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  •  It may take a Harper majority to get cooperation. (1+ / 0-)
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    I suspect the only thing that will break the old dynamic is the experience of a Harper majority government. Sort of like the US experience with Bush. I hope not.

    The NDP has a great fundraising machine based on small donors(like me). It's the Libs that lost their ability to raise big money from corporations. Jean Chretien's parting gift. They need to develop an internet-based fundraising operation or get used to being outgunned.

    -6.38/-3.79::'A man is incapable of comprehending any argument that interferes with his revenues.' Descartes

    by skrymir on Fri Nov 07, 2008 at 01:23:28 PM PST

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    •  Yeah... (1+ / 0-)
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      ... we don't have anything similar to ActBlue, up here.  We should.

      But even the NDP's fundraising based on small donors only manages to be slightly more than the Liberals in terms of dollars raised - $3.7M for the NDP versus $3.6M for the Liberals - which is still much less than the Conservatives, who raise about $15M.

      Slower Traffic Keep Right.

      by Wisewood on Fri Nov 07, 2008 at 01:30:41 PM PST

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      •  I don't know why it is that we can't get a decent (1+ / 0-)
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        big blog going like dKos. Probably because we don't have an environment of continuous political campaigning. Although Harper has certainly tried, hasn't he.

        -6.38/-3.79::'A man is incapable of comprehending any argument that interferes with his revenues.' Descartes

        by skrymir on Fri Nov 07, 2008 at 01:36:52 PM PST

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        •  He has... (1+ / 0-)
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          ... well, in some corners.

          But I'll argue with you that Canada is usually having an election, on some level;  There's usually one every year in some part of the country, now.

          The fact is that people in Ontario or BC couldn't be bothered about provincial politics in Alberta or Quebec or the Maritimes;  unlike with the Democrats in the US, there's no apparent interest in Canada to  make "every race national" like Kos spoke of in Crashing the Gate.

          But provincial politics do matter to the overall national picture;  look at the mess we've got right now trying to get the provinces to agree on environmental measures or, well, anything else.

          There's a few Canadian political blogs here and there... but most are simply 'echo chambers,' have limited authorship and readership, and don't seem to have the scope and interactivity of DKos.  

          And most are also fiercely partisan - NDP bloggers don't mix with Liberals or Greens, for example.  That hobbles any sort of desire to move the ball forward together, even if it's only a couple yards at a time.

          Slower Traffic Keep Right.

          by Wisewood on Fri Nov 07, 2008 at 01:52:16 PM PST

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