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Usa. Fondato un terzo partito nazionale. Si chiama Forward.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-07-31.

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«third party presidential candidates like John Anderson in 1980 and Ross Perot in 1992 and 1996 flamed out»

«candidati presidenziali del terzo partito come John Anderson nel 1980 e Ross Perot nel 1992 e nel 1996 hanno fallito»

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«Green Party’s Ralph Nader siphoned off enough votes from Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore in 2000 to help Republican George W. Bush win the White House»

«nel 2000 Ralph Nader del Partito Verde ha sottratto abbastanza voti al candidato democratico alle presidenziali Al Gore per aiutare il repubblicano George W. Bush a vincere la Casa Bianca»

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Decine di ex funzionari repubblicani e democratici hanno annunciato mercoledì un nuovo terzo partito politico nazionale che si rivolge a milioni di elettori, a loro dire, sconcertati da quello che considerano il disfunzionale sistema bipartitico americano.

Il nuovo partito, chiamato Forward e la cui creazione è stata riportata per la prima volta da Reuters, sarà inizialmente co-presieduto dall’ex candidato democratico alla presidenza Andrew Yang e da Christine Todd Whitman, l’ex governatore repubblicano del New Jersey. Sperano che il partito diventi una valida alternativa ai partiti repubblicano e democratico che dominano la politica statunitense.

Il 24 settembre a Houston si terrà il lancio ufficiale e l’estate prossima si terrà la prima convention nazionale del partito in una grande città degli Stati Uniti. La fusione coinvolge il Renew America Movement, formato nel 2021 da decine di ex funzionari delle amministrazioni repubblicane di Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush e Donald Trump; il Forward Party, fondato da Yang, che ha lasciato il Partito Democratico nel 2021 ed è diventato indipendente; e il Serve America Movement, un gruppo di democratici, repubblicani e indipendenti il cui direttore esecutivo è l’ex deputato repubblicano David Jolly.

Occasionalmente possono avere un impatto sulle elezioni presidenziali. Secondo gli analisti, nel 2000 Ralph Nader del Partito Verde ha sottratto abbastanza voti al candidato democratico alle presidenziali Al Gore per aiutare il repubblicano George W. Bush a vincere la Casa Bianca. Molti democratici sulla piattaforma di social media hanno espresso il timore che il nuovo partito sottragga più voti ai democratici che ai repubblicani, finendo per aiutare i repubblicani in gare ravvicinate.

Taylor ha riconosciuto che i terzi partiti hanno fallito in passato, ma ha detto: I fondamenti sono cambiati. Quando altri movimenti di terzo partito sono emersi in passato, è stato in gran parte all’interno di un sistema in cui il popolo americano non chiedeva un’alternativa. Rothenberg ha sottolineato che candidati presidenziali del terzo partito come John Anderson nel 1980 e Ross Perot nel 1992 e nel 1996 sono falliti, non riuscendo a costruire un vero terzo partito che diventasse un fattore nella politica nazionale.

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«Dozens of former Republican and Democratic officials announced on Wednesday a new national political third party to appeal to millions of voters they say are dismayed with what they see as America’s dysfunctional two-party system»

«The new party, called Forward and whose creation was first reported by Reuters, will initially be co-chaired by former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang and Christine Todd Whitman, the former Republican governor of New Jersey»

«They hope the party will become a viable alternative to the Republican and Democratic parties that dominate U.S. politics»

«They will host an official launch in Houston on Sept. 24 and the party’s first national convention in a major U.S. city next summer»

«The merger involves the Renew America Movement, formed in 2021 by dozens of former officials in the Republican administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Donald Trump; the Forward Party, founded by Yang, who left the Democratic Party in 2021 and became an independent; and the Serve America Movement, a group of Democrats, Republicans and independents whose executive director is former Republican congressman David Jolly»

«Occasionally they can impact a presidential election. Analysts say the Green Party’s Ralph Nader siphoned off enough votes from Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore in 2000 to help Republican George W. Bush win the White House»

«Many Democrats on the social media platform expressed fear that the new party will siphon more votes away from Democrats, rather than Republicans, and end up helping Republicans in close races»

«Taylor acknowledged that third parties had failed in the past, but said: “The fundamentals have changed. When other third party movements have emerged in the past it’s largely been inside a system where the American people aren’t asking for an alternative»

«Rothenberg pointed out that third party presidential candidates like John Anderson in 1980 and Ross Perot in 1992 and 1996 flamed out, failing to build a true third party that became a factor in national politics»

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Former Republicans and Democrats form new third U.S. political party

Los Angeles, July 27 (Reuters) – Dozens of former Republican and Democratic officials announced on Wednesday a new national political third party to appeal to millions of voters they say are dismayed with what they see as America’s dysfunctional two-party system.

The new party, called Forward and whose creation was first reported by Reuters, will initially be co-chaired by former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang and Christine Todd Whitman, the former Republican governor of New Jersey. They hope the party will become a viable alternative to the Republican and Democratic parties that dominate U.S. politics, founding members told Reuters.

Party leaders will hold a series of events in two dozen cities this autumn to roll out its platform and attract support. They will host an official launch in Houston on Sept. 24 and the party’s first national convention in a major U.S. city next summer.

The new party is being formed by a merger of three political groups that have emerged in recent years as a reaction to America’s increasingly polarized and gridlocked political system. The leaders cited a Gallup poll last year showing a record two-thirds of Americans believe a third party is needed.

The merger involves the Renew America Movement, formed in 2021 by dozens of former officials in the Republican administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Donald Trump; the Forward Party, founded by Yang, who left the Democratic Party in 2021 and became an independent; and the Serve America Movement, a group of Democrats, Republicans and independents whose executive director is former Republican congressman David Jolly.

Two pillars of the new party’s platform are to “reinvigorate a fair, flourishing economy” and to “give Americans more choices in elections, more confidence in a government that works, and more say in our future.”

The party, which is centrist, has no specific policies yet. It will say at its Thursday launch: “How will we solve the big issues facing America? Not Left. Not Right. Forward.”

Historically, third parties have failed to thrive in America’s two-party system. Occasionally they can impact a presidential election. Analysts say the Green Party’s Ralph Nader siphoned off enough votes from Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore in 2000 to help Republican George W. Bush win the White House.

It is unclear how the new Forward party might impact either party’s electoral prospects in such a deeply polarized country. Political analysts are skeptical it can succeed.

Public reaction on Twitter was swift. Many Democrats on the social media platform expressed fear that the new party will siphon more votes away from Democrats, rather than Republicans, and end up helping Republicans in close races.

Forward aims to gain party registration and ballot access in 30 states by the end of 2023 and in all 50 states by late 2024, in time for the 2024 presidential and congressional elections. It aims to field candidates for local races, such as school boards and city councils, in state houses, the U.S. Congress and all the way up to the presidency.

                         `THE FUNDAMENTALS HAVE CHANGED`

In an interview, Yang said the party will start with a budget of about $5 million. It has donors lined up and a grassroots membership between the three merged groups numbering in the hundreds of thousands.

“We are starting in a very strong financial position. Financial support will not be a problem,” Yang said.

Another person involved in the creation of Forward, Miles Taylor – a former Homeland Security official in the Trump administration – said the idea was to give voters “a viable, credible national third party.”

