter to Stephen Harper, from Michael Ignatieff

This just crossed my desk this morning. Everyone should read this to hear the real story. Don’t believe the anonymous sources, believe this directly from the leader of the Liberal Party to the Leader of the Conservative Party. Open letter to Stephen Harper Dear Mr. Harper: I am writing about the one-on-one debate that you ...

Coming soon: Harper Bunker Book

Confessions of a Liberal Mind: Open Letter to Stephen Harper, from Michael Ignatieff

This just crossed my desk this morning. Everyone should read this to hear the real story. Don’t believe the anonymous sources, believe this directly from the leader of the Liberal Party to the Leader of the Conservative Party. Open letter to Stephen Harper Dear Mr. Harper: I am writing about the one-on-one debate that you ...

Harper reconsiders avoiding debate with Ignatieff