Comparing PIA’s “Alberta Could” Campaign to the Alberta Liberal’s 2012 Platform

Over the last couple of months Public Interest Alberta has been championing a change to Alberta’s tax code to bring it in line with the rest of Canada and fund desperately needed programs. Nicknamed ‘Alberta Could‘ the campaign calls for progressive taxation and investments in public programs. As someone who is familiar with the 2012 Alberta […] ...

The Onion On Movies

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CPC MP Not a Fan of the SCC or the Charter

stephen-woodworth-headshot.pngIt has been pretty obvious, I think, to anyone who takes an objective view of the Stephen Harper government that they don’t really have a great deal of respect for the Charter of Rights and Freedoms or the Supreme Court of Canada. They seem to pass laws and make appointments wi...

Well Out of Hospital

image On medication to slow my heart, and with a modern device to reset rhythm if it’s lost, I’m cool as a cucumber now. There are so many people to thank, and not enough paper. ...

Maybe They Were Already Dead

Paul Wells thinks the Harper government should be given credit for slaying Quebec separatism.  I’d suggest its been deceased since 1995 and Harper has merely presided over the last twitchings of the body.  I would further suggest that Harper’s uncritical trumpeting of tar-sands development threatens to awake a far more dangerous beast…a British Columbia independence movement. &...

The Prostitution Hearings

I have been paying some attention to the hearings currently taking place regarding the new Prostitution Bill before Parliament and it has come as no surprise that much of the testimony has been against it.  Most of that testimony asserts that the new Bill would make it very unsafe for sex workers and their customers.Of course the Conservative government does not care.  It is often forgotten because he does not wear his religion on his slee...

Interview with Tyler Banham – running to be LPCO President

I’ve had the chance to have an interview with Tyler, the current Executive VP of the LPCO, who recently announced he will be running for the LPCO President position. That will be voted on by delegates Sept 12-14 in Markham (the same convention will also elect LPCO VP of Communications – which Jeff Jedras is running for and who I endorsed last week) I was curious about this position, what it entails, and why someone would want to run for it, so I asked Tyler for an interview...

Toronto Taxpayers Coalition don’t give a crap about real taxpayers, only helping out Conservative politicians…

This statement below released today by Toronto mayoral candidate Olivia Chow caught my attention:  Reality Check: Taxpayers Coalition Misses Biggest Bill Taxpayers Face FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2014 Oversight, cosy alignment with conservative candidates, something fishier, who knows? But the Toronto Taxpa...

Ontario’s 2014 Municipal Elections – Who Can Vote Where? #onpoli

On October 27, all of Ontario’s municipalities will hold elections to elect (or re-elect) mayors, councillors, and school trustees. In order to vote in the election, you must meet the two “standard” criteria – be at least 18 and a Canadian citizen. Further, you must be eligible to vote in the municipality. Who is eligible? 1. Be a Resident ElectorYour residence is where you live. If you live in a municipality, then you are eli...

The Politics of Prostitution

3219671047_7a8d4e54f8_n.jpgI have spent the last few days watching the live tweets of the committee hearings into Bill C-36, the Conservative’s new prostitution legislation (thank you, Kady O’Malley). This was not a topic I intended on blogging on, but after the dis...

Politicians in Cowboy Hats

For a brief history of Stampede fashion, you can read the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, ...

I endorse Jeff Jedras for LPC(O) Communications

Jeff Jedras is one of the hardest working, conscientious and principled Liberals that I know. He thinks deeply about all aspects of our party, and has an impressive understanding of the many challenges facing the LPC as we head ...

News From Heartland Institute Climate Conference: Barre Seid Is HI’s Anonymous Donor

It’s official – @wattsupwiththat finally 100% confirmed billionaire Barre Seid is @HeartlandInst #climate denial “anonymous donor” #iccc9— Polluter Watch (@PolluterWatch) ...

Today’s cheap shots

Two cheap shots noted today:The Harper Cons wouldn’t approve a helicopter tour of the Manitoba flood zones by the Leader of the Opposition: Brig. Gen. Christian Juneau, commander of the third Canadian Division, had agreed to the tour, subject to approval by Defence Minister Rob Nicholson.But late Tuesday, Mulc...

