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Why I Left the Conservatives To Run for the NDP

Mark Twain once said 'Give a man the reputation of an early riser and that man can sleep until noon.' Stephen Harper and Brian Mulroney are responsible for three quarters of the national debt. Harper alone has added $170 billion. The Liberals get the rest. How either one gets away with even pretending to be fiscally responsible baffles me. Both parties have slept in well past noon. It's time for a rude awakening.
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Why Should I Care About the Ontario Election? No One Else Does

Like millions of Ontarians, I don't care about Ontario politics; Why should I? Have no doubt: the Ontario premier is an insignificant figure on the world stage. Premier Wynne: Welcome to the new economy. Young people are more politically engaged and self-aware than older generations. Want to stop an election scandal or influence Senate reform? Don't write a letter to the editor of legacy print media. Start a YouTube channel. Tell us the truth and we might vote. We're smarter than you think we are.

The Myth of Open Nomination Contests

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.
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Good News For Liberals

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 lead over the governing Conservatives.Taken in th...
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NDP And Freeland: Fans To Foes

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 Freeland before she became the Grit candidate. NDP...
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The Duffy Scandal: Harper Will Emerge Stronger Than Ever

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.
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Liberals Leading The Way: Poll

The government laid out its agenda for the next session of Parliament in a speech from the throne on Wednesday. It included a promise to introduce legislation to force future governments to have bala...
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Like it or Not, Justin Trudeau Has Staying Power

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.
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Has B.C. Missed The LNG Boat?

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 rigs working up there,” said David Rushford, chair of...
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Mr. Trudeau's Summer Coup

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.
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Liberals Plot In P.E.I.

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 leader said Wednesday that details of his economic...
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See You In September!

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 up the spring sitting of Parliament. Liberals em...

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

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.
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Trudeau Turns Cargo Shorts Into Political Leverage

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.
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BIG BUCKS

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 struggling to persuade supporters their money woul...
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Trudeau Attack Ads: Hit or Miss?

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.
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'We're Just Waiting For Justin'

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 follow in his father's footsteps. He moved to Vanco...