รับรางวัลเกมยิงปลา_เกมส์ยิงปลา Fishing Master_ทํางานคาสิโน มาเก๊า https://www.google.com//48f/taxonomy/term/227 Layton-Lovers to Harper-Harpies. Talk about it here. en NDP Polling Third In Burnaby South Ahead Of By-Election https://www.google.com//48f/babble/canadian-politics/ndp-polling-third-burnaby-south-ahead-election <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><p>35.9% of decided and leaning voters in Burnaby South said that they would vote Liberal in the upcoming by-election, while 29.3% said that they would vote Conservative. 27.2% said that they would vote NDP.</p> <p>In ridings were parties have not nominated candidates for the next election, respondents were asked about the candidates that were fielded in the previous election. In the case of Burnaby South, no question about local candidates was asked as Singh is so far the only nominated candidate in the upcoming by-election.</p> <p><a href="https://www.mainstreetresearch.ca/nanaimo-by-election-a-dead-heat-singh-and-bernier-in-trouble-in-their-ridings/" rel="nofollow">https://www.mainstreetresearch.ca/nanaimo-by-election-a-dead-heat-singh-...</a></p> </p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-taxonomy-forums field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Forums:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/forum/227">canadian politics</a></div></div></div> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 22:50:58 +0000 Mighty Middle 153706 at/48f /48f/babble/canadian-politics/ndp-polling-third-burnaby-south-ahead-election#comments Why right wing populism is on the rise, how to address it: It is technology, how campaigns are run https://www.google.com//48f/babble/canadian-politics/why-right-wing-populism-rise-how-address-it-it-technology-how-campaigns-are <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><p>This will be a long article (apologies) and I do not want to derail a thread but I think it touches on what is most important in politics right now and more important, it provides at the end advice to parties, individuals and public policy answers. This is in Canadian politics but it applies to international politics as well.</p> <p>****</p> <p>After a great deal of thought on this I am going to start a thread trying to explain the loss of the left and the success of right-wing populism. I have been seeking some kind of unifying theory and believe I have found it.</p> <p>I have suspected that this is related to technology as this is the most consistent element across the globe.</p> <p>In the past I put this down to the rise of social media. While I think this is definitely part of it, it cannot explain it adequately.</p> <p>I will attempt to lay out what I think the critical change is. You may see I touched on this in response to the comment about Scheer in the global warming thread post 271 here: <a href="/48f/babble/canadian-politics/canada-and-global-warming-state-denial?page=5#comment-5499751" rel="nofollow">/48f/babble/canadian-politics/canada-and-global-warming-state-denial?page=5#comment-5499751</a></p> <p>I will late it out more completely.</p> <p>Elections were for many years fought based on advertising to the mass electorate messages crafted based on majority opinions. Parties would use mass media to deliver what they believed would work based on general information from polls. This has ended.</p> <p>The Liberals and Conservatives moved on but the NDP did not making its greatest single mistake of the last election.</p> <p>First, the mass media age is over. People*s opinions are diverging as they each live in a news universe they custom design to support the opinions most comfortable to them. Parties on the right no longer use mass polling to craft their messages.</p> <p>Increasingly people complain that their government does not represent them. This makes sense since that is no longer the objective or metric used. Trying to know what the electorate wants on an issue and then broadcasting to them through mass media is obsolete. Parties using this as a tool are getting creamed. Pollsters and journalists trying to determine directions of elections and position are making fools of themselves. This is not how it works any more.</p> <p>Due to advance technology, parties who are up to speed know that the mass trends in the population are not relevant now. They also no longer campaign as they used to. The competition to raise the most money to spend during elections is also obsolete. Even election laws are out of date as they focus on the financial power each party has to spend on advertising during an election 每 which no longer decides elections. News about one party outspending another is also missing the point as that captures campaign spending.</p> <p>This is how it works now:</p> <p>The amount of money parties have between elections is the first critical factor. With that money they build the strategic communications tools used to run the election. The purchase of a system that stays current with potential voters, what their opinions are and the opinions that could change their vote, is how elections are won. The greatest part of this investment occurs before the writ is dropped.