I was not prepared for what actually happened last night. Olivia Chow started off with vigour but then seemed to fade, John Tory was aggressive, and both attacked Doug Ford as if he were the frontrunner. There were no kid gloves for the debate newcomer. I think many observers may see this as the beginning of the end for John Tory, the much anticipated point where he begins to lose as he has done so often before.
Quito Maggi is President and CEO of Mainstreet Research, a Canadian public research firm with offices in Montreal, Calgary and headquarters in Toronto. As President of Mainstreet Research, Quito Maggi has been credited by media as a consistently accurate pollster of political public opinion including recent elections in Alberta, Ontario, British Columbia and a number of Municipalities and by-elections across Canada. <br> <br> Quito has advised numerous politicians over his 20 year career in politics and public policy, including Councillors, Mayors, MPPs, MLAs, MPs and Ministers.
Tomorrow is the first appearance at a debate of mayoral candidate Doug Ford, not to be confused with councillor Doug Ford, or Rob Ford's campaign manager Doug Ford. This is a whole new ballgame. After just a day as the candidate, Ford propelled the fortunes of Ford Nation from a distant third to within striking distance of the leader. Polls showed him at levels no Ford has been at in over a year outside of Etobicoke. For the few people still following this race, here are my thoughts on the five things to watch for in this first Doug Ford debate.
09/23/2014 08:19 EDT
If the campaigns, including the media attempting to manipulate it, continue as they have started 2014, we will wake up on October 28 and ask ourselves again how Rob Ford won.
04/21/2014 08:05 EDT
In Provencher, the Liberals gained 23 per cent compared to the Conservatives who lost 12.5 per cent and the NDP who lost almost 10 per cent. Provencher is just outside the boundaries of Winnipeg further east from St. Boniface but at the same time, Provencher is one of the safest conservative seats in the country - not to mention rural.
11/30/2013 09:17 EST
What led an overzealous journalist to take Diana Burke's comments a few days ago out of context and write a negative headline? Maybe it sold some papers, or maybe it just generated some traffic to a website to keep advertisers happy, I don't know what motivated it. The second part of Ms. Burke's comments never made the story of course, because that wouldn't be entertaining.
09/13/2013 05:44 EDT
Canadians know that Justin Trudeau is passionate. They know that he is eloquent and thoughtful. They know that he is likeable. That is more than Canadians have known about the last two Liberal Leaders and that is why Justin Trudeau and the Liberal party have already won. That is why the Liberal Party's best chance at success in 2015 is with Justin Trudeau as Leader.
03/20/2013 12:14 EDT
A few days ago I was on Sun News' Charles Adler show having been invited to appear to talk about Grant Humes' campaign to bring national attention to the plight of our Veterans. Remembrance Day has come and gone -- and still there has been no action by the Harper government.
11/16/2012 12:18 EST
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