Elections

How Maritimers (Especially Nova Scotians) Pick Political Leaders

How Maritimers (Especially Nova Scotians) Pick Political Leaders

February 14, 2018 at 12:10 pm

I wanted more information about political leadership conventions in Nova Scotia and my googling kept leading me to the same door: that of retired Acadia University political science professor Ian Stewart. Stewart and a colleague, University of Calgary political science professor David Stewart, have literally written the book on theRead More

Cecil Clarke (Source: http://www.cecilclarke.ca/)

When One Elected Office Just Isn’t Enough

February 7, 2018 at 11:53 am

CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke has declared his candidacy for the provincial Tory leadership, which he intends to pursue while remaining mayor. Clarke points to Nova Scotia’s Municipal Government Act (MGA) which places no restriction on municipal officials seeking other offices. (Neither, it should be noted, does the Municipal Elections Act.)Read More

Cecil Clarke (Source: http://www.cecilclarke.ca/)

Off and Actually Running

February 7, 2018 at 11:46 am

One of the great advantages of citing I.F. Stone as an influence when you launch a news publication is that you never have to attend a political event — no press conferences, no port announcements, no chamber of commerce luncheons, no public meetings. Stone’s journalism was based entirely on theRead More

Today, Cecil met with grassroots Progressive Conservatives in Cumberland County! Support is growing for a Cecil Clarke candidacy! (Source: Facebook)

Off and…Possibly Running?

December 20, 2017 at 11:52 am

CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke wants to be the next leader of the provincial Progressive Conservative party and has been touring the province trying to determine whether anyone else wants to see him in that role. I’m guessing this means he is running. The alternative — that he will announce publiclyRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

December 8, 2017 at 10:30 am

Resign to Run? Resign to run laws are pretty self-explanatory: if you hold public office and wish to run for another public office, you must first resign the office you hold.  Five US states (Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii and Texas) and several cities (including Dallas, Philadelphia and Phoenix) have them.Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

December 1, 2017 at 11:09 am

Draft Cecil A “grassroots” campaign to draft CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke to run for the leadership of the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservatives has begun. The web domain “draftcecil.ca” was registered on November 14, even as the CBRM council was meeting in camera, at Clarke’s behest, to discuss the option andRead More

Election 2017: What Did Cape Breton Just Say?

Election 2017: What Did Cape Breton Just Say?

May 31, 2017 at 12:20 pm

What a night. Full disclosure: I went to bed at midnight, before everything was done and dusted but as the less interesting option — another Liberal majority — was looking very  likely. I say “less interesting” because the Danish television show Borgen has convinced me the only interesting governments areRead More

Dr. StrangeJob: Equalize This!

Dr. StrangeJob: Equalize This!

May 24, 2017 at 12:35 pm

Not all political parties are equal, but it appears that candidates from each of the three main provincial parties are equal in their use of social media. The Liberal party dropped a candidate over inappropriate Twitter comments. An NDP candidate was forced to resign because of inappropriate online statements, andRead More

Western lowland gorilla. (Photo By Jackhynes (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons, cropped)

Equalization: The 800-Pound Gorilla in This Election

May 17, 2017 at 12:30 pm

Scratch any problem in almost any municipality in Nova Scotia and you will likely uncover the same root cause: the province’s underfunded equalization program. I see you over there, covering your ears and singing. And you, pretending you’re engrossed in that hardware store flyer you just fished out of aRead More

Dr StrangeJob: Election Seasons Are Dangerous Times

Dr StrangeJob: Election Seasons Are Dangerous Times

May 17, 2017 at 12:10 pm

Elections are dangerous times. Don’t sit on your front yard or you may get skewered by a campaign sign. Don’t let your family pets near the street, lest they be spray-painted or asphalted over by zealous provincial road workers.  Fortunately for you, you are not alone during this perilous period: Dr. StrangeJobRead More