</p> <p>Information about voters is kept in databases that do not just affect one election but serve to benefit the next so the advantage is cumulative. The positions of the parties with access to the information they need puts their party on track to win 每 in a way that journalists, pollsters and other parties cannot even see.</p> <p>The party who does this properly, uses canvessing and polling information to break down the electorate. They know who their core supporters are 每 those who need minimal support to get them to vote for the party. They also know who the core supporters are for the other parties. This is usually more than half to two thirds of the population. Of the other half they know who is potentially receptive to them. This is probably only 1/5-1/4 of the electorate and as low as 10% of the general population. These are the people that can win them the election. They have also identified this group for each of the other parties.</p> <p>They know the opinions of these people and they know which opinions which people will change their vote on. Usually only a small subset of this 10% of the electorate will actually vote on any given issue. They know who they are. They test the messages that get this small number of people to respond to.</p> <p>As you can imagine this is expensive and the so-called populist parties are all over it. They are called populist because they are successful in getting home runs on these issues and lay claim to being for the people because they know which people to be for on which issues and in which way. This costs a lot of money to build and none of it needs to be considered election spending. Being right wing having access to more money to compete is critical since there is no limit to this activity as it is outside the writ period.</p> <p>(While I am speaking using Canadian language, these concepts are being replicated across most countries with elections. Money has found a way to use technology to end run any election spending limit.)</p> <p>As I mentioned, this technology is used not just to identify the small subset of voters that could move to a party but the people who could move to other parties. This information allows a real scientific approach to vote suppression. It is easier to suppress a small target just enough to make a difference when you know this. Vote suppression is a science and we have seen much discussion on the many ways it is done. It is a science informed by this technology and the money between elections that drives it and the money to record and retain the intelligence from one election to another. Gerrymandering is a science. Parties with this information and access to decisions have any other party at severe disadvantage.</p> <p>With this a political party can take extreme positions that the majority do not agree with because they know what their base will tolerate and what will move the tiny fraction to them and what a larger fraction is willing to ignore.</p> <p>Pollsters simply are out of touch. Polling would have to replicate this information. Some pollsters are trying 每 seeking to cross-reference previous votes, accessible votes etc. They do this because they are broadly aware that the parties are narrow-casting now and it is essential to get at the subsets for whom any policy or message can make a difference. However, a pollster cannot bring to bear the technology and information that a party uses in an election to each poll. As such polling is irrelevant. Because journalists tend to focus on the macro public opinion, most of what they say is also irrelevant. Pollsters have tried to manage the intensity of opinion but even that question is not accurate: you could say you care very much about something but based on your profile of other issues it might not be a vote changer.</p> <p>The way elections are fought has changed so radically, that the journalists and pollsters are no longer equipped to report on it. (The issue of cell-phone in polling is a distraction from this more significant issue.)</p> <p>The population is confused as increasingly the population is parsed to exclude unavailable voters, whose opinions do not matter, non-voters, whose opinions also do not matter, and secured voters who will tolerate a disconnect on a policy. The only people important to a position is the people who would change their vote on a particular opinion or message. This means that very small minorities 每 smaller than ever, often out of step with the majority, are able to drive success in an election. Appealing directly to these positions is modern populism.