Pop The Stack: My Letter to my MP on Electoral Reform

Dear Mr. Saini, I am one of your constituents and I must say very happy you won your seat and your party won the recent election even though I am not always a Liberal voter. I was unable to attend your open house last night in Kitchener with Minister Monsef but I have a strong ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – David MacDonald argues that the federal budget should focus on desperately-needed public investments – with any revenue issues dealt with by raising taxes where past cuts have produced nothing of value. And Leadnow calls for a crackdown on tax evaders. But Paul Campos highlights the U.S. right’s ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Emily Badger discusses a new study showing just how much more expensive it is to be poor: (T)he problem isn’t simply that the poor aren’t savvy about sales or bulk buying. They’re more likely to use these tactics closer to the beginning of the month, when they have ...

CuriosityCat: Strategic voting taking root in Canada 3 weeks before election day

Dead cat on a table strategy Some 3,000 Canadians have crowdfunded polls by Leadnow of 31 crucial ridings across Canada where the margin of victory of the Conservatives was small enough to be vulnerable to strategic voting.  You can read about it and access each riding’s results here. What seems to be emerging is that ...

A Different Point of View....: Can Mulcair work a miracle and gain unlikely victory?

From the very start, the main issue in the federal election race has been as obvious as the beard on Tom Mulcair’s face, but it’s been largely ignored by mainstream media. The big time journalists are rushing from the leaders’ pre-planned news conferences day after day, but the majority of voters have said in opinion ...

A Different Point of View....: Can Mulcair work a miracle and gain unlikely victory?

From the very start, the main issue in the federal election race has been as obvious as the beard on Tom Mulcair’s face, but it’s been largely ignored by mainstream media. The big time journalists are rushing from the leaders’ pre-planned news conferences day after day, but the majority of voters have said in opinion ...

A Different Point of View....: Can Mulcair work a miracle and gain unlikely victory?

From the very start, the main issue in the federal election race has been as obvious as the beard on Tom Mulcair’s face, but it’s been largely ignored by mainstream media. The big time journalists are rushing from the leaders’ pre-planned news conferences day after day, but the majority of voters have said in opinion ...

A Different Point of View....: National voter support campaign could mean the end for Harper

The primary objective of Stephen Harper’s new absurdly-named Fair Elections Act  is to prevent hundreds-of-thousands of Canadians from voting for the NDP, Liberals, Greens, etc. The Conservatives are, in effect, “cheating” the electoral process again, just as blatantly as in the past. They know that a large number of people – students, marginalized people and ...

A Different Point of View....: Strong voter registration campaign could mean the end for Harper

The primary objective of Stephen Harper’s absurdly-named Fair Elections Act  is to prevent hundreds-of-thousands of Canadians from voting for the NDP, Liberals, Greens, etc. The Conservatives are, in effect, “cheating” the electoral process again, just as blatantly as in the past. They know that a large number of people – students, marginalized people and First ...

The Canadian Progressive: LeadNow Activists To Storm Joe Oliver’s Eglinton-Lawrence Riding

LeadNow activists are planning to storm the key Toronto-area battleground riding of Eglinton-Lawrence and snatch from the Harper Conservatives during the 2015 federal election. The post LeadNow Activists To Storm Joe Oliver’s Eglinton-Lawrence Riding appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Accidental Deliberations: The petulant son

Shorter Justin Trudeau: When I say I plan to do politics differently, what I mean is that I’m willing to leave Stephen Harper in power based on the most petty and frivolous excuses anybody’s ever heard. No longer is there any pretense that a flat “no” to a coalition with the NDP is based on ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your Saturday reading. – Lana Payne writes that we’re seeing exactly the results we should expect from Stephen Harper’s foolish choice to push money upward: A recent Globe and Mail story, using data from Statistics Canada, pointed out just how poorly the job market is doing under Stephen Harper’s leadership. “Employment growth ...

