Entries by Keith Beardsley from 10/2011

Trost Sheds the Gag Rule

| Posted 10.04.2011 | Canada

Conservative Member of Parliament Brad Trost created a bit of a stir this week when he publicly criticized a decision of his own government. What made his comments so newsworthy was the rarity of the occasion as it is most unusual for Conservative MPs to speak publicly against any government decision.

The Moment Hudak Lost

| Posted 10.07.2011 | Canada

When "foreign workers" story broke I sent a note to a friend of mine on the campaign and said "your team just blew it." It sounded like an angry old white guy's campaign reminiscent of some of the Reform Party campaigns of the 1990s.

Let Them Negotiate

| Posted 10.12.2011 | Canada Politics

A war against unions will feed some red meat to the party base, but at what cost both short and long term to our economy and is it worth the risk at this stage of our economic recovery?

Too Occupied to Vote?

| Posted 10.19.2011 | Canada Politics

The "occupiers" would accomplish more if they would show up on voting day and cast a ballot. They would accomplish more if they financially supported and participated in a political party of their choice.

Members of Parliament Controlled From Behind the Curtain

| Posted 10.21.2011 | Canada Politics

Control from the backrooms was always there, but never to the extent that it is now. Until the present generation of MPs, especially in the Conservative caucus, stand up to PMO (and other MPs to their respective leader's offices), not much will happen to improve their lot or that of MPs in general.

Will the NDP Stand Up For Consumers?

| Posted 10.26.2011 | Canada Politics

While the NDP is so concerned about the U.S. surcharge for Canadian travellers, what about all of those marketing boards that inflate the price Canadian consumers pay?

Who Is Looking Out for the Consumer?

| Posted 10.31.2011 | Canada Politics

Canadian consumers are growing increasingly frustrated that we pay more than our American neighbours for the same products even though our dollar is comparable to the US dollar. The problem for Harper is how do you contain that frustration and prevent it from turning into anger that can cost you votes?