Calgary Grit: 10 Years of Blogging

Happy Trails Back when I first sat down to rant about politics on May 15th 2004, I never expected I’d still be doing this over 3,000 posts later. The blog has outlasted 3 Liberal leaders, been through 4 federal elections, and documented my involvement on a handful of losing leadership campaigns. During that time, Bart ...

Calgary Grit: Oh my God – they shuffled Kenney! Those Bastards!

New Title, Same Job The much-hyped Cabinet shuffle was about what you’d expect: retiring Ministers swept aside, talented backbenchers and Pierre Poilievre promoted, and a few big names swapping portfolios to give them a fresh start. The opposition will argue this is very much the same government as before, and they’re right – but that’s ...

Calgary Grit: Trudeau’s Challenging Cakewalk

With victory almost assured, Trudeau can work on his form, rather than swing for the knock-out Now that we have confirmation about what we’ve known all summer, and now that we’ve exhausted every conceivable boxing-is-politics metaphor, we can begin speculating about what the Justin Trudeau leadership campaign will look like. Names of some key players ...

Calgary Grit: Bob Builds His Liberal Party Legacy

As in 2008 (above), Rae has stepped aside for the good of the party As I hoped would be the case, Bob Rae has taken a pass at the Liberal leadership race. Despite Rae’s solemn pledge not to run for the permanent leader position, this news comes as a bit of a surprise in the ...

Calgary Grit: Rae’s Play

Rae has milked the interim leader title for all its worth In perhaps the least surprising news story of the year, Bob Rae appears set to announce his candidacy for Liberal leadership for the third time in the last six years. Say what you will about the man (and I’m about to say plenty), but ...

Calgary Grit: An update on all the people MAYBE running for Liberal leadership

The expectation is that rules for the Liberal leadership race will come down in June, setting the stage for a summer of getting to know the men and women wanting to lead Canada’s third party. But while we won’t know the rules of the race for another month or two, that hasn’t limited speculation in ...