By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Stephen Harper wants us all to believe that the Conservatives’ new anti-Trudeau household flier is part of “democratic debate.” The Harper Conservatives greeted Justin Trudeau‘s election as Liberal leader with a below-the-belt TV ad rejected by Canadians. This week, the Conservatives launched a tax-payer-funded flyer campaign attacking [...]
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At least one of the reasons. Stephen Harper has an MA in economics, and he has other issues. You know what gives you a better background than economics? Camp counsellor. Alltop went to Camp Ha Ha.
I am not sure that any of the major political parties gets it, but Harper definitely does not, attacking the leader of a party as if he and he alone is responsible for decisions of policy or as if he alone would be responsible for proposing or passing legislation is ridiculous. Effective perhaps, but totally without merit. True the Harper Regime is VERY centralized and VERY autocratic but even they must surely come to some kind of consensus within their inner caucus and thus we must criticize the “Harper Regime” not just Harper.. There are two extremes of leadership ‘style’ (Read more…) and Democratic, Harper’s style is very much the former whist most of us would think that in a democratic society the leadership style should lean much more towards the latter. Only if the leadership is totally autocratic can we lay the blame for decisions and policies entirely in . . . → Read More: Democracy Under Fire: Take Your Shirt Off for Democracy.
In this CTV News segment Justin Trudeau, the Conservative attack ads on him, and a clip of Vincent’s interview on Justin Trudeau’s leadership are showcased. Click here to access the 1:47 segment.
Coronations are not held after 104,552 votes are counted, nor are coronations held in hotel conference rooms. *COUGH*
Congratulations/Félicitations Justin Trudeau!
A political party has one purpose. It is a service organization. And it serves the public. Everything else is secondary. A political party is focused on its relationship with the voter, supporting the public servants be they a MLA or member, and creating opportunities for leadership. In this a party needs to be two things: [...]
The deadline to register for the LPC leadership vote is this Thursday! Register now, it takes less than 2 minutes to make sure your voice is heard as part of the most open leadership race in Canadian history!
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An inspiring TED talk from Simon Sinek, motivational speaker and author of Start With Why about how leaders inspire action, starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” This video should be required viewing for climate activists who want to communicate with others about why climate change is the pivotal issue of our times.
Part of the neoconservative agenda, I suspect, is based on encouraging everyone to see life as a zero-sum game, where the world is a place in which there are only winners and losers; the implicit message is that if we are smart, we will be the winners at the expense of others. For example, my enjoying a generous tax cut that permits me to keep more of my money must come at the expense of something else, perhaps the proper funding of a programme such as Employment Insurance. Never will such choices be so baldly articulated, but they are
. . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: What People Want From Leaders
If Justin Trudeau was more concerned about winning the Liberal leadership than winning the next election, not only would his party have more registered supporters, but 2015 would almost certainly look more rouge.
It may seem counter-intuitive to blame the ever-popular Justin Trudeau for the Liberal Party’s lower than expected supporter registration numbers, after all his campaign was so successful in signing them up, but in resting on his laurels and saving funds for the next election, Trudeau is exactly the person to blame.
The current problem for the Liberals is that of the almost 300,000 Canadians who signed up
. . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Liberals Should Blame Trudeau For Few Supporters
His name is George Takach. He’s in the second tier of fundraisers — along with front runners Martha Hall Findlay and Marc Garneau – and is making inroads into the party faithful and the web-aware around Canada. Just recently he finished an Ask Me Anything question and answer session on the political subreddit ‘Canada Politics’ where [...]
Today Ontario Liberals chose their next leader, but if 2006 is any indication, they might have just chosen their next loser.
Similarities between Kathleen Wynne’s recent victory in the Ontario leadership race and Stephane Dion’s in the federal Liberal leadership contest in 2006 suggest a just as similar electoral future.
Old, Tired Parties: It was just over seven years ago that the federal Liberals, after a long tenure in government and facing lagging poll numbers, held a leadership race with a crowded field of candidates. Starting in October of last year the Ontario Liberals did the exact same thing.
. . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Wynne-ing Like It’s 2006…And Losing Like It’s 2008
Like the Sousa campaign on Facebook!Follow Charles on Twitter! Follow the Sousa campaign on Twitter!
A great endorsement from the major paper of Ontario’s third largest city!
It’s time to put Charles in charge. We endorse Sousa, the 54-year-old MPP for Mississauga South who has held three Cabinet posts since first being elected in 2007. He has a 20-year background in banking that could prove invaluable in dealing with Ontario’s financial challenges. Read more here! . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Mississauga News endorses Charles Sousa for Ontario Liberal Leader, says his private sector experience is "invaluable"
Like the Sousa campaign on Facebook!Follow Charles on Twitter!
