Open for Business: Canadian Politics 2019

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I think this is the Ford move that has infuriated me most yet: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/pc-government-tuition-fees-1.4981987?cmp=rss&fbclid=IwAR3P0OHq4xPbt91zSrIg7FYqKx16XQA1qGgiuihCPGnZM-KsTyuqcVrUtkM

At the same time that the PCs are cancelling a programme that would have made it possible for low-income students to attend university tuition-free, they are announcing an across-the-board 10% tuition cut, which might be good but afaict there is no plan to increase public funding for the universities.

Colleges and universities will be expected to absorb the loss in revenue, Fullerton said.

"They will make choices in terms of what they need to do," she said. "They will be able to determine what they need to do to change, to adapt and innovate."

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Sunday, 20 January 2019 02:32 (four weeks ago) Permalink

"They will be able to determine what they need to do to change, to adapt and innovate."

i.e. make up the shortfall with international student tuition

jmm, Sunday, 20 January 2019 03:06 (four weeks ago) Permalink

I would give my life with a smile if I knew it would make Ford and his allies drop dead tomorrow tbh

resident hack (Simon H.), Sunday, 20 January 2019 03:08 (four weeks ago) Permalink

this has been a fun story on the way to the possible collapse of the federal ndp (if jagmeet loses this byelection)

Jeff Bathos (symsymsym), Sunday, 20 January 2019 03:15 (four weeks ago) Permalink

which tbh I'm basically actively rooting for at this point

resident hack (Simon H.), Sunday, 20 January 2019 03:19 (four weeks ago) Permalink

obviously the tactics being deployed by his opponent are horrible but the NDP need a blaring signal that they're on the wrong track ASAP

resident hack (Simon H.), Sunday, 20 January 2019 03:20 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Lol @ "merely a statement of fact".

She's officially out, now that Richard T. Lee is the Liberal candidate, right? Or is she still going to try to run as an independent?

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Sunday, 20 January 2019 03:43 (four weeks ago) Permalink

her last tweet, a response to the controversy, was pretty egregious:

Every day Iโ€™m meeting more people on the doorstep from #BurnabySouth, having conversations with them and hearing their concerns ๐Ÿ—ฃ Want to be part of Team Karen and help me reach out to more Canadians in our community? Sign up here โžก๏ธ https://t.co/cThQel1YtB pic.twitter.com/pyVRLPX37i

— Karen Wang (@karenxbwang) January 16, 2019

Jeff Bathos (symsymsym), Sunday, 20 January 2019 03:50 (four weeks ago) Permalink

she's threatened to run as an indy but I doubt she will...there's also a horrible anti-trans candidate running with the people's party and polling at like 9%. Not great

Jeff Bathos (symsymsym), Sunday, 20 January 2019 03:52 (four weeks ago) Permalink

i followed the burnaby story but I'm out of touch, what's the wrong track the federal ndp is on, generally?

XxxxxxxXxxxxxxxxXxxxx (dylannn), Sunday, 20 January 2019 04:00 (four weeks ago) Permalink

imo they're much too timid and unprincipled an opposition force in general. they need a total messaging and leadership overhaul a la UK Labour. and nothing less than a pledge to keep the oil in the fucking ground. It's political suicide in....some parts....of the country but it's the right thing to do.

resident hack (Simon H.), Sunday, 20 January 2019 04:20 (four weeks ago) Permalink

and in the long run I think sticking to key principles across the board would win them the respect and credibility they badly need

resident hack (Simon H.), Sunday, 20 January 2019 04:21 (four weeks ago) Permalink

yup

Jeff Bathos (symsymsym), Sunday, 20 January 2019 04:38 (four weeks ago) Permalink

I had high-ish hopes for jagmeet and he's been really poor at differentiating himself and the NDP from the government.

Jeff Bathos (symsymsym), Sunday, 20 January 2019 04:39 (four weeks ago) Permalink

yeah. I was disappointed it was basically a coronation, but I was willing to give him a chance. his leadership has been a complete faceplant. we don't need another handsome, amorphous figurehead a la Trudeau heading up the only (currently) viable left force in this country.

resident hack (Simon H.), Sunday, 20 January 2019 04:55 (four weeks ago) Permalink

thanks, buddy. the number of actual jobs in oil and gas at the moment + future prospects for the industry, you'd think they could afford to take a principled stand, maybe especially after ndp premiers in alberta and bc fumbled their wishy washy attempts at green policy while endorsing pipelines? is this leap manifesto actually good? https://leapmanifesto.org/ i see alanis morissette and arcade fire have both signed on, also judy rebick, naomi klein and the ndp socialist caucus.

i know i know end of the world looming but i'd support a federal ndp that sidelined environmental policy and advocated for aggressive tax reform, pharmacare and dental, canceling student debt, free education, childcare program, investing in social housing, card check, maybe withdraw from nato, even if some of that would be mostly just advocacy and handled by provincial governments (right?). i just mean, i'm skeptical of pushing for good environmental policy without or before setting up alternative economic/social policy. so, i have to hope jagmeet loses this byelection, right?