Taylor acknowledged that third parties had failed in the past, but said: “The fundamentals have changed. When other third party movements have emerged in the past it’s largely been inside a system where the American people aren’t asking for an alternative. The difference here is we are seeing an historic number of Americans saying they want one.”

Stu Rothenberg, a veteran non-partisan political analyst, said it was easy to talk about establishing a third party but almost impossible to do so.

“The two major political parties start out with huge advantages, including 50 state parties built over decades,” he said.

Rothenberg pointed out that third party presidential candidates like John Anderson in 1980 and Ross Perot in 1992 and 1996 flamed out, failing to build a true third party that became a factor in national politics.

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Usa. Il Presidente messicano Obrador non parteciperà al vertice delle americhe.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-06-09.

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Joe Biden ha indetto un Summit dei paesi americani senza però invitare Venezuela, Nicaragua e Cuba, paesi che Joe Biden indica come non democratici.

Il ministro degli Esteri messicano Marcelo Ebrard ha accusato gli Stati Uniti di usare due pesi e due misure, visto che  si impegnano con governi non democratici del sud-est asiatico.

Di conseguenza, il Presidente messicano Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador ha deciso di non partecipare al vertice.

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«Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard on Tuesday accused the United States of double standards by refusing to invite Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua to the U.S.-hosted Summit of the Americas, while engaging with non-democratic governments in Southeast Asia»

«The so-called democratic clause is not applied equally in all cases, but only in some, when it is convenient»

«Ebrard called the U.S. decision “inconsistent, if not contradictory.” Among ASEAN’s members are Myanmar, ruled by a military junta, and one-party Communist-ruled Vietnam»

«The United States chose not to invite the leftist leaders of Venezuela, Nicaragua and Communist-ruled Cuba to this week’s Americas gathering in Los Angeles, citing concerns of a lack of democracy in their countries»

«Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador withdrew because the United States said that not all countries in the Americas would be invited»

«Other international groupings, such as the G20 and the United Nations, also have members not fully considered democracies by Western nations, foreign minister Ebrard said»

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Mexico foreign minister accuses U.S. of inconsistency in Americas Summit invitations

Mexico City, June 7 (Reuters) – Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard on Tuesday accused the United States of double standards by refusing to invite Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua to the U.S.-hosted Summit of the Americas, while engaging with non-democratic governments in Southeast Asia.

“The so-called democratic clause is not applied equally in all cases, but only in some, when it is convenient,” Ebrard wrote in a column published in Mexican newspaper Excelsior, pointing to Washington’s relations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and forming the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework in May.

Ebrard called the U.S. decision “inconsistent, if not contradictory.” Among ASEAN’s members are Myanmar, ruled by a military junta, and one-party Communist-ruled Vietnam.

The United States chose not to invite the leftist leaders of Venezuela, Nicaragua and Communist-ruled Cuba to this week’s Americas gathering in Los Angeles, citing concerns of a lack of democracy in their countries, a senior U.S. official said.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador withdrew because the United States said that not all countries in the Americas would be invited.  

U.S. President Joe Biden aims to address regional migration and economic challenges at the summit. Lopez Obrador said he would meet Biden next month instead.

“Without that pressure, without that regrettable, embarrassing summit blackmail, (we) will talk in July,” Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday at a regular news conference.

Other international groupings, such as the G20 and the United Nations, also have members not fully considered democracies by Western nations, foreign minister Ebrard said.

He will attend the summit in Lopez Obrador’s place, and will push for the United States to end its embargo of Cuba, he told La Jornada newspaper.

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Il ministro degli Esteri messicano accusa gli Stati Uniti di incoerenza negli inviti al Vertice delle Americhe

Città del Messico, 7 giugno (Reuters) – Il ministro degli Esteri messicano Marcelo Ebrard ha accusato martedì gli Stati Uniti di usare due pesi e due misure, rifiutandosi di invitare Cuba, Venezuela e Nicaragua al Vertice delle Americhe ospitato dagli Stati Uniti, mentre si impegnano con governi non democratici del sud-est asiatico.

“La cosiddetta clausola democratica non viene applicata allo stesso modo in tutti i casi, ma solo in alcuni, quando è conveniente”, ha scritto Ebrard in una rubrica pubblicata sul quotidiano messicano Excelsior, facendo riferimento alle relazioni di Washington con l’Associazione delle Nazioni del Sud-Est Asiatico (ASEAN) e alla formazione del Quadro Economico Indo-Pacifico a maggio.

Ebrard ha definito la decisione degli Stati Uniti “incoerente, se non contraddittoria”. Tra i membri dell’ASEAN ci sono il Myanmar, governato da una giunta militare, e il Vietnam a partito unico comunista.

Gli Stati Uniti hanno scelto di non invitare i leader di sinistra del Venezuela, del Nicaragua e della Cuba comunista al raduno delle Americhe che si terrà questa settimana a Los Angeles, per timore di una mancanza di democrazia nei loro Paesi, ha dichiarato un alto funzionario statunitense.

Il Presidente messicano Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador si è ritirato perché gli Stati Uniti hanno detto che non tutti i Paesi delle Americhe sarebbero stati invitati. 

Il Presidente degli Stati Uniti Joe Biden intende affrontare le sfide economiche e migratorie della regione durante il vertice. Lopez Obrador ha detto che incontrerà Biden il mese prossimo.

“Senza quella pressione, senza quel ricatto deplorevole e imbarazzante del vertice, (parleremo) a luglio”, ha detto martedì Lopez Obrador in una normale conferenza stampa.

Anche altri raggruppamenti internazionali, come il G20 e le Nazioni Unite, hanno membri non considerati pienamente democratici dalle nazioni occidentali, ha detto il ministro degli Esteri Ebrard.

Egli parteciperà al vertice al posto di Lopez Obrador e spingerà affinché gli Stati Uniti pongano fine all’embargo nei confronti di Cuba, ha dichiarato al quotidiano La Jornada.

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Canada. Ontario. Conservatori Mr Doug Ford stravincono la maggioranza assoluta. Liberal in gramaglie.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-06-04.

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I sondaggi elettorali avevano previsto una vittoria, non il trionfo.

Ontario. Elezioni. A due settimane dal voto conservatori in testa con il 35%.

«Ford, 57, swept to power in 2018, ending 15 years of Liberal rule in Ontario – home to nearly 40% of Canada’s 38.2 million people»

«If Ford does not win an outright majority, the two left-leaning leaders could keep him out of office by joining forces»

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«Il premier dell’Ontario Doug Ford ha ottenuto giovedì una vittoria schiacciante alle elezioni nella provincia più popolosa del Canada»

«I Conservatori Progressisti erano sulla buona strada per conquistare almeno 83 dei 124 seggi della legislatura provinciale»

«I leader dei principali avversari dei conservatori progressisti, il partito di sinistra New Democratic Party (NDP) e i liberali, hanno entrambi annunciato che si dimetteranno giovedì sera»

«La leader dell’NDP Andrea Horwath si è dimessa dopo aver guidato il partito per quattro elezioni»

«Il leader dei liberali Steven Del Duca avrebbe perso nel suo stesso collegio elettorale»

«L’Ontario, che ospita poco meno del 40% dei 38,2 milioni di abitanti del Canada, è il cuore produttivo del Paese»

«Ford ha promesso miliardi di dollari di spesa per progetti infrastrutturali e ha delineato un credito d’imposta per i lavoratori a basso reddito, con il risultato di un deficit di bilancio più elevato nell’anno fiscale in corso rispetto a quello precedente»

