Feminist union song. Lyrics below.
Ten hundred books could I write you about her
Because I felt if I could know her
I would know all women
And they've not been any too well known
For brains and planning and organized thinking
But I'm sure the women are equal
And they may be ahead of the men
Yet I wouldn't spread such a rumor around
Because one organizes the other
And some times the most lost and wasted
Attract the most balanced and sane
And the wild and the reckless take up
With the clocked and the timed
And the mixture is all of us
And we're still mixing
But never, never, never
Never could have it been done
If the women hadn't entered into the deal
Like she came along to me
And all creeds and kinds and colors
Of us are blending
Till I suppose ten million years from now
We'll all be just the alike
Same color, same size, working together
And maybe we'll have all the fascists
Out of the way by then
Monday, July 30, 2007
Feminist union song. Lyrics below.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Hinterland Who's Who features Canada's newest endangered species: the honest politician.
Friday, July 27, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty's government was rocked Thursday by the resignation of a cabinet minister after revelations that millions of dollars in grants were rushed out the door with no rules and procedures.
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Mike Colle stepped down after the Auditor-General released a damning report concluding that the process for handing out grants to multicultural groups was not "open, transparent or accountable." There was often no paper trail, and many grants were handled in the minister's office based on little more than a verbal discussion with Mr. Colle or his staff, the report says.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
En juillet 1967, bien des Québécois se considéraient encore comme des Canadiens français, René Lévesque n'avait pas encore quitté le Parti libéral, Daniel Johnson père avait remporté son élection sur le thème «Égalité ou indépendance» et les partis indépendantistes récoltaient moins de 9 % des suffrages. C'est dans ce contexte que le général Charles de Gaulle débarquait pour une tournée triomphale en ces terres françaises d'Amérique.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
From the Star:
Late on Tuesday, council approved a massive $750 million development at Woodbine racetrack, in the city's northwest corner, including a hotel, shopping, a skating rink and a large area that could easily house a full casino similar to Casino Niagara or Casino Rama.
Woodbine officials yesterday said a casino is in the province's hands.
"There's been pressure for years for a full casino in Toronto," said Councillor Brian Ashton (Ward 36, Scarborough Southwest), a member of the executive committee. "Casinos are now centrepieces of many communities ... I would say it's probably time to roll the dice again and review this and determine if it's beneficial to Toronto."
Miller told the Star he hasn't thought through the implications of a full casino at Woodbine, though he has said in the past that he disapproved of a city casino – including during the 2003 election, when mayoral rival Tom Jacobek floated the idea.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
The NDP has submitted an official request to the Chancellery of Honours at Rideau Hall to have Black removed as officer of the Order of Canada now that he has been convicted of criminal offences. The newspaper tycoon was found guilty by a U.S. jury last week on three counts of fraud and one count of obstruction of justice.
NDP Heritage critic Charlie Angus said allowing Black to hold on to Canada’s highest civilian honour undermines its integrity.
“It’s a fundamental question of fairness,” Angus said from Timmins, Ont.. “We look to the Order of Canada to recognize the highest achievement in Canadian life, and when someone falls below that standard by being convicted, in the past they’ve been removed from that Order.”
Read the whole story here.
Some will accuse the NDP of kicking a man when he's down, but politically speaking the NDP's constituency is likely the least friendly to Conrad Black. Nothing to get the rank-and-file excited like a little class antagonism.
America is addicted to the war on drugs.
Monday, July 16, 2007
LIBERALS FOR MMP MEETING JULY 18
Any MMP supporters who are active in the Liberal party, or are party supporters, are invited to a founding meeting for Liberals for MMP on the evening of Wednesday, July 18. The meeting will be at the Vote for MMP campaign offices at 215 Spadina, 4th floor. If you are planning on attending, please RSVP to Matt Guerin: email@example.com. Supporters outside of Toronto can connect via conference call, contact Matt for instructions.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Most pundits interested in the Outremont by-election have shown great interest in the NDP candidacy of Thomas Mulcair. Some have even suggested that he is the hands on favourite to win. There is no question that Mulcair changes the dynamic in Outremont, but will he win the day, or simply divide the federalist vote? So what are the chances of BQ candidate Jean-Paul Gilson? (You can watch a video of the candidate here).
