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Amazing coincidences and occurrences

Posted March 6, 2014 by Scott Tribe

Amazing coincidence – Peter Mackay muses that liberalization of pot/marijuana laws/legislation easing criminal charges are now a real possibility, and like magic, the anti-Justin Trudeau ads running on Toronto area AM radio that claim his stance on legalizing marijuana would ‘make it easier for kids to smoke pot” and “he isn’t up to the job” that were running incessantly for the month of February prior and after the LPC Biennial Convention have magically disappeared. Funny that.

Amazing occurrence: Ontario Liberal MPP Mitzie Hunter’s Private Member Bill (Bill 166) that would authorize Toronto to choose ranked ballots for their electoral voting system (as they voted to ask for late last year) [...]

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Barbara Kay: ‘Rape culture’ fanatics don’t know what a culture is

Here, where women are socially and legally equal to men, official sympathy for rape victims at every institutional level has created a climate so overwhelmingly sympathetic to female victims of sexual abuse that the emerging cultural danger is injustice to falsely alleged perpetrators.

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Sunday Stuff: A guest blog-poster from the Biennial early this week?

Posted March 2, 2014 by Scott Tribe

I took a bit of a break in blogging the past week – partially to recharge batteries from the Montreal Biennial.. partially because I’ve been doing some other political stuff behind the scenes… but back to a regular blogpost today, with some thoughts of the week behind and a look ahead:

- I read with amusement at the Manning Centre Conference where a pollster warned those conservative attendees of “grim” polling statistics they found on the CPC losing ground on issues to the Liberals and the NDP. Grim for them, perhaps, but certainly not for me or likeminded people who want the Conservatives gone (and there are many of us)

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Rob Ford: Why does the term “white trash” keep coming to mind?

Posted April 10, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

The more I hear about Rob Ford, the more the term “white trash” comes to mind! One of the first members of Rob Ford’s campaign team is the co-host of an online marijuana show, High F—ers, in which he smokes joints until he vomits, tells profane stories while high, and dedicates his drug use to […]

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Canadian Politics

Grasping for straws – Pauline Marois

Posted March 11, 2014 by Scott Tribe

I’m glad this fear – if there ever was anyone in Quebec fearing it- was cleared up by her:

An independent Quebec would open its arms to tourists from Canada. That’s the message from Parti Quebecois Leader Pauline Marois as sovereignty continues to be a prominent issue in the Quebec election campaign.Marois said today that Quebecers will still be able to go see the Rockies and Prince Edward Island and that Canadians from there will still be able to visit Quebec.

She’s trying to reassure soft nationalists that Canada won’t ban an independent Quebec’s people from being tourists, and vice versa? We’re really down to scraping the barrel for arguments [...]

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A neat site to track Liberal nominees in ridings across Canada: LiberalReboot.ca

Posted March 19, 2014 by Scott Tribe

LiberalReboot.ca is a pretty neat, fairly new site I was made aware of, and it’s very ambitious:

This website is intended to be a database for Liberals and Liberal supporters to find the aspiring candidates in their ridings, and for aspiring candidates to contact and work together in building this new chapter of the Liberal Party of Canada and, we hope, the next chapter of Canada itself.

You can pick out each province and find ridings and see if anyone has declared to be running for the nomination in that riding. You’ll note that there are lots of gaps in the number of ridings, particularly in provinces outside of Ontario [...]

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Guest blog from Leanne Bourassa; new LPC Nat’l Membership Secretary

Posted March 3, 2014 by Anonymous

Cue the music: Carry On by FUN

The week before convention was a tough one for my team – tempers were running high, work and school obligations were pressing, we were spending more money than we had planned, I was travelling, doing founding meetings and still trying to be a responsible employee and everyone was just plain tired. So, driving to the airport to pick up Erich was a nice opportunity to shift gears and get into the “Convention mindset”. Things got even better when I ran into a friend from Law school and ended up with two passengers for the long, slow drive downtown. The guys hit it off [...]

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Fredericton Morgentaler Clinic Forced To Close. How You Can Help.

Posted April 10, 2014 by Anonymous

by Jarrah Hodge Today the Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton, New Brunswick announced it will be forced to close its doors at the end of July, after a 20-year long battle with the provincial and federal governments to get the funding it should be entitled to under the Canada Health Act. This will seriously jeopardize the […]

The post Fredericton Morgentaler Clinic Forced To Close. How You Can Help. appeared first on Gender Focus.

