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Blog Archive for May, 2009

EI as a national unity issue?

Tim Powers

So much for the Liberals staying away from the divisive issues they constantly berate the Prime Minister for engaging in, Tim Powers says

Video: Leno Signs Off

Dan Cook

Then & Now: Jean Charest

Dan Cook

Charest denies / admits meeting with Schreiber

Hanging the gallery

Andrew Steele

As veteran political journalists make their exit, often without replacements, there's a lot less useful information coming out of our legislatures

What's new with this one

Bruce Anderson

That a stampede to eject the Tories hasn't developed yet doesn't mean it won't, but it does suggest we need to differentiate between economic and political recessions

Rubes

Douglas Bell

Like dotty ex-viceroys come to call on former subjects, Dubya and Slick Willie are breezing through Toronto - and 6,000-odd Canadians are willing fork out big bucks to see them?

Headline For The Day

Dan Cook

$1.4-million for every job saved

Playing to the level of their opponents

Adam Radwanski

First Goodale's gotcha, then the 'Nixonian' quip. Has Michael Ignatieff already given up on the idea of rising above the fray?

Credibility

Tim Powers

Tim Powers sees in MacKay's response to a ruby injury the same toughness, grit and commitment to cause as the soldiers the Defence Minister represents

Flaherty's Numbers

Dan Cook

Follow the dwindling fortunes of Canada's coffers

Apology

Douglas Bell

The CRTC has punished CTV News over Dion, but this blogger, too, breached journalistic ethics in a manner that requires a cleansing act of contrition

Survey Says: Voters Drink Coffee

Dan Cook

The Secret Harper Tapes

Dan Cook

What Liberals won't run on

Adam Radwanski

Forget about a second stimulus package. Delays getting money out the door would give a new government an opportunity to get the first one right

Sixteen billion reasons

Bruce Anderson

The Tories' economic management has been tested, and many voters, at all points on the spectrum, will find reasons to wonder if they are in good hands

In Memoriam: Charles Dalfen

Dan Cook

Ex-CRTC head was champion of Canadian content

Incompetence or malice?

Andrew Steele

The more sinister option is likely. After all, the minority Conservative government appears trapped in short-term survival tactics over long-term strategy

In Quotes: Dunce Cap

Dan Cook

NDP MP Thomas Mulcair on Finance Minister Jim Flaherty

It's deep breath time

Our politicians need to shift gears, ditch the silly EI game, exit the bailout casino and start getting back prudent husbandry of taxpayer resources

Then & Now: $50-Billion

Dan Cook

Flaherty off by 48%

'A New Record For Red Ink In Canada'

Dan Cook

In Pictures: Montpelier, Vermont

Dan Cook

Quote For The Day

Dan Cook

The GG's seal adventure

Tim Powers

By standing up for the hunt, and in this case digging in, the Queen's representative has done us proud, Tim Powers writes

Poll: Attack Ads May [Or May Not]Backfire

Dan Cook

Peddling for votes

Andrew Steele

Toronto's mayor is smart to expoloit bike lanes on Jarvis. Even if just 2% of city commuters cycle, they constitute a bloc with as much pull as Manitoba in a federal ballot

And that's the end of his broadcast

Adam Radwanski

Don Newman's departure from the CBC is a big loss. But it says something that the network apparently considers him irreplaceable.

The NDP does it again

Robert Silver

First Carole James, then Jack Layton and now Nova Soctia's Darrell Dexter is choosing cheap populism over the environment. Robert Silver is unimpressed

What's your definition of 'establishment'?

Adam Radwanski

Tim Hudak's hold on the Ontario Tories' may depend on who stuck around through the John Tory era

Headline For The Day

Dan Cook

Stop the presses!

Robert Silver

Somebody was spinning those Ontario PC membership numbers. And Robert Silver is shocked, just shocked, at this revelation

The environment won't go away

Bruce Anderson

Worried about the next generation, voters in Canada don't want a green government - they want a healthier planet and a government that shares this desire

Then & Now: Deficit

dcook

Goodbye pension, hello tension

Andrew Steele

With the Liberals set to make pension reform a cornerstone of their election platform, the Tories would be wise to seize on a proposed national summit as an opportunity

Leggo his ego

Adam Radwanski

Michael Bryant's departure from Dalton McGuinty's team injects a rare dose of drama into the Ontario Liberals

Dim the lights...

A criminal trial for Schreiber in Canada would be boffo at the box office and a certain laff riot - at least for those among us of the Liberal persuasion

Memorial Day

dcook

Why women matter more

For politicians, they are the voters you can't win without, the ones who most carefully test your character, and those whose support can never be taken for granted

'Bling-Bling' Bike

dcook

In Quotes: Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition

dcook

Bryant quits, life goes on

Robert Silver

Successful political parties like McGuinty's Liberals don't just carry on after losing talent, they see such losses as a chance to rejuvenate

$250,000: Couillard v. Kevlar

dcook

Questions that need asking

Robert Silver

Details on new members matter more than the Ontario PC leadership horse race

Canadian Idols

Douglas Bell

The Conservative attack ads work because they help Harper paint himself as Kris Allen to Ignatieff's Adam Lambert

Caption Of The Day

dcook

Dept. Of Apologies: Er, Sorry

dcook

The Schreiber Affair

dcook

Survey Says: 8% 'Believe Dhalla's Version'

$8,500,000: Gagliano v. Canada

dcook

In Quotes: Vast Left & Right-Wing Conspiracy

dcook

In Quotes: Vast Left And Right-Wing Conspiracy

dcook

In Pictures: Kandahar, Afghanistan

dcook

Green Shift™

dcook

When attack ads work?

