I was happy to help the Freeland campaign in Toronto Centre over the last couple of months, and I’m glad to have her as my MP. I was a poll captain, and Freeland pulled 62% of the vote in my home poll, woot. With the results spinning game already going on, here is my contribution, taking a look at some of the data from by-election results since the last election: The NDP did get its best ever result in Toronto Centre with 36%, but despite Mulcair running a star candidate with a hard negative campaign, the actual margin between the (Read more…)
Worthwhile article from Chantal Hebert here.
She’s not the first to link Harper’s gutting of environmental regulations, skeptical attitude towards climate change and attacks on the environmental movement to other countries (particularly our major trading partner south of the border) reluctance to embrace Canada’s natural resources, but in just two sentences, Hebert does a good job of exposing the box that the Conservative government has painted Canada’s economy into:
“Harper has made it impossible to have a national conversation on the economy without talking about pipelines, but just as impossible to debate those without addressing his climate change record. (Read more…)
As I predicted back in September, the Mulcair NDP has wasted no time in demonstrating that the “Love is better than anger” NDP is long gone, as Mulcair candidates in the by-elections (particularly Toronto Centre) have spared no opportunity in launching angry attacks on the third-party Liberals.
Mulcair’s candidate in Toronto Centre, Linda McQuaig has been negative from day one, attacking the Liberal candidate for not being “from” Toronto (an interesting strategy in a riding with one of the largest population of New Canadians in the country and not one I really thought worked well for the NDP against Glen Murray (Read more…) . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Why not a McQuaig vs. Mulcair debate on natural resource development?
OMG. The horror, the horror. It was supposed to be Stephen Harper's Day of Jubilee. The day he showed off the severed heads of the three Senators to his demoralized caucus. Or tossed them in the general direction of the opposition.
And solemnly declared that the sordid Senate scandal, or The Great Distraction, was over.But instead the scandal took another macabre twist, when one of the heads started talking….to the RCMP!!!! Read more »
There couldn't have been a better illustration of what Stephen Harper has done to our Parliament and our country. A more disgusting example of how he corrupts everything he touches. Smears anyone who gets in his way. And is making a mockery out of our democracy.Read more »
Ipsos Reid just released new federal poll numbers. Their latest poll was conducted between Oct. 25 and 28, 2013. Their previous poll covered Oct. 16 to 20, 2013.
Here is a comparison between their 2 polls
Oct. 20 Oct. 28 NDP 27% 31% up 4% Lib 33% 31% down 2% Con 31% 30% down 1% Grn 2% 2% Blc 6% 6%
With the Senate scandal being front and centre in the news for the past couple of weeks, and with the performance of Thomas Mulcair hammering away at Harper in Question Period, I think we can see Canadians (Read more…)
I support the “Restore our Anthem” initiative to replace the words “in all thy sons command” to the gender neutral “in all of us command.”
The reactions early on to this latest initiative in the letters to the editor sections of the National Post and Globe were fairly supportive, sometimes a little silly but definitely not reflective of a major backlash of the variety that was seen in 2010 following the Harper government’s effort to take this step.
The Harper Throne Speech of early 2010 came following Harper’s second prorogation of Parliament, both viewed as illegitimate. The second was (Read more…)
Up next after the city hall politics panel in the Toronto Star tent at the Word on the Street festival on Sunday was the federal politics panel. On hand were Toronto Star federal politics columnists Chantal Hebert, Tim Harper and Tom Walkom. The topic? “Stephen Harper vs. Justin Trudeau and Tom Mulcair.”
The discussion was wide-ranging, but one thing that struck me was that, although the Star was the only paper to endorse the NDP in the last federal election, the columnists on the stage sure don’t think much of Tom Mulcair. I’m sure the NDP will react defensively, (Read more…)
Well as you know Tom Mulcair got into a spot of trouble on Parliament Hill the other day.He ran a stop sign, was intercepted by the RCMP.And then mercilessly mocked by the Cons in the House of Commons. First by James Moore and then by Jason Kenney.But now it turns out Mulcair wasn't the only parliamentarian intercepted by the RCMP. So was Con MP Eve Adams. Read more »
There couldn't have been a greater contrast between the two political leaders. There couldn't have been a clearer sign that the Con regime is rotting, like a fish, from the head down.On one side there was Tom Mulcair, controlled, dignified, asking short direct questions about the sordid senate scandal.On the other there was Stephen Harper, squirming like an eel, dodging most questions, and lashing out like a political thug. Read more »
It was without a doubt the best Question Period I have ever watched.The day Stephen Harper was finally forced to answer questions about the Senate scandal. And was roasted like a chicken, or grilled like a criminal.Read more »
Harper’s government reacts with overwrought rage when other Canadian politicians express opinions outside Canada. So which way is it? By: Tim Harper | Toronto Star, Published on Fri Apr 19 2013: OTTAWA — Stephen Harper was representing Canada at the funeral of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in London this week. Was [...]
