Babel-on-the-Bay: But what if FPTP isn’t broke?

You almost hate to ask the question. What is wrong with the way Canadians vote? There seems to be an assumption by some people that first-past-the-post (FPTP) voting is a failure. Does that mean you have to dump FPTP and take a flier on some other theoretically improved voting system? And why is it better? ...

Susan on the Soapbox: Trudeau On Pipelines: Maybe

Last week Justin Trudeau walked into the lion’s den—a boardroom filled with the country’s top oilpatch executives—and got it half right. Luckily he had the good sense to take Premier Notley with him. Mr Trudeau, Ms Notley and Big Oil discussed low oil prices, the lack of pipelines to move product to tidewater and the ...

Left Over: A First Step For Government, a Semi-Giant Leap for Labor

Liberal government moves to repeal controversial union laws Employment Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk meets reporters on Parliament Hill at 10:15 a.m. ET CBC News Posted: Jan 28, 2016 10:08 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 28, 2016 10:13 AM ET     What Pierre Trudeau did to labor in the past,with his so-called wage and price controls, ...

Left Over: …Then They Came for Me…

Online comments on news stories: a problem for everyone Syrian refugee stories on news sites are prompting some backlash in the comments section of some websites By Bal Brach, CBC News Posted: Jan 10, 2016 8:00 AM PT Last Updated: Jan 10, 2016 8:11 AM PT   I can remember the same thing happening re the ...

cartoon life: The reprimand

Filed under: art Tagged: Harper, Trudeau

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Concalls: Duffy Trial Revelations

The Duffy Trial has been a bit of an expose on how the Harper Cons’ PMO operated. It’s not pretty. The comments made about Sona and Finely are nothing to sneeze at either. With Sona destined to sit in jail, and Finely in a grave, it all seems a little bit of an academic discussion ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Brad Wall Makes News Again

.@PremierBradWall Very unhappy that you're using terrorists' crime to dictate Canada's refugee humanitarian strategy. #skpoli #cdnpoli — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) November 16, 2015 Brad Wall in September, before the CPC leadership opened up. Globe and Mail: https://t.co/cma3ImnWYG #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/1F2NcS5uxK — Mike Gibbs (@Mikeggibbs) November 16, 2015 That was following this tragedy highlighted in the world media. ...

The Disaffected Lib: We’re All Neoliberals Now. Let’s Change That.

One thing that struck home during our extended election campaign was how our mainstream political parties have become deeply invested in neoliberalism. While it has several descriptions, reflective of its insidious vagueness, neoliberalism is the merger of political and economic ideology most often called “free market fundamentalism.” It is a sort of merger of political ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Reflections On The Post-Harper CPC

Whatever else you say about the results of the election on October 19, it was the end of Stephen Harper’s career as leader of the CPC and Canada’s Prime Minister. By all measures, this election was the CPC’s to lose.  They had control over the government and its messaging, they had a financial warchest rumoured ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Reflections On The Post-Harper CPC

Whatever else you say about the results of the election on October 19, it was the end of Stephen Harper’s career as leader of the CPC and Canada’s Prime Minister. By all measures, this election was the CPC’s to lose.  They had control over the government and its messaging, they had a financial warchest rumoured ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Reflections On The Post-Harper CPC

Whatever else you say about the results of the election on October 19, it was the end of Stephen Harper’s career as leader of the CPC and Canada’s Prime Minister. By all measures, this election was the CPC’s to lose.  They had control over the government and its messaging, they had a financial warchest rumoured ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Forest For The Trees: Harper’s Fudgey Forestry Figures

I have a feeling that some webpages will be changing significantly in the coming years at the Government of Canada. “At 0.02% of its forested area, deforestation in Canada is among the world’s lowest” vs. “That means human activities disturbed 20,000 hectares of pristine forest every day [worldwide] for the past 13 years,” the group ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Forest For The Trees: Harper’s Fudgey Forestry Figures

I have a feeling that some webpages will be changing significantly in the coming years at the Government of Canada. “At 0.02% of its forested area, deforestation in Canada is among the world’s lowest” vs. “That means human activities disturbed 20,000 hectares of pristine forest every day [worldwide] for the past 13 years,” the group ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Harris Tries To Tramp The Harper Dirt Down

