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Public policy researcher/writer & speaker. Former director of a social justice research institute. Blog at Author of forthcoming book A Good War
24 Jun
My latest piece: As we emerge from one crisis and confront the next, Let Youth Lead, Serve and Vote via @TheTyee #ClimateEmergency… Thread follows...
As the young people in our society come to the end of a school year unlike any before, and those in their teens and early 20s in particular wrestle with what the coming year or two will look like, Canada’s Second World War story has some useful guidance to offer. 3 ideas 👇
1) Let youth lead: As in the war, youth are once again mobilizing to secure our collective future. More than any other generational cohort, polling indicates millennials understand the climate crisis & want to see real action. Help is on the way, and we should support it.
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1 Dec 19
Two "westerners" offer up a new idea for renewing confederation while rising to the climate challenge. My new piece with @GilMcGowan: a modest proposal… via @NatObserver
@gilmcgowan @NatObserver The equalization formula isn’t the problem; it’s more or less operating as intended. The latest Alberta budget itself boasts, if Alberta taxed individuals and corporations at rates comparable to other provinces, it would have “at least $13.4 billion more in taxes.”
But Alb & Sask do have a legitimate case on a related point. When it comes to taking action on the climate emergency, it is true that some provinces are going to have to do more heavy lifting to reduce Canada’s GHGs. This transition will be more challenging in those places.
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31 May 19
Today the federal @NDP released the climate plan it intends to carry into the 2019 election. With a nod to the #GreenNewDeal excitement, the plan is entitled “A New Deal for Climate Action and Good Jobs.” My overall take – this is a bold & ambitious plan. THREAD 👇#PowerToChange
The website for the #NDP plan is here:
I like the strength of the language in this plan. NDP would declare #ClimateEmergency. They don't specifically say what GHG reduction targets would be for 2030 or 2050, but states that targets must be embedded in law & aligned with the science and what the IPCC says is needed.
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10 Nov 18
All the complaints about lack of information and clarity on the #ProRep referendum options are a distraction, aimed to sow doubt by the No side. The tactic is proving somewhat effective, but it is mischief. This thread seeks to outline why. #pr4bc #bcpoli
There is a plethora of good information & resources on the 3 reform options from Elections BC (in 14 languages) and from many other sources. We have created a webpage that serves as a helpful portal to many of them:
The No side seems to be simultaneously complaining that there isn’t enough consultation yet that there are too many choices on the ballot. Isn’t it good that we the voters are empowered to indicate our preferences for which type of #ProRep we most like?
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27 Oct 18
The NO side in referendum is making outrageous claims about representation, running ads that #ProRep will mean “time to say farewell to your local MLA” and “Pro Rep moves the balance of power in BC to Vancouver alone”. This is blatantly untrue, as I explain in this thread #bcpoli
These claims are a wilful misrepresentation of the 3 reform options on offer. Under all 3 pro pep models on the referendum ballot, EVERY MLA will remain accountable to either a local riding or a particular region of BC. Each system is structured to ensure this is so.
Moreover, each system on offer is designed to ensure that no region of the province will have fewer MLAs than it currently has. But it’s even better than that...
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26 Oct 18
This week the over-the-top fear-mongering of the NO side in the electoral reform referendum stepped over the line, hopefully doing some major damage to their credibility. Here’s a thread debunking the oft-repeated claim that #ProRep will enable far-right extremists #pr4bc #bcpoli
Under FPTP (the system we use), we have seen far-right parties not just win seats, but outright win gvt. Witness Trump (who lost popular vote 2 Clinton, and has Alt-Right elements in his White House) or BJP in India (an extreme Hindu nationalist party that won gvt w/ 31% of vote)
Or witness recent CND examples such as Doug Ford (who won w/ 40% of vote), and most recently Legault’s CAQ in Quebec (won gvt w/ 38% of vote, campaigning on anti-immigrant platform). Both new premiers express their willingness 2 invoke notwithstanding clause to override courts.
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