Category: Federal

Federal by-elections: test of opposition leaders takes place in a week

| November 18, 2013 | 1 Comment
Federal by-elections: test of opposition leaders takes place in a week

Four federal by-elections will test Trudeau and Mulcair’s vote-pulling power Bourassa, in Montréal. Toronto-Centre. Brandon-Souris and Provencher in Manitoba. November 25 will see by-elections in all four of these places — and with it, a test of strength, primarily for Justin Trudeau, and secondarily for Tom Mulcair. Bourassa and Toronto-Centre were Liberal before Denis Coderre […]

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Stephen Harper may have a mini-election in the offing

| August 13, 2013 | 0 Comments
Stephen Harper may have a mini-election in the offing

Opportunity to renew Conservatives exists this fall for Stephen Harper You’ve been studying the polls, where you’re solidly in second place, instead of the first place you’re used to — and now it’s your opponent who claims either first or second in every part of the country. You’ve been carefully considering what next year’s redistricting […]

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Tom Mulcair quietly works to build NDP support this summer

| August 8, 2013 | 0 Comments
Tom Mulcair quietly works to build NDP support this summer

Off the national media’s radar, Tom Mulcair is busy building votes for 2015 Opposition leaders tend to fall out of view when the Commons is in its summer recess. Most of us probably assume they go on vacation — and, indeed, they do. For about a week or so, at least. The rest of the […]

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Toronto Centre by-election shaping up as battle of media giants

| August 7, 2013 | 1 Comment
Toronto Centre by-election shaping up as battle of media giants

Riding not likely to have an MP focused on local issues when the by-election is over Toronto Centre — the seat vacated by Bob Rae — will have a by-election sometime between September and next January. It’s an interesting riding, in that it contains polls of great wealth, polls of great poverty, the city’s gay […]

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53.5 billion reasons for the Premiers to cry the blues

| July 24, 2013 | 0 Comments
53.5 billion reasons for the Premiers to cry the blues

New Federal Infrastructure monies a magnet for premiers’ annual festival of “woe is me” This year’s Council of the Federation meeting, otherwise known as the Premiers’ Whinge Fest, is being held in wine country at the home of the Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Top of mind for our country’s premiers is a nice bundle of […]

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Justin Trudeau speaker fee saga ends as badly as it began

| July 23, 2013 | 0 Comments
Justin Trudeau speaker fee saga ends as badly as it began

A continuous stream of poor judgments pervade the whole story Justin Trudeau won’t have to give the $20,000 speakers’ fee back to the Grace Foundation of Saint John, NB, after all. Foundation chair Ian Webster, after firing some of the directors sitting at his board table, made it clear to Trudeau’s office that, no, despite […]

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Jobs for the boys (and girls) on display as Harper cabinet unveiled

| July 16, 2013 | 0 Comments
Jobs for the boys (and girls) on display as Harper cabinet unveiled

39 Ministers means the Harper Government is anything but austere Thirty-nine ministers in the Harper cabinet. No other country needs a cabinet so large. No other country would dare have one this size. That’s not just “no country our size.” That’s any major nation, anywhere. There are tinfoil dictatorships, banana republics, and mafiosi states where […]

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Stephen Harper bets his government on the economy muddling through

| July 15, 2013 | 0 Comments
Stephen Harper bets his government on the economy muddling through

Expected Stephen Harper cabinet changes won’t touch key economic portfolios or lead to new approaches “The Prime Minister would like you to serve. Please tell no one and be at Rideau Hall at 11.00 am (ET) on Monday.” Saturday night saw the calls fan out across the country. Sunday saw reporters camped out at Ottawa’s […]

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Justin Trudeau’s tactics in the West could backfire

| June 7, 2013 | 1 Comment
Justin Trudeau’s tactics in the West could backfire

Justin Trudeau’s party building is the right answer but star candidates distract from the real issues By Bruce A. Stewart Newish Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has spent a lot of time outside of Ottawa since acquiring the tarnished crown of Team “We’re not those guys, and we’re not those other guys, so give us power.” […]

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Stephen Harper squirming during Tuesday Question Period

| May 29, 2013 | 0 Comments
Stephen Harper squirming during Tuesday Question Period

Stephen Harper looks weak as answers in Duffy-Wright affair still not forthcoming Yesterday was a Question Period to remember. For years, those of us on the outside looking in have been telling their MPs that pompous mini-speeches masquerading as questions are less effective than simple, short ones that put the government on the record. The […]

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