Threw a surprise birthday party for the missus last night. Lots of amazing folks in attendance, including our impressive local Liberal candidate. Lots of politics discussed. Here’s what I had to say, as said by others. Bullet one: What Benjamin Sharma had to say: “This election is fun. Both Conservatives and Liberals think that they’re winning.“ Bullet two: What Stephen Taylor asked: “Who is right? EKOS or Nanos?“ Bullet three: What Ipsos and all the others say: “Best Prime Minister: Harper (35%, up 5), Mulcair (34%, down 4), Trudeau (32%, unchanged) http://t.co/yJYimKIm1Q #cdnpoli (Read more…)
Threw a surprise birthday party for the missus last night. Lots of amazing folks in attendance, including. Our local Liberal candidate. Lots of politics discussed. Here’s what I had to say, as said by others. Bullet one: What Benjamin Sharma had to say: “This election is fun. Both Conservatives and Liberals think that they’re winning.“ Bullet two: What Stephen Taylor asked: “Who is right? EKOS or Nanos?“ Bullet three: What Ipsos and others say: “Best Prime Minister: Harper (35%, up 5), Mulcair (34%, down 4), Trudeau (32%, unchanged) http://t.co/yJYimKIm1Q #cdnpoli #elxn42“ (Read more…)
Based on the number of comments, and based on the amount of coverage, I don’t think a lot of people paid attention to that final debate last night. My hunch? Joe and Jane Frontporch are sick of this election. They want it to be over. They started paying attention after Labour Day, and now they think they’ve seen more than enough to make a decision. And what have they decided? See below, following my roundup of some of your (very few) comments on Face à face. Nicole: At a debate where four men and no woman spent a lot of (Read more…)
Look, I’m sorry. I’ve reached Maximum Niqab Debate™ and so the Missus and Daughter Two and me are going to go cheer for the marooning of Matt Damon on Mars. (It’s his punishment for inflicting Ben Affleck on an undeserving world.)
So, as before, open thread. Add your comments and some of the best will form tomorrow’s KCCCC!
On y va!
Tito’s a great friend, and Prime Minister Turner’s support of him is a big deal. Come to a fun fundraiser and meet a couple of the greats.
This NME list is pretty good. A bit Brit-centric, but pretty good.
The inclusion of ‘Ceremony’ surprised me. It was played the first time by Joy Division, just days before Ian Curtis killed himself. When New Order returned to it, it was a risk, but it paid off. It is – in my humble estimation – one of the greatest songs ever written. As Harold, Chris, Ryan et al. will tell you, it was a big, big deal to me, back in those days.
Here they are playing it in 1981, with Bernard singing like Ian would, but not quite (Read more…)
1. Tom: Wannabe Liberal.
2. Justin: Wannabe New Democrat.
3. Stephen: Wannabe celebrating Christmas at 24 Sussex. https://t.co/f2h3UgwIh3
— Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) October 2, 2015
Understand the polls? Me neither. Let me elucidate my fuzzification. Ekos: Their latest poll said Conservatives had “swung into the lead,” with a ten-point gap favouring Stephen Harper. Here. Forum: Their latest “poll” has Harper at 34 per cent, and the Messrs. Trudeau and Mulcair tied at 27 per cent. Here. ARG: Reid released one yesterday that validated Ekos/Forum, apparently, and even found exactly the same thing as Forum. Here. But. But, along comes Nanos this chilly morn, with their buckets and power index and other stuff no one understands, and they have the Liberals two (Read more…)
Researching next week’s Hill Times column, it occurred to me that I should look at one of my old books, The War Room. I think I found a passage there that the play-it-safe Mulcair NDP should have heeded, but didn’t.
To the meek goes no reward.
“God gave us all necks so we can stick them out. Voters — and consumers, and citizens, and the news media, and just about any sentient being — are astute. They know when you are playing it safe. They know when you are being timid. When they sense you are being deliberately boring, they (Read more…)
A friend of mine has been strenuously advocating for Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Funds – to help veterans with Post Tramautic Stress Injury, and to get them a specially-trained therapeutic service dog. You can read all about it, and help him, here.
