Sunday, 30 November 2008

Coalition Deal Reached!

NDP, Liberal party reach deal to topple minority Tory government

As reported in the CBC News a few minutes ago, The Liberals, NDP and the Bloc have reached an agreement on the coalition. The NDP would get 25% of the seats in the new cabinet. The Bloc would not be in the coalition, but will support it. The coalition government would be for 2.5 years.

As they said - more to come.

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Tories force the oppositions parties into starting to talk about a coalition Confidence vote: Opposition parties say they will vote no

If the Liberals can come to terms with things within their party, they could form a coalition government with the NDP and Bloc, and thus, Canada would be governed by a majority government, an actual majority. Lets hope.

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Canada - the new Hillbilly Nation

An interesting look at the recent polls on Far and Wide.

I agree pretty much with the analysis here and with most of the commenters - but especially with this commenter, Dana:

This just confirms for me something that I've been thinking since the morning after the election.

Canadians are dumb as dirt and the electorate of Canada has been shown to be just as gullible, just as uninformed/misinformed, just as prone to electoral blunders as our southern cousins were between the years of 2000 and roughly 2006.

Any superior finger pointing and supercilious honking should now be coming from south of the border.

Canada is now the backward hillbilly nation in english speaking North America.

Liberals - up to their same old tricks

stageleft:. life on the left side : BREAKING NEWS !!

Like I said
, I'll believe it when I see it. And here they are back to their same old trick of disagreeing with the Conservatives, but not voting against them.

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Canadian Media Bias - definitely leaning Right.

Far and Wide: The Conservative-Centric Media
A further point for my NDP friends, how is that Layton runs a flawless campaign, and yet the coverage wanes to almost meaningless mention?

As I've mentioned before in other posts (relative posts here, here and here), the mainstream media sways a lot of people in each election and between elections. Imagine what would happen if the media gave each party equal and fair reporting? I bet we would begin to see results at the polls that would start to show how people would vote if we had proportional representation.

Unfortunately, it seems that our progress toward true democratic proportional representation will depend significantly on the say so of the mainstream media. And they like the status quo.

Something's gotta give. Most older people still read actual papers. A lot of young people get their news on-line. But more older people vote and less young people vote. So, progress is very slow.

We need a revolution in the press.