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Hudak’s Harris-like approach

In case you missed it, the Ontario Progressive Conservative party had a convention this weekend. There was a lot of, shall we say, extraneous stuff that was going on that distracted from this event, but you shouldn’t let the amusement of a wayward Blackberry from a PC candidate and an even more tortured explanation from Tim Hudak’s officials get in the way of other things that was going on there.

There are some questions about Hudak’s policy financial shortfalls and where he’s going to make up the money to pay for what he’s offering Ontario for electing him. What most concerns me though is stuff like this coming out of […]

Poll: majority of Canadians support constitutional talks to reform Senate

It seems a new poll is out that says Canadians are more then willing right now to re-open the Constitution to do such things as Senate reform:

After almost two decades of constitutional peace, Harris-Decima survey conducted for The Canadian Press indicates a majority is now willing to risk re-opening the constitutional can of worms to accomplish some specific goals…For instance, 61 per cent said they’re prepared to re-open the Constitution to reform or abolish the appointed Senate. And 58 per cent said they’re willing to offer constitutional amendments in a bid to finally secure Quebec’s signature on the Constitution. Fifty-eight per cent also said they’re willing to open up […]

Liberal leadership stuff

Briefly this AM, a few thoughts on the state of the Liberal Party:

1) I think the choice of Bob Rae as interim leader is a good choice – the only choice really. He is an experienced parliamentarian and former Premier who will be capable at this rather thankless job.

2) I’m not particularly happy that the only choices for the Liberal Party delegates is to either have an election for a new permanent leader in 5 months – or 18-21 months from now. I would have preferred a “third option” of somewhere in between. That said, if those are the 2 choices, I’d have to reluctantly choose the […]

Ontario Politics: NDP getting a mini post-Layton bump

The Ontario election is still a few months away, so it’s a bit early to be predicting election outcomes, but it appears this Nanos poll shows that Andrea Horwath is gaining some ground on both parties in Ontario. The NDP and her haven’t released any policy of note yet, so the only conclusion one can come to (as Nanos did) is that the Ontario NDP is benefiting from a post-federal election NDP bounce (which is kind of ironic, since Ontario recoiled a bit from the Orange Wave, which helped Harper get his majority by winning those urban Toronto seats due to vote splits).

Early yet, as I say.. but Premier […]

A weak argument

On this holiday Monday for most people, I was going to take a crack at Jason Kenney’s ridiculous assertion about how Senate reform could be achieved by the provinces magically holding elections, but I see BCL has already beaten me to it, so go read him and one of the problems he sees with the assertion.

I’ll add some personal commentary though; suck it up, Mr Kenney and Mr Harper. If you really want Senate reform with an elected Senate in some form, you must open constitutional talks with the provinces and get it passed using the 7/50 general amending formula rule. Sure, it may not pass, but brave leaders […]

Same old Senate – same old Harper

I’m presuming that Harper will use the “stability” argument as one of his reasons for re-appointing 2 Conservative Senators who had resigned and lost in the general election and appointing a defeated Cabinet Minister in that same election to the Senate. In the case of Larry Smith, who infamously claimed he was making a lot of personal and financial sacrifices to be a Senator, Harper can claim he’s rescuing Smith from extreme financial hardship and poverty.

He certainly can’t claim he appointed these folks to do “Senate reform” – not with a straight face anyhow. If you want the Senate reformed and elected, you need to do so with the […]

Guest blogpost: The Liberal ‘Special Convention’. It’s not Extraordinary. It’s Unconstitutional.

I saw the following note on Facebook from John Lennard – who is a fellow Liberal, a one-time fellow Liberal blogger, and someone who literally came within a coin-flip last year of winning the presidency of the Young Liberals of Canada. He’s also a student of law, and works at a law firm office. This was a very interesting piece, and whether or not as Liberals you agree or disagree with his reasoning, I felt it should be given a wider audience. He agreed to have it put up here. As always with other guest blogposts, the usual disclaimer that John’s views are his own, and not necessarily mine.

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These Conservatives aren’t libertarians..

…nor are they as concerned about government intrusions into people’s lives as they profess to be; witness the new online internet surveillance powers they have proposed in their “crime legislation”:

The package is benignly nicknamed “lawful access,” but isn’t benign. If the Conservatives move forward with it, it would feature a three-pronged approach focused on information disclosure, mandated surveillance technologies, and new police powers…The first prong mandates the disclosure of Internet provider customer information without court oversight…The second prong requires Internet providers to re-work their networks to allow for real-time surveillance..Having obtained customer information without court oversight and mandated Internet surveillance capabilities, the third prong creates a several new police […]

The week ahead

Good Monday AM from a rainy SW Ontario. I’ll be interested to see if the papers and media this week are full of stories on the Liberal Party – which so far hasn’t drifted away into obscurity following the election results, as some have predicted. This is mostly due to the internal debate within the party about what to do, and the fact there’s nothing political wise going on until Parliament resumes in June. You can only talk about young inexperienced NDP MP’s from Quebec so often.

Hopefully, the publicity on the Liberals can be channelled into a good thing, regarding the votes and such.

It is easier to destroy then to create

There has not been a lot of commentary here by me on Ontario provincial politics, but that will change, as the Ontario election draws nearer. I’m going to comment today on Conservative leader Tim Hudak apparently deciding that an “anti-green” agenda is going to win him votes and power in Ontario.

I’ve never thought the Mcguinty government’s Green Energy Act was perfect – but I certainly don’t think you should be destroying it or scrapping it. I think it makes much more sense in trying to fix any flaws – particularly when destroying it may cost millions to billions in penalties for doing so. Tim Hudak admits he isn’t aware […]

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