The Presidential Debates Have Told Voters Effectively Nothing

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 10.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Fransi Weinstein

How many debates have we endured? There have been so many I've lost count. Correct me if I'm wrong but I think there were 12 GOP debates during the primaries, five for the Democrats, plus one town hall, one vice-presidential debate and three presidential debates. Geeze Louise, talk about overkill.

Why Your Anti-Hillary Clinton Argument Is Invalid

Jennifer Pitt | Posted 07.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Jennifer Pitt

I understand that people feel like they need to pick the lesser of the evils in deciding who to vote for; we have all faced a vote like that a time or two in our voting lives. While I am not staunchly pro-Hillary, I have a serious problem with one of the current anti-Hillary arguments that are making the rounds.

Democrats Protest All Night Over Gun Control, Republicans Don't Budge

CP | Erica Werner, The Associated Press | Posted 06.23.2016 | Canada Politics

Democrats, some draped in blankets and toting pillows, carried their remarkable House floor sit-in past daybreak Thursday.

5 Things Corporate Sponsors Can Learn From The 2016 U.S. Election

Matthew Klar | Posted 03.29.2016 | Canada Business
Matthew Klar

Political campaigns are an exercise in brand management. The questions asked inside campaign operations are similar to those asked inside marketing boardrooms: what types of issues should we support? What do we stand for? Is our message digestible to consumers and differentiated from our competitors?

America's Two-Party System Is Strange

Jonathan Scott | Posted 03.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Scott

The "big tent" factor of both American parties and the constraints of the "winner-take-all" presidency makes for some particularly strange bedfellows. But is the two-party system under attack this election cycle? It certainly seems so -- and it could well be to Secretary Hillary Clinton's advantage.

What A Trump Presidency Will Do To Canada

Jack Jedwab | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

When some may think it's best to mind their own business when a very close friend is about to make a really bad decision, I believe it's important to let them know. With the strong possibility that the highly divisive Donald Trump will be the Republican candidate for the United States presidency, it is often out of friendship that many Canadians feel compelled to share their concerns with their neighbours to the south. After all, as friends, we don't want walls between us.

Courting The Middle Will Win Hillary Clinton The White House

Justin Beach | Posted 02.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Justin Beach

Hillary Clinton could not be in a better position for the November election. Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, who appear to stand in her way, are actually helping her to position herself for victory. Issues and ideology aside Hillary is way ahead of the pack in the the game of political chess and should have no trouble winning in November.

Why NGOs Are Relieved the UN Called Canada out on the Income Tax Act

Megan Hooft | Posted 07.24.2016 | Canada Politics
 Megan Hooft

Canada has received a rebuke from a United Nations treaty monitoring body for its lack of respect for human rights. The Human Rights Committee (HRC) released a lengthy list of issues it cited as concerning as part of its concluding observations on the country's review of civil and political rights. Included was an important reference to the federal government's efforts to silence human rights organizations and advocacy through the Income Tax Act -- a welcome expression of support for charities under audit.

Pelosi Has Her Pipeline Facts All Wrong

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 05.17.2013 | Canada
Mitch Wolfe

Democratic House leader, Nancy Pelosi, recently tried to meet with Canadian New Democrat Party ("NDP") Leader Thomas Mulcair, in Washington, under th...

The Sooner We Go Over the Fiscal Cliff, The Better

Diane Francis | Posted 02.08.2013 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

The Americans, bless them, never miss an opportunity to hype a product or an issue. And the so-called "fiscal cliff" is another example of the type of drama that characterizes its noisy policy scape. Frankly, the sooner the cliff is reached the better. And Canadians have much at stake too.

American Politics Are All Shook Up

Justin Beach | Posted 01.08.2013 | Canada Politics
Justin Beach

2012-11-05-electionbannerreal.jpg Republicans have to reinvent themselves. The tactics and issues that have worked for them for more than three decades have failed. Democrats and progressives have a rare opportunity to permanently shift the debate on several key issues. America is at a crossroads, more divided than ever and trying to decide what kind of nation it wants to be now that it is no longer the world's lone superpower.

Watching the Watchdog: An Election Day Fable

Tim Knight | Posted 01.07.2013 | Canada Politics
Tim Knight

During those four years there had been much sadness, wailing and gnashing of teeth and beating of breasts in the land as the tribe's riches and power ebbed, and the people lost faith in their tribe. So therefore, many leaders did arise who did each say unto the people that he alone was strong and of good courage and should be their leader to lead them out of the slough of despond and into the land of milk and honey...

The Branding Lessons You Can Learn From the U.S. Election

Karen Wensley | Posted 01.07.2013 | Canada Business
Karen Wensley

2012-11-05-HP_World_Graphic_300x70.png Most of us are relieved the U.S. election is over -- listening to the hyperbole of the campaign for so many months has been difficult even for Canadians who don't hear the ads and don't have the same emotional reaction to the candidates. But there are some lessons to be learned for non-politicians working on their personal brands.

