Mind Bending Politics: No Accountability on Provincial Funds, As Ontario’s Finances Are in Major Trouble

The Liberal Party in Ontario has been in power for over a decade. Most governments regardless of party get a little bit too comfy in their positions to actually govern and show up for work when called upon. In the last election, the people of Ontario rejected the far right position of austerity (many still ...

Joe Fantauzzi: Raise Corporate Taxes To Fund Ontario’s Infrastructure Deficit: An Alternative Policy Proposal

The province of Ontario currently faces a significant public infrastructure deficit which is harming its economic productivity and its quality of life. The government’s own numbers estimate that deficit at “tens of billions of dollars.”[1] Some media reports have pegged the number at times in excess of $100 billion.[2] I propose a new policy paradigm ...

Mind Bending Politics: Did The Liberals Cave on Anti-Terror Bill C-51?

From the Paris attacks to last week’s mass shootings in California, like many in the civilized world over the past month I’ve been trying to wrap my head around these attacks, and why under mass surveillance are they continuing to happen with greater frequency. Last week the 42nd parliament resumed with no word or mention ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Big oil, pipelines, Trudeau, and energy security for Canada

Why does the Canadian government continue to subsidize the oil industry with billions of dollars a year when the environmental crisis demands the opposite, and when investment in energy efficiency, conservation and green energy create many more jobs? Why does Canada import 40% of the oil we consume when we produce enough to meet all ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: Photoshopping With A Grumpy Hobbit

For your consideration, another Grumpy Hobbit Original.

A Grumpy Hobbit: Photoshopping With A Grumpy Hobbit

For your consideration, another Grumpy Hobbit Original.

A Grumpy Hobbit: Photoshopping With A Grumpy Hobbit

For your consideration, another Grumpy Hobbit Original.

Joe Fantauzzi: Notes on the Political Economy of the Hydro One Privatization or: Why Isn’t The Ontario Business Sector Paying Its Fair Share For Infrastructure?

Ontario’s provincial government faces a massive public infrastructure deficit. The province’s own numbers estimate the deficit at “tens of billions of dollars.” Among the high profile components of this deficit is transportation infrastructure. In response, the government says it has invested billions of dollars into transportation infrastructure since 2003. Ontario’s Liberal provincial government is in the midst of a ...

Mind Bending Politics: Canadian Charges Still In Force in the Amanda Todd Case

Recent media headlines have somewhat suggested that charges against the accused man that cyber-stalked Canadian teen Amanda Todd have been dropped. Most will remember the story of Amanda Todd.  A Canadian teen who was harassed, extorted and bullied by a cyber stalker.  Heart wrenching pleas for help to make the abuse go away were posted ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Watching Him

This is fun. Nice to have a PM with a public sense of humour. “Just watch me,” is a famous PET quote from an interview on the steps of Parliament during the October Crisis.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Watching Him

This is fun. Nice to have a PM with a public sense of humour. “Just watch me,” is a famous PET quote from an interview on the steps of Parliament during the October Crisis.

Mind Bending Politics: Did Big Media Play A Big Role In The Liberals Big Win?

I’ve been fairly critical of the media’s role in this election.  From the consortium threatening to pull Conservative Ads on false copyright pretenses, to political favoritism in the Munk Debates, and now the situation with the former National Post editorial editor Andrew Coyne when the post refused to post his endorsement of a political candidate. ...

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 ...

wRanter.com: Munk Debate glosses over Israel – is that a good thing?

Is that all there was? Given how much praise – and criticism – the Harper government’s strong support for Israel has attracted, it’s somewhat surprising that so little was said about the Jewish state in the Sept. 28 Munk Debate on foreign policy in Toronto. The night’s only exchange on Israel, between Prime Minister Stephen ...

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic Voting in Winnipeg South: vote Liberal

Winnipeg has become an important battle ground in the recent election. In the last election, in 2011, six of the eight ridings that include part of Winnipeg went Conservative.  In five of these, strategic voting could make a difference. Strategic voting Winnipeg South Winnipeg South: vote Liberal CPC incumbent Rod Bruinooge is not running.  electionprediction.org regards it ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Conservatives in Canada swing further to the far right – the other two major parties are little better

The Conservative party of Canada is clearly playing into fear, xenophobia and racism as a way to win votes, as its “War on Terror” narrative, its racial baiting and its new snitch line show. This is sickening. Mind you, the Liberals and NDP have eerily similar agendas to the Conservatives on key issues of the ...

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in the 2015 election – summary thread

Those who want to vote strategically in the coming election are often find it challenging to decide which party to vote for. This is again true in the current election. I will begin a series of posts here endorsing specific candidates and, where possible, identifying pairs of ridings where (say) NDP and Liberal interests are ...

Maple-Flavoured Politics: Playing the Security Card

The Conservatives are trying to make security a “ballot box question.” To hear Stephen Harper tell it, there’s a jihadi terrorist lurking in every shadow, ready to pounce on us when we least expect it. (Funny that they are always “jihadi” terrorists, as if the Timothy McVeighs and Ted Kaczynskis of the world never existed. ...

Mind Bending Politics: Arab Countries Need To Be Doing More On Syrian Refugees

(Arab League Flag) Like many Canadians I had a very heart felt response to the picture of the three year old who laid face down dead after trying to cross the Mediterranean for the EU escaping the Syrian civil war. What I found more disturbing was Immigration Minister Chris Alexander’s cold response to the story ...

Mind Bending Politics: The US May Have Trump; But Canada Has An Alien

Let’s put it this way; we could have used the swagger and unexpectedness Donald Trump presented in last nights US Republican debates in the Canadian leaders debate.  Instead, the first hour the Canadian debate consisted of Conservative leader Stephen Harper doing what he does best which is misleading Canadians on facts.  Green Party leader Elizabeth ...

Eh Types: Up For Debate

You and I are different.  We’re not like everyone else. We may have never met, but I can say we are unique with a great degree of certainty. Two simple facts tell me so. I wrote this piece, and you are reading it. Most people don’t seek out yet another debate think piece. Political junkies do ...

Left Over: To The Left, To The Left…Second-Guessing The Youth Vote

Free to dream, I’d be left of Jeremy Corbyn. But we can’t gamble the future on him     Here is a comment  I made  re an opinion piece in the  Guardian by Polly  Toynbee… This is an oddly similar discussion to one happening in Canada today..but we are just beginning the election campaign to ...

Mind Bending Politics: Election Called, Media in Crisis, International Observers Called In

Yesterday Prime Minister Harper dropped the election writ, and Canada is now in it’s 42nd election since confederation.  There has been much speculation around the timing of the writ dropping.  This election will be one of the longest and most costliest elections in modern times, which could cost Canadian tax payers close to $1 billion+ ...

Eh Types: Nothing to Lose is Why Liberals Can Win 

If reports are correct, we are days away from Prime Minister Stephen Harper calling what will be the longest and most expensive federal election in Canadian history. The NDP and Conservatives are virtually tied for the lead in most polls, while Liberals trail in third place causing some to write them off. It might appear ...