Canadian television at its best or at its worst?
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
It has recently been updated to include the 2007 Ontario provincial election.
Election junkies could literally spend hours crunching the numbers on this thing.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
My favourite line from the article:
Pollster Bruce Anderson said these results suggest that voters aren't solidly partisan.
"While politics in Ottawa sometimes presents the impression of Liberals and Conservatives as each other's mortal enemies, the reality among voters is that they are each other's favourite second choice," said the Decima CEO.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
Tory ads here.
Results from 2006:
If Mulcair can convince just 20% of Liberal voters and 15% of BQ voters to switch to the NDP, he can take the riding.
An NDP victory in Quebec would really shake things up and further complicate matters for the BQ, who are desperately trying to fend off a challenge from the Tories. Mulcair and Layton are currently touring Quebec, building the party's profile and capitalizing on recent gains in Quebec public opinion polls.
Affiliation Quebec is fed up with the way the Quebec government overlooks the anglophone minority in Montreal. This development is reminiscent of the creation of the Equality Party in the late 1980s.
The province's major political parties routinely overlook close to one million voters in Montreal's metropolitan area, said Allen Nutik, founder of the fledgling political party, Affiliation Quebec.
He said Affiliation Quebec will give a voice to the city's anglophones, francophones and minority groups.
“There's nothing dangerous here in our program and there's nothing offensive to main-line Quebeckers,” said Mr. Nutik, a resident of Montreal's upper-class suburb of Westmount.
“We're just a party fighting for the minority interests, which are now overlooked by the main-line parties.”
Sunday, May 20, 2007
That got me thinking about a potential job reshuffling within the ranks of the NDP leadership. If Jack Layton can't improve on the federal NDP's 2006 numbers in the next federal election, widely expected to be called this year or next, he may face pressure to resign, having run as leader in three campaigns.
Doer would be an appealing choice for many New Democrats.
He's a proven winner (New Democrats do like to win from time to time).
He could potentially rebuild the party's western base (which has been eroded under Layton).
He's a centrist (which would make him more "credible" with mainstream voters).
He has lots of experience (as a three term Manitoba premier).
He is well liked (in fact, one of the most well liked Premiers in Canada).
After three terms as Manitoba Premier, he will likely be looking for new challenges (running to become the first NDP Prime Minister in Canada would certainly be a challenge).
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
See the final vote tally by clicking here and scrolling to the bottom of the page.
Read more about this issue here.
John McCallum, the party's finance critic, is understood to have pushed the idea of increasing the federal goods and services tax back to 7%.
"It's an option. All I can say is that it is consistent with our approach. But I'm not about to say that the Liberal party will raise the GST because that's not been decided," he said in an interview from Paris, where he is attending an OECD meeting.
This if this first time I ever agreed with the Canadian Taxpayers' Federation... well I only half agree.
John Williamson, national director of the Canadian Taxpayers' Federation, said he would welcome income tax cuts. But he said the idea of linking those cuts to an increase in the GST would be "electoral suicide."
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
It's not as controversial as last year's infamous Resolution 50, which called for an international boycott of Isreal, but it should certainly stir some debate on the future of party-union relations in Ontario. We know that the CAW, Ontario's largest private sector union, is likely to, at least tacitly, endorse the Ontario Liberals, but if CUPE Ontario, Ontario's largest public sector union, abandons a mutually exclusive relationship with the NDP, look for major changes in how organized labour approaches electoral politics, in Ontario, and across English Canada.
The text of the resolution as follows.
SUBMITTED BY OCHU
· Because our political work for the last four years has focused, appropriately, on the provincial Liberals; and.
· Because the provincial conservative Party supports public funding for private schools and 2 Tier Medicare; and.
· Because the provincial NDP should not mirror the federal NDP by propping up the Conservatives in a minority government.
Therefore be it resolved:
1. That CUPE Ontario work actively to expose the political agenda of the provincial Conservative party during the lead-up to the provincial election; and
2. That CUPE Ontario push both the New Democratic and Liberal parties to work together to advance a progressive political agenda for working people in the event that there is a minority government.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
A member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, who plays "Tigger" at Disney World in Orlando Florida, takes a swing at a young theme park patron. The worker who plays "Tigger" has been suspended and refuses to apologize... can you blame him/her?
