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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Quebec Provincial election October 1, 2018 on: October 21, 2017, 11:27:14 pm
Couillard trying to shake things up with the veil ban? Disgusting prick.

Not good numbers for QS, funny to seem them doing as well with non-Francos as with Fancos.

Rather to kill the idea, by passing a bill that doesn't work and will have to be amended and will make nationalists look bad.
Media covers it as "the public transit muslim ban", which isn't popular with most people.
2  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion: Trudeau II on: October 21, 2017, 02:50:31 pm
Morneau is walking back some of the proposed tax changes and is cutting the small business tax rate.

I'm not a fan of the small business tax cut or the original changes, but geez Dippers, this must be killing you watching "progressive" party cutting corporate taxes.

The current NDP policy on small businesses is built around 2 elements:
1. Lowering small businesses tax rate to 9%
2. Lowering the transaction fees businesses have to pay to when a customer uses debit/credit.
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Quebec Municipal Elections 2017 on: October 19, 2017, 02:38:40 pm
When Coderre refers derisively to Projet Montreal as “that clan from the Plateau”, it can’t be very helpful to candidates running under Coderre’s banner in the Plateau

True, but he somehow found candidates who are good embodiments of the Plateau and its culture. There was a decent amount of crossover vote in 2013, but I wonder if things will be more partisan this time around.

I would argue Coderre found good candidates in areas where his party is weak, but I think that's also the case for Projet Montréal.
4  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Clinton ridicules Sanders & say she is committed to build a winning Dem party on: October 18, 2017, 07:44:31 pm
No good reason? She was asked about the party becoming the party of "identity politics" and rightfully lambasted Sen. Sanders who has said since the defeat in November that Democrats need to be quiet about "social" issues and primarily focus on economic ones so we don't piss off triggered snowflakes in the Rust Belt. She beat him soundly in the primary so clearly her way is the way the majority of the party wants to go.

Hillary Clinton lost because of who she is, not her policies.

Sanders can go minimize the concerns of racial minorities in 99.9 percent white Vermont.

You know what would help minorities to get out of poverty and blighted inner cities? Left-wing economics instead of sucking up lilly-white Wall Street.
Once again, populist leftists scapegoat the financial industry upon which everyone depends and portray a false narrative in which the only way to help working class people is to focus exclusively on their interests and create a class war.
PS. You can't win an election with just working class people. Most Americans aren't working class.

Indeed. We must focus on everyone, instead of only Wall Street.
5  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Anti-corruption Maltese blogger killed in car bomb on: October 18, 2017, 02:57:11 pm
She reported on the Panama Papers. This was the FSB.

You know who wasn't a fan of immediately blaming Russia for everything? Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Quote
I knew immediately this would happen when Prime Minister Muscat used the general election campaign to turn an internal, domestic Maltese government matter – the ownership of Panama company Egrant Inc – into a diplomatic incident by accusing the Russian government of meddling in Malta’s general elections, and claiming that the Pilatus Bank whistle-blower was a spy for the Russian government, deliberately causing trouble for him on Putin’s instructions.


https://daphnecaruanagalizia.com/2017/08/malta-cannot-prevent-russian-holding-russian-passport/

Indeed, there is a foreign country gaining from Maltese corruption, but that's not Russia. It's China.
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Politics and Elections in the Netherlands: coalition agreement presented on: October 18, 2017, 02:54:29 pm
Our new CDA (!) Minister of Justice seems to have a very #woke Twitter account lol.

(zo is het = that's how it is)

He reminds me of my old social science teacher in high school. The man was so obviously left-wing on everything but he somehow voted CDA. It seems like we've found the Dutch version of Badger Tongue (assuming his Republican avatar indeed is unironical).

There also are some interesting tweets about Rutte (comparing his austerity policies to sh**tty tape), Pechtold ("political weather vane"), Wilders (illiterate), far-right voters (also illiterate) and Grolsch beer (assholes without compassion who are even more tasteless than the beer they brew). I hope he continues tweeting Smiley.

What's wrong with that tweet? Is anything stated in the picture false or wrong?
7  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Clinton ridicules Sanders & say she is committed to build a winning Dem party on: October 18, 2017, 02:53:00 pm
No good reason? She was asked about the party becoming the party of "identity politics" and rightfully lambasted Sen. Sanders who has said since the defeat in November that Democrats need to be quiet about "social" issues and primarily focus on economic ones so we don't piss off triggered snowflakes in the Rust Belt. She beat him soundly in the primary so clearly her way is the way the majority of the party wants to go.