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Disappointment with the Ontario Liberal Party lack of social media communication

Posted March 13, 2014 by Scott Tribe

The OLP has a convention next week, if you weren’t aware. It’s their annual general meeting – the one that was originally going to be held in London, but got moved to Toronto due to speculated Spring Election concerns.

Several bloggers (myself included) of the Liberal persuasion (Ontario or Federal) have been inquiring for awhile since last year before Christmas to some of our contacts within the OLP hierarchy about the possibility of being present at this to live-blog or live-tweet it or social media it in general.. you get the idea – as we did for the OLP’s leadership convention. We’ve had various contacts who’ve told us they’ve supported [...]

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Tom Flanagan and Pierre Karl Péladeau loom as Quebec campaign starts up

Posted March 11, 2014 by Citizen X

I want to hang in for a moment longer with my colleague Frank Bunting’s allusion to Hugh Segal’s wisdom on Quebec last week. The Quebec provincial election campaign of 2014 has only just begun. But already I feel I have to keep trying hard to remember what Senator Segal said early in 2012 : “If, [...]

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Andrew Coyne: Pauline Marois’ vision of independence looks an awful lot like dependence

Posted March 12, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

Pauline Marois has been describing a world after separation in which almost nothing would change. There would be no border controls. Quebecers could keep their Canadian passports. They’d even keep the dollar

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Andrew Coyne: Nigel Wright was cleared but many questions remain over Mike Duffy affair

Posted April 16, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

Just because no charges have been laid — against Wright: Mr. Duffy was given no such assurance — does not mean nothing happened here, or that it wasn’t wrong

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Good luck to Dan Fox running for TO City Council (Ward 24) in Willowdale.

Posted March 24, 2014 by Scott Tribe

I don’t often do links to municipal candidates, particularly City of Toronto ones, despite the amusing circus that occasionally provides, but I’m making an exception for Dan Fox, who is an active Liberal in federal politics, but has decided to go a different route and will try to get elected to TO City Council in Ward 24:

I think that the Toronto City Council has put sound bites and politics ahead of the need of the people of Toronto. Budget gimmicks have replaced building and maintaining a healthy city infrastructure. Photo opportunities have a higher priority than fiscal responsibility. Immediate gratification has replaced long-term vision and planning. It’s time to [...]

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The only progressive in the TO Mayor race is Olivia Chow

Posted March 17, 2014 by Scott Tribe

Municipal politics are an interesting political arena. You have much more of a political ideological mix here, which you don’t necessarily have for the federal or provincial arenas. So it is for the Toronto Mayor race.

All the political candidates lean right-of-centre, with the exception of one candidate; that would be Olivia Chow, ex-NDP MP of Toronto’s Trinity-Spadina riding, and of course, the widow and wife of Jack Layton, former NDP leader. From where I sit, the choice for political progressives (which includes left of centre “liberal” Liberals) is obvious; Olivia Chow should be the choice of those voters; as there is no one else in this bunch that [...]

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Key current campaigns : Olivia Chow, Alex Mazer, and Richard Underhill in Toronto, and Tim Hortons in Quebec

Posted March 18, 2014 by Randall White

At least some people are talking about how interesting the Quebec provincial election campaign has suddenly become. See, eg : “Marois says rest of Canada would be welcome to visit independent Quebec” ; “Independent Quebec would keep Canadian dollar, Marois says” ; “Marois tells Canada not to be afraid of Quebec election outcome” ; “Naked [...]

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A timeline of the Canada Revenue Agency’s response to the Heartbleed bug

Posted April 17, 2014 by The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — A timeline of the Canada Revenue Agency’s response to the Heartbleed bug: Monday, April 7: The Canada Revenue Agency says it was first informed of the Heartbleed bug. Tuesday, April 8: Two senior CRA officials testify at a parliamentary […]

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Andrew Coyne: Parti Québécois campaign floundering while separatist vote fragments

Posted March 21, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

Unable, or unwilling, to regain the votes lost to its left, the party under Pauline Marois has instead reached out to its right

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Andrew Coyne: Fair Elections Act proof the Conservatives are no normal government

Posted March 28, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

This is how you get to 28% in the polls: when every criticism is only further proof that you’re right

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I am busy like jurmalism

Posted March 26, 2014 by MGK

Over at Torontoist, I have written a bandwagon-jumper’s guide to the Toronto Raptors and also participated in the fact-check for the first televised Toronto mayoral debate.

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The Baloney Meter: Are there discrepancies in the CRA’s Heartbleed timeline?