If sovereignist voters back Gilson en masse, there is a real possibility that the BQ could win the day, even by taking only a third of the votes. If Mulcair eats into the Liberal vote total from 2006 enough to increase the NDP share of the vote to 27%, the party would still fall short of the BQ's lowest vote total ever in Outremont. Of course, the Bloc is unlikely to win over 37% of the vote like it did in 1993, but BQ support isn't totally crumbling either. At worst, the party should be able to rely on a core vote of 25% (made up almost entirely of convinced sovereignists).
A possible BQ victory in Outremont could look like this:
I wouldn't be surprised if the Liberals are busy cooking up a strategic voting angle for their own campaign, designed to scare federalists interested in Mulcair's candidacy into voting Liberal for the sake of federalism. I certainly anticipate a post from Jason Cherniak headlined "A vote for the NDP in Outremont is a vote for the Bloc." Of course, the NDP and the Bloc are two very different parties - but either party would be a better option than the Liberals for progressive voters in Outremont.
It is too early to tell how this by-election will play itself out. However, the Liberals, New Democrats, and BQ all have a fighting chance.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
A spoof of the 80s animated super hero series.
"There have been some big names go, which is unfortunate, but [it] speaks to the adage that MPs generally measure three things when an election looms. Getting elected, getting into government, getting into cabinet," a veteran Liberal wrote in an e-mail.
"Dion has made the calculation easy."
I'm not sure exactly how many Liberals have now announced they won''t be running again, but I estimate the number to be around 15-20% of the Liberal caucus. That's a huge blow to Dion's leadership and doesn't bode well for the Official Opposition.
One of the surprises in the poll was that Layton was the most popular leader in Montreal, where the NDP has never elected an MP.
Among Montrealers polled, Layton scored 24 per cent, compared with 19 per cent for Harper, 16 per cent for Bloc Leader Gilles Duceppe and 12 per cent for Dion. However, the Montreal sample was only 217 respondents and had a margin of error of 6.7 percentage points.
Leebosh said Layton’s apparent strength in Montreal could be attributed to two factors: “Tom Mulcair (a former provincial Liberal cabinet minister) is the NDP’s star candidate in an upcoming byelection) but also the city may be more left-wing than the rest of the province,” which suggests dispirited Bloc and Liberal voters may be turning to the NDP in the urban area.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
"I see no reason to change it." Erie-Lincoln Conservative MPP Tim Hudak said the new system creates a less democratic parliament because it allows for 39 MPPs to be selected by political parties rather than being personally elected by voters. "
Because these MPPs would not be elected by a riding, they would not be accountable to the voters. They would be beholden to the party bosses who appointed them," Hudak said. "I don't think that is a good thing at all.
Sunday, July 8, 2007
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Michael Ignatieff still owes more than $777,000 in debts on his unsuccessful bid last year for the Liberal leadership....
... In fact, Mr. Ignatieff's campaign still owes about a third of its costs, including $529,500 in outstanding loans and $247,238 in unpaid bills....
...Under elections laws, Mr. Ignatieff has another year to raise the money to pay off the debts, after which they would be deemed illegal contributions. Candidates must get the money from eligible donors, and are not allowed to pay the debts off themselves because of limits on donations by individuals...
...Toronto-area MP Maurizio Bevilacqua, who became the first of the 11 official candidates to withdraw from the race four months before the convention, still owes $296,000 in loans and unpaid bills.
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
LIBERALS FOR MMP GETTING ORGANIZED
Any MMP supporters who are active in the Liberal party, or are party supporters, are encouraged to contact Matt Guerin: firstname.lastname@example.org. Matt will be convening a meeting to discuss formation of a Liberals for MMP group to help spread the word among fellow Liberals about voting for MMP. The meeting will likely take place in Toronto, but anyone who would be interested in connecting by conference call, or would like to be part of this network, should also contact Matt.
