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A Troubling 2013 for Justin Trudeau's Liberals

Daniel Dickin | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

Trudeau has been completely unable to define the Liberal Party or Trudeau brand under his leadership. On second thought, in Trudeau's first eight months as Liberal leader, he has said a lot. He just hasn't said the right things to make him worthy of leading this country.

Long Road Ahead for Broten's NDP

Cole Hogan | Posted 11.29.2013 | Canada Alberta
Cole Hogan

The Saskatchewan Party has launched a political advertisement against the new leader of the Saskatchewan NDP and Leader of the Official Opposition, Cam Broten. The advertisement attempts to tether Broten to the previous NDP leader, Dwain Lingenfelter, and to the party's 2011 First Nations resource revenue sharing policy.

Secularism and Canada's Divided Left

Jackson Doughart | Posted 11.18.2013 | Canada Politics
Jackson Doughart

There are many differences between the platonic idea of secularism and the secularist statute proposed last week in Quebec. These differences will doubtless count against the Charter of Values, especially in English Canada, where a discrete conception of religious freedom and suspicions of sovereigntist motivations have elicited much scepticism.

Justin Trudeau's Liberal Brand Problems

Daniel Dickin | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

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.

Cabinet Shuffle and the Road to 2015

Hassan Arif | Posted 09.21.2013 | Canada
Hassan Arif

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...

Is Justin Trudeau A Conservative?

Tom Kott | Posted 06.30.2013 | Canada Politics
Tom Kott

Trudeau is trying to find a new niche for the Liberal Party. A preliminary look indicated that he is trying to take the Conservative party's old right-of-centre spot on the ideological spectrum. With fewer differences between the two parties, Trudeau's youth and vitality may come as an asset in 2015 when Canadians go to the polls.

Trudeau Needs To Do Better Than This

Daniel Dickin | Posted 06.23.2013 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

Justin Trudeau needs to fire his public relations team. Either that, or perhaps the Conservative Party truth ads were entirely correct in depicting Trudeau as being completely devoid of the experience."Doesn't have the judgment or experience to be Prime Minister" could not have rung clearer in Trudeau's first week as Liberal leader.

Canadian Jews Can and Will Vote with a Social Conscience

Bernie Farber | Posted 06.10.2013 | Canada Politics
Bernie Farber

B'nai Brith Canada's Frank Dimant insinuates that there's something "new" about Canadian Jews taking an interest in Aboriginal issues, child poverty and social housing.These matters have been part of the "Jewish agenda" here in Canada ever since Jews began to immigrate here more than 100 years ago. It's not even "new" to B'nai Brith Canada.

Sparks Fly At Liberal Debate

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.23.2013 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - Green party Leader Elizabeth May set the cat among the political pigeons at the final Liberal leadership debate Saturday.Sparks flew over t...

A Drop in Rankings Is What McGill Needs

Davide Mastracci | Posted 05.07.2013 | Canada Politics
Davide Mastracci

The 2013 Times High Education World Reputation Rankings (WRR) were recently released. The WRR measures the best universities in the world based upon t...

The Bitumen Bubble: Redford Needs To Bite The Bullet

Vincent St. Pierre | Posted 03.26.2013 | Canada Alberta
Vincent St. Pierre

Either you raise taxes or cut services to millions of Albertans. Or both. You can't make a balanced budget exist out of no where, although the  Redford Conservatives have tried by calling their previous budget balanced by excluding capital funding. Skirting the fundamental problems with Alberta's governing party can only go so far and a part in government can only run around the issue for so long before reality hits.

Who's Watching The Media Watchers?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.29.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Liberals want the country's top civil servant to investigate the Conservative government's use of media monitoring during the 2011 electi...

Paradox of Politics Creates the Ultimate Ballot Dilemma in Calgary Centre

Paul Hughes | Posted 01.14.2013 | Canada Alberta
Paul Hughes

From a progressive's point-of-view 1 Calgary Centre is ambitious, commendable, daring, timely and incredibly brilliant. From a conservative perspective, it is a nightmare. But will it work?

