I tuned into a rebroadcast of this morning’s the CBC’s the Current while cleaning the kitchen this evening which had an unusually good documentary on the problem of youth unemployment; specifically, the problem of university undergrads in f…Continue reading
Did you hear Michael Moore has offered our hero Brigette DePape a job? I hope she has many such excellent opportunities coming her way. A young woman with that much courage, poise and determination should have a bright future as a rabble rouser.
I’d like to kiss the Senate page who launched a protest calling for someone – everyone – to stop Prime Minister Harper. First of all, she’s got chutzpah for doing this thing, and I really admire that. Second, even though there w…Continue reading
Well I watched most of the Throne Speech today, and all I want to say is that Disneyland would be lucky to be able to stage a show like that one. At least there were no nasty surprises.
So it could have been worse.
I’ll never trust Step…Continue reading
The media has had a jolly old time ragging on the new, young, inexperienced Members of Parliament in the NDP caucus. Even the most casual observer of mainstream Canadian news will note the mocking, smirking stories about the “latest gaffes” by the Jack…Continue reading
Inspired by this story: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/06/02/pol-speaker-election.htmlContinue reading
A new Parliament opens tomorrow, and with it, we step into a great unknown. Will Stephen Harper’s Conservative majority plunge us into chaos? Will the government impose a neoliberal austerity agenda that shreds what remains of Canada’s social programs?…Continue reading
My Premier, Dalton Mcguinty, has been long on the record that he is for killing the Senate, rather then reforming it, and he reinforced that with another statement to that effect in response to Harper’s proposed Senate reforms. He is joined in that belief by the Nova Scotia Premier, and both of them are in agreement with the federal NDP, who have long advocated that position.
The problem of course with calling for the abolition of the Senate is the same potential roadblock that faces changing the Senate to an elected body (notwithstanding Harper’s attempts to sidestep it, and Quebec appears ready to take the Feds to court […]Continue reading
In case you missed it, the Ontario Progressive Conservative party had a convention this weekend. There was a lot of, shall we say, extraneous stuff that was going on that distracted from this event, but you shouldn’t let the amusement of a wayward Blackberry from a PC candidate and an even more tortured explanation from Tim Hudak’s officials get in the way of other things that was going on there.
There are some questions about Hudak’s policy financial shortfalls and where he’s going to make up the money to pay for what he’s offering Ontario for electing him. What most concerns me though is stuff like this coming out […]Continue reading
With Harper’s recent majority it was inevitable that his party would start pushing through policies that were not politically possible when they only had a minority. The first major example is going to be in campaign finance – in particular, phasing ou…Continue reading
There seems to be a very strong current within Canadian politics to “restore civility” within the House of Commons. This message was emphasized by Elizabeth May and the Green Party during the election. Jack Layton and even Pat Martin are wearing button…Continue reading
For several months, Wil Hylton, an excellent writer from GQ magazine, has been interviewing Phil McDowell, an Iraq War resister living in Canada, along with many other war resisters and their supporters and detractors. The resulting article is now onli…Continue reading
It seems a new poll is out that says Canadians are more then willing right now to re-open the Constitution to do such things as Senate reform:
After almost two decades of constitutional peace, Harris-Decima survey conducted for The Canadian Press indicates a majority is now willing to risk re-opening the constitutional can of worms to accomplish some specific goals…For instance, 61 per cent said they’re prepared to re-open the Constitution to reform or abolish the appointed Senate. And 58 per cent said they’re willing to offer constitutional amendments in a bid to finally secure Quebec’s signature on the Constitution. Fifty-eight per cent also said they’re willing to open […]Continue reading
Briefly this AM, a few thoughts on the state of the Liberal Party:
1) I think the choice of Bob Rae as interim leader is a good choice – the only choice really. He is an experienced parliamentarian and former Premier who will be capable at this rather thankless job.
2) I’m not particularly happy that the only choices for the Liberal Party delegates is to either have an election for a new permanent leader in 5 months – or 18-21 months from now. I would have preferred a “third option” of somewhere in between. That said, if those are the 2 choices, I’d have to reluctantly choose […]Continue reading
Is there anyone in Canada who doesn’t believe that Bob Rae will ultimately wind up as the “permanent” leader of the Liberal Party, once this interim, kabuki thing is over? (Not that there’s anything wrong with that…)- Garry J. Wise, TorontoVisit our …Continue reading
The Ontario election is still a few months away, so it’s a bit early to be predicting election outcomes, but it appears this Nanos poll shows that Andrea Horwath is gaining some ground on both parties in Ontario. The NDP and her haven’t released any policy of note yet, so the only conclusion one […]Continue reading
On this holiday Monday for most people, I was going to take a crack at Jason Kenney’s ridiculous assertion about how Senate reform could be achieved by the provinces magically holding elections, but I see BCL has already beaten me to it, so go read him and one of the problems he sees with […]Continue reading
I’m presuming that Harper will use the “stability” argument as one of his reasons for re-appointing 2 Conservative Senators who had resigned and lost in the general election and appointing a defeated Cabinet Minister in that same election to the Senate. In the case of Larry Smith, who infamously claimed he was making a […]Continue reading