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The Myth of Open Nomination Contests

Keith Beardsley | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

Nomination battles are fascinating to watch and if you are part of one it is an exhilarating experience. The hype of "open nominations" will continue as all parties try to prove to the media and public that there is a new way of doing business now. Let us see how long it takes before we start hearing complaints from potential challengers about how they were dealt with during this "open" process.

Rules For Using the Government Jet Seem Up in the Air

Keith Beardsley | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

Watching the NDP's feigned outrage at the Conservative's use (misuse) of government aircraft generates flashbacks to when the Conservatives were in opposition. At that time as head of the Conservative research group looking into Liberal misdeeds, we would often check the Challenger jet flight logs. Upon assuming office in February 2006 realty set in.

Why Does Harper Still Support the Repressive, Misogynistic Saudi Regime?

Yves Engler | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

Even the most ardent Conservative supporters must wonder what principled position is behind the recent government-sponsored arms deal with Saudi Arabia that will send over $10 billion worth of Light Armoured Vehicles to one of the most anti-woman and repressive countries in the world. Outside its borders, the Saudi royal family uses its immense wealth to promote and fund many of the most reactionary, anti-women social forces in the world. The Conservatives have ignored these abuses, staying quiet when the regime killed "Arab Spring" protesters and intervened in Bahrain. Worse still, the Harper government's hostility towards Iran and backing of last July's military takeover in Egypt partly reflects their pro-Saudi orientation.

Conservatives Losing Ground

CBC | Posted 03.01.2014 | Canada Politics

Conservative support is down across much of Canada and the party ranks behind the Liberals and NDP on their perceived ability to handle many issues,...

Potential Mayoral Candidate John Tory Stumbles Even Before Reaching the Political Gate

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 04.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Mitch Wolfe

John Tory's non-campaign to become the next mayor of Toronto is in trouble. This is why. First, Edward Keenan, senior editor of The Grid and contr...

Did Trudeau Clean Up the Senate or Make a Bigger Mess?

Keith Beardsley | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

Justin Trudeau probably shocked his Senate caucus colleagues more than the voting public today when he announced he was removing Liberal senators from the Liberal caucus, thereby limiting the caucus to elected members of parliament. Eventually the dust will settle and the real reason for this move will become evident, but for now Trudeau is in the limelight and he will have the Conservatives scrambling and perhaps the NDP as well. The truth is no one including Trudeau knows and we will only find that out down the road and closer to the next election.

Tories Raked It In

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.21.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservatives easily defended their position as top political fundraisers last year, taking in $5.2 million in the final quarter of 2013....

Why Tory MPs Could Be Looking For Work

Keith Beardsley | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

Last month, Brian Jean announced that he is leaving the federal political scene this month. When opportunity knocks some MPs will decide enough is enough. No one can predict how many, but it is pretty safe to say we haven't seen the last member of the Conservative caucus decide that their future is not in Ottawa.

'We Are Seeing The Impacts Of Climate Change'

CBC | Posted 03.08.2014 | Canada Politics

In what is being considered a first by a member of the federal Conservatives, Kitchener-Waterloo MP Peter Braid stated publicly on CBC News Network’...

The One Book You Must Read to Understand Stephen Harper

Russ Blinch | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Russ Blinch

At first glance Harper looks very much the accountant he was trained to be: dull and lacking in passion. But don't be fooled, he has a determined even subversive vision for the country. Harper is bound to American style conservatism, yet his battles are not fought in the open. As a new book illustrates, Stephen Harper's path is a subtler one.

Canada's Offer to the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS Falls Short

Dr. Julio Montaner | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dr. Julio Montaner

There is an ongoing trend by our federal government to marginalize people living with HIV and AIDS. Ottawa will rightly pride itself about their investments in research aimed to develop a cure or possibly a vaccine. However, what good would it make to support research if we are not going to implement their results? InSite and HIV "Treatment as Prevention" are just two examples of Canadian successes that are simply not palatable to the federal government. And now globally, Canada has failed to match the contributions of key donors in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Why Conservative Comedy Does Not Work

Ward Anderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Ward Anderson

Simply put, it's funnier to laugh at those who Have than those who Have Not. If it surprises anyone that there is not more Right-Wing humour out there, ask yourself this simple question: When have you ever gone to a movie and rooted for the popular jock to beat the unpopular nerd?

