Debate

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...

Does Following a Methodology Make You Religious?

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 06.08.2013 | Canada
Rabbi Ben Hecht

There is an interesting disconnect in our world today regarding religion. Being an adherent to a certain religion is simply seen, to most people, as a description of the way by which this individual achieves spirituality. This is not, however, the way that religions -- even more so, traditional religious systems -- actually view themselves.

Media Bites: How Will Columnists Handle Post-Election Withdrawal?

J.J. McCullough | Posted 12.24.2012 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Well, the final American presidential debate is over and the Canadian reviews are in! And talk about an overwhelming consensus -- when it comes to Obama versus Romney, practically every Canuck pundit seems to agree that yes, this is something I want to talk about for several days instead of writing a column about Dwight Duncan or whatever. Look, I'm just gonna come out and say it, says Postmedia darling Michael Den Tandt, "the entire recent cycle of U.S. public politics including the Republican and Democratic conventions, have been a tour de force" -- especially when compared to the boring political shlock offered by this snorefest with igloos we call a country.

How Derogatory Language Hurts us All

Zach Paikin | Posted 12.23.2012 | Canada Politics
Zach Paikin

During the debate, without thinking, I tweeted that Romney had just been "raped" by Obama. Realizing my mistake, I deleted the tweet seconds later and issued an apology later in the debate. It may have taken an idiotic mistake on my part, but I now appreciate more than before the importance of language in advancing our values. It is not enough to pay tribute to certain laudable rights-related causes every once in a while. We must be serious about the issues in question in every aspect of our lives. We could collectively start by choosing our language more carefully and opposing the use of certain inappropriate words whose meanings have unfortunately become watered down over the years. I know that's where I'll begin.

The Not-So-Foreign Policy Debate

Hina P. Ansari | Posted 12.23.2012 | Canada Politics
Hina P. Ansari

The stage was set at Boca Raton's Lynn University. The desk dusted, chairs put in place and zingers primed and ready for volleying. Oh, and it was supposed to be about Foreign Policy. Right? Well it kind of was. Kind of. According to Romney, American grade school teachers are part of American foreign policy. Confused? Wait, there's more...

Will Debates Teach Canadian Politicos the Value of Sass?

Ike Awgu | Posted 12.17.2012 | Canada Politics
Ike Awgu

The President was again in a debate with a challenger, and again Canadians were glued to their seats. It is easy to understand why Americans cared about these debates -- it is their country, after all. What is less easy to understand, and more interesting, is why Canadians did. Canadians are watching these debates because they are convinced that America and its values matter in the world. If Trudeau, Harper or Mulcair seek to inspire Canadians they would do well to take a page from our neighbours to the south and convince Canadians, no, tell them, that we are not just another country.

Lorraine, was it? Highlights from The Presidential Town Hall Debate

Hina P. Ansari | Posted 12.17.2012 | Canada Politics
Hina P. Ansari

Last night Obama needed to win. There really was no other option. Obama was so on (and then some) that you could feel Bill Maher's elation when he tweeted about the return of the "Black Ninja." Then it got seriously real when the issue of energy and drilling companies motivated both to pretty much get into each other's grills creating one of many unexpected and unforgettable moments. Moments such as a woman named Lorraine. Or was it Lorianne? In fact, there was a binder full of women. Romney attempting to spike the ball by asking Obama repeatedly if he has in fact checked his (much smaller) pension. And Michelle and Ann's fashion blunder.

Watching the Watchdog: Last Night Obama Got His Mojo Back

Tim Knight | Posted 12.17.2012 | Canada Politics
Tim Knight

During his first debate with Mitt Romney, Barack Obama seldom looked directly at Romney. He seldom contradicted Romney. He never raised his voice to Romney. He never really challenged Romney. So what happens in the second U.S. presidential debate? OBAMA GETS HIS MOJO BACK!!! He came out bristling for a fight. This time Obama's in charge. He dominates the fight, provides the drive, the passion. This time, no deference.

Twitter Was the Best Part of this Debate

Hina P. Ansari | Posted 12.04.2012 | Canada Politics
Hina P. Ansari

Well the first debate is in the books. And I'm using the term "debate" rather loosely here. Election season brings forth probably the best reality television there is for me -- though last night was sorely lacking. Thankfully, Twitter kept it highly entertaining because if it weren't for Twitter I, along with Jim Lehrer, would have nodded off 10 minutes in.

What Alison Redford Has To Do To Win In Alberta

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.07.2012 | Canada Politics

EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA, - Alberta Premier Alison Redford, say analysts, will need to deliver the debate of her life this week to save a 40-year-old...

