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Re: General Election: Oct 21, 2019
« Reply #125 on: September 21, 2019, 07:40:06 »
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Like the vast majority of Canadians we have the right to join a union and defend our jobs and working conditions. Sometimes, this aligns us with the broader labour movement — unionized workers in a variety of sectors who can and do take stands on many issues. We recognize that for them, this is fine. But it may leave some observers with a false impression of Unifor-affiliated journalists because we are under the same labour umbrella. While we have no doubt that our journalism is uncompromised by our union membership, others may see things differently.

Public perception of our work matters for us in a way that it doesn’t for workers in most industries. Having the trust of our audiences is what gives us credibility. And these days, the perception of journalists is not always great. This is magnified in an election year. Readers and politicians alike may harbour suspicions about the motivations of the journalists who cover politics, and their bosses. But we hope and believe that most audiences understand this fact: our professionalism and integrity are too important to be subject to the whims of our employers — or our union.

We have been watching with growing concern as the president of Unifor, Jerry Dias, has led a very public campaign against the leader of the federal opposition, Andrew Scheer, and his Conservative Party. When the head of Unifor speaks, many of our readers assume that his words reflect the views of his members, including media workers. Attacks aimed at any political party, leader or candidate can introduce doubt among readers about bias and the independence of journalists. Meanwhile, those on the receiving end of such attacks will gladly inflame such doubt to further their own agendas.

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Mr. Dias says that he and the national union office will carry on with an “aggressive campaign” to warn Canadian voters about the Conservatives’ “anti-worker” platform ahead of election day. As journalists first and foremost, we would like to make this point clear: On matters of partisan politics, Jerry Dias and Unifor do not speak for us.

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Re: General Election: Oct 21, 2019
« Reply #126 on: September 21, 2019, 12:59:37 »
It seems to me that Justin Trudeau has never been very observant of current events; not even within his own Party.  Long-time LPC supporter and National Post Commentator Stephen LeDrew has been criticizing Trudeau and his Government for over a year now.  His latest commentary on Trudeau's 'racism' and 'hypocrisy' is here (dated 19 Sep 19):

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Re: General Election: Oct 21, 2019
« Reply #127 on: September 21, 2019, 13:56:41 »
Suggesting this party is racist is a gigantic and disappointing leap for you to make.  Frankly, with a declaration like that, you are part of this toxic problem.  Reasonable debate on important issues can't even take place when one side screams racist because they disagree with a position.  If they were publishing hateful and racist material in their election platform, they would come afoul of the laws on hate speech.  Prioritizing skilled immigrants over unskilled is not racist.  Believing in less immigration than the LPC each year is not racist.  Opposing Trudeau's view that Canada has no core identity is not racist.  Almost all of the PPC candidates' Twitter and Facebook links are posted on their site, are you suggesting all of these people are racists or comfortable to be in a racist party?  There is an entire province that has taken ample steps to protect their identity - is that racist?

        “Racism is not dead, but it is on life support — kept alive by politicians, race hustlers and people who get a sense of superiority by denouncing others as ‘racists’”
— Thomas Sowell
 

Here's the thing- your reply is basically predicated on the line you used, "when one side screams racist because they disagree with a position". But that's not what I'm doing. I guess I'll accept the backhanded compliment that you're 'disappointed' - but the reason you're 'disappointed' to see this post from me is that this is not generally something I say. I don't shrilly call racism because I disagree with people. I absolutely don't need to resort to allegations of racism to criticise PPC's policies. I didn't use the term 'racist' because I have nothing else to go on. I described them as a racist party because in totality their views on a number of issues - and the prominence those issues take in their platform - paint that picture for me. You're basically ignoring the forest for the individual trees and putting each platform plank in a frictionless vacuum. I'm looking at the bigger picture and seeing something that I believe is pernicious, ugly, and based on some underlying racist attitudes shared by enough of their party to inform their policy. When one of their own candidates a bit over a week ago called publicly on Bernier to clearly and publicly repudiate racist and white supremacist attitudes in order to help clear that up and make it easier for him as a candidate to run for the party without that cloud hanging over him, the party instead booted him as a candidate. I firmly beleive the PPC knows who its appealing to and has decided that for the sake of votes they're OK with that.

The PPC are a joke for a host of reasons. The party's very existence is a tantrum manifest. They're dug to the bottom of some pretty gross barrels for candidates. They cannot keep their house in order; candidates and staff have been dropping out or getting punted all over the place. Bernier, in an ego trip, basically tried to forcibly cobble together a party too late in the game that would run a full slate, and some huge shortcuts have had to be taken... It's more amateurish than a former leadership contender for the CPC has any business being, but it is what it is. They have a fraction of a platform, with their biggest focus on immigration and identity not being grounded in demographic reality. Even aside from the populism and the identity politics, it's just flat out economically unsound.

