Calgary Grit: The Table Stakes

Forget Mark Carney. We need “electable” candidates like Jim Karygiannis in this race! Now that we know who can run for Liberal leader (namely, anyone with $75,000 and 300 signatures), the question becomes who should run: “We have to be careful not to think that somebody who wants to raise his or her profile or ...

Accidental Deliberations: Repetition for effect

Since Aaron Wherry has rightly connected the NDP’s response to Lise St-Denis’ floor-crossing to its efforts to engage constituents on other issues, I may as well offer a similar bit of reiteration. So here’s what I had to say last time it was noted that the NDP was working on connecting voters to MPs whose ...

CalgaryGrit: Crunching Numbers

Now that the shock of Lise St-Denis’ floor crossing has worn off, it’s worth looking ahead to whether Jean Chretien’s old riding will stay Liberal red in the next election. Eric Grenier at 308 likes her chances: If Lise St-Denis, the MP for Saint-Maurice–Champlain who defected to the Liberals from the NDP last week, decides ...

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Even when they do things in Quebec, the NDP starting point is denial

First answer: This is not our way of doing things so I would be extremely surprised if it came from us – Guy Caron, NDP MP and Quebec caucus chairSecond answer: I’m just calling to confirm that those were done by the party – NDP spokeswoman Sally HousserAislin certainly wouldn’t find the evidence he’s looking ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Lana Payne juxtaposes massive profits and public concessions for Caterpillar and Rio Tinto against their attacks on Canadian workers: (T)he demands by ElectroMotive, a subsidiary of equipment giant Caterpillar, are about as outrageous as they get, including a 50 per cent cut in pay. These demands are coming ...

Northern Reflections: Lise St. Denis

The New Democrats are understandably furious at Lise St. Denis. But, as Chantal Hebert points out, her decision was hardly self serving: Lise St-Denis could easily have continued to collect her pay as the MP for Saint-Maurice—Champlain on the NDP benches for the foreseeable future. Battling cancer at 71, the retired teacher could have bided ...

Accidental Deliberations: On testing grounds

For the most part, I’ll echo Dan’s take on Lise St-Denis’ party switch: As for her motives, even after listening to the press conference, that’s still a bit of a mystery. St-Denis is 71 so this isn’t a case of long term ambition. There’s nothing in recent polls to suggest the NDP ship is sinking. ...

CalgaryGrit: "Une décision en toute sérénité"

I suppose we shouldn’t be shocked that one of the NDP’s rookie Quebec MPs decided to cross the floor move down the opposition benches…but it’s still a bit of a surprise to see Lise St-Denis jump to the Liberals less than a year after the election. As for her motives, even after listening to the ...

CalgaryGrit: The Value of Endorsements

How ignorant can an MP be? Lise St-Denis and Djaouida Sellah edition.

Pssst. Lise and Djaouida, there are cameras everywhere. There are a bunch of savvy right wingers looking for any opportunity to make the opposition look bad. The media is 90% Conservative. They work in concert with the majority party. This is the 21st century, people. Get with the program. The excuse that you needed the ...