Liberal Deathmatch, Day 2: One Member, One Vote?
It's really kind of odd that all of our passes have our pictures on them, yet votes on the constitution involve people holding cards up and little old ladies counting. It's all very grade school.
The Research Process and other tales from the frontlines of Historystudentdom.
Josh: I'd like to hear about them in your blog: more minutae!because we'll all hear so much about leadership anyways ...an: Yeah. I'll be going to the one member one vote thing for sure.Josh: do you think that the Liberals woud lose something if they did away with such conventions?an: They would lose the media bump, maybe, but thats about it.It would be a change of sorts, but not a bad one I think.And there would still be a convention, it would just be smaller.Josh: yeah, the Conservatives have a good model, I suppose.as long as the youth continue to get 1/4 of the votes under OMOVan: I actually don't know if I like that.Josh: youth get 1/3 right now, eh?an: yeah.Josh: I think that youth have different positions on policy than older people do. Generally they're more liberal. And with the state of Canadian politics today, the alternative is a party controlled by geriatrics.Sent at 12:25 PM on Thursdayan: Perhaps, but that's not the reason why I think that the youth currently have so much suport.I think it has more to do with them being keen and willing to work really hard for tshirts.Josh: absolutely.and it's a culture within the Liberal party that is working to groom the next generation of Cabinet Ministersbecause this is a party that knows it's going to be in power in 60 years, and wants to be ready
The cabinet is willing to back the more expensive option of replacing the Trident nuclear deterrent with a new system, rather than prolonging its life, the Guardian understands. The decision, expected to be finalised in a fortnight, is backed by Gordon Brown and Tony Blair.
Wow, the Katimavik 'irregularities' are such a transparent hatchet job:The federal government ordered a sweeping audit of Katimavik after financial irregularities and questionable spending were flagged at the government-funded youth-service organization. Some of the "anomalies" discovered were excessive meal claims, expensed Christmas gifts to staff and costs for a conference trip for two to Ghana.
Executive director Jean-Guy Bigeau says a $270,000 bank-balance discrepancy between what the government calculated Katimavik should have on hand and the corporation's actual balance was due to a serious accounting error by a rookie officer who was fired two weeks after the mistake came to light.
We're talking about a $20-million programme.
To put that in perspective, the Auditor-General is criticizing National Defence for more than $65 million in overpayments for pilot training with the "National Defence—NATO Flying Training in Canada" Programme - DND is paying a private contractor to deliver this program, but doesn't have as many people enrolled as projected, so the private contractor pockets the difference.
I cite that program to show that the Conservative cuts are ideological: programs they don't like are cut on efficiency grounds, while programs they do like continue to waste money.
Greg Suchan, the senior State Department official leading the current negotiations, said he hoped a solution could be found, but stressed his government controls access to its military technology because "we have a feeling in our gut" about the link between nationality and possible threats.
"I understand there is concern here in Canada about the treatment of nationality," Mr. Suchan told a symposium on Canada-U.S. military co-operation. "If somebody is a citizen of a country that is very, very problematic for export-control purposes, we need to take that into account."