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«Ontario Premier Doug Ford claimed a sweeping election victory in Canada’s most populous province on Thursday»

«The Progressive Conservatives were on track to win at least 83 of the provincial legislature’s 124 seats»

«The leaders of the Progressive Conservatives’ main opponents, the left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP) and the Liberals, both announced they would step down Thursday night»

«NDP leader Andrea Horwath stepped down after leading the party through four election»

«Liberal leader Steven Del Duca was projected to lose in his own constituency»

«Ontario, home to just under 40% of Canada’s 38.2 million people, is Canada’s manufacturing heartland»

«Ford promised billions of dollars of spending on infrastructure projects and outlined a tax credit for low-income earners, resulting in a higher budget deficit in the current fiscal year than the last»

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Ontario premier Ford returns with bigger majority as conservatives win second term

Ottawa/Toronto, June 2 (Reuters) – Ontario Premier Doug Ford claimed a sweeping election victory in Canada’s most populous province on Thursday, as media projected a second term for his right-leaning Progressive Conservative party with an enhanced majority.

The Progressive Conservatives were on track to win at least 83 of the provincial legislature’s 124 seats, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp projected. The party held 67 in the last legislature.

“What a night. And what a result. Together we have done the impossible. We have made history,” Ford told exuberant supporters in his home constituency as they chanted “Four more years!”

“Tonight’s victory, it isn’t about me. It isn’t about the party. … This victory belongs to each and every one of you.”

Ford’s win came after he weathered criticism over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the province’s strained health care system. He campaigned on the back of a promise to increase spending despite a massive existing debt load.

The leaders of the Progressive Conservatives’ main opponents, the left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP) and the Liberals, both announced they would step down Thursday night.

Liberal leader Steven Del Duca was projected to lose in his own constituency.

The result came quickly despite some election-day hiccups. Elections Ontario extended voting for up to two hours in some polls in 19 different electoral districts after delays to the start of voting.

Ford’s Progressive Conservatives swept to power in 2018 after 15 years of Liberal rule.

Ontario, home to just under 40% of Canada’s 38.2 million people, is Canada’s manufacturing heartland. It is also one of the world’s largest sub-sovereign borrowers, with publicly held debt currently standing at C$418.7 billion ($330.8 billion).

With inflation in Canada at a three-decade high, housing and cost-of-living issues drove the election campaign.

In a pre-election budget tabled in April, Ford promised billions of dollars of spending on infrastructure projects and outlined a tax credit for low-income earners, resulting in a higher budget deficit in the current fiscal year than the last.

The budget also put forth a slower path back to balance than some analysts had expected.

With a debt-to-GDP ratio of 40.7%, Ontario’s debt load is higher than the next three most populous provinces and it pays more to borrow in the bond market.

Ford’s popularity plunged in 2020 amid accusations Ontario had bungled the COVID-19 pandemic.

But his fortunes revived this year, in part through such populist moves as eliminating license plate renewal fees and expanding a foreign buyer tax on homes.

NDP leader Andrea Horwath stepped down after leading the party through four elections.

“We didn’t get there this time. But just know we will continue to be the powerful champions people need us to be,” she said.

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Il premier dell’Ontario Ford torna con una maggioranza più ampia e i conservatori vincono il secondo mandato

Ottawa/Toronto, 2 giugno (Reuters) – Giovedì il premier dell’Ontario Doug Ford ha ottenuto un’ampia vittoria elettorale nella provincia più popolosa del Canada, mentre i media prevedevano un secondo mandato per il suo partito conservatore progressista di destra con una maggioranza rafforzata.

Secondo le proiezioni della Canadian Broadcasting Corp, i Conservatori Progressisti sarebbero riusciti a conquistare almeno 83 dei 124 seggi della legislatura provinciale. Nell’ultima legislatura il partito ne aveva 67.

“Che notte. E che risultato. Insieme abbiamo fatto l’impossibile. Abbiamo fatto la storia”, ha detto Ford ai sostenitori esuberanti nel suo collegio elettorale, mentre intonavano “Altri quattro anni!”.

“La vittoria di stasera non riguarda me. Non riguarda il partito. … Questa vittoria appartiene a ciascuno di voi”.

La vittoria di Ford è arrivata dopo aver superato le critiche per la sua gestione della pandemia di coronavirus e del sistema sanitario della provincia. Si è presentato in campagna elettorale con la promessa di aumentare la spesa nonostante l’enorme debito esistente.

I leader dei principali avversari dei conservatori progressisti, il partito di sinistra New Democratic Party (NDP) e i liberali, hanno entrambi annunciato che si dimetteranno giovedì sera.

Il leader dei liberali Steven Del Duca avrebbe perso nel suo stesso collegio elettorale.

Il risultato è arrivato rapidamente, nonostante alcuni intoppi del giorno delle elezioni. Le Elezioni dell’Ontario hanno prolungato le votazioni fino a due ore in alcuni seggi di 19 diversi distretti elettorali, dopo aver ritardato l’inizio delle votazioni.

I conservatori progressisti di Ford sono saliti al potere nel 2018 dopo 15 anni di governo liberale.

L’Ontario, che ospita poco meno del 40% dei 38,2 milioni di abitanti del Canada, è il cuore produttivo del Paese. È anche uno dei maggiori debitori sub-sovrani del mondo, con un debito pubblico che attualmente ammonta a 418,7 miliardi di dollari (330,8 miliardi di dollari).

Con un’inflazione che ha raggiunto i massimi da tre decenni a questa parte, i temi dell’alloggio e del costo della vita hanno animato la campagna elettorale.

Nel bilancio pre-elettorale presentato ad aprile, Ford ha promesso miliardi di dollari di spesa per progetti infrastrutturali e ha delineato un credito d’imposta per i lavoratori a basso reddito, con il risultato di un deficit di bilancio più elevato nell’anno fiscale in corso rispetto a quello precedente.

Il bilancio presenta inoltre un percorso di ritorno all’equilibrio più lento di quanto previsto da alcuni analisti.

Con un rapporto debito/PIL del 40,7%, il carico di debito dell’Ontario è superiore a quello delle tre province più popolose e l’Ontario paga di più per contrarre prestiti sul mercato obbligazionario.

La popolarità di Ford è crollata nel 2020 a causa delle accuse all’Ontario di aver gestito male la pandemia COVID-19. Ma le sue fortune si sono risollevate quest’anno.

Ma le sue fortune si sono risollevate quest’anno, in parte grazie a mosse populiste come l’eliminazione delle tasse per il rinnovo delle targhe e l’estensione della tassa sugli acquirenti stranieri di case.

La leader dell’NDP Andrea Horwath si è dimessa dopo aver guidato il partito per quattro elezioni.

“Questa volta non ci siamo riusciti. Ma sappiate che continueremo a essere i potenti campioni di cui la gente ha bisogno”, ha detto.

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Ontario. Elezioni. A due settimane dal voto conservatori in testa con il 35%.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-05-22.