This Election Was No Tea Party for Mitt Romney

Hassan Arif | Posted 01.07.2013 | Canada Politics
Hassan Arif

2012-11-05-HP_World_Graphic_300x70.png At the end of the day, this "close" election was not really that close. While the race was closer than 2008, Romney's routes to victory proved limited and, ultimately, impossible. The outcome of this election will likely raise serious questions about the influence of the right wing Tea Party in the Republican Party.

The Victory Speech I Wish I Heard Last Night

Aaron H. Emery | Posted 01.07.2013 | Canada Politics
Aaron H. Emery

2012-11-05-HP_World_Graphic_300x70.png Imagine the following scene with me, if you will: Marine One lands amid a fury of fireworks in the middle of Grant Park in Chicago. President Obama is wearing a full flight-suit as he struts from the LZ up onto a stage already occupied by Bruce Springsteen and Jay-Z. As he makes his way behind the podium, George Clooney unveils a giant "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" banner.

Media Bites: An Obama Win Makes Canada the Loser

J.J. McCullough | Posted 01.07.2013 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg A successful Obama presidency -- one that trims the debt, shrinks the deficit, reforms entitlements, and spurs GDP growth is one dangerously likely to revive the old Canadian demons of insecurity and inferiority. Regardless of how much it may satiate our fiscal interests, an economically resurgent America almost certainly means a return to second-place status for this country.

So What if Obama Were a Muslim?

Abubakar Kasim | Posted 01.06.2013 | Canada Politics
Abubakar Kasim

2012-11-05-electionbannerreal.jpg It is deeply worrisome and disturbing to see the amount of hate that is out there against Muslims. Obama failed to stand up against the bigots who started spreading misinformation about his religious beliefs. He should have silenced them by asking them, "so what if I were a Muslim?"

Eight Insights from the 2012 U.S. Election, So Far

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

2012-11-05-electionbannerreal.jpg There are very few things in life that simultaneously fill you with both cynicism and exhilaration like the American presidential election. And 2012 is certainly no exception. As the election cycle draws to a close, here's a look back at some of the most valuable insights from the year.

It's Only Monday and I've Already Read Romney's Obituary

Todd Herron | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Todd Herron

2012-11-05-electionbannerreal.jpg In the modern world of reporting news before it happens, conservative bloggers are already writing Mitt Romney's political obituary. Conservatism in the USA will face an unprecedented crisis. It is no longer a proud animal; it is a fearful one.

Why the Day After Election Day Matters Most

Yoni Goldstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Yoni Goldstein

Tuesday, election day, is going to be a big day, there's no doubt about it. Americans when they go to the polls will be deciding the direction their country takes -- on the economy, health care, big or small government, taxes, marriage, abortion and foreign policy -- for the next four years. But I'd like to talk about what to my mind is an even bigger day -- Wednesday, the day after the election -- because one very important thing in America needs to change and Wednesday is when it has to start.

This Ain't My Grandma's Republican Party

Josh Bowman | Posted 11.26.2012 | Canada Politics
Josh Bowman

Watching the last few years of American politics from my side of the fence, I am absolutely flabbergasted by how deeply entrenched and polarized the two parties have become. I might debate an issue I believe in, but I'll go home and consider it from both sides. My grandma was the same way.

Who Lied More at the Conventions: Politicians or the Media?

Diane Francis | Posted 11.10.2012 | Canada
Diane Francis

The presence of 15,000 journalists in Tampa and Charlotte for the conventions was ridiculous but even wackier is the size of "Nation PR." Likely bigger than Newark or its governor, this is an industry of propagandists, bloggers, twitterers, scandal-mongers, pundits, spin doctors, pollsters, journalist-partisans who pen biased op-eds and columns, campaign operatives and dewy-eyed "Monicas" who will do anything for the boss. Nation PR never sleeps and now the fun, for the rest of us, begins as they launch their saturation bombing campaign on US voters to capture victory in November.

Media Bites: Harper Ended His Relationship With Iran, and Yes, It's Complicated

J.J. McCullough | Posted 11.09.2012 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Friday morning brought news that the Harper administration had officially unrecognized the Islamic Republic of Iran. So rest easy. Or panic. Harper has either made one of the worst diplomatic blunders of our time or given us a head start in fleeing the terrors of World War III. It all depends on what source you consider more credible on issues of national security -- Al Jazeera or Sun TV.

Watching the Watchdog: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly RNC Speeches

Tim Knight | Posted 10.31.2012 | Canada Politics
Tim Knight

I really don't care if Clint Eastwood was stoned, drunk or at 82, just plain senile. He was the only speaker over the three nights of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, who I couldn't stop watching. Here's my professional report card on how the different speakers used the 'prompter.

How Barack Obama May Lose the Presidency

Marko Sijan | Posted 09.02.2012 | Canada Politics
Marko Sijan

It's not that Americans aren't smart enough to know the bile spewed in super-PAC ads consists largely of lies. Surely they suspect Romney could care less about them, and his presidency would hinge solely on placating the so-called "one-percenters" who really run America; it's just there's something omnipotent about the way unlimited amounts of money slowly, steadily steer our thoughts and desires.