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Ottawa-West Nepean Liberal Nomination

The inside scoop is that the Liberal Party of Canada is looking for "star" candidate to replace David Pratt to take on John B. 

There are three unimpressive local candidates running, but they have been fighting for this nomination tooth and nail and yet the Liberal party has absolutely no intention of letting any of them be on the ballot come election time.

I hear that, apparently, the party is forcing the riding association to delay the nomination until they can find a star candidate and will then force the other nominees to drop out.

Very interesting. 

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Sep 28, 2010

The faux populism of Tea Party North

Toronto mayoral candidate Rob Ford is backed by Harper Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. The faux populists plan to turn public anger into power for themselves, and use the political process to do it.
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We Need Perpetual Democracy

Rick Salutin writing about the politics of hope and fear, recognizs that "This is partly due to our political system: We get to vote occasionally for leaders, then leave it all in their hands, leading to excessive reliance on "them," and turning on them when things don't gel. A political culture of blame and rage is the upshot, rather than shared responsibility and the will to keep going. What could change that? Something more ongoingly, truly democratic, perhaps."

Once we realize that too much political power in the hands of a few politicians will inherently corrupt, we must look for an alternative form of governance.

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Any other progressives backing Ford?

Am I the only progressive who will be voting for Ford? I like his populist leaning and I'm tired of voting for liberals who've almost always failed us. I was cheering for Joe, but Ford seems more fiscally responsible. I'm willing to give him a shot.

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