Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2017 Candidate Profile: Charlie Angus

If Peter Julian’s leadership campaign has been surprising in its relatively push toward controversy, Charlie Angus may be defying expectations in the opposite direction – as the punk rocker has been the most serene figure in the race so far. Strengths Rather than spending much of the first two debates on a soapbox, Angus has ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2017 Candidate Profile: Peter Julian

I’ll start my series of NDP leadership candidate profiles with the first to enter the leadership race – and the one who’s likely done the most to shape the campaign so far. I’ve noted before my surprise at the choices made so far by Peter Julian’s campaign: a candidate who could have portrayed himself as ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2017 Links

A few notes worth a look in advance of today’s youth-focused debate… – Kyle Duggan reports on Pat Stogran’s imminent entry into the race. And The View Up Here features an extended interview to introduce Stogran as a candidate, while CTV offers a shorter interview. – Anishinabek News examines Charlie Angus’ focus on First Nations ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2017 Links

This and that from the NDP’s leadership campaign. – Among the coverage of the first leadership debate which I hadn’t linked before, Karl Nerenberg offers both a ranking and a review. And Yves Engler asks why the first debate largely avoided foreign policy issues – though there’s still plenty of campaign left in which to ...

Accidental Deliberations: On pipelines to nowhere

I’ll be taking a look at the individual candidates in the NDP’s leadership race over the next little while. But before I start into that review, I’ll pause to discuss the most bizarre development of the leadership campaign so far. As I noted in reviewing the first debate, Peter Julian’s choice to brand himself largely ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2017: First Debate Review

One of the most important renewed challenges facing the federal NDP in the wake of its drop to third in Canada’s party standings is that of earning positive public attention. And for the candidates and the party alike, yesterday’s inaugural leadership debate served primarily as an important introduction. Many viewers may have been relatively unfamiliar ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2017: First Debate Review

One of the most important renewed challenges facing the federal NDP in the wake of its drop to third in Canada’s party standings is that of earning positive public attention. And for the candidates and the party alike, yesterday’s inaugural leadership debate served primarily as an important introduction. Many viewers may have been relatively unfamiliar ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the first few steps of the federal NDP’s leadership race. For further reading…– CBC News reported on Peter Julian’s campaign launch, while Alex Ballingall covered Charlie Angus’ and Aaron Wherry wrote about Guy Caron’s. And Mia Rabson reports that Niki Ashton will officially announce her candidacy next week.– So far Peter Julian looks ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the first few steps of the federal NDP’s leadership race. For further reading…– CBC News reported on Peter Julian’s campaign launch, while Alex Ballingall covered Charlie Angus’ and Aaron Wherry wrote about Guy Caron’s. And Mia Rabson reports that Niki Ashton will officially announce her candidacy next week.– So far Peter Julian looks ...

Accidental Deliberations: NDP Leadership 2017 Opening Comments

The consensus list of prospective candidates in this year’s federal NDP leadership race seems to be set, with Peter Julian and Charlie Angus having already declared their intention to run, and Guy Caron, Niki Ashton and Jagmeet Singh looking likely to do so as well. And with the leadership campaign now starting in earnest, I’ll ...

Accidental Deliberations: NDP Leadership 2017 Opening Comments

The consensus list of prospective candidates in this year’s federal NDP leadership race seems to be set, with Peter Julian and Charlie Angus having already declared their intention to run, and Guy Caron, Niki Ashton and Jagmeet Singh looking likely to do so as well. And with the leadership campaign now starting in earnest, I’ll ...

Alberta Politics: Happy New Year! AlbertaPolitics.ca’s Top Ten political predictions for 2017

PHOTOS: Your blogger, in hat, contemplates the difference between the renamed Conservative Party of Alberta and the renamed Conservative Party of Alberta. That’s not a typo. See Prediction No. 9 below for an explanation. Actual Alberta political commentators may not appear exactly as illustrated in this screenshot. Below (with predictions): Former Progressive Conservative MLA Sandra ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Janice Fine discusses how the decline of organized labour as a political force has opened the door for the likes of Donald Trump: Just when we need them most, the main institutions that have fought for decent jobs are a shadow of their former selves. Unions that ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, comparing the Conservative Party’s leadership race based on fear and division to the NDP’s which looks set to bring a progressive coalition together. For further reading…– Bob Hepburn also notes that fear and hatred are the main themes emerging from the Cons’ candidates so far. And while it’s fair enough for Andrew Coyne to ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Jan-Emmanuel De Neve and Nick Powdthavee discuss how the rise of an exclusive class of the rich increases stress and decreases well-being for everybody else. Using data from the World Top Incomes Database and the Gallup World Poll, we compared the share of taxable income held by ...

