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The Myth of Open Nomination Contests

Keith Beardsley | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

Nomination battles are fascinating to watch and if you are part of one it is an exhilarating experience. The hype of "open nominations" will continue as all parties try to prove to the media and public that there is a new way of doing business now. Let us see how long it takes before we start hearing complaints from potential challengers about how they were dealt with during this "open" process.

Trudeau: We're In The Money!

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Federal Liberals are boasting that they broke a bunch of fundraising records in the last three months of 2013 — raising more money than the...

Chong's Reform Bill Can't Be Any Worse Than Parliament Is Now

Keith Beardsley | Posted 02.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

There has been much discussion this week about Michael Chong's Private Members Bill to reform some of the aspects of how our parties act and control MPs. Whether one agrees with all the details found in his bill, one thing is certain; it can't make things any worse than they already are on the Hill.

Good News For Liberals

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.31.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The battle lines for the next election could very well be taking shape as a new poll suggests Justin Trudeau's Liberals have solidified their...

Althia Raj

NDP And Freeland: Fans To Foes | Althia Raj | Posted 11.18.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — The NDP and the Liberals may be locked in nasty war of words in the Toronto Centre by-election but New Democrats were big fans of Chrystia ...

Ottawa, Practice What You Preach and Promote Dialogue Within Venezuela

Maria Fleming | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Maria Fleming

The Conservative government has made the promotion and protection of human rights an integral part of Canadian foreign policy. Canadians expect their government to be a leader in the human rights field by reflecting and promoting Canadian values on the international stage. Venezuela should be no different.

The Duffy Scandal: Harper Will Emerge Stronger Than Ever

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 12.24.2013 | Canada Politics
Mitch Wolfe

After news that Harper intervened in Mike Duffy's expense scandal, I watched CBC's "The National" with Peter Mansbridge. Mansbridge was positively gleeful as he reported how Duffy had implicated Harper. Finally Mansbridge and the CBC had Harper, the bane of CBC's existence, on the proverbial ropes. But if you look at the facts objectively, rather than through a visceral anti-Harper prism, it becomes clear that Harper is blameless. I predict the prime minister will ride out this Ottawa-centric media blip. And emerge stronger and more politically powerful than ever.

Like it or Not, Justin Trudeau Has Staying Power

Keith Beardsley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

What do you do when your opponent has the potential to challenge you in some hard-won ridings, possibly putting your majority at risk? That's the question Prime Minister Harper and his advisers are grappling with. Like it or not, the emergence of Justin Trudeau and his staying power has changed the political dynamics in Ottawa.

Has B.C. Missed The LNG Boat?

CBC | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada British Columbia

In the Horn River Basin in B.C.'s far northeast, natural gas drilling has all but dried up. "At one time we probably had a couple dozen...

Mr. Trudeau's Summer Coup

David McLaughlin | Posted 11.11.2013 | Canada Politics
David McLaughlin

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.

Liberals Plot In P.E.I.

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Politics

GEORGETOWN, P.E.I. - Justin Trudeau has identified what's ailing the middle class, but he won't be rushed into offering any prescriptions.The Liberal ...

Why I'm Voting For Chrystia Freeland -- And You Should Too

George Smitherman | Posted 10.26.2013 | Canada Politics
George Smitherman

Chrystia Freeland is savvy and her capacity to build connection with community will be exceptional. It's an easy choice to endorse her formally and to lend full support to Justin Trudeau. I want to rid Canada of Harper. I am voting for Freeland and I think you should too.

See You In September!

CBC | Posted 08.19.2013 | Canada Politics

The NDP and Liberals held their final caucus meetings this morning before leaving Ottawa for the summer after MPs voted unanimously last night to wrap...

The B.C. Election: The Pitfalls of Flip-Flopping

Cole Hogan | Posted 08.08.2013 | Canada Alberta
Cole Hogan

Here Warren Kinsella's oft-repeated maxim rings true. In Kinsella's latest book he states that what is true of car crashes is true of political life. When polled, voters will insist they hate negative ads. But when they thinking no one is looking they will slow down, take a look, and remember what they see.

Trudeau Turns Cargo Shorts Into Political Leverage

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 07.07.2013 | Canada Politics
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

In his most recent video where he thanks donors for their money, the Liberal leader Justin Trudeau looks like a college sophomore playing hacky sack in the quad. What Trudeau says in the video is of little import -- as so often with the aspiring prime minister -- but it's how he presents everything that makes this ad -- initially (and easily) thought to be a joke -- so downright clever.


CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.06.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - What a difference a few weeks, and a charismatic new leader, have made to the financial fortunes of the federal Liberal Party.After years of ...

Trudeau Attack Ads: Hit or Miss?

Keith Beardsley | Posted 06.19.2013 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

Political attack ads are designed to make you think. Their aim is to get you to look at a person or an issue in a different light, one different from what the media or the party's political spin machine wants you to look at. Simply put, they work. While it seems everyone complains about them, they still watch them.

'We're Just Waiting For Justin'

CBC | Posted 06.13.2013 | Canada Politics

Despite being the first-born of a famous and charismatic prime minister, Justin Trudeau, for most of his 20s, seemed a highly unlikely candidate to fo...

Final Thoughts on Liberal Leadership Race & NDP

Jeff Paterson | Posted 04.08.2013 | Canada Politics
Jeff Paterson

There's always been a back-and-forth in Canadian politics. Every few terms, the public would tire of either the Conservative or Liberal party and vote...

Challenger Catching Up In The Final Stretch

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.28.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The latest fundraising numbers for federal Liberal leadership contenders suggest Joyce Murray has emerged as the primary challenger to front-...

Four Myths About Justin Trudeau Debunked

Jeff Paterson | Posted 04.15.2013 | Canada Politics
Jeff Paterson

Justin Trudeau is about to head into the national Liberal leadership vote heavily ahead of the competition, with little changing since he first announced his running back in the fall. Below are several of the most often used reasons, and perhaps some perspective on addressing those reasons and hopefully alleviating some of the hesitation in supporting another Trudeau to right the ship and lead the new Liberals in the 2015 election.

Can I Write a Blog About Justin Trudeau's Latest Gaffe? Just Watch Me

Keith Beardsley | Posted 05.20.2013 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

Today we learn that Justin Trudeau has once again copied his father. He used his father's infamous words from the 1970 FLQ crisis "Just Watch Me." It's no surprise that he thinks that he can beat Stephen Harper, but he chose the wrongs words to say so. His campaign team must be shaking their heads.

With Garneau Gone, the Liberal Party Is Truly Lost

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 05.14.2013 | Canada Politics
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

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.

Liberal Hopeful Pitches Substance Over Celebrity

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 02.28.2013 | Canada Politics

Martha Hall Findlay believes that lessons from an ‘80s Liberal icon may help the once-mighty party win big again. And no, she isn’t talking about ...

Liberal Leadership Race 'Not A Popularity Contest'

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.17.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Martin Cauchon officially became the ninth — and last — candidate in the Liberal leadership race Tuesday, touting his credentials as the ...