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Liberal riding and commission presidents should be accountable to their riding members over their votes.

The Liberals have a Convention in May, as you may know. Some are a bit concerned about whether anything of actual substance beyond formally ratifying Ignatieff as the leader is going to happen – particularly with regards to discussing/debating policy. That’s happening even with Liberals who I know were actual Ignatieff supporters at the 2006 Liberal Convention.

Today, Jeff has a pretty good blogpost up about his concerns about what will actually be happening at this year’s convention. The key paragraph for me is this one:

…right now any party member can vote for policy prioritization through En Famille. You have until tonight at midnight, although you wouldn’t know unless […]


Stephen Harper – A.D.D.

Continuing our vlog theme for today, we have another video for perusal, called “Stephen Harper – A.D.D.”.

That would stand for Accountability Deficit Disorder, if you were wondering, and it’s the title of the new Youtube Video that the creative bloggers at A Creative Revolution have come up with.


Miscellaneous Simcoe Day thoughts

What’s this, you’re wondering? Why am I calling it Simcoe Day? Well, its because I prefer calling it that to the rather anemic sounding “civic holiday”. In Toronto, they officially call this day “Simcoe Day” in honour of John Graves Simcoe, the first lietenant-governor of Upper Canada, and since I like having holidays that honour our past historical figures, that’s what I too, am calling it at this blog. Anyhow, some random thoughts on some political issues that have popped up:

1) Am I surprised that a government report basically absolves disgraced former Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier and blames his ex-girlfriend Julie Couillard? Not one iota. When have the Conservatives ever accepted responsibility for anything under their watch as a government? Never. They always try to find a scapegoat for their bumblings. Add this to the list, and I also won’t be surprised if I see some Conservative supporters clamouring for Bernier’s reinstatement over this whitewashed report.

2) With regards to the Federal government continuing its assault on the Canadian Wheat Board (which is well documented here) by removing third-party spending advertising limits during the wheat board elections, a move that shocked even anti-monopoly farmers, you’re going to get a glimpse in the Wheat Board elections of what Stephen Harper was trying to argue should be the case for general elections in Canada, when he went to court as a National Citizens Coalition president to try and have 3rd-party spending limits declared unconstitutional, and failed. Expect to see big food corporations out there pouring out ad money trying to sway the election in their and the federal government’s favour. (As an aside, you will notice this is just the latest in a pattern of dirty tricks that Harper and the Conservatives have attempted to do to game a voting system’s rules).

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