OTTAWA – Here’s a list of private members’ bills that were sponsored by Olivia Chow in the current session of Parliament. Private members’ bills seldom make it into law, but these give an idea of Chow’s priorities in the current […]
|PQ lobster trap for unwitting Quebecers|
Try as they might, the PQ cannot direct the definition of the ballot question in the upcoming provincial election into fields of their choosing. They would rather talk about their Charter of Values, which has given them a good crack at Francophone votes to boost them into a majority government position. Or the bright prospects for a Quebec economy, with debt reduced and business booming.
The border comments followed Marois to another campaign stop, prompting her to agree with a reporter’s assertion that an independent Quebec would not be unlike the European Union, where there is free movement of citizens.
“That’s what it means, but that’s not to say there wouldn’t be a (Quebec) citizenship and, as such, a passport,” Marois said.
Couillard, meanwhile, launched his strongest anti-sovereigntist message yet on Tuesday, with the federalist leader accusing the PQ of hurting Quebec with its constant musings about referendums and separation.
“The choice is clear,” he said. “Do you want a government that is going to focus on a referendum and the separation of Quebec or do you want a government that is going to concentrate on the economy, jobs, health care and education?”
The Question for Thomas Mulcair and the NDP
PQ lobster trap for unwitting Quebecers
Try as they might, the PQ cannot direct the definition of the ballot question in the upcoming provincial election into fields of their choosing. They would rather talk about their Charter of Values, which has given them a good crack at Francophone votes to boost them into a majority government position. Or the bright prospects for a Quebec economy, with debt reduced and business booming. But every time they try, those pesky journalists keep asking about the PQ’s plans to launch a permament campaign as a majority government, disguised as a White Paper process (Read more…)
By Patrick Smith For The Ottawa Citizen Trinity-Spadina NDP MP Olivia Chow, now a mayoral candidate in Toronto, has surrounded herself with a veteran team that has worked across the political spectrum, from NDP to Liberal to Conservative. For example: […]
Mayoral announcement from New Democrat expected Thursday
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OTTAWA — Olivia Chow has officially resigned her seat as member of Parliament, effective immediately, as she prepares to launch her campaign to be the next mayor of Toronto. “My last day as a MP. Proud of my record & […]
The federal New Democrat is expected to launch her campaign Thursday in Toronto
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Oh. My. Zombie. I see that Pierre Poilievre is on the run again.And this time he’s not just running from his foul voter suppression monster, which is threatening to swallow engulf him.He’s running from the NDP !!!! Read more »
In the 2011 federal election, the haymaker that put Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff on the mat was thrown by NDP Leader Jack Layton in the English-language debate. Turning to Ignatieff, Layton reminded Ignatieff that he’d failed to show up for 70 per cent of the votes in the House of Commons while he was leader. “Canadians […]
OTTAWA — Canada’s free-trade deal with South Korea will have major long-term economic implications for Canada — but it could also solidify the prime minister’s legacy heading into the 2015 election, and stem criticism the Conservatives are big talkers and […]
Grain transportation remains the hot topic in Saskatchewan following the federal government’s order to force Canada’s two major railways to double the grain they ship weekly. The federal New Democrats are touring the province, calling for more aggressive measures to … Continue Reading
|The Impartial Premier – Trust Me|
Premier Pauline Marois believes she can have her cake and eat it, too. So she is sucking and blowing at the same time about whether a vote for her Parti Quebecois is really also a vote to start the journey to yet another referendum on independence for Quebec.
In a campaign during which Pauline Marois would prefer to focus on issues such as jobs, the economy and Quebec’s cultural identity, the Parti Québécois Leader is compelled to explain her hesitation about holding another referendum on sovereignty.Ms. Marois insisted she was not going to be rushed into holding another referendum if her party formed a majority government in the April 7 vote. But she added that she will launch public hearings on Quebec’s political future to gauge whether there is a desire for another referendum.“We want to keep the agenda open,” Ms. Marois said when asked by reporters about her referendum strategy. “If a referendum is needed, we will take the time to stop and listen to people’s opinions. And if we find that it is not relevant to do it, we won’t.”
Ms. Marois refused to make a firm commitment to hold a referendum on sovereignty if she wins a majority government. But she quickly added she will weigh her options “at the opportune time” after holding public hearings. She refused to say at what point during a PQ mandate she would conduct the hearings.“We aren’t going to do anything behind closed doors; we aren’t going to do it in the dark. We will need a consensus. … There is no commitment to hold a referendum but there is also no commitment not to hold one,” the PQ Leader said.
