Posts by Kai Nagata - Page 9

Want Free Trade? Build A West Coast Pipeline, Says China

01.20.16 | Commentary, Stand Up To China |  Kai Nagata

With final arguments in the Kinder Morgan pipeline review underway in Burnaby, a top Chinese official is using the moment to offer Canadians a deal. In his visit to Ottawa last Friday, Han Jun, China’s Vice-Minister of Financial and Economic Affairs, said the world’s second-largest economy would be willing to sign a Free Trade Agreement […]

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!!!!!!!!, and other lessons from the federal election

12.24.15 | Commentary, Election - Canada 2015, Strategy |  Kai Nagata

What do you think was the best-performing email subject line of the entire federal election campaign at Dogwood? If you guessed eight exclamation points in a row and nothing else, YOU’D BE RIGHT!!!!!!!! What may have been the product of mental exhaustion turned into a surprisingly effective get-out-the-vote email in the dying days of the […]

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People, place and power

12.23.15 | News, Organizing |  Kai Nagata

This is a blog post about voting reform, though I’m going to start by talking about Star Wars. Bear with me you must. The enemy in the original Star Wars trilogy is the Galactic Empire, and its signature act of despotism is the destruction of Alderaan, Princess Leia’s home world. Nobody wants to feel like […]

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Which voting system is best?

10.30.15 | Commentary, Elections |  Kai Nagata

When a favourite sports team falls short in the playoffs, fans are quick to find fault with the umpires, the weather, the league – in short, blaming everything the players themselves can’t control. A similar refrain is often heard after elections. “If only the rules were different, my team would be in a different position […]

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Strategic voting didn’t defeat Harper. Voter turnout did.

10.23.15 | Commentary, Organizing, Strategy |  Kai Nagata

History rarely repeats itself, but it does rhyme. Long before Justin Trudeau ever contemplated a life in politics, his father stoked the embers of Western alienation that would give rise to the Reform movement. Driven by a fiery hatred for the legacy of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Reform MPs like Stephen Harper led the unified Conservative […]

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Spare a Thought for the Cannon Fodder Candidates

09.28.15 | Op-Ed, Strategy |  Kai Nagata

This article first appeared in on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. In the last federal election, 1,279 brave Canadians, most of them earnestly wishing to serve their country, ran for office and lost. All that money. All those countless hours sacrificed by their family and volunteers, only to lose. When the final list for this […]

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An urgent appeal from Kai Nagata

08.28.15 | Commentary, No Tankers |  Kai Nagata

There’s no time to waste. We need national media attention on the Unist’ot’en Camp in Northern B.C. – before dozens, even hundreds of officers in tactical gear move in. The Unist’ot’en are a clan of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, whose territory stands in the path of several proposed pipelines, including Enbridge Northern Gateway. The camp […]

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The Ballad of Rich and Bill

08.19.15 | Commentary, Let BC Vote, No Tankers |  Kai Nagata

Dear panel, Ms. Young and NEB staff, I have decided to offer my comments on Kinder Morgan’s proposal in the form of a rhyming ballad. Neither the proponent nor the federal government appear to be taking this review process seriously, so I figure neither should we. With apologies to Robert Service, here it is: “The […]

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