Canadian Political Bloggers

I’ve been trying to find some interesting Canadian political blogs so I can try and catch up on the skinny for the upcoming election (I’m wading through a lot of links and surprised at how many blogs haven’t been updated since 2007). It will be interesting to hear what other people have to say about the upcoming election, what the decisive issues are, etc. So far I’ve found a few promising blogs:
Warren Kinsella
Idealistic Pragmatist
Inside the Queensway
Adam Radwanski
Chantal Hebert
more notes from the underground
Jason Cherniak – a pro Liberal blog but at least there should be some good anti-Harper nuggets in there

I’m also waiting to see if Andrew Coyne updates his blog, he’s always good for some insightful opinions.

Edit: it looks like Andrew is blogging more on the Maclean’s website.

More to follow…

Early Election?

There’s a lot of talk about an early election this fall in Vancouver. Harper says the current government is unworkable and ineffective, and therefore an election is needed. While this is probably true, I can’t see how these problems will be fixed by an election at this time. It is my understanding that neither the Liberals nor the Conservatives would win a majority government. I haven’t read or heard too many opinions on a possible election but my uninformed opinion is that it is a bad idea. My hunch is that Harper would like to play another round of the blame game. He is very good at this. He’ll stand in front of a microphone and dourly exclaim that Canada’s troubles are purely a product of the Federal Liberal Party. Of course he won’t let facts get in his way, that hasn’t been a problem in the past. So it goes with this upcoming election… It’s not Harper’s fault that the government doesn’t work, it’s the fault of everyone else that is in his way. Once another minority government is in place, that will also be the fault of others.

One thing that bothers me across the board is how political parties manage their opposing views. If the Conservatives say left, the Liberals will say right, no matter what the facts are. Everyone always denounces the other. And while the Conservatives, Liberals, and NDP of course have differing opinions on issues, their decisive stand on issues is often predicated on purely being different from the other. With attitudes like this it is no wonder that a minority government isn’t working in Canada.

Gomery Inquiry – all for nothing?

According to John Gomery, the new government hasn’t acted on any of the recommendations given in his report. A CBC news article also tells of how the only thing to come of the inquiry is the federal accountabilities act, and this was legislation prepared before his report was even released.

It’s kind of funny that the Sponsorship Scandal was the defining issue for the 2006 election, yet the new government hasn’t done anything with the recommendations. Granted, the Conservatives don’t seem to be as likely as the Liberals to actually create such a scandal. If a political party is going to campaign and win an election because of an issue, you’d think they would at least follow up with some type of action. However, it is obvious that the Conservatives are equally capable of the unethical practises that they accused the Liberals of, such as patronage and bullying.

When unethical is ethical

Apparently the ethics commissioner said today that he found nothing unethical in the actions of Emerson and Harper, in regards to Emerson’s party switching. And just yesterday I was speaking with a friend, lamenting that Emerson was definitely unethical. Jeez, that sort of makes me look stupid. Fortunately I make myself look stupid on a regular basis so I can take the hit. I feel bad for the voters from Kingsway/Vancouver though, because I’m sure at least some of them don’t do stupid things on a regular basis. But I digress… Read the rest of this entry »

The Liberals Are Toast

This Reuters Article pretty much says the Liberals are done for. I can’t say I disagree with them, the Liberal’s campaign has been a mess. While I won’t shed a tear at the departure of the Liberals, I’ll have a lot of misgivings to see the arrival of the Conservatives. I simply cannot stand many of the values that they espouse.

I guess I probably sound like a broken record, but here is my list of contentions with the Conservatives: Read the rest of this entry »

What is Martin thinking?

Yesterday I watched some of the debate that took place in Vancouver. I can’t believe Martin keeps talking about how he is banning handguns. I happen to think that Martin is fairly intelligent guy, so that tells me that either: I’m missing something here; Martin isn’t as smart as I think; Martin doesn’t have much to talk about; or Martin thinks that the public is relatively dumb. As everyone knows, it is illegal to carry handguns around in Canada. A person either has to keep their gun locked at home, or they can keep it at a firing range. If you want to transport your handgun you need to get a permit. So what the hell is “banning handguns” going to do? I could go on about the failed logic in this, but that would probably make me as dumb as … (I’ll leave it to you to decide).

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