Posted April 17, 2014 by The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — “To reassure Canadians that your government is able to fully protect the vital private financial information of Canadian taxpayers, we are hoping you could explain apparent discrepancies in the timeline regarding this breach — i.e., the period between when you […]

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Politicians afraid of the abortion debate – But are Canadians?

Posted February 9, 2013 by Gordon Cawsey

Many of Canada’s elected representatives are scared to death of the abortion debate, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Federal minister for the Status of Women Rona Ambrose among them.  Both are on record as saying that Canadians don’t want this d…

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Andrew Coyne: Marois’ PQ joins ranks of those who would use notwithstanding clause to block minority rights

Posted March 31, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

The great irony of the PQ availing itself of the clause is that it was part of the same 1982 package of constitutional amendments the party has ever since denounced

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Andrew Coyne: Even pro-spending politicians no longer dare to dream of raising taxes

Posted March 26, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

If the public declines to cough up more, it may be they simply want more evidence they are getting value for their existing contributions

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The new Liberal majority in Quebec — will Philippe Couillard (and the rest of us) hear the deeper message????

Posted April 8, 2014 by Counterweights Editors

No partisan of the Canadian future can fail to admire the practical political judgment of the people of Quebec in their April 7, 2014 provincial election, for seats in the Assemblée nationale in Quebec City. Strictly in terms of seats the current results, just after midnight on the Globe and Mail site, are :  LIBERAL [...]

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Enough of the Economic Action Plan ads, buy Canadians a Tims instead

Posted February 19, 2013 by Gordon Cawsey

Sick of all those ads for the Harper government’s Economic Action Plan?  You know what I’m talking about, the never ending spots telling Canadians what a great job the federal government is doing in building prosperity.  Its ironic that their…

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I have faith in Quebec voters….

Posted April 1, 2014 by Scott Tribe

… to recognize the dog-whistles coming out of the PQ for what they are.. and not allow wedge politics and narrow-mindedness to rule the day. The PQ has fallen into out and out panic mode, accusing the Liberal leader Couillard of more or less abandoning Quebecois, merely because he supports bilingualism.. and I don’t need to repeat the ridiculousness coming out of their various members over the Values Charter. A slight majority of francophone voters may support it, but I think they got scared off when the extreme separatist elements (see Pierre-Karl Peladeau – the head of Quebecor Media – better known as the owners of the rabid Sun Newspapers [...]

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Andrew Coyne: The Tories were right to be nervous. Marc Mayrand shredded their ‘Fair Elections Act’ almost line by line

Posted March 7, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

Perhaps each measure would not seem so troubling on its own; nor even would the whole if the government did not seem so intent on smuggling it into law

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Alberta Diary: In one day, the ground shifts in Alberta politics in ways unexpected, sometimes uplifting, sometimes troubling

Posted April 18, 2014 by David Climenhaga

On March 23, Lewis Cardinal became the first nominated federal NDP candidate in Canada for the expected 2015 election. (Photo by Dave Cournoyer, used with permission.) Yesterday he stepped aside in the face of undisclosed health problems. Below: Wildrose Finance Critic Rob Anderson.

What a strange day it was yesterday, at times uplifting, at times profoundly depressing, and at times just disorienting.

In the morning, Alberta suddenly dropped most aspects of its official homophobia. This less formal kind will continue to longer for a spell, of course, but as an issue for most Albertans it’s done like the family’s (Read more…)

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Sunday Religious Stuff # 28

Posted January 19, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Religious freedom ambassador not worried about ‘push back’ from abroad! By Lee Berthiaume, Postmedia News OTTAWA — Andrew Bennett admits some foreign governments don’t necessarily like what he has to say. Since being named Canada’s first ambassador for religious freedom in March, Bennett has publicly criticized Egypt for failing to protect Coptic Christians, condemned Iran’s […]

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Québec considers lowering voting age to 16?