I remember when I first started volunteering for Charles Sousa back in 2007. Charles had just been nominated as the Liberal candidate for the fall general election, following the departure of Tim Peterson from the Liberal caucus. Charles was a first time candidate running in a riding which had never voted Liberal provincially before 2003 against an incumbent the PC’s were treating as a star candidate. I’ve seen as Charles’ campaign has grown from his kitchen table and the back of his van to a province wide effort, and that’s
. . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Youth support from across Ontario for Charles Sousa!
He’s proven he can win. He has the business experience and financial acumen Ontario families trust. He’s put forward bold ideas for renewing our party and growing the economy.
But he can’t do it without you.
If you’re an Ontario Liberal Party member and live in Easter, Central, or Northern Ontario, you need to get out to vote today! Here is a list of ridings and clubs that will hold LEMs today, and if you aren’t sure where to vote, check out http://www.votesousa.ca/lem
Kingston and the Islands
Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington
. . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Vote for a jobs Premier, vote for Charles Sousa at your LEM today!
Because Stephen Harper was a self-described “radical right-wing ideologue”, he was the only one who could make the conservatives more Liberal.
Because Barack Obama was so anti-war, he was the only one who could make the Democrats more pro-war than Republicans.
In both cases it was each man’s close association to a particular cause that gave him the credibility and therefore the power to fundamentally change it.
And it is because Justin Trudeau is perhaps the most identifiable Liberal that he, and he alone can make the party more conservative, and, as they aren’t mutually exclusive, more progressive. Trudeau has
It’s TED Talk Tuesday on 350orbust, and it’s time to get inspired. This week it’s Simon Senek on how great leaders inspire action:
Follow Charles during the debate on Twitter!Like him on Facebook to keep in touch!
Less than an hour to go before the first Ontario Liberal leadership debate! You can tune in to http://www.ontarioliberal.ca/leadership to hear Charles talk about his bold new ideas to create jobs like taking action on high speed rail, renewing the Ontario Liberal Party by empowering riding associations and individual MPP’s, and ensuring local support for energy projects.
So like Charles on Facebook, follow him on Twitter, and watch the debate!
Vincent sat down with federal Liberal leadership candidate Deborah Coyne (website, wikipedia) on Wednesday to get a better feel about her ideas, her policies, and her vision for Canada. In this interview she touches on important issues like what it tak… . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: Liberal Leadership 2013: Deborah Coyne Interview (44:29)
When Premier McGuinty announced his resignation, he said that it was time for new ideas and a renewal of the Ontario Liberal Party. After having some time to think about what kind of renewal we want to see in our party, I realized that I’ve had a front seat to seeing the positive impact that new energy and new ideas can have for the past 5 years.
The old Mississauga South was the epitome of old Tory Ontario. Largely mono cultural, it was one of the safest seats for the Ontario PC’s in the whole province. But perhaps no community has been
. . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Liberals need to renew our contract with the people of Ontario. Charles Sousa can get them to sign.
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has announced his resignation! McGuinty, who has led the Ontario Liberals since 1996 and been premier since 2003, stunned his caucus Monday evening with the announcement and call for a “renewal” of leadership. The following is the text of McGuinty’s resignation speech: Sixteen years ago, when I was elected leader of our [...]
Silence is golden.
A proverbial saying…
With respect to the Harper government, specifically the Agriculture minister and the XL Foods recall, saying nothing is preferable to speaking.
For those of you keeping track…
It has been 1 week and 1 day since Gerry Ritz, the Minister of Agriculture, updated Canadians on anything pertaining to the XL Foods recall.
1 week and 1 day.
That’s 8 days.
In those 8 days, the XL Foods recall has expanded from Canada and the USA to Hong Kong. And the number of confirmed cases of E. coli has reached double digits.
I ask you: (Read more…)
Critics claim Justin Trudeau has no substance when it comes to policy, they fail to realize that neither does Stephen Harper, nor any other leader or party; not to mention the fact that Canadians increasingly don’t care.
This is not a defense of Justin Trudeau but an offence committed by Canadians.
Politics has increasingly become less about substance and more about public image. Though it is hard to believe, Stephen Harper did not win the 2006 election because of his marvelously complex and substantive five point plan, he won simply because he was not Liberal. He has retained government on
. . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Trudeau, Harper And Canadians Lack Substance
Leadership races are often an opportunity for a political party to start over with a blank slate, Liberals might not get that chance if a slightly hypocritical Dominic Leblanc gets his way.
Liberal MP Dominic Leblanc is discouraging anyone from running for leadership who only seeks to raise their profile and that members who lost their elections shouldn’t run either. Now he may be right, but he is absolutely the wrong guy to say it.
Today Dominic Leblanc is speaking against others using the Liberal leadership race to raise their profiles, but in 2008 he himself used the leadership contest
. . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: The Not So Leblanc Slate