A Dedication for a Plot of Ground
Blogging a Dead Horse
Driving the Porcelain Bus
Suavé’s Last Call
The 5th Column
The Lazy Populist
The Mind of Rick
On May 15, 1919, 24,000 organized and unorganized workers in Winnipeg walked off the job. Another 6,000 would soon join them. It was the start of the largest strike in Canadian history, and political leaders at all levels were quick to act. Parliament amended the Immigration Act so British-born immigrants could be deported, and expanded the definition of sedition. In a 1969 CBC Radio documentary commemorating the strike, lawyer Jim Walker talks about Ottawa's new laws.
h/t to Nag on the Lake who beat me to it.
One week left in Manitoba’s 2007 provincial election campaign. Here are my top five ridings to watch:
In 2003, the NDP’s Scott Smith bested his Tory opponent by 25 percentage points. However, the 2007 race promises to be much more competitive because well-known former mayor and MP Rick Borotsik has come out of retirement to take the riding back for the Tories.
The past two elections in Fort Garry have been won by less than 100 votes. Although the NDP bested the Tories in 2003, this riding has traditionally been Tory blue. Forget Fort Rouge, Fort Garry is the riding to watch.
The Tories barely held onto this stronghold surrounding Brandon, besting the NDP by only 12 votes in 2003. Incumbent Leanne Rowat is taking on New Democrat Harvey Patterson for the second time. The Tories have the advantage, but an NDP victory is certainly not out of the question.
This southern Winnipeg riding unexpectedly went NDP in 2003, but the Tories think St. Norbert is relatively low hanging fruit on the electoral tree. If the Conservatives can’t win in St. Norbert, they can’t form a majority government.
This southern Winnipeg riding went NDP in 2003, but the Tories are mildly confident they can bring it back into the Tory fold in 2007.
For more in-depth election coverage check out Buckdog's Manitoba Election Blog.
Monday, May 14, 2007
From the Star:
...Ignatieff argued that Carroll can't remain ostensibly in charge of rebuilding and unifying the party after publicly casting aspersions on the loyalty of erstwhile leadership competitors.
"He was forceful that it was his view that (Carroll) should go," said one well-placed insider.Although displeased with Carroll's public musings, sources say Dion indicated that he would not fire his hand-picked choice for the party's top administrative post.
Ignatieff, who was overtaken by Dion on the final ballot at last December's leadership convention, was incensed by comments from Carroll in a new book released Saturday.
In Against the Current, author Linda Diebel writes that two months ago Carroll began to doubt the wisdom of Dion giving key roles to all his former rivals – including his choice to make Ignatieff deputy leader.
"I am starting to wonder if he may not have been a little too good to his former competitors," Carroll is quoted as saying.
Diebel writes that Carroll "lived in fear of an all-out drive against Dion," orchestrated by one or more of Dion's top three leadership rivals – Ignatieff, Bob Rae and Gerard Kennedy.
"What they do in public doesn't bother me. It's the shit they do behind the scenes – which I may not know they're doing – that keeps me up at night," Carroll is quoted as saying.
Senior organizers for each of the former contenders were privately furious about the remarks, particularly those in the Ignatieff camp on whom Carroll's suspicions seemed primarily focused.
Marois stirred the crowd by pledging a shift to a more pragmatic economic policy and also signalled a change in the way the PQ will address questions of identity; for more than a decade the emphasis has been on civic rather than ethnic nationalism.
"The values we share, whatever our origins, are well known: we are francophones first and foremost ... democratic, tolerant, but desiring the respect of our identity," she said.
The remark was clearly aimed at winning back voters wooed by the grassroots, traditionalist appeal of the Action démocratique du Québec, which bumped the PQ as official Opposition.
There is nothing in the above quote which suggests that Marois favours a turn away from civic nationalism (perhaps the writers confused language with ethnicity?) If anything, it reinforces the current direction of the PQ on the issue of nationalism - which is a rejection of ethnic nationalism.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
The news story contains the following paragraph:
In B.C., the NDP surged 15 percentage points to take the lead with 30% support, followed by the Liberals at 29%, the Tories at 24%, and the Greens at 16%.
