Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

- John Moore questions the much-hyped assertions of a permanent Republican Conservative majority by pointing out that Canadian values haven't changed at all even as the Harper Cons have tried to use public money to change the channel. And Justin Ling sees the Cons as a product of elections being seen as periodic job interviews rather than tests of underlying principles.

- Frances Russell critiques the Cons' hierarchy of human rights - with protection of (some people who practice some) religions taking precedence over such trifles as life and liberty.

- Thomas Walkom is right to note that the main formal issue surrounding Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin is their lack of a permanent residence in the province they're supposed to be representing. But the more important question is whether there's any useful purpose to having a patronage-based Senate in the first place - and Tim Harper recognizes that Duffy, Wallin and Patrick Brazeau are just the latest cases in point as to why the answer is an emphatic "no".

- Finally, The Regina Mom points to the sudden decision to close Regina's historic Connaught school as another sad example of an alarming trend toward non-consultation - while offering a petition in response.


  1. Anonymous8:48 a.m.

    To all,

    "The Big Shift" is a fraudulent work, authored by experienced court flatterers.

    The Conservatives won because they alone promised social stability, economic growth, and jobs. The rest capitulated or became distracted.

    Of course, it also helped that Conservatives have a healthy disregard for the Media Party. Not content with fawning coverage that portrayed Michael Ignatieff as the second-coming of Pierre Trudeau, the Conservatives funded a broad information campaign that shamelessly & successfully redefined their main rivals.

    The NDP, IMO, were unwise to dwell on "the kitchen table". Such imagery had the effect of portraying the NDP as a negotiating - rather than administrative - political force.

    Thankfully, the NDP quickly corrected themselves. The leadership process introduced the political class to a broad stable of capable authority figures. It also produced the leadership of Thomas Mulcair, who quickly asserted the NDP as an unapologetic administrative political force.

    Of course, the NDP still lacks the resources to communicate directly with the Canadian public. So "the rabble" remain unaware of just how economically incompetent Stephen Harper & his Conservatives have demonstrated themselves to be. They might also remain unaware of the corrupt culture of entitlement & exploitation that Justin Trudeau & his Liberals continue to engage in.

    With your continued & sustained donations, the NDP can inform Canadians about BOTH its own virtues AND their fatal deficiencies. That would lead to a REAL "Big Shift".

    Give them no quarter,
    Dan Tan

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