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The two major national parties in Canada are the Liberals and the Conservatives. The third national party is called "The New Democratic Party" or NDP. The party has just selected this guy, Jagmeet Singh as their leader ... Jagmeet Singh wins NDP leadership race on first ballot He will become the first Sikh to lead a national party. Singh attracted some national and international attention for how he dealt with a finger-wagging heckler at one of his leadership campaign meetings last month. A video went viral and most likely contributed to his win ... Of course, not everybody is enamoured of the turban-sporting socialist lawyer and martial artist, not least the folks at Canada's Rebel Media. Here is a counterpoint to the self-absorption of the left ... which is having a Trumpgasm over Singh and the symbolism of his win. And one for the ladies ...
Bloomberg has a short Trump-whisperer item on the President's supposed impatience with negotiations to "update" the North American Free Trade Agreement. Trump’s Impatience Emerging as Biggest Threat to Nafta Agreement Some of you may have read the earlier report in which he instructs General Kelly that he "wants tariffs" ... while his weepy loser staff won't bring him tariffs. That report could be 100% shit, and since said tariffs were to be imposed on China, not perhaps pertinent. The Bloomberg story could be shit too, yet the President has been clear since the campaign that NAFTA is the shittiest deal the USA has ever signed. The upshot of the story is his purported wish to withdraw from the trade deal. That kind of talk gets Canadians antsy, since these are among the biggest trade flows on the planet, somewhere around the trillion dollar mark. Or so the could-be-lying bean counters tell us. Whither NAFTA and the USA-Canada relationship? I don't believe Trump wants to punish Canada as much as he does Mexico, but in the end, why not? Why not punish Canada for fucking you guys over? This is a boring topic, trade between the two giant geographies, and my belief that compromise will occur may turn out to be falsified. Is Bloomberg under the giant umbrella FallSnooze? Zzzzzzzzzz ...
The next Canadian federal election is slated for this October 19 -- a shorter season than in America, and different also in that the current Parliament still rules until the arcane machinery of 'the dropping of the writ," which dissolves Parliament and signals the big official campaign. Our Prime Minister will initiate the dropping of the writ in mid-September. As with the polling of GOP and Democratic contenders for your 2016 primary elections, we rely on today's polls at our peril. But I thought I would highlight the latest opinion from the analytic site ThreeHundredEight.com. In a nutshell, the New Democratic Party (the quasi-socialist party that swept to power in Alberta recently) has a narrow 3 point lead over the other two dominant national parties. The ruling Conservatives may be in deep trouble. Much may change between now and October, but with the Alberta election as evidence, many things undreamed of may yet come to pass. Here's a link to a Tory Woes story in the Vancouver Province newspaper, and a graphic from 308 that depicts a scenario for the next Parliament. (I am almost thinking I should issue a call for guesstimates as has Adam regarding the final matchup in your Presidentials, but I don't think anyone besides me and Jules have interest enough to lay qualified bets. Jules, is your skin crawling yet? What the hell can explain these numbers?) As the image says, Cliquer pour plus d'information.