Archive for July, 2019

Liberals and Conservatives neck-and-neck nationally, poll says..

July 30, 2019

OTTAWA—The federal Liberals and Conservatives are running at a statistical tie nationally with less than three months to go before the national election, according to the latest numbers from Forum Research.

Ford keeps popping up, to Conservatives’ chagrin..

July 26, 2019

You have to wonder if federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer wishes he could push Ontario’s Doug Ford down and out of media range between now and the federal election in October.

You know, perhaps with a mallet like in that old fairground game whack-a-mole, in which those pesky critters pop up randomly out of holes and you have to pound them back in. Bam, bam, bam.

High rents put housing out of reach in most Canadian cities — new report..

July 25, 2019

Rental housing has become prohibitively expensive for millions of Canadians in most of the country’s urban centres. That is the stark and frightening conclusion of a report just released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).

The author of the report, the CCPA’s senior economist, David Macdonald, examines the situation of rental housing in Canada generally. He points out that when the federal government stopped investing in rental housing, in the 1990s, it became increasingly more expensive and less available.

‘Will Greens ever compromise climate for power? Never.’-Elizabeth May..

July 24, 2019

rabble reporter Karl Nerenberg is absolutely right. Canadians have a right to know where I stand. If a newly elected caucus of Green MPs were to find ourselves with the balance of responsibility, we would talk with all the other parties. That is the process. But we will never agree to a single confidence vote in favour of a government that is not in lock-step with a commitment to hold to the clear warnings of the global scientific community that we must achieve the Paris target. That target is no more than 1.5 degrees global average temperature increase (above that before the Industrial Revolution). It requires the rapid phase-out of fossil fuels as well as massive reforestation. Small measures, like keeping existing carbon taxes in place, are woefully inadequate

Calgary opts to cut public services as it subsidizes hockey billionaires..

July 23, 2019

Really, what can one say about the deal the City of Calgary struck with the Flames professional hockey club yesterday for the former Cowtown’s taxpayers to subsidize half the cost of a new arena for the team to the tune of $225 million at the same moment as this city slashes $60 million from its budgets for fire, transit, affordable housing and police services?

Elizabeth May says the Greens could prop up a Conservative government..

July 23, 2019

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May seems to have shifted from her earlier stated position and now says she could support a Conservative minority government led by Andrew Scheer, if — and it is a very big if — it got serious about climate change.

Climate protection is not a partisan issue..

July 17, 2019

Media and politicians often regard environmentalists as a special interest group with political priorities served by “green” parties. If a Green politician isn’t present or allowed to participate in a public debate, journalists tend to eschew environmental questions, considering them the purview of the absent party. It’s absurd to think an issue like climate change belongs to one party. It should be the highest priority for every politician and candidate and should receive daily media attention.

Poll suggests two thirds of Ontarians do not believe Doug Ford cares about people like them…

July 17, 2019

Premier Doug Ford bills himself and his government as “for the people,” but a new poll suggests a clear majority of Ontarians do not believe he cares about people like them.

The Corbett Communications survey for the Star indicates the cronyism scandal engulfing Ford’s office appears to be damaging the premier’s carefully constructed image as a champion for the little guy.

Asked whether “Doug Ford cares about people like me,” 67 per cent of respondents disagreed with that statement.

Where’s the urgency in the NDP’s politics?

July 15, 2019

How do you know it’s effectively over for a political institution like the NDP, despite lingering vital signs? The critical point is the emergence of a plausible replacement, in this case the Greens under Elizabeth May. They’re a presence in Ottawa and now rival the NDP in polls.

Justin Trudeau Strengthens Canada’s Ties with the Repressive United Arab Emirates..

July 10, 2019

Given his personal history perhaps it is no surprise that Justin Trudeau is fond of monarchies.

The United Arab Emirates is a repressive monarchy that pursues violent, anti-democratic, policies in its region. Despite this — or maybe because of it —Trudeau’s Liberal government has strengthened ties to the federation of seven Emirates. And unlike Canada’s claims to be promoting democracy in Venezuela or the Ukraine, there has been little mention of this in the media or scrutiny in Parliament.

Justin Trudeau Strengthens Canada’s Ties with the Repressive United Arab Emirates