On Friday, November 1, immediately following Harper's address to the Conservative Convention, the Pros & Cons teach-in took place. rabble.ca was glad to host the livestream of the event. Watch the rebroadcast of the livestream to hear from a range of provincial and national speakers about a different vision from the one being shared at this week-end's Conservative convention: one that focuses on progressive policies for people and the planet.
Right wing politicians in Ontario are championing "right to work" rules, measures designed to weaken unions in the name of prosperity. Similar laws have lowered wages in the United States and the middle class is shrinking. Is there a lesson here for Canada? Veteran journalist Bill Gillespie travels to the USA to discover the impact of "right to work" laws on working people.
With the next federal election a little more than two years away, it is time we started asking the Liberals and New Democrats what kind of government they will deliver if either one can bounce the Conservatives from power.
It would be unwise to underestimate the Conservatives' devious political smarts, but it increasingly looks like we may have a dramatic change in Ottawa -- perhaps a Liberal government.
Twice the same day recently I heard this, spoken in dismissive rage: "That idiot, Harper" and "that fool in Ottawa."
In my decades watching politics, I've found that tone of voice is more indicative of political fortune than either polls or rational argument.
One speaker was a fisherman, angry at ham-fisted fishery management reforms, the other a guy who fixes houses for sale and had just been told by his bank manager that uncertainty over EI changes made an already catastrophic real estate market in Western Nova Scotia even worse.
Both probably voted for Harper last time, and neither thinks much about politics -- the type of "Tim Horton's crowd" voter the Conservatives target.