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«Incumbent Progressive Conservative Doug Ford is leading the race to win a second term as Ontario premier with promises of tax relief at the gas pump amid soaring inflation and fixing clogged highways in Canada’s biggest city, Toronto»

«Ford, 57, swept to power in 2018, ending 15 years of Liberal rule in Ontario – home to nearly 40% of Canada’s 38.2 million people»

«Ford’s pre-election budget in April promised billions of dollars of spending on infrastructure projects and outlined a tax credit for low-income earners, resulting in a higher budget deficit in the current fiscal year than the last»

«Ford may win 35% of the vote, an Abacus Data poll published on Monday showed. That compares with 28% for Liberal candidate Steven Del Duca and 24% for New Democrat Andrea Horwath»

«If Ford does not win an outright majority, the two left-leaning leaders could keep him out of office by joining forces»

«Federal Liberals now are being supported by the New Democrats, a deal made to keep Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in power until 2025»

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L’Ontario assomma circa il 42% dei 38.2 milioni di canadesi. La sua importanza politica ed economica è evidente.

Essendogli attribuito il 35% dei suffragi, Mr Ford potrebbe vincere la maggioranza relativa. Il blocco liberal è ripartito in due componenti, che si accordarono per la rielezione di Justin Trudeau. Se unissero le forze anche in questa occasione, avrebbero il 52% dei suffragi, sempre poi che le percentuali si sommino.

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Conservative incumbent in Canada’s Ontario leads two weeks ahead of vote

Ottawa, May 19 (Reuters) – Incumbent Progressive Conservative Doug Ford is leading the race to win a second term as Ontario premier with promises of tax relief at the gas pump amid soaring inflation and fixing clogged highways in Canada’s biggest city, Toronto.

Ford, 57, swept to power in 2018, ending 15 years of Liberal rule in Ontario – home to nearly 40% of Canada’s 38.2 million people, and the June 2 election could reflect voters’ views on his handling of the pandemic, which was often criticized.

He now leads in all polls, with the Liberals and New Democrats improving from the start of the campaign though still far from putting Ford’s re-election in peril.

One analyst said that the desire for change in government was low.

Ford “is still in the driver’s seat,” said David Coletto, chief executive officer of polling company Abacus Data. “Because it’s not a change election, people are not … really looking to figure out which of these parties has the best shot at beating Ford at this moment.”

Ford’s pre-election budget in April promised billions of dollars of spending on infrastructure projects and outlined a tax credit for low-income earners, resulting in a higher budget deficit in the current fiscal year than the last.  

Ford may win 35% of the vote, an Abacus Data poll published on Monday showed. That compares with 28% for Liberal candidate Steven Del Duca and 24% for New Democrat Andrea Horwath. The desire for change is “far lower” than it was before the previous election, according to Abacus.

With inflation at its highest level in more than three decades, housing and cost of living issues are driving the campaign and all three main candidates are promising some relief to voters.

Ford is pledging to reduce taxes on gasoline and fuel if re-elected. Del Duca is promising to reduce transit fees across the province to C$1 ($0.78) a ride, while Horwath pledged to create an annual speculation and vacancy tax on residential property to bring down housing prices.

Factbox on key issues and candidate profiles:  

If Ford does not win an outright majority, the two left-leaning leaders could keep him out of office by joining forces. Federal Liberals now are being supported by the New Democrats, a deal made to keep Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in power until 2025.  

“There’s room there for the Liberals and the New Democrats to start chipping away,” said Coletto. But at the moment, “no one has momentum,” he added.

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Il conservatore in carica nell’Ontario è in testa a due settimane dal voto

Ottawa, 19 maggio (Reuters) – Doug Ford, conservatore progressista in carica, è in testa alla corsa per aggiudicarsi un secondo mandato come premier dell’Ontario, con la promessa di sgravi fiscali alla pompa di benzina a fronte di un’inflazione alle stelle e di sistemare le autostrade intasate nella più grande città del Canada, Toronto.

Ford, 57 anni, è salito al potere nel 2018, ponendo fine a 15 anni di governo liberale in Ontario – dove vive quasi il 40% dei 38,2 milioni di canadesi – e le elezioni del 2 giugno potrebbero riflettere le opinioni degli elettori sulla sua gestione della pandemia, spesso criticata.

Ora è in testa in tutti i sondaggi, con i liberali e i nuovi democratici in miglioramento rispetto all’inizio della campagna, anche se ancora lontani dal mettere in pericolo la rielezione di Ford.

Un analista ha affermato che il desiderio di cambiamento nel governo è basso.

Ford “è ancora al posto di guida”, ha dichiarato David Coletto, amministratore delegato della società di sondaggi Abacus Data. “Poiché non si tratta di un’elezione di cambiamento, la gente non sta… cercando di capire quale di questi partiti abbia le migliori possibilità di battere Ford in questo momento”.

Il bilancio pre-elettorale di Ford di aprile ha promesso miliardi di dollari di spesa per progetti infrastrutturali e ha delineato un credito d’imposta per i lavoratori a basso reddito, con il risultato di un deficit di bilancio più elevato nell’anno fiscale in corso rispetto all’ultimo. 

Ford potrebbe ottenere il 35% dei voti, secondo un sondaggio Abacus Data pubblicato lunedì. Il 28% del candidato liberale Steven Del Duca e il 24% della neo-democratica Andrea Horwath. Secondo Abacus, il desiderio di cambiamento è “molto più basso” di quanto non fosse prima delle precedenti elezioni.

Con l’inflazione al livello più alto degli ultimi trent’anni, i problemi legati all’alloggio e al costo della vita sono alla base della campagna elettorale e tutti e tre i candidati principali promettono un certo sollievo agli elettori.

Ford si impegna a ridurre le tasse sulla benzina e sui carburanti se verrà rieletto. Del Duca promette di ridurre le tariffe di transito in tutta la provincia a 1 dollaro (0,78 dollari) a corsa, mentre Horwath si è impegnata a creare una tassa annuale sulla speculazione e sull’occupazione delle proprietà residenziali per abbassare i prezzi degli alloggi.

Factbox sui temi chiave e profili dei candidati: 

Se Ford non dovesse conquistare la maggioranza assoluta, i due leader di sinistra potrebbero impedirgli di assumere l’incarico unendo le forze. I liberali federali sono ora sostenuti dai Nuovi Democratici, un accordo fatto per mantenere il primo ministro Justin Trudeau al potere fino al 2025. 

“C’è spazio per i liberali e i nuovi democratici per iniziare a fare un passo avanti”, ha detto Coletto. Ma al momento “nessuno ha lo slancio”, ha aggiunto.

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Usa. Manchin. Il senatore che condiziona tutti gli Stati Uniti. La chiamano democrazia.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-03-05.

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«Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Manchin said on Monday he would not support a Senate vote to confirm President Joe Biden’s pick for a Supreme Court seat if a vacancy opened up right before the 2024 presidential election»

«Manchin, who often clashes with his own party, told reporters his view was consistent with his view when Republican President Donald Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court a little over a month before the 2020 presidential election»

«Manchin voted against Barrett’s confirmation, though he said he had supported her nominations for a previous post»

«Manchin has emerged as a key vote in the evenly divided Senate, willing to buck Biden and the Democratic party by opposing nominees and legislation, including Biden’s priority social spending bill»

«Biden is expected to name his first pick for a Supreme Court seat at the end of the month, after Justice Stephen Breyer announced his retirement»

«Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who could return to power as majority leader in that chamber if Republicans win in the 2022 midterm elections that decide control of Congress, has said he would block any Supreme Court confirmations if a vacancy opened up before the 2024 presidential election»

«In 2016, when Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia died during then-President Barack Obama’s term, Senate Republicans refused to consider Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, who now serves as the attorney general»

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Pigliamo atto della posizione politica del senatore democratico Joe Manchin.

