BigCityLib Strikes Back: Kellie Leitch Fundraises Off Me

This appeared on CPC leadership candidate Kellie Leitch’s Facebook page today. She’s got the twitter address wrong, but yeah she’s talking about me, as Nick Kouvalis helpfully clarified: @FraserFraserdw they all know it’s @Bigcitylib2 that we’re talking about. They don’t like us. @EvanLSolomon — Nick Kouvalis (@NickKouvalis) November 30, 2016 Firstly, I’d like to thank Ms. ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Kellie Leitch Fundraises Off Me

This appeared on CPC leadership candidate Kellie Leitch’s Facebook page today. She’s got the twitter address wrong, but yeah she’s talking about me, as Nick Kouvalis helpfully clarified: @FraserFraserdw they all know it’s @Bigcitylib2 that we’re talking about. They don’t like us. @EvanLSolomon — Nick Kouvalis (@NickKouvalis) November 30, 2016 Firstly, I’d like to thank Ms. ...

Democracy Under Fire: When The Senate Works As It Should…..

After years of the Conservative dominated Senate rubber stamping legislation and blocking amendments in committee we now have a situation where they are doing their job and proposing changes to a clearly flawed bill. Despite the Liberals using their majority to turn down all of the many amendments propped in the House to the Assisted ...

Democracy Under Fire: When The Senate Works As It Should…..

After years of the Conservative dominated Senate rubber stamping legislation and blocking amendments in committee we now have a situation where they are doing their job and proposing changes to a clearly flawed bill. Despite the Liberals using their majority to turn down all of the many amendments propped in the House to the Assisted ...

Democracy Under Fire: When The Senate Works As It Should…..

After years of the Conservative dominated Senate rubber stamping legislation and blocking amendments in committee we now have a situation where they are doing their job and proposing changes to a clearly flawed bill. Despite the Liberals using their majority to turn down all of the many amendments propped in the House to the Assisted ...

Democracy Under Fire: When is our raise coming?

Members of Parliament and senators will get a $3,000 increase Friday in their base salary, while cabinet ministers and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will receive a larger raise – at a time when Canadians are struggling with stagnant wages and rising unemployment. The wage hike of 1.8 per cent for MPs and 2.1 per cent for senators is about four ...

Democracy Under Fire: When is our raise coming?

Members of Parliament and senators will get a $3,000 increase Friday in their base salary, while cabinet ministers and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will receive a larger raise – at a time when Canadians are struggling with stagnant wages and rising unemployment. The wage hike of 1.8 per cent for MPs and 2.1 per cent for senators is about four ...

Democracy Under Fire: Goodby Harper, Hello Canada

I am going to be taking a short break from my weekly blogging over the holidays but before I do I wanted to write a little of my personal thoughts as to what I hope the new year will bring. I will admit to being very optimistic, perhaps too much so, for a return to ...

Democracy Under Fire: Goodby Harper, Hello Canada

I am going to be taking a short break from my weekly blogging over the holidays but before I do I wanted to write a little of my personal thoughts as to what I hope the new year will bring. I will admit to being very optimistic, perhaps too much so, for a return to ...

Democracy Under Fire: Party Platforms, some thoughts!

If the choice is between fixing the hole in the roof and remortgaging the house then the choice is obvious, particularly with the interest rates so low. Throwing a tarp over it and putting a bucket under the drips is not a long term viable solution, that for so many of us finding a job ...

Democracy Under Fire: Harper History, Part 8 – Senate reform / suspensions, Election Act

2013 – 2014 Even with the ongoing Senate expense scandal, the Robocall investigation crawling along (much delayed by the presence of the Conservative lawyer at E.C. Interviews) another suspension of parliament for no apparent reason followed up by another massive austerity budget it was the (un)Fair Elections Act that got all the attention during this ...

Democracy Under Fire: Senate Reform Redux

With a small minority of senators under the spotlight for spending irregularities and the Duffy trial adding a further spotlight on how the unprincipled nominated to that body can cheat the system (such as it is) there are the predictable calls for it to be abolished. NDP leader Thomas Mulclair is one such individual, he ...

Democracy Under Fire: Meaningful Changes or Lipstick on the Pig?

In the unholy rush to jam their Unfair Elections Act through before the majority of Canadians realise just how bad and self-serving piece of legislation it is the Harper regieme has asked the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee to “pre-study” it. In short order the Conservative-dominated committee has come back with a number of ...

Democracy Under Fire: Quantity not Quality

Quantity not Quality is apparently the Harper regimes measure of ‘success’ Mr. Van Loan recently extolled the virtues of the 34-day fall session, which started late because of prorogation and was adjourned early. He said 2013 was the most productive year on record, with 40 bills receiving Royal Assent. “ “That’s something we can all ...

Democracy Under Fire: Backbenchers Grow a Backbone?

Many of us have been sounding the alarm bell for some time about the amount of power and control the Prime Minister and the PMO have over both the daily working of parliament and more particularly the amount of control exercised over MPs and senators elected or appointed under the Conservative banner. Now it would ...

Democracy Under Fire: A Created Crisis?

The whole debate about the reform or abolition of the senate would not be getting the attention it is currently getting were it not for the somewhat overblown concern about just three senators expense claims and Harpers request to the courts to find out if he can do away or substantially change the upper chamber ...

Democracy Under Fire: What Jeff Said…….

Even if it could, Senate reform shouldn’t proceed without the provinces – or the people To the surprise of everyone in the Ottawa bubble, Her Majesty’s Minister of State for Democratic Reform, Pierre Poilievre, held a press availability Wednesday not to slam the Liberals for some alleged sins, but to actually speak to an issue ...

Democracy Under Fire: Be Careful What You Wish For!

Abolish the Senate? Be careful what you wish for, we all know that it has become highly partisan and some of those appointed feel they are entitled to their entitlements and take even more, reform is needed but do away with it entirely? I maintain that it is not the institution that is the problem ...

Walking Turcot Yards: Rick Mercer Rants – Mike Duffy, The senate

Democracy Under Fire: The Senate is not the problem

Its not the institution, its the self serving and partisan people appointed to it…. Recent events have once again brought calls for the senate to be abolished or reformed and whilst the latter is no doubt needed, the former is not IMHO on the cards if for no other reason than it takes time for ...

Democracy Under Fire: Senate Reform Bill C7

What with all the other stuff going on, not the least of which is the Budget Omnibus Bill which guts environmental regulation and leaves much of the outcomes subject to ministerial overrides, I missed the Senate Reform Bill C7 until I read that Quebec was challenging it. Upon reading it I at first thought that ...

Democracy Under Fire: Electoral and Parliamentary Reform (part 5)

TheSenate There are generally three views onSenate reform “First, keep our current system. Second, elect ourSenators, and realign where Senators come from in the country (equalrepresentation). Third, simply abolish it.” I will add a forthwhich falls between that previously proposed by the Conservatives andthat which at least one province has tried to initiate, that beingappointed ...