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Alex Callahan

Ontario NDP Strategist

Alex Callahan works in Ontario's infamous Pink Palace for Andrea Horwath, Leader of the Ontario NDP.

Obama Just Played the Gay Marriage Wild Card

Until midday yesterday, the economy was the topic of discussion vis-a-vis the U.S. election. But as we all now know, the conversation has shifted over to an issue far more volatile and incendiary -- that of gay marriage. Think the outcome of the election was a sure thing? You're dead wrong.
05/11/2012 06:08 EDT

Ontario NDP Channels Battlestar Galactica for Budget Showdown

Some may recall that during the first season of Battlestar Galactica, the fleet had to jump every 33 minutes to stay a step ahead of the cylons. A minority government isn't that much different. The budget vote is Tuesday, and the NDP is in a constant state of readiness for confidence votes. Is Dalton McGuinty ready?
04/23/2012 01:05 EDT

Actually, We Do Care What You Think

Last week, Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath asked Ontarians to have their say on the budget. People in Queen's Park murmured that this was a schtick or a stall tactic. It's unfortunate that this was the knee-jerk reaction. The fact is that while Ontarians have lots of issues with the budget, one thing that was almost unanimous was that people were really happy that someone asked them what they think.
04/03/2012 03:41 EDT

Why Leadership Campaigns are Messier Than Elections

The real campaign being waged in a leadership race happens a long way away from the television debates and the convention floor. It's waged in community centres in Surrey B.C. and Longeuil, bars in Halifax and Biggar, and on the phone every day. The ground game is political trench warfare.
03/23/2012 10:01 EDT

While the House is Away, Liberals Play (Dirty)

This week at the Ontario Legislature is constituency week, meaning MPPs from all parties are on break. Monday morning the Liberals made a major announcement about the OLG, and the next day about licensing fees. They are dropping bombs while the opposition is away, and pulling a fast one on the public.
03/14/2012 11:07 EDT

Drummond, Shrummond: Just Get to Work, Premier McGuinty

Today we'll get to see the full Drummond report, but don't worry -- if the past is any example, the Ontario government will take its sweet time deciding what to take, leaving working people, small business owners, families, and people across the province wondering what services that they rely on and pay for are about to get axed.
02/15/2012 12:27 EST

Dalton McGuinty's Duck and Cover on the Budget

Don Drummond should be insulted that his report is going to be little more than political cover for the Liberals. It's going to be a convenient straw man for the party, giving them the option to lay any unpleasantness at the feet of an unaccountable third party.
01/27/2012 01:21 EST

Ontario Liberals Cheat Their Way to a Majority

It's a cold, snowy day at Queen's Park, the legislature is recessed, and it seems more quiet than usual. There should be committees of MPPs working on all sorts of issues and legislation, but the Liberals haven't struck them. Why? Because rather than getting down to business, they're trying to finagle something out of committees that voters didn't give them: a majority.
01/17/2012 01:42 EST