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What Does the B.C. Liberals Win Mean for the Canadian Political Landscape?

Surprisingly, after being more than 20 points behind the NDP, the B.C. Liberals did not only win another majority government, but in fact increased their majority in the provincial legislature. Pollsters had predicted with 90% and higher probability the opposite result.

It was not first election that yielded such results. The last elections in Alberta and Ontario, and even the last federal election were not very well predicted. However, what do these surprising results mean for Canadian politics in general?

How foolish can the city councils in Toronto and Mississauga become?

In the last couple of days, the Cities of Mississauga and Toronto have passed by-laws banning the sale, possession and consumption of products containing shark fins. While the motivation to do something against the practices of obtaining these shark fins might be understandable, nevertheless, the behavior of the councillors passing such by laws can only be described as anti-democratic and childish.

The Federal (Anti-) Election 2011 in Canada - Part 3 - The Personalities and Issues

As previously discussed in part 1 and part 2, the election was triggered by the fact that at the time there was a minority government and there was an ever increasing bitterness between the opposition parties and the government. This lead to a non-confidence motion by the opposition party which succeeded.

As previously mentioned, this series of article describes the current very confusing election of the Federal Parliament of Canada from the perspective of a recent immigrant to Canada. In this part, the leaders of the major parties and the issues discussed will be presented from the described perspective.

The Federal (Anti-) Election 2011 in Canada - Part 2 - Dissolution of Parliament and the Announcement of the Election

After the constitutional crisis in 2008 that was described in Part 1 of this series, the minority government held by the Conservative Party was able to maintain the confidence of Parliament until April 2011. Despite this, the bitterness of the opposition party with the government has steadily increased.

The Federal (Anti-) Election 2011 in Canada - Part 1 - Background

The current Canadian election seems to be very confusing, even for Canadian, but even more for recent immigrants or people living outside Canada. For this reason, this series of articles is suppose to shed some light on this 2011 federal election in Canada from the perspective of a recent immigrant to Canada.

Pirate Party wins debate in Kitchener Waterloo

Apparently the Pirate Party in Canada is on its way to achieve similar popularity, especially among young voters as it has become normal in Europe. In a debate for the federal election in Canada's premiere research and technology, Kitchener-Waterloo, the home of RIM's blackberry, according to this survey, the local pirate party candidate won.

Update Regarding Usage Based Billing of the Internet in Canada - Government will Reverse CRTC ruling

The star reports that the Government will reverse the "Metered Internet" / "Usage Based Billing" decision by the CRTC if the CRTC will no do so itself.

It seems that in the current political climate 300,000 signatures on a petition can make a difference.

Petition against Metered Internet in Canada has Reached almost 250,000 Signatures

Open Media has started an online petition against the CRTC's decision to allow Bell Canada to meter Internet services sold through resellers with additional fees.

The CRTC approval of this form of usage based billing (UBB) is raising the overall Internet costs for consumers to upto 50% of the current costs.

Mastercard Taking on Functions of Courts?

According to an article on the MyCE (My Consumer Electronics) Website, the RIAA ( Recording Industry Association of America) and the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) have recruited Mastercard to "govern" the Internet.

According to the article, Mastercard will in essence stop payments made to websites who the RIAA and MPAA claim to violate their copyrights. While technically this can all be done according to the law, it seems to be a big issue of anti-trust and at least violation of due process.

Only 4% of People Think Patents Drive Innovation

The Inquirer has currently, due to Nokia's patent suit against Apple, an Internet poll asking people about their opinion about patents.


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