</p> <p>Key to modern populism which has nothing to do with popularity, is apathy. Being able to exclude apathetic non-voters, exclude voters apathetic on an issue-by issue basis, allows parties to target only the people who will vote on each particular issue. This explain right wing extremism taking power even where the population is not extreme. Usually those most extreme views are the ones that will vote on a policy. Being careful to dial back the messages that will motivate a backlash is just as important.</p> <p>Behind this is the sophisticated vote suppression and vote disruption techniques that may be targeted as directly as the vote gaining techniques. The knowledge of what will inflame, distract, motivate, is all at a level never seen before. It gives tools to fascism that if they were available in the 1930s, would have elected a pro-Nazi government in England and the US. This is not a return to the bad old days. This is the new dawn of a much more serious nightmare.</p> <p>Once in power, the technology to oppress is also more advanced than ever, we are at the edge of the ability of a government to assassinate a person with a drone selectively in their own population. This has been used in ※enemy§ populations already for some time. The control, manipulation and dissemination of what a population sees is also well advanced. The Nazis did not have it this good.</p> <p>We are in an Orwellian world: populism sounds like mass appeal. It sounds like it is mass appeal for the people, and we all know it is not. I submit that it is also nothing to do with mass appeal 每 it is targeted appeal.</p> <p>Now, it is true that I am pessimistic and I do want to scare people into realization: here is the application to the present. Do not worry about Trump too much. He lacks discipline and is incapable of using this information effectively to avoid the backlash to his extremism. He will not listen to his party and use the narrow casting effectively. As a result he is likely to lose in 2020, despite the efforts of those in his party to use this technology. They will, however practice and when they have a more competent version of the evil Trump represents it will all be over.</p> <p>But I do not want to end without a constructive point. How do other parties not on the right and systems guard against this?</p> <p>First other parties will have to sacrifice to build these systems to compete. It is better for the NDP to lose the next election badly and invest in building a system to match that may only benefit in a later cycle for example. The next election will likely go to Trudeau who is less likely than Scheer to do lasting damage. A loss by the NDP is not fatal. Still it is not an either / or situation. The NDP could invest on a cheaper social media campaign while building this and hold back on the traditional media buys which are not very effective now. Use this money to build the new communications tools and use the next election to get to know the electorate so they can be on a level playing field. In the short term, the NDP has to talk to its members and use messages to them asking them not their opinions (these people are mostly supporters) but their help asking their friends and neighbours what it would take to vote NDP. What issue matter to them. The NDP has to start low tech while they build a system, to reach out, using their members, to non-members and non-supporters who could become supporters. This is more critical than the endless appeals for money to an over-tapped membership.</p> <p>Public policy also needs to be argued for. Public opinion is now so sophisticated that it would serve the public to have advanced polling of a political nature, such as that used by the parties made available to everyone. Pollsters could use it to improve the data they produce, parties could share it and be on a more level playing field, journalists and political scientists could use it. It is not a bad thing to know what your population is most motivated to want. This more public data collection might level the playing field more than any election spending legislation now in force.</p> <p>Secondly, given the cost and value of this, public policy must consider limits to spending in the non-writ period, defending per-vote subsidies, and consider block funding to create access to this technology to all parties. Our process would be improved.</p> <p>To the individual, there is something you can do now. Never before has apathy been so weaponized. People should become more informed on the issues and report when asked that they will vote on them. This way they will be counted when parties seek to segment the population according to who is for, against and which of those will vote on an issue.</p> <p>In this sense, while the system of vote segmentation and the role it plays in elections cannot be prevented, it can be made to be more balanced on all sides and with greater engagement, minority and extreme opinions can be challenged within it. If the parties learn that an extreme position will cost, they will take heed.