Accidental Deliberations: On structural barriers

As the NDP’s federal leadership race approaches its conclusion, Tom Parkin has been doing some noteworthy writing on some of the issues which voters may want to keep in mind. And I’ll start with Parkin’s discussion as to how some of the systems which most deserve to be modeled may not translate easily to Canada’s ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Louis-Philippe Rochon reminds us why even if we were to (pointlessly) prioritize raw GDP over fair distributions of income and wealth, inequality is bad for economic growth in general: The more we redistribute income and wealth, the more consumption increases, which then increases demand. In turn, this should ...

Accidental Deliberations: A place for discussion

Following up on yesterday’s column, I’ll expand somewhat on some of the decisions the NDP may want to consider as (or before) it elects new leaders. And since the recent federal convention has been treated by other commentators as everything from a shining example of party democracy in action to an absolute calamity, let’s start ...

Accidental Deliberations: Up for discussion

Kady O’Malley has already highlighted a few of the noteworthy resolutions (PDF) submitted to this weekend’s NDP policy convention. But I’ll point out a few more which look to me to deserve attention. First, in the category of simple good ideas regardless of one’s ideological orientation… 1-08-16 SEVERANCE FLEXIBILITY London-Fanshawe BE IT RESOLVED THAT the following be ...

Accidental Deliberations: On rebuilding steps

I’ve posted before about the NDP’s strong progressive stance since the October election – which looks to be a positive move in terms of principles and politics alike.  But there’s also a great deal of work to be done on the party side. And I’ll suggest a couple of points which strike me as important ...

Accidental Deliberations: On statements of values

It’s true that a party’s policy book is not the same as its election platform. But it’s also true that there is more to a party than a single campaign or platform. And considering that the difference between a policy book and a platform can be pointed out in a single sentence, I’m hard-pressed to ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Lonnie Golden studies the harm done to workers by irregular schedules. And Matt Bruening comments on how Missouri, Kansas and other states are passing draconian restrictions on benefits by trying to get the middle class to envy the poor. – Meanwhile, Scott Santens expands on the connection between ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your weekend reading. – Gerald Caplan writes that we all bear some responsibility for growing inequality – and how we’ll need to use our electoral power to reverse it: (S)elf-sacrifice is not going to be the key to reducing inequality, with all the great damage it inflicts on society. Government needs to ...

Accidental Deliberations: On limited victories

Truly, I wish Andrew Coyne’s latest actually described policy-making in Canada, and not merely the state of theoretical political debate. But in fact, we live in a country where “let’s consider whether a trade agreement actually has benefits, rather than signing whatever gets shoved in front of us” has been shouted down by two national ...

Accidental Deliberations: On lasting influence

Murray Dobbin continues his quest to push for more big ideas from the federal NDP here. But it’s worth dividing his take into one theory well worth applying, and one which would be entirely counterproductive. At the outset, I’ll agree with Dobbin’s take that a number of the NDP’s current policy themes reflect defensive positions ...

A BCer in Toronto: LPC national board candidate interview: Maryanne Kampouris for national policy chair

From February 20-23, federal Liberals will gather in Montreal, and one of their tasks will be to elect a new national executive. In the coming days, I’ll be publishing interviews with some of the candidates seeking election to the party’s national board. Maryanne Kampouris won a contested election at the 2012 Liberal Party of Canada ...

A BCer in Toronto: Ontario Liberals pick our policies: Transportation, bees and early childhood education

Ahead of the Liberal Party of Canada biennial coming up in February in Montreal, Ontario Liberals gathered in Kingston this weekend to debate over 60 policies and pick the 10 priority resolutions that  our province can send on to be debated by Liberals from across the country at the national conference. Saturday’s LPC(O) policy biennial ...

Accidental Deliberations: #mtlqc13 – Day 3 Review

Once again, Aaron has a list of the resolutions passed at the NDP’s federal convention – and I won’t comment much on what passed other than to note that once again, some key resolutions (on social housing, health care funding and temporary foreign workers) were passed by the plenary session after being pushed to the ...

Accidental Deliberations: On priorities

Yesterday, I posted a brief overview of the policy resolutions set to be discussed at the NDP’s federal convention in Montreal next weekend. But over the next few days, I’ll go a step further in taking a look at the ones I see as most important for the party’s development into Canada’s leading progressive option ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – The U.S.’ budget negotiations are leading to some public lobbying as to whether wealthy Americans will make any contribution whatsoever to closing the country’s deficit. On the plus side, Warren Buffett is renewing his call for a minimum tax for those who can afford it – but the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Yves Engler thoroughly discusses how the Harper Cons’ foreign policy has included bullying countries around the world into placing the profits Canadian mining interests over the needs of their own citizens – and the effect that action has had on Canada’s reputation: Under Harper all levels of Canadian ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2013 Roundup

One might have thought that the final days of municipal elections around the province would make for a relatively quiet stretch in the Saskatchewan NDP leadership campaign. But instead, it looks like most of the campaigns are neatly using greater public awareness of politics generally to build interest in the leadership race. – In addition ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2013 Roundup

Assorted news from the Saskatchewan NDP’s leadership campaign over the past few days… – Ryan Meili explained his choice not to start unveiling policy just yet by suggesting that leadership starts with listening – and the list of user-submitted ideas on his website looks to be expanding nicely to signal that people are interested in ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2013 Roundup

A few notes from the Saskatchewan NDP’s leadership campaign over the past few days… – Cam Broten’s supporters have been highlighting his statement of values, with his focus on long-term thinking offering a particularly noteworthy development if put into practice (while also setting up a noteworthy test for Broten on the campaign trail): Thinking in ...

A BCer in Toronto: Liberals mustn’t have any sacred cows, dairy or otherwise

I confess to knowing practically nothing about supply management. I know that people that support it say it’s necessary to keep Canadian farmers competitive and alive, and those that oppose it say it forces Canadians to massively overpay for milk, cheese and other products compared to people in other countries. I also know that it’s ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how we know better in our personal lives than to think money is everything – and how we should expect public policy to follow the same principle. For further reading, see my earlier posts on the subject. And the best-developed Canadian means of measuring is the Canadian Index of Wellbeing.

Accidental Deliberations: A Healthy Society – Chapter 2 Discussion

Chapter 2 of Ryan Meili’s A Healthy Society discusses the place of politics as “medicine on a larger scale”. Meili looks for lessons in our political discussion based on how medical knowledge has advanced in the past few decades, and points out a new definition of success that looks to be entirely transferable to our ...