"While that province [B.C.] tends to be a bit volatile, it's by no mistake that this drop [in support for the Conservatives] comes in probably the most eco-conscious part of the country and right on the heels of the Tory plan," said Wright. "I think the public is really anxious about climate change and believes that this [plan] is pretty sub-standard stuff."
This unique PQ ad reaches out to anglophone and allophone voters in Quebec by expoliting the left/right divide in Quebec politics.
Canada's manufacturing sector is in crisis. Almost every week another Canadian plant shuts its doors, files for bankruptcy or announces its intention to move its operations out of the country. Good manufacturing jobs are disappearing at an alarming rate across the country and the Harper government has done nothing to stop this hemorrhaging. The clear message to Canadian workers is that the government simply does not care.
The campaign culminates into a demonstration on Parliament Hill on Wed May 30 at 12:30pm
Friday, May 11, 2007
The Greens are fielding just 15 candidates in Manitoba's 57 provincial constituencies, up just one from last election. They have also lost their star candidate from 2003, Markus Buchart, who won nearly 20% of the vote in the Wolseley riding, finishing second to the NDP candidate. The next best Green riding result was less than 10% of the vote.
According to CBC:
The Greens have been mired in confusion since the spring of 2005, when Buchart resigned, complaining party meetings and committees had been "hijacked" by a group of dissident members who "paralyzed" the party. Almost all other executive council members followed Buchart, leaving the Greens on the brink of collapse.
The new Green Party leader, Andrew Basham, has no hope of making a breakthrough because he is running against NDP Premier Gary Doer in his home riding of Concordia.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Monday, May 7, 2007
As I read it now, Buzz's many positions are:
Vote Liberal because they
put money into the auto sector, but forget their policies that killed thousands
of auto jobs.
Vote Tory because they are not part of the current
environmental "insanity," but forget they killed thousands of auto jobs with the
Free Trade Agreement.
Vote against the NDP because I don't like Howard
Hampton, but ignore the fact that they are the only party that consistently
stands up for workers' rights.
This is the same Sid Ryan who condemned the Ontario NDP's social contract as the most anti-union piece of legislation ever passed... only to turn around a few years later and run for the party in the 1999 provincial election under the leadership of Howard Hampton (who incidentally voted in favour of the social contract). Ryan should not be giving lectures of flip flops.
Friday, May 4, 2007
A search for the term "john tory" will yield roughly 75 YouTube videos featuring Consrvative leader John Tory - amlost all of them positive.
A search for the term "dalton mcguinty" will yield roughly 25 YouTube videos of Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty. Most of the videos are positive, but a handful are anti-McGuinty videos.
A search for the term "howard hampton" will yield fewer than 5 YouTube videos featuring the Ontario NDP leader.
Looks like the Liberals and the NDP have some catching up to do before the 2007 provincial election.
Thursday, May 3, 2007
Before punching Doan in the face, Sean Avery called him "the most overrated player in the National Hockey Leauge". Maybe a certain parliamentary committee should call on Avery to give arguments about why Doan isn't fit to be Team Canada's captain.
Forget the Star's outrageous headline, Duceppe does have a legitimate point.
Hockey officials' impassioned defence of Team Canada's captain left an unimpressed Bloc Quebecois leader comparing Shane Doan to a bank robber and accusing him of racial profiling.
Gilles Duceppe said it was wrong to make Doan captain of Canada's world championship team while the star forward remains embroiled in two defamation suits related to the alleged anti-French slur.
"When someone robs a bank he's presumed innocent until proven guilty – but I don't know many people who'd name them bank manager while the trial's still on," Duceppe said.
"They want to name him captain even before the verdict comes in. It makes no sense. It's an insult to Quebecers."
Read the Human Rights Watch report here.
Wal-Mart’s strategy to prevent union formation is complex and multifaceted. The company does not engage in massive anti-union firings nor announce to workers that their store will close if a union is formed. Instead, the company uses myriad more subtle tactics that, bit by bit, chip away at—and sometimes devastate—workers’ right to organize. Many of these tactics comport with weak US labor law, notwithstanding their practical effect of quashing worker organizing efforts. Wal-Mart’s record before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), charged with enforcing US labor laws, suggests that the company has also employed illegal tactics in addition to its lawful anti-union strategy. Based on our research, we conclude that the cumulative effect of Wal-Mart’s panoply of anti-union tactics is to deprive its workers of their internationally recognized right to organize.
