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canadian icon rené lévesque

the more i read and learn about the erstwhile separatist leader, the more i realize that had i been of the generation that he led, i would almost certainly have been an unstinting supporter of his policies and politics.  it's slightly heretical to say, but the guy really is quebec's tommy douglas.  a true visionary and a bedrock progressive, it's incredible the extent to which compassion and social justice formed the core of his entire political project.  like i've always had a sort of passive hostility toward the guy as the touchstone of quebec independence, but the more i learn, the more i realize that it's an attitude that has no sense at all to it, other than in the conceptual sense, as a concrete example of ignorance.

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Toronto-Danforth By-election

I would not be surprised if the by-election is held off as long as constitutionally possible, which I believe is 6 months (?)

Potential NDP candidates that come to mind: Peter Tabuns, Paula Fletcher, Marilyn Churley, Francis Lankin. Thoughts on who should fill in these monolithic shoes? Perhaps dipper friendly local activists like Cathy Crowe or Rick Smith?

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My conversation with Barbara Kay about Layton's State Funeral

Me:

There are no rules being broken. It is up to the PM.
I keep looking for a political edge Harper has gained from giving Jack a state funeral, but I don't see one.
Maybe he is just doing a decently humane thing.

BK:

The edge is avoiding the mobbing that the people gave the Queen when she didn't publicly grieve for Diana. "Show us you care," read their placards. So she strolled around looking at the flowers and teddy bears and looked sad, and the mob was appeased. That was the edge for Harper and I don't really blame him.

 

Me:

So what is wrong with the public grieving for one week over a public figure, especially one that 4.5 million people voted for?

 

BK:

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Who was the greatest Prime Minister Canada never had?

Until yesterday, Robert Stanfield (former Premier of Nova Scotia, former leader of the Progressive Conservative) held this honour according to pundits. However, the new name in this debate is Jack Layton( former Toronto city councillor, fomer leader of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, former leader of the New Democratic Party). 

Who you do you believe is the person most deserving is this title? (Other names are welcome of course). 

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Downtown East March to stop Ford's cuts

Aug 25, 2011
Allan Gardens
Sherbourne & Carlton
Toronto , ON
Canada
43° 39' 12.6864" N, 79° 23' 2.0652" W
Ontario CA
Join us for a free community meal, followed by a lively tour of Rob Ford's proposed path of destruction in the Downtown East!
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How Sweet it is: Canadians Reject Harper’s Big Fat Smear on Turmel

Two polls released today show that Canadians couldn't care less about Turmel's ties to the Bloc and QS, and that the NDP is actually gaining ground. Here's my analysis:

"In politics smears have a tendency to work. That’s why attack ads and mudslinging are the norm down south, and a growing trend here. It doesn’t really matter if an accusation is true, studies have shown that people are far more likely to pay attention to the original, shocking, smear than to any subsequent correction.

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Nature of politics and leadership

I have a question -- not an answer -- hopefully some people can share ideas as I'd like to see what people think can help.

Increasingly leadership of political parties has become more important and the type of leader you need to win more problematic.

Politics is not inclusive. It is easier for white middle-age men with specific speaking and communications skills who have financial resources to get the job. That is already a massive problem full of race, gender, income and age biases. Leaders often have to be somewhat pretty or have some desirable look.

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Quebec politics for dummies: l'affaire Turmel and why our media are lying to us about how Quebec works...

This is an article I wrote about the Turmel conniption fit in a teacup and how our media are lying to us, hope you like it!

 

"No surprise that the Conservatives would pick up smearing the leader of the Official Opposition where they left off with Iggy. Nor that they would do so to a lifelong Federalist who has never voted Bloc and voted No in both referendums, when their cabinet, like the Liberals’ before them, boasts several real former sovereigntists and Bloc members. After all, the Conservatives’ constant attempts to turn Quebec and the Rest of Canada (RoC) against each other for political gain are the chief threat to national unity in our country.

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Sheila Copps Come-Back

Seems no-one has commented on this in Babble yet.  I see this as big news and bad news for the Conservatives and NDP.  Sheila's maybe the one to bring the Liberals back. I saw her last at a banquet of the Canada-China Friendship Association in Ottawa.  Can't imagine Bob Ray there. Sheila may not be a R2Per (Resp. to Protest) and I can't imagine her writing a book "Exporting Democracy".

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Halo-halo: A workshop series for newcomer queer and trans youth

Aug 4, 2011 to Sep 17, 2011
519 Church Community Centre
519 Church St.
Toronto , ON
Canada
43° 39' 59.094" N, 79° 22' 52.0536" W
Ontario CA
‘Halo-halo’, a workshop series for newcomer queer and trans youth to understand the issues that we & our communities experience, and build our skills in community organizing.
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NDP Socialist Caucus Releases New Website

The NDP Socialist Caucus is a group of party members aiming to build a more participatory and socialist NDP. We have enjoyed a rapid increase in popularity, media coverage and support during the past few months. With successful interventions at the recent NDP Convention in Vancouver and the publishing of Turn Left, our official magazine, the Socialist Caucus is proud to announce the release of our new website (www.ndpsocialists.ca).

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