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Babel-on-the-Bay: Nostalgia for the era of the monster rally.

As the ground game became more important in Canadian politics during the second half of the 20th Century, the monster rallies for the major parties lost their importance. The work involved in mounting the rallies took too much away from the ridings that needed the workers at the voters’ doors. There was a time though when we thought the rallies were worth it.

It was always risky but Liberals kept filling Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto through the sixties and the seventies. No precise information was ever given out but it was between 35 and 45 thousand tickets that (Read more…)

Babel-on-the-Bay: Turning the corner on the 2015 election.

There are many wonderful readers of Babel-on-the-Bay. The other day one of our stalwarts sent an e-mail saying how warming it was to read that the Harper government is toast. Obviously some of the Conservative readers caught a bit of a chill in the words but so far nobody has argued. The best news is that Babel-on-the-Bay’s Morning Line forecast is falling into place. With just eight days until voters can start to give their opinion, the election is about to produce the expected result.

Despite the statistical possibility that the Conservatives could win the largest number of seats on (Read more…)

Babel-on-the-Bay: Jason Kenney is showing his fear.

Any political apparatchik has to handle his or her share of losses. You can keep winning for a while and then you have to take one on the chin. It is how you handle that loss that shows what you are made of. That is why we have come to the conclusion that Calgary Tory candidate Jason Kenney is not made of the right stuff. He is showing fear. He is striking out wildly. He is looking like he is made of Jell-O made with too much water—little flavour, no substance.

Kenney must miss John Baird, the other member of (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Liberal Big Tent May Be An Echo Chamber

Suzuki and Trudeau are both plain spoken people. They both strike me as straightforward. The difference is that Suzuki is much older and doesn’t appear to cater to anyone, while Trudeau obviously looks to his Liberal back-room advisers to tell him what way the wind is blowing. If the smoke is blowing at the young leader from his backside, and the Liberal string pullers want it that way, they aren’t about to save Trudeau.

Babel-on-the-Bay: The problem is still Quebec, Justin.

It was obvious from the beginning of this extra long federal election campaign that the advantage was to Liberal Justin Trudeau. Here we are down to the last four weeks of the campaign and he is the Energizer Bunny—still fresh and eager—while Stephen Harper and Thomas Mulcair are wilting. There is no time to rest now. The campaign has turned the last curve and the political parties are in the final stretch.

The question now is not whether the Liberals can win a minority. That is obvious. The question is whether the Liberals can turn Quebec around. The Quebec vote (Read more…) Let’s make Canada’s parties endorse our pro-Internet action plan

Exciting news! Green Party leader Elizabeth May has just announced her endorsement of our crowdsourced pro-Internet action plan. So far Ms. May is the first major party leader to do so – and we’re thrilled to have her waving the flag for Canada’s Internet.

This is great news for Canada’s pro-Internet movement and never would have happened without so many people speaking up to support our plan. Now we need to keep up the pressure on all the party leaders, to ensure our action plan can be put into law.

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The Disaffected Lib: Canada’s Next Tyro?

Either Tom Mulcair doesn’t know his ass from his elbow or, as some of us suspect, he’s a pandering huckster with a loose tongue who, like Harper, sees riches in trawling for bottom votes. Either way, he’s not the sort of leader any Canadian should want to re-open our constitution.

Yet if Mulcair becomes our next prime minister, a real possibility, and if he should actually follow through with his outlandish promises, a far more remote possibility, we’re in for a constitutional donnybrook that could make America’s fiasco in Iraq look quick and tidy.

Abolition/castration of the Senate – constitutional (Read more…) Star: Trudeau backed C-51, but won’t say if it’s constitutional

Looks like the Liberal Party voted for a bill they’re not even sure is constitutional…

Article by the Canadian Press at the Toronto Star

BROSSARD, QUE. — Justin Trudeau won’t say if Bill C-51 — the controversial anti-terror bill introduced by the Conservatives — is constitutional, even though the Liberals backed it in Parliament.

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Babel-on-the-Bay: Go home Paul Martin.

Nothing grates a left-leaning liberal more than Paul Martin that skinflint former finance minister and briefly prime minister. Once a friend, Paul became a non-person when Prime Minister Jean Chrétien gave him the finance portfolio. He built his reputation for balanced budgets on the backs of the poor, the unemployed, the sick and the elderly across Canada. He proved to one and all that he was no liberal.

