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Blog Archive for March, 2009

Dept. Of Journalism: Great Moments

dcook

A unique skill set

rsilver

Adam Radwanskitakes a lookat Premier McGuinty's decision to remove politicians from the Metrolinx (the agency charged with coordinating the GTA transportation strategy) board and instead put people who - get this - know something about ...

Smarten up, or Dalton McGuinty will take you behind the shed

aradwanski

The most underrated premier in Canada

rsilver

I have only been to New Brunswick twice. the first time was back in university driving from London, Ont., to Halifax. My friends and I totalled a van in rural New Brunswick - we were lucky to get out alive. The second time was for a debate during ...

Stranger than faction

asteele

The field is beginning to gel and it looks like Frank Klees, Randy Hillier, Christine Elliot and Tim Hudak will be the candidates for the Ontario PC Party leadership.

Who cares what Conrad Black thinks? Answer: Conrad Black

tpowers

When a pompous, elitist, blowhard, not to mention a convicted felon currently residing in an American jail cell, by the name of Conrad Black is scathing in his criticism of you thank your lucky stars. Stephen Harper just gota gift When Conrad starts ...

Quote For The Day

dcook

In Pictures: Ottawa

dcook

From aged rockers to would-be pretenders

tpowers

I have been on the West Coast for the last few days working at the Juno Awards. See, you can be a Conservative and support Canadian culture!

Homeless Cons no threat

asteele

There is some buzz today about a group calling themselves "Homeless Cons"

Video: Oliphant Commission

dcook

Headline For The Day

dcook

Quebec wants its billions

asteele

Well, my stars. Even a broken clock is right twice a day. Aspredictedhere first, the Quebec government is seeing red over the $4.3-billion that Dalton McGuinty negotiated from Ottawa as compensation for Ontario families transitioning to a single ...

Harper blows it on Fox News

nspector

If Prime Minister Stephen Harper was hoping for a repeat of his successful performance on CNN, I suspect that he and his media advisers will be sadly disappointed when the reviews come in. Here's why. After the Obama meeting, Fareed Zakaria invited ...

HST

dcook

Pennies for potholes

rsilver

The most depressing thing you'll read today...

aradwanski

Fun with numbers

aradwanski

The best thing not in Ontario's budget

rsilver

Obama's war

nspector

In his long campaign for the presidency, Barack Obama consistently drew a distinction between the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan-and criticized George W. Bush for his handling of both. The former, according to Mr. Obama, was the wrong war to fight. ...

Back soon

Douglas Bell

Hard as it might be to believe in this twittering age, I'll be away from my post for a few days.

Quebec humiliated on tax deal

asteele

A previous postspeculatedthat Ontario's deal with the federal government to harmonize sales tax was much better for consumers than the one negotiated by Quebec.

Different times, different budget

rsilver

McGuinty finds (Flaherty's) religion

aradwanski

Singing in harmony (II)

aradwanski

Here's looking at you, kid

Douglas Bell

The following letter, published in today's edition of theGuardian,arrived this morning courtesy of my man Andrew Clark (that newspaper's business correspondent in NYC). It pertains to my recent posts on the Galloway fiasco. Comment is superfluous:

For once, Ontario wins

asteele

From Doris Day to Iggy the absent feudal lord

tpowers

Then And Now: Michael Ignatieff

dcook

The Liberals - the more things change, the more they stay the same

tpowers

Singing in harmony?

aradwanski

Layoffs

dcook

Is Jason Kenney preparing for a leadership campaign?

nspector

The road forward for Ontario

rsilver

Parsing Ontario's budget

asteele

In Pictures: TOTUS

dcook

Video: Leno And Rice

dcook

Red Eye

dcook

On shrillness

aradwanski

Letting Iggy be Iggy

Douglas Bell

In a recent post, Andrew Steele tells us the Liberals would do well tolet Ignatieff be Ignatieff No need to dress him up in a Calgary Flames sweater or send him hunting for bear in the woods of Northern Ontario. That would be pandering.   Steele ...