</p> </p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-taxonomy-forums field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Forums:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/forum/227">canadian politics</a></div></div></div> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 17:40:34 +0000 Sean in Ottawa 153641 at/48f /48f/babble/canadian-politics/why-right-wing-populism-rise-how-address-it-it-technology-how-campaigns-are#comments Justin Trudeau*s grand bargain with Big Oil exposed https://www.google.com//48f/babble/canadian-politics/justin-trudeau%E2%80%99s-grand-bargain-big-oil-exposed <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><p>Justin's not?quite the chip off the ole block!</p> <p>?</p> <p>?<strong>Justin Trudeau*s grand bargain with Big Oil exposed in Donald Gutstein's The Big Stall</strong></p> <p>?</p> <ul> <li> <p><img alt="Donald Gutstein's &lt;em&gt;The Big Stall&lt;/em&gt; shows how Canadian CEOs and their political allies have staved off serious action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions." src="https://d2ciprw05cjhos.cloudfront.net/files/v3/styles/gs_large/public/images/18/11/big-stall_cover.jpg?itok=P13UmYNC" /></p> </li> </ul> <p>?</p> <p>Retired SFU communications professor Donald Gutstein is an old hand when it comes to dissecting the activities of neoliberal think tanks.</p> <p>RELATED STORIES</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.straight.com/life/741201/author-donald-gutstein-reveals-extent-stephen-harper-revolution-new-book-harperism" rel="nofollow">Author Donald Gutstein reveals extent of Stephen Harper revolution in new book Harperism</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.straight.com/article-266343/gutsteins-theory-pries-lid-think-tanks" rel="nofollow">Donald Gutstein's Not a Conspiracy Theory pries the lid off think tanks</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.straight.com/news/1130386/christine-boyle-why-onecity-thinks-big-oil-should-pay-its-fair-share" rel="nofollow">Christine Boyle: Why OneCity thinks Big Oil should pay its fair share</a></li> </ul> <p>His last two books〞<em>Harperism: How Stephen Harper and His Think Tank Colleagues Have Transformed Canada</em>?and?<em>Not a Conspiracy Theory: How Business Propaganda Hijacks Democracy</em>〞made a convincing case that there needs to be far more scrutiny of the funding of the Vancouver-based Fraser Institute and other organizations like it on both sides of the border.</p> <p>So it shouldn*t come as a huge surprise that he has zeroed in on these public-policy hawkers in his new book,?<em>The Big Stall: How Big Oil and Think Tanks Are Blocking Action on Climate Change in Canada</em>.</p> <p>But in an interview in the Tangent Caf谷 on Commercial Drive, G<strong>utstein conceded that when he began researching this topic two years ago, he had no idea of the extent to which they*ve influenced Prime Minister Justin Trudeau*s policies in the wake of the 2015 Paris Agreement.</strong></p> <p>※I didn*t know too much about the subject when I started,§ Gut-stein told the?<em>Straight?</em>over a bowl of soup. ※Through the research and reading good stuff, gradually it all kind of emerged.§</p> <p>The book opens with an examination of the National Energy Program, which was introduced by Trudeau*s father, Pierre Trudeau, after the Liberals were returned to power in 1980.</p> <p><strong>The NEP*s made-in-Canada oil-pricing formula was vehemently opposed by the Business Council on National Issues, which had been founded by resource-company CEOs in 1976 in response to a decision by Trudeau senior to introduce wage and price controls.</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.straight.com/arts/1164161/justin-trudeaus-grand-bargain-big-oil-exposed-donald-gutsteins-big-stall" rel="nofollow">https://www.straight.com/arts/1164161/justin-trudeaus-grand-bargain-big-...</a></p> </p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-taxonomy-forums field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Forums:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/forum/227">canadian politics</a></div></div></div> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 07:49:54 +0000 NorthReport 153531 at/48f /48f/babble/canadian-politics/justin-trudeau%E2%80%99s-grand-bargain-big-oil-exposed#comments Patrick Brown wins Brampton https://www.google.com//48f/babble/canadian-politics/patrick-brown-wins-brampton <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><p>Ok like most of the threads I start, first the link.?