It was an understandable situation. Growing up in the very political environment of his family’s home in Windsor and in Ottawa, Paul got away from left of centre politics and tried his (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Paul Martin Gives Tommy Angry Beard a Well-Deserved Kick in the Ass.

Paul Martin was the finance minister who plucked the federal government from the brink of fiscal chaos. It was a tough time for all including the provinces, even the Canadian Forces, but he balanced the budget and paid down $90 billion of our national debt. He kept the bankers in line and when he handed the reins to Harper he bequeathed a full treasury ready to absorb the brunt of the great collapse of 2008.

Put simply, Martin pulled our fat (yours and mine) out of the fire. Which is why he deserves to be heard on the mess we’re (Read more…)

Babel-on-the-Bay: It is really about leadership Justin.

Being more of a contemporary of his father than of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, maybe we can be excused for offering him some advice. Yes Justin, you have answered those stupid attack ads on your youth from the Conservatives. You have launched an aggressive campaign against the failing regime of Stephen Harper. Your stand on ‘real change’ is to be applauded. You have addressed the core concerns of Canadian voters with your stand on behalf of the middle class.

But the key ingredient for winning is leadership. It is something that Mr. Mulcair of the New Democrats does not offer.

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Babel-on-the-Bay: Trudeau’s stop-gap Senate solution.

Babel-on-the-Bay is only giving Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau a conditional pass on his proposed Senate solution. The truth is that Trudeau just does not want the constitutional problems that the Stephen Harper or Thomas Mulcair solutions will cause. He is not his father’s son in that regard. Pierre Trudeau was always ready to fight for Canada.

But Justin does not believe that the Senate is worth fighting over. His is an elitist solution but he feels it can solve the problem on a short-term basis. What he wants to do is create a bi-partisan committee to recommend appointments and that (Read more…) Huffington Post: Trudeau On Bill C-51 Stance: ‘Perhaps It Was Naive’

No Kidding! So, what are you going to do about it now?- call him to change his tune at

Article by Althia Raj for the Huffington Post

TORONTO — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau acknowledged Thursday that his position on the Conservative’s anti-terrorism Bill C-51 may have been “naive.”

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Trashy's World: Raising the bar

Trudeau’s closing remarks last night summed up what I have been saying for many years – the bar can be raised. Canadians don’t have to settle for a bar that is touching the ground. Harper has placed that bar so low on so many fronts: foreign affairs, the environment, fiscal policy… The list goes on.  […]

Babel-on-the-Bay: Bearding a bully.

Canadians watched a bully get his comeuppance last night. There were no knock-out blows or deathbed repentances but some solid points were made. In balance, the Greens’ Elizabeth May looked good, the New Democrat’s Thomas Mulcair was stuffy, the Liberal’s Justin Trudeau showed strength and the Prime Minister kept saying “Let’s be clear,” when he really was not.

But why did it all look like an attempt at stand-up comedy at a funeral directors’ convention? Why were the men all in black suits with ties out of the Salvation Army bag? At least Elizabeth May could stand out in her (Read more…)

Left Over: To The Left, To The Left…Second-Guessing The Youth Vote

Free to dream, I’d be left of Jeremy Corbyn. But we can’t gamble the future on him



Here is a comment I made re an opinion piece in the Guardian by Polly Toynbee…

This is an oddly similar discussion to one happening in Canada today..but we are just beginning the election campaign to try (please…) to unseat the recalcitrant Tories…

We have a Blair-like “Liberal” running, a son of the former PM Trudeau..very cute and a decent enough speaker, but such a centrist as to frighten the more progressive portion of his paty, and we have (Read more…)

Babel-on-the-Bay: Left, Right or Liberal?

One of the best—and funniest—opeds we have read for a while was by Susan Delacourt of the Toronto Star. Susan’s first premise in her article (Liberals must win the middle…July 25) was that there are too many communications people in the Liberal Party. She then segues into a discourse on whether the Liberal Party is even necessary. She gives the party a pass but notes that it has to determine if it takes the middle road through principle or pragmatism.

