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Canada eh

The first 50 days

06.21.2011

What will Stephen Harper do with a majority government? That was the question on everyone’s lips just 50 days ago, after an election shocker gave the Tories their long-awaited majority with 166 seats. Oh, I heard all the platitudes. It won’t be so bad, people said. Give them a chance. They’re not so scary. They […]

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StatsCan: Hate crime is up

06.07.2011

The number of hate crimes reported to police increased by 42% between 2008 and 2009: While hate crimes remain primarily motivated by race (and black Canadians remain the most-targeted by hate crime), the data also showed the number of reported hate crimes perpetrated against Arabs and West Asians doubled (to 75 from 37). There was […]

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Good news, bad news

05.25.2011

The bad news? Bob Rae is the interim Liberal leader. The good news? He can’t be elected as long-term leader.

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Top 10 reasons why tonight’s results are bad for Canada

05.03.2011

Well, the votes are in, and Stephen Harper has his majority government. The right moves further to the right. The Tories, after spending five years walking all over Canadians as a minority, now get to walk all over Canadians even more as a majority. Harper believes – as he should, with these numbers – that […]

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It is what it is

05.03.2011

I want to write a long, rambling blog post about why tonight’s election had the worst possible results for Canada. But I’m too depressed. I’m going to sleep. Hopefully I’ll still recognize Canada in the morning.

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Election Predictions 2011

04.30.2011

With about 36 hours to go until the polls open, it’s time for me to post my totally unscientific, personal-opinion-only musings about the election and what the likely outcomes will be: The NDP will win 10 seats in Quebec. With polls showing an NDP surge in support, this could be the breakthrough that Jack Layton […]

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Stephen Harper hates women

04.20.2011

If you don’t have enough reasons to vote against Harper and the Conservatives in the upcoming election, here’s some scary food for thought: 4 out of 9 of Canada’s Supreme Court Justices have mandatory retirement dates within the next five years. Guess who appoints Supreme Court Justices? That’s right, the Governor-General in “consultation with” (read: […]

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Vote smart; read the platforms

04.17.2011

What does your party believe? I’d venture a guess that only a small number of Canadians who vote actually bother to read their party’s platforms… or the platforms of the other parties.  Even if we concede that politicians break campaign promises all the time, shouldn’t you know what your party is promising before casting your […]

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Musings on the US-Canada price gap

04.17.2011

A new BMO report suggests that on average, Canadians pay about 20% more for the same goods and services as our American neighbours do — even though the loonie is above par: BMO’s survey compared 11 items, including golf balls, Blu-ray movies, running shoes and cars. There is no denying Canada is smaller and that […]

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10 reasons to vote even if you don’t live in a swing riding

04.15.2011

I hear it all the time. Heck, I’ve even said it myself. In our first-past-the-post system, only a handful of the 308 ridings nationwide are really, truly up for grabs in the election. For the rest of us, it can be easy to say things like “my vote won’t count” or “it doesn’t matter” or, […]

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