Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Gabriel Zucman discusses how the wealthy currently avoid paying their fair share of taxes – and how to stop them by properly attributing income and ensuring registers of wealth. And Micah White is optimistic that the public response to the Paradise Papers may be to develop lasting ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Mark Karlin interviews George Monbiot about the prospect of politics based on empathy, sharing and belonging. – Andrew Jackson and Kate McInturff each offer their take on the federal fiscal update – with both lamenting the Libs’ lack of ambition. – Karl Nerenberg highlights how the federal ...

Canadian Dimension: Quebec’s Niqab ban is a shameful sop to nativist voters

Photo by AMISOM Public Information Less than a year ago, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard responded to the murder of six men at a Quebec City mosque with rare and welcome introspection. In a powerful speech, he acknowledged the role of the province’s politicians in creating an atmosphere of suspicion and hostility toward Muslims. He recognized ...

Alberta Politics: Western Canada’s artificial alienation: Catalonia here we come! Then again, maybe not …

Right on schedule, us Western Canadians are feeling alienated. Really! Don’t just take my word for it! The digital editions of the gutter press are full of the complaints nowadays of such alienated Albertans as United Conservative Party leadership contenders Brian Jean and Jason Kenney. Likewise, we’re hearing lots of Western alienation talk from Brad ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Jeremy Nuttall interviews Nelson Wiseman about the Libs’ attempts to spin their way out of a trumped-up tax controversy – and how they’re making matters worse in the process. And Murray Dobbin points out that there’s a long way to go in making sure the wealthy pay their ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Peter Whoriskey examines how inequality is becoming increasingly pronounced among U.S. seniors. And Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson discuss how inequality contributes to entrenching social divisions: The toll which inequality exacts from the vast majority of society is one of the most important limitations on the quality of life – particularly ...

Alberta Politics: UCP leadership candidate Brian Jean utters the R-word – one faux pas too many

PHOTOS: Mr. Jean as he likely appeared yesterday afternoon, perhaps as the obvious impact of his foolish use of words sank in. (Photo: CBC) Below: Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard and St. Albert NDP MLA Marie Renaud. It sure sounds like Brian Jean is done. You know, like dinner. Done in by the R-word, as a ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2017 Links

The latest from the federal NDP’s leadership campaign as the first voting window closes. – Robin Sears frames the choice of members as being between a comfortable fit with Charlie Angus and a more ambitious option in Jagmeet Singh, while the Toronto Star’s editorial board offers its endorsement to Singh based on its preference for ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2017 Links

The latest from the federal NDP’s leadership campaign as the first voting window remains open. – Power & Politics and the Toronto Star have each posted new summaries of the candidates and their plans. Gloria Galloway reports on Charlie Angus’ campaign as focusing on taking the NDP back to its roots. And Maura Forrest interviews ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how Jagmeet Singh looks to be a strong favourite as the NDP’s leadership campaign reaches its first voting window – and how concerns about Quebec secularism may have been laid to rest by the challenger who previously gained the most by emphasizing them. For further reading…– I’ve previously written about Singh’s prospects in ...

Accidental Deliberations: On discriminatory treatment

Following up on this post, let’s take a look at Tom Parkin’s other recent post which offers plenty of food for thought. Parkin’s view broadly matches Guy Caron’s position on Quebec’s treatment of people who wear niqabs – but seems to me to fall short of making the case for deferring to Quebec’s politicians when ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2017 Links

The latest from the federal NDP’s leadership campaign. – Eric Grenier offers his take on the membership numbers released this week – including Jagmeet Singh’s impressive signup totals. And Sarah Boesveld summarizes the state of the campaign and what’s at stake. – Kevin Taghabon’s detailed interview with Guy Caron is worth a read in full, ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2017 Candidate Rankings – August 27

We’ll have to wait until next week to learn about the final membership count for the federal NDP’s leadership campaign. But today’s Montreal debate and other developments result in one shift in the rankings – while an opportunity for another one has been lost for now. 1. Charlie Angus (1) While the other three candidates ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2017 Links

The latest from the federal NDP’s leadership campaign. – Evidence for Democracy has released the candidates’ responses to its questions about science in Canada. And Canadian Dimension offers replies on key issues facing Canada’s left, while Drew Brown suggests that the leadership campaign should be focusing on bringing the NDP closer toward the successes of ...

