Comment on this Blog and You Could Win!

By Greg Farries on Sep 15, 2008

Here is your chance to win one of two gift-certificates to Chapters.ca!

We have invited a number of university academics, from across Canada, to write on the Maple Leaf Web Election 2008 Blog. If you register and post a comment on any of the Election 2008 Blog postings, your name will be entered into a draw to win one of two $50 gift-certificates to Chapters.ca.

Each time you post a comment, your name will be entered into the draw - so the more comments you post, the better chance you have to win!

This contest is open to anyone who registers and contributes a comment to the Blog between Sept 15, 2008 and Oct 14, 2008. A valid email address is required to register, and the two winners will be announced on this Blog (and in the MLW forums) on October 15, 2008.

Visit this page to register to comment on the Election 2008 Blog.

Good Luck!

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It says "anyone who registers"...

... but when I try to register I get a page I cannot access.

Seems a bit unfair.

Uniting the Left - A Possibile Future

MapleLeafWeb News Release: October 17th, 2008

Prime Minister Stephane Dion has appointed Jack Layton as Minister of Indian Affairs and Gilles Duceppe as Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec. In fashioning his coaltion government cabinet Mr Dion has given his coalition leadership peers the positions at the cabinet table that are closest to their hearts.

In a precedent setting arrangement the Liberal, New Democrat and Bloc Quebecios parties have created a united left leaning government and have given the 67% of Canadian voters that voted for them their voice in the Parliament of Canada. As the Green party did not elect a single MP they were not included in the coalition.

Reduced to official opposition status with 101 seats in the October 14th federal election the Conservative Party of Canada has launched a lawsuit against the Governor General, Liberal, New Democratic and Bloc Quebecois parties citing unfair backroom electioneering practices. Conservative leader Stephen Harper has also announced that he is stepping down as the leader of the party to pursue private interests. It is unknown who will run for the leadership of the Conservatives or when a leadership convention will be held.

The rest of the cabinet will be announced over the coming ten days but will be compromised of "la creme de la creme" of Liberal, NDP and Bloc MP's. It is anticipated that the throne speech will include most of the almost identical planks from the Liberal, NDP and Bloc platforms with the notable exception of independence for Quebec, which has previously been the foundation of the Bloc Quebecios. Citing a need to bring its voice into the Canadian Government and gain seats at the cabinet table the Bloc has taken a very bold step toward renewing itself and bringing a strong provincial voice to parliament.

The role of provincial representation in parliament has been traditionally reserved for the senate. This duplication of roles between the House of Commons and Senate will most certainly draw much needed attention to senate reform and possibly a mechanism for its replacement. An expanded House of Commons would simply need to knock a wall down, move the senate seats into the newly created space and recover the seats in green leather.

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