Susan on the Soapbox: Dinner with Justin Trudeau: Gimmick or Doing Politics Differently?

“Have dinner with me, Susan.”  What a charming invitation.  Too bad it’s part of a fundraising campaign directed at 300,000 supporters of the federal Liberal party. But wait…let’s think about this for a moment.  For a $5.00 donation, Ms Soapbox and four of her closest friends and relatives get a one in 6,000* shot at ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Meet the new Libs. Same as the old Libs as far as I can tell.

With Justin Trudeau, its freshly minted leader, at the helm the renewed Liberal Party of Canada has already told me pretty much what I need to know. Given the option of speaking out against a trade deal with China which would seriously hamper our ability to manage our own environment and economy and lock us ...

CuriosityCat: Justin Trudeau & The Middle Class: Justin, read Winner-Take-All Politics if you are serious

My advice to Justin Trudeau and his team if he is serious about standing up for the middle class, is to buy a copy of Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer — And Turned Its Back on the Middle Class by political scientists Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson. The authors talk about their ...

CuriosityCat: Justin Trudeau, heed the advice of Dan Gardner from The Ottawa Citizen

Dan Gardner’s challenge to Trudeau Dan Gardner has some very valid advice for any government led by Justin Trudeau – put our money where our mouth is when it comes to policies based on “hard, scientific facts and data”: Announcing his candidacy for the Liberal leadership, Justin Trudeau got a round of applause when he ...

CuriosityCat: Justin Trudeau: Will Toronto go Liberal? Poll says Yes

A Forum poll taken this past weekend (before Trudeau confirmed he is running for leadership of the Liberal Party), shows a huge shift in votes in Toronto, the major city of battleground Ontario: Toronto 2015 ridings With Trudeau as their leader, the Liberals would claim 40 per cent of the vote in Toronto if an ...

CuriosityCat: Justin Trudeau: A Political Tinkerer or a man with a Bold Vision for Canada?

Lawrence Martin in today’s Globe & Mail raises a very important question about what Justin Trudeau might do to change the system: Idealism is the currency of the young and, if Justin Trudeau is to succeed and the Liberal Party to have new life, a new sense of it is essential. His appeal should be ...

CuriosityCat: How Justin Trudeau can leave a legacy as great as his father did

Ask anybody about Pierre Trudeau’s major contributions to Canadian politics, and you will find many who will point to the repatriation of the constitution, and the enshrinement in our new constitution of our now world-famous Charter of Rights & Freedoms. That Charter has resounded throughout the world, and is used as a template wherever people ...

CuriosityCat: Justin Trudeau: Well said, Andrew Cohen!

Andrew Cohen reflects in the Ottawa Citizen upon the Trudeau brand, and its impact on  Justin Trudeau, in a good summary of what Pierre Trudeau means to Canadians: Andrew Cohen on Trudeau His name is Trudeau. In political currency, his name is a promissory note of hope, expectation and sentimentality, much like a Gandhi in ...