Tory Fundraiser: Party Refused To Cover Duffy's Expenses

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

CALGARY - The man who oversees the Conservative Party's finances says he refused to pay off Sen. Mike Duffy's contested expenses, contradicting the ve...

This is the End of Civil Discussion

Jeff Paterson | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Jeff Paterson

I'm no John Ivison, Christie Blatchford, Chantal Hebert, Ezra Levant, Christopher Hume, Andrew Coyne or Margaret Wente. Heck, you could find bloggers...

How the Throne Speech Buried Veterans

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Jeff Rose-Martland

For Canada's veterans the Throne Speech was a big flop. It devoted a total of 10 sentences to vets, and only two of them said anything about Harper's plans. The other six were self-congratulatory backslapping: meaningless rhetoric from a government which appears to think supporting veterans is as simple as saying those words over and over.

The Week In Review: Harper Conservatives vs. the Media = Lamest Feud Ever

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 12.19.2013 | Canada Politics
Marni Soupcoff

Whether we're talking bloody tales of yore featuring the Hatfields vs. the McCoys or contemporary Twitter nastiness between Nicki Minaj and Stephen Tyler, acrimony can be amazingly fun to watch. But these fights are only as interesting as the players are genuinely passionate, which is perhaps why the ongoing feud between the Harper Conservatives and the media has got to be one of the dullest prolonged quarrels ever. The assaults being launched and the injuries being claimed in this vendetta are just too weak and inconsequential for anyone not living in the Parliament Hill bubble to give a hoot about.

Tories Ready To Rumble

CP | Lee-Anne Goodman and Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative caucus members are back at work in Ottawa and spoiling, it seems, for a fight — and not ...

Twitter Reacts To Del Mastro Charges

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.26.2013 | Canada Politics

Twitter reacted in anger to the news that MP Dean Del Mastro has been charged with breaking election spending rules. Del Mastro also removed himsel...

Charged.. And No Longer A Tory

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.26.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper lost his fifth caucus member of the year to scandal, after his former right-hand man in the House of Commons wa...

How Tony Clement Is Trying to Ruin My Retirement

David Martin | Posted 11.04.2013 | Canada Politics
David Martin

Recently, Treasury Board President Tony Clement reportedly floated a trial balloon which would see federal government retirees' annual health insurance premiums double. For my family, that would mean an extra $500 expense -- an amount which will add up to thousands of dollars over my lifetime. I deliberately chose to leave the private sector and join the government based on what was on offer.

The Real International Threat Against Canada

Murtaza Haider | Posted 09.21.2013 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

John Baird, Canada's foreign minister, may be barking up the wrong tree. He has identified and targeted Iran as the threat to Canadians. However, it is the Saudi Arabia-based charities that pose the greatest threat. As long as the Saudi charities continue to fund militancy and chaos across the globe, Canadians must stand on guard.

Jason Kenney vs. David Suzuki: The Great Canadian Slap Fight

J.J. McCullough | Posted 09.14.2013 | Canada
J.J. McCullough

Jason Kenney has ratcheted Canadian immigration to 50-year highs, and his ambitions require the public to never, ever regard this as anything but a Good Thing. But in a country where 41 per cent want immigration lowered, that's far from a cakewalk. Even Tory partisans are becoming skeptical. That leaves a scramble to suggest anyone who has problems with Canadian immigration policy must be an intolerant, racist, bigot. That's why Kenney jumped on Twitter a few days later, Kenney viciously denounced David Suzuki's "stridently anti-immigration views" as "toxic and irresponsible."

The Tories: Canada's Founding Party?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.05.2013 | Canada Politics

The Conservative Party of Canada was mulling paying off Senator Mike Duffy’s $90,000 in improperly claimed living expenses, but refused when they sa...

Why the Governor General Should Remove Harper

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 08.19.2013 | Canada Politics
Jeff Rose-Martland

The Governor General is the only one who can remove Harper. If the Conservative caucus were to revolt and kick Harper out of caucus, we could be faced with Stevie-the-Indie-PM. Even if Harper resigns -- which isn't likely -- it is still the GG who chooses to accept.

See You In September!

CBC | Posted 08.19.2013 | Canada Politics

The NDP and Liberals held their final caucus meetings this morning before leaving Ottawa for the summer after MPs voted unanimously last night to wrap...