The outlines of the Justin Trudeau Liberal election strategy are now appearing. Purposeful or not (and I think it is), he is getting Canadians to first look, then think, and finally accept him and, by extension, his party as the natural voting alternative to Mr. Harper. Voters do not all wait till election day to make up their minds.
One of the first orders of business for new political party leaders is the branding of their party. What will their party stand for? What will they do if elected? How will their policies help Canadian families? The Liberals and the media together have been closely watching Justin Trudeau since he became leader. They want to see what Trudeau's brand will be. So far, his biggest alignment has been with illegal activity. Not a great start.
More and more people seem to be concluding that while marijuana has its real risks, letting grown-ups make their own choices about it is preferable to, and ultimately less damaging than, having the government assume a protective, prohibitory role. And yet... Take many of these same people and start talking to them about transfats or super-size sodas -- about Twinkies and Coca Cola -- and the conversation quickly turns to calls for bans and lawsuits and regulation. At just about the same time Colorado was legalizing pot, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg was busy trying to ban large sugary drinks.
Conventional wisdom suggests Prime Minister Harper should tread lightly on Quebec Premier Marois' proposed Charter of Quebec values. However, my uns...
Even as a non-Liberal, I am well aware that the only alternative to the Conservatives is not the NDP but the Liberals in 2015. However, the nomination to replace Bob Rae is beginning to worry me as potential candidates are being pushed aside to make way for a "star" candidate from New York. Let me share with you what an open democracy will bring to the race by highlighting one of these great potential candidates. His name is Mark Warner
When Justin Trudeau announced to a crowd in BC that he supported the legalization of marijuana, he took a brave, yet proper stance on the wasteful, and tyrannical war on marijuana. Marijuana criminalization has ruined lives, and has distracted law enforcement into wasting their time and resources on a personal activity that shouldn't be a crime. Trudeau is on the side of common sense while the Conservatives are on the side of insanity, ignorance, and foolishness.
A cabinet shuffle can be a means to revive a political brand. In the case of the Harper Conservative government, the recent cabinet shuffle was an at...
Since the start of his campaign for the leadership of the Official Opposition New Democratic Party of Canada, there has seemed to be a subtext of waiting whenever Thomas Mulcair is the topic of conversation. You would often hear panelists talk about his temper or hosts of political shows bring up the "angry Mulcair" meme. What has been striking is his composed and controlled demeanour in the face of anger-inducing situations. But if he wants to win the country, Mulcair must find a way to translate that legendary anger into passion.
I respect the City Councillors Josh Matlow of St. Paul's ward and Gord Perks of Parkdale-High Park ward. It is just too bad they do not respect the wishes of the long-suffering residents of Scarborough who want and deserve a piece of the same subway/ transit benefits and opportunities that Matlow and Perks' own downtown Toronto constituents enjoy.
Justin Trudeau's speaking fees affair, and the Senate and MP expense and ethics scandals, all reveal how negligent federal politicians have been in establishing strong, clear rules for their jobs and ethics. And as many other ongoing scandals reveal, politicians across Canada have been equally negligent.
I have been watching, with increasing irritation, the flurry of criticism over Justin Trudeau's decision to accept a $20,000 speaking engagement for a charitable organization while he was a sitting MP. I would like to address the suggestion that it was somehow wrong for Mr. Trudeau to accept a reasonable fee to attempt to help a charity raise awareness and support for its cause. This notion is misguided. Indeed, it is precisely the kind of limited thinking that is hurting our philanthropic sector.
Hopefully the summer break will allow all the parties to reflect on the good and the bad of this past session. When they return let's hope they can tone down the hyper-partisanship a bit and work in the best interests of all Canadians. After all that is why we sent them there.
Between NDP MPs not paying their income taxes and members of the federal Conservative caucus being accused of defrauding taxpayers through false spending claims, neither party has the moral authority to determine whether Justin Trudeau acted inappropriately in being compensated for speeches he was being asked to deliver that were outside his mandate as an MP. At its core the vitriol and stunning rhetoric regarding this issue has little to do with Trudeau's actions and far more to do with the fear of what Justin Trudeau at the helm of the Liberal Party of Canada could do to the government and official opposition.
From the beginning of his leadership campaign, that has been Justin Trudeau's strength -- giving Canadians good reasons to vote FOR him, not just AGAINST the other guy. In that constructive spirit, he has also developed an aggressive agenda for Parliamentary, electoral and political reform to strengthen Canadian democracy and improve financial transparency.
I predict that Mayor Ford would be more than happy to do as Justin Trudeau has recommended and post his office budget and expenses. Although Mayor Ford represents about 23 times the voters, spread over 25 times the area, as Olivia Chow, his budget is only 4.43 times greater than her total expenses.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to take part in an unofficial focus group. I say unofficial as it wasn't organized by any of the research or polling c...