Archive for October, 2019

Canada’s Conservatives: Republicans or Tories?..

October 29, 2019

In the 2019 election, the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) failed to meet partisan expectations. It was supposed to dislodge a vulnerable Liberal government falling in popularity in the months prior to the October 21 election.

A “blame the leader for the defeat” movement has emerged in the CPC, even though the party won 23 more seats with Andrew Scheer in 2019 (122) than behind Stephen Harper in 2015 (99).

Scheer ran a campaign aimed at getting core CPC voters out to vote by demonizing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Instead of wooing first-time voters concerned about climate change, the CPC anti-carbon tax rhetoric drove them to vote for other parties.

Team Scheer forgot that electoral politics is about addition, not subtraction; about reaching out to people, not reducing potential support.

‘With Canadian neoliberalism safe in parliament, real progress must come from the streets’..

October 26, 2019

Canada has not avoided the deep sense of grievance and the political volatility that decades of austerity have generated across the world and the recent federal election here expressed those tensions. When the dust settled, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals had managed to hold on to power. However, they dropped 29 seats and retained only 157, losing their overall majority. Their main rival, the Conservatives, on the other hand, gained 23 seats and actually led in the popular vote. The political forces at work in this election will play out in the period ahead and they are worth taking a look at.

Linda McQuaig on how private enterprise took over Canada’s public wealth..

October 25, 2019

In the 2015 federal election, author and journalist Linda McQuaig ran for Parliament as an NDP candidate in the riding of Toronto Centre. Her opponent was Liberal candidate Bill Morneau, who won the riding and went on to become minister of finance.

During the campaign, Morneau and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau championed the idea of creating a Canadian infrastructure bank, which would “provide low-cost financing for new infrastructure projects.” The bank would help finance things like public transit and housing, by borrowing the funds from the public through the sale of bonds to Canadians or their pension funds. People in Canada would finance the construction of infrastructure they benefit from (and own it, collectively).

“I thought it was a good idea,” McQuaig told me in a recent phone interview. “But he was being dishonest.”

NDP faces tough road to recovery after its ‘orange wave’ gains in Quebec were swept away..

October 25, 2019

OTTAWA—It has long been said amongst New Democrats that the road to power runs through Quebec. After Monday’s federal election, that road looks longer and more harrowing, as the remaining gains of the party’s 2011 “orange wave” were all but swept away.

Trudeau commits to Trans Mountain pipeline and cutting income tax..

October 25, 2019

In an olive branch to the West, Trudeau said he intends to proceed with the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project that the New Democrats and Greens want halted.

Young Canadians plan to sue federal government over climate change..

October 25, 2019

VANCOUVER—A group of young Canadian activists are suing the federal government over climate change — they’re at the forefront of a new legal strategy that could hold governments around the world to account, after decades of attempts to sue companies for the effects of climate change have failed.

Election has left Conservatives in a bad place..

October 25, 2019

In the cold light of morning and with the dust settling on the federal election results, it is becoming clearer that the vote has landed Justin Trudeau’s Liberals in a much better place than it did their Conservative rivals.

Short of winning the majority he coveted, the Liberal leader has been handed as workable a hung Parliament as he could ever have hoped for.

Widespread support for Liberal-NDP co-operation in Parliament, poll says..

October 25, 2019

After a divisive election campaign that saw the Liberals reduced to a minority government, a new Broadbent Institute-commissioned poll suggests that a majority of Canadian voters either want or could at least accept the Liberals and the New Democrats working together.

As Trudeau Clings to Power, Progressives in Canada Celebrate Victory of ‘Green New Deal Squad’..

October 23, 2019

Now, said Naomi Klein, his Liberal party “will be pushed by a new squad of climate champions—on the inside and outside—demanding a #GreenNewDeal.”

Across Canada, challenges await Justin Trudeau..

October 23, 2019

OTTAWA—Justin Trudeau’s minority Liberal government victory has watered the seeds of major unity troubles in Canada’s East and West.

And the looming challenges may prove difficult for Trudeau to contain.