Robert Silver

Rob Silver demands empirical evidence from past economic slow-downs that shows going negative is less effective during slow-downs than boom times

It's about details and context

Bruce Anderson

Ignatieff's reputation could suffer, but in authorizing these ads, at this time, the risk to Harper could over the long run prove greater still

Dancing around the elephant

Adam Radwanski

Other than confirming suspicions about his personality, the Oliphant inquiry won't tell us much about the years of Mulroney's life that mattered most to Canadians

Our empire continues to expand

Adam Radwanski

Welcome aboard the latest addition to our blogroll

If you found this post, we're off to a good start

Adam Radwanski

You spin me round (like a record)

Robert Silver

Leadership campaigns sometimes, well, exaggerate their numbers just slightly. The Ontario PCs are likely no exception

Iggy's molases approach

Tim Powers

The five days it took for the Liberal Leader to punch back at the Conservative attack ads seems like an eternity

Iggy's molases approach

tpowers

Neck and neck - and all of them red

The contenders for Ontario's PC leadership keep turning the spotlight back on themselves as they perform a grotesque ritual of self-immolation

Neck and neck - and all of them red

asteele

The New Serious

Bruce Anderson

How Obama's presidency and global economic instability have made excessive partisanship toxic for Canada's politicians

You spin me round (like a record)

rsilver

Then And Now: Half / Full

dcook

Then And Now: Half / Full

dcook

Brian Mulroney's way with words

nspector

Hands up if you saw this coming

Adam Radwanski

Timing is everything

asteele

Blue gold? Not likely

Robert Silver

Don't judge them by the Tomatometer

aradwanski

Brian Mulroney's last (day on the) stand

nspector

America - love it or leave it

Douglas Bell

An imperfect sample

Tim Powers

The positive pundits are wrong on the negative ads

Robert Silver

PSH George

dcook

In Pictures: Salford, England

dcook

Attack ads that are unprecedented...since the last ones

Robert Silver

Then And Now: Change

dcook

The Schreiber Affair

dcook

Privacy breach in Ontario PC race

asteele

Mrs. Moneybags

aradwanski

Good luck with all that

Douglas Bell

Ignatieff.me

Tim Powers

Dept. Of Advertising: Bo

dcook

In Quotes: Oliphant Inquiry

dcook

Tamils

dcook

Then And Now: Change

dcook

Better never than late

aradwanski

Michael Ignatieff: Arrogant Bastard

asteele

Laughed so hard he cried

Robert Silver

Insult to injury for the NDP

aradwanski

Democracy 101

Douglas Bell

Lessons from B.C.

asteele

Hung by his own canard

Robert Silver

B.C. Election

dcook

The Schreiber Affair

dcook

'The system has worked'

aradwanski

Audio: Charles Adler On Coupscam

dcook

In Quotes: Vast Left And Right-Wing Conspiracy

dcook

Survey Says

dcook

The many hats of Jason Kenney

aradwanski

Oliphant Commission

dcook

A black eye for public life

Tim Powers

Video: Standing Committee On Citizenship

dcook

Dept. Of Revisionism: Viable [Illegitimate]Gov't

dcook

In Pictures: Ottawa, Ontario

dcook

In Quotes: Vast Left And Right-Wing Conspiracy

dcook

Nanny Scandal: Dhalla To Appear Before Committee

dcook

David Miller's war on children

asteele

In Pictures: Richmond, British Columbia

dcook

In search of identity

Tim Powers

Headline For The Day

dcook

A jarring comment about the Dhalla allegations

rsilver

In Quotes: Vast Left And Right-Wing Conspiracy

dcook

Turner in winter

Douglas Bell

TOTUS

dcook

Nanny Scandal: Vast Left And Right-Wing Conspiracy

dcook

$328,835.00

dcook

Guy Giorno, foot soldier

aradwanski

The secret Mulroney-Schreiber meeting

nspector

The best venue in the entire world to get the truth

rsilver

Attack against Ignatieff launched!

rsilver

Sealing the deal

rsilver

So much for the happy, unified Liberal Party and the kind leader

tpowers

Harper's Airbus cover-up

nspector

Trade deals are such a drag

aradwanski

In Pictures: Afghanistan

dcook

I knew he was trying to skip the line

tpowers

Nothin' spells lovin' like protectin' your federal cousin

aradwanski

Je ne comprend pas

asteele

Quote For The Day

dcook

Dhalla Quits Critic's Role

dcook

The safest jobs this side of the Senate

aradwanski

Ignatieff's first mistake?

rsilver

The wife of my enemy's Finance Minister is my friend, I think?

rsilver

(Election) talk is cheap

aradwanski

The biggest story out of the Liberal convention - Don is gone

tpowers

Dion's Speech: Thumbs Down

dcook

Headline For The Day

dcook

May's day?

asteele

Observations from afar

tpowers

Live from Vancouver: The night (and early morning) that delegated Liberal conventions died

rsilver

In Pictures: Vancouver

dcook

Left coast Liberalism

Douglas Bell

Live from Vancouver - can we hold the convention outside?

rsilver

Behold, the harmonized sales tax revolt

aradwanski

Governments defeat themselves

asteele