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Harper in bad situation, Opposition is playing games

HarperOver the last few weeks PM Harper and his government are caught in one of the biggest scandal seasons over the last decade or so. They succeed in creating such amazing number of scandals, some of them tightly related, some totally unrelated, but after all extremly damaging. The biggest is so called “Duffy Gate” or Wright/Duffy affair which is still going on very strong and according to latest media reports it will stay strong for a while. Continue reading “Harper in bad situation, Opposition is playing games”

Haakstad sealed Clark’s political career and BC Liberals future

Premier Clark once more in trouble because of her words (Photo: Flickr)

Kim Haakstad, Premier’s Deputy Chief of Staff, effectively sealed destiny of her boss Christy Clark and whole BC Liberals political movement with simple document intended to help them win next elections. Over the last two days we learned enough about this whole issue than in the last year since document is created. This was just another line on the list of numerous scandals created by Christy Clark and her closest team. Living in British Columbia since 2007, and following what was happening I don’t think that we saw so many scandals in two years like since Clark took power. Some would say that Gordon Campbell was honourable politician who knew when to bow out and get out from BC political world when he faced himself with public outrage regarding HST introduction. But seems that Christy Clark didn’t learn anything from him and will remain in leadership of BC Liberals despite rising number of MLA’s and party members calling for her resignation. Continue reading “Haakstad sealed Clark’s political career and BC Liberals future”

Excellent comment by Andrew Coyne

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The current issue of The New Yorker contains an absorbing piece by Jill Lepore on Campaigns Inc., the “first political consulting firm in the history of the world.” Established in 1933 by a pair of former journalists, the firm went on to win 70 of 75 elections for its clients over the next two decades, in the process writing the rules for every campaign that was to follow.

As Lepore summarizes them, they include: “Make it personal: candidates are easier to sell than issues… Pretend that you are the Voice of the People… Attack, attack, attack… Never explain… Say the same thing over and over again… Simplify, simplify, simplify…” And, a personal favourite: “You can put on a fight, or you can put on a show.”

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So no, the Harper Conservatives did not invent dumb, dishonest, attack-dog politics — though they may have perfected it. The return of…

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Online voting in BC: Good or bad idea?

Online voting: Yes or No?

BC’s Attorney General Shirley Bond asked this week Chief Electoral Officer of BC to appoint independent panel to examine the logistics of internet voting on the future municipal and provincial elections as part of the effort to engage more voters into the democratic process of election.

“Our province is widely recognized as being technologically progressive and a leader in open government initiatives. If the independent panel determines we can maintain the utmost electoral integrity, I’m optimistic Internet voting could increase accessibility for British Columbians to participate in the democratic process”, said Bond in her letter to CEO Archer.

Bond’s initiative is nothing new and it was expected bas on the turnout on last provincial elections in the 2009 but also based on low turnout on last municipal elections in November of 2011.

Only 51 per cent of eligible voters in British Columbia cast ballots in the 2009 provincial elections, and for example in Surrey which is one of the most fastest growing municipalities in the country turnout in the 2011 municipal elections was just 25 per cent. Several Canadian municipalities already embraced online voting and results are pretty satisfying, while some of them didn’t record any increase in voting percentage they didn’t record any decrease over the last few electoral terms. Supporters of online voting or e-voting  are pretty sure that this development of electoral process would bring more people on the board to vote based on elements on convenience, time, accessibility and above everything costs.  On the other side opponents are stating elements of security, unreliability and infrastructure needed for its implementation.  Continue reading “Online voting in BC: Good or bad idea?”

BC Liberals in Anti-Cummins campaign

SURREY – BC political scene is getting hotter and hotter as we’re approaching start of new Legislature session and Premiers press conference on jobs plan which is scheduled for next week, in light of these events leading party is starting new campaign to fight against political rivals in effort to warn BC citizens on bad politics and policies which are coming from BC NDP and newly formed BC Conservative Party. On Thursday morning BC Liberals kicked off campaign targeting BBC leader John Cummins and his previous and current political decision and moves, according to statement issued by BC Liberals leader of this campaign will be Langley MLA Mary Polak. Continue reading “BC Liberals in Anti-Cummins campaign”

Give them a chance

SURREY – In next two to three weeks newly elected MP’s will start their work in House of Commons, in totally new atmosphere. Conservatives will enjoy their work as majority and for the first time in last five years all of their bills will be almost easily passed and accepted on the House floor. Even if they’re surprise of this elections, much interesting is opposition side of the House. Unusually but widely supported NDP Leader Jack Layton will have a full hands of work, Liberals will fight for survival on political scene for the first time since Canada become Federation nearly 150 years ago.
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Canadians are saying “NO” to Harper and Ignatieff

SURREY – Orange surge as many of my colleagues are describing high popularity of NDP and its leader Jack Layton is one of the biggest surprises which Canadian politics saw in last five years since Stephen Harper earned a right to govern. On that Friday morning when a Parliament on opposition initiative found Canadian government in contempt of Parliament and forced elections, no one was seeing NDP in a 2nd place and much less Jack Layton in possible opposition leader chair. As much this is about Orange surge, much more is about two other major or let’s say mainstream parties which were main candidates for power in a days after May 2nd.

More than ever is clear that Canadians are saying “no” to Conservatives and Liberals on their pledges to give them a support and elect then as majority government next Monday. Punishment is coming after a years of unsuccessful and unproductive struggle for power and political overpowering over each other between Conservatives and Liberals. It is coming also, more on Conservative side, as a reflection of mounting scandals, irregularities and unwillingness to work and talk to people during this campaign. Continue reading “Canadians are saying “NO” to Harper and Ignatieff”

Jack Layton – Leader of the Official Opposition – Problems for rivals

SURREY – As we learned this week latest polls are showing big surge in support for NDP and Jack Layton not only in Quebec but on national level could be and should be warning to other three major contestants in election race in days prior to May 2. Numbers presented in polls are not the most important element in this story, bigger importance to Jack Layton and his party is let’s say final recognition of their work and acceptance of their ideas among Canadians especially in Quebec.

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Canadian leaders are just boring

SURREY – Federal elections are in less than three weeks, leaders already crossed country for several times in effort to reach every single voter and to ensure their party will become new Canadian majority government, they faced themselves in two debates and we didn’t saw anything new or interesting up to this moment. Only upstanding elements of this campaign are endless repetitions of words coalition, reckless, scandal, jails, jets, lair, etc. Everyone wants majority, everyone is prime minister and everyone will work with everyone but also will not work with other side of political spectrum.

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