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The Green Party: Harper’s BFF

Well, blow me down.  Today’s Globe has an op-ed favouring vote splitting on the left.  And bigger surprise, it’s penned by Tory Joan Crockatt’s new BFF, Chris Turner of the Green Party (Harper’s current BFF). Turner is the single most … Continue reading

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Poor, poor pitiful Christy

I noticed an interesting exchange at the bottom of the Globe’s otherwise glib piece on Geoff Plant’s taxpayer paid Enbridge gig this morning.  Do Clark’s Liberals ever miss a chance to feather their friends nests. Last time I looked Plant … Continue reading

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Austerity fails

While it’s been poorly covered here, recent European elections have shown a distinct trend in favour of good, old Keynesianism. And why not?  Austerity isn’t working.  In fact, it’s harming the recovery. Two weeks ago economists made it official.  The … Continue reading

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NDP on top Nationally and in BC

Two interesting polls, one national, the other provincial. For the first time in maybe 25 years, the NDP is running first in a national poll.  Decima Harris, in this week’s poll for the Canadian Press shows the NDP at 33%, … Continue reading

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Voter Suppression poll

Norman Spector tweeted (bad verb, bad verb) about a new Angus Reid poll on voter suppression.  Seems like most Canadians, including a lot of Conservative voters, aren’t buying the CPC spin.  Really not buying. 81% want an independent investigation to find … Continue reading

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End times?

        What a mess, what a wrong-headed, stupid, avoidable, politically driven mess. That’s what this week in provincial and national politics looks like to me. Here in BC we have a government playing a labour dispute to … Continue reading

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Wrong and right

First, where I was wrong. I was wrong about Ontario.  Ontario complicates everything…   “Should I get on the wave?  I don’t know.  How warm is the water?  Oooh feels cold.” Yes, yes the NDP came alive in Ontario too, but … Continue reading

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Après le smear, le surge

The first full après smear polls are out and the verdict?  It backfired. The margin remains about 6 points with the Cons at 37 and the NDP at 31.  But most significantly Layton has a 17 point bounce in his … Continue reading

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Karma, the election version

“(Tory Leader Mike) Harris shook loose the votes from (Liberal Leader David) Peterson, but they all went and voted for Rae,” said the insider.” “Now Harper dusts up Iggy for a year, but the benefactor of the collapsing Liberal vote … Continue reading

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Ian Reid’s guide to strategic voting

Don’t vote Liberal.  Really don’t vote Green. That’s it, but there are one or two caveats: If you live in Ontario, what are you thinking?  Get on board.  If you live in one of the handful of absolutely safe Liberal … Continue reading

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