Ci poniamo solo una domanda.

Fino a qual punto può essere denominato democratico uno stato in cui tutti i 330 milioni di cittadini dipendono dalla volontà di un solo senatore.


Manchin would not back Supreme Court confirmation right before 2024 election.

Washington, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Manchin said on Monday he would not support a Senate vote to confirm President Joe Biden’s pick for a Supreme Court seat if a vacancy opened up right before the 2024 presidential election.

Manchin, who often clashes with his own party, told reporters his view was consistent with his view when Republican President Donald Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court a little over a month before the 2020 presidential election.

Manchin voted against Barrett’s confirmation, though he said he had supported her nominations for a previous post. He added it would be “hypocritical” for him to support a similar move by Biden.

Manchin has emerged as a key vote in the evenly divided Senate, willing to buck Biden and the Democratic party by opposing nominees and legislation, including Biden’s priority social spending bill.

Biden is expected to name his first pick for a Supreme Court seat at the end of the month, after Justice Stephen Breyer announced his retirement. Biden has pledged to nominate a Black woman to the seat.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who could return to power as majority leader in that chamber if Republicans win in the 2022 midterm elections that decide control of Congress, has said he would block any Supreme Court confirmations if a vacancy opened up before the 2024 presidential election.

He also was noncommittal when asked, in the same interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt, if he would allow a confirmation vote in 2023 if Republicans held the Senate majority.

In 2016, when Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia died during then-President Barack Obama’s term, Senate Republicans refused to consider Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, who now serves as the attorney general.

The move held little precedent in U.S. history, but cleared the way for Trump to nominate Neil Gorsuch to the seat, the first of three justices he named to the Supreme Court, giving it a 6-3 conservative majority.

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Messico. Novembre. Generati 149,000 nuovi posti di lavoro ‘tax-paying jobs’.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2020-12-18.

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In Messico si iniziano a vedere i primi segni di ripresa.

Il Pil del terzo trimestre si è attestato a -8.6% anno su anno, contro il valore di -18.7% del secondo trimestre.

Il rapporto debito / pil si attesta al 45.5%.

La produzione industriale ad ottobre registrava un -3.3% anno su anno, contro il -30.7% del maggio ultimo scorso.

È interessante la chiosa del The Mexican Social Security Institute

«148,719 tax-paying jobs registered with the institute were added in the month of November»

In effetti, nelle caleidoscopiche definizioni di ‘lavoro fisso’ a livello internazionale quella di ‘tax-paying jobs’ sembrerebbe essere la più appropriata.

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Mexico adds nearly 149,000 formal jobs in November.

The Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) said on Friday that 148,719 tax-paying jobs registered with the institute were added in the month of November.

Mexico shed some 1.1 million jobs registered with the IMSS between March and July due to the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Messico blocca ai confini meridionali orde di migranti.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2020-01-23.

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Per comprendere cosa ci sia realmente dietro le ondate successive di migranti che cercano di attraversare il Messico per poi entrare illegalmente negli Stati Uniti sarebbe sufficiente ricordare come questa sia quella preferenziale attraverso la quale la droga è portata dal Sud America agli Stati Uniti.

«Mr Trump has claimed 90% of heroin comes across the southern border and that a wall would help the fight against drugs.

Nationwide heroin seizures reached 7,979kg in 2017, with 39% seized at the US-Mexico border, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

Most of the border seizures were in the San Diego corridor – approximately 1,073kg in 2017, a 59% increase on the previous year.» [Bbc]

Andando al sodo, patrocinano e tutelano l’immigrazione clandestina illegale coloro che traggono dal commercio della droga cospicui guadagni.

Come tutte le organizzazioni criminali, cercano poi di mascherare il loro agire sotto un manto di filantropico altruismo, fatto queste che rende ancor più riprovevole quanto stiano facendo.

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«President Trump reached a deal with Mexico in June to stem the flow of migrants to the US after threatening it with high tariffs. Mexico agreed to take “unprecedented” steps to curb irregular migration, including deploying the National Guard. »

Di tempo in tempo, si cerca di far filtrare persone attraverso il confine messicano, ma anche questa volta il governo li ha bloccati sul confine meridionale.

«Hundreds of migrants who waded across a river on Mexico’s southern border have been stopped from entering the country on their way to the US.»

«The migrants, mainly from Honduras, took to the water after being refused permission to cross a nearby bridge.»

«The security forces fired tear gas to force the migrants back and rounded up those who managed to make it across.»

«The detained migrants have been transferred to immigration stations. They will be returned to their home countries if their legal status cannot be resolved, the government said.»

«The migrants had been camped out in the Guatemalan town of Tecun Uman, across the border from Mexico’s Ciudad Hidalgo»

«Those who tried to cross the river on Monday were part of a 2,000 to 3,500-strong group dubbed “2020 Caravan”, evoking previous attempts to cross Mexico en masse to reach the US border.»

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Sinceramente, non si trova alcun motivo ragionevole per sostenere i commercianti di droga, che già pensano molto bene a sé stessi.

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Hundreds of US-bound migrants stopped from entering Mexico

Hundreds of migrants who waded across a river on Mexico’s southern border have been stopped from entering the country on their way to the US.

The migrants, mainly from Honduras, took to the water after being refused permission to cross a nearby bridge.

The security forces fired tear gas to force the migrants back and rounded up those who managed to make it across.

Mexico has cut off migration routes to the US under pressure from President Donald Trump.

National Guard troops with riot shields were seen trying to stop the migrants from climbing the banks of the Suchiate river, which marks the border between Mexico and Guatemala.

Some of those who were trying to reach Mexico threw stones at the police.

The detained migrants have been transferred to immigration stations. They will be returned to their home countries if their legal status cannot be resolved, the government said.

The migrants had been camped out in the Guatemalan town of Tecun Uman, across the border from Mexico’s Ciudad Hidalgo.

Eight representatives of the migrants were allowed into Mexico for talks with the authorities and to pass a letter on to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

They urged him to let them pass and promised to respect the law.

Those who tried to cross the river on Monday were part of a 2,000 to 3,500-strong group dubbed “2020 Caravan”, evoking previous attempts to cross Mexico en masse to reach the US border.

For its part, Guatemala said several thousand migrants have crossed into its territory from Honduras since Wednesday.

Many of the migrants on the Mexico border said they were fleeing violence, poverty and high murder rates.

“We got desperate because of the heat. It’s been exhausting, especially for the children,” Honduran migrant Elvis Martinez told AFP news agency.

Mexico has said they can stay and work in Mexico and apply for asylum but will not be allowed free passage to the US.

“They’re trying to trick us. They tell us to register, but then they deport us,” another migrant said.

The Mexican interior ministry said it had already taken in 1,100 migrants in the states of Chiapas and Tabasco. Most would be returned to their country of origin “if their situation warrants it”, it added.

President Trump reached a deal with Mexico in June to stem the flow of migrants to the US after threatening it with high tariffs. Mexico agreed to take “unprecedented” steps to curb irregular migration, including deploying the National Guard.

Another agreement, with Guatemala, designates that country as a “safe third country”. Under the accord, the US can send migrants from Honduras or El Salvador who pass through Guatemala back to that country to seek asylum first.