XxxxxxxXxxxxxxxxXxxxx (dylannn), Sunday, 20 January 2019 05:13 (four weeks ago) Permalink

i'm skeptical of pushing for good environmental policy without or before setting up alternative economic/social policy

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resident hack (Simon H.), Sunday, 20 January 2019 06:01 (four weeks ago) Permalink

building a green economy won't alleviate the inherent contradictions of neoliberal capitalism, though. but yes.

XxxxxxxXxxxxxxxxXxxxx (dylannn), Sunday, 20 January 2019 08:16 (four weeks ago) Permalink

that post seems to be trying to disagree with something you didn't say, i think.

i agree, why not both.

XxxxxxxXxxxxxxxxXxxxx (dylannn), Sunday, 20 January 2019 09:07 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Worth noting that Labour has been one of the two leading governing parties in the UK since WW2 and has actually led successful democratic socialist governments at the national level in the past (and have still yet to win an election under Corbyn). A little harder to feel confident in the NDP's federal prospects if they tacked harder left but, if the point is that they wouldn't do any worse than they're doing now and might at least push the Liberals more to the left, I could see that. I'm still up for giving Singh more of a chance but I agree that he hasn't been exceptionally impressive so far and I'm unconvinced by how he handled the Erin Weir situation.

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Sunday, 20 January 2019 22:43 (four weeks ago) Permalink

I don't know if this exactly counts as politics but it does concern an investigation currently being handled by the OPP and reopened by the Chief Coroner and it is one gruesome story, about a 30yo man with serious mental health issues who died in prison for 'unascertained' reasons, according to the original coroner's report, with over 50 signs of 'blunt impact trauma'. A forensic pathologist says asphyxiation can't be ruled out. A fellow inmate says he watched four guards beat the man to death, after he had already been restrained. CBC's Fifth Estate has been investigating for a year and will broadcast a report in an hour and change, although reading this longform story seems pretty heavy in itself.

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Monday, 21 January 2019 00:44 (four weeks ago) Permalink

i.e. make up the shortfall with international student tuition

Btw, I'm not sure most universities will be able to make up the whole shortfall this way. The reality will likely be more painful. I'm anticipating more closures of 'less practical' programs, increased casualization of the faculty workforce (which was beginning to change at the end of the Liberals' tenure), and cuts to student financial aid. This thread, by a U of T English prof and former dept head, seems like a p good start:

A quick thread: why a 10 percent cut to ON tuition fees is disastrous news.

— Holger Syme (@literasyme) January 16, 2019

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Monday, 21 January 2019 00:55 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Are you still in town, Sund4r? Do you feel like sharing contact info? My ILX mail goes to a dead address, but I could mail yours.

I'm sure you're right about the additional funding repercussions. I'm wondering about my old department. A prof there commented on this as well: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-changes-to-ontario-tuition-are-unfair-and-short-sighted/

jmm, Monday, 21 January 2019 01:37 (four weeks ago) Permalink

I am. I think my ilx mail should work.

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Monday, 21 January 2019 01:38 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Ending the six-month post-graduation grace period before students need to pay back loans just seems mean for the sake of it tbh.

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Monday, 21 January 2019 01:40 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Could you post here if you're messaging my ilx mail bc I don't check that email as often?

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Monday, 21 January 2019 01:44 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Just sent!

jmm, Monday, 21 January 2019 03:06 (four weeks ago) Permalink

NDP (correctly imo) opposes Trudeau/Liberal policy on Venezuela: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/singh-ndp-liberals-venezuela-1.4991913

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Friday, 25 January 2019 04:37 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Good move.

resident hack (Simon H.), Friday, 25 January 2019 04:39 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Maduro has blood on his hands and I refuse to support a dictatorship simply because it aligns with my own political ideals, but there's no question that Canada shouldn't back the US's nth attempt at manipulation and destabilization in the region, especially when it involves Bolsonaro.

pomenitul, Friday, 25 January 2019 09:34 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Yes

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Friday, 25 January 2019 10:22 (three weeks ago) Permalink

open for business indeed

https://toronto.citynews.ca/2019/01/31/leaked-document-privatization-health-care/

resident hack (Simon H.), Thursday, 31 January 2019 19:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

sigh

silent as a seashell Julia (Sund4r), Saturday, 2 February 2019 03:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

is there wide support in Ontario for privatized health care?

Van Horn Street, Saturday, 2 February 2019 19:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

This one's up there with the most frightening dystopian scenarios, as far as I'm concerned.

pomenitul, Saturday, 2 February 2019 19:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

AFAIK that's not a popular proposal anywhere in the country

bhad bundy (Simon H.), Saturday, 2 February 2019 20:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Apparently the only less popular idea is killing all day kindergarten - since that idea was reversed the day after it first came out!