</p> <p><a href="https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/brampton-election-2018-1.4873651" rel="nofollow">https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/brampton-election-2018-1.4873651</a></p> </p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-taxonomy-forums field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Forums:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/forum/227">canadian politics</a></div></div></div> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 00:12:06 +0000 WWWTT 153521 at/48f /48f/babble/canadian-politics/patrick-brown-wins-brampton#comments Alberta UCP's John Carpay Compares Rainbow Flag to Nazi Swastikia and Communist Hammer and Sickle https://www.google.com//48f/babble/canadian-politics/alberta-ucps-john-carpay-compares-rainbow-flag-nazi-swastikia-and-communist <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><p>John Carpay, the United Conservative Party(UCP)) of Alberta member who is the lawyer challenging the NDP government's Bill 24 that would protect LGBTQ students from being outed to their parents by their schools, compared the Rainbow Flag to the Nazi Swastika and Communist Hammer and Sickle on the weekend. UCP leader Jason Kenney has compared Carpay to civil rights activist Rosa Parks, who successfully?sparked the 381 day Montgomery Alabama bus boycott by refusing to relinquish her seat on a segregated bus. Last month, Kenney was forced to disavow a UCP campaign worker?with?white supremacy and anti-semitic posts on social media. Previous to that a couple of UCP candidates posed for pictures with the?hate group?Soldiers of Odin.?</p> <blockquote><p>On Saturday, Calgary lawyer John Carpay, with the?Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, spoke at a conference organized by Rebel Media, a far-right media organization that has been?<a href="https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-tuesday-edition-1.4247827/why-conservative-pundit-brian-lilley-is-parting-ways-with-rebel-media-1.4247829" rel="nofollow">criticized for sympathetic coverage</a>?of white supremacy.?"How do we defeat today's totalitarianism? You've got to think about the common characteristics. It doesn't matter whether it's a hammer and sickle for communism, or whether it's the swastika for Nazi Germany or whether it's a rainbow flag, the underlying thing is a hostility to individual freedoms," Carpay said. ?...</p> <p>Other speakers at the event included?Conservative Saskatoon MP Brad?Trost?and?People's Party of Canada leader?Maxime?Bernier.</p> <p>Carpay?is the lawyer behind a lawsuit challenging Alberta's Bill 24.?In arguments before the court, he?alleged?that gay-straight alliances 〞 peer-support groups that are meant to tackle bullying and provide supportive environments for LGBTQ?students 〞 are "ideological sexual clubs." ...</p> <p>Carpay is a UCP?member who spoke to resolutions at the party's policy convention this spring.?In 2017,?Kenney?spoke at a?Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms event, comparing?Carpay's work?to that of?civil-rights activist Rosa Parks and asking people to donate to Carpay's?organization.</p> <p>Last month, Kenney disavowed a former campaign worker with ties to white supremacy and cancelled his UCP?membership. ...</p> <p>"To equate the Nazis with the movement for equality for LGBTQ?people is abhorrent," said Duncan Kinney,?the executive director of left-leaning advocacy group Progress Alberta.?"Jason Kenney was just in the media last week talking about how he's going to create a database to keep extremists out of the UCP. This is an extremist in his ranks # Kenney has spoken warmly about the human rights work Carpay has done."</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/john-carpay-pride-flags-swastikas-1.4901229" rel="nofollow">https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/john-carpay-pride-flags-swastikas...</a></p> </p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-taxonomy-forums field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Forums:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/forum/227">canadian politics</a></div></div></div> Mon, 12 Nov 2018 23:18:45 +0000 jerrym 153421 at/48f /48f/babble/canadian-politics/alberta-ucps-john-carpay-compares-rainbow-flag-nazi-swastikia-and-communist#comments Justin Trudeau apologizes to Jews, brownoses Israel and condemns BDS https://www.google.com//48f/babble/canadian-politics/justin-trudeau-apologizes-jews-brownoses-israel-and-condemns-bds <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><p>Justin Trudeau Apologizes to Jews, Brownoses Israel,?Condemns BDS</p> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/mbueckert/status/1060277153835745283" rel="nofollow">https://twitter.com/mbueckert/status/1060277153835745283</a></p> <p>"During an apology for Canada's past rejection of Jewish refugees, Justin Trudeau pivoted to condemn BDS, equating it with hate crimes and violence. He used Canada's history of white supremacy to throw Palestinians under the bus..."</p> <p>Justin Trudeau's apology became instead an?unpleasant, repugnant?embarrassment and a national disgrace.?</p> <p>?