Frank Robinson said that. “Close don’t count in baseball. Only counts in horseshoes and grenades.” But what about politics? Does close count in the political game? Well, how close are they? Ekos, which I take seriously, said a few days ago that the Conservatives had “swung into the lead,” with nearly ten-points over the Liberals and the New Democrats. Forum, which I don’t take seriously, said substantially the same thing this morning, on the Star’s front page: the CPC has “a clear lead” in the race, now, with Stephen Harper’s party at 34 per cent support (Read more…)
Sorry I’m late with KCCCC today! Got in late, slept a bit. Maybe it’s old age, too. Speaking of old age, check this out. Quote: “For the first time ever, there are now more people in Canada age 65 and over than there are under age 15, according to Statistics Canada.“ Wow. In political terms, that is huge. And for the Conservatives, it’s very good news. Their biggest constituency is older Canadians. And older Canadians vote more than any other segment. Younger Canadians increasingly don’t. It matches the intel I got from a senior (Read more…)
WHITEHORSE, YUKON – Larry Bagnell spent the entire afternoon knocking on doors. He got to 14. “Four weren’t home, but we did okay with the other ten,” says Larry, the much-liked former Liberal MP for Yukon. “That’s pretty good.”
Welcome to Yukon. There’s a population of just over 35,000 people here, and about 22,000 of them can vote. When you consider that Yukon comprises just about half a million square kilometres, you can understand Larry Bagnell’s day a bit better.
Do the math, if you like: there are 0.06 people per square kilometre in Yukon. Which (Read more…)
Without boring you with the details, I may be returning to the public airwaves soon.
Horrifying, I know. But when and if it becomes official, I will officially have details to share.
Lala, too. She’s smarter and better looking than me.
We are in Vancouver, heading East soon. So, as before, here are comments on the Munk Debate from all of you. For the most part, I personally agree with most of you: the debate was well-organized, the moderator was outstanding, and Trudeau and Harper won for different reasons. Mulcair lost. Now, youse guys. Ann Jarnet: It was a good debate. I barely cringed. Surprised to see Trudeau do as well as he did; a bit of redemption! I still see Harper as lame, but apparently over 30% want someone that lame to lead us. Mulcair showed meanness which (Read more…)
Who won? Who lost? Personally, I think Rudyard and the Munk people did. Best debate yet.
Will do a roundup of your views in KCCCC tomorrow. Comment away!
What a giant this man was. He is missed.
CPC folks are circulating it. Clip here.
I cannot believe he would say this. Anyone got context? Just landed in Van, in cab.
We are at the Whitehorse airport, Vancouver-bound. But I keep staring at this Abacus graph about Québec, which more or less reflects what other folks have been reporting in recent days.
Look at that orange line. Look at that blue line. You can find the full Abacus poll here, but you don’t have to be an expert in survey methodology to see that the NDP are in trouble. Liberals steady, Conservatives moving up. And Tom Mulcair losing ground dramatically. The NDP may be returning to their traditional role: a parking lot between elections. What’s (Read more…)
Yes, I really said that. Yes, I was going to try. Until Lisa and Emma started yelling at me, that is.
Check out our new friends on the Klondike Highway. They were big.
The length, sure. The outcome, of course. All of that is important. But Election 42 will be remembered for one thing most of all: the record number of shitty candidates. The ignorant, the bigots, the truthers, the anti-Semites, the drunkards, the scum of the Earth: those are the kinds of losers who were trying to win. Don’t believe it? Then read CBC’s list, here. There have been more candidates dumped for insanity/idiocy than ever before, by all the parties. And there many more morons on the ballot who the parties still refuse to dump. We’re (Read more…)
From Carcross Tagish First Nation, for the work we did for them over the years. Presented to us by Chief Danny Cresswell. Shark transforming into man, by Keith Wolfe-Smarch.
Good morning from cold and wet Whitehorse! We have some big things on the agenda today – among them a potlatch out in Carcross – so here’s some bits and pieces about this and that. Grumpy Justin: Is this story true? Well, some might say: consider the source(s). But I’ve had dealings with Suzuki and Solomon in the past, and so I tend to believe what they’re claiming. Moreover, I spoke about this very issue to one of Trudeau’s colleagues in the House a while back. She said: “He’s charming if he thinks you are onside. But (Read more…)