Results of tonight's election in Quebec are in.
The Quebec Liberal Party has managed just barely to hold onto power in that province, winning a minority government--the first time this has happened in la belle province
since...well...since the year the phonograph was first patented. But there's an even bigger story. And that's the apparent collapse of the separatist Parti Québécois
vote, in favour of the centre-right Action Démocratique Party
, surprising just about everybody other than those who actually live in the province.
Here's the breakdown in the vote as of 11:00PM:
Liberal (32.50%) - ADQ (31.19%) - PQ (28.48%).
What these results mean for Canada's federal parliament---also in a minority situation---is anyone's guess at this point. The smart money is on Prime Minister Harper calling an early summer election. These results tonight would certainly give him reason to think that Quebec voters are in the mood for change. But like spring weather in these parts, things are quite changeable these days.
posted by runningdogofcapitalism
on Mar 26, 2007 -
On December 3rd, 2006 Canada's next Prime Minister will be decided by a few thousand delegates
at the Liberal party convention in Montreal (join for ~$10)
. Don't believe me? In the last 110 years of Liberal party history
only one leader has failed to become Prime Minister. No fewer than sixteen candidates met in Edmonton
last week. On the surface the candidates are making nice.
Ignatieff: "None of us, none of us are going to run against each other. All of us are running against Stephen Harper's vision of Canada."
It is even said that Bob Rae and Ignatieff are life long close friends
. That didn't stop the Ignatieff campaign co-chair.
David Peterson: "[Rae's] got some terrible burdens to overcome. One is his record and one is his loyalty."
Emphasis mine, and <more inside>
posted by Chuckles
on Apr 9, 2006 -
the candidate parachuted into Etobicoke by supporters who would see him as the next leader of the federal Liberal Party
of Canada, has just given a speech
outlining his vision for Canada, which is probably the forerunner to an official announcement about his candidacy. (Previously, on MeFi
.) If he runs, he will be up against Martha Hall Findlay
, John Godfrey
, and Maurizio Bevilacqua
who have all declared. Other contenders might well include Stéphane Dion
, Joe Volpe
, and hockey legend Ken Dryden
. Finally, the race appears to be hotting up.
posted by Zinger
on Mar 30, 2006 -
Things we already knew: Jack Block and his wife and fellow professor Jeanne Block (now deceased) began tracking more than 100 nursery school kids as part of a general study of personality. The kids' personalities were rated at the time by teachers and assistants who had known them for months. ... A few decades later, Block followed up with more surveys, looking again at personality, and this time at politics, too. The whiny kids tended to grow up conservative, and turned into rigid young adults who hewed closely to traditional gender roles and were uncomfortable with ambiguity. The confident kids turned out liberal and were still hanging loose, turning into bright, non-conforming adults with wide interests.
posted by caddis
on Mar 22, 2006 -
Conservative Blogs Rock!
NEW YORK In an argument sure to be challenged in certain sectors of the blogosphere, a story in The New York Times magazine coming up this Sunday declares that conservative blogs continue to best liberal blogs in political and electoral influence.
posted by Sagres
on Dec 9, 2005 -
--drilling beneath the headlines. A new webmagazine, offering expert in-depth coverage of current affairs as well as a variety of thoughtful, provocative content assembled from a progressive point of view. The site is built around major “digs,” led by authorities in their fields, who will drill down into contemporary topics and assemble packages of content... Robert Scheer
is editor in chief (you may know him from the SF Chronicle
). The current featured "dig" is on religion and homosexuality.
posted by amberglow
on Dec 2, 2005 -
A bushy-tailed morning in the quest for truth : MemeTank and dKosopedia
This morning, I wondered - where's the update to (the deceased) Steve Kangas' mighty liberal FAQ
? "Update?", thought I, "Well, this attempt
ran out of steam" Then..."Ah, a Wiki
!" Then, "well, isn't truth the point ?...shouldn't it be Bipartisan, or multipartisan ?" Daily Kos was just sniffing (May 28th) along that trail, it seemed....partway : "We hope the dKosopedia will become the progressive-political version of the Wikipedia, a political FAQ so to speak"
Would the "Dkosopedia" benefit from a less partisan stance ?