</p> </p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-taxonomy-forums field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Forums:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/forum/227">canadian politics</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-taxonomy-vocabulary-22 field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Issues Pages:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/issues/politics-canada">Politics in Canada</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-taxonomy-vocabulary-23 field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Regions:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/category/regions/ca">CA</a></div></div></div> Thu, 08 Nov 2018 02:04:18 +0000 NDPP 153241 at/48f /48f/babble/canadian-politics/justin-trudeau-apologizes-jews-brownoses-israel-and-condemns-bds#comments Former AB NDP MLA On Oppressiveness Of Party Influence & MLA Autonomy https://www.google.com//48f/babble/canadian-politics/former-ab-ndp-mla-oppressiveness-party-influence-mla-autonomy <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><p>A Calgary MLA who was recently ousted from the NDP caucus claims that Alberta New Democrats were told not to be photographed with federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh or to go public if they knew about opposition politicians who had behaved inappropriately towards women.</p> <p>Robyn Luff went public on Monday with complaints about bullying within the party, saying there is a ※culture of fear and intimidation.§ By Monday night, Luff was out of the party. In a statement 〞 which misspelled Luff*s first name as ※Robin,§ not ※Robyn§ 〞 the party said her fellow caucus members had ※lost confidence in her ability to participate as a productive and trustworthy member of the government caucus.§</p> <p>On Tuesday, the former Alberta NDP backbencher fired back with a lengthy statement posted to Facebook that detailed her concerns about the way Premier Rachel Notley is running the party and government.</p> <p>※For some time now, I have been having increased anxiety and stress responses when I know I have to have meetings where my concerns will be belittled,§ she said.</p> <p>She added that NDP MLAs are often told what to do and say.</p> <p>※For instance we were told that if we had any information on opposition members who had behaved inappropriately towards women that it was best not to go public with it because our party wasn*t completely without fault on the matter,§ she wrote. ※When Jagmeet Singh was in town we got a text message saying not to be photographed with him.§</p> <p>Deputy Premier Sarah Hoffman told reporters Tuesday that sexual harassment and bullying are ※never OK§ and she was unaware of any directive about party members bringing up allegations about inappropriate behaviour, or about any current allegations.</p> <p>※I want to be very clear that we in no way tolerate sexual harassment, assault, bullying, harassment, sexual improprieties in any way,§ Hoffman said. ※Of course, rumours are rumours, but certainly it is not our intention to ever stifle 〞 we stand with survivors.§</p> <p>Jason Kenney, the United Conservative Party leader, said he was unaware of any allegations of inappropriate behaviour. ※With respect to our own MLAs, no, and I*m not aware of any with respect to MLAs in other parties either,§ Kenney said.</p> <p>As for the accusation that the party told members not to be photographed with Singh, Hoffman said the federal NDP leader ※has not been a friend to Albertans.§</p> <p>※I would be surprised if any of our MLAs wanted to take a picture with Jagmeet Singh, but I wouldn*t be shocked if people were reminded of his history on that and discouraged from doing so,§ she said. ※I certainly have no interest in standing for a photo with somebody who has a proven track record of attacking our oilsands.§</p> <p>In her statement, Luff said that she wasn*t the only NDP MLA who felt unable to represent their constituents under Notley*s leadership.</p> <p>※I have had staff members, party members, and caucus members tell me, all confidentially, that they have felt this too, but are too scared to come forward,§ she said.</p> <p>Luff also wrote that she had accused Notley to her face of ※running the government no differently than Stephen Harper.§ Asked in Question Period about the controversy, Notley said the NDP has a good team.</p> <p>※I*m obviously very disappointed with the decision that was taken by the member from Calgary-East, but let me also just say how proud I am of the team that sits with me here on this side of the house,§ Notley said. ※They are doing extraordinary jobs.§</p> <p>Graham Sucha, another NDP backbencher, told reporters that the allegations are ※unfounded§ and the decision to remove Luff from caucus was unanimous.</p> <p>※We didn*t like the path that she took to try to address (her concerns),§ Sucha said. ※I have never seen bullying on my end and many of our members recognized and said that they never saw it on their end either.§</p> <p>Calgary MLA Karen McPherson left the government caucus last October and backed up Luff*s assertions about information control, writing on Twitter: ※I left last year and what Robyn said is accurate. Robyn*s methods aren*t the issue.