the reeves report: Are the NDP too dependent on Jack Layton?

NDP Leader Jack Layton – Image Courtesy of Nathan Denette at the Canadian Press I’ll be brief this time, because I know every pundit and their brother will be covering this story and making this speculation. But it’s worth asking – are the NDP too dependent on Jack Layton for their success? True, this success ...

the reeves report: Long-term thinking needed in the fight for Ontario’s Green Energy future

Wind Turbine farm in Ontario – Image Courtesy of Ottawa Life While in Vancouver last week as part of a First Ministers meeting, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty made a direct link between subsidies paid out to the oil and gas industry in Alberta, BC, and Saskatchewan, and the need for greater subsidies from Ottawa for ...

CalgaryLiberal: Youtube: Bob Rae and Joan Bourassa Roundtables July 16, 2011 in Calgary, Alberta

the reeves report: Ontario and Equalization Payments: ‘have-not’ actually means ‘has-no-oil’

Shuttered factory in Hamilton, ON In the two years since Ontario officially joined the ranks of the ‘have-not’ provinces, the volume of equalization payments received has jumped 534%. That’s right – 534%. From the first payment of $347M to this years whopping $2.2B – Ontario is officially suffering through a massive downturn brought on by ...

CalgaryLiberal: Usage Based Billing and the Liberal Approach: Andrew Moore’s Appearance at the CRTC 2011-77 Public Consultation

Rarely does one hear politeness, somber, and well versed folks speak in politics. This–this here–is a video of a talent person that encapsulates the need for change in the CRTC and the regulations that can make our information systems the best of the world. As someone who has spoken about the internet and the need ...

CalgaryLiberal: Lessons in Organization in the Calgary Region: Three Things We’re Doing Right

As per rule #9 of my 10 Rules for Liberal Debate, I’m going to spend this post complimenting and bragging about what Calgary is doing on the federal Liberal scene.  Here are just three of the many things that the Liberal Party of Canada is doing right in Calgary: (1) Regional events. I firmly believe ...

CalgaryLiberal: Something to Watch: Federal Liberals in Calgary

With the new seats coming federally in the House of Commons to the economic seat of Canada–Alberta–the province will finally get a more reasonable level of representation. No longer will each of our votes matter less than Ontario or Quebec and the seismic changes of the last ten years will finally be recognized. Gargantuan growths ...

CalgaryLiberal: Mark Holland: “We Have To Be A National Party Again” (Alberta Liberal Party AGM, May 28th)

Politics Reimagined: Mark Holland from Corey Hogan on Vimeo. (Reposted from NewLiberal.ca) I had the pleasure of sitting just offside to Mr. Holland while he made his speech. Just watch it: it’s quite the speech. It talks about pulling the party together based on a national vision and open sourcing our discourse.

CalgaryLiberal: “Don’t worry, it’s legal.”

“Don’t worry,” said the woman, “It’s legal.” This lass (same one as this post, actually) was commenting on the Conservative bypassing the spending limit on their 2008 campaign. Don’t worry, she said, it’s legal. Let that sink in for a moment. Don’t worry about Bev Oda and her ^NOT escapade–it’s illegal by House of Commons ...

Forget the book – I’m waiting for the TV movie…

As predicted by us local media types a few weeks ago, musing as we were over a beer on a Friday afternoon at the Huron Club, former Simcoe-Grey Member of Parliament, former Conservative, former Independent… Conservative, Helena Guergis intends to write a tell-all book on her adventures in Ottawa — presumably focused on what’s occurred ...

CalgaryLiberal: The Liberals need to reform themselves. I think I know how.

Last month I attended an event hosted by the Conservative Party of Canada’s University of Calgary club that had Preston Manning come in and talk about democracy, coalition building, and his history with his involvement in the conservative movement. As per usual I was the lone Liberal there. There might be an ideological divide but there is ...

Final thoughts on Decision 2011…

… and I’ll try to keep it positive. Maybe… But whatever you do, please don’t take this as an endorsement (or non-endorsement) for any of the candidates; these are just some idle thoughts that are absolutely not reflective of the opinions of the E-B. I think it’s still too close to call for Monday, in ...

Grinding away at the campaign trail in Simcoe-Grey…

Last night’s all-candidate’s event in Thornbury hosted by the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce was a gas – 10 times much more fun than Collingwood’s, when we have to sit through the self-serving, elitist questions of the local media… Nope, instead, we get questions from the audience! About the Bilderburg Group! Nothing livens up a ...

