CuriosityCat: Good news coming on electoral reform says Andrew Coyne

In a thoughtful article Coyne ranges over the positive news springing up at levels below the federal level, regarding changes to our undemocratic first past the post electoral system (the one that PM Trudeau favours, given his decision to walk away from his campaign promise to end it). Ontario is showing political and democratic (Read ...

CuriosityCat: Is this why Trump won?

Here’s one analysis of why Trump won and the Clinton Democrats lost: Why? Because Trump’s brand of populism — and more importantly, that of working-class whites — differs in important ways from the populism of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. While the populism espoused by Sanders and Warren is economic, challenging C.E.O.s, major corporations and ...

CuriosityCat: Upset for PM May in UK June 8 election?

Prime Minister May might find her apple cart upturned next week when voters send in a hung Parliament, if a new opinion-polling method by YouGov actually works, as this article explains: Robert Barnes, the U.S. lawyer who made hundreds of thousands of dollars betting on Brexit and Donald Trump’s victory, has told me his money ...

CuriosityCat: How Globalization hammers France

Worth reading is this article: Guilluy doubts that any place exists in France’s new economy for working people as we’ve previously understood them. Paris offers the most striking case. As it has prospered, the City of Light has stratified, resembling, in this regard, London or American cities such as New York and San Francisco. It’s ...

CuriosityCat: Canada’s Trudeau about to make a colossal mistake re Trump Inauguration

False compass? Trudeau and his advisors have decided to snub the most powerful nation in the world by staying away from the inauguration of its next president on January 20. Despite the fact that Americans voted in a free vote for their next president, and Donald Trump won the presidency in accordance with the rules ...

CuriosityCat: Canada’s Trudeau about to make a colossal mistake re Trump Inauguration

False compass? Trudeau and his advisors have decided to snub the most powerful nation in the world by staying away from the inauguration of its next president on January 20. Despite the fact that Americans voted in a free vote for their next president, and Donald Trump won the presidency in accordance with the rules ...

CuriosityCat: Conrad Who? on why Trump is a genius

Here’s that voice from the past on Trump’s perception by Canadian commentators, and on his ability to change the contours of politics in American within six months: What mad national egotism, propelled by “arm-flapping moralism” (in the words of half-Canadian U.S. secretary of State Dean Acheson 60 years ago) propels Lawrence Martin to imagine that Canada ...

CuriosityCat: Conrad Who? on why Trump is a genius

Here’s that voice from the past on Trump’s perception by Canadian commentators, and on his ability to change the contours of politics in American within six months: What mad national egotism, propelled by “arm-flapping moralism” (in the words of half-Canadian U.S. secretary of State Dean Acheson 60 years ago) propels Lawrence Martin to imagine that Canada ...

CuriosityCat: Andrew Coyne on Justin Trudeau and discussing Uganda

The political uproar in Canada over the questionable (Read more…) used by the newish Trudeau Liberal government to raise funds though what seems to many to be a Cash for Access method, has not died down. Now Andre Coyne, one of Canada’s most astute journalists, has put this mess in a context that the Liberal ...

CuriosityCat: Andrew Coyne on Justin Trudeau and discussing Uganda

The political uproar in Canada over the questionable (Read more…) used by the newish Trudeau Liberal government to raise funds though what seems to many to be a Cash for Access method, has not died down. Now Andre Coyne, one of Canada’s most astute journalists, has put this mess in a context that the Liberal ...

CuriosityCat: Trump energy policy holds out dangers for Canada

Chairman of the Board of USA Inc. President-elect Trump has started selecting his “cabinet”, and the implications for Canada’s economy are significant: In a move that might be a bit more predictable than the rest, given Trump’s public statements, the memo places a priority on building more pipelines. Just a few days ago, Trump (Read ...

CuriosityCat: Trump energy policy holds out dangers for Canada

Chairman of the Board of USA Inc. President-elect Trump has started selecting his “cabinet”, and the implications for Canada’s economy are significant: In a move that might be a bit more predictable than the rest, given Trump’s public statements, the memo places a priority on building more pipelines. Just a few days ago, Trump (Read ...

CuriosityCat: Trudeau’s Liberals pay a 20% price in poll of their bungling

Lack of Leadership takes a toll The Pay for Access scandal coupled with the incredible bungling of the very important electoral reform initiative, has led to a 20% drop in Liberal Party support: After soaring in public approval for more than a year, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals tumbled last month in a new poll that reflects ...