§</p> <p>The Post reached out to Luff for an interview, and was told she is ※doing her best to respond to all interview requests in a timely fashion but there are a lot of them.§</p> <p>Luff said she will not join another party and will no longer be sitting in the legislature. She had previously announced that she would not be running in the provincial election, which will be held in Spring 2019.</p> <p>※My children have made it abundantly clear that they would prefer to have more of my attention,§ she said. ※And I intend to honour that.§</p> <p><a href="https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/robyn-luff-fires-back-at-alberta-ndp-after-they-kick-her-out-of-caucus" rel="nofollow">https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/robyn-luff-fires-back-at-alberta-...</a></p> </p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-taxonomy-forums field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Forums:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/forum/227">canadian politics</a></div></div></div> Wed, 07 Nov 2018 16:31:27 +0000 Mighty Middle 153206 at/48f /48f/babble/canadian-politics/former-ab-ndp-mla-oppressiveness-party-influence-mla-autonomy#comments Could left-wing populism take flight in Canada? https://www.google.com//48f/babble/canadian-politics/could-left-wing-populism-take-flight-canada <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><p>The symbolism, to Avi Lewis*s eye, was spot on. The leader of the federal New Democratic Party, on Bay St. on Friday morning, talking about how the ※ultra-wealthy§ need to pay their share.</p> <p>But, for Lewis, the imagery fizzled with Jagmeet Singh*s message: a trio of policy proposals about stocks, corporate wealth and taxation that might be too technocratic to get people worked up. And if you, like Lewis, believe Canadians are ready for a firebrand version of left wing politics 〞 a <em>populism</em> of the left, he says 〞 then that*s just not going to cut it.</p> <p>※Why go for something that you have to explain? What populism tells you is that there are simple truths about our economy that can be communicated with great power,§ said Lewis, who co-authored the environmental and social democratic treatise, the Leap Manifesto, with his wife, author and activist Naomi Klein.</p> <p>※Jagmeet is absolutely in the right direction,§ Lewis said. ※He*s taking a little step, and he needs to leap.§</p> <p>Populism is often assumed to be a right-wing phenomenon, a buzzword to characterize the Donald Trump movement in the United States. In that context, the word is shorthand for a politics of anti-elitism and xenophobia 〞 that Trump is fighting for ※real§ Americans against the dominant forces of ※globalism,§ the ideological culprit he blames for shipping working class jobs to China and letting too many outsiders into the country.</p> <p>But populism isn*t exclusive to one side of the political spectrum. Jan-Werner Mueller, a politics professor at Princeton University, told the CBC last week that populists can come in different ideological shades, so long as they trade in a rhetoric of divisiveness that questions the legitimacy of those who don*t share their views. ※It*s always about excluding others,§ he said.</p> <p>For that reason, Mueller considers Hugo Chavez, the late Venezuelan socialist strongman, a populist of the left. He doesn*t use the label for U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and U.K. Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn 〞 politicians who rail against inequalities perpetuated by unbridled capitalism, for instance, but who don*t necessarily vilify their opponents as illegitimate contenders for power.</p> <p>Lewis, however, sees the emergence of Corbyn and Sanders 〞 along with a burgeoning left-leaning movement within the U.S. Democratic Party 〞 as signs that the energy of populism seized by the right can also be claimed by the parties of the left. And in Canada, that means the NDP.</p> <p>※I*m talking about electrification of the base,§ he said. ※The party needs to chug this Kool-Aid rapidly if they don*t want to be wiped out.§</p> <p>David Laycock, a political science professor at Simon Fraser University, co-edited a 2014 book about the federal NDP called <em>Reviving Social Democracy</em>. Laycock argues populism isn*t always linked with authoritarian tendencies seen by right-wing leaders like Hungary*s Viktor Orban and even Trump. He said one of populism*s central tenets is an argument that the fundamental division in society is ※between the people and some sinister elite.§</p> <p>For right-wing leaders, that elite tends to be heavy-handed government bureaucrats, a media maligned as progressive and out of touch, or groups that benefit from the largesse of state handouts, Laycock said. On the left, it is the corporate elite or the wealthy few who abuse their power at the expense of the wider populace.