Tag Archives: economics

T-8: A Few Thoughts on Trudeau’s “Real Change” Campaign #elxn42 #canpoli

I find it fascinating that Justin Trudeau has run on a slogan of “Real Change” when there are a few very clear signs that he’s not either of those things… First off, he leads the Liberal Party which is often called “Canada’s Natural Governing Party” and which held power in Canada for 69 of the […]

T-9: Combatting the Cynicism of Politics #elxn42 #canpoli

There’s a lot of commonly accepted wisdom you hear that reflect the increasing amount of cynicism that people have towards the political process… They’re all the same. There are definitely good and bad people involved in all parties.  But saying that all politicians are bad simply because they’re politicians is as simplistic (and wrong!) as […]

T-10: Talking Turkey: Will Thanksgiving Weekend Decide The Election? #elxn42 #canpoli

Maclean’s has an article about how long weekends (especially ones that fall very close to an election) are vital times in campaigns as that’s when family gather and talk together over meals and social time. In fact, from the outset of this unusually gruelling 11-week race, officials for all three of the main parties have, […]

T-11: NDP Release Their Election Platform (and Three Big Reasons To Vote NDP over the Liberals) #elxn42 #canpoli

The NDP released their election platform today.  Called “Building The Country of Our Dreams” [PDF], it mostly summarizes the various proposals the NDP has been promoting over this entire campaign – affordable daycare, making post-secondary education more affordable, increasing corporate taxes and so on.  (Discussion on Reddit.) Some highlights identified by a Reddit user: 7,000 […]

T-12: Book ‘Em: Comparing The Leaders’ Books #elxn42 #canpoli

A couple posts ago, I included an excerpt from Thomas Mulcair’s autobiography.  As a librarian who previously spent nearly a decade in the Canadian book industry, that made me think it might be fun to compare and contrast some of the details of each leader’s book (full disclosure – I’ve only read Mulcair’s…so far.) Title […]

T-14: Red Door, Blue Door. Time To Open the Orange Window! #elxn42 #canpoli

I saw the above graphic on Reddit and it struck home. The short term memory of Canadian voters always astounds me – many ridings across Canada will elect Liberals to defeat Conservatives, having apparently forgotten that only a short decade ago, the Liberals were the party that was seen as tired, out-dated and corrupt, much […]

T-15: Music Monday – “Your pipeline will spill its disease/You shut down all the research libraries” #elxn42 #canpoli

You know it’s bad for Stephen Harper when even one of Canada’s most popular bands releases a song slamming your government’s record. (and includes citations for all the facts in the video on their web site to head off criticism)… “I recently visited Montreal and I was just awash in nostalgia at what Canada was […]

T-16: Which Party Should You Vote For? (It Might Not Be The One You Think) #elxn42 #canpoli

All of us have reasons why we vote for the parties that we do – some people are “born wearing orange diapers” and will vote NDP as if the party were a family heirloom, passed down from generation to generation (and I’m sure many people have the same experience with red, blue or increasingly, green […]

T-17: Stephen Harper Fails Democracy 101 #elxn42 #canpoli

In an effort to minimize the chance of a candidate saying something wrong or that could be taken out of context during the election, those running for the Harper Conservatives (including Stephen Harper himself) have followed an approach of minimizing contact with the media, their opponents, issues they’re uncomfortable with and even voters during what should be their […]

T-18: Stephen Harper and His Abuse of Military Veterans #elxn42 #canpoli

One of the things that’s surprised me about the Harper government is how they seem happy to offend and mistreat even the people who make up their core constituents. As a broad generalization, Conservatives tend to support the military and vice versa. But what always amazes me is how the Conservatives stop respecting military personnel the […]