In a campaign-style speech Wednesday night, Premier Pauline Marois spoke of winning a majority and rekindling the Parti Québécois goal of making Quebec a country, delivering her first election promise: “a white paper on the future of Quebec.”“I am determined to get there,” she said at the opening of her speech to about 300 of the party faithful.And wrapping it up she said, “We are going to win.“We are going to make Quebec a country, our country.”The white paper would ask which choice is more risky for Quebec? Remaining a Canadian province? Or becoming an independent, French-speaking country?There would be a new referendum on leaving Canada, the premier added, but only when Quebecers want one.
So much for keeping an open agenda during the white paper process.
This and that for your Tuesday reading.
- The Economist looks at the relationship between equality and growth, showing that there’s at worst little evidence that fairer economies have any trouble matching their more-polarized counterparts – and best some indication that they perform better: Inequality is more closely correlated with low growth. A high Gini for net income, after redistribution, corresponds to slower growth in income per person. A rise of 5 Gini points (moving from the level in America to that in Gabon, for instance) knocks half a percentage point off average annual growth. And holding redistribution constant, a (Read more…)
Something is happening in Lethbridge. According to a group out of Lethbridge College the Liberals under Trudeau have jumped from 8.38% (2011) to 24% for the area of Lethbridge. Provincially, Raj Sherman’s Liberals have jumped from 14.7% (2012) to 18% in Lethbridge-East, a point ahead of the Wildrose and the clear alternative compared to the […]
Ontario’s budget debate may be high profile, but it misses two essential points.
With the NDP signaling NO TAX INCREASES (on the middle class) a serious discussion about taxes, particularly the need to increase corporate and wealth taxes, will not take place. It is hard to have any serious budget discussion without considering the income side. Many commentators have made this point.
At the same time, the expanding use of for-profit companies, often multinational conglomerates, to deliver and finance public services, is being ignored. The negative impact of private delivery on cost, quality, accessibility and democratic control of public services (Read more…)
I am by no means well read on the nitty gritty of Canadian federal elections, but this strikes me as an incredibly bad idea: [Former B.C. Chief Electoral Officer Harry Neufeld] says Section 44 of the government’s new legislation would allow all central polling supervisors to be appointed by a riding’s incumbent candidate or the candidate’s party.“It’s completely inappropriate in a democracy, ” said Neufeld.
Under current legislation, central poll supervisors are appointed by returning officers, who are hired by Elections Canada. The supervisors are put in place at polling stations to make sure voting unfolds smoothly.
The NDP’s first National Day of Action last weekend looks to have received virtually no media attention despite involving numbers of participants comfortably within the range of similarly-timed conventions and conferences which routinely dominate national headlines for weeks at a time. And there’s reason for optimism that the NDP’s plan to hold several more may hint at a new stage in Canadian grassroots democracy.
But I’ll echo Murray Dobbin’s concern that while it’s well worth building a strong participatory structure, there’s reason to question the issue chosen for the first day of action: On February 22, in the aftermath of (Read more…)
Assorted content to end your week.
- Jonathan Freedland discusses how the UK’s Conservative government is forcing its poor citizens to choose between food and dignity: Cameron’s statement rests on the repeatedly implied assumption that the only people going hungry are those who have opted for idleness as a lifestyle choice, who could work but don’t fancy it. This assumption is false. The majority of poor households include at least one person who works. As Rowan Williams, the former archbishop of Canterbury, put it this week: “People who are using food banks are not scroungers who are cynically trying (Read more…)
If there’s anything to question in the latest reporting about possible post-election cooperation between the NDP and the Libs, it’s the impression that Thomas Mulcair’s willingness to pursue a coalition to replace the Harper Cons with a better government somehow comes entirely out of the blue. But while the story may not be entirely new, it’s certainly well worth pointing out: The leader of the New Democrats said on Tuesday he is willing to form a coalition in order to take power after the next election, even as the other opposition party leader, Liberal Justin Trudeau, played down the idea. … (Read more…)
Foreign Minister John Baird will lead an official delegation to Ukraine later this week. As the government said, the delegation will include community leaders and Parliamentarians but, as we learned today, none of those Parliamentarians will be New Democrats or Liberals. How come, we asked Jason MacDonald, the communication director for Prime Minister Stephen Harper. […]
This and that for your Tuesday reading.
- Alison and PressProgress both discuss how Brad Butt’s attempt to defend voter suppression is based on what even he had to concede was nothing short of legislative fraud. And Stephen Maher notes that the Cons’ unilateral rewrite of election rules figures to force Elections Canada to cover up the Cons’ pattern of illegal activity.