</p> <p>That brand of leftist populism has a long history in Canada, he said. It reared its head in 1837, when William Lyon MacKenzie led a rebellion against the Upper Canada ※Family Compact,§ a cabal of wealthy and well-positioned appointees with great political power. In the early 20th century, farmers* organizations started progressive movements in Ontario and the Prairies that Laycock characterized as populist, which came together in the early 1930s to help form the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation, the socialist precursor to the NDP, that predicated its existence on a critique of corporate power.</p> <p>※It wasn*t until the Reform Party came along that the dominant form of populism became right wing rather than left wing in Canada,§ he said.</p> <p>Laycock believes Andrew Scheer*s Conservatives are gently experimenting with populist messages, including recent statements about how the media is biased against their party. He said the NDP could do something similar with more aggressive arguments for distributing wealth or slashing subsidies to big corporations.</p> <p>Michael Adams, president of the Environics Institute and author of a recent book about the potential for populism in Canada, argues that this country is on a ※unique trajectory§ that dampens the viability of divisive politics. Canadians are more likely to be union members than Americans, for instance, while people here have universal health care and more generous social programs than south of the border, he said. At a time of relatively robust economic growth and low unemployment, all this could dampen the prospects of a left populism about a corporate elite ripping off the general population.</p> <p>※We*re not feeling those kinds of eruptions at near the scale as we*re seeing elsewhere, and especially the United States,§ Adams said.</p> <p>But Lewis insists populism is the path to success for the NDP. He said the right has ※appropriated§ the populist mantle from the left, in that politicians like Ontario Premier Doug Ford argue they are governing ※for the people.§ New Democrats need to compete with a similar slogans, which Lewis describes as ※demands§ that grab attention and boil down complexities about climate change, the push for a sustainable economy, and the role of government into simple messages like ※Free Transit For All§ or ※Federal Jobs Guarantee.§</p> <p>Lewis said there*s potential to spark momentum if leaders can talk about these issues in a way that is easy to understand and emotionally invigorating.</p> <p>※That is the opportunity we could use to have a left-wing populism that could change everything,§ he said.</p> <p><a href="https://www.thestar.com/politics/federal/2018/11/03/could-left-wing-populism-take-flight-in-canada.html" rel="nofollow">https://www.thestar.com/politics/federal/2018/11/03/could-left-wing-popu...</a></p> </p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-taxonomy-forums field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Forums:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/forum/227">canadian politics</a></div></div></div> Sun, 04 Nov 2018 14:44:51 +0000 Mighty Middle 153091 at/48f /48f/babble/canadian-politics/could-left-wing-populism-take-flight-canada#comments LIberal MP MIA. What gives? https://www.google.com//48f/babble/canadian-politics/liberal-mp-mia-what-gives <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><p>?</p> <p><a href="http://journalmetro.com/actualites/montreal/1881692/di-iorio-pas-au-parlement-mais-a-expo-cannabis/" rel="nofollow">http://journalmetro.com/actualites/montreal/1881692/di-iorio-pas-au-parl...</a></p> </p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-taxonomy-forums field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Forums:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/forum/227">canadian politics</a></div></div></div> Thu, 01 Nov 2018 21:57:51 +0000 NorthReport 153026 at/48f /48f/babble/canadian-politics/liberal-mp-mia-what-gives#comments Ethics inquiry launched into Liberal MP's robocall https://www.google.com//48f/babble/canadian-politics/ethics-inquiry-launched-liberal-mps-robocall <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><p>Ethics inquiry launched into Liberal MP's robocall</p> <p>?</p> <p><a href="https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ethics-commissioner-launches-inquiry-into-mp-anita-vandenbeld-1.4885962" rel="nofollow">https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ethics-commissioner-launches-inqui...</a></p> </p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-taxonomy-forums field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Forums:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/forum/227">canadian politics</a></div></div></div> Wed, 31 Oct 2018 21:41:15 +0000 NorthReport 152971 at/48f /48f/babble/canadian-politics/ethics-inquiry-launched-liberal-mps-robocall#comments