Momentum is building as more Liberal political figures are coming out in favour of MMP (e.g., Ontario cabinet ministers George Smitherman, Michael Bryant and John Gerretsen; plus federal Liberals such as Carolyn Bennett, Bob Rae and Monique Begin).
The SPQ Libre was created and given official status in the party while Landry was still leader, partly to mend the relationship between the PQ and organized labour. The SPQ Libre ran a candidate, Pierre Dubuc, for the PQ leadership in 2006, but he won only 2% of the vote. However, the group's influence is not reflected in those numbers.
The PQ's President, Monique Simard, is a member of SPQ-Libre along with many current and former trade union leaders in Quebec.
Read about it here in Le Devoir.
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
"Seeing red over Dalton McGuinty?" The Ontario NDP wants us to get orange.
The class-based nature of this ad is certainly appealing to the NDP's core consituency while highlighting the Liberals as breaking their promises. Looks like the NDP is off to a good start, but does the party have the resources needed to ensure that they get decent exposure?
This is a question I find myself asking occasionally. I don't think it improves the level of political discourse, but I do think it can help keep politicians more accountable. This YouTube video talks a little about the relationship between politicians and YouTube.
There is one peculiar challenge, though: Outremont is home to one of the largest Jewish communities in the country. Last fall, the Israeli ambassador accused the NDP of “aligning itself with terrorists” after the party adopted a motion at a convention in Quebec City that described Israel's military campaign on Hezbollah targets in Lebanon as “drastically disproportionate.”
On this issue, Mr. Mulcair distances himself from his new party. Over the course of a two-hour interview in Outremont, it is the only subject with which he struggles. “My wife's family, like a lot of European Jews, suffered a lot during the war,” he said, offering further details but requesting discretion. “My strong support for Israel shouldn't be interpreted as meaning that I don't realize there are huge problems.”
His position on the Middle East is not the only one that strays from the views of the party's base, which, as last year's convention showed, can tend toward the dogmatic.
Like a school of piranhas devouring a fresh victim, the Canadian left has been picking apart Mr. Mulcair's record.
Discussions on websites such as enmasse.ca, popular with young New Democrats, reveal a great deal of excitement about the star candidate. At the same time, they question whether he is really one of them if he could sit in a Charest cabinet that fought a major battle with the province's unions. His 2004 call for a debate on the bulk export of fresh water to the United States is also raising alarms.
Other observers are also surprised to see Mr. Mulcair join the NDP. “If you asked me before he joined the New Democrats, I would have said he was on the centre-right,” said Alain Noël, a political science professor at the University of Montreal.
In his defence, Mr. Mulcair says he campaigned for NDP candidates in his university days. On bulk water exports, which he points out are already happening, he said he has learned that the issue is too emotional for rational debate.
As for the Charest government's battle with public-sector unions, Mr. Mulcair now says it was a difficult time for him in the cabinet. “It was a very clear decision that we had to do something to clean up public finances and that included the unions taking us on,” he said. “Frankly, it's not the type of thing you're ever comfortable with.”
Monday, July 2, 2007
See my previous post... Hillary Clinton is the second largest recipient of political donations from the healthcare industry.
In "SICKO" Moore portrays her as having fought so hard for universal health care in the early 1990s, only to have sold out to the health care industry in later years.
Who would have ever thought that such a popular film would feature Tommy Douglas, Richard Nixon, Che Guevera's daughter, George W. Bush, Fidel Castro, and Hillary Clinton? Speaking of Hillary, one wonders if the film will help of hinder her bid for the White House... Moore seems to set her up as a hero before exposing her as a sell-out.
Not sure how this competition works, but it's an honour just to be nominated I suppose...
I've added the 2007 Lefty Blog Awards badge to my site... click on it for more info and links to some great lefty blogs.