Hillary Clinton lost because of who she is, not her policies.

Sanders can go minimize the concerns of racial minorities in 99.9 percent white Vermont.

You know what would help minorities to get out of poverty and blighted inner cities? Left-wing economics instead of sucking up lilly-white Wall Street.
8  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: British Neo-Nazi reveals he is gay, had Jewish mother on: October 18, 2017, 12:00:57 am
Well, gay and neo-nazi in the 80's wasn't especially special. He isn't the only one in that situation, far from that.


Edit: sorry, wanted to post a reply but modified instead, Kalwejt.
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Quebec Municipal Elections 2017 on: October 17, 2017, 02:28:34 pm
The guy running for mayor for coalition Montreal is a former Tory candidate? Wikipedia says they are a "centre-left" party though...

They scrape what they can, now one of their candidates is in trouble for saying then feminism is a mental illness.


Ahh. Should change their ideology to "alt-right"

Is it possible that the party was hijacked? I imagine it couldn't be that hard to hijack a municipal party.

Maybe, but hijacked by Coderre himself? it's a personalist list "Equipe Denis Coderre" so I think anyone from the centre to right wing who are looking for a name to jump onto and a vehicle to be elected tried to run for the nomination under his list. Most of the candidates/Councillors were from the old Union Montreal which says it was centrist but looked more centre-right.

We're not talking about Coderre's party, we're talking about Coalition Montréal.

And now their mayoral candidate is suspending his campaign and endorsing Valérie Plante (Projet Montréal, left-wing), to not divide the anti-Coderre vote.
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian by-elections, 2017 (next event: Vancouver City Council: Oct 14) on: October 14, 2017, 11:06:22 pm
10/53 polls.  Bremner jumps into a big lead with 42% of the vote, Fry in second with 17%.  Vision Vancouver's Diego Cardona at 9.6%

NPA has 5 of 9 school board positions, Green 3 and one Vision Vancouver.

The orger is quite stable now. NPA, Green, leftovers of COPE, "OneCity" and then Vision
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Icelandic Snap Election, 28th Oct 2017 on: October 14, 2017, 02:16:15 pm
Wait, they voted no confidence in him because of something his father did? That seems a bit unfair...

And then tried to hide what his father did.
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: South Australian state election: March 27, 2018 on: October 11, 2017, 10:54:31 pm
That ReachTel poll is for the Liberal-held seat of Hartley, which Xenophon is contesting, not the entire state... no reason why it seems implausible to me.

A Galaxy poll has him ahead 53-47.

https://blogs.crikey.com.au/pollbludger/2017/10/11/galaxy-53-47-nick-xenophon-hartley/

Good. We just need Liberals a few points higher.
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Quebec Municipal Elections 2017 on: October 11, 2017, 01:59:56 pm
The guy running for mayor for coalition Montreal is a former Tory candidate? Wikipedia says they are a "centre-left" party though...

They scrape what they can, now one of their candidates is in trouble for saying then feminism is a mental illness.

Ahh. Should change their ideology to "alt-right"

Is it possible that the party was hijacked? I imagine it couldn't be that hard to hijack a municipal party.

Probably, their main campaign plank is to reduce taxes by 10% by delaying road works, asking government to transfer some city powers to the Metropolitan Community (spliting the bill between 82 towns, instead) and by a tax on people using water to heat or climatize their home.
14  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Quebec Municipal Elections 2017 on: October 10, 2017, 11:34:41 pm
The guy running for mayor for coalition Montreal is a former Tory candidate? Wikipedia says they are a "centre-left" party though...

They scrape what they can, now one of their candidates is in trouble for saying then feminism is a mental illness.
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Quebec Municipal Elections 2017 on: October 06, 2017, 04:33:03 pm
No vote for me this year, both my mayor and my councillor were reelected without opposition.
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: NDP Leadership Convention 2017 on: October 06, 2017, 03:46:24 pm
I think the NDP was going to be in a tough bind to hold the 16 seats they won in Quebec no matter what.  It is more can they make gains in BC and Ontario and perhaps pick up a few in Saskatchewan and Manitoba (note at the last federal election, provincial NDP was doing really badly in both provinces but has somewhat rebounded since).  Also any seats they do win in Quebec will probably in Montreal rather than the regions of Quebec and in Montreal people are a lot more open to diverse candidates than in the regions of Quebec.  Also much like Quebec Solidaire, their support in Quebec will likely be strongest amongst millennials who are far more open and tolerant as opposed to the older pure laine who after Jack Layton died probably weren't going to go NDP again anyways.