CuriosityCat: Trudeau’s Liberals pay a 20% price in poll of their bungling

Lack of Leadership takes a toll The Pay for Access scandal coupled with the incredible bungling of the very important electoral reform initiative, has led to a 20% drop in Liberal Party support: After soaring in public approval for more than a year, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals tumbled last month in a new poll that reflects ...

CuriosityCat: How Trudeau’s Liberals failed Canada on electoral reform

The miscalculation that Justin Trudeau made regarding his solemn promise to bring about electoral change, is shown in this summary: The Liberals, however, decided to go one step further in eschewing conventional political practice: Instead of stacking their side of the table with wily veteran MPs, they assigned four first-timers to the task, while the ...

CuriosityCat: How Trudeau’s Liberals failed Canada on electoral reform

The miscalculation that Justin Trudeau made regarding his solemn promise to bring about electoral change, is shown in this summary: The Liberals, however, decided to go one step further in eschewing conventional political practice: Instead of stacking their side of the table with wily veteran MPs, they assigned four first-timers to the task, while the ...

CuriosityCat: Electoral Reform: How Clustered are You?

I took the MyDemocracy test of my “values” today, and was place in one of the “clusters” chosen by Vox Pop Labs as representing all those who participate in the Trudeau Liberals reaching out to all Canadian households to find out their views on a few issues about reform. I set out below some of ...

CuriosityCat: Electoral Reform: How Clustered are You?

I took the MyDemocracy test of my “values” today, and was place in one of the “clusters” chosen by Vox Pop Labs as representing all those who participate in the Trudeau Liberals reaching out to all Canadian households to find out their views on a few issues about reform. I set out below some of ...

CuriosityCat: PM Trudeau should immediately replace Minister Monsef to ensure reform

Or was it bait and switch? PM Trudeau solemnly assured voters during the election campaign that the last election as the last one under the archaic first past the post system of choosing MPs. And now the junior minister tasked with carrying out this solemn promise is showing signs of a lack of drive in ...

CuriosityCat: PM Trudeau should immediately replace Minister Monsef to ensure reform

Or was it bait and switch? PM Trudeau solemnly assured voters during the election campaign that the last election as the last one under the archaic first past the post system of choosing MPs. And now the junior minister tasked with carrying out this solemn promise is showing signs of a lack of drive in ...

CuriosityCat: Tom Mulcair says Not a Snowball’s Chance in Hell he will prop up a Harper minority government

The end of the Harper era Tom Mulcair has firmly rejected any chance that the NDP would support Stephen Harper’s government in any confidence votes after the October 19 election: Earlier Wednesday, Mulcair was also asked whether he would support a Conservative minority government. “There isn’t a snowball’s chance in hell,” he said. “There’s no ...

CuriosityCat: Look for Ms Clean to replace Harper as Leader of the Opposition on October 20

Dianne Watts, Leader of the Opposition? With poll after poll showing the most likely election result in our federal election on October 19 will be a majority of seats held by the opposition parties, the NDP and LPC, the chances of Stephen Harper remaining as prime minister are slim to zero. There might be a ...

CuriosityCat: Election 2015: Is the Liberal Party ready for October 20th?

Who will be our next PM? Probably Harper We vote on October 19. It will be a cliffhanger, with final results only out early the next day. A minority government is possible, as the Poll Tracker shows with today’s results: The Poll Tracker’s polling average currently awards the Tories 29.3 per cent of the vote ...

CuriosityCat: Prime Minister Trudeau will lead us out of the Harper darkness

Harper’s sham democracy It is difficult to think of a more important election for Canada’s future than the coming October one. The choice is stark: more of the Harper Conservative chipping away at our democratic institutions, or, under Justin Trudeau as our PM, a refreshing change that will usher modern democratic methods into Canada. Make ...

CuriosityCat: Justin Trudeau’s legacy will equal that of his father

Just when Tom Mulcair was starting to measure the curtains in Harper’s home so that he could replace them when he became Prime Minister; when the polls showed a surge of votes for the NDP after the dramatic events in the recent Alberta election; and when pundits have started writing about Justin Trudeau being a ...