So no, I don't need to call out the PPC as having racist motivations in order to critique their many issues. I callet it out because it came up in discussion here, and because frankly I felt it was worth saying. The rise of crass populism within our democracy is concerning. If identity politics is distasteful and tawdry when coming from the left, then it's sure as hell also distasteful and tawdry coming from the right.

I'm not sure why you asked about Quebec's policies, because frankly it's not pertinent to this at all. But since you ask, yes, I believe Quebec's recent legislative changes to try to repress religious minorities is similarly racist.

Xenophobia is alive and well in this country, and it has been re-emboldened. I'm not going to ignore it or pretend it isn't there.
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Re: General Election: Oct 21, 2019
« Reply #128 on: September 21, 2019, 15:23:50 »
 I would say that Salim Mansur, a PPC candidate, is probably one of the most thoughtful, intelligent and balanced people running for a seat in this election. Unfortunately, his party is not at all at his standard but the Conservatives dropped him because he spoke truth to powerful interests.

I’m looking for a good independent in my riding ( North Okanagan) to vote for. All the mainstream parties are ill. 
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Re: General Election: Oct 21, 2019
« Reply #129 on: September 21, 2019, 15:27:13 »
I would say that Salim Mansur, a PPC candidate, is probably one of the most thoughtful, intelligent and balanced people running for a seat in this election. Unfortunately, his party is not at all at his standard but the Conservatives dropped him because he spoke truth to powerful interests.

I’m looking for a good independent in my riding ( North Okanagan) to vote for. All the mainstream parties are ill.

That is indeed an unfortunate disqualification. It speaks to one of my earlier comments about how there will be some good people who have become sufficiently disenchanted with the major parties that they fall back on or are pushed to the PPC as a last resort that still presents as electorally relevant.
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Re: General Election: Oct 21, 2019
« Reply #130 on: September 21, 2019, 15:49:13 »
Latest poll tracker.

CPC with slight lead.  LPC seat rejection slips a bit.

https://newsinteractives.cbc.ca/elections/poll-tracker/canada/
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Re: General Election: Oct 21, 2019
« Reply #131 on: September 21, 2019, 16:33:22 »
If you look at calculates politics, even at the high end of seat projections the conservatives do not have the seats to win a majority.
 I wonder how things will work out if the Libs and the Cons both come in with ~140 seats each.
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Re: General Election: Oct 21, 2019
« Reply #132 on: September 21, 2019, 16:35:35 »
Latest poll tracker.

CPC with slight lead.  LPC seat rejection slips a bit.

https://newsinteractives.cbc.ca/elections/poll-tracker/canada/

Pretty long ‘tail’ on the weighting they assign. All by 15.7% of the weight is from the 17th or earlier. It’ll take a while for any significant events or shifts in support to be particularly reflected. Not a bad thing in and of itself when looking at longer trajectories, but not a good barometer from day to day swings when there’s ‘big’ news...
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Re: General Election: Oct 21, 2019
« Reply #133 on: September 21, 2019, 17:36:38 »
Well the Liberals have just mobilized the majority of gun owners to go help the local CPC candidate.

Not quite.  The Liberals have mobilized all the hunters to support them with a promise to leave them alone.

"And as we take concrete action, we’ll continue to respect Canadian hunters, farmers, and sport shooters. We will not bring back the long-gun registry. Hunters do not use or need assault weapons."
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Re: General Election: Oct 21, 2019
« Reply #134 on: September 21, 2019, 19:14:52 »
338 Canada is showing a significant change over the last two days in favour of the Conservatives.... The odds of forming government has gone from 80% Liberal / 20% CPC to 60%/40%. The Liberals had slowly moved up to 178 seats in the projections, and have now dropped to 161.

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Re: General Election: Oct 21, 2019
« Reply #135 on: September 22, 2019, 15:42:34 »
Eric Grenier's latest poll tracker.

https://newsinteractives.cbc.ca/elections/poll-tracker/canada/

One would think the LPC would have dropped more.
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Re: General Election: Oct 21, 2019
« Reply #136 on: September 22, 2019, 16:06:50 »
This Reuters story is reproduced under the Fair Dealings provisions of the Copyright Act. It is the only one of this nature I have seen and we should remember that one Robin does not make a Spring.

