Liberal Leadership


Bob Rae Was More Than A Politician

Bob Rae's sudden retirement announcement shouldn't have come as a complete surprise and yet it left everyone in a kind of shock that only gets reserved for those whose lives have counted for something. History will reveal that Bob Rae outgrew all the labels that people used to identify him. They will remember him as a recipient of the Order of Canada, as chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Senior Fellow at Massey College. Twice under consideration as the Governor General of Canada, we will yet hear of his further exploits. Politics is a phase; service to others is a life, and Bob Rae isn't nearly finished with the latter.

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...

Media Bites: the Trudeau Media Bias Is Not What it Seems

As we await formal notice of Trudeau II's coronation, take a quick survey our nation's top papers. You'll find (at best) mostly cautious statements of conditional interest in a mildly competent politician whose greatest talent is exceeding low expectations. To be sure, the press does have a pro-Trudeau bias, but it's a bias of interest more than affinity.

Trudeau Says He Won't Bite Back

OTTAWA - In an era in which parties stockpile dirt on one another in the political equivalent of mutually assured destruction, Justin Trudeau admits he's taking a gamble by offering to unilaterally di...

Cast Your Ballots

TORONTO - Liberals have begun casting ballots to choose a leader they hope will guide them out of the political wilderness.Voting began shortly after the six leadership contenders made their final sal...

Even Trudeau Couldn't Lure Young Voters

OTTAWA - The federal Liberal leadership race was supposed to help the third-place party connect with a new, younger generation of voters and expand its shrunken base.But an analysis of those who've re...

With Garneau Gone, the Liberal Party Is Truly Lost

My congratulations to Justin Trudeau. My condolences to the Liberal Party of Canada. With Marc Garneau's recent withdrawal from the race for the party leadership, the "battle" is all but won. Marc Garneau offered a glimmer of hope for the optimists amongst us who wished to see a Liberal who might give the Conservatives a run for their money in 2015.

Get A Move On, 'Supporters'

OTTAWA - Less than a third of the almost 300,000 members and supporters who signed up to choose the Liberal party's next leader have so far registered to vote, prompting front-runner Justin Trudeau's...

Tweaking Their Image For The Big Show

OTTAWA - When Delilah cut off Samson's flowing mane in the Bible story, it was all downhill from there.Justin Trudeau is banking the reverse will be true for him, that a decidedly more conservative lo...

Trudeau's 'Muscle-Flexing' Gesture

Justin Trudeau's campaign has released a total number of potential voters for him in the "supporter" category that likely exceeds the efforts of any of the other seven candidates in the Liberal leader...

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...

Who's Winning The Twitter War?

OTTAWA - The deadline for Liberal leadership hopefuls to sign up new supporters for the party —and their candidacies — is Sunday.But while each of the eight candidates will rely on their new recruits...

Garneau Accuses Trudeau Of Hiding

Marc Garneau is credible, likable, celebrated, looks like a statesman and when it comes to being experienced it really doesn't get much better than being able to say you used to be an astronaut and ha...

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.

Justin Trudeau -- Mo' Money Mo' Problems?

It's no sin to be born into money. But it can be a burden, especially if you're a politician trying to establish a bond with middle class voters, as Liberal leadership frontrunner Justin Trudeau is -- and especially especially if you're counting on young voters. So, while Martha Hall Findlay's sucker-punch during Saturday's leadership debate was crude, it nonetheless represented a real blow the first in this contest, to Trudeau. And if Hall-Findlay's attack stung, wait till the Conservatives and NDP start to take their own jabs at Trudeau's silver spoon.

Top Five Reasons To Support Trudeau for Leader

The most promising candidate to lead the Liberal Party out of its third place standing is Justin Trudeau. No, it is not because of his wavy hair, nor due to some crazy notion that he is his famous father's reincarnation. Despite what the pundits claim, all immigrants' offspring do not blindly follow the Trudeau name. Here are the top five reasons why.

Joyce Murray, I Salute You

It is clear that, at least for the moment, efforts at cooperation are being thwarted by the NDP and by most of the Liberal leadership candidates. It needs to be mentioned in this context that B.C. MP Joyce Murray stands out as the exception to all the rules. As a contender for Liberal leader, she is advocating many of the same things that I have been doing as leader of the Greens.