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Montreal Simon: Tom Mulcair’s Sad Return to the House of Commons

In some ways it was a stirring sight. Tom Mulcair returning to the House of Commons after his humiliating defeat at the NDP leadership convention.Standing tall and getting a standing ovation.Two days after his fellow New Democrats made a dramatic sho… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Tom Mulcair’s Sad Return to the House of Commons

Maple-Flavoured Politics: Thomas Mulcair: Should he be interim NDP leader?

In the past couple of days I’ve read a few tweets and quotes in articles from people suggesting that it would be inappropriate for Thomas Mulcair to remain as interim leader of the NDP after his failure in the leadership review vote at the NDP co… . . . → Read More: Maple-Flavoured Politics: Thomas Mulcair: Should he be interim NDP leader?

Eh Types: Lame Duck L’Orange

An orange shock wave rolled over the Canadian political landscape yesterday. In its wake Tom Mulcair’s leadership of the NDP came to a sudden, even shocking end. Some time ago I made the case for why the NDP should choose a new leader. I was surprise… . . . → Read More: Eh Types: Lame Duck L’Orange

Montreal Simon: The NDP Snatches Defeat From the Jaws of Victory

It could only happen in Canada. Or at an NDP leadership convention.First the party gives the leader the boot.In a dramatic rejection of Tom Mulcair's time as leader of the federal NDP, delegates gathered in Edmonton for the party's convention h… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The NDP Snatches Defeat From the Jaws of Victory

Montreal Simon: The Sad Surrender of the NDP’s Youth Wing

They complained about the way Tom Mulcair and his party marginalized them during the last election, or treated them like children.They complained about the way they were sent out to campaign with a boring, conservative-lite platform no young person co… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Sad Surrender of the NDP’s Youth Wing

Left Over: Be Unconventional – Create a Revolution in Policy….

Mulcair and the NDP head into couples therapy at convention NDP leader faces a divided party, with some calling for his departure and others standing behind him By Chris Hall, CBC News Posted: Apr 08, 2016 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Be Unconventional – Create a Revolution in Policy….

Montreal Simon: The Most Ridiculous Reason For Not Firing Tom Mulcair

Well as you all know, Tom Mulcair is perched precariously on a narrow plank, over the deep blue sea.With the big question being, will he be standing or swimming on Monday? But even as he marches or limps towards his destiny, some of the old guard ar… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Most Ridiculous Reason For Not Firing Tom Mulcair

Montreal Simon: One More Reason Tom Mulcair Should Resign

I watched Tom Mulcair being interviewed by Peter Mansbridge last night, and I have to say I was not impressed.He still strikes me as more of a professional politician, than a genuine left-wing leader.I still don't think he's the NDP's futur… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: One More Reason Tom Mulcair Should Resign

Montreal Simon: Will Tom Mulcair Blow Up the NDP?

It's looking more and more like Tom Mulcair will survive his leadership review. Or at least get a two year reprieve. New Democratic Party Leader Tom Mulcair should have two years to rebuild the party’s fortunes before being replaced, but that co… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Will Tom Mulcair Blow Up the NDP?

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Why Tom Mulcair is wrong… yet again #nlpoli #cdnpoli

Tom Mulcair isn’t alone.A lot of people have been making the extremely dangerous argument over the past few days that we ought to accept any claim or accusation based solely on the fact that someone made it.They have been using the Twitter hashtag #Ibe… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Why Tom Mulcair is wrong… yet again #nlpoli #cdnpoli

Montreal Simon: The NDP Review: Why I Believe Tom Mulcair Should Go

I haven't written anything about the NDP leadership review, because I know some of my NDP friends are still hurting from their disastrous election result. And I didn't want to re-open any wounds.And also because I think Justin Trudeau is the be… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The NDP Review: Why I Believe Tom Mulcair Should Go

Eh Types: NDP Resolution? Shave the Beard

On January 1st, many greet the New Year armed with a resolution meant to improve themselves. As people are creatures of habit they often fail, but there is surely merit in recognizing where you can improve. In that spirit, I decided to s… . . . → Read More: Eh Types: NDP Resolution? Shave the Beard

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: What do the federal election results mean for Edmonton and Alberta?

With the excitement of the 2015 federal election one week behind us, now is a good time to take a look at how the results of the election could impact Edmonton and Alberta. The reality of a majority Liberal government in Ottawa… Continue Reading →

LeDaro: LeDaro 2015-10-20 11:45:00

Finally, Stephen Harper is gone – an end to a decade-long nightmare for our country. His politics of control, fear, and division finally caught up to him. We got our country back, an end to scapegoating religious minorities, an end to the war on science, and hopefully the return to a sane foreign policy.

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daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Trudeau Liberals crack Conservative “Fortress Alberta” in nationwide sweep

The dust has yet to finally settle on tonight’s election night results but we know that the Liberal Party led by Justin Trudeau will form a majority government with more than 180 seats in the next parliament. Conservative Party leader Stephen… Continue Reading →

Alberta Politics: Brothels? Neighbourhood injection sites? Have the Cons jumped the shark? Or is the nightmare just beginning?