Thank goodness for Michael Harris. Helpfully providing an example of how journalists should not be thinking: .@alexboutilier Goodness, you've adopted a Levantism? #HDS should stand for Harper's Deranged Supporters. — Saskboy K. (@saskboy) October 23, 2015 The Harper sycophant uses “HDS” “to shut down any meaningful criticism of our former dictator on the basis that ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Harris Tries To Tramp The Harper Dirt Down

Thank goodness for Michael Harris. Helpfully providing an example of how journalists should not be thinking: .@alexboutilier Goodness, you've adopted a Levantism? #HDS should stand for Harper's Deranged Supporters. — Saskboy K. (@saskboy) October 23, 2015 The Harper sycophant uses “HDS” “to shut down any meaningful criticism of our former dictator on the basis that ...

Left Over: Analysis or Paralysis? This Procto(r)ologist is Rambling….

ANALYSIS Did B.C.’s memories of 1990s ‘fudge-it-budget’ hold key to NDP downfall? Winner may have been announced before B.C. polls closed, but province still influenced final result By Jason Proctor, CBC News Posted: Oct 20, 2015 2:00 AM PT Last Updated: Oct 20, 2015 4:46 AM PT   What a terminally stupid headline..let’s put this Socred/Lib ...

Left Over: Analysis or Paralysis? This Procto(r)ologist is Rambling….

ANALYSIS Did B.C.’s memories of 1990s ‘fudge-it-budget’ hold key to NDP downfall? Winner may have been announced before B.C. polls closed, but province still influenced final result By Jason Proctor, CBC News Posted: Oct 20, 2015 2:00 AM PT Last Updated: Oct 20, 2015 4:46 AM PT   What a terminally stupid headline..let’s put this Socred/Lib ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Trudeau Man, I, Ahh… I Don’t Know

Canadians were so eager to get rid of Stephen Harper, they forgot they weren’t served very well by a mainstream party holding a majority on power the last 4 years. *uncharacteristically crumples plan paper up into a ball and throws it in the garbage* Me yesterday: October 19, 2015 at 1:35 PM: The alternate universe ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Trudeau Man, I, Ahh… I Don’t Know

Canadians were so eager to get rid of Stephen Harper, they forgot they weren’t served very well by a mainstream party holding a majority on power the last 4 years. *uncharacteristically crumples plan paper up into a ball and throws it in the garbage* Me yesterday: October 19, 2015 at 1:35 PM: The alternate universe ...

Things Are Good: Stephen Harper No Longer Prime Minister of Canada

Finally Canadians have vote out the Conservative party led by Stephen Harper. Their nine year rule saw Canada lose respect from around the world. Canada has earned a reputation of blocking climate change related international agreements and being a country that is swayed by horrible political manoeuvres. The country transformed from a place that supports ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Election Prediction As Of October 14, 2015

The result of the election is pretty much known by now, at 8pm Saskatchewan time (MDT), and Harper will no longer be our Prime Minister very soon. I decided this evening to post a prediction because of two tweets. #BREAKING. I've locked my #elxn42 predictions in. They'll auto-post at 10 pm EST next Monday right ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Election Prediction As Of October 14, 2015

The result of the election is pretty much known by now, at 8pm Saskatchewan time (MDT), and Harper will no longer be our Prime Minister very soon. I decided this evening to post a prediction because of two tweets. #BREAKING. I've locked my #elxn42 predictions in. They'll auto-post at 10 pm EST next Monday right ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: John Oliver Does The Canadian Election

And he comes out strong against Stephen Harper. This video is a cultural event.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: John Oliver Does The Canadian Election

And he comes out strong against Stephen Harper. This video is a cultural event.

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Vote! Get involved, vote, speak, write, raise your voice – and get Harper out

Whether you volunteer, write, canvass, talk to friends and family, or in some other way engage in, and promote, democracy in Canada, please do be involved. Vote, encourage others to vote, talk about the issues, and let’s see a massive turn-out today, along with a lively, and much-needed, thoughtful discussion. This is our country, and ...