Inside Politics

Meanwhile, in caffeinated-beverage-related political movement news ...

... the seemingly indefatigable Duff Conacher is calling on Canadians with a craving for "good, democratic government" to take part in a cross-country campaign under the banner of the Coffee Party of Canada

According to the website -- which is hosted by, and links exclusively to Conacher's main venture, the venerable Democracy Watch, a donor-funded watchdog group -- the goal is to encourage Canadians "to spend as much time as they spend lining up to buy coffee" communicating their concerns about corporate and public accountability to elected officials -- over a steaming cup of coffee, of course. 

The site includes action alerts with guidelines for letters, as well as the email addresses of "key Canadian media," as well as a link to donate to Democracy Watch. 

It also offers downloadable signs and stickers, which feature a stylized coffee mug logo -- a logo that bears a remarkable resemblance to that used by an American political group calling itself ... the Coffee Party USA, as spotted by the always sharp-eyed Susan Delacourt on twitter. 

So, is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? According to Conacher, any similarity between the two movements is entirely coincidental: 

No, no formal or informal link -- only that good ideas cross borders (thankfully), always have and hopefully always will.

Although I thought up the idea over the holidays before finding out that there was a Coffee Party movement in the U.S. -- then found out through an Internet search, then checked and found that was not registered, so set it up, sent out the alert and news release. 


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