Mr Trump has made the fight against illegal migration to the US a major policy issue and has taken measures to deter entry across the border from Mexico, including plans for a border wall.

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Canada. Il 21 ottobre elezioni generali. Qualcosa starebbe muovendosi.

Giuseppe Sandro mela.

2019-09-22.

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Canada. Trudeau. Crisi di governo sugli scandali. I numeri del fallimento.

«Nel 2013 il pil canadese era  1,842.627 miliardi Usd ed a fine 2017 era 1,853.043 Usd.

Nel 2013 il pil procapite ammontava a 52,497 Usd mentre a fine 2017 era 45,095 Usd.

Per paragone, nel 2013 il pil cinese era 9,635.025 miliardi Usd, ed a fine 2017 ammontava a 12,237.701miliardi Usd.

Questi sono i numeri del fallimento del Governo Trudeau.»

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Justin Trudeau, premier canadese, si era palpeggiato Mrs. Rose Knight.

G7. Volano gli stracci. Figuraccia di Trudeau il trombato.

Canada’s Trudeau denies pressuring justice minister on SNC-Lavalin [Reuters]

Trudeau. Verosimile voto di sfiducia. L’affaire SNC-Lavalin.

Canada. Ontario. I populisti di Mr Doug vincono 76 seggi contro i 7 dei liberal.

Quando il pil procapite scende da 52,497 Usd a 45,095 Usd indica chiaramente la necessità di cambiare Weltanschauung e Governo, massimamente il premier.

I sondaggi a fine agosto davano un testa a testa tra Mr Trudeau ed il suo avversario del partito conservatore. Nelle ultime settimane, forse anche a seguito della scandalo razzista che ha coinvolto Mr Trudeau, i sondaggi delle propensioni al voto sembrerebbero indicarlo come sconfitto.

Il Liberal Party di Mr Trudeau scenderebbe dal 39.5% delle passate elezioni al 32.0% attuale, mentre il Conservative Party of Canada salirebbe dal 31.9% al 36.8%.

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Canada. Trudeau incespica sul problema demografico.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-04-06.

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Canada. Ontario. I populisti di Mr Doug vincono 76 seggi contro i 7 dei liberal.

Canada. Trudeau. Crisi di governo sugli scandali. I numeri del fallimento.

Canada. Trudeau precipita nei sondaggi. A ottobre si vota.

La situazione politica canadese è nel chaos.

Già lo scorso anno i liberal di Mr Trudeau avevano subito una cocente sconfitta in Ontario: i populisti avevano vinto 76 seggi mentre i liberal erano crollati a 7 deputati.

Poi è venuto fuori lo scandalo che Mr Trudeau si era palpeggiato perbenino Mrs Rose Knight, fatto che per un liberal è un peccato irredimibile, ed infine è esploso in tutta la sua virulenza lo scandalo della SNC-Lavalin, ove Mr Trudeau ha messo il muso nella greppia.

I liberal erano crollati dal 39.5% delle passate elezioni al 30%, mentre i conservatori erano passati da 31.9% al 40%.

Due giorni dopo questo ultimo sondaggio, la Nanos Research è uscita però con una nuova proiezione che stima i liberal al 34.6% ed i conservatori al 35.1%.

Sono differenze apparentemente inspiegabili.

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«Trudeau government tables budget as support drops and time runs out before October’s election»

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«The Liberals are trailing Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives and Trudeau’s party has taken big hits in the demographic groups that helped deliver a majority Liberal government in 2015»

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«So if today’s budget includes measures targeted at those very groups, don’t call it a coincidence»

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«the Liberals are shedding support in all age groups and with both genders.»

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«But they have taken a particularly big hit among millennials — down about 10 points»

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«The Liberals still hold a narrow lead in this age group, with an average of 31 per cent support to 28 per cent for the Conservatives and 27 per cent for the NDP — but before the 2018 budget the Liberals were ahead by 17 points among millennials»

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« in the 2015 election …. among voters between the ages of 18 and 25, the Liberals took 45 per cent of the vote — 20 percentage points more than the second-place New Democrats …. The Liberals also have lost their lead among women, men and middle-aged Canadians»

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«the NDP has seen disproportionate gains among millennials»

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«The loss of younger voters to the NDP and middle-aged voters to the Conservatives is a combination that could prove electorally problematic for the Liberals»

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Il Conservative Party of Canada, CPC, propugna un Conservatorismo sociale e fiscale, grosso modo un centro-destra, mentre il New Democratic Party sostiene una socialdemocrazia, alquanto simile a quella dei democratici americani.

I giovani stanno razionalizzando che in pensione non ci andranno né oggi, né domani, né mai: perché dovrebbero votare liberal?

Riportiamo in calce l’editoriale di Aljazeera sul partito di Mr Scheer: è scritto in un ‘politicamente corretto’ da manuale. Chi ha orecchi per udire, intenda!


Cbc. 2019-03-19. As Liberals slip in key demographics, they hope the budget can stop the bleeding

Trudeau government tables budget as support drops and time runs out before October’s election.

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Today’s budget will be the last one presented by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government before this fall’s federal vote. An election year budget is a high-stakes exercise in any context — but this one comes as the Liberals find themselves in their worst position in the polls since coming to power.

The Liberals are trailing Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives and Trudeau’s party has taken big hits in the demographic groups that helped deliver a majority Liberal government in 2015.

So if today’s budget includes measures targeted at those very groups, don’t call it a coincidence.

The CBC’s Canada Poll Tracker puts the Liberals about three points behind the Conservatives, at 32.7 per cent to 35.3 per cent. That’s far below where the Liberals were on previous budget days.

When their first budget was delivered in March 2016, the Liberals were in the midst of their post-election honeymoon — nearly 16 points ahead of the Conservatives. By March 2017 and the unveiling of Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s second budget, the Liberals were still ahead by about 11 points.

Last year, polling conducted before the budget was tabled — and before Liberal support took a dive in the wake of Trudeau’s botched trip to India — showed the Liberals in the lead by about 5.5 points.

This undoubtedly is a worrying trend line for Trudeau, who is scheduled to face the electorate in just seven months. But the profile of the voters who are drifting away from the Liberals should worry the prime minister even more.

Liberals losing support among millennials

Comparing the demographic breakdowns in three polls conducted in the last few weeks by Ipsos, Nanos Research and Abacus Data to surveys conducted by these polling firms in the months prior to the 2018 budget shows that the Liberals are shedding support in all age groups and with both genders.

But they have taken a particularly big hit among millennials — down about 10 points. The Liberals still hold a narrow lead in this age group, with an average of 31 per cent support to 28 per cent for the Conservatives and 27 per cent for the NDP — but before the 2018 budget the Liberals were ahead by 17 points among millennials.

This was a key voting bloc for the Liberals in the 2015 election. A post-election survey done by Abacus found that, among voters between the ages of 18 and 25, the Liberals took 45 per cent of the vote — 20 percentage points more than the second-place New Democrats.

Normally, younger Canadians don’t vote in big numbers. But that wasn’t the case in 2015, when new turnout records were set for this historically apathetic cohort.

The Liberals also have lost their lead among women, men and middle-aged Canadians, while they now trail the Conservatives by double-digits among seniors. Instead of the narrow one-point advantage they held just prior to the 2018 budget, the Conservatives are now ahead by an average margin of 43 per cent to 33 per cent for the Liberals across the Ipsos, Nanos and Abacus polls.

