Canadian women, including politicians, are dismissing Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s “ladies night” event in Toronto as “condescending and patronizing”.
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Prime Minister Stephen Harper just one year ago. Actual Canadian prime ministers may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Senator Mike Duffy and former Harper cabinet member Jim Prentice.
Last Halloween, when Prime Minister Stephen Harper went trick ’n’ treating, he was monarch of all he surveyed.
This year, he’s a ghost.
Oh, Mr. Harper is still corporeal enough. He passed through security Wednesday on his way to Calgary, I suppose, although one imagines prime ministers don’t have to take off their shoes and shuffle along in their stockings, or answer to why they failed to stow their toothpaste is (Read more…)
Linda McQuaig addresses the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees annual convention in 2008. (AUPE photo taken by Daryl Dyck.) Below: Conrad Black in the uniform of the Governor General’s Foot Guard, and not, as you may have thought, that of a security guard.
It occurs to me that we Canadians may soon actually have something for which we can be grateful to Conrad Black!
I know that for most readers of this blog this will come as an astonishing thought. Indeed, it would be fair to describe this as a unique development in the long and rocky relationship between (Read more…)
Last evening Jeff Jedras was good enough to organize a call between LPC poohbahs, ably represented in this case by MP Dominic Leblanc, and a number of Lib friendly bloggers. The idea was to discuss the state of the game on the eve of today’s throne speech. This is my take on that call.
First, as to the measures that have been leaked to the media (cable channels à la carte, closing the price gap between U.S. and Canadian retail goods): these show that the Harper government has been picking up the same signals from Canadians over the (Read more…)
“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 tackling Justin Trudeau on the issues near and dear to their hearts. Cool!
Make no mistake, “Dinner with Justin” is a real contest with Justin as the prize. Typical lottery rules apply including the dreaded (Read more…)
A surprise announcement yesterday from Justin Trudeau and the LPC, with a new military adviser on the LPC team, and possibly one that will run for election in 2015:
Retired general Andrew Leslie, former commander of Canadian army..has agreed to co-chair an advisory council on international affairs for the Liberal leader and is not ruling out running for the party in the 2015 election…Leslie said his decision to join the Liberals came abruptly a few weeks ago, when news first leaked out about the Quebec government’s proposed charter of values, which would ban public servants from wearing any conspicuous (Read more…)
There are days that I am positive that the “image consultants” who hover around our political leaders don’t have a clue what they are talking about. Today, we find the discussion of the week is whether or not Mulcair should shave off his beard.
But media consultant Barry McLoughlin told HuffPost that if Mulcair was his client, he’d recommend he take two weeks off in the summer and shave it. McLouglin said that although Mulcair’s beard is well-styled, trimmed and looks good on him, it creates a barrier between him and the voter. Hiding some of his face makes it (Read more…) . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Mulcair’s Beard Is Not The Point
MexAmeriCanada doesn’t have to be our future.
I think I’m guilty of being a bit slow and uncreative. The bogeyman of deep integration, North American Union, the United States-ification of Canada, the United States OF Canada, and Canada becoming states #51-60 plus three more protectorates is just too simplistic.
We just have an inherent Canadian urge to be colonized. Maybe because it’s all we really know.
It’s not about someone stealing our sovereignty, or losing our sovereignty, we just seem to feel more comfortable as a nation, being someone’s colony. Like we can’t grow up and make our own decisions, (Read more…)
Welcome to the United States of MexAmeriCanada. Represent!
I was just thinking a few days ago how I haven’t used the MexAmeriCanada tag for a while. Did I cause this to happen, in some cosmic kind of way?
In the old days it was Canadian Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin negotiating the post-911 deep integration of Fortress North America with President George W. Bush.
Now we have “opposite” governing bodies in the two nations, though they’re barely different. North America is still strolling towards a 1984/Brave New World/V For Vendetta kind of soft fascist near-future of corporate “human” rights inside (Read more…)
Samara — a non-partisan group focused on involving more people into the political process — has nominated yours truly for its Everyday Political Citizen Project. As a young man of 22 years who has been involved in all three levels of politics as a volunteer, writing this blog for the last four years, and someone […]
At the Alberta Liberal Party’s annual general meeting in June more than two thirds voted to shut down the supporter system. As someone who championed the system when it was first introduced, and then pushed for it nationally for the federal Liberals, I must admit my failure to both Albertans and to the provincial party. And [...]
Via Twitter comes this tweet from Mylene Dupere:
“Very enthusiastic to join @JustinTrudeau’s team as Director of Communications next Monday”
Who is Mylene Dupere? Her Twitter account only mentions she is a “public relations specialist”. Her LinkedIn page says she is (was) the Manager, Media Services at PWGSC (Public Works and Government Services). Previous to that, she has experience in a couple of other government departments (HRSDC, Heritage) , so she has experience in working in the public service/public administration field.
