A blog about the mechanics of elections in Canada: votes, candidates, dollars, and so on. Projections, models, insights.
(Short on time? The projection is at the end of the post – search for “one-week projection” or scroll down.) Over the past few elections, the increasing number of polls being published and the increasing sophistication of polling aggregators like CBC Poll Tracker and 338CanadaContinue reading “Projecting the 2021 Election, One Week Out”
The deadline to nominate candidates for the September 20th election has passed, and for the first time in two decades, the Green Party has failed to nominate a full slate. On August 15th, I raised the possibility that the Greens might fall short, nominating somewhereContinue reading “Greens Fail to Nominate Full Slate; up to $1,000,000 of Public Funding At Risk”
In my previous post, I discussed the possibility that the Green Party of Canada may not run a full slate in the 2021 election, and could potentially lose hundreds of thousands of dollars of public funding as a result. Why? The reason lies in Canada’sContinue reading “Slate Canyon: Expense Reimbursements and the Dilemma for Small Parties”
A blog about the internal democracy of political parties in Canada: candidate nominations, policy development, and so on.
In a National Post column published August 31, Maxime Bernier lays out his reasons for leaving the Conservatives and forming his own federal party. Urging Canadians to learn about public choice theory, Bernier claims that Canadian politics has been hijacked by interest groups, whose lobbying has “corrupted”Continue reading ““Emperor Max” is No Solution”
In an earlier post, I reported that the Green Party of Canada had taken the unusual measure of adding partisan commentary directly on its ballots for this year’s pre-convention voting. The pre-convention vote has now been tallied, and the results closely match the partisan ballotContinue reading “Green Party Vote Result Mirrors Partisan Ballot Comments”
Authoritarianism isn’t always obvious. Sometimes, it infects an organization slowly, progressing for years before members realize (or admit) what has happened. If you’ve ever had a gut feeling that something just isn’t right with your organization’s leadership, think back to the last time a memberContinue reading “Signs Your Organization is Authoritarian (Part 1: Deflecting Criticism)”
Power and Mind
A blog about how power works, how we share it, and how our minds get in the way. Political psychology, economics, and so on.
When we talk about the economy, the subject of efficiency seems guaranteed to come up. People are constantly concerned about efficiency, and being perceived as “inefficient” or “wasteful” can be a deadly blow to a politician or a policy idea. In this environment, it’s easyContinue reading “Efficiency and the Road-Trip Economy”
A blog about the hidden messages, motivations and alliances behind the political events of the day. (Coming soon)
(This post is the second in a series. Previously, I examined Singh’s claim about Abortion Rights.) At the first Leader’s Debate on Sept 12th, 2019, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh proposed four “points of difference” between the NDP and the Greens. One of his claims wasContinue reading “Singh’s “Points of Difference”: National Unity”
During the Maclean’s–CityTV leader’s debate on September 12th 2019, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh contrasted his party with the Greens by naming four alleged points of difference between the parties. Are those differences legitimate?
An article published September 21st on ipolitics.ca carried the headline More Canadians than ever support Green Party. Reporting on an EKOS poll, the article quoted pollster Frank Graves as saying the party was “doing as well as they ever have”, with support “around 10 points”, andContinue reading “A week before the GPC convention, a poll puts them at 10%. What’s the real story?”