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The day after Justin Trudeau was elected leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, as predictably as the sun rises in the East, the Conservatives did what the Conservatives do – they released negative personal attack ads. It’s all they know how to do. And it has worked for them before (see Dion, Stephen and Ignatieff, Michael). Will they make it a hat trick? Time will tell, but it was interesting, as these ads were released, to read a new poll from Ekos. I said the other day to ignore the polls, and that advice holds, particularly the . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Justin Trudeau won’t be so easy to ill-define
Last night I wrote a post about how the Harper regime is turning CIDA into the Con International Development Agency. I was also planning to mention how the Harperites have turned the CIDA website into another branch of the Con Ministry of Propaganda and Disinformation.
With the picture of Julian Fantino, and the ads for the Porky Action Plan, and "Responsible Resources Development," and even the War of 1812.But I had to cut it out for length reasons, and now I see others have beaten me to this scandal.Read more »
Mulcair gave a speech on Friday to the Canadian Club on the NDP’s vision for economic growth. If you read through, I don’t think you’ll find much that is particularly visionary. The point was probably not to fly too many flags but rather to portray the Mulcair NDP as pro-business and not at all scary.
It was rather mundane. Talking about “partnership between industry, labour and government,” for example, is not exactly surprising from an NDP leader. Investing in youth is something you might hear from all parties. There might also be the hint, as you read through, that Mulcair
. . . → Read More: Impolitical: Mulcair does Bay Street
Best lead in to a Mulcair quote in recent memory: Mulcair interrupts his oyster eating. “You know far too much about Quebec politics, “ he says bluntly “to think that the Trudeau brand carries any weight in the province of Quebec.”
Yes, put down that oyster for a moment, man.
Come now, the Trudeau brand doesn’t carry “any weight” in Quebec. None? That’s setting the bar a little low, I’d say and it probably isn’t unwelcome expectation setting.
And isn’t this exactly the kind of attitude Liberals used to have about New Democrats in Quebec?
If anybody still thinks that the Con regime is not out of control, the sight of Peter Van Loan in Question Period today should have been enough to cure that delusion.
For there was Tubby, as his friends call him, filling in for Stephen Harper, clutching a piece of paper with his scripted lines marked with a yellow highlighter.
Sweating like a pig, bellowing like a bull, and turning farce into satire.Read more »
The Victoria, B.C. MP says her doctor gave her a “health warning” this spring. She plans to leave politics and devote herself full-time to her family.
Holy hee haw. Lasso me like a baby steer. I can't believe that Alison Redford is still snubbing Tom Mulcair.
Redford said no meeting with Mulcair is on the books.
"Nobody's asked me to meet with him and I'm quite busy Stampeding and speaking to Albertans about what matters to them."
Because she's got better things to do eh? Like flipping pancakes at the Redneck Rodeo, or watching horses die.Read more »
Calgary Herald: NDP Leader Mulcair says oilsands access should be opened up, but not with new pipeline
Yes. A better/cleaner/safer plan all around would be to process this stuff in Canada (preferably closer to the source IMHO) and then ship out the refined material. Also, collect more royalties from the companies that are extracting the oil (the royalty levels are insanely low right now) and use those to help the manufacturing industry across Canada. And make the extractors pay for the clean-up of the waste products and the pollution they create. Makes sense. This is more or less what (Read more…)
Golly. Talk about a study in contrasts. There was Tom Mulcair flashing a winner's smile.
While in the other corner, there was Stephen Harper looking absolutely AWFUL. As if he'd just seen the grim ghost of his political future.
Or somebody had just asked him whether he REALLY likes handcuffs. Opening his mouth, showing his teeth, and grinding them gently together.
And who can blame him eh? It was his most horrible day.Read more »
The NDP leadership campaign sparked considerable interest among Canadians and saw NDP membership soar, rising over 50% in six months to 128,351 on election day. Many of these first time members, such as myself, may well be interested in the NDP but may not be long term loyalists. After the campaign, the key is to convert as many of these members as possible into loyal NDP followers who can advocate for the party long into the future. A perfect way to entrench interest in the NDP is to use the massive emailing list of new members to send out positive, . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: NDP leadership election campaign debt
It’s a Mulcair day on the blog, it appears! How on earth did that happen…
I find it hard to get too excited about this. Released just after the parliamentary session has ended, what’s with that? Come now, Conservative war room, timing is everything. Unless it is part of a wider concerted effort to get serious now about diminishing poll standings, à la Harper in Quebec yesterday and news of his meeting with the forbidden one and all.
Adding to the lack of excitement, it’s an internet ad, after all, reports the Globe. Likely to have little impact then except
. . . → Read More: Impolitical: New Mulcair ad
OMG. Mothers hide your children. It appears that Stephen Harper has set out to try to woo Quebec.
Stephen Harper and more than a dozen of his cabinet ministers chose Quebec to kick off the Tories’ political “summer of love,” wooing support with their economic plan and a pledge to work with the Parti Québécois if it is elected to govern the province.
And what an absurd spectacle it was. Great Ugly Pretty Lover Leader and half his Con cabinet gathered in Saint-Narcisse-de-Beaurivage (population 1,000) mumbling sweet nothings to the separatists. While his flunkies played the fiddle.Read more »