The Conservatives have not seen their support take off among women, however. The Tories are up only three points with women voters over the last year, compared to a gain of eight points among men. There isn’t any significant difference between age groups in the changes in Conservative support.

But the NDP has seen disproportionate gains among millennials. The party is up by an average of five points among younger Canadians in these three polls, while the party as a whole has dropped by one point. This decrease has been driven primarily by a fall in support for the NDP among men and older Canadians.

Budget a chance to reverse the trend lines

The loss of younger voters to the NDP and middle-aged voters to the Conservatives is a combination that could prove electorally problematic for the Liberals — costing them urban seats around universities on the one hand, and suburban seats full of commuters on the other.

The budget provides an opportunity to address some of these vulnerabilities. CBC News has reported that the budget is expected to contain funding for lifelong learning and adult skills training programs and measures to assist first-time home buyers.

But the bleeding is coming from all quarters. It puts the Liberals in an unenviable position for a first-term government.

The last few first-termers were in a better position than Trudeau is today. At the time of Harper’s last budget in his first term in 2008, the Conservatives were ahead in the polls by about a point in a minority legislature. They succeeded in increasing the size of their minority government in the subsequent election.

In 1997, when Paul Martin tabled the last budget of Jean Chrétien’s first term, the Liberals were ahead of the Progressive Conservatives by a whopping 31 points (the Reform Party and Bloc Québécois, who had more seats in the House than the PCs at the time, were even further back).

Brian Mulroney’s PCs, however, were trailing by about six points at the end of 1987 — just a few months before his government tabled its last budget before the 1988 election. That election turned on the free trade debate and Mulroney was able to secure another (reduced) majority government.

This fall’s federal election is unlikely to be dominated by a national issue of such importance, so Trudeau will have to bank on something else to turn things around. Today’s budget is a chance for the Liberals to try to do just that.

Such opportunities are going to be limited in number between now and October. So could the Liberals’ remaining days in office if they aren’t successful in changing the channel.

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Aljazeera. 2019-04-03. Canada’s probable next PM is courting the far right to win

Like Trump, Andrew Scheer is looking to the far right to help him win a tight race.

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It is said that you can take the measure of a man by the company he keeps.

By that objective calculus, the toxic company that Canada’s Conservative leader, Andrew Scheer, stubbornly keeps ought to disabuse anyone of the silly notion that Canada is an antidote to the pestilence of white nationalism infecting other, Western “liberal” democracies. 

Scheer has a long history of courting white nationalists by appealing unabashedly and overtly to their ugly, nativist, xenophobic and racist temperaments (to describe them as “ideas” is antithetical to the word).

Serious attention should be drawn to Scheer’s relationship with Canada’s extreme right wing since, if accurate, a recent spate of public opinion polls suggest that the Conservative chief may well become prime minister come the next federal election scheduled for October. 

Of course, Scheer is a faithful disciple of former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper who besmirched himself and, perhaps more importantly, the country he served by championing racism-infused “policies” as a means to mine the support of Canadian bigots who would be attracted to such malevolent policies at election time.

Harper’s sorry, signature gambit in this regard was the unveiling – stripped of its government-sanctioned rhetorical embroidery – of a “snitch” line, where Canadians were encouraged to report other Canadians guilty of culturally “barbaric practices” deemed “incompatible” with “old stock” Canadian values.

Harper’s legion of apologists insisted that his snitch line and use of the benign “descriptor…old stock Canadians” weren’t Exhibit A and B of how to practise sectarian wedge politics. So, stop hyperventilating you perennial politically correct types, the apologists cried.

Today, the same cavalier defence is being employed by the same band of apologists to dismiss as inconsequential Scheer’s undeniable associations with notorious white nationalists that should, if decency had any currency in politics, be disqualifying.

On February 19, Scheer spoke at an event on Parliament Hill organised reportedly by “disgruntled pipeline workers” who had travelled from Western Canada by picayune convoy to Ottawa to “have their voices heard”. He was joined by several members of his Conservative caucus who took dutiful turns praising the “protesters” and pledging fidelity to their amorphous cause. 

“We are fighting for you. We are standing with you,” Scheer told the small, yellow-vested gathering. One Conservative senator was less trite, urging the assembly to “roll over every Liberal left in the country”. His invitation to violence was predictably greeted with hoots and cheers. 

The rumble-ready “United We Roll” contingent that Scheer and company welcomed, encouraged and applauded, included attendees who – anti-hate groups detail – celebrate their white nationalist, white-supremacist, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim credentials online.

Still, for the doubters, the “protesters'” convictions surely became apparent when Faith Goldy was also asked to speak at the “rally” as their marquee guest. 

Goldy has, for years, flaunted her white nationalism on a variety of media platforms. Among her other noxious “beliefs” is the “theory” that the white race is facing “genocide” and is on the precipice of extinction.

In December 2017, Canada’s racist-in-residence, who also thinks launching another Crusade to retake the Holy Land is a laudable geopolitical strategy, recited, with little prompting and with evident glee on a racist podcast the white supremacist clarion call, The Fourteen Words: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.” 

A few months earlier, Goldy displayed her white nationalist bona fides again by appearing on a podcast affiliated with [neo-Nazi website] the Daily Stormer while in Virginia.

Goldy described her tete-a-tete with Nazis as a “poor decision.”

Scheer knew all this and more when he chose to attend the same event, organised by the same people who thought it appropriate and right to invite Goldy, who told Indigenous peoples who assailed her presence on Parliament Hill: “If you don’t like our country, leave it.” 

Rather than say no, Scheer and his caucus colleagues opted to stand – figuratively speaking – rancid shoulder to rancid shoulder with a racist in the rank pursuit of parochial, political self-interest. And with that, the nexus of traditional “conservatism” and the wretched right wing was fashioned – married by two speeches in one place, at one time, separated by just a few metres. 

Scheer and Goldy have shared more intimate moments. Before she was fired over her “poor decision” to enjoy a convivial chat on a Nazi podcast, the telegenic Goldy was a host on a network featuring a cavalcade of frothing, perpetually indignant, anti-establishment personalities called Rebel Media.

In early 2017, then-Conservative leadership candidate Scheer was Goldy’s chummy, featured guest on her defunct programme On the Hunt – for what precisely remains a mystery. 

In any event, the “hot” topic du jour was a non-binding, symbolic motion introduced by a Liberal MP to condemn Islamophobia and all religious discrimination in the aftermath of the Quebec city terrorist who murdered six Muslim men praying in a mosque. 

Scheer told Goldy he would emphatically vote against the motion because, like his effervescent TV pal, he was concerned that denouncing the hatred that fuelled the butchery of Muslim worshippers by way of a parliamentary motion would inevitably morph into an “attack” on free speech. “Absolutely,” Goldy said, approvingly. 

Fast forward to the horror in New Zealand, when another racist who referenced “white genocide” and “The Fourteen Words” in his “manifesto” slaughtered 50 Muslim children, women and men and grievously injured scores of other innocents because of where they prayed and who they prayed to.

Scheer’s response? Not surprisingly: muted platitudes on Twitter. “Freedom has come under attack in New Zealand as peaceful worshippers are targeted in a despicable act of evil. All people must be able to practice their faith freely and without fear,” he wrote without naming the faith of the massacred or the sites of their massacres. You see, “freedom”, not Muslims, was “attacked”.