Posted January 29, 2013 by Gordon Cawsey
Recent news is suggesting that Québec Premier Pauline Marois is intrigued with the thought of extending voting rights to 16 and 17 year olds.  -CTV STORY HERE-
Québec’s first minister was in Scotland recently, where a vote on independence will take place in 2014.  Scotland will be allowing 16 and 17 year old citizens to vote in a referendum on separation.  There are many who consider the PQ’s popularity among the youth of Québec to be strong, I am one of them, so extending voting rights to a younger demographic certainly makes sense in that light.
But what about the rest of our democracy?  Should our political parties consider giving high school students a say in more than just voting during a Québec referendum, but in other elections as well?
Teenagers voting???  Gimme a….wait a minute, this makes sense.
Think about it.  All you basically need to vote in Canada is a birth certificate saying you’re over 18 and a pulse, that’s pretty much it.  It doesn’t matter if you can’t name even  three of Canada’s ten provinces, or if you think the Prime Minister of our country is George Washington Lincoln Gretzky, here’s a ballot go mark your X. 
Why shouldn’t older teenagers be given a say in determining Canada’s future, be it at the federal, provincial, regional, or municipal level…oh yeah, let’s not forget school boards.  Damn this country is so over governed.
If a 90 year old who is likely departing this world in the next few years has the legal right to vote, why not someone who in all likelihood will be contributing to Canadian society for the next fifty years or more?

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Veterans are outraged. Now they need to do what they once did best. Lead. Part 2.

Posted February 3, 2014 by Dave

There is a commonly held misconception that all members of Canada’s armed services and, by extension, discharged veterans are Conservative supporters. That, of course, is simply not true on more than one plane.

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The Ranting Canadian: Due to the poor attendance at Rob Ford’s campaign kickoff…

Posted April 18, 2014 by The Ranting Canadian

Due to the poor attendance at Rob Ford’s campaign kickoff party, his new theme song could be “Half Empty Halls” by The Evaporators.

By most accounts, the April 17, 2014 event was a flop, with low turnout, no “history in the making” moments (another Ford promise broken), none of the celebrity appearances that were anticipated, and a lackluster speech full of lies, clichés and vague pledges. According to some, Ford was even heckled a bunch of times.

TV footage showed a lot of people waiting in line to get Ford T-shirts and bobblehead dolls, but it seems that (Read more…)

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How to tell if you’re Canadian!

Posted February 2, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Guest post by Damien Ponech and John Bayko In the same month my little e-mailman, dodging the e-dogs, brought not one but two Canadian culture tests. With the authors’ consent I’ve combined them. Both are English Canadian; there is a separate Québecois culture test. Items identical to the American test are in grey. Damien was […]

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Christie Blatchford: Rob Ford did nothing ‘wrong’? He may have done nothing criminal, but that’s hardly the same thing

Posted April 3, 2014 by Christie Blatchford

And despite what the Mayor may think, it’s still very possible that he could be charged at some point

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Canada’s Opaque Transparency – An Open Data Failure

Posted March 4, 2014 by David Eaves

Yesterday, at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) Canada Minister of Natural Resource, Joe Oliver, announced with great fanfare a new initiative to compel mining companies to disclose payments of over $100,000′s to foreign and domestic governments. On the surface this looks like a win for transparency, particularly for a sector that is of […]

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It’s up to our politicians to explain how that secret $90,000 payment can be legal

Posted April 18, 2014 by Stephen Maher

OTTAWA — When the RCMP announced on Tuesday that it was not going to charge Nigel Wright in connection with his secret $90,000 payment to Mike Duffy, I felt happy for him, because he seems in many ways an admirable […]

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Let’s Invade the Turks and Caicos Islands!

Posted February 20, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

The Turks and Caicos Islands lie southeast of Mayaguana in the Bahamas island chain and north of the island of Hispaniola. Cockburn Town, the capital since 1766, is situated on Grand Turk Island about 1,042 kilometres (647 mi) east-southeast of Miami, United States. The islands have a total land area of 430 square kilometres (170 sq mi).[b] They […]

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The next step in “Political Correctness” is here!

Posted April 6, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Folks, we got trouble in River City! Or at least in the University of River city! For any of you that thought “political correctness” was stupid, GET A LOAD OF THIS! University students have come up with an even more bizarre and asinine concept called “TRIGGER WARNINGS!” (That’s right kids, from now on, anytime a […]

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Andrew Coyne on Marc Nadon: Flaky Supreme Court ruling meets dubious appointment

Posted March 24, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

As with other recent controversies, this isn’t just a matter of Stephen Harper’s judgment, but of a system that trusts so much to one person’s discretion

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If Justin Trudeau really needs a policy risk — what about citizen assemblies on the British monarchy in Canada?

Posted February 22, 2014 by Counterweights Editors

The Liberal Party of Canada has some reasons for feeling good  at its Montreal convention this weekend.  (Eg : “Majority says it’s ‘time for another federal party to take over’: poll” ; “More Canadians share Justin Trudeau’s values: poll” ; and “Liberals open wider lead over Conservatives: poll.”) Two members of CBC TV’s most widely [...]

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