Gutting Gary Gutfeld

asteele

So long as Jim Cramer is kept far from teachers college, we're all good

aradwanski

Dollars and senseless covers

asteele

Good answer

rsilver

For the shrill of it

rsilver

Toronto's not-so-perfect socialist mayor

rsilver

What it takes to sell books

tpowers

Elitist but genuine

asteele

When Ray Heard and a Globe commenter agree, they must be right

rsilver

Quotes Of The Week

dcook

Gilding Galloway's lilly

Douglas Bell

As a general rule, blogging is pretty ephemeral stuff - here today and gone today. The blogospheric firestorm regarding George Galloway's banning (including yours truly) barely skims the surface of the underlying intellectual, political and ...

Kenney bunk

Douglas Bell

I realize I'm piling on here, but Jason Kenney's decision to confirm his department'sdecision to barGeorge Galloway from entering Canada because he's a "threat to our national security" is a flying jibe for a party trying to tack to the ...

Survey Says: Statistical Tie

dcook

A day that isn't black

tpowers

Lock up your children!

aradwanski

Ontario PC Party split on timing

asteele

Jean Charest: the beginning of the end

nspector

Normally, majority governments do the toughest stuff - be it tax increases or spending cuts - in the first year of their mandate, hoping that the inevitable ill will dissipates by the time the next election rolls around. Yesterday, Québec finance ...

In Pictures: Burbank, California

dcook

Then And Now: Quebec

dcook

Jon Stewart, he's not

aradwanski

Headline For The Day

dcook

Photo Gallery: Scenes From The Recession

dcook

Leadership and healing

tpowers

Minority governments that work

asteele

Full disclosure

Douglas Bell

Yesterday on his blog, Adam Radwanskigave voiceto a generous - even noble - caveat regarding the Gary Goodyear Tsunami.

Coderre federalism (Part 2)

rsilver

Gary Goodyear

dcook

In Pictures: Calgary, Alberta

dcook

Cause for concern

Douglas Bell

Whether or not Gary Goodyear believes in evolution or creationism is, I suppose, cause for concern. So when he admitted that he does in fact believe in evolution, or at leasta form of it , I can see where some might find solace in that. Still, the ...

Meanwhile, as Gary Goodyear captivates the nation...

aradwanski

Ornithology would drive Liberal science policy

tpowers

Tonight, we're going to party like it's 4004 BC

asteele

Incidentally...

aradwanski

Meet the new era, same as the old era

aradwanski

Coderre federalism

aradwanski

This ends well every single time

rsilver

Harper v. Mulroney

asteele

Did Dalton McGuinty give you what you wanted?

aradwanski

The Canadian

Douglas Bell

Our national disposition toward self mockery (good) and self loathing (not so) was on full display last week when it was revealed that somehow Canada ended up on aB-list of G20 countries  behind the likes of South Africa and India, which aren't even ...

One policy worth keeping

rsilver

Quote For The Day

dcook

The State Of The Nation

dcook

Understanding the impact

tpowers

Playing silly bugger

asteele

Acouple years ago, The Globe and Mail and otherscriticized  Dalton McGuinty because the OPP detail that handles security drove the Premier around in a repurposed SUV.

All aboard the Van Loan express

Douglas Bell

I don't mean to be glib - this is, after all, Ontario provincial politics we're talking about - but what isPeter Van Loanthinking?. He's a cabinet minister at the federal level and he wants to drop that to run and lose the leadership of a party ...

A horrible day for Newfoundland, a horrible day for Canada

tpowers

Recessions and elections in Canada and Ontario

asteele

With all of the discussion about recessions and their impact on elections, I decided to do a back-of-the-napkin measurement of their impact in the past. After all, just because recent history saw a couple federal regimes defeated due to recession ...

One tax, three parties

aradwanski

In Memoriam: Tom Hanson

dcook

Saints of lost causes

Douglas Bell

Maybe it's my obsessing over long lost causes (cough, sputter..coalition...cough) but this morning's column byHugh Segalin The Globe reminding the public of the Tories' moderate roots got me thinking that just as Segal seeks to reconcile red and ...

A sudden loss for Ottawa

aradwanski

Another day in Parliament

tpowers

Meanwhile in the U. S. of A.