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Sunday, 3 February 2019 03:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Sad lol re OSAP changes fact-checking: http://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=132&v=0VywtVQ3hPU

silent as a seashell Julia (Sund4r), Sunday, 3 February 2019 21:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

goddamn fucking ONDP can't do anything right

https://ipolitics.ca/2019/02/06/ontario-ndps-improper-redaction-led-ford-government-to-leaker-sources/

bhad bundy (Simon H.), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 15:47 (one week ago) Permalink

RIP Paul Dewar :(

silent as a seashell Julia (Sund4r), Thursday, 7 February 2019 23:51 (one week ago) Permalink

Just saw that on the news. I always liked him.

jmm, Friday, 8 February 2019 00:12 (one week ago) Permalink

At the trivia contest I go to every year (47 tables tonight; we finished second, one point behind the winner), a variation on a standard American question: how many living Prime Ministers right now?

clemenza, Sunday, 10 February 2019 05:29 (one week ago) Permalink

Extremely drunk 2:30 am answer: Turner, Clark, Mulroney, Chretien, Martin, Campbell, Harper, Trudeau Jr?

silent as a seashell Julia (Sund4r), Sunday, 10 February 2019 07:36 (one week ago) Permalink

8 was also my guess but I'd be lying if I said I could name all of 'em

bhad bundy (Simon H.), Sunday, 10 February 2019 07:38 (one week ago) Permalink

You've got it. The thing that jumped out at me is that there's probably never been eight living presidents (currently five, about normal), even though it's us that doesn't have term limits. That list includes Chretien, who was if office for 10 years, and Harper, who was just shy of 10. What really skews our list is Clark, Turner, and Campbell. I'm not sure if totaled a year between them.

clemenza, Sunday, 10 February 2019 14:21 (one week ago) Permalink

"if they totaled"

clemenza, Sunday, 10 February 2019 14:22 (one week ago) Permalink

Public healthcare for the win?! (Maybe our PMs are just younger?)

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Sunday, 10 February 2019 16:51 (one week ago) Permalink

Definitely Clark--elected one day shy of 40, out of office within a year. Overall, I think ours are younger: Trudeau, Campbell, and Harper were all in their mid-40s when elected, so that's four out of the eight.

clemenza, Sunday, 10 February 2019 16:58 (one week ago) Permalink

him, Martin and Campbell also did not last long at all, so that's probably making up for the longer term guys.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Sunday, 10 February 2019 18:00 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah, US Presidents have term limits but also have minimum 4-year term guarantees, barring impeachment. (It still boggles my mind a little that when the President effectively 'loses the confidence of Congress', the government can just stay shut down for over a month without any change in leadership.) We would only have four living PMs if you excluded anyone who served for less than four years, as you guys are getting at.

silent as a seashell Julia (Sund4r), Sunday, 10 February 2019 19:06 (one week ago) Permalink

Government-sponsored leftist logic:

โŒ Wearing clothes from another ethnic group
โŒ White with dreadlocks
โŒ Blackface
โŒ Men building pipelines
= cultural appropriation, racism, toxic masculinity

โœ… Men wearing female dress and makeup
= diversity ๐ŸŒˆ https://t.co/xINlGwZnQe

— Maxime Bernier (@MaximeBernier) February 12, 2019

bhad bundy (Simon H.), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 15:02 (six days ago) Permalink

That's one way to come out as pro-blackface.

jmm, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 15:16 (six days ago) Permalink

It's a fairly common position in Quebec (and Europe), based on the notion that its symbolism varies from country to country.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 15:41 (six days ago) Permalink

It's worth nothing that, from what I understand, taking that position in Quebec is wrong. As you might expect, there was significant crossover between Canadian and American minstrel show performers.

https://theconversation.com/the-problem-with-blackface-97987
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/music/quebec-mps-motion-only-scrapes-the-surface-of-o-canadas-dodgy-origins/article28457416/

rob, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 16:18 (six days ago) Permalink

Justin Trudeau has never shown any reluctance to wearing clothes from another ethnic group tbf. Tweet = fake news.

silent as a seashell Julia (Sund4r), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 16:19 (six days ago) Permalink

He is nothing if not consistent: https://goo.gl/images/fdf8Yi

silent as a seashell Julia (Sund4r), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 16:33 (six days ago) Permalink

There's something funny about edgelording on Twitter and having to do it in both official languages.

jmm, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 16:37 (six days ago) Permalink

There's an obvious distinction to be made between imitation as respectful homage and imitation as violent mockery. Blackface has always been about the latter, even when it isn't performed on US territory. There are other ways of demarcating oneself from anglophone culture (which is a vague construct to begin with), for fuck's sake.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 16:57 (six days ago) Permalink

And yeah, bilingual edgelording is kind of hilarious.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 16:58 (six days ago) Permalink

We're going to end up with the Tories aren't we

( อกโ˜‰ อœส– อกโ˜‰) (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 21:48 (six days ago) Permalink


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