History was made in Canada’s federal election on May 2. Conservative gets majority goverment while New Democrat serves as Opposition for the first time. How will this alter federal policies on energy, environment, and climate change? Let’s examine the parties’ environmental platforms, their gains and losses, followed by how Canada’s federal policies may change.Continue reading
Canadian Dimension editors and regulars reflect on the outcome of the federal election and discuss how we must fight the Harper majority: John Cartwright (Toronto & York Region Labour Council); Eric Darier (Quebec Greenpeace); Leo Panitch (So…Continue reading
What would the press and punditry be saying about this? That would be the tanking of the TSX over the last two days. Filed under: Canadian PoliticsContinue reading
“I do think it’s useful to read Keynes. But Greg is right: modern Keynesianism is to be understood through the views of modern Keynesians, not by hunting through the original works for hidden meanings. And modern Keynesians are emphatically not…Continue reading
Through a late surge of support that has redrawn the parliamentary battlelines, Canada’s brand of social democracy has been announced the official ideology of opposition for the first time. It came on the back of an understated election that seem…Continue reading
4 year is just the beginning, folks.Continue reading
Here’s what I’m thinking right now about the election that just was, and the future. If I continue to blog going forward, I’ll probably try to expand and improve on it from time to time.
Far More Than “Centrist”
Having watched Michael IgnatieffContinue reading
Searching for Honest Journalism
The NB blogger Charles Leblanc, known as simply “Blogger”, may be the most honest journalist in the country.
He may also have discovered the real reason for the Conservative win on Monday.
You guys are hypnotized, …Continue reading
Over the course of the last decade, I’ve allowed myself to become something of a chubby haus frau. I derive considerable pleasure in planting myself in front of the computer and not bothering to watch what I stuff in my face. Several times a year, something in my brain chemistry is rudely altered, and I […]Continue reading
I am at the garage for some work this morning. The owner, a Thornhill resident and I were chatting about the election. He told me that he was so incensed about the Liberals forcing an election that he and his wife voted Conservative, rather than Libera…Continue reading
The outcome of the 1993 federal election was perhaps one of the most divisive and transformative elections on record. It ushered in an era of mudslinging, contempt, cheap partisan tricks and mistrust. A chapter that may have only been closed with the recent 2011 federal election. Similar to the recentContinue reading
This is a high level summary of campaign results in ridings identified by the Catch 22 campaign. Over the coming weekend, we’ll publish an editorial. Then in a few weeks we’ll put out a more detailed look at our campaign – strengths and weaknesses, what worked and what didn’t etc. Once that is done, the campaign will be wrapped up.
Obviously, we did not get the overall results we were looking for. With less than a 2% increase in the popular vote, Harper was successful at boosting his…Continue reading
Just to reinforce my point about the partisan backbiting.I note this morning that Simon’s got an excellent post addressing some of the same things, but he says it better than I can. Go and read it now.He manages, in passing, to highlight a p…Continue reading
Many people want the traditional locked down LMS, where students are seen as needing competencies and knowledge, where content is to be dumped, absorbed, and pumped out via tests.
But an LMS can be like a community, where every member is a teacher and…Continue reading
LOCAL EVENTS WINNIPEG:SOLIDARITY PICKET FOR BRISTOL AEROSPACE WORKERS:Happening this afternoon from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm************************Solidarity Picket at Bristol!Time Wednesday, May 4 · 4:00pm – 6:00pm————————–Location Bristo…Continue reading
Rebuilding the Liberal party is going to take: A) 6-12 months, if we push it and find the right leader. B) 2-4 years, to make sure we are ready to regain power after the next election C) 8-1O years, if we're lucky. I think part of the cause of theContinue reading
Rebuilding the Liberal party is going to take:
A) 6-12 months, if we push it and find the right leader.
B) 2-4 years, to make sure we are ready to regain power after the next election
C) 8-1O years, if we’re lucky.
I think part of the cause of the party’s recent setback has been too many people choosing A) or B) after the last couple of election losses.
The result? Option C) may be the new default.
One aspect of this that I think has been missed all around is that it takes time for leaders to make an impression, and more than just a couple years for Canadians to get to know them and warm up to them. Like it or not, we have to resolve to stick with our next leader for a long haul, perhaps even after an election loss (*gasp!*).
Another factor in the NDP and Conservatives success is that their respective leaders have been around long enough for people, average voters who aren’t hard wired into politics, to get to know them and get comfortable with them. Unfortunately, Stephane Dion and Michael Ignatieff were never given this opportunity, so we’ll never know how well they could have eventually done. We shouldn’t make this mistake again, tempting as it is to try to find someone who will resonate with voters and enjoy a greater immediate success (has this ever happened?)Continue reading
There’s an old adage that goes something like, “A man with one watch knows what time it is; a man with two watches is never sure.” Well the same applies to weather forecasts. Of three separate forecasts for tomorrow (Weather Network, Environmen…Continue reading
From Shelley’s Mask of Anarchy –
Stand ye calm and resolute,
Like a forest close and mute,
With folded arms and looks which are
Weapons of unvanquished war.
And if then the tyrants dare,
Let them ride among you there,
Slash, and stab, and maim, and y…
I’ll confess it. I’ll admit it and put it on my sleeve. I was one of the election hawks in March. I did not get the government I voted for, nor the representative, but I got the men and women I deserve. A right wing neoconservative majority that effectively andContinue reading