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Leaders, parties and businesses that ignore Blogosphere do so at their peril

Leaders, parties and businesses that ignore Blogosphere do so at their peril

Almost hate to admit it, but I am old enough to remember the advent of television in Canada. In Montreal, in the early 1950s, it all began with two television stations: CBMT (English) and CBFT (French), and we would watch, mesmerized by anything they broadcast',even the Indian head test patterns, with their various very technical-looking circles and numbered vertical and horizontal lines. This was almost science fiction come to life!

Don't give Canada a Security Council seat

Don't give Canada a Security Council seat

Stephen Harper's hypocritical performance at the United Nations, in aid of winning a seat for Canada on the Security Council, should be enough by itself for Canadians to rise up in unison and say we don't deserve it. Both the NDP and Liberals have said that the seat is for Canada, not for the Conservatives, and that Canadians should therefore support the bid. But if Harper is successful, we will all regret it.

 

Anti-recall strategy: Attack the messenger, not the message

Anti-recall strategy: Attack the messenger, not the message

The Liberal strategy for fighting recall is now very clear: go after Bill VanderZalm personally, since they apparently don’t believe they can beat recall on the issues.

 

And their attack strategy has been picked up by their mouthpieces in the media: either deliberately, trying to scuttle recall, or naively by taking up the Liberals’ refrain in a drawn out, sustained fashion without thinking about their own double standard.

Carole James courts the carpetbaggers

Carole James courts the carpetbaggers

So Carole James thinks meeting with business is going to help her look like a leader. Good luck with that. No one will take this sad effort seriously – not her supporters, who want her to represent them which means against the reactionary interests of business. And certainly not business who will only be impressed with an NDP leader when said leader commits hari kari for ever having had the temerity to challenge the Liberal party.

This isn’t just a waste of time – it is embarrassing  and counterproductive. 

Do we need a Police State Watch?

Do we need a Police State Watch?

Last spring I wrote a column called “Is this what a police state looks like” in response to the dangerous police actions surrounding the G20 Summit in Toronto.  I argued–as many have–that police states don’t pop up full blown over night. They develop slowly in direct proportion to people’s willingness to accept new definitions of normal.

Carole James: Say it ain't so!

Carole James: Say it ain't so!

NDP leader Carole James was so quiet for so long, many of her own supporters wondered where she was all summer.  With the HST and the Liberals imploding, it would have been a great time for the wanna-be Premier to show her stuff, to take the lead, to convince British Columbians she’s no wasteful socialist extremist.

 

Then she spoke.

James is quoted in The Vancouver Sun Sept. 16 as saying if the HST referendum throws the tax out, HST taxes already collected would have to be rebated.

Maybe she should have stayed silent. 

DOBBIN: The beginning of a new era in politics

DOBBIN: The beginning of a new era in politics

I confess that I did not, as promised, spend the summer thinking about the new paradigm of local, national and global politics. It was the perfect summer at my log cabin in Saskatchewan and I spent most of it swimming to the end of the lake and back, picking blueberries and swinging in my Mexican hammock.  But I did spend some time pondering just what has to happen in Canadian left politics to address the crisis in confidence and the collapse of social movement and labour politics.

Gordon Campbell: The new Rocky Balboa?

Gordon Campbell: The new Rocky Balboa?

I love BC politics.  It’s often more dramatic than some of the prime time offerings offered up for our entertainment on the big screen or the tube. And, whether you see him as the hero or the villain, Premier Gordon Campbell deserves an Oscar and an Emmy.

He was on the canvas, bruised and beaten down; his enemies could smell his blood, and even former fans were urging him to stay down for the count--and suddenly this latest  Rocky Balboa of BC politics has struggled to his feet and vowed to fight on!

HST: Where political tragedy and comedy come together

HST: Where political tragedy and comedy come together

It’s actually hard not to laugh! But really, we should be crying.

 

Finance Minister Colin Hansen stood before the cameras this week and told British Columbians he had no idea his own Finance Ministry officials were holding extensive discussions with federal counterparts in Ottawa on the HST in March, 2009 … a few months before the provincial election.

“I was actually surprised when I read through this just how much back and forth there is at the officials level,” Hansen told reporters Wednesday.

DOBBIN: Canadian politics needs a game-changer

 As we head into a new political season it looks depressingly like the old: a stand-off between the malignant minority government of Stephen Harper and the seriously diminished Liberal Party and its hapless leader Michael Ignatieff. Both these parties and their leaders are so off the mark in terms of what Canadians want and need that they can't even break through the 30 per cent support mark. Harper seems to have written off Quebec -- a typically petulant response to that province's stubborn attraction to social democracy.

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