But, the MemeTank
rocks -with it's bestiary of Liberal/Progressive, Right Wing, and "other" memes and the (MemeTank's) "Meme Development Project
....This section is for people who want to invent new memes and try to encourage professional journalists to start using them."
posted by troutfishing
on Jun 6, 2004 -
Canada's current Prime Minister, running for re-election for the Liberal
party, suggests that voting for him will prevent us from being like the US in his latest television AD
campaign (sorry, they only make a WiMP 9 version available). Will your country be next?
posted by shepd
on May 26, 2004 -
Forget Fiction And Non-Fiction, Bud: Is The Book Liberal Or Conservative?
The National Review's
bestseller list (scroll down and click
) is starkly divided into "Conservative Bestsellers" and "Liberal Bestsellers". Is this a quirky innovation and deliberate provocation or just plain stupid and sad? Does such a dichotomy in fact exist? How would the literature of the world fit into such a classification? (This isn't the end of the world as we know it, is it?
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Apr 14, 2004 -
Is the American left regrowing its backbone?
Kurtz: For hard-core libs who are angry about impeachment, Florida, the war, the budget deficit, the tax cuts, the "bring 'em on!" president, the Texas redistricting and the California recall, Dean and Franken, in different ways, provide a welcome sense of relief. Finally, someone out there who feels their pain! Politics as group therapy, maybe.
posted by skallas
on Sep 4, 2003 -
Oh, I So Wish So-And-So Were On The Other Side!
Just move over, dude
! For conservatives, it's often the case that our allies are a damn sight worse than our worst so-called enemies. Here's a prime example, extremely rare
in its totality: an embarrassing piece by an embarrassing neo-con, John Laughland
, about an even more embarrassing neo-con, Michael Ledeen
, in a totally embarrassing magazine, American Conservative
. Do liberals and lefties have it any easier? Who are the Center's and the Left's most difficult-to-explain compagnons de route
dudes? Quite honestly - and although they're certainly not immune to the exquisite unease of political companionship - I enviously fear that they do.
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Jul 5, 2003 -
A group of rich Democrats plans a full daily slate
of liberal-oriented radio programming. The first major figure they're courting to do a show: Al Franken, who wrote a satirical book
about a certain right-wing radio host a few years ago. Want to hear smart, funny, liberal radio right now? Tune into Harry Shearer's Le Show
, available royalty-free to any station that will broadcast it, or online via RealAudio.
posted by Artifice_Eternity
on Feb 16, 2003 -
, experience the challenges of working in the liberal media. Fun but the politics are a bit heavy handed. [flash required]
posted by bobo123
on Jan 22, 2003 -
"Cops of the World": remembering Phil Ochs
Ochs lyrics: “We're hairy and horny and ready to shack. We don't care if you're yellow or black. Just take off your clothes and lie down on your back.'Cause we're the Cops of the World, boys. We're the Cops of the World.”------------ LISTEN to his songs
Amidst the unilateralist
talk of invading Iraq, and the (mostly media ignored) “biggest anti-war protests since the Vietnam War”
[quote-Wash.Post,Oct. 27] last saturday, I thought of Phil Ochs.
.....some of his songs [see Ochs lyrics index
] haven't aged well
, but some are still as searingly acidic
as the day he wrote them, as above or in ”Love me, I’m a liberal”
:“Once I was young and impulsive, I wore every conceivable pin...But I've grown older and wiser, and that's why I'm turning you in. So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal.” ------- Phil Ochs ------- (born 1940, suicide 1976)
posted by troutfishing
on Oct 29, 2002 -
Politics are allowed in politics, but there are limits, and there is a pale, and Metafilter has managed to deceive those limits, and sensationalize beyond that pale.
What makes this quote funny? It's automatically generated by this site
, which can add your name or website to any accusation of liberal bias you'd ever want. This will save so many people so much time.
posted by XQUZYPHYR
on Oct 14, 2002 -
"Whatever else is going on, the liberal-left alliance has taken as big a hit as the conservative-fundamentalist alliance after the blame-America remarks of Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson ... It may be [...] that the far left's bluff has been finally called ... For the first time in a very long while, many liberals are reassessing--quietly for the most part--their alliance with the anti-American, anticapitalist forces they have long appeased, ignored or supported." Andrew Sullivan in Thursday's Opinion Journal.
Strong piece, but is he correct? I've seen a few people reassessing here and there, but not a lot, at least not yet.
posted by aaron
on Oct 3, 2001 -
New Democrats or Old?
On one hand you have the New Democrats (Clinton, Gore), who's agendas are more centrist (some would say right leaning) but have had victories (Clinton being elected twice). On the other hand, the more liberal wings seem to say that it's better to stand on principle and convince the populace to come over to your side.
posted by owillis
on Jun 27, 2001 -