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 ...

LeDaro: The Day of Change

I hope Canadians send Harper harping back to Calgary. Harper has damaged our country’s reputation, muzzled scientists, and ran a campaign based on racial intolerance. It is time for him to go. Also, everyone, exercise your democratic right, vote.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Why is the PMO Shredding Their Files?

Oh right, that evidence of their crimes and misuse of taxpayer money. Know what's a great trick? Getting ppl to argue whether it's the purview of the PMO or other partisan dept when taxpayers fund it all anyway — Not Steve Harper (@pmoharper) June 25, 2013 Paul Wells wrote this 3 years ago. I wrote ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Why is the PMO Shredding Their Files?

Oh right, that evidence of their crimes and misuse of taxpayer money. Know what's a great trick? Getting ppl to argue whether it's the purview of the PMO or other partisan dept when taxpayers fund it all anyway — Not Steve Harper (@pmoharper) June 25, 2013 Paul Wells wrote this 3 years ago. I wrote ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Election 2015 and Strategic Voting: Madness, or Practical Necessity?

An economic and political analysis of Canada, neoliberalism, and the world Get a cup of coffee or tea, or a glass of wine, and settle in – this is not sound-bite commentary. We are going to dig deep. “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson It pains me to ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Election 2015 and Strategic Voting: Madness, or Practical Necessity?

An economic and political analysis of Canada, neoliberalism, and the world Get a cup of coffee or tea, or a glass of wine, and settle in – this is not sound-bite commentary. We are going to dig deep. “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson It pains me to ...

Susan on the Soapbox: The Globe and Mail Jumps the Shark

We’ve reached that point in the election cycle where the mainstream media peppers us with political endorsements telling us who, in their learned opinion, we should vote for on Oct 19.     Once again the mainstream media does not disappoint. The Globe and Mail, the Edmonton Journal and the Calgary Herald threw their weight ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Who Gets The Hill – #UofR #elxn42 panel on Thursday

It was a real dog’s breakfast at this one, where everything from polls to strategic voting discussed frankly by 3 political experts from Regina. Actually it wasn’t a complete mess, it was a well organized event, but the dog’s breakfast thing will make sense if you watch it all. Farney says problem compounded by more ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Who Gets The Hill – #UofR #elxn42 panel on Thursday

It was a real dog’s breakfast at this one, where everything from polls to strategic voting discussed frankly by 3 political experts from Regina. Actually it wasn’t a complete mess, it was a well organized event, but the dog’s breakfast thing will make sense if you watch it all. Farney says problem compounded by more ...

The Disaffected Lib: Harper’s Threat to Canada’s High Tech Crown Jewel

Ask most Canadians to name Canada’s biggest technology success story and they’ll probably be hard pressed to come up with an answer.  Blackberry? No, that’s out. Hmmm. The answer, for the time being at least, is Bombardier, the world’s third largest civil aircraft manufacturer.  Sure, when you board WestJet or Air Canada you’ll probably be ...

The Disaffected Lib: Why the World’s Eyes Will Be on Canada on October 19th

Next week’s general election will decide whether we can restore the Rule of Law and a functional democracy to Canada. Both hinge on driving Stephen Harper out of office. Yet that’s just scratching the surface of what it means to Canada and to the world to rid our country of this thug. In the latest ...

Susan on the Soapbox: If Not Harper, Then Who?

“I’ve seen issues come up before that get a lot of press attention, and sometimes a photograph or sometimes a side issue can move votes, but I always believe that the big votes are moved on the big issues. I don’t believe that most people are attracted by the rabbit tracks of day-to-day media coverage.”—Stephen ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: With thanks to the Hair.

This has been the weekend for firming up the opinions and decisions on our federal election in Canada. We are in the last week of a long and exhausting campaign. And it is all thanks to the Hair. He set the election date. He called for the writ early in an attempt to beggar the ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: What’s in Store for Canada

In 2011 Harper ‘won’ a majority government on the heels of lying to Parliament about the true cost of the #F35 boondoggle (which we still don’t have a plane from), and proceeded to lie to us about the cause of the election fraud seen across the country. In 2015 Harper is possibly going to win ...

