Saturday, October 12, 2019

NDP LEADER EMASCULATES HIS PARTY BEFORE THE OCTOBER 21 ELECTION



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With just over a week to go before the election, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh has made a rookie mistake and reduced his party to the tail trying to wag the Liberal-dog.

Singh has ruled out his party supporting the Conservative Party under any circumstances.

Because the Conservatives will not win a majority of seats in the House, based on current polls, the rules that apply to our Parliament provide that the next Prime Minister will be Justin Trudeau.

Even if the Conservatives won more seats than the Liberals (but less than 50% plus 1 of all seats), Trudeau will table a Throne Speech and the House will then vote confidence in him or withhold such confidence.

Because the Liberals will need support from other parties to gain a majority of MPs expressing support in his government, they will need MPs from the NDP, the Green Party and/or Bloc Quebecois to survive that confidence vote.

Singh has tabled his list of 6 Must-Haves for his party to vote confidence in Trudeau, and in doing so has shown his political inexperience and lack of politicial acumen.

The undemocratic first-past-the-post system we have means that the 25% or more of voters who cast votes for the NDP and Green Party effectively have votes that are almost valueless compared to votes for the Liberals or Conservatives.

THERE WILL NOT BE 25% MPs IN THE HOUSE TO REPRESENT THE 25% OF VOTES THE NDP AND GREEN PARTY WILL GAIN ON OCTOBER 21.

The single most critical thing that the leaders of the NDP and Green Party can do in a minority government situation (whether that government is a Liberal or Conservative one), is to use their votes to insist on the electoral system being changed from FPTP to the democratic proportional representation one.

Only this change will give equal value to the 25% of votes cast by Canadians for these two smaller parties. This democratic principle of each vote resulting in equal representation has been adopted by the most democratic governments in the EU.

BUT SINGH, BY HIS DECISION TO REFUSE TO NEGOTIATE A CHANGE WITH A MINORITY CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT, HAS CONDEMNED HIS NDP PARTY TO DECADES OF  BEING A PROTEST PARTY AND NOT A PARTY OF POWER IN PARLIAMENT.

Go figure!

If the Bloc does not vote in the confidence motion (as is likely), then the NDP will be forced to vote for Trudeau without any commitment to the electoral change removing FPTP (something Trudeau promised voters hundreds of times during the past election).

THE BEST HOPE FOR ELECTORAL CHANGE IN CANADA IS FOR VOTERS TO VOTE FOR THE GREEN PARTY RATHER THAN FOR THE NDP.

Ms May, leader of the Green Party, if she holds more seats than the NDP, and if neither the Conservatives nor the Bloc vote confidence in Trudeau, will be in the position to obtain a written agreement from Trudeau that provides these things:
1.      That Trudeau will in the Throne Speech commit to legislation that provides that the next election will not use the FPTP system but will use the proportional vote system of electing MPs;
2.     This law will also forbid Parliament to be dissolved by Trudeau until such time as the law changing the voting system has been passed and will apply to the next election

Only if this is done, will Canada be able to have a democractic election system.

Singh blew it with his rookie decision to not vote under any case for the Conservatives.

If May should publicly announce within a day or so that she will be proceeding as above, then hundreds of thousands of Canadians will switch votes from the NDP and Liberals and Conservatives to the Green Party.

This should give May the negotiation leverage to make sure every vote cast in future elections will result in equal representation. 

In doing so, she will earn her place in Canada’s political history as a major reformer of our undemocratic political system.

How about it, Ms May?



Saturday, August 10, 2019

Writers, how to test if your title for your novel is a really really good one

It's very easy to do.
Just go to Lulu Titlescorer (click here) and you can get some useful input on your choices.

Here's some of that Lulu offers:

Put your title to the test

Want to know if you've got a killer title for your novel? Now, for the first time in literary history, you can put your title to the scientific test and find out whether it has what it takes for bestseller success.
Are you brave enough to put your title to the test?

 THE LULU TITLESCORER: WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA?
The Lulu Titlescorer has been developed exclusively for Lulu by statisticians who studied the titles of 50 years' worth of top bestsellers and identified which title attributes separated the bestsellers from the rest.
We commissioned a research team to analyse the title of every novel to have topped the hardback fiction section of the New York Times Bestseller List during the half-century from 1955 to 2004 and then compare them with the titles of a control group of less successful novels by the same authors.
The team, lead by British statistician Dr. Atai Winkler, then used the data gathered from a total of some 700 titles to create this "Lulu Titlescorer" a program able to predict the chances that any given title would produce a New York Times No. 1 bestseller.
The fruit of this work is presented here, in the form of the Lulu Titlescorer: a program that you can use to gauge the chances that your own title will deliver you a New York Times No. 1 bestseller.

Go on! Try it!

Monday, April 22, 2019

Psst! Look this way, PM Trudeau: Hope is nigh


Trudeau’s policy of fighting climate change is under fire in the provinces:


In contrast, former federal Conservative cabinet minister James Moore said that the onus is on Trudeau to go back to the drawing board and come up with a way to fight climate change that isn’t a tax, or risk prompting a national unity crisis over the carbon tax fight.

“Please tell me that the plan that Justin Trudeau has been failing at for three-and-a-half years isn’t all they’ve got. They need to retool … and come forward with something reasonable that reflects the democratic reality of what we saw in Alberta on election night,” Moore said.


One way the Trudeau government can implement an effective global warming reduction policy is to employ the efforts of millions of ordinary people to take steps to achieve just that.

Yet when I suggested to the Trudeau government a few months ago a way to do that (using the GaiaHope Eco-Prize concept described in this post), their reaction was that they thought they had everything under control with their existing climate policies.

Perhaps now that so many provices have elected governments that oppose the main plank of Trudeau’s climate change policy, he might instruct one of his ministers to revisit the GaiaHope Eco-Prize concept, and go straight to the people to get them onside with steps to reduce CO2 emissions?