Canada's Next Federal Election

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Sure would be nice to see this kind of federal NDP representation from Eastern Canada in the upcoming federal election


laine lowe wrote:

When did Avi Lewis move from Toronto to Vancouver? It is not surprising and it's an asset for the NDP.

They live in Half Moon Bay on Sechelt Peninsula in the Salish Sea. Joni Mitchell has had a residence in Half Moon Bay for forty years or so. A beautiful place to live and definitely not Vancouver but only one ferry away from the main part of the riding and a short seaplane hop into downtown.


The New Democratic Party Has to Be as Radical as the Times Demand



Another possible riding for the NDP on the North Shore is Burnaby North Seymour where popular North Vancouver District Councillor Jim Hanson is running as part of the Jagmeet Singh-led NDP Team
Svend only lost by 3.17% last time.


Liberals block first step to universal dental care


Since dental care is private in Canada, many people with low and middle incomes are unable to access routine care. In 2018, one in three Canadians lacked dental insurance and over one in five avoid the dentist each year due to financial constraints. This lack of access is a serious problem. When preventative cleanings and early treatment are neglected, oral health deteriorates, which has consequences that extend beyond the mouth.

Poor oral health has been shown to cause or worsen many general health conditions like heart disease and diabetes, among others. Missing front teeth or visible decay can make it difficult to find employment. Further, living with dental pain can make it difficult to sleep or to focus at work.

When people are unable to afford dental care, they often end up turning to their doctor for relief. In 2014, doctors' offices were visited every three minutes and emergency departments every nine minutes by patients seeking treatment for dental pain. Nationwide, this problem is estimated to cost $150 million annually, while patients are left still needing treatment by a dentist.

Economic trends show the number of people who are uninsured is rising as many retire and lose work-related benefits. Additionally, more people work in the precarious gig economy, which does not provide benefits like dental insurance.

The financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has only made things worse. Before the pandemic in 2019, the parliamentary budget officer (PBO) estimated this dental plan would help 4.2 million people. An updated estimate from the PBO in October 2020 showed this number jumping to 6.5 million as people lost income and employment during the pandemic.

The dental plan is estimated to cost $1.5 billion per year. With only half a per cent increase in health-care spending, a lot of dental neglect and the resulting pain and suffering could be alleviated or even prevented. Further, the plan could ease some of the financial hardships Canadians are facing by allowing people to use their health card rather than their credit card to access dental care.

Through implementation of a wealth tax, this plan can be paid for by more affluent Canadians, whose wealth has increased by a staggering $78 billion during the pandemic.

Given the indisputable evidence supporting the need for the proposed bill, it is clear that if the Liberals truly cared about access to dental care, they would support the modest NDP plan. With a 2019 poll showing 86 per cent of Canadians are in support of a dental plan for the uninsured, it is time the Liberals to put some teeth into medicare.

Brandon Doucet is a dentist practising in Nova Scotia with interests in surgery and public health and the founder of Coalition for Dentalcare.


NorthReport wrote:
Let's make it happen!

Bad timing. Top issues for the next election are climate change, income inequality and economic recovery.

We aren't going to have, 4 billion on student debt, + a national daycare program+pharmacare+dentacare+basic income+address climate change. Leastways you won't convince Canadians that can all be done in 4 years. 

The NDP needs to be razor focused on a few top issues not be the champion of all that is good. 

PS I forgot homelessness


NorthReport wrote:
The Trudeau Formula

Your link didn't work.  Let's hope the one below does.  The book sounds fascinating.


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Philippe J. Fournier: The latest federal election projection shows the Liberals falling short of a majority, with an outcome eerily similar to the results of the 2019 election

The Liberals win an average of 163 seats, seven short of majority status, but only six seats above their 2019 results. While the Liberals remain dominant in Atlantic Canada and continue to lead in seat-rich Ontario, their only potential seat gains as currently projected would be found in Quebec, where the LPC averages 38 per cent and 41 seats. Nonetheless, let us remember that the Liberals won 35 Quebec seats in 2019 (and 40 in 2015). Given that the Bloc Québécois support remains in relatively good shape (just under the 30 per cent mark), it is rather unlikely that the Liberals can find many more seats to gain in the province.


To wit: The NDP’s current polling average in Ontario stands at 20 per cent, three points higher than its 2019 result in the province. Should the NDP’s vote in the next federal actually match its polling results, a net gain of six to 12 seats would be entirely plausible—and most of those seats would come at the expense of the Liberals. In the past week alone, both the Angus Reid Institute and Léger measured NDP support above the 20 per cent mark nationally, and even had the NDP getting the support of one in four Ontario voters (25 per cent from Angus Reid and 24 per cent from Léger). With such numbers, a complete 25-seat sweep of Toronto would be almost impossible for the Liberals (unlike in both 2015 and 2019 federal elections). Without a harvest of Ontario seats similar to those of 2015 and 2019 for the LPC, a majority would simply be mathematically out of reach for Justin Trudeau.

This is consistant with every analysis I've seen that takes the time to look at what ridings the Liberals would actually have to win to get a majority. They need the BQ or the NDP to collapse. I don't know enough about the situation with the BQ but I've heard/read very little saying this is likely to happen. The NDP has been mediocre but it's not hard to make the case to NDP-Lib swing voters that a Lib-NDP minority with improvements to CERB and EI has been objectively better than a Liberal majority that spent billions on leaky pipelines. My family is full of those swing voters and unlike most of the elections I can remember, everyone is pretty much in agreement on this one.


The Liberal's have also topped out in BC and will do well to hold all the seats they won last time. The NDP needs to have a breakthrough in Ontario if the countries political dynamics are ever going to change. The NDP betrayed its Quebec MP's by muzzling them so I am afraid they are not going to be a force there for at least another election cycle.


The NDP's decided that Quebec, the province that gave it its best result ever a decade ago, isn't worth seriously competing in. It's part of the "Settle for less! Fourth place isn't so bad, historically! We have official party status! That's something!" strategy the party's been wedded to for the last 5 years.


Do not vote for any political candidate supportive of Apartheid Israel, no matter how common the practice may have become among 'progressives' here.