Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Abigail McKnight and Richard Reeves write about the gilded floor that prevents the wealthy from facing the realities lived by most people. Eric Levitz discusses how the Trump economy is producing plenty for the ultra-rich, but little but mediocrity for everybody else. And Michelle Styczynski points out that ...

Views from the Beltline: Will city folk continue to be Alberta’s second class citizens?

Amid debate about adopting a voting system to replace the egregiously undemocratic first-past-the-post, another offense against fair voting is sometimes overlooked. In Alberta, an opportunity to redress that particular sin is underway. In accordance with the Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission Act, a commission has been established to set the constituency boundaries for the 2019 provincial

Views from the Beltline: Will city folk continue to be Alberta’s second class citizens?

Amid debate about adopting a voting system to replace the egregiously undemocratic first-past-the-post, another offense against fair voting is sometimes overlooked. In Alberta, an opportunity to redress that particular sin is underway. In accordance with the Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission Act, a commission has been established to set the constituency boundaries for the 2019 provincial

the disgruntled democrat: The Reason I’m Not Voting In Today’s Election Is That Canada Does A Poor Job Of Protecting Voting Rights

OK Canada, you win.  Keep your outdated voting system.  Continue to outsource the nation’s governance function to one person and his inner circle.  Carry on with this democratic farce called the general election.  I’ll have none of it. I used to believe that it is worth the effort to engage in politics in Canada, but ...

the disgruntled democrat: The Reason I’m Not Voting In Today’s Election Is That Canada Does A Poor Job Of Protecting Voting Rights

OK Canada, you win.  Keep your outdated voting system.  Continue to outsource the nation’s governance function to one person and his inner circle.  Carry on with this democratic farce called the general election.  I’ll have none of it. I used to believe that it is worth the effort to engage in politics in Canada, but ...

the disgruntled democrat: The Reason I’m Not Voting In Today’s Election Is That Canada Does A Poor Job Of Protecting Voting Rights

OK Canada, you win.  Keep your outdated voting system.  Continue to outsource the nation’s governance function to one person and his inner circle.  Carry on with this democratic farce called the general election.  I’ll have none of it. I used to believe that it is worth the effort to engage in politics in Canada, but ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Jim Stanford writes that Tim Hudak’s combination of austerity and indiscriminate tax slashing represents a recipe for less jobs rather than more: Mr. Hudak’s initial policy agenda is mostly a recycled business wish list: cut taxes, cut regulations, pay for training, cut energy costs, free trade.  Its logic ...

Impolitical: Reasons to vote

In this week before the U.S. election, noted film maker Errol Morris had a great short film that ran in the New York Times. It’s about voting and is meant to encourage people to get to the polls. He does it in a light and humorous way by coming at it from the other direction. ...

Impolitical: The first robocalls victim – again

The Ottawa Citizen published an op-ed by former Saanich-Gulf Islands Liberal candidate Briony Penn on Tuesday: “I was the first robocalls victim.” It tells the story of the 2008 federal election in that riding and the strange robocalls urging people to vote for an NDP candidate who had withdrawn from the race, thereby splitting the ...

Impolitical: RCMP on the robocalls case

The lead story on the CTV national news last night was this: “RCMP investigates voter fraud allegations.” Interesting video report at the link where, among other things, a friend of former Conservative staffer Michael Sona is quoted. Yesterday Postmedia had details on a search warrant issued in November requiring production of various records from RackNine, ...