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[NEWS] Five LGBTQ links: Chilliwack, Moose Jaw, Scheer, gay gene, Eurovision

  • After Chilliwack, British Columbia, decided not to put in place a rainbow crosswalk, two residents painted their driveway in that colour scheme. The Mission City-Record reports.
  • Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, has received a substantial investment to boost LGBTQ tourism. Global News reports.
  • Erica Lenti at Daily Xtra wondered if Andrew Scheer could make a meaningful apology for his opposition to marriage equality.
  • Lauren Strapagiel at Daily Xtra is critical of efforts to find the biological basis for non-heterosexualities.
  • Marke B. at them writes about the queer potential and challenges of Eurovision.

[NEWS] Five Canada politics links: Ruth-Ellen Brosseau, Caroline Mulroney, the right and the NDP

  • This editorial from the Globe and Mail makes the perfectly valid point that once-novice MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau is an excellent MP, the sort Canada needs more of.
  • As leader, Caroline Mulroney would be prepared to change the platform of the Ontario PCs if need be. The Toronto Star reports.
  • It turns out that outgoing Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown’s claim to have boosted paid membership of the party to 200 thousand was off by 70k. The National Post goes into more detail.
  • At the level of the national Conservatives, Stephen Harper’s admission that he knew of the claims of sexual harassment against MP Rick Dykstra could potentially be very damaging for the party. The Toronto Star reports.</liL
  • Is now really the right time, Susan Delacourt wonders at the Toronto Star, for left-wing populists inspired by Bernie Sanders to make a bid for control of the NDP?

[NEWS] Five notes about Canada, from GG Julie Payette to lobster sent to China to Syrians in Ontario

  • Paul Wells reports on the process leading up to the selection of astronaut Julie Payette as Governor-General.
  • At MacLean’s, Scott Gilmore notes that the reluctance of the Conservative Party of Canada to embrace gay people is a big problem.
  • VICE notes that the lobster of Atlantic Canada has become a prominent feature of Canada’s trade with China.
  • Toronto Life shares photos from a four-day vacation of a Syrian refugee family that took them across Ontario.
  • CBC notes that the tourism sector in Jasper is wanting for workers, because of low wages and a high cost of living.

[NEWS] Some Tuesday links

  • The BBC notes an attack on a vegan restaurant in Tbilisi by meat-eating nationalists.
  • Bloomberg notes a slur by a German populist against a non-white soccer player, reports on Sweden’s economic boom, Looks at rail investment in India, and notes Southeast Asia is beating out China as a destination for Japanese investment.
  • Bloomberg View looks at reform in Tunisia’s Islamist movement and notes the lack of private foreign investment in Greece.
  • The CBC notes anti-gentrification sentiment in the Montréal neighbourhood of St. Henri, resulting in the looting of a gourmet grocery store.
  • MacLean’s interviews Sebastian Junger on his theory that PTSD is rooted in the problems of modern individualism.
  • The National Post looks at an anthropologist’s discovery of ancient hobo graffiti.
  • Open Democracy notes the Europeanization of Estonia’s Russophones.
  • The Toronto Star contrasts the responses of the NDP and the Conservatives to their election defeats, and notes how older Chinese couples are now using fertility treatments to have their second child.

[NEWS] Some Saturday links

  • Bloomberg notes Chinese interest in Australian housing is starting to drop, observes that Miami’s condo boom is likewise slowing down, observes rising migration to the United Kingdom, notes a stated European Union refusal to compromise the deal with Turkey, and reports about Russia’s search for export markets for its chicken.
  • Bloomberg View notes China’s problems with launching itself as a pop culture exporter, and looks at the fragmentation of the European Union’s digital markets.
  • CBC notes that apparently Mars is emerging from an ice age, and reports from the Conservative party’s national polic convention.
  • The National Post notes that, after photos of Chinese students in a mountain village climbing almost a kilometre on a ladder to get to school, this village might get stairs.
  • Open Democracy hosts an unconvincing argument that universal basic income will make recipients lonelier.
  • Urban Ghosts Media shares photos of abandoned radar stations in North America along the Arctic.
  • Universe Today wonders if there could be life on Kepler-62f.

[NEWS] Some Saturday links

  • Bloomberg notes California’s dependence on oil imports, looks at how Libya’s internal divisions limit oil exports, observes the devastation of Fort McMurray, reports on EU-Turkish disputes on visa-free travel, observes the problems of Belarus’ banks, and reports on Kenya’s closure of Somali refugee camps.
  • Bloomberg View talks about how the Venezuelan military should be kept out of business.
  • Daily Xtra notes the internal struggle in the Conservative Party to accept same-sex marriage.
  • The National Post notes an arson attack against Canada’s only sex reassignment clinic.
  • New Scientist reports on a suggestion that life might have begun on Earth at a very early date.
  • The New York Times notes the impact that the marriage of the American consul-general in Shanghai to a Taiwanese man has had on China.
  • Open Democracy describes the worsening situation in Turkish Kurdistan.
  • Wired notes that Huawei was too eager to copy everything about the iPhone, even screws which aren’t very good.

[LINK] “Retrospective on the CPC, redux”

jsburbidge writes about what he says as the worrying flashy populism underlying the Conservative Party of Canada under Harper.

My own take is that this reflects three extremely problematic driving forces which have nothing to do with “conservatism” per se but which have been constant underlying strains in the CPC: populism, control, and an approach which is constantly small-scale, tactically, political (in the sense of always campaigning, not Aristotle’s sense of the word or anything like it). And it’s shaped, within that context, by a base which looks a lot like Rob Ford (minus, admittedly, the substance abuse problems): somewhat bigoted, not very bright, anti-intellectual, angry and sure that someone else is to blame.