That vapid, perfunctory tweet was consistent with Scheer’s reluctance to offend the odious likes of Goldy et al for fear of alienating a potential well of votes during a likely close election. Donald Trump has proven that racist overtures – blatant or cloaked – can afford a winning edge in a tight race.  

Only later, after a torrent of criticism, did Scheer issue a second statement on Facebook, daring to mention Muslims and mosques. By then, it was too late. His initial response indeed reflected the measure of the man and the company he keeps.

Despite claiming now to shun the decaying network, Scheer holds other Rebel Media alumni close to his bosom. His 2019 campaign manager was a founding director of Rebel Media.

Like his mentor Stephen Harper, Scheer is intent on, it appears, leading Canada down a dangerous, sinister slope.

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Canada. Trudeau precipita nei sondaggi. A ottobre si vota.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela

2019-04-02.

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Nel 2013 il pil canadese era  1,842.627 miliardi Usd ed a fine 2017 era 1,853.043 Usd.

Nel 2013 il pil procapite ammontava a 52,497 Usd mentre a fine 2017 era 45,095 Usd.

Per paragone, nel 2013 il pil cinese era 9,635.025 miliardi Usd, ed a fine 2017 ammontava a 12,237.701 miliardi Usd.

Questi sono i numeri del fallimento del Governo Trudeau.

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Il Canada terrà le elezioni politiche il 21 ottobre 2019.

Il Governo Trudeau, liberal socialista, a tutto il 2018 pareva essere fortissimo e da riconfermarsi: in ciò erano concordi tutti i sondaggi elettorali.

Già però dal giugno dello scorso anno iniziavano a sentirsi i segni di un qualche scricchiolio.

Canada. Ontario. I populisti di Mr Doug vincono 76 seggi contro i 7 dei liberal.

In Ontario il partito populista guidato da Mr Dougaveva inflitto a quello di Mr Trudeau una débâcle memorabile: 71 seggi conquistati contro i soli 7 seggi di Mr Trudeau. All’epoca si disse che in fondo erano solo elezioni tenute in uno degli stati della federazione.

Poi iniziarono ad emergere molti nuovi elementi a sfavore di Mr Trudeau.

Justin Trudeau, premier canadese, si era palpeggiato Mrs. Rose Knight.

Sia chiaro: che un maschio si palpeggi una femmina sarà sicuramente un gesto di pessimo gusto, ma non certo quell’orribile reato irredimibile che si vorrebbe fosse di questi tempi. Si resta davvero perplessi a vederlo equiparato a reati maggiori.

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Canada. Trudeau. Crisi di governo sugli scandali. I numeri del fallimento.

Canada’s Trudeau denies pressuring justice minister on SNC-Lavalin [Reuters]

Trudeau. Verosimile voto di sfiducia. L’affaire SNC-Lavalin.

Già. Con perfetto tempismo emerse in tutta la sua virulenza l’affaire SNC-Lavalin. Mr Trudeau, che si presentava come il novello Catone il Censore era stato pescato con le mani nella marmellata. Ma questo sarebbe anche stato il meno: aveva anche cercato di manovrare l’iter della giustizia.

«evidence of efforts by politicians and/or officials to pressure the former Attorney General to intervene in the criminal case involving SNC-Lavalin»

Molti ministri del governo Trudeau dettero le dimissioni.

«Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is under new pressure after his former justice minister released new documents relating to the SNC-Lavalin affair»

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«Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is under new pressure after his former justice minister released new documents relating to the SNC-Lavalin affair»

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«Jody Wilson-Raybould says government officials tried to persuade her to shield the company from prosecution in a corruption case»

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«She gave an audio recording and other materials to a Commons committee»

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«Mr Trudeau has denied any wrongdoing by either him or his staff and maintains nothing untoward happened»

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Gli effetti sui sondaggi elettorali sono evidenti.

Il partito liberal socialista di Mr Trudeau, Lpc, aveva vinto le scorse elezioni con il 39.5% dei voti e nemmeno un mese dopo era stato accreditato al 55 %: ad oggi sarebbe invece crollato al 30%. Il partito conservatore, che alle scorse elezioni aveva preso il 31.9%, per scendere dopo pochi giorni nei sondaggi al 25%, ora quota 40%.

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La caduta di Trudeau, espressione di una famiglia politica ereditaria ed anche molto numerosa, potrebbe comportare notevoli sommovimenti nell’America del Nord. Sembrerebbe infatti molto verosimile che un governo conservatore che condivide appieno molte linee politiche del Presidente Trump, possa ristabilire gli usuali buoni rapporti diplomatici e commerciali con gli Stati Uniti.

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BBC. 2019-03-30. Secret tape increases pressure on Trudeau in SNC-Lavalin affair

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is under new pressure after his former justice minister released new documents relating to the SNC-Lavalin affair.

Jody Wilson-Raybould says government officials tried to persuade her to shield the company from prosecution in a corruption case.

She gave an audio recording and other materials to a Commons committee.

The files were released publicly on Friday and are likely to increase pressure on Mr Trudeau.

He has struggled for weeks to contain the fallout from the controversy.

What are the allegations?

SNC-Lavalin is facing claims that former executives paid bribes to win contracts in Libya under Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, which fell in 2011.

The Liberal prime minister has been accused of pressuring Ms Wilson-Raybould to push for a legal favour for SNC-Lavalin that would allow it to avoid prosecution and instead face alternative penalties like a fine.

The affair has seen the prime minister lose two top ministers – including Ms Wilson-Raybould, who resigned from cabinet in February – Canada’s top bureaucrat, and a senior aide.

Mr Trudeau has denied any wrongdoing by either him or his staff and maintains nothing untoward happened.

But opinion surveys indicate that the controversy has shaken Mr Trudeau and his government’s popularity months before a general election due in October.

What’s on the tape?

The documents made public include an audio recording, lasting nearly 18 minutes, of a December phone call between Ms Wilson-Raybould and Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick about the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.

The former justice minister and attorney general said she took the “extraordinary and otherwise inappropriate step” of recording the call without Mr Wernick’s knowledge because she wanted a precise account of the conversation.

She said she was concerned about what she saw as attempts to interfere in the case.

In the call, there is a lengthy back and forth between the pair, during which the senior public servant repeatedly notes that the prime minister is interested in having the firm avoid prosecution in favour of an agreement.

Mr Trudeau and his officials have said they are concerned that thousands of jobs are at risk if the engineering firm is convicted.

She pushes back, warning she felt the conversation was inappropriate and that continued communications about the matter could cross the lines of her prosecutorial independence as attorney general.

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“The recording allows members of the committee to decide for themselves” about whether or not she was pressured by Mr Wernick, Ms Wilson-Raybould writes.

Mr Wernick stepped down as Canada’s top bureaucrat this month.

What is parliament doing to investigate?

The Liberal-dominated justice committee dropped the inquiry into the SNC-Lavalin affair earlier this month, saying its objectives have been achieved.

After the committee ended the inquiry, Ms Wilson-Raybould announced that she would submit further materials to back up her testimony.

Some 40-pages were released, which include copies of texts and emails, as well as Ms Wilson-Raybould’s elaboration on her view of the events.

Opposition parties had wanted Ms Wilson-Raybould to return to committee following her bombshell testimony in February, where she accused Mr Trudeau and members of his inner circle of spending months trying to politically interfere in the SNC-Lavalin matter.