We will take it as something of a back-handed compliment that Susan recognizes the communications expertise that the Liberal Party (Read more…)

Babel-on-the-Bay: Eglinton-Lawrence is the place to be today.

It all comes down to the wire today in what will be one of the most hotly contested Toronto ridings in the October federal election. It is widely assumed by politicos that whoever the riding Liberals pick as their candidate will become the next Member of Parliament. The dour Conservative incumbent Joe Oliver has failed as Finance Minister and has little excuse for his poor performance.

What is very important to remember today is that Eve Adams, who was the Conservative MP from Mississauga jumped from the Harper Conservatives to the Trudeau Liberals in February 2015. The move was more (Read more…) iPolitics: Time for Trudeau to lay his anti-terror cards on the table

Less than 100 days away from the election, this debate is already having a major impact on the opinion polls – and any party leader who wants to be the next PM had better get onside with what Canadians want. Speak out now to get C-51 repealed at

Article by Steve Sullivan for iPolitics

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Babel-on-the-Bay: Do Conservatives consider Justin Trudeau dangerous?

While most Canadians simply laugh off the silly “Trudeau’s not ready” commercials playing with increasing intensity on English-language television, there is another more layered campaign underlying it. This more insidious campaign is spreading through social media and says that Trudeau is ‘dangerous.’ If you have not received the core threats of this campaign, it is probably because you do not fit the demographics.

If you are not a rabid right-to-life supporter, you would not be included in the outrageous campaign against Trudeau for his stance on women’s rights. Not content to pillory the Liberal leader for his condoning abortion, (Read more…) Globe and Mail: Trudeau’s support of Bill C-51 weakened the Liberal party

Bill C-51 is so unpopular that is having a mayor role in the electoral campaign. No matter who wins, this reckless bill should be repealed. Speak out now at

Article by Jane Taber for The Globe and Mail

John Fenik is the Mayor of Perth, a picturesque community just southwest of Ottawa. A card-carrying Liberal for more than a decade, Mr. Fenik turned in his membership card a couple of months ago, and is now the NDP candidate for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston, one of the bluest Tory ridings in the country.

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Babel-on-the-Bay: First lessons in the environment.

It hardly matters at what age young men have their first camping experience. The most common first lesson is to never pee into the campfire. Not only is that a part of your body that should never get singed but urine on an open fire smells terrible. This lesson occurred to us when reading the Toronto Star’s Thomas Walkom’s take on Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s announcement on a Liberal environmental policy. He should not have panned young Trudeau’s first steps in such uncharted waters.

In fact, that speech by the Liberal leader was pretty damn good for baby steps! Give (Read more…)

Politics Canada: When will the Liberals learn?

We saw the Conservatives define Stephane Dion as not a leader.

The Liberals then elected Michael Ignatieff as leader and I watched in awe as once again they allowed the Harperites to define Michael Ignatieff as a poncy opportunist with their “just visiting” campaign. No worthy Liberal attack ad was made.

The Liberals now have Justin Trudeau at the helm and they still refuse to attack the Conservatives back. Trudeau took the helm back in 2013 and the Liberals said their strategy was still, to “stay positive” and not play the political attack ad game. Whenever I suggested the Liberals attack (Read more…)

Babel-on-the-Bay: Is Mulcair peaking too soon?

Gosh, reading and listening to some political pundits, you would think that the coming federal election is already decided. It is all over but the shouting. It is one of those times when you wish you could take all those bets from the suckers. Frankly, this political apparatchik would not bet on New Democrat Leader Thomas Mulcair for prime minister.

It is certainly interesting to try to imagine Thomas Mulcair as prime minister but reality keeps getting in the way. Recently we wrote about the New Democrat leader that Canada needs a prime minister, not a prosecutor. And it is (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Difficult To Talk About, Important To Try

This is a difficult subject to talk about, because highlighting it could easily be viewed as hypocritical. In my defense, I’m not defending Trudeau because I want him elected, and I’m not attacking the Conservatives over this because I think they’re unfit to govern. I just think that using propaganda videos created by ISIS is not something Canadian political parties should ever do.

I regret even posting a link to this remarkably bad Conservative video www. cpcpcc/videos/10153435917054204/ “Conservative Party of Canada – Parti conservateur du Canada:

On the same day that ISIS releases yet another barbaric video, Justin (Read more…)