In a notional phase space of political attitudes, conservative parties in the West seem to have wandered into a particularly nasty local maximum, where the core is resistant to any attempt to move away but there is a significant gap over to the majority of voters in the middle and left: culturally xenophobic, anti-elitist, attached to an energy-based, carbon-heavy lifestyle which is on its way out. (The old archetypal Tory was a member of the elite, originally a member of the landed classes and latterly a lawyer connected with high finance or the corporate world. Recently Canada and Ontario have seen “pure” career politicians like Harper and Manning, with a golf pro as the only successful provincial Conservative leader since Bill Davis.) This has been made even more marked by the move towards direct election of leaders, which favours populist appeals.

The old split between “social conservatives” and “economic conservatives”, although still present, has become overshadowed in North America by a form of fused ideology which combines xenophobia and nostalgia for a “simpler”, idealized society (from the social side) with a championing of small government and a small-business rhetoric on the economic side, along with a tendency, in power, to support the 1% while deploying populist propaganda. Although this is more emphatic in the USAn Tea Party, it’s a reasonable summation of much of the CPC under Harper, and it certainly looks as though it describes the bulk of its base.

To say nothing of the centralization.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 5, 2015 at 3:01 am

[LINK] “Is this the worst time in Canadian history for Conservatives?”

TVO’s Steve Paikin looks at the position of the Conservatives after last week’s federal election. They are weakened, badly, but they can still bounce back.

[O]f all the provincial and territorial legislatures in Canada, Conservatives are governing where approximately 1.7 million Canadians live — about five per cent of the population.

Federally, it was a clean sweep for the Liberals in Atlantic Canada — there are zero Conservative MPs left. In Quebec, just 12 of 78 seats are Conservative; in Ontario, just 33 out of 121; from Manitoba to British Columbia, it’s 54 Conservatives out of 104 seats, which sounds not bad, until you remember the Liberals are now the No. 1 party in B.C. and Manitoba, and have penetrated Fortress Calgary with two seats — the party’s first in the Alberta city since 1968.

So things seem hopeless, right?

Not so fast. Thirty years ago, there were no Liberal governments anywhere in Canada. None. The Liberals were out of power in Ottawa, and in every provincial legislature in the country. But in Ontario, the Liberals’ David Peterson became premier after the 1985 election and from there, the landscape changed. Eventually, what hurt Conservatives on Oct. 19 could be their salvation: that moment roughly once every decade where voters say “enough” to the party in power and give another party a new chance. And if the federal Conservatives choose wisely for their next leader, they could be back in the game sooner rather than later.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 30, 2015 at 8:53 pm

[LINK] “The economy is in good shape, so why is support for the Conservatives slumping?”

Building from Éric Grenier’s latest metapoll at Three Hundred Eight predicting that, all things being equal, the Conservatives’ low of 29% support would mean that a federal election would easily result in a Liberal minority government, Andrew Coyne in the National Post argues that the exceptional unpopularity of the Conservative Party has to do with its style of governance.

If today both Mr. Harper and the party he leads are actively disliked by more than seven voters in 10, it may be because they have gone out of their way to alienate them in every conceivable way — not by their policies, or even their record, but simply by their style of governing, as over-bearing as it is under-handed, and that on a good day.

When they are not refusing to disclose what they are doing, they are giving out false information; when they allow dissenting opinions to be voiced, they smear them as unpatriotic or worse; when they open their own mouths to speak, it is to read the same moronic talking points over and over, however these may conflict with the facts, common courtesy, or their own most solemn promises.

Secretive, controlling, manipulative, crude, autocratic, vicious, unprincipled, untrustworthy, paranoid … Even by the standards of Canadian politics, it’s quite the performance. We’ve had some thuggish or dishonest governments in the past, even some corrupt ones, but never one quite so determined to arouse the public’s hostility, to so little apparent purpose. Their policy legacy may prove short-lived, but it will be hard to erase the stamp of the Nasty Party.

Go read the whole thing.

Written by Randy McDonald

May 11, 2013 at 2:59 am

[LINK] “Social conservatives have gained little ground in Stephen Harper’s government”

Toronto Star columnist Chantal Hébert makes a good argument to the effect that the Conservative government of Canada, small-c conservative though it may be, has not been allowed by its leader the prime minister to fight American-style culture wars. The question is whether the party will it continue not to do so after Harper’s departure.

There has never been a federal government caucus as dominated by social conservatives as the one that Stephen Harper currently leads.

Yet, over his tenure, they have failed to regain an inch of ground on abortion rights and they have lost the same-sex marriage battle.

Just last month, the majority of Conservative MPs who would have wanted to reopen the abortion debate were defeated by a majority in the House of Commons that included the prime minister himself.

[. . . ]

Even as Harper exercises iron-clad control over his government, his position on social conservative issues is a minority one within his caucus. The recent vote on abortion rights provided a graphic illustration of that reality.

[ . . . T]he Harper decade has not been kind to Canada’s religious right and some of its members are hoping that payback time will come upon his retirement. Many see Jason Kenney as a promising flag-bearer. The immigration minister shored up his social conservative credentials when he voted a few weeks ago to revisit the legal status of the fetus.

The battle over Harper’s succession could be a watershed moment for the Conservative party. Notwithstanding mainstream Canadian public opinion, it is not necessarily immune to the kind of fratricidal battles that have crippled the Republican Party in the United States.