The Cracked Crystal Ball II: About That October Election

Everybody in the media seems quite convinced that there is going to be an election scheduled for October 19, 2015. Don’t be so sure about that.  Harper has more than a few cards that he can choose to play. The basis for this October date is the “Fixed Election Dates” act that Harper pushed through ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: About That October Election

Everybody in the media seems quite convinced that there is going to be an election scheduled for October 19, 2015. Don’t be so sure about that.  Harper has more than a few cards that he can choose to play. The basis for this October date is the “Fixed Election Dates” act that Harper pushed through ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: About That October Election

Everybody in the media seems quite convinced that there is going to be an election scheduled for October 19, 2015. Don’t be so sure about that.  Harper has more than a few cards that he can choose to play. The basis for this October date is the “Fixed Election Dates” act that Harper pushed through ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, following up on these posts about the possibility the Cons might decide to ignore their own fixed election date and delay the election expected for October 19.  For further reading… – The Canada Elections Act is here. And for an interesting comparison, see Saskatchewan’s fixed election date provision from the Legislative Assembly Act, 2007: ...

Accidental Deliberations: On delay tactics

Following up on this post, let’s look in a bit more detail as to how the Cons might try to make excuses for a delay in this fall’s expected federal election – and why they might be happy to use the more questionable means to do so. As noted in the previous post, the fixed ...

Accidental Deliberations: On fragile fixes

Some high-profile commentators seem to be accepting a highly dubious conclusion about the federal election date expected this fall. So let’s take a quick look at what a “fixed” election date actually means for a government which has no qualms about breaking the rules – and why the fact that we’re seemingly on track for ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: An Ominous Sign

@Justin_Ling Dragging it into the fifth year was the one thing his fixed term law thingy was actually supposed to make illegal.— Bigcitylib (@Bigcitylib2) August 8, 2014 Bit more here.

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Robert Reich discusses how a reasonable balance of economic and political power is necessary to any protection of meaningful personal freedom: In reality, corporate free speech drowns out the free speech of ordinary people who can’t flood the halls of Congress with campaign contributions. Freedom is the one ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Does one third add up to more than two thirds in Wildrose democratic arithmetic?

The Fathers of Confederation, 1967: Referenda? Fixed election dates? Recall votes? Not very likely! Let me get this straight: If two thirds of the electorate in a given constituency elect an MLA, the Wildrose Party proposes that one third of that electorate should be able to have her recalled? I must have missed something in ...