Canada's Trudeau campaigns after blackface images deliver blow to polling numbers

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau returned to the campaign trail on Sunday in his bid for re-election in October as polls showed his Liberals took a significant hit with voters after photos emerged of him in blackface.
FILE PHOTO - Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during an election campaign stop in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 20, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio
Trudeau has repeatedly apologized for the photos, which jarred with his oft-stated position that he wants to improve the lot of minorities in Canada and prompted accusations of hypocrisy.
Trudeau was headed for the Ontario city of Brampton, where 58% of the population is either south Asian or black. The Liberals took all five of Brampton’s seats in 2015 and need to retain them to stand a chance of winning the Oct. 21 election.
Before the photos emerged last week, surveys of public opinion strongly suggested Trudeau would beat the opposition Conservatives of Andrew Scheer, who is a legislator.
Now the polls have shifted and the Liberals are looking particularly vulnerable in Ontario, said pollster Frank Graves of EKOS Research, who said he would release his exact survey figures later this week.
The day before the pictures emerged, “the Liberals were at or very close to a majority” in the House of Commons, Graves said. “That’s completely turned around and maybe the Conservatives are in majority range now.”
“The Liberals’ Ontario lead appears to have evaporated almost overnight,” he added. At the end of August, the Liberals had a 15 percentage point lead on Conservatives Ontario, according to an EKOS poll.
Conservatives would now win 35.5% of the vote and the Liberals 32.9%, a Nanos Research poll released on Sunday said.
The theme of Trudeau’s campaign stop in Brampton is making life more affordable for Canadians, which had been one of the main thrusts of the campaign before the photo scandal.
Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland is due to attend a Toronto town hall hosted by the National Council of Canadian Muslims on Sunday. The council has accepted Trudeau’s apology after initially issued an angry statement.
Freeland has said she was saddened by the photos but stressed she fully backed Trudeau. Other Liberal legislators and candidates have also expressed unhappiness.
Insiders have dismissed the idea of anyone in the party mounting a challenge against Trudeau during the campaign, saying that would be tantamount to electoral suicide.
Reporting by David Ljunggren, additional reporting by Steve Scherer in Ottawa; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall

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Re: General Election: Oct 21, 2019
« Reply #137 on: September 22, 2019, 18:34:20 »
Red Liberals were never going to be moved by this scandal. The goal is to move blue Liberals right and orange Liberals left. If the Torries can cause enough vote splitting between the Liberals and NDP, particularly in the more multicultural ridings, then that's a win for them.
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Re: General Election: Oct 21, 2019
« Reply #138 on: September 23, 2019, 12:21:22 »
I don't think for a moment that hunters, farmers, and sport shooters will be duped by the Liberals fancy prose on this one. They're well aware that they're up next. Death by inches.

The Liberal's updated backgrounder now makes no mention of respecting the rights of sport shooters.

How will that affect the thousands of LEOs, military and other armed professionals who own and use personal handguns?  How will that affect competition shooters from IPSC to the Olympics?

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Re: General Election: Oct 21, 2019
« Reply #139 on: September 23, 2019, 12:38:00 »
The Liberal's updated {url=https://2019.liberal.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/292/2019/09/2019-backgrounder-guns-ENG-1.pdf]backgrounder[/url] now makes no mention of respecting the rights of sport shooters.

How will that affect the thousands of LEOs, military and other armed professionals who own and use personal handguns?  How will that affect competition shooters from IPSC to the Olympics?

You don't actually think they thought through the practical implications of this, do you?

Take for example giving munipicalities the right to ban guns in their boundries. Most municipalities do not own ranges for their police forces- most use civilian facilities. Most of those ranges will either cease to exist or will refuse to rent to Law enforcement agencies if this goes through.

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Re: General Election: Oct 21, 2019
« Reply #140 on: September 23, 2019, 12:57:26 »
Is it just me or are all the things that the Liberals are staring to promise, things that they could have very easily brought in during their last four years as a majority government? Seems to me all that they've actually accomplished is to legalize weed and initiate an unpopular carbon tax.

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Re: General Election: Oct 21, 2019
« Reply #141 on: September 23, 2019, 13:20:08 »
Is it just me or are all the things that the Liberals are staring to promise, things that they could have very easily brought in during their last four years as a majority government? Seems to me all that they've actually accomplished is to legalize weed and initiate an unpopular carbon tax.

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The Child Benefit they introduced is a decent success.

The free trade deal with the US and Mexico could also be pointed to but isn't ratified yet.

But even with that it is a pretty short list and yes a lot of what they are proposing could have been done in the last four years.   
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Re: General Election: Oct 21, 2019
« Reply #142 on: September 23, 2019, 13:35:05 »
Is it just me or are all the things that the Liberals are staring to promise, things that they could have very easily brought in during their last four years as a majority government? Seems to me all that they've actually accomplished is to legalize weed and initiate an unpopular carbon tax.

