Election 2011

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Jul 22, 2011

The 'liberal media' exposed

Dwayne Winseck
This is not a free press. This is bad for democracy. The fact that a shackled press now stands to an extraordinary degree singing their praises from the same hymn sheet should give us pause.
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May 19, 2011

Our challenge, democracy

Trish Hennessy
The future of our democracy, the future of Canada, is not only in the hands of the politicians. The future rests with each and every one of us. Democracy is a wheel. Let me roll it to you.
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May 18, 2011

Championing progressive values

Trish Hennessy
Challenge for progressives: How to change the conversation from 'who is best able to manage the economy' to 'what kind of Canada will the next generation inherit?'
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May 17, 2011

Dividing Canadians

Trish Hennessy
The politics of fear delivered some new voters into Stephen Harper's hands. How did it send new voters into the arms of an orange wave?
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May 11, 2011

Breaking down vote splitting in this election

Ken Boessenkool and Brian Topp
Those in the Liberal Party and some of their apologists have tried to de-legitimize the election outcomes by pointing to vote splitting. But that is not the story of this election.
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May 11, 2011

Voting for the faceless stranger

Sharon Fraser
I've voted in many federal elections, always NDP. As often as not, I've marked my X beside a name I didn't recognize, someone who had never knocked at my door, someone who, I knew, lived far far away.
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May 10, 2011

The perils of 'strategic' voting

Erin Weir
In every federal election that I can remember, the Liberals have appealed for strategic voting. A major flaw in this logic is that relatively few ridings are close Liberal-Conservative races.
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May 10, 2011

Reflection on the election

Andrew Jackson
The bottom line for me is that the NDP, if they are to gain a majority, will have to retain the new Quebec base and turn about 50 of their many second-place finishes in English Canada into wins.
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May 9, 2011

How much will Harper cut?

Erin Weir
Some progressives worry that the new Conservative majority will dismantle the Canadian state. In fiscal terms, it is looking like the lame sequel to a movie that Canadians have seen before.
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May 9, 2011

Will the NDP become the new Liberal Party?

Murray Dobbin
Almost since he was elected NDP leader in 2003, Jack Layton has mused about replacing the Liberal Party as the official opposition. Just what does it mean for Canadian politics?
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May 6, 2011

Time for Sheriff Stephen to cull the herd

James Laxer
Sheriff Stephen can't skate, but he does know how to cull a herd. After his big win, the Sheriff sat on a fence post and mused about the future and the past.
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May 6, 2011

The Official (orange and pink) Opposition

Gerry Caplan
Like so many others, my brain has been scrambled since Monday night. Too much, too fast, too unexpected to digest. Let me try to impose some order on my intellectual chaos.
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May 5, 2011

Some thoughts about Ruth Ellen Brosseau

Brian Topp
I've never met Ruth Ellen Brosseau, the new Honourable Member representing the good people of Berthier-Maskinongé in Parliament. But I do have a few thoughts to offer about her.
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May 5, 2011

Jack Layton's success is good news for Canada

Brian Topp
When the time comes, hopefully in a few short years, we will be looking to Conservatives to accept their replacement by a fearlessly (if prudently) progressive government.
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May 4, 2011

A progressive paradox for Quebec and Canada

Eric Pineault
Those of us that might want to see a silver lining in the dark clouds ahead and talk of a 2015 breakthrough for the NDP must consider the following points.

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