by: Obert Madondo
Last week’s “Canadian delegation” to Ukraine wasn’t a Canadian delegation. It was an all-Conservative outfit. The opposition was completely shut out.
The shut out reminds me of how Third World tyrants do politics. How they exploit global crises to score cheap domestic political points. The shut out makes a mockery of our multi-party liberal democracy. And the idea of by-partisanship that comes with it.
But shut-out is mostly part of the Conservatives’ campaign to retain power in 2015. It’s part of the effort to woo the ethnic vote, something the Conservatives would have to do on a (Read more…)
The devil is in the details. For the longest time, the Conservatives have identified a resurgent Liberals as their go-to target. Pollsters confirm that the Liberals have indeed enjoyed a bump in their support thanks to the new Trudeau Era. Even the media has placed greater emphasis on the Liberals, over the NDP as official opposition. As such, many have concluded that this is a two horse race; and the Cons will focus their ammunition on the Liberals and forego the NDP. But a recent development suggests that may not be entirely accurate. I have held a long standing (Read more…)
Although I've never worked in one, and babies terrify me, I always enjoy dropping by the maternity ward, because it's the happiest place in the hospital.Most of the mums are positively glowing, having demonstrated once again that women are stronger than men.And I like to kid the first-time dads by assuring them that sleep deprivation is not ALWAYS fatal.So I was glad to see this delivery went well. Read more »
Congratulations to Justin Trudeau on the birth of his third child, a son who’ll be named Hadrian.
When we hear “Hadrian” we probably think of the Roman emperor Hadrian for whom the Hadrian Wall in Britain is named. That Hadrian is considered one of Rome’s ‘Five Good Emperors.’ Good, that is, unless you’re Jewish.
You see, it was on Hadrian’s watch that the Jews in Judea revolted. Hadrian flew into a tizzy, amassed a huge army, crushed the rebellion and drove the Jews from their homeland. Hadrian is credited with creating the Jewish diaspora.
As you may know, I have always been a strong supporter of a progressive coalition.Because I can't forget how once upon a time we came so close to having one, and bringing down the Con regime.Until we were betrayed by the Governor General, Michael Ignatieff caved, and both the Liberals and the NDP ended up burying the idea.So I was really glad to see Tom Mulcair bring the idea of a future coalition back from the dead. Read more »
If there’s anything to question in the latest reporting about possible post-election cooperation between the NDP and the Libs, it’s the impression that Thomas Mulcair’s willingness to pursue a coalition to replace the Harper Cons with a better government somehow comes entirely out of the blue. But while the story may not be entirely new, it’s certainly well worth pointing out: The leader of the New Democrats said on Tuesday he is willing to form a coalition in order to take power after the next election, even as the other opposition party leader, Liberal Justin Trudeau, played down the idea. … (Read more…)
Oh. Mein. Gott. I see Tom Flanagan, the Dr Strangelove of Canadian politics, is back with a new book.And a warning for his former master Stephen Harper.His all-out assault on Justin Trudeau is just not working. Read more »
Oh boy. I guess it's because we are winter. And this one has gone on for too long.For what else could explain the grotesque sight of the ratty Chris Alexander, scurrying out of his PMO briefing.To accuse Justin Trudeau of being a dangerous communist. Read more »
Well I think we can safely say that Stephen Harper didn't have a very good weekend.First his plans for the total destruction of Justin Trudeau at the Liberal convention failed miserably…
Greg Perry/Toronto StarWhen Justin managed to get away unscathed. Beep Beep.And his designated agent of personal destruction Pierre Poilievre was left looking like an IDIOT. Read more »
by: Obert Madondo
Speech by leader Justin Trudeau to the Liberal Party of Canada’s biennial convention convention, held in Montreal, Quebec, over the weekend:
My friends, my fellow Liberals; what a great Convention!
Thank you for your work. Thank you for your time. Thank you for your passion
I want to paint a picture for you.
There’s a young woman, let’s call her Nathalie. She works hard. Maybe in an office in old Montreal. Maybe at a retail outlet along Sainte-Catherine Street.
She makes 40k a year. It’s about what her spouse makes too.
She sits in traffic a lot. Often (Read more…)
Assorted content to end your weekend.
- Lana Payne highlights the Harper Cons’ culture of hate with just a few recent examples: Veterans. Informed-debate. People’s right to a union and free collective bargaining. Voting rights. These are all under threat in Harper’s Canada.
This really is a government that hates; hates anyone that disagrees with them. Hates unions and the ability of people to work collectively to get a fair share of the economic pie. Hates democracy. Hates people who vote for other parties. Just plain hates.
This is not healthy for our country, our society. This is no way (Read more…)
I haven't had a chance to see much of the Justin Trudeau show yet.But what I've seen I've mostly enjoyed. Justin Trudeau is telling his Liberal party that their revival depends on being an antidote to anger, apathy and fear in Canadian politics.And what amuses me the most is how the MSM can't seem to understand why he is so popular.Read more »
Looks like Finnish hockey to me! Can’t understand what they’re saying, but, Canadians beware, they might have Sisu. Below: A Sisu truck; Lauri Rapala, inventor of the lure of Vaaksy.
To heck with politics! Let’s talk hockey, a subject on which our physically unimposing prime minister is nevertheless supposedly an expert, which gives Alberta Diary all the political angle it needs on which to hang its colourful polyethylene hat.