Liberals: Don't Rally Around a Sprinter, We're in a Marathon

Zach Paikin | Posted 12.03.2012 | Canada Politics
Zach Paikin

Liberals made a pledge to focus on rebuilding the party from the ground up. It is essential, now that the Grit leadership race is getting underway, that Liberals honour this promise. Liberals should select their next leader keeping in mind the following difficult but unavoidable truth: The Liberal Party of Canada will not win the 2015 federal election. The worst thing the Grits could do right now is to rally en masse around any one candidate for leader early in the race and not give this candidate a chance to prove his or her worth. Better to have Grits unite around a common vision as a result of debate than to unite around a personality hoping for a Hail Mary.

Liberal Nomination '12: The Race For Calgary Centre

Vincent St. Pierre | Posted 11.14.2012 | Canada Alberta
Vincent St. Pierre

On the 22nd of September Liberals from across downtown Calgary will vote from 9:00 am and 5:00 pm at the Kahanoff Conference Centre,  and vote for one of three (or a rumored four, with the final one being a possible star candidate) candidates vying for the chance to contest the upcoming byelection under the Liberal banner. Three candidates are raring up to challenge the Liberal nomination in Calgary Centre.

Harper, Mulcair And End-Of-Summer Polls

Vincent St. Pierre | Posted 09.04.2012 | Canada Alberta
Vincent St. Pierre

Polling is a long haul game. Jitters of points inside margins of errors don't showcase who has different levels of support or who is the newest front runner in the media past time of political horse races.

Is the Liberal Red Fading?

Jonathan Naymark | Posted 10.30.2012 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Naymark

These are not, nor have the past five years, been the best of times to be a card carrying member of the Liberal Party. I'm barely old enough to recall a Canada that come election night was painted a deep Liberal red. Anyone much younger than me has the right to ask: what Liberal Party?

Why Christy Clark's Team Is Jumping Ship

Samuel Getachew | Posted 10.28.2012 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

Earlier today, B.C.'s young Finance Minister and Deputy Premier, Kevin Falcon, resigned both positions effective immediately. In recent weeks, many MLAs have announed their resignations. The fact is that Christy Clark's leadership style and lack of clarity has made her irrelevant and incompetent at best.

REBRAND: The Liberal Party's Makeover Challenge

Kerry Harris | Posted 10.10.2012 | Canada Politics
Kerry Harris

Shame on you Liberal party: You have taken a party that I cared about for most of my adult life and made me ashamed to say that I vote Liberal. I'm mad at you, damn it, and you should care about that. And so, I'm going to be way presumptuous and give you my five cents on the matter.

If Justin Trudeau Likes The Oil Sands, Why Can't You?

Jamie Ellerton | Posted 09.18.2012 | Canada Politics
Jamie Ellerton

Once we acknowledge that virtually all of us agree that the oil sands are vital to Canada, we recognize the absurdity of claims that this is in any way a nationally divisive issue. Even Justin Trudeau, the man poised to be the next Liberal leader, knows that developing the oil sands is the only choice for Canadians.

Tim Thomas Makes the Puck Political

Michael Raine | Posted 07.30.2012 | Canada
Michael Raine

Less than a year ago the thought of Tim Thomas donning a Leafs jersey would have implanted a CN Tower-sized grin across my face. But then he went from Tim Thomas, hockey god, to Tim Thomas, Tea Partier. This kicks down the mental door that separates two of my unwavering, and usually frustrating, passions; hockey and politics.

Saskatchewan Election Sees NDP Panicking

Steve Lafleur | Posted 12.19.2011 | Canada Politics
Steve Lafleur

The once-mighty NDP, led by rookie leader Dwain Lingenfelter, is poised for a humiliating defeat. There is a degree of panic in the party leadership and it is illustrated in their platform. Sensing little chance of winning, the NDP has resorted to old left policies in a desperate attempt to shore up support from unions.

Hudak Needed a Campaign of Silence

Peter Worthington | Posted 12.11.2011 | Canada
Peter Worthington

When Dalton McGuinty was down in the polls, Hudak seemed prepared to let the Liberals self-destruct without comment from him. Maybe if Hudak had run a campaign on silence, instead of uttering banalities and refusing to answer certain pointed questions, he'd have done better in Toronto and urban centres.

Dalton McGuinty Thinks Money Grows on Trees

David Frum | Posted 12.08.2011 | Canada
David Frum

The McGuinty version of fiscal austerity includes green-jobs boondoggles. Ontarians must overpay twice for energy: once in the form of huge overpayments to uncompetitive solar and wind producers, and then again in the form of subsidies to companies that manufacture the components for solar and wind.

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.