Canadian Dimension: Québec solidaire gains ground

Photo by Quebec Solidaire Last Winter, Québec’s electoral representation commission made a controversial decision to redraw the boundaries of the electoral map in a way that jeopardized the existence of the Ste-Marie–St-Jacques riding, represented by Québec solidaire MNA Manon Massé. The ensuing massive popular protest forced the commission to back down; it decided to leave ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2017 Links

The latest from the federal NDP leadership campaign as the August 17 membership deadline approaches. (And for those wondering, it’s possible to both check one’s membership status and sign up online.) – Kyle Duggan reports on a new Mainstreet poll showing Charlie Angus with a substantial lead among identified members – confirming where the candidates ...

Things Are Good: Quebec Business Turns Waste into Juice

Juice Loop is a new company in Quebec that is taking food waste and turning it into juice and other products. This was isn’t what’s left on a plate from a restaurant, instead it comes from the supply chain inefficiencies present in how grocery stores run their operations. It’s a classic story of entrepreneurs seeing ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2017: The Quebec Question

Don MacPherson has joined the many commentators whose main take on the federal NDP’s leadership race is to zero in on how Quebec voters might react to Jagmeet Singh’s Sikh background and head covering. And Adam Radwanski has rightly challenged the pundits’ consensus to some extent. But (as noted in part by Ian Capstick) the ...

Canadian Dimension: Québecers mobilize against intolerance and exclusion

The testimony gathered by media covering the January shooting at a Québec City mosque brings to light a somber situation. According to a representative of that city’s Muslim community, many no longer go to mosques for fear of being identified, while some women have stopped wearing hijabs, hiding their faith for fear of being fired ...

Canadian Dimension: Québec solidaire: No to an electoral pact with the PQ, Yes to a united front against austerity

Photo from Public Domain MONTRÉAL – As expected, the 500 delegates to the congress of Québec solidaire (QS), held here May 19-22, voted to work toward a fusion with Option nationale, debated and adopted the remaining part of the party’s draft program with few major amendments, and elected a new leadership headed by “co-spokespeople” Manon ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2017 Links

The latest from the federal NDP’s leadership campaign… – Charlie Angus has made his pitch for a national pharmacare program as one way of reducing health care inequality. – Guy Caron’s proposal for tax reform features plenty of progressive ideas to bring in more public revenue, including through inheritance and wealth taxes. And his subsequent ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2017 Candidate Profile – Ibrahim Bruno El-Khoury

I’ll plan to add more to Ibrahim Bruno El-Khoury’s profile later on if he adds more public-facing content to his campaign. For now, though, I’ll put forward at least a placeholder profile based on what’s missing. Strengths El-Khoury brings at least some political experience to the NDP’s leadership race, including past campaigns for an NDP ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2017 Links

The latest from the federal NDP’s leadership campaign. – Several of the candidates have been doing plenty of touring over the past week. And while not all the stops have included media coverage, you’ll find features about Charlie Angus from Timmins, Sudbury (X2), North Bay, and Red Deer, along with Weyburn This Week’s report on ...

Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Quick analysis of the anti-fascist counter demo Montreal April 23

Following the explicitly anti-Muslim demonstration held on March 4, on April 23 some of the same far right forces tried a different approach, calling for a demonstration against the governing provincial Liberal Party, taking care to not include anything about race or Islam in any of their materials, and telling people not to bring any racist ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: The Alternative Federal Budget 2017

This year’s Alternative Federal Budget (AFB) was released on March 9. I was proud to be the primary author of its housing chapter (that chapter is available in English here and in French here). The first AFB exercise began in 1994, with the first AFB being published in 1995. That involved a joint effort between ...