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s abuse of Challenger jets, government resources unacceptable

by: Obert Madondo | April 2, 2014 The Conservatives’ abuse of the Challenger jets and other government resources might end soon if the New Democrats are successful with their latest motion. On Tuesday, the NDP tabled an opposition day motion in the House of Commons that would limit the use of the jests to Canadian government business only. ...

Politics and its Discontents: Charlie Angus Sings ‘The Reactionary Blues’

Kind of catchy, and makes for a great singalong, don’t you think? They’re melting down the ice caps And raising up the trolls.Putting shutters on the windows And burning all the notes.The climate bell is ringingBut they’ve turned it back to snooze. I’m here a-singing the reactionary blues.There’s a war you never heard ofBetter join ...

ParliamANT Hill: NDP ethics chair Pat MartinAnt denounces ‘black shroud of secrecy’

Inspired by this headline: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/12/10/ndp-ethics-chair-pat-mart_n_4421940.html

The Canadian Progressive: Statements: Resignation of Harper’s Chief of Staff Nigel Wright

From the day it emerged that Stephen Harper’s chief of staff Nigel Wright cut a $90,000 personal cheque to cover Sen. Mike Duffy’s fraudulent Senate expense claims, the Conservatives tried desperately to kill the scandal. On Thursday, they tossed Duffy overboard, and on Friday, Sen. Pamela Wallin.  Also on Friday, the PMO vowed  that Wright ...

The Ranting Canadian: Members of Canada’s centrist New Democratic Party (NDP)…

Members of Canada’s centrist New Democratic Party (NDP) caucus sing the Stompin’ Tom Connors song “Bud the Spud”, which is about a character who — unlike the fraudulent Conservative senator Mike Duffy — lives in Prince Edward Island. The guitarists are Charlie Angus and Andrew Cash, who were professional musicians before being elected to parliament. ...

The Canadian Progressive: Premier Wynne can push for national referendum on future of the Senate

By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 18, 2013: In, 2004, Stephen Harper described Canada’s Senate as a “dumping ground for the favoured cronies of the Prime Minister.” He also said: “I will not name appointed people to the Senate. Anyone who sits in the Parliament of Canada must be elected by the people they represent.” Today, none of ...

Bryan Crockett: Brazeau kicked from Caucus

Conservative-appointed Senator Patrick Brazeau Early this morning, Harper-appointed Senator Patrick Brazeau was expelled from the Conservative Caucus after being taking into police custody. Rumours are circulating about charges of domestic abuse, but nothing is entirely confused. This did not surprise most Canadians who were already familiar with Brazeau. He’s had a terrible record as a ...

350 or bust: Idle No More: A Response By People Who Feel Like Hostages In Their Own Country

If you’re looking for some more information on the IdleNoMore campaign, MP Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay) gives a good summary in this video. He is discussing the NDP Opposition Day motion on dealing with First Nation economic development and treaty rights. The response from the CPC MP, Cheryl Gallant, who represents a more southerly Ontario ...

The Canadian Progressive: What Chief Spence’s Hunger Strike Says About Canada

by Obert Madondo | Huffington Post Blog http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/obert-madondo/cheif-hunger-strike-democracy_b_2298786.html “I’m willing to die for my people because the pain is too much and it’s time for the government to realize what (it’s) doing to us.” The chief of the northern Ontario First Nation reserve of Attawapiskat uttered the haunting statement as she announced her hunger strike in Ottawa ...

The Ranting Canadian: The Honourable Charlie Angus, New Democratic Party (NDP) Member…

The Honourable Charlie Angus, New Democratic Party (NDP) Member of Parliament for Timmins-James Bay, recognizes the Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion’s contribution to the fight against fascism in the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930s. The Mac-Paps volunteered to fight the fascist forces of Spain, Italy and Germany as part of the International Brigades, without any support ...