Babel-on-the-Bay: The Surrender of Socialism.

For what began as a socialist dream on the Prairies during the Great Depression, the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) and its successor New Democratic Party (NDP) have seen little success on the federal sphere in Canada. The party might now be moving into its twilight. Unlike the pattern of the Conservative and Liberal parties, the ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Chuckles’ Canned Conservatism.

In discussing the ebbing strength of the democracy of Canada’s Conservative parties yesterday, we never got to the major problem faced by the federal Conservatives. Their problem is one of leadership. If there ever was a good example of the mediocrity produced by preferential voting, the Conservative party faces that problem today in its leadership. ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Will Singh say something serious?

With a new party leader established and MP Charlie Angus taking over the New Democratic Party house leadership, and Thomas Mulcair retiring, the new leader, Jagmeet Singh, is free to roam the country. He can meet Canadians everywhere and press the flesh at local labour halls. The only question is what the heck he is ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The problem for political pundits.

While waiting to hear the New Democratic Party leadership tallies yesterday, I was reading what Mainstreet Technology’s Quito Magi had to say about the race. Having worked with Quito in the past, I have often had the feeling that he should forego all this technology and make an arrangement with a healthy young groundhog, to ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: What ‘New’ Democratic Party?

We are hearing that ‘Love is in the air’ and the New Democratic Party of Canada is facing the future to the beat of new drums. Everyone anticipates that this new day will start with the election of the new leader of the party. And if you believe all this guff, I have a fine ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Globe and Mail’s Ibbitson flunks math?

Reading a recent column by the Globe’s John Ibbitson, I was a little confused by his logic but I was even more concerned about his mathematics. He was forecasting a win by Quebec M.P. Guy Caron in the New Democratic Party leadership voting later this month. He very wisely gave all the credit for the ...

We Pivot: Trudeau’s Empty “Yes We Can” Moment

Obama’s “Yes We Can” mantra made many question, yes we can do what exactly? That was its brilliance. He became whatever to whoever. Trudeau’s commitment to a national inquiry on murdered and missing indigenous women has become the same emptiness, … [Read more]

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Morning Line: Canada’s NDP Leadership

Our best advice to the New Democratic Party is that they forget the next Federal election and concentrate on finding a modern direction for their party. And we have no idea whose membership numbers we were looking at when we assumed that the NDP had closer to 200,000 members in 2016. With the party growing ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: What’s wrong at NDP HQ?

There was a promise that Babel-on-the-Bay would publish its Morning Line on the New Democratic Party leadership today. That is hardly possible when we have been stalled by the party not yet releasing its new membership figures. Without these figures to analyze and compute along with our knowledge of the people involved, we have no ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Money matters maybe.

Never judge a political race by money raised. Whether it is an internal party race for a nomination or a leadership or party fundraising prior to an election, you have to remember that money does not vote. Case in point, the fundraising by each of the four candidates for the New Democratic Party might tell ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Jagmeet Singh: Not just a pretty face.

The New Democratic Party’s federal leadership race is getting a little more heated. With less than two months to go, the race has taken on some disturbing aspects of the last Conservative leadership in Ontario. It is turning into Jagmeet Singh’s race to win if he is using the same tactics as Ontario Conservative winner ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: NDP searching for succour

Every once in while, we look in on the New Democratic Party’s sputtering national leadership discussion. It is really more of a crawl than a race. And when you look at the four remaining candidates in the selection process for this fall, you wonder why they are bothering. The basic problem is that none of ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the UK’s general election should remind us that we’re not beholden to establishment voices (whether in the media or within a party) in deciding who’s fit to lead us. For further reading…– I’ve already pointed out John Harris and Gary Younge have written about the rise of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, along ...

We Pivot: Who’s Laughing at America [And Why]

When T$$$p says people are laughing at America, it’s because he thinks he is America. Here are some ways this is wrong, beyond the obvious. Read some of the King Arthur literature, stories of royalty and shit. The king is … [Read more]

We Pivot: 2 Signs of a New Era!

Yesterday I noticed two things:   The BC NDP and BC Greens are willing to create a new paradigm of politics in BC. Hopefully this can mean a legislature where people don’t behave like 6-year-olds with the rude and sexist … [Read more]

Scripturient: Why is this man still working for Collingwood? – part 2

Almost a year ago, I posed the question: why is the interim CAO still working for Collingwood? After his behaviour and aggressive, disrespectful grilling of the hospital board chair and foundation head, March 27, 2017, that question has even more significance. And, you might ask, why hasn’t council dealt with it? After all, his behaviour ...

We Pivot: Community First, Deportations Second?

Residents were upset that the president who promised to deport undocumented immigrants was rounding up undocumented immigrants in order to deport them. “I knew he was Mexican, but he’s been here so long, he’s just one of us,” Debra Johnson, … [Read more]

We Pivot: Why Most Young People Can’t Buy a Home in Vancouver

Did you know that if you sell a house in Vancouver, if it’s your primary residence, you pay no tax on the profit? The lack of any capital gains tax on selling one’s primary residence contributes to the manic increase … [Read more]

We Pivot: Countdown to Impeachment

As we pivot to a new world where political lies and corruption get the boot, let’s begin the countdown. T$$$p must go, Trudeau’s lies and family foundation apparent conflict of interest must go, Clark’s electoral finance corruption and just plain … [Read more]

Babel-on-the-Bay: Kevin O’Leary meets a real reality.

Welcome to Canadian politics, Kevin O’Leary. You have brought a few laughs to an otherwise dismal contest for leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. Though you would think someone from reality television would know what to expect? Did you really think leadership races are run within some foolish rules? And that anybody pays for ...

We Pivot: IWD + 7 Days: Saudi Arabia Edition

Maybe this is a first step at dismantling one of the harshest patriarchies on the planet? Or maybe that as we pivot to a society of gender equality, we can suggest to Saudi Arabia that if they oppose genders mixing, … [Read more]

We Pivot: The Day After IWD, Maybe?

My fourth grade teacher friend found this under one of her students' desks. <3 <3 <3 pic.twitter.com/7NSxIa6ujn — Elly (@SMLXist) March 6, 2017   On International Women’s Day, the prime minister’s wife decided to honour the men who are feminists … [Read more]

We Pivot: T$$$p and His Cabinet Are TRYING to Trigger Us All

Like a 3-year-old trying to bug siblings and parents to receive ANY kind of attention, T$$$p and his cabinet are on a distraction campaign to trigger people to flip out so that we’re distracted from their agenda of deconstructing America … [Read more]

We Pivot: Let’s Change BC’s Racist Street Names

The World Economic Forum is not the most progressive organization in world history. They’ve been part of pushing a neoliberal privatization agenda on many poor countries for decades. But they’re going through what appears to be at least a salon … [Read more]

We Pivot: Should Young People Join the Conservative Party of Canada?

Yes, if this image resonates you. As we pivot to a new world of integrity and vision, beer pong isn’t part of that. Not that there’s anything wrong with beer pong if you’re into that kind of thing, but is … [Read more]