- Meanwhile, Jason Fekete reports on the Cons’ deliberate ignorance of deputy ministers’ advice that the government can’t keep stonewalling against action on climate change – and follows up by pointing out the NDP’s work to challenge the (Read more…)
OTTAWA – NDP Leader Tom Mulcair got into another spat with House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer on Monday, defiantly ignoring his request not to call the Conservatives cheaters, as a senior Liberal questioned Scheer’s impartiality in question period. The […]
OTTAWA — A provision in the Conservative government’s new elections act will limit the ability of Elections Canada to experiment with online voting — a limit the Opposition argues will suppress the votes of young people who are less likely […]
OTTAWA – Canada’s official Opposition says the Conservative government is effectively rejecting climate change and must explain why it’s ignoring the advice of its own most senior bureaucrats to do more to reduce greenhouse gases and fight climate change. The […]
The government likes to say it’s all about the middle class. So, too, the opposition parties. On Parliament Hill it seems Canada’s middle class is virtually surrounded by a sea of friends, each clamouring to outdo the other to lend a hand, give a leg up. With friends like that in high places, those of the middle class can surely look forward to a bright and prosperous future.
Except that it’s a load of crap.
An internal report prepared for the Harper government by Employment and Social Development Canada and pried out of the cold dead Tory hands (Read more…)
OTTAWA — A delegation of Canadian politicians — including senators and government and opposition MPs — are at the Vatican this week for the elevation of Gérald Cyprien Lacroix to the College of Cardinals. It’s just the latest taxpayer-funded visit […]
OTTAWA — A delegation of Canadian politicians — including senators and government and opposition MPs — are at the Vatican this week for the elevation of Gérald Cyprien Lacroix to the College of Cardinals. Lacroix, the 56-year-old archbishop of Quebec, […]
OTTAWA – The NDP has introduced a motion to force cross-country consultations on the Conservative government’s proposed Fair Elections Act, saying it will continue to deny all travel by parliamentary committee members until it gets its way. “If the Conservatives […]
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.
- Lynn Stuart Parramore offers five convincing pieces of evidence to suggest that the U.S.’ plutocrats are losing their minds in their effort to set themselves apart from the rabble. Kevin Roose tells a story about some awful, awful (and disturbingly wealthy and powerful) people. And Patrick Wintour discusses how the UK Cons are dedicating significant public resources to placing impossible demands on the unemployed – then cutting off the livelihood of anybody not acrobatic enough to jump through their newly-created hoops.
- So there’s plenty of reason to think Ana Marie (Read more…)
I watched your speech on the Unfair Elections Act. Well done. Thank you. And I didn’t know about Rose Henry’s court case. She’s really something.
I am going to make another appeal to you. As I see it and I think you see it, Harper is step by step dismantling Canada as a democratic nation. I live in fear and trembling of him getting in again.
As far as I can see, the only possible way to make sure that doesn’t happen is for the NDP and the Liberals to cooperate.
I’ve heard your reasons not (Read more…)
|Real Change Wynne?|
After writing off the byelections as “skirmishes” that aren’t indicative of how things will go in a general election, Wynne vowed that the Liberals will do better whenever the campaign is held.“I know people are looking for change in this province,” she said. “Well I’m the change. My plan is the change. My team is the change, and that’s the change we’re going to take into the next election.”
|Real change Horwath?|
Horwath says the byelection results sent a clear message that people are not happy with the Liberals, but adds she is not focused on a possible election.“Families are worried about jobs, the cost of daily life and their health care system.” Horwath said. “They hear the same old ideas coming from the same old parties and they know it’s time for a change.”
“This evening’s results prove that the people of this province want change,” Hudak said in Thornhill. “They sent the McGuinty-Wynne Liberals a clear message (that) they want leadership that will take decisive action, implement a plan to balance the budget and create jobs.”
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OTTAWA – Two pieces of proposed federal legislation are stuck in a holding pattern in the Senate, despite having already received the endorsement of the House of Commons. And the two private members’ bills – C-377 and C-290 – may […]
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Is it possible to lift more than three quarters of a million Canadians out of poverty and create more than a quarter million new jobs annually?
Stephen Harper and Ji…
OTTAWA – A clause in the Conservative government’s proposed Fair Elections Act that limits political donations from beyond the grave could disproportionately hamper the federal NDP, which has secured more in estate donations than any national party in the last […]
OTTAWA – The New Democrats say the governing Conservatives’ rush to balance the books…
In an election year pledge that is both a woefully insufficient step in the “right” direction and an act of supreme political cynicism, Ontario’s Premier Kathleen Wynne has promised an immediate hike of the minimum wage in Ontario to $11 an hour…
OTTAWA – The NDP is renewing its mission to cap ATM fees. A motion calling for the cap will be debated in the House of Commons on Monday. It urges the Conservative government to take action on ATM fees in … Continue Reading