Other then that, I don’t know a lot about her (nothing, actually). Perhaps my Liberal colleagues “in the know” (Read more…)
Today the NDP’s environment critic used an opposition day to have the House of Commons vote on this motion: “That this House: (a) agree with many Canadians and the International Energy Agency that there is grave concern with the impacts of a 2 degree rise in global average temperatures; (b) condemn the lack of effective action by successive federal governments since 1998 to address emissions and meet our Kyoto commitments; and (c) call on the government to immediately table its federal climate change adaptation plan.”
Unsurprisingly, the Conservatives, Liberals and sole Green Party MP Elizabeth May all voted (Read more…)
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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Canada, meet Justin Trudeau, the new leader of the Liberal Party of Canada! We recommend:A great betrayal: Trudeau and the Liberals voted for Harper’s sell-out FIPAAt Last, Marc Garneau Challenges Justin Trudeau To Talk Policy Harper Conservatives attack Trudeau on his first day as Liberal leader (VIDEO)Justin Trudeau to defend [...]
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A Liberal roundtable on sexual harassment within the RCMP, hosted by the party’s Women’s Caucus. The Canadian Progressive recommends: High profile ex-Mountie joins hundreds of Canadian women in RCMP lawsuit RCMP’s Misogynistic Response to Galliford Sexual Harassment Claim We recommend:High profile ex-Mountie joins hundreds of Canadian women in RCMP lawsuitHundreds [...]
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Vincent St. Pierre, Canada’s #1 Political Blogger and Alberta Young Liberal, has endorsed Graeme Maitland in his run for President of the Alberta Young Liberals. See Vincent’s endorsement below. “My name is Vincent St. Pierre. And I am proud to endorse Graeme Maitland for AYL president. His work as a young liberal in Calgary-Klein, efforts [...]
As soon as Justin Trudeau won, the Conservative attack ads came out. Everyone knew they’d be coming, but they came out far earlier then they did after Dion and Ignatieff became Liberal leaders, hinting and indicating that the Conservatives are very concerned about Justin Trudeau, even 2 years out from the next election.
Debate has raged of course, whether JT’s declaration that he was going to stay positive would work or not. Some believe it to be needlessly unilaterally disarming themselves, others feel that Trudeau is already a known quantity and that this alone should allow him to resist the (Read more…) battering.
What we didn’t know however was whether the [...]
In the world of politics the fight can really only stay as clean as your dirtiest player and the Conservative Party of Canada could not be a dirtier player. They are the textbook example of Karl Rove’s warped, cynical play-book.
The latest attack ads against Justin Trudeau demonstrate how low they are willing to go, quoting him completely out of context making him appear to claim Quebec is superior to the rest of Canada. When in fact he is speaking of the views of his late father. The problem is most Canadians will never know the truth as they are casual (Read more…)
By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Apparently, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s forthcoming Liberal Opposition Day motion seeks to defend Conservatives MPs who are being muzzled by Stephen Harper. At least that’s how most of the media has interpreted the motion, to be debated and voted in the House of Commons Monday. “Justin Trudeau riding [...]
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By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Harper Conservatives attack Justin Trudeau on his first day as Liberal leader. They want us to believe he isn’t cut out to be prime minister. To be all indignant about his famous name. And then they want us to get really mad about that inconsequential thing he [...]
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If a political party isn’t willing to pay to put an ad into places people are likely to find it on their own (like TV, radio, newspaper or even paid online adverstising), the media should not provide free publicity to almost-no-cost “attack ad” content: There was no day off to celebrate for Justin Trudeau, who won the Liberal Party leadership decisively Sunday night with more than 80 per cent of the vote.
Before Trudeau’s first full day as leader had even begun, attack ads against him appeared on YouTube in English and French.
I’m reminded of that West
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By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Justin Trudeau was crowned leader of the Liberal Party of Canada with 80% of the vote over the weekend. Here’s the full text of his acceptance speech: Thank you, my friends, thank you Normally I’d start by thanking family and friends for putting up with my absences [...]
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Unless you’ve been away this weekend, you already know Justin Trudeau was overwhelmingly selected to be the next leader of the Liberal Party of Canada on Sunday. My congratulations to him, as well as the other candidates who ran for the post.
What might be next for him and the Liberal Party to do, strategy wise? He has up to a year and a half before the next election. There are already rumblings the Conservatives have their attack ads ready to go on him. They used those attack ads to define (negatively) Stephane Dion and Michael Ignatieff, before they could
By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: As expected, Justin Trudeau has been crowned leader of the 3rd-placed Liberal Party of Canada. But the eldest son of former prime minister, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, won convincingly: with 80% support. Trudeau says the era of the hyphenated Liberal is over. “It doesn’t matter to me if you [...]
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