Today’s topic is what it’s going to take for our Canadian men’s Olympic hockey team to emerge triumphant in a matchup with the unexpectedly formidable Finns.
Now that the plucky (Read more…)
We knew from the leaked memo that he has ordered his sinister Con operatives to disrupt the Liberal convention. Stephen Harper’s Conservatives are planning to target Justin Trudeau at the upcoming Liberal convention with a carefully orchestrated campaign to disrupt Liberal communications, highlight disunity in the ranks and question his leadership abilities.We know that he is desperate to try to destroy Justin Trudeau, by whatever means necessary.So it should be blindingly obvious that this is a partisan smear. Read more »
I had a very spirited discussion early this afternoon with the constituency assistant working in my Harper M.P.’s office. I called to ask her to convey my disdain for the Fair Elections Act and the plethora of other contempt-for-democracy activities the Conservatives are involved in; warning me about getting my information from ‘the left-wing press,’ she proceeded to inform me about her party’s commitment to ending election fraud, running government with integrity, and all the other sweet and holy things that her boss and her boss’s boss are working so hard to promote in this country. I won’t (Read more…)
Harper has been mired in embarrassing scandals concerning his Senators, from Wallin to Duffy to Brazeau. Justin Trudeau has responded with a move that some have called “bold” and “game-changing” by kicking all Liberal Senators out of caucus. I don’t think it’s “bold” or “game-changing” and it does not show Trudeau to be a Senate reformer.
The supposedly “independent” caucus in the Senate – whom Trudeau did not seem to consult on this move – still call themselves Liberal, have Liberal members as employees, and will still be active members of the Liberal Party. Looks all smoke and mirrors (Read more…)
Members of Alison Redford’s brain trust plan the latest hashtags in the Twitter war with AUPE … No! Wait! That’s Bob MacNamara telling LBJ about his plans for the war in Vietnam! What the hey? Below: That rude info-graphic; Red House Chief of Staff Farouk Adatia; White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.
Opposition political operatives in Alberta spent an entertaining weekend poking through the entrails of the Progressive Conservative government’s Sunshine List, noticing cool things to mention like the fact Premier Alison Redford’s chief of staff earns $144,000 a year more than the guy who does the same thing (Read more…)
Tweet Less than two years after adopting a new green and grey Liberalberta logo, the Alberta Liberal Party appears to have switched back to the party’s traditional red. A new website design launched last week shows the Liberals have also dropped the “-berta” portion of the logo, returning to plain ‘Liberal‘ name. The adoption of the new branding […]
Thomas Mulcair gives the impression that he relishes the views of some of him as a tough guy. In Question Period, faced with a cornered Prime Minister Harper who has to appear (sometimes) and answer questions (even if with non-answers), Mulcair is the diligent, remorseless, forceful, and effective cross examiner. He shows that he has done his homework. He shows that he fears not his wily opponent. And he shows his obvious enjoyment in the detailed, meticulous and vast interchange of the minutia of political give and take and policy discussions. This is a man who revels in (Read more…)
Sometimes you have to give credit where credit is due: Justin Trudeau just pulled a brilliant tactical move with his unexpected and unceremonious dumping of all former Liberal Senators from the Liberal caucus. As a political analyst, I often am rather unimpressed by the blunders and lack of political acumen from politicians. So setting aside whether this is good or bad thing for the state of Canadian democracy, this post is just about the tactics.
The perennial problem for opposition leaders is that there is little they can actually do. They can huff and puff about what the government’s leaders (Read more…)
… endorses Trudeau’s Senate move… <sound of Trashy passing out on the floor> Some “first” here: First time the words “west” “endorses” “Trudeau” have even been seen in the same sentence First time The Canada West Foundation has endorsed anything connected to the Senate – except its abolition Upon seeing this headline, the first time […]
Tweet Is the Senate of Canada broken? And if so, is it worth saving? Here are the positions held by Canada’s federal political parties: 1) Abolish the Senate The New Democratic Party of Canada, the official opposition since 2011, are staunchly in favour of entirely abolishing the Senate of Canada. “Unelected party hacks have no […]
“Well a lot of them are going to die soon, anyway.”
If Justin Trudeau is able to piss further, it is by standing on the shoulders of such giants as Pericles and George Washington.
In what is considered by just about every single Canadian media’s analysis a “bold move”, Justin Trudeau just removed senators from the Liberal caucus. No other adjective can describe this action as the CBC,
I must admit Justin Trudeau's move to boot the Liberal senators from his caucus caught me by surprise, and it is certainly a bold one. Justin Trudeau has dissolved a vital bond between senators and the Liberal Party that appointed them, expelling dozens of members of his caucus in a dramatic attempt to reshape the Senate without a constitutional debate. It makes Trudeau look more decisive, it steals some of Tom Mulcair's thunder on the Senate issue, as well as the original idea. It might help shield the Liberals a bit from an upcoming audit of Senate expenses. And (Read more…)
I think everyone was surprised by Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s move this morning – particularly 32 Senators – that he was removing all Senators from the Liberal parliamentary caucus, and that as Prime Minister, he would only appoint Senators selected through a non-partisan review process. (Read Trudeau’s statement: Ending partisanship and patronage in the Senate) Let me break down my reaction into two areas: the politics, and the policy. The Politics Politically, this is a brilliant move. For a leader who has been unfairly accused of lacking policy substance, here is bold, substantive action. For an issue – Senate (Read more…)