PHOTOS: Trashy bars like this with free-injection sites and illegal card games out back could soon start popping up in cities like yours if we don’t re-elect the sternly upright Stephen Harper. Really! And if you think this story was easy to illustrate without straining the limits of good taste, you haven’t been spending much […]

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daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Mulcair and Trudeau show Alberta some love in the final days of Election 2015. Where’s Harper?

There is no longer any doubt that Alberta is an important battleground in this federal election campaign. While Conservatives will dominate in the provincial seat count, the Liberals and NDP believe they are in a position to win competitive races in Edmonton… Continue Reading →

CuriosityCat: The Debates: Who won, who lost, and why

Trudeau: The Fighter

Let’s start with the view of how Tom Mulcair behaved in the Munk foreign policy debate, from Gerald Caplan: But if I remove my mask of detachment, I must report that it was not at all the night the NDP needed to recover its faded lead. But there’s still three weeks left – a lifetime in politics. We have the most polarizing and, yes, dangerous, government in Canadian history and we have the NDP positioned to take advantage of it. Yet the NDP focuses its attacks far more on Mr. Trudeau and gives the government almost (Read more…)

CuriosityCat: Is an anti-Orange Wave rising in Quebec?

Abacus has a poll out on September 27 that has very bad news for Mulcair’s NDP. The NDP support in Quebec, its heartland, has plunged over the past week, dropping like a stone, while the other parties are ticking upwards: And this anti-Orange Wave has dragged the NDP down nationally as well:

In Battleground Ontario, the race has become a two-party race since the middle of August, with the Conservatives and Liberals slugging it out, and Mulcair’s roll-the-dice read my lips: no deficits gambit causing NDP support to slide: Ontario voters believe that the main job of any national government (Read more…) . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Is an anti-Orange Wave rising in Quebec?

CuriosityCat: The Biggest Wedge Issue in the 2015 Canadian election campaign

When Canadians reflect on the success of the Liberal Party in gaining power in the October 19 election, many will not know how important one issue was in gaining that victory.

Nor will many Canadians know who was the mastermind behind that winning issue. Thanks to one of the masterful journalists who write in Macleans, Martin Patriquin, they will not have to go far to find the answers. In the September 25 issue of Macleans, Patriquin outlines the background of the man behind Trudeau’s campaign for election. Gerald Butts is not only a policy wonk, but a seasoned political (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper Prepares to Play the Bigot Card in Quebec

It couldn't be a more horrible sight. For me it is the ultimate nightmare. The grubby Stephen Harper, the political porn peddler, in my own province of Quebec.The province that adopted me, and that I love so much.Preparing for tonight's French-language TV debate, and a last desperate effort to claw his way to another bloody majority.By playing the bigot card.For this latest French-only Con video leaves no doubt about that…Read more »

CuriosityCat: Tom Mulcair says Not a Snowball’s Chance in Hell he will prop up a Harper minority government

The end of the Harper era

Tom Mulcair has firmly rejected any chance that the NDP would support Stephen Harper’s government in any confidence votes after the October 19 election:

Earlier Wednesday, Mulcair was also asked whether he would support a Conservative minority government.

“There isn’t a snowball’s chance in hell,” he said.

“There’s no likelihood that the NDP would ever, under any circumstances, be able to support Mr. Harper, his divisive politics, his backward economics that have left 400,000 manufacturing jobs disappear over the last few years.”

That echoed a pledge from Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, who said (Read more…)

CuriosityCat: Tom Mulcair explains how the NDP Swiss Cheese Plan came about

Dramatic disclosures on the campaign trail today!  A respected numbers man has called the campaign plan prepared by Tom Mulcair for the NDP, a “Swiss cheese plan.”  He likes it, but thinks it’s a bit skimpy: Even though Canada’s former budget watchdog called the NDP’s fiscal plan “Swiss cheese,” leader Thomas Mulcair insists Kevin Page has very nice things to say about his party’s document. Page, who served as parliamentary budget officer from 2008-2013, has been advising Mulcair and the NDP, as well as other parties. He told The Huffington Post Canada Thursday that he was (Read more…) . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Tom Mulcair explains how the NDP Swiss Cheese Plan came about

CuriosityCat: Post-debate poll: Liberals swamping Conservatives in Ontario 41% to 31%

Stephen Harper has to move the needle substantially if he wants to retain his job as prime minister.

He needs to increase his support amongst voters by between 15% and 25%, to move it up from the low nationwide 32% or so, to majority-seat territory of 37% to 40%.

The second debate was a Trudeau win, and the shift in battleground Ontario continues apace, according to the latest Forum poll: The federal Liberals appear to have a gained a foothold in Toronto and the GTA, with 41 per cent of voters saying they’ve decided on — or are leaning (Read more…) . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Post-debate poll: Liberals swamping Conservatives in Ontario 41% to 31%

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: When is a Dynasty Not a Dynasty?

There has been much talk during this election campaign, about Justin Trudeau’s famous father, and a notion that he believes that becoming prime minister is his birthright.  There were similar attacks on Michael Ignatieff, because he descended from Russian royalty on his father’s side and the famous Grant family of Canada on his mother’s.

Apparently being born into prominent families means that you cannot possibly lead this country.  You’re an “elite” and “out of touch”.

However, has anyone addressed the political dynasty of Thomas Mulcair?  He likes to portray himself as just a regular guy, one of ten (Read more…)