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Keith Beardsley

President, Cenco Public Affairs

Mr. Beardsley spent over 30 years in active Canadian politics from the municipal to the federal level. During that period, he was a community activist, an elected municipal councillor, and senior adviser to five Conservative Party leaders and to former Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper. <br> <br> He has served as the political Chief of Staff in three departments; Immigration, Citizenship Immigration and Multiculturalism, and Secretary of State. <br> <br> Mr. Beardsley was also the head of the Conservative Party’s research arm, where he created one of the most effective rapid response teams in Canadian politics. He has been a key player in several political war rooms and has taken part in over a dozen election campaigns. <br> <br> As well Mr. Beardsley was a senior advisor to Mr. Harper, serving as his Deputy Chief of Staff for Issues Management. <br> <br> Today, Mr. Beardsley is a political pundit and analyst, and his political blog is widely read by political staff and elected officials from all political parties. He contributes to a number of newspapers and he is a frequent guest and commentator on radio and television. <br> <br> Mr Beardsley's political blog can be found at <a href="http://www.atory01.com" rel="nofollow">http://www.atory01.com</a>
The Sharks Should Be Circling Kevin

The Sharks Should Be Circling Kevin O'Leary

As O'Leary or his campaign team commits another blunder by posting a video of him having fun at a shooting range just as the funerals for the Mosque victims in Quebec starts, sharks of every colour -- blue, red, orange and green -- should be circling around him.
02/03/2017 09:14 EST
Conservative Leadership Contenders Need To Step Up Their

Conservative Leadership Contenders Need To Step Up Their Game

The Conservative leadership race is finally attracting attention. Kevin O'Leary's entrance into the campaign has finally achieved what has been missing to date, i.e., interest. With fourteen in the race, is it time for a few to take "a walk in the snow?" Is it time for a number of the contenders to set aside egos and throw their support behind a serious candidate?
01/19/2017 12:56 EST
Here's Some Free Advice For Kevin

Here's Some Free Advice For Kevin O'Leary

I was asked if Kevin O'Leary could beat Trudeau and my answer was "possibly." Obviously O'Leary's action is interesting, but it is only the first step to actually doing something, the first step to moving beyond blowing smoke and hot air.
12/28/2016 11:32 EST
Storm Clouds Are On The Horizon For The Trudeau

Storm Clouds Are On The Horizon For The Trudeau Government

There are issues requiring tough decisions that a few selfies will not provide him with enough cover nor will they help him to change the channel to better issues or allow for better optics. His recent foot in mouth moment over his comments on Fidel Castro is just this past weekend's storm cloud. We also have other storm clouds developing on the horizon.
11/28/2016 05:56 EST
Conservative Leadership Race: The Dirty Dozen

Conservative Leadership Race: The Dirty Dozen Plus

At last count we had 12 people who have entered the Conservative leadership race or who have said they will enter it, all believing in their own mind that they can be the next prime minister of Canada, assuming of course they win the next federal election.
11/02/2016 02:21 EDT
Trudeau Gets A 'C' Rating For Failing To Deliver On

Trudeau Gets A 'C' Rating For Failing To Deliver On Promises

To be fair no government can deliver on everything in their first year. As the Trudeau Liberals are finding out, promises cost money and even free spending Liberals have to draw a line on what gets spent now and what gets pushed further down the road. Some of that is hidden under the guise of "consultation."
10/24/2016 10:25 EDT
When Should Taxpayers Be On The Hook For Moving

When Should Taxpayers Be On The Hook For Moving Expenses?

Most Canadians don't get their expenses covered when they move, although you can claim some expenses on your income tax if you moved over a minimum distance to a new job. I wonder what moving expenses media types get covered if they leave Ottawa and move to another city?
09/28/2016 04:30 EDT
Tory And NDP Leadership Races Are Officially Ticking Time

Tory And NDP Leadership Races Are Officially Ticking Time Bombs

As with most leadership races (regardless of political party) the voting public will be treated to leadership candidates turning on each other like dogs fighting for a bone. While the nastiness and name calling might end in May 2017, the divisions and animosities created will linger on until well after the 2019 election.
09/09/2016 04:32 EDT
When It Comes To Payroll, The Buck Stops At