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Well, they also bought us our first pipeline for a few billion dollars, letting a big Texas based company off the hook.
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Re: General Election: Oct 21, 2019
« Reply #143 on: September 23, 2019, 20:37:38 »
An old photo of Stephen Harper in Indigenous garb is being misrepresented online

https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/stephen-harper-headdress-trudeau-blackface-1.5294119

In the wake of Liberal leader Justin Trudeau's blackface scandal, an image of Stephen Harper is being shared online showing the former prime minister wearing an Indigenous headdress and face paint.

Those posting the images are attempting to draw parallels between the images of Trudeau wearing blackface makeup and the photo of Harper. But Harper wasn't wearing a costume at the time — he was taking part in a ceremony naming him an honorary chief.

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Honestly I am surprised.  I would expect the CBC to twist this normally...
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Re: General Election: Oct 21, 2019
« Reply #144 on: September 24, 2019, 10:19:57 »
Some tidbits on other ways to cover elections and (at least one factor?) why we get the election coverage we get ...
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… The Boston radio station WBUR, for example, is polling people in its region to find out what issues they want the 2020 presidential candidates to address; these results will direct their coverage. The Dublin Inquirer took the same tack in its coverage of the local city election, boiling down its focus to 10 key issues; increasing the supply of social and affordable housing was number 1.

The approach is referred to as the “citizens agenda” by New York University journalism professor Jay Rosen, one of the most influential media critics in North America. He has excoriated the horse-race journalism that characterizes US media coverage (and, it should be said, Canadian coverage).

“A demonstrable public service, the citizens agenda approach puts the campaign press on the side of the voters and their right to have their major concerns addressed by the people bidding for power. That is the road not taken,” Rosen wrote last year.

The Stanford University Center for Deliberative Democracy, meanwhile, is behind America in One Room, a “nationwide Deliberative Poll,” where 500 citizen delegates are brought together to engage in a nonpartisan forum with presidential candidates ...
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Re: General Election: Oct 21, 2019
« Reply #145 on: September 24, 2019, 11:10:01 »
Munk Foreign Policy debate cancelled, as Liberal Party refuses to respond to invitation  [Link]
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Re: General Election: Oct 21, 2019
« Reply #146 on: September 24, 2019, 17:31:29 »
Remind me... these are the same guys that said Mr Harper was afraid to address the public last go round, right?
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Re: General Election: Oct 21, 2019
« Reply #147 on: September 24, 2019, 19:10:29 »
Remind me... these are the same guys that said Mr Harper was afraid to address the public last go round, right?
For the record from 2015, Harper took part in 5 debates, and declined 2.(source). 

We'll see what the final score for Team Red ends up being, with one debate already cancelled.  :pop:
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Re: General Election: Oct 21, 2019
« Reply #148 on: September 25, 2019, 07:22:56 »
Remind me... these are the same guys that said Mr Harper was afraid to address the public last go round, right?
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Harper, Mulcair, and Trudeau participated in the Munk foreign policy debate on 28 Sep 2015. 

It's available at LINK, if anyone is wishing Harper was back instead of Sheer.
(For some strange reason, Munk files their debates by the speakers' first names;  you'll find Stephen Harper between Stephens' Fry and Bannon.  :stars: )
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Re: General Election: Oct 21, 2019
« Reply #149 on: September 26, 2019, 10:08:53 »
I was at the all candidates meeting at the Glebe last night. Truth be told, McKenna handled herself well last night and so did Taman (NDP). The crowd was supportive of the Green candidate but that waned as the evening progressed. There was indifference shown towards the CPC and outright hostility towards the PPC. I'll give the PPC candidate kudos for showing up and stating her case but the crowd was having none of her pitch.

McKenna brought up Ford and Harper quite a bit which brought a snort from me and some eye rolling from folks sitting beside me. One person muttered under their breath "You've had 4 years!"

Lots of promises of net zero emissions by 2030 from both the Greens and Liberals. NDP has electric buses, green industry, blah blah.

I was sitting beside a couple (husband in the Foreign Service) who liked Taman but thinks Singh is too green and cannot stand Scheer so she'll be voting Liberal. The husband was a good federal civil servant and kept his thoughts to himself.

In the line-up heading into the hall was a fellow Cold Warrior handing out Communist Party of Canada pamphlets. I acknowledged his service as he did mine and I took a pamphlet. It was full of the usual stuff and to pay for it all was a 75% cut in the CAF. Some things never change.
Had to give him kudos for keeping up the cause though, because right on cue at the start of the introductions he caused a bit of kerfuffle yelling about the illegitimacy of the proceedings since all the candidates were not on the stage.
He was quietly escorted to the back of the room to hang out with the other also-ran candidates.