I don't feel much bigotry in my remote region of Quebec. It's more in rural area near to Quebec City.
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: NDP Leadership Convention 2017 on: October 06, 2017, 03:09:14 pm
Interesting poll from Angus Reid: http://angusreid.org/new-ndp-leader-jagmeet-singh/

Some highlights:

-69% could vote for a Sikh man who wears a turban & kirpan (only 53% of Quebecers)
-78% of 2015 NDP voters could so so (higher than the Liberals!)
-Singh has a +34% approval rating!! (60-26)
-54% think Singh's religion will hurt the NDP's electoral chances Sad [good thing most Canadians aren't political strategists] 

Basically, there is room to grow for the NDP under Singh, but not so much in Quebec Sad

I would say 53% is higher than the NDP ever got and it can only go up, given how sikhs are unknown in Quebec.
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian by-elections, 2017 (next event: Vancouver City Council: Oct 14) on: October 03, 2017, 04:21:09 pm
FWIW Louis Hebert was once the PQ's strongest seat in the Quebec City area. The almost won it in 1973 and the won it by massive majorities in 1976 and 1981 when it was represented by Claude Morin - one of Levesque's closest confidantes.

Then Louis-Hébert was much more to the east, too.

Yeah, not the same riding at all. Jean-Talon covers what was then Louis-Hebert. Though, Jean-Talon is a fairly safe Liberal seat right now. Weird.

Jean-Talon also includes very wealthy Sillery.
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian by-elections, 2017 (next event: Vancouver City Council: Oct 14) on: October 03, 2017, 02:45:13 pm
FWIW Louis Hebert was once the PQ's strongest seat in the Quebec City area. The almost won it in 1973 and the won it by massive majorities in 1976 and 1981 when it was represented by Claude Morin - one of Levesque's closest confidantes.

Then Louis-Hébert was much more to the east, too.
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Quebec Provincial election October 1, 2018 on: October 02, 2017, 01:40:27 pm
Last PQ congress agreed to not hold a referendum in their first term, so I would assume their campaign wouldn't be about that.
21  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Israel general discussion on: September 29, 2017, 03:32:23 pm
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.814579

Elor Azaria's sentence reduced to 14 months by IDF Chief of Staff.
Great news, though it remains a disgrace that he was sentenced for doing his job in the first place.
This is objectively false because it's not only not his job but also against the rules, but we shouldn't get into that.
I do not deny that it was against the rules of engagement, which reflects badly on these rules of engagement rather than on Azaria, but Israeli soldiers are there to neutralize (preferably once and for all) terrorist threats and keep Israel safe, and that's exactly what Azaria did. Gmar hatima tova.

That's nonsense and you know it.
22  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: If Catalonia received independence would it ultimately unite with Andorra? on: September 29, 2017, 03:31:01 pm
Seems unlikely. The Andorrans have chosen to stay independent this long; why would Catalan independence change that?

It's in the link I shared.

The historic and official language is Catalan, a Romance language. The Andorran government encourages the use of Catalan. It funds a Commission for Catalan Toponymy in Andorra and provides free Catalan classes to assist immigrants.

Mother tongue %
Catalan   38.8%
Spanish   35.4%

I know they speak Catalan in Andorra. But they also speak Spanish and have never expressed the slightest desire to join Spain. Moreover, nationality is about more than language, else why wouldn't Austria merge with Germany? Or Luxembourg with France? Or, maybe most to the point, San Marino with Italy?

Luxembourg main language isn't French, but Luxembourgish.
23  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia has gone from cheapest to most expensive power on: September 20, 2017, 01:51:28 pm
which parts do you think are incorrect?

I think it's an opinion piece. Yes, energy prices are higher, but their analysis of what causes it is merely opinion. There is also handpicking of numbers.

For exemple, Quebec, not using coal, is at 8.92 c, lower than anyone on that table.
24  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia has gone from cheapest to most expensive power on: September 19, 2017, 06:56:50 pm
It's not privatization that is making their rates go through the roof.  Read the linked article.

So, we should believe the Australian equivalent of Fox News at face value?
25  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Marseille Acid Attacks injure at least two on: September 18, 2017, 04:52:38 pm
Another train attack in France?

Nor terrorism and in the hall, not the train. Just a crazy woman with mental health issues history throwing HCl at a group of tourists, pretty much.
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