Susan on the Soapbox: The Leaders Debate: No One Won And Why It Doesn’t Matter

Tempting though it may be for those of us in the peanut gallery to rattle on about who won and who flopped in the Leaders Debate, the really important question is this: did we learn anything new about the men who would be king, er, prime minister? A healthy economy? Everyone but Harper agrees that ...

Alberta Politics: Is it good news or bad news for the Conservatives if Stephen Harper trumps Trump tonight?

PHOTOS: Stephen Harper, as imagined during tonight’s TV debate. (Photo of Donald Trump by Gage Skidmore.) Below: The real Mr. Harper and another shot of the real Mr. Trump. Now, about that debate tonight, the big question has to be whether it will help the Conservatives or hurt them when Canadian voters tune into the ...

Northern Reflections: Superlative Debates

                                          http://www.calebmcmillan.com/ The Harperites claim that the standard leaders debate is stuffy and boring. Steve Sullivan suggests that there is a way to spice up the debates. Instead of Harper debating Trudeau and Mulcair, Sullivan suggests that Harper go one on one with some other opponents: What if outgoing Correctional Investigator Howard Sapers debated Harper ...

Northern Reflections: An Empty Chair

                                           http://www.westernfreepress.com/ An empty chair can symbolize a lot of things. John F. Kennedy’s empty rocking chair symbolized the loss a nation felt after the president’s assassination. But, in Stephen Harper’s case, an empty chair at the consortium’s leaders debate would symbolize many things — none of them good. To begin with, an empty chair ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Notley wins the debate. Now it’s time to manage expectations

Last night’s leader’s debate was the biggest opportunity for Progressive Conservative leader Jim Prentice to knock NDP leader Rachel Notley off-balance. Since the start of the campaign, the PC Party has focused most of its attacks on Wildrose leader Brian Jean, who has proven… Continue Reading →

CalgaryGrit: Alberta Votes Day 19: The Morning After

The hype machines were in overdrive for yesterday’s Alberta Leaders Debate, but the outcome was similar to most debates: steady but unspectacular performances from all the candidates, with the end result nothing more than re-enforcing existing attitudes. The post-debate Ipsos poll bears that out; when asked who won, 37% opted for Smith, 28% for Redford, ...

CalgaryGrit: Alberta Votes Day 18: Debate Night in Edmonton

More often than not, the Alberta leader’s debate is a mere formality, intended to create a vaneer of democracy in a province where elections tend to be meaningless. It’s barely worth watching, because even if someone delivers the mythic “knock out punch”, it doesn’t affect the election outcome. Hell, had Ed Stelmach literally gone over ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Debating the Debate

Not sure that anyone gives a toss, but here’s a panel of “experts” TVO rounded up to discuss who “won” and “lost” last night’s leadership debate. If nothing else, it’s always somewhat fascinating to witness how the impressions of people operating in these kinds of political “spin zones” are affected by their own predispositions and ...

CalgaryGrit: The Morning After

Last night was the lone televised debate of the Ontario election campaign. With the vote too close to call, a lot was riding on it, and after last night… …not a heck of a lot changed. I have a hard time seeing how anyone would actually change their mind as a result of last night’s ...

Pample the Moose: Camera-test your ties – Ontario Leader’s Debate Edition

So, despite a deep-seated desire not to inflict pain on myself, I tuned in this evening to the Ontario election leader’s debate. To make this a productive hour and a half, I also set up the ironing board and a stack of 12 shirts. If you don’t feel like reading the rest of this post, ...

CalgaryGrit: Ontario Debates

No one knows who will win the Ontario election, two of the three leaders remain virtual unknowns, and the campaign still lacks a ballot question. Yet somehow, without warning, Ontario finds itself just 9 sleeps away from Voting Day. So tonight’s debate will be important. I’ll be live-blogging the festivities starting at 6:30, and will ...

the reeves report: TVO is taking election coverage to impressive new levels

The Agenda host Steve Paikin TVOntario has decided it won’t take voter apathy lying down. Not when Steve Paikin can do something about it. That’s why Ontario’s own TVO has ramped up its coverage of the 2011 provincial election to be the most comprehensive the network has ever attempted. Alongside Paikin’s nightly news show The ...

Pample the Moose: Post-debate musings

One of the nice perks of being bilingual is that you can watch Canada’s political leaders debate in both languages without having to listen to their interpreters. I watched both Tuesday’s English-language debate and Wednesday’s French-language debate. Here are a few impressions:1) Format: I liked how the format allowed for more one-on-one interactions. I was ...

Pample the Moose: Voter engagement. (or Week 2 wrap-up)

Last week, just before the beginning of my second- and third-year Canadian history courses, I played the following Rick Mercer clip: Youth voting has plummetted over the past couple of decades, and falls well below the national average. Indeed, Canadian voting rates on the whole have been declining in recent elections, leading many to ponder ...

The Quantum Buddha's Blog: Last Election For Green Party, May

Latest polling numbers indicate that the Green Party is a failed experiment in Canadian politics.   Support for the Green Party has been rapidly collapsing in recent months. A Simon Fraser University sourced five poll average over the last two years showed a steady increase in support for Greens in 2009 and first half of ...

Pample the Moose: Debates, Debates, Let’s Have More Debates!

Most of my current students are too young to remember the now infamous election debate clashes between Brian Mulroney and John Turner. So I like to show them the Free Trade Clash from 1988 or the patronage kerfuffle of 1984. Both debates were widely acknowledged as game-changers for their respective campaigns, with Mulroney the winner ...

A BCer in Toronto: Bubble-boy Stephen Harper chickens out of his own debate challenge

If you thought that Stephen Harper’s move Wednesday to challenge Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff to debate mano-a-mano was an odd play by the Conservatives, it will soon make a little more sense. After the news that the shadowy “broadcast consortium” has ruled-out a head to head bout which I mentioned earlier, now the truth seems ...

A BCer in Toronto: Who cares what the "broadcast consortium" says?

Following up on my post Wednesday about Stephen Harper challenging Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff to a one-on-one debate, and Ignatieff telling him he’ll debate Harper “any time, any place” the secret cabal of media executives known as the shadowy “media consortium” met and decided no no, that just won’t do: Canada’s broadcasters have ruled out ...