Cowichan Conversations: Control Freak PM Steve Harper Is Monitoring Anti Fracking Protesters

Richard Hughes   With our paranoid PM Steve Harper it is all about control and with this reality in mind we head into what promises to be a hot summer of discontent. He has empowered his ‘Government Operations Centre’ to monitor all anti fracking protests. Monitoring is really just a polite term for spying. Canadians have ...

Accidental Deliberations: On external forces

Leadnow’s latest fund-raising pitch is attracting some well-deserved criticism for once again relying (at least in part) on strategic voting in the face of ample evidence showing its futility. But I’ll point out that there’s also part of Leadnow’s message which looks new – and which may go a long way toward organizing the type ...

A Different Point of View....: Petitions next to useless in campaign to defend CBC

At least half-a-dozen petitions aimed at stopping Stephen Harper from taking control of the CBC are buzzing around the Internet. Pressure groups are putting a lot of effort into this campaign, but the question is – does sending petitions to Ottawa have any effect on the Conservatives. Are they just wasting everyone’s time? The many ...

CuriosityCat: Liberal Leadership Race: Critical Strategy for Leadnow and Fair Vote Canada

Both are recommending to their tens of thousands of members that they join the Liberal Party as Supporters and vast votes for meaningful electoral reform when voting for the next leader. But there is one startling statistic that should impact their strategy if they really want to be effective, and it is that one third ...

CuriosityCat: Why the Liberal Party rules for choosing a new leader favour David Merner

David Merner has a long history with the Liberal Party; was president of one of the few hot spots of political life and ferment in the Party; is a fighter by training by virtue of being a litigating lawyer, and by intrinsic genetic disposition. And now he plans to run for leader of the Liberal ...

Pop The Stack: Stop the Sell Out

LeadNow Campaign : Stop the Sell Out This is truly important. Our democracy is being strong-armed by the Conservatives. They are using their majority to begin altering the progressive nature of our country. Even if we can’t stop everything they are doing in the short term we cannot let this disregard for democracy to go unchallenged. ...

Pop The Stack: Stop the Sell Out

LeadNow Campaign : Stop the Sell Out This is truly important. Our democracy is being strong-armed by the Conservatives. They are using their majority to begin altering the progressive nature of our country. Even if we can’t stop everything they are doing in the short term we cannot let this disregard for democracy to go unchallenged. ...

A Different Point of View....: Three Part Series: What progressive groups must do to defeat, or stymie, the Harper regime

Canada’s progressive community needs to make some significant changes if it hopes to slow down the assault being carried out on the country by Stephen Harper’s Conservatives and their right-wing allies.    The observations and suggestions I will make in this three-part series are based on what I was able to learn during 16 years ...

Pop The Stack: Electoral Reform on the NDP Radar

The NDP leadership race is heating up and the most interesting development to me is that there seems to be a competition growing for who can be the most concerned about the sorry state of our democracy and the most committed to fix it. Take Peggy Nash, her website has a document devoted to electoral ...

Pop The Stack: Electoral Reform on the NDP Radar

The NDP leadership race is heating up and the most interesting development to me is that there seems to be a competition growing for who can be the most concerned about the sorry state of our democracy and the most committed to fix it. Take Peggy Nash, her website has a document devoted to electoral ...

Accidental Deliberations: A cooperative forecast

Nathan Cullen’s plan for a pre-election accord between the NDP, Libs and Greens is certainly receiving loads of attention. Leadnow and Avaaz are encouraging members to join the NDP to support it (raising for me the question of how a large number of instant NDP members would allocate their down-ballot support if Cullen drops off ...

Alex's Blog: A Bad Day: What Now?

C10, the omnibus crime bill, passed third reading and is now over to the Senate for what is supposed to be sober second thought.  The vote could only have been a depressing anticlimax for the many Canadians who were fighting to stop or amend this legislation.  And the implacable inevitability of its passage must surely ...