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Progressive Proselytizing: Mulcair fails Media Relations 101

Today was election campaign launch day in Canada. Well I suppose that really happened a year or so ago, but today was the official launch, when the official rules kick in, at any rate. All the parties want one main thing out of these launches, to say a few positive things in their opening declaration . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Mulcair fails Media Relations 101

Progressive Proselytizing: Mulcair fails Media Relations 101

Today was election campaign launch day in Canada. Well I suppose that really happened a year or so ago, but today was the official launch, when the official rules kick in, at any rate. All the parties want one main thing out of these launches, to say a… . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Mulcair fails Media Relations 101

Let Freedom Rain II: Thomas Mulcair tells l’il Andrew Scheer to go fuck himself.

Now this is an opposition that is coming into its own.

Progressive Proselytizing: Is there a need for a centrist party in Canada?

There have been times in history when there is a wide political space between the right most and left most parties. On the far left, one had advocates of something in the communist/socialist spectrum, and on the right one had not just Milton Friedman-esque free market advocates but perhaps more importantly were in a time . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Is there a need for a centrist party in Canada?

A BCer in Toronto: Post-#ndpldr, with Mulcair change will be more personality than politics

Leadership contests tend to create the appearance of stark differences where none really exist – it’s in the interests of both candidates looking to differentiate themselves and media looking for a meaningful race to cover. In reality, these differences are usually exaggerated, and governing tends to be a moderating influence anyways.

That’s certainly . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Post-#ndpldr, with Mulcair change will be more personality than politics

The Happy Wanderer: Muclair has A Prayer!

The NDP have officially gotten their official leader. The result was somewhat expected, but some surprises was the amazing showing that Nathan Cullen made. But now that Muclair is leader it’s time to start talking about the political map of Canada. With all new leaders it is very normal for the party to rise in the . . . → Read More: The Happy Wanderer: Muclair has A Prayer!

Congrats on the imminent win Thomas Muclair. But if you really want to be PM, lose the beard.

It’s been years AC (After Chretien) and the Liberals continue to demonstrate that they have no clue about winning. The NDP is not any better. Both parties still live in the fantasy world of BC (Before Chretien) when politics was a gentleman’s game.

Beaten around the head and shoulders by the unholy alliance of Sun . . . → Read More: Congrats on the imminent win Thomas Muclair. But if you really want to be PM, lose the beard.

A BCer in Toronto: “Dion syndrome” is revisionist history masking self-interest

Leadership races are always places for amusing and nonsensical spin, and the current NDP race is no exception with some participants warning against a supposedly deadly, but entirely fictional, new malady: Dion syndrome.

Named for former Liberal leader Stephane Dion, it’s meant to describe the horror of a candidate that finished third on the first . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: “Dion syndrome” is revisionist history masking self-interest