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: Saturday Evening Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Linda McQuaig discusses the hollow promise of “populist” billionaires who ultimately serve only to enrich themselves and their class. And Lana Payne writes about the growing protest movement which culminated in massive rallies around the world this weekend – as well as the causes of its emergence: Over ...

Cowichan Conversations: NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo to seek leadership of Federal New Democrats

Finally a candidate with a proven track record, who does not accept the shift to the ‘Mushy Middle’, who is comfortable speaking of Socialism. Cheri DiNovo is the first NDP’er in a long time to Read more…

Left Over: Something Bold, Something Shrewd..And Tomorrow, Something New?

Cheri DiNovo an ‘unofficial’ candidate for federal NDP leadership ‘I’m running for principles, not for a position,’ DiNovo says, rejecting party’s $30K entry fee By Susana Mas, CBC News Posted: Jun 07, 2016 8:16 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 07, 2016 11:15 AM ET Now isn’t this an interesting little turn of events..a woman saying  she ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Cheri Di Novo Is Fucking Nuts

That is all. Other than maybe this, for now.  THERE IS MORE!

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Cheri Di Novo Is Fucking Nuts

That is all. Other than maybe this, for now.  THERE IS MORE!

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Cheri Di Novo Is Fucking Nuts

That is all. Other than maybe this, for now.  THERE IS MORE!

Accidental Deliberations: On balancing acts

For those wondering, I’m indeed following up on these posts and working my way through some of the factors in the NDP’s federal election result. (For more on the subject, see the latest from Lawrence Martin, and Desmond Cole talking to Cheri DiNovo.) I’ll turn now to what’s often been labeled the most important turning ...

Politics and its Discontents: Oh, And One More Thing

It seems I, Martin Regg Cohn and Cheri DiNovo aren’t the only ones to take issue with Andrea horwath’s leadership these days: Re:Horwath admits ‘bittersweet’ election result, July 9 I wonder what Robin Sears has to say about Cheri DiNovo. The day Andrea Horwath walked away from the Liberal budget I cancelled my membership in ...

Politics and its Discontents: Andrea Horwath: Her Smugness Takes A Hit

The other day, while watching some reactions to the Ontario Throne Speech, I couldn’t help but note a truculent and smug Andrea Horwath, the leader of an NDP party now diminished by her foolish decision not to support a progressive budget, thereby triggering an election that few wanted. She opined that the now-majority Liberal government ...

Aaron Manton: Ontario Election: Evaluating Voter Engagement In My Riding Of Parkdale-High Park

Obviously some of the onus is on voters to research candidates, platforms, and issues, and to think for themselves about who and what they want to cast their ballot for. That being said, the opportunity to engage with a candidate one-on-one can have a tremendous impact on voter intention – it certainly has for me ...

Progressive Proselytizing: The effect on strategic voting of Wynne ruling out a coalition

Unfortunately, for those of us who think that some form of Liberal-NDP election deal or coalition would be vastly superior to the PCs forming a government with the largest minority, Kathleen Wynne has said that she won’t form a coalition with the NDP. Unsurprisingly, as this move changes the possible outcomes, it also has an ...

Progressive Proselytizing: Transphobia is alive and well in Ontario

As a follower of both US and Canadian politics, but a Canadian resident, it is a source of national pride that much of the most abhorrent aspects of the culture wars in the US are, thankfully, absent in Canada. For all our faults, our elections don’t seem to have an over abundance of old conservative white men ...

Slap Upside The Head: Family Coalition Party Focuses On Bathrooms

Let’s do some quick word association. When I say “gender identity,” say the first thing tha—OMG TOILETS!!!! I’m not exactly sure where Ontario’s fringe Family Coalition Party gets its funding, considering they routinely get less than a quarter of a percent of the popular vote, but they seem to have enough resources to design and ...

Progressive Proselytizing: Why I voted as I did in the Ontario Election

While I wrote quite a few blog posts on the 2011 Ontario Election, both generally and specifically with regards to my riding of Parkdale-Highpark, I never actually indicated precisely who I was voting for. I thus explain my reasoning here, belatedly, partly with the intent of being a record for myself in the future, and ...

Progressive Proselytizing: 2011 Ontario Election: Parkdale-Highpark All Candidates Forum Response

The following is my observations and reflections from attending an All Candidates Forum for the riding of Parkdale-Highpark. Click here for an overview on the candidates for this riding. While this post will obviously be specific to this particular Ontario riding, hopefully there will be some universal interest for my non Parkdale-Highpark readers. The event ...

Progressive Proselytizing: Cheri DiNovo and Biblical Views of Homosexuality

I don’t want to detract from the tone set in my previous overview of the religious leanings of Parkdale-Highpark candidates, but I feel compelled to address a particular interview with NDP incumbent Cheri DiNovo on the bible. As great as her religious egalitarianism is, I simply don’t believe she is giving a fair interpretation of ...

Progressive Proselytizing: 2011 Ontario Election: Religion in the Riding of Parkdale Highpark

Religion usually isn’t a dominant issue in Canadian politics. While there is certainly a general correlation with higher levels of Christian religiosity among conservatives, prominent debates over religion as the key polarizing issue is quite rare. During the debates in the Parkdale-Highpark riding in Ontario for the 2011 Federal Election, for instance, there was absolutely ...

Progressive Proselytizing: Ontario Election 2011: Candidate Overview for the Riding of Parkdale Highpark

This post is intended to fill a void on Google that does not, as yet, have a non-partisan summary of the basic facts about the candidates running in the Parkdale-Highpark riding in the 2011 Ontario Election. I will not offer any commentary here but shall defer that to later posts. The blurbs about the candidates are ...

Acts of Citizenship: Ontario Liberals insinuate ONDP hates babies, or when will Ontarians tire of cynical, disingenuous, and negative politics???

As a constituent of what must be one of Ontario’s most progressive ridings, Parkdale-High Park, I was dismayed and disappointed by the first piece of Liberal campaign literature that showed up in my mailbox. In a riding where the Conservative candidate, by all accounts very worthy, is an extreme long shot to get elected, I ...