Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2017 Links

The latest from the federal NDP’s leadership campaign as the first voting window closes. – Robin Sears frames the choice of members as being between a comfortable fit with Charlie Angus and a more ambitious option in Jagmeet Singh, while the Toronto Star’s editorial board offers its endorsement to Singh based on its preference for ...

Accidental Deliberations: On power dynamics

Paul Wells offers his thoughts on what might happen if the Cons lead in the seat count in a minority Parliament. But I’d think it’s worth noting two other considerations to counter Wells’ take that the Cons could hold on with substantially less than half the seats in the House of Commons. First, particularly if ...

Accidental Deliberations: On separation anxieties

Following up on this post, let’s take a look at the first of Bob Hepburn’s theorized lines of attack against the NDP – which gets its own separate post since it needs to be analyzed in radically different ways depending on the party who launches it: Worse, the Conservatives are expected to unleash a furious ...

Accidental Deliberations: Burning question

So apparently this week’s Macleans debate went ahead despite the exclusion of a party leader with seats in Parliament who wanted to be heard. Which raises the question: how is it that Elizabeth May didn’t refuse to participate, as she demands everybody else do when the shoe is on the other foot?

Accidental Deliberations: Unblocked

In response to the apparent return of Gilles Duceppe to federal politics, I’ll offer a quick rerun on the state of the Bloc Quebecois: Once the 1995 referendum was in the rear-view mirror, however, the Bloc recognized that it would need to stand for more than sovereignty alone. And so it developed a strategy of ...

Accidental Deliberations: On political evolution

Both Chantal Hebert and the combination of Bruce Anderson and David Coletto have written recently about the state of federal politics in Quebec, with particular emphasis on what we can expect as the Bloc Quebecois appears to crumble. With that in mind, I’ll offer a quick reminder as to one of the more subtle factors ...

Accidental Deliberations: On soft support

Ezra Klein discusses Ray LaRaja and Brian Schnaffer’s graph of U.S. donor policy preferences against political donations: Klein’s take involves a comparison between the graph and the U.S.’ discussion about political polarization. But it’s worth wondering to what extent the same theory might apply in Canada – and how they might in fact conflict with ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

This and that for your weekend reading. – Plenty more commentators are taking a turn duly mocking the Cons’ Senate shenanigans. Here’s Tabatha Southey: In fact, Mr. Duffy lives and votes in Kanata, a suburb of Ottawa, in a home he purchased five years before he was appointed to the Senate in 2008. He has ...

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Accidental Deliberations: On priorities

In addition to its eminently sensible proposal to give effect to the rights of indigenous Canadians, the NDP also introduced another bill yesterday – and one which looks to raise a few more questions. Lest there be any doubt, that question doesn’t have to do with whether Craig Scott’s bill setting ground rules for a ...

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Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Susan Delacourt comments on the role of robocalls in turning citizens away from politics – though it’s worth pointing out that the Cons may well see that as a desirable result to capitalize on a modest base of support: What may need more testing, however, is how robocalls ...

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Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading. – Janet Bagnall neatly dissects the Cons’ plan for dismantling public services: The Harper government is nothing if not predictable in how it goes about dismantling a program or service. It starts by denigrating the program and the program’s beneficiaries, and telling Canadians that they’ve been played for fools ...

The Scott Ross: Does Stephen Harper Support Coalitions?

If coalitions are undemocratic and a threat to Canada, why hasn’t this strong stable Conservative majority government done anything to make sure they don’t ravage our nation? Simple, Stephen Harper supports coalitions. Just over three years ago Stephen Harper and members of his party said coalitions were a threat to our nation, that they were ...

Accidental Deliberations: On new challenges

Every so often, it seems to be necessary to remind the pundit class that there isn’t a reset button that will magically restore Canadian politics to where they were three or four election cycles ago. So let’s take a look at the theory that the Bloc should be the favourite to re-emerge as the main ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Boxing Day reading – with plenty of interesting news below the headlines. – Naturally the Globe and Mail’s headline focuses on a modest dip (to a 14-point lead) in Quebec rather than the NDP’s strong national performance. But the more noteworthy development in the latest Nanos polling looks to be the ...

Accidental Deliberations: On eroding bases

It’s far too early to declare anything decided as to what’s going to happen in Canada’s next federal election. But for anybody looking for an early indication as to whether or not we’ll see a Bloc resurgence, about the only more clear sign than this… The Bloc Québécois had held 47 of Quebec’s 75 seats ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Proof That Abolishing the Gun Registry Was Always For the NRA

Unless hunters and farmers are snipers, the Conservative abolishment of the gun registry was always, as suspected, for the NRA.  ALWAYS!  ALWAYS! ALWAYS!  Not one single farmer or hunter ever crossed their mind, except to solicit funds or votes.  NRA! NRA! NRA! The neocons turned down an NDP amendment to at least force registration of sniper ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content for your Friday reading. – Alice posts the full party spending numbers from May’s election. And the story in fact looks to have been near-maximum spending by each of the four parties then in Parliament – which of course failed to produce much return in two cases. – thwap is understandably skeptical of ...

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament In Review: October 4, 2011

Tuesday, October 4 was an opposition day, featuring a motion from Bob Rae on a national suicide strategy that provoked somewhat more agreement than usual. But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t plenty worth debating. The Big Issue While all parties naturally agreed that more needs to be done to prevent suicides both generally and in ...

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament In Review: October 3, 2011

Monday, October 3 saw another day dedicated largely to debate of the Cons’ anti-refugee bill. The Big IssueAs might be expected after several days of debate, the Cons’ single set of poorly-reasoned talking points was beginning to get stale. And Kevin Lamoureux nicely highlighted the absurdity of the Cons’ reading off scripted messages rather than ...

CuriosityCat: Is this NDP leader Nycole Turmel’s "Kissinger Moment"?

Nixon and Kissinger: Benign Neglect Henry Kissinger firmly believed that his understanding of Realpolitik reflected the realism of a handful of famous statesmen of bygone decades. Bismarkian in his aloofness, Metternichean in his pronouncements, Kissinger was never afraid to advise his president, Richard Nixon, on who was important and who was not. The Nixon foreign ...

CalgaryLiberal: Liberals need to support liberals

Liberals need to support liberals, across divisions in government and separation by geography. The silo-ing of liberalism has been one of the worst trends in the last quarter century, where people focus on being one type of liberal rather than another type. The levels of government are fundamentally arbitrary and the people, split between all three, ...

CuriosityCat: Did Canada’s "Arab Spring" start in Quebec on May 2?

The answer is Yes if pollster Allan Gregg’sspeculations are right. The NDP has 33% – tied with the Tories: Jack Layton’s untimely death has triggered another orange wave across the country, a new poll suggests. The Harris/Decima survey conducted for The Canadian Press pegs NDP support at 33 per cent – tied with the ruling ...