Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the corporate sector’s expectation that it will be able to write laws and set public policy for its own benefit – and the disturbing number of examples of it being allowed to do just that. For further reading…– Jenny Uechl reported on both the secret CAPP meetings which set British Columbia’s climate policy ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Julie Delahanty discusses the need for Canada’s federal government to rein in rising inequality. And Tim Stacey duly challenges the excuse that today’s poor people just aren’t poor enough to deserve any consideration. – Amy Goodman interviews Joseph Stiglitz about the serious problems with the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Andrea ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Barrie McKenna looks to Norway as an example of how an oil-rich country can both ensure long-term benefits from its non-renewable resources, and be far more environmentally responsible than Canada has been to date. – Michal Rozworski discusses how the devaluing of work is a largely political phenomenon. ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Sunday reading. – Frances Russell notes that the corporate sector is laughing all the way to the bank (and often an offshore one at that) after fifteen years of constant tax slashing, while Canadian citizens haven’t benefited at all from the trickle-down theory. And Jordan Weissmann points out that a recent ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that to end your weekend. – Paul Krugman notes that a concerted effort to combat climate change could be as beneficial economically as it is important for the future of our planet: Where is the new optimism about climate change and growth coming from? It has long been clear that a well-thought-out strategy ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – PressProgress digs into the PBO’s report on tax giveaways to look at what Canada has lost from the Cons’ cuts to federal fiscal capacity – and how little has been gained as a trade-off: (T)he Harper government, by starving the public coffers, is losing $43 billion that could ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Assorted content for your Sunday reading. – Zoe Williams interviews George Lakoff about the need for progressive activists and parties to work on changing minds rather than merely pursuing an elusive (and illusory) middle ground: (T)he left, he argues, is losing the political argument – every year, it cedes more ground to the right, under the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Jim Stanford reminds us that even Statistics Canada’s already-galling numbers showing increased inequality in Canada understate the problem, as they fail to reflect capital gains (and the preferential tax treatment thereof): Yesterday’s release from Statistics Canada on the income share of the wealthy generated some interesting coverage and ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Don Braid comments on Alberta’s complete lack of credibility when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental issues. And Andrew Leach nicely sums up the PC/Con position in trying to put a happy face on growing emissions: Suppose you run into an old friend whom ...

Cowichan Conversations: Sean Holman on Corky Evans-The Failure of Discipline

Former NDP MLA Corky Evans Sean Holman former ‘Public Eye Online’ blogger is now living in Calgary and teaching Journalism at the University of Alberta. More recently he produced the documentary ‘Whipped’ that reveals the real story of political control over elected officials. It has been welcomed by many politicos although many of the controllers ...

A BCer in Toronto: Parliamentarians and the yoke of party discipline

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a screening of Whipped, a documentary on party discipline by former BC legislature reporter Sean Holman. You can now stream the doc on the CPAC web site, and it’s well worth a look. While it’s focused on Victoria and BC politics, the issues Whipped raises ...

Accidental Deliberations: Whipped

For those who haven’t yet seen Whipped, Sean Holman’s documentary on party discipline in the B.C. legislature is now available through CPAC’s website. And it’s well worth a watch (particularly on a stormy Saturday). But I will point out that there may be an important distinction between an elected representative speaking up about issues in ...

Cowichan Conversations: Whipped-Sean Holman on ‘Party Discipline’ CBC the Current

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Friday morning, 8:30AM June 28th, Rick MacGinnes-Rae, hosting  CBC’s ‘the Current’, will peer into the secret world of party discipline. His guest will be  Sean Holman. a former ‘Public Eye Online’ blogger, talk show host, columnist and the force behind his latest project ‘Whipped! This will be most worthwhile. I have viewed the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Afternoon Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Polly Toynbee writes that there’s no magic involved in collecting fair tax rates from the rich – only a need for the political will to fund public priorities: Cutting the 50% top rate suggests no great enthusiasm for rigorous taxing. Last week’s ONS figures revealed gigantic avoidance of ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Arthur Haberman argues that our universal public health care system helps contribute to a more democratic society: There is something that political philosophers — those like Tocqueville and Mill in the 19th century — have come to call living democratically. By this it is meant that voting is ...