Could Greens come in third in Simcoe-Grey?

For the third consecutive Meaningless Simcoe-Grey Poll™, Conservative Kellie Leitch has come in first with about 39% support; Independent… Conservative candidate Helena Guergis was second with 24%. The real numbers story on Monday, though, could be where Green candidate Jace Metheral (only one ‘L’; I don’t know why I keep on wanting to write ‘LL’) ...

The prediction comes true…

Former Collingwood mayor Chris Carrier turned out to be very prescient in his speech to Conservatives last month: the Wasaga Sun story claiming Kellie Leitch had sent out a “forged” endorsement letter by Warden and Beach mayor Cal Patterson would be in every mailbox in Simcoe-Grey, he warned. Sure enough, Carrier was correct, as on ...

Debating the debate: dissecting Tuesday’s Royal Rumble at the Legion…

(Updated – thanks to a reader, changed the headline from ‘Wednesday’ to ‘Tuesday’… the short week has me all screwed up!) A few quick points – and a poll! – before I rush into the office to put together the E-B’s Pre-Election Edition, filled with all kinds of candidate goodness for the Easter weekend (bonus: no ...

Chris Tindal: 10 reasons political candidates shouldn’t use Twitter #elxn41 #CDNpoli #etc

I was reluctant to join Twitter at first, but now I really love it. It turns out that the reasons people think they’re going to hate Twitter don’t reflect the real experience of actual users. That being said, with #elxn41 (that’s Twitter-speak for “this specific federal election we happen to suddenly find ourselves in”) underway, ...

Chris Tindal: Dear politicians: You’ve made yourselves fungible commodities

On Monday The Current broadcast what they called a “voters roundtable,” a discussion with three voters focused on the question “do government scandals matter?” For anyone who considers themselves an informed and engaged voter, and especially for those who are actively involved in electoral politics, it is both painful and necessary listening. First of all, ...

Challenging the Commonplace: Why Not a Metered Internet?

The headline of the Globe and Mail article asks the question, Why Not a Metered Internet? The argument that follows defends the big telecoms in terms of market forces: for example, the cost of infrastructure building. Here’s a different answer to the question: with a metered Internet we would have another case of them that ...

Challenging the Commonplace: Why Not a Metered Internet?

The headline of the Globe and Mail article asks the question, Why Not a Metered Internet? The argument that follows defends the big telecoms in terms of market forces: for example, the cost of infrastructure building. Here’s a different answer to the question: with a metered Internet we would have another case of them that ...

Challenging the Commonplace: Why Not a Metered Internet?

The headline of the Globe and Mail article asks the question, Why Not a Metered Internet? The argument that follows defends the big telecoms in terms of market forces: for example, the cost of infrastructure building. Here’s a different answer to the question: with a metered Internet we would have another case of them that ...

Challenging the Commonplace: CRTC, UBB and a Response from my MP

Am glad the CRTC has been ordered to review (read: ‘reverse’) its decision on usage-based Internet billing. But I won’t be happy until the CRTC has gone the way of the dinosaurs, just like the dinosaurs its morphed mandate has been so busy protecting. That aside, I wanted to share this great letter I received ...

Challenging the Commonplace: CRTC, UBB and a Response from my MP

Am glad the CRTC has been ordered to review (read: ‘reverse’) its decision on usage-based Internet billing. But I won’t be happy until the CRTC has gone the way of the dinosaurs, just like the dinosaurs its morphed mandate has been so busy protecting. That aside, I wanted to share this great letter I received ...

Challenging the Commonplace: CRTC, UBB and a Response from my MP

Am glad the CRTC has been ordered to review (read: ‘reverse’) its decision on usage-based Internet billing. But I won’t be happy until the CRTC has gone the way of the dinosaurs, just like the dinosaurs its morphed mandate has been so busy protecting. That aside, I wanted to share this great letter I received ...

Challenging the Commonplace: Of Decades Past and Future

As 2010 comes to a close, my hope for the coming decade is for an overhauled Canadian Parliament and similar changes to the BC Legislative Assembly. I doubt anything substantive will change in terms of policy or direction – for this country, this province or its communities – if these changes do not happen. I ...