After university student Matthew Sheppard was murdered for being gay, the right-wing Rev. Fred Phelps organized a picket of his funeral. Michael Moore returned the favour by bringing his sodomobile to visit Phelps and his supporters in Kansas.
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Moore's new film, debuting in Cannes this May, tackles the failures of the U.S. health care system and includes a segment where 9/11 rescue workers visit Cuba for treatment they couldn't get in America.
Read more about it here.
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
From the Globe & Mail:
Liberals: $531,141 from 4,365 donors.
Tories: $5.2 million from more than 45,000
NDP: $1.2 million from almost 15,000 donors.
I came across this interesting site via Nag on the Lake.
The He/ She Ratio
A site’s he/ she ratio is measured by counting the number of pages on the domain containing the word “he”, then searching for the number containing “she”, and then looking at the two numbers in comparison. For instance, the Google search site:cnn.com he returns about 1,160,000 results, and site:cnn.com she returns 335,000 results, meaning “he” makes up around 78% of the CNN pages containing either “he” or “she.”
What does this ratio tell us? If you think it reveals that e.g. a site with a higher “he” count is primarily consisting of or appealing to a male audience, that’s not true; for instance, both BlogHer.org as well as AskMen.com show a higher count for “she.” Whatever correlations you might discover, they’re likely not as linear.
Just for fun, I tested a few prominent Canadian political sites to see what the result would be. Unsurprisingly, the Canadian political blogosphere is very male dominated. (Likely as a result of male dominance in Canadian politics)
Here are my findings:
WarrenKinsella.com 69% HE vs. 31% SHE
CalgaryGrit.blogspot.com 72% HE vs. 28% SHE
JasonCherniak.blogspot.com 73% HE vs. 27 SHE
BloggingTories.ca 71% HE vs. 29% SHE
Liblogs.ca 81% HE vs. 19% SHE
Conservative.ca 86% HE vs. 14% SHE
Liberal.ca 79% HE vs. 21% SHE
NDP.ca 78% HE vs. 22% SHE
GreenParty.ca 64% HE vs. 36% SHE
Test your own site here.
International Workers' Day (a name used interchangeably with May Day) is a celebration of the social and economic achievements of the international labour movement. May Day commonly sees organized street demonstrations by hundreds of thousands of working people and their labour unions throughout Europe and most of the rest of the world — though, as noted below, not in either the United States or Canada. More radical groups such as communists and anarchists are also given to widespread street protest on this day as well.
May Day was originally the commemoration of the Haymarket protests in Chicago in 1886: in 1889, the first congress of the Second International, meeting in Paris for the centennial of the French Revolution and the Exposition Universelle (1889), following a proposal by Raymond Lavigne, called for international demonstrations on the 1890 anniversary of the Chicago protests. These were so successful that May Day was formally recognized as an annual event at the International's second congress in 1891. The May Day Riots of 1894 and May Day Riots of 1919 occurred subsequently.
In 1904, the International Socialist Conference meeting in Amsterdam called on "all Social-Democratic Party organizations and trade unions of all countries to demonstrate energetically on May First for the legal establishment of the 8-hour day, for the class demands of the proletariat, and for universal peace." As the most effective way of demonstrating was by striking, the congress made it "mandatory upon the proletarian organizations of all countries to stop work on May 1, wherever it is possible without injury to the workers."
May Day has long been a focal point for demonstrations by various socialist, communist, and anarchist groups. In some circles, bonfires are lit in commemoration of the Haymarket martyrs, usually right as the first day of May begins .
Due to its status as a celebration of the efforts of workers and the socialist movement, May Day is an important official holiday in Communist countries such as the People's Republic of China, Cuba, and the former Soviet Union. May Day celebrations typically feature elaborate popular and military parades in these countries.
In countries other than the United States and Canada, resident working classes fought hard to make May Day an official holiday, efforts which largely succeeded. For this reason, in most of the world today, May Day is marked by massive street rallies led by workers, their trade unions, anarchists and various socialist and communist parties.
The First and Second Red Scare periods ended May Day as a mass holiday in the United States, which now celebrates its Labor Day on the first Monday of September, due to its importance in Communist countries.