Pop The Stack: Andrew Coyne’s Modest Proposal

The Canadian Interwebs are ablaze with anger over the recent prorogation of parliament and polls tell us that even the general population is quite upset.  Hopefully the fast growing Facebook protest group “Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament” will tranlate into feet on the ground during the nationwide protests against proroguing on Jan 23, the Saturday before ...

Pop The Stack: Senate and GG Reform : A Simple Solution

A great article on the Globe and Mail about Harper’s Senate reform plans. As always, Senate reform is a more complex issue than it first appears. Harper likely knows this and knows that his overly simple solution will never be implemented anyways because as the author points out, there are a lot of drawbacks to ...

Canada Guaranteed to be the Problem in Copenhagen

Just as the UN Climate Change Conference kicking off today in Copenhagen Harper gave a speech this morning where he stated that we need to be putting economic recovery before addressing climate change. You can bet that this will be his excuse for holding up talks in Copenhagen. No wonder Canada received the first fossil ...

Pop The Stack: Out with the Guns, In with the Green

I’ve been putting off this article for a week or so, and its been piling up links, so here’s some unsolicited advice from me to the leaders of her majesty’s loyal opposition, both Mr. Ignatieff and Mr. Layton.  Start opposing with something Canadians actually want, not what the media punditocrocy and ‘common wisdom’ tell you. ...

I Want a Leader, Not A Follower

Well now we’ve heard that a number of leaders of other countries (including Obama) are going to be in Copenhagen Harper is jumping on the bandwagon and declaring that he too will be going. Instead of trying to take a leadership role on the international stage Harper is simply following along with what everyone else ...

Preparing to Disappoint the World

With less than a month to go before the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen the Harper government is already preparing to be a major roadblock for consensus on a world plan to deal with climate change. Refusing to do anything unless the developing world is held to the same standards Harper is like a ...

Jacked Up: Tory Authority Slipping

Randall Denley and I don’t always see eye to eye, but his piece today in the Ottawa Citizen was pretty much right on the mark. I say pretty much because at one point, Denley says that . ..Of these various conservative politicians, about all one could say is that they obviously aren’t taking performance enhancing ...

Jacked Up: The Positive Politics Challenge

In the wake of another round of Conservative attack ads,I thought it was a great time to remind liberals of the “Positive politics Challenge”. The goal is to engage the grassroots, and show Canadians that there is a bright, policy driven alternative to the senseless attacks of the Conservatives. Check out the Facebook group linked ...

Jacked Up: So much for freedom of the press

Since Harper has been Prime Minister, I don’t think anyone would argue, there has been a bit of a crackdown on journalists. First, he told Canada that he would no longer tolerate press conferences, because those pesky interviewers dared to ask him some tough questions. Then Conservatives had the RCMP haul away journalists in the ...

Jacked Up: Harper Spreading Democracy… ?!

So the Harper government is creating an agency that will help spread democracy abroad. Good for them, fledgling democracies do need all the help they can get in getting established. My problem though is that this is coming from Harper, a man who doesn’t even know the definition of democracy. Now i’m not even talking ...

Jacked Up: The end of Conservatism

That’s what Andrew Coyne wrote about today. Basically he said that the Harper governments decision to spend so much and go into a deficit is the last straw, and that they now have failed to uphold any fiscal Conservative values. All of which could have been a lot less serious had Harper focused more on ...

Jacked Up: Harpercrites Exposed!

The Conservatives just can’t seem to get enough of eating their own words. “The brutal fact here is that something has happened that has never happened before in Canadian history,” Mr. Day, the current Conservative Minister of Trade, said on CTV Newsnet on Tuesday. “And that is two federal leaders have actually signed a deal ...

Seeing Red in the Southwest: Maple Syrup and Turkeys

An American friend asked me to summarize what happened over the weekend here in Canada. Thought I’d share my response here so those who’ve been hibernating this weekend can get caught up too.We’ve had a busy few days in Canada while you folks were having your turkey. Actually we had a bit of a revolution. ...

Seeing Red in the Southwest: Maple Syrup and Turkeys

An American friend asked me to summarize what happened over the weekend here in Canada. Thought I’d share my response here so those who’ve been hibernating this weekend can get caught up too.We’ve had a busy few days in Canada while you folks were having your turkey. Actually we had a bit of a revolution. ...

Seeing Red in the Southwest: Maple Syrup and Turkeys

An American friend asked me to summarize what happened over the weekend here in Canada. Thought I’d share my response here so those who’ve been hibernating this weekend can get caught up too.We’ve had a busy few days in Canada while you folks were having your turkey. Actually we had a bit of a revolution. ...

Seeing Red in the Southwest: Be careful – when you wrestle with a pig!

My only word of caution in the current constitutional crisis unraveling in Ottawa would be offered to Mr. Dion. “Be careful! When you wrestle with a pig, remember he enjoys it but you both get covered in mud!”Otherwise, full steam ahead!The proposed motion that Dion has put out on the wires this afternoon for consideration ...

Seeing Red in the Southwest: Be careful – when you wrestle with a pig!

My only word of caution in the current constitutional crisis unraveling in Ottawa would be offered to Mr. Dion. “Be careful! When you wrestle with a pig, remember he enjoys it but you both get covered in mud!”Otherwise, full steam ahead!The proposed motion that Dion has put out on the wires this afternoon for consideration ...

Seeing Red in the Southwest: Be careful – when you wrestle with a pig!

My only word of caution in the current constitutional crisis unraveling in Ottawa would be offered to Mr. Dion. “Be careful! When you wrestle with a pig, remember he enjoys it but you both get covered in mud!”Otherwise, full steam ahead!The proposed motion that Dion has put out on the wires this afternoon for consideration ...

Thus Prate the Pundit » Social Critique: Unravelling Dion’s Political Strategy

Though my attention is tuned to our federal election, this post doesn’t continue the IP political issues I wrote detailing a stance against certain sorts of “intellectual property” regulation (NDP seems to address it best, though Dion provided a reasonable response to my letter). I’ll go on a tangent today: Stéphane Dion’s campaign strategy is ...

CoteGauche: Harper’s Folly

Some of Stephen Harper’s recent initiative are starting to resemble high risk political gamesmanship with little regard for the unity of the nation. I’ll give him political points for picking up the Quebecois Nation issue from the Liberals and turning it (possibly) to his political advantage – at least in Quebec. I’m still angry at ...

CoteGauche: Harper’s Folly

Some of Stephen Harper’s recent initiative are starting to resemble high risk political gamesmanship with little regard for the unity of the nation. I’ll give him political points for picking up the Quebecois Nation issue from the Liberals and turning it (possibly) to his political advantage – at least in Quebec. I’m still angry at ...