Archive for October, 2019

Trudeau should now work with NDP and Greens on a progressive agenda..

October 23, 2019

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s plea for progressives to vote strategically — echoed by many voices on social media — appeared to work on election day.

Trudeau will remain prime minister, with a strong minority of seats in the House — 157, thirteen short of a majority — even though his party dropped by six points, to second place in the popular vote.

The Liberals lost seats in almost every part of the country, with the significant exception of Ontario. The unpopular Doug Ford Conservative government in Ontario helped win the election for Trudeau’s federal Liberals.

Canada’s election results in seven graphics..

October 23, 2019

Justin Trudeau prevailed in Canada’s election on Monday, defeating Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer. The Liberals won the most seats but fell short of a second majority government.

How each party did riding by riding, gains and losses and results by province:

Trudeau faces rough road as Canada’s minority parties lay out their conditions..

October 22, 2019

After eking out a win in the first major test of his popularity since sweeping to power in 2015, Justin Trudeau was given his first taste of minority government on Tuesday, as rival party leaders begin laying out their conditions for the Liberal leader to remain as Canada’s prime minister.

“Everything is on the table,” Jagmeet Singh, the leader of the leftwing New Democratic party, told reporters.

Liberals fear a progressive challenger more than they fear the right wing..

October 22, 2019

In 2017, journalist Martin Lukacs wrote a column for The Guardian comparing U.K. Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “Jeremy Corbyn has shown us the meaning of a politics of genuine hope,” Lukacs wrote then. “What Trudeau has deployed has only ever been a politics of hype.”

Trudeau could — and should — govern even if Scheer wins more seats..

October 17, 2019

We are heading for an election result that could look a lot like that of 1972.

That was Pierre Trudeau’s second election. Like his son, Trudeau-père had won a big majority the first-time round, in 1968. His slogan in 1972 was “the land is strong” but his result was not strong. The Liberal prime minister lost his majority and ended up just two seats ahead of Robert Stanfield’s Progressive Conservatives. The NDP held the balance of power with 31 seats.

Now, in 2019, the slogan for Canadians who consider themselves to be progressive could be: “the land is apprehensive.”

New poll shows NDP ‘surge’ and major bump in approval for Jagmeet Singh..

October 17, 2019

The New Democratic Party and its leader Jagmeet Singh are making big gains in popular support and favourability in the final days of the campaign, a new poll suggests.

The latest telephone survey from Forum Research shows a significant boost in voting intentions for the NDP from a similar poll the firm conducted nine days earlier — a jump from 12 per cent to 20 per cent among decided voters.

POLITICO Pro Canada: Canada’s stark immigration divide..

October 15, 2019

— A POLITICO/Abacus Data poll points to a stark partisan divide over immigration. Supporters of left-leaning parties agree immigrants “strengthen” Canada, while supporters of right-leaning parties call them a “burden” on the country.

Action on climate means breaking the cycle of Liberal-Conservative governments..

October 15, 2019

A Canadian society divided by gender, two main languages, region, social class, nation, and ancestral origin relies on political parties to take its differences and broker them into a coherent approach.

In election 2019, Canada is characterized by divisions that none of the parties are able to overcome to the satisfaction of enough voters to produce a majority government — which only Liberals or Conservatives have managed in the past.

Across Canada in this campaign, Liberals, Conservatives, and New Democrats have to contend with the Green party as well as each other. The Bloc Québécois is a renewed force in Quebec.

With only two to three percentage points of support, breakaway Conservative Maxime Bernier and his People’s Party of Canada (PPC) threaten to prevent Andrew Scheer and his Conservatives from winning some close races.

Extreme right-wing narratives gain momentum in federal election, despite parties struggling in polls..

October 13, 2019

Viewers of Monday night’s leaders’ debate caught a glimpse of an ugly trend emerging in Canadian politics.

In the first round of questions, CTV’s Lisa Laflamme read out some of the most divisive tweets authored by People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier:

“You called diversity in Canada a cult and extreme multiculturalism. You’ve used the words ghetto and tribes to describe newcomers whom you say bring distrust and potential violence. On Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate change activist, you called her, quote, clearly mentally unstable. Are these the words of someone with the character and integrity to lead all Canadians and represent us on the world stage?”

In French debate, Trudeau wins; Singh holds his own; Scheer loses..

October 13, 2019

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau came into his own in the French language debate on Thursday evening. He defended his record, citing such tangible accomplishments as the significant reduction in child poverty, while laying out at least a few strong reasons for voters to re-elect him.

Even on one of the most dubious parts of his time as prime minister, the SNC-Lavalin affair, Trudeau gamely defended himself.