Deborah Coyne

Citizen Engagement: Power from the People

Whether we choose to think about business, health care, education or war, all have undergone transformative change brought about by the information revolution. In fact, every area of modern life is going through this change. Every area except our formal structures of politics and government, that is.
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A Virtual Shoo-In

OTTAWA - Justin Trudeau is vowing to usher in a generational shift in Canadian politics — younger, more hopeful, less negative — after winning the federal Liberal leadership by a landslide Sunday.And...
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The Day's Biggest Winners..

The six remaining Liberal leadership contenders made their final pitches to Grits today and said goodbye to outgoing, interim leader, Bob Rae. The event featured 25-minute speeches from front-runner J...
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Liberal Long Shot Deserted

OTTAWA - Long-shot contender David Bertschi has been deserted by his campaign team as the Liberal leadership race heads down the home stretch.The Ottawa lawyer insists he's still a candidate and will...

One Canada: Building a Stronger and More Inclusive Federation

At the heart of my vision of One Canada for All Canadians is a more inclusive Canada. It is a Canada where citizens, communities, governments come together to build a better union. I believe Canadians want a strong federal government to take the leadership role that Stephen Harper has deliberately abandoned.
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UPDATE: Trudeau, Garneau Exchange Jabs

HALIFAX - Liberal Justin Trudeau accused a rival of resorting to negative tactics during a leadership debate Sunday as he attacked assertions that his bid for the party's top job has been heavy on rhe...
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Rolling Up My Sleeves for One Canada

As long as Liberals look for short-cuts, we are doomed to wander in the wilderness. Our seat count and support has not eroded in successive elections because the progressive vote is divided. I believe that the way to defeat the Conservatives and elect a truly progressive government is to rebuild the Liberal Party of Canada as the distinctive, clear and principled voice of One Canada.
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Who Won The Liberal Rumble?

VANCOUVER - Liberal leadership hopefuls sparred Sunday over an existential issue for their once mighty party: can it win the next election on its own or does it need to join forces with other progress...
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Let The Liberal Infighting Begin

OTTAWA - Federal Liberal brass are being accused of subverting a leadership process that was supposed to transform the party from an elitist club into the country's most open political vehicle.That's...
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Unscripted: A Life Devoted to Building a Better Canada (EXCERPT)

As the Ontario policy chair for the 1984 John Turner leadership campaign, I discovered how marginalized policy ideas were from the political process.Turner held his own during the first televised debate, but many believe that the knockout blow came in the second debate, when he told Mulroney that he had "no option" but to approve the patronage appointments Pierre had left him during the transition. Pointing a finger at Turner, Mulroney forcefully pounced. "You had an option, sir," Mulroney said. "You could have said, 'I'm not going to do it, this is wrong for Canada, and I'm not going to ask Canadians to pay the price'. . ." A clearly rattled Turner simply repeated, "I had no option."
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Why Should You Elect Me as Liberal Leader? Digital Freedom

Today I enter public life as a candidate for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada. We live in an online world, and it has unlocked a universe of opportunities. Unfortunately, we have a government that sees our online world as a threat. They think everybody who lives in this online world needs to be monitored. One of the cornerstones of my campaign will be a proposed Digital Bill of Rights for all Canadians. Someone has to step up to protect our rights from the excesses of governments.
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Media Bites: Liberal Race? More Like a Cakewalk, Am I Right?

Avid news junkies know there's really five other folks "running," but c'mon folks, this is the leadership of the Liberal Party you're running for, a job only the most eminently experienced children of dead prime ministers are qualified to fill. In reality, of course, Wednesday was a date like any other for a nation that's already been toiling under the weight of a Liberal leadership tournament ever since Bob Rae stepped down last June, or at latest since that crisp October evening when Justin Trudeau threw his shimmering locks into the ring.
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I See Canada From a Bus, Not Airplane

I am not an MP, and I do not come from the Ottawa bubble, and I do not believe that Canadians think the job criteria for a politician is being a politician. I want to bring a fresh and new approach to politics, one that is welcoming, inclusive, and values each individual for their contribution. I have recently driven across the country, not flown over it as many politicians tend to do. I have stopped in smaller towns and cities and talked to folks, and actually listened to them. When you do that, you hear what it is that actually concerns Canadians, and it also gives me a chance to share my vision of Canada with them.
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One Canada for All Canadians

Canadians urgently need the Liberal Party to step up to the plate, and provide the bold national leadership so glaringly absent today. It's an ambitious vision, but I have never been one to back away from a challenge. I have seen first-hand the power Canadians can have when we come together for One Canada. Join me in building a better Canada.
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Things Are Heating Up

After a slow summer on the leadership front, a race for the federal Liberal crown could soon start picking up speed. MPs and senators are gathering in Montebello, Que., to plan the fall sitting of Pa...
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Why I Should Lead the Liberal Party of Canada

My vision for Canada's future is one that appeals to our higher aspirations and hopes for the future, rather than to our fears, distrust, and resentment. In running for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada, I want to appeal to all those Canadians who are uncertain where they fit into Canadian politics, but want to talk about the kind of nation we are building, and what it is that makes us Canadian.
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A New Challenger Appears

OTTAWA - Liberals yearning for the glory days of Trudeaumania as they head into a leadership contest could face a choice between Pierre Trudeau's eldest son and the mother of his only daughter.Justin...