Wallace&Kempton講美國大選2012

November 15, 2012

美國2012大選戰果宣布之後,Wallace & 與我講一講大選戰果

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Once a globe-trotting diplomat, now a locally focused Dipper

May 11, 2011

For the record.

Once a globe-trotting diplomat, now a locally focused Dipper, Globe and Mail, May 10, 2011

Transition weeks are all about hello, goodbye, what’s the right form for that, and where do I go next?

As the Liberal caucus meets Wednesday, rookie MPs from all three parties are getting ready to take their seats in the House of Commons, even as defeated veterans pack their boxes and hug their departing staff. Becoming a new Member of Parliament is like starting up a small business: There are constituency offices to rent, parliamentary offices to staff, an Ottawa apartment to locate for those from away, many, many forms to fill out, and the sometimes-arcane rules of Westminster parliamentary procedure to master.

Here are three of the new faces you’ll find on the Hill when the 41st Parliament convenes in the coming weeks.

The MP Hélène Laverdière always favoured the NDP in private, but she was officially neutral as a Canadian diplomat posted in Chile, Senegal and the United States.

Now her political views are on public display as the 55-year-old is one of the most famous rookies in the NDP caucus that is taking Ottawa by storm. As she grabs her new ID card and gets briefed on parliamentary procedure in Ottawa this week, Ms. Laverdière is already known on the Hill as the vanquisher of former Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe. Read the rest of this entry »


Who is Afraid of Ai Weiwei? Lessons for Canadians #elxn41

April 3, 2011

April 3, 2011: Ai Weiwei detained by Chinese gov.

Have a watch of the full PBS Frontline documentary: “Who is Afraid of Ai Weiwei?

“All of a sudden, these people who’b been standing on the sidewalk, milling around doing things, turned out to be people who had come to have dinner with him [Ai Weiwei]. And everybody there knew that, by simply eating dinner there, it was an act of defiance.”

P.S. When I saw Ai Weiwei willing to risk his life in “Who is Afraid of Ai Weiwei?” in order to fight for a better China, I am ashamed of the low voters’ turnout in Canada. It pains me to see my fellow Canadians, young Canadians, adult Canadians, born with the rights to vote easily giving up their rights/privilege to vote and ignoring their duty to vote in elections.


GLOBE EDITORIAL: Stephen Harper’s curious attack on majority rule

March 28, 2011

For the record.

GLOBE EDITORIAL – Stephen Harper’s curious attack on majority rule

From Tuesday’s Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Mar. 28, 2011 7:30PM EDT
Last updated Monday, Mar. 28, 2011 9:28PM EDT

The worst part about Stephen Harper’s attack on the Liberal Party for being undemocratic in its alleged plans for a coalition government is not that it is irrelevant, hypocritical or probably false (though it is all that). The worst part is that it comes from a leader whose own legitimacy rests on holding less than half of the seats in the House of Commons.

Yet Mr. Harper cannot seem to speak without mentioning the dreaded word. He uttered it 21 times in a speech on Sunday. He continued using it on Monday. He may not be able to stop himself on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Speaking to a suburban audience in Brampton, Ont., that included immigrants from unstable or undemocratic regimes, he implied that a coalition is something like a coup, a danger to Canada’s stability. The Liberals, he said, would move with “lightning speed” to form a “reckless coalition” with the New Democrats and the Bloc Québécois, if the Conservatives win the largest number of seats in the coming election, but not a majority.

A coalition is not a coup. The party that wins the most seats has first call on forming a government. If that party loses the confidence of the House, the other parties are entitled, in the parliamentary system, to ask the Governor-General for permission to govern. Britain has a coalition government. Read the rest of this entry »


競選政治

September 20, 2009

有幾套電影可以介紹給有興趣參與競選政治的人看看,

  1. The War Room (1993) 技術
  2. All The King’s Men (1949) 提醒自己
  3. Campaign (Kazuhiro Soda的日本紀錄片) 看看其他國家的選舉 (Peabody Award winner)