It is our duty still to endeavor to avoid war; but if it shall actually take place, no matter by whom brought on, we must defend ourselves. If our house be on fire, without inquiring whether it was fired from within or without, we must try to extinguish it.

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Jeff Jedras for VP Communications, Liberal Party of Canada (Ontario) #lpc #lpco

This September, the Liberal Party of Canada (Ontario) will hold its general meeting in Markham, Ontario. I have submitted my intent to stand as a delegate. The Liberal brand is strong in Canada – Justin Trudeau has energized Canadians. Delegates to the meeting will elect a new executive. I’m excited to endorse Jeff Jedras for the position of VP Communications, Liberal Party of Canada (Ontario). ...

LPC Ads On Youtube

The last couple of days I’ve been running across the following ad every time I go looking for clips of this or that on youtube.  Below is what I got last evening. Its Justin read...

Michael Ignatieff is not a "loser"

4305625361_bae98fb66e_o.jpgIn his opinion piece in the Jacobin, Will Johnson claims that Michael Ignatieff is a “perennial loser” and that his new job at Harvard is “failing up”. He claims that between his political record in Canada and his stance on the Iraq war, Ignatieff is ...

The Great Toronto Storm, A Year Later

These words seem to have held up pretty well.  May they cheer any fellow Torontonians who suffered a loss during that horrible day.  Like having their Lamborghini flooded. ...

When does a limitation start to run?

Longo v. MacLaren Art Centre, 2014 ONCA 526: [40]       The relevant provisions of the Limitations Act, 2002 are as follows: 5.  (1)  A claim is discovered on the earlier of, (a) the day on which the person with the claim first k...

Woke up

I woke up this morning thinking of the Weird Al tune: “I’m So Sick of You”. Probably tired of being poked and vampired every morning  already. Hope today goes well. ...

John Tory takes lead in new Nanos poll on Toronto’s mayoral race

Well, things are getting interesting.  Just two days after I decided to ignore most public opinion polls except for Nanos Research polls, that very company has come out with a new poll in the Toronto mayoral race....

From My Quotes Cupboard: The German Juggernaut in search of a Hedgehog

About Jose Maria Aznar, Prime Minister of Spain, at the Amsterdam Treaty negotiation in May 1997: But not with Aznar. They waited until everyone had settled into their roles at the n...

I’m running for LPC(O) vice-president communications

I am excited to announce I have decided to seek the position of vice-president, communications of the Liberal Party of Canada (Ontario). There is tremendous opportunity for our...

A New Kind of Loneliness

IT’S A NEW KIND OF LONELINESS, ONE I’VE ONLY BEEN picking up on lately. And the more I’ve talked to people about it, the more I realize that I’m suffering from it myself. It’s difficult to describe but emanates from two realities: the use of social media, and the loss of the public imagination. I’m afraid that […] ...

Justin’s Star Ascendant In Fort Mc!!!

Liberals would have won Fort McMurray #byelxn41 if held on the new boundaries, poll-by-poll results show. #YMM #LPC pic.twitter.com/JOWtfsE2ux— Pundits’ Guide (@punditsguide) July 6, 2014...

Die Media Die: National Post On Its New Summer Print Schedule

National Post is on its summer print schedule. No more Monday papers until after Labour Day.— Steve Faguy (@fagstein) July 6, 2014 I haven’t seen the official  NP statement announcing the summer schedule, but someone on the inside has emailed me a secret first draft, before the despairing tone of it was softened to something more resembling “down but...

Public opinion polling in Canada descends into madness, so let’s ignore polls and just follow our guts, please!

Something really bad has happened to the quality of public opinion polls in Canada in recent years, particularly those trying to gauge voter opinions during election campaigns. Recent polling disasters – in whi...

Political generational shift

“Shake hands with the nice man. First, I’ll take his job, and then later, when you’re all grown up, you can take mine!” ...