When It Comes To Payroll, The Buck Stops At Trudeau

If you know someone in the Public Service or someone who has recently retired from the government, chances are you know someone who hasn't been paid or who isn't receiving the pay and benefits that they are supposed to be getting. We all have friends in that situation. And it isn't pretty.
07/22/2016 12:11 EDT
These Uninspiring Leadership Races Need To Pick Up Speed And

These Uninspiring Leadership Races Need To Pick Up Speed And Interest

With two political leadership races underway, both of which at this point in time have put everyone to sleep, one can only hope that something happens to inject some life into them. We have had the first NDP leadership bid if you can call it that with the declared entry of Cheri DiNovo.
06/10/2016 11:18 EDT
Can Open Party Membership Unite The

Can Open Party Membership Unite The Left?

Anyone who signs up with the Liberals (with no membership fee involved) will have the right to take part in policy development, nomination meetings, conventions and future elections of the leader. The Conservatives have gone in the opposite direction to the Liberals with their new $25 membership fee that has to be paid by cheque or credit card. In effect the Conservatives have managed to make themselves more exclusive rather than inclusive. The Liberals have broadened their tent while the Conservatives shrank theirs. Time will tell who made the right move.
04/05/2016 11:11 EDT
Parliament, There Is No Life Like

Parliament, There Is No Life Like It

With Easter weekend behind us, I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Easter especially all of those hard-working back-bench Members of Parliament and ministers and of course the prime minister too. Then again "hard-working" might not be an accurate description of our elected representatives.
03/29/2016 09:29 EDT
Trudeau's Spending Priorities Send Too Many Tax Dollars

Trudeau's Spending Priorities Send Too Many Tax Dollars Overseas

$4.3 billion spent outside of the country will buy you a lot of thanks from some organizations such as the UN or from climate change conferences. That type of spending will also earn you a lot of selfies to up your political profile. But in the end it is our taxpayers footing the bill.
02/16/2016 12:30 EST
Bring The House Back Early And Give Canada

Bring The House Back Early And Give Canada Answers

How many times did we hear the media complain that the Conservatives used talk points all the time, often reading them from prepared scripts? We are now starting to see the Liberals doing the same thing. When asked about the need to get our downward spiraling economy moving, Trudeau's stock answer was, "We are going to do this right. We are going to do this responsibly." The only thing lacking was a piece of paper while he read the answer. For the party that promised to do things differently, it is much of the same. We haven't seen anything concrete to address the sinking dollar or get the economy moving.
01/14/2016 03:38 EST
The Road Ahead For The NDP In

The Road Ahead For The NDP In 2016

This will prove an interesting year for the NDP as they transition from Official Opposition status to third party status. They will be functioning with fewer MPs, fewer staff, and fewer resources. But the most pressing question is: How does Mulcair keep his job?
01/07/2016 02:56 EST
Targeting

Targeting Mulcair?

Last week the Conservatives had great fun targeting NDP leader Thomas Mulcair for the way his party used House of Commons dollars to pay staff in a regional Montreal office. Outside of the joy politicians and their staff get out of beating up on another party's leader -- what was the point?
05/18/2014 10:36 EDT
What is the Point of These Supreme Court

What is the Point of These Supreme Court Attacks?

For the last couple of weeks we have seen the Conservatives targeting the Supreme Court and the Chief Justice and you have to yourself why? What is the objective? What do they hope to achieve?
05/08/2014 12:30 EDT
The Myth of Open Nomination

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.
04/01/2014 05:27 EDT
Rules For Using the Government Jet Seem Up in the

Rules For Using the Government Jet Seem Up in the Air

Watching the NDP's feigned outrage at the Conservative's use (misuse) of government aircraft generates flashbacks to when the Conservatives were in opposition. At that time as head of the Conservative research group looking into Liberal misdeeds, we would often check the Challenger jet flight logs. Upon assuming office in February 2006 realty set in.
03/31/2014 05:38 EDT
Don't Let Truth Be a Casualty of

Don't Let Truth Be a Casualty of Democracy

They say that truth is one of the first casualties of war, but it should not be a casualty in the daily war of words we see in the House of Commons. The public may disagree with what you say, we may argue about the facts you tell us or how you interpret them, but remember that your words will still be there for others to see and read decades from now. We are listening, so at least tell us the truth.
03/05/2014 05:09 EST