Douglas Bell

I'm a big fan of New York Times columnist David Brooks. Besides being a gifted writer, he's a moderate, sensible, small c conservative who supported Barack Obama (though lately he's soured a bit on The One).

A note on comments

aradwanski

Wasn't that a party

tpowers

A random coincidence interesting only to me

rsilver

He just can't help himself

aradwanski

Survey Says: Tories Lead By Four

dcook

The disciplined Liberal caucus

tpowers

Building blocks and shifting seats

asteele

Leadership conventions are not just about selecting a personality to lead the party. They are about selecting the coalition of seats you want to go after. 

Topp of the morning: Horwath redux

Douglas Bell

Back and forth with New Democrat strategist Brian Topp on newly minted Ontario NDP leader Andrea Howath's prospects.

Habemus Papum

Douglas Bell

This morning's Toronto Star features apiece  heralding the various and sundry ways in which the Big Ig is renewing the LPC (up in the polls, rising tide of fundraising, new blood in the executive, 308 etc., etc.). Oh yeah, and one other thing:

Why (some) elections don't matter

aradwanski

Another victory for the status quo

asteele

Andrea Horwath (pronounced hor-vath) is the new Ontario NDP leader, and she was the consensus choice of reporters and politicos as the best choice in a weak field. Ms. Horwath is bright, hard-working and sincere. She does not have the fifty-foot ...

The coronation of 'Mr. Hutton'

asteele

You say goodbye and he says hello

Douglas Bell

Several weeks ago, I took a drink with a local Grit. I thought he was having me on when he said he was heading out Lindsay-way to help ensure that Rick Johnson "loses by less than five points" - i.e. a valiant effort that would keep John ...

Tory too good for the Tories

asteele

It's a tough business

aradwanski

The best premier Ontario never had?

rsilver

When will Iggy scold George?

tpowers

In Pictures: Lindsay, Ontario

dcook

My coalition obsession (II)

Douglas Bell

Recently, Imentioneda back-and-forth between myself and a Grit of some standing concerning the continuing possibility of a coalition. It took a couple of days, but there arrived in my inbox today a thoughtful response. (I'll reprise my query for ...

The Liberal Senate is in full flight, but who's the pilot?

tpowers

Why do we fly?

asteele

Why so negative?

Douglas Bell

Yesterday, ItookGrit national director Rocco Rossi to task for sounding just a smidge sanctimonious regarding the evils of attack advertising. Among the several comments on that post, I was struck particularly by Stewart Smith's:

Timing is everything

rsilver

Baker's bloc

tpowers

Revisionist history

aradwanski

My coalition obsession

Douglas Bell

A Type-A lion among the Grit pride responded to my usual query about the ongoing possibility of the NDP and LPC forging a progressive alliance to defeat the Tories in the House (likely after the next election).

Speaking of 2006...

tpowers

Good news for a change

asteele

Ignatieff's ecomomic plan takes shape

rsilver

Braidwood Inquiry

dcook

Shhhhhh...

aradwanski

If it's March, it must be time for a new strategy

aradwanski

Them's fightin' words

Douglas Bell

I know Rocco Rossi slightly, and like him a lot. Moreover, plenty of people I know better think he's the bee's knees. But the following belies all that:Dear Liberal Friend, With this Conservative government, old habits die hard. Stephen Harper is ...

Double down on Green

asteele

No compromise possible

rsilver

A lot can change in a year. Or not.

aradwanski

Governor General Shatner?

asteele

'He works the rhetoric of doom like a master'

aradwanski

Fear, loathing and the mess we're in

Douglas Bell

The clearest indication of the vast - even tectonic - changes on the American political and ideological landscape is the whinging and carping among those whose ideas have been most directly repudiated.

Deficits and DEFICITS

asteele

President Obama disses Kyoto

nspector

At Kyoto, the U.S. undertook to reduce its carbon emissions by 5% relative to 1990 levels, and to achieve these reductions by 2012. As we know, however, Bill Clinton and Al Gore did not submit Kyoto for ratification, knowing that the Senate would ...

Quotes Of The Week

dcook

Headline For The Day

dcook

British PM's visit will challenge Obama

nspector