Ontario Election Outcome Leaves No Room For Error

Ontario Election Debate Hub | Posted 12.07.2011 | Canada
Ontario Election Debate Hub

John Duffy (Liberal): Dalton McGuinty is the most consistently under-rated politician of his generation, and now, very clearly, one of the most successful. To him and his team go very high honours, and the challenge of charting the choppy waters ahead.

Ontario Election Buzzwords Lose Their Sting

Ontario Election Debate Hub | Posted 12.05.2011 | Canada
Ontario Election Debate Hub

Jason Lietaer (PC): I spent this morning at a powerful symbol of this campaign: the "abandoned" Mississauga power plant. I say "abandoned" because Dalton McGuinty now says he will "move" it. Sure.

Hey Ontario, Where's the Rage?

Ontario Election Debate Hub | Posted 12.04.2011 | Canada
Ontario Election Debate Hub

John Duffy (Liberal): It just doesn't feel like the anger is there this time. This is not to suggest that there aren't a lot of disappointed Ontarians, but there isn't enough fury directed at the Liberals to produce the kind of epic sacking that seemed in store for them.

Hudak's 'Homophobic' Flyer: Intolerant or Informative?

Ontario Election Debate Hub | Posted 12.03.2011 | Canada
Ontario Election Debate Hub

Jason Lietaer (PC): There will always be some kind of allegation of hate or intolerance thrown by the grits. This time, it's homophobia. And it's nonsense. McGuinty's making sure that parents don't have any say in what kids are taught at school about these topics. We stand on the side of parents.

Horwath Sends Mixed Messages on Minority Government

Ontario Election Debate Hub | Posted 11.30.2011 | Canada
Ontario Election Debate Hub

John Duffy (Liberal): Horwath will be under pressure to provide greater clarity regarding her statement about the need for "consensus" in the event of a minority government. I'd imagine she'd rather not leave NDP voters with the impression that she's planning on supporting a Tim Hudak administration.

Is McGuinty Starting to Sweat?

Ontario Election Debate Hub | Posted 11.29.2011 | Canada
Ontario Election Debate Hub

Jason Lietaer (PC): You know it's unpredictable when leaders start making things up. This week, Mr. McGuinty launched a new jobs plan that's not in his platform, announced a negotiating position for the OMA talks and cancelled a powerplant that looks more like a powerplant than a field.

Andrea Horwath: No Substance?

Ontario Election Debate Hub | Posted 11.28.2011 | Canada
Ontario Election Debate Hub

Jason Lietaer (PC): Ms. Horwath did well. Much improved from her performance on Friday. She was poised and on message, and I think most Ontarians saw her as genuine. Her ideas all sound great until you start to cost them, but that's not the biggest issue in any debate. Details don't win, impressions do.

Will Tonight's Debate Be McGuinty's Game-Changer?

Ontario Election Debate Hub | Posted 11.27.2011 | Canada
Ontario Election Debate Hub

Jason Lietaer (PC): Dalton Mcguinty's trying to make a difficult case: that things are going to get tougher and you need the same guy to continue. Do you think McGuinty did a good job under tough circumstances? Vote for McGuinty. If you think that his tax increases, high hydro rates and waste made a bad situation worse? Vote for one of the other options.

Is Andrea Horwath the Only Adult in the Room?

Ontario Election Debate Hub | Posted 11.26.2011 | Canada
Ontario Election Debate Hub

Heather Fraser (NDP): The challenge for all the leaders in tomorrow's debate is to get past the cameras and the political score cards and actually connect with voters. And if Ms. Horwath comes off as the adult in the room I won't be surprised or bothered because being premier requires adult behaviour.

The Jury's Still Out on Ontario Parties

Ontario Election Debate Hub | Posted 11.19.2011 | Canada
Ontario Election Debate Hub

Jason Lietaer (PC): A lot is still up for grabs in this election: Will the NDP be able to match the growth seen in the last three weeks of the federal campaign? Will Dalton McGuinty begin to beat back a prospective vote-stealing NDP surge? The pre-game is ending. Now the real match begins.

MPs Still Nobodies, But Now it's When They're on the Hill

Donald Lenihan | Posted 11.19.2011 | Canada
Donald Lenihan

Once upon a time, policy-making was about finding the best ideas to solve a problem. Today, policy process is no longer about finding the best ideas. It is mainly about managing different interest groups, many of whom are in a position to derail a process they don't like.