Left Over: Just Try and Vote, I Dare Ya..!

Just got back from voting ..had to wait an hour. The advance polls here in Victoria (on the People’s Republic of Vancouver Island) are showing us, first hand, how Harper has gutted Elections Canada.. Dickens would feel right at home..a clerk (I am not making this up) has to hand write your name and address ...

Left Over: Just Try and Vote, I Dare Ya..!

Just got back from voting ..had to wait an hour. The advance polls here in Victoria (on the People’s Republic of Vancouver Island) are showing us, first hand, how Harper has gutted Elections Canada.. Dickens would feel right at home..a clerk (I am not making this up) has to hand write your name and address ...

Left Over: Composure Under Pressure…..

I am trying with  great difficulty to ignore the current campaign for a new Parliament and, if there is any justice, a  new PM. I have been also trying, somewhat unsuccessfully, to stop comparing and contrasting (thanks so much to all my Uni  profs. who beat that concept into my head….)  my own reality with ...

Left Over: Composure Under Pressure…..

I am trying with  great difficulty to ignore the current campaign for a new Parliament and, if there is any justice, a  new PM. I have been also trying, somewhat unsuccessfully, to stop comparing and contrasting (thanks so much to all my Uni  profs. who beat that concept into my head….)  my own reality with ...

The Disaffected Lib: So What’s Our Excuse?

Amnesty International is urging Britain’s Cameron government to stop arms shipments to Saudi Arabia.  Amnesty claims the weapons are being used to deliberately slaughter civilians in Houthi-rebel controlled parts of Yemen. Amnesty said it found a pattern of “appalling disregard” for civilian lives by the Saudi-led coalition in an investigation of 13 air strikes in ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The blatant bigotry of the Hair.

The Hair had the support of the Bloc’s Gilles Duceppe in promoting bigotry the other evening. In the last of the badly arranged debate sessions of the 2015 election, Canadians saw their prime minister backed by a separatist asking for votes from bigots. It was probably the most tragic display of the election and nothing ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Another Conservative “cover-up”

It’s bad enough that there’s no sight of Conservative candidates campaigning to public crowds in Regina, but Conservative-friendly orgs are also trying to cover-up their interview contents. Sloppiest. Cover-up. Ever. Conservative Michael Kram's LITERALLY covered-up interview with 'pro-life' paper. #elxn42 pic.twitter.com/JSgnASp9Hn — ʇɹǝqoɹ Jago (@rjjago) October 5, 2015 This particular Con candidate is running in ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Nostalgia for the era of the monster rally.

As the ground game became more important in Canadian politics during the second half of the 20th Century, the monster rallies for the major parties lost their importance. The work involved in mounting the rallies took too much away from the ridings that needed the workers at the voters’ doors. There was a time though ...

Susan on the Soapbox: Bill C-24: An Exercise in Cognitive Dissonance

“We know Stephen Harper is a dictator in the making, but he’s convinced some people that they’re going to be financially better off under him, which is untrue.”—Margaret Atwood on cognitive dissonance. Bill C – 24 is the epitome of cognitive dissonance. It purports to strengthen Canadian citizenship by stripping Canadians of their citizenship. When ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Turning the corner on the 2015 election.

There are many wonderful readers of Babel-on-the-Bay. The other day one of our stalwarts sent an e-mail saying how warming it was to read that the Harper government is toast. Obviously some of the Conservative readers caught a bit of a chill in the words but so far nobody has argued. The best news is ...

Susan on the Soapbox: A Pop Quiz for Canadian Citizens

Lost in the hoopla over whether Ms Ishaq can take the Oath of Citizenship while wearing a niqab is the fact that she actually passed the citizenship test. Which made Ms Soapbox wonder:  how many Canadians, veiled or unveiled, could pass the citizenship test if they were asked to take one.* So pop quiz! Yes, ...