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Blog Archive for August, 2009

From LSE to the PMO

Adam Radwanski

Stephen Harper's new communications director is an odd fit

Thinking young in Manitoba

Andrew Steele

When picking a new leader, New Democrats need to think about who can address a worrying drop in support among younger voters

They really don't get it

Tim Powers

Tim Powers questions the rationale behind an expensive Liberal fundraiser in part of the country that has been hit hard by the recession

A wise Liberal

Norman Spector

Michael Ignatieff is fortunate to have old warriors like David Smith, who demonstrates a fine sense of realism on elections and EI

Eulogizing Kennedy

Bruce Anderson

Obama deserves praise for leaving aside politics and instead focusing on the late Democratic senator's human side

Why Obama's sinking

Norman Spector

The U.S. President is losing the support of those who did not vote for him but were willing to give him a second look after the election

Around and around they go

Douglas Bell

Why did Liberals change their tune on an election? 'Looks like they're not happy with their polls again'

Ignatieff stands strong for EI

Tim Powers

Tim Powers compliments the Liberals for coming to their senses, but wonders what it is the party stands for?

Ambassador Doer

Norman Spector

What better way for Harper to deflect criticism of his Senate appointments than to follow up with naming a New Democrat to replace a former Mulroney cabinet minister as ambassador to Washington?

The amazing Stephen Harper

Norman Spector

Former policy wonk shows again he can get right down in the cesspool - notwithstanding his past statements about the Senate

Draft Doer?

Adam Radwanski

If he's serious about making something of the party he's rebuilt, Jack Layton should be on the phone to outgoing Manitoba premier

A good score by the PM

Tim Powers

Tim Powers lauds the appointment of a fellow Atlantic Canadian, John Williamson, as Harper's director of communications

The only way ahead

Douglas Bell

We need a national postsecondary education strategy and a coalition government is the only is the only way to make that happen

Liberals down in Quebec

Norman Spector

Ignatieff slides another five points, while Harper's Tories are up four - which might ease Ottawa's bout of election fever

In Pictures: Langevin Block

Dan Cook

Harper and Layton hold talks

State Of The Nation

Dan Cook

$9-trillion

Class warfare returns to T.O.

Robert Silver

Why are business people who jet to Ottawa from the island lesser taxpayers than families who fly to Disney from Pearson?

Back To The Future

Dan Cook

For The Record

Dan Cook

Another election story, yawn

Tim Powers

The only new quasi-news in the latest speculation, Tim Powers says, is Ignatieff's misconception of the Opposition Leader's power

Survey Says: Tories Lead By 11, Tories Tied

Dan Cook

Obama vindicates Ignatieff?

Norman Spector

Don't hold your breath for the Liberal Leader to claim vindication for his 'lesser evils' argument on torture

A distant shore

Douglas Bell

Even amid gun totin', astro-turf hysterics Obama is keeping his eye on the prize. What of our political leaders?

Who watches CSIS?

Andrew Steele

In Canada, we still allow the national interest in intelligence to be defined solely by cabinet. This should change

Attack Ignatieff's Office Day

Robert Silver

Robert Silver debunks the myth that the Liberal Leader is surrounded by Bay St. lawyers and goes to bat for the current OLO contingent

Iggy nixes a coalition

Norman Spector

The Liberal Leader prefers 'arrangements' to formal deals - and a new poll dampens enthusiasm for an early election

Tory harmony on HST

Robert Silver

Harmonization is one of the few high notes Harper and Flaherty have hit. That certain caucus members won't sing along puzzles Robert Silver

Westward ho!

Adam Radwanski

Off to the land of Stockwell Day

Screech, not Buckley's

Tim Powers

Helping out Jack Layton with another elixir analogy

Meet the new reality, same as the old reality

Douglas Bell

Why would the Tories think they're any more likely to win a majority than they were before?

A Lockerbie lesson for Canada

Norman Spector

The dangers of devolving powers are laid plain by Scotland's controversial decision

Rising risks for the Grits

Bruce Anderson

Why the Conservatives' push for a majority government is smart messaging

Truth in advertising

Adam Radwanski

If the Conservatives can't make a case for a majority government, there's something very wrong with our democracy

The madness

Douglas Bell

A bird's-eye view of the increasingly insane U.S. health care debate

Obama can't?

Norman Spector

With as many Americans opposed to war in Afghanistan as were opposed to Iraq, one wonders how long the President can soldier on

The 11th province?

Andrew Steele

A corruption scandal renews talk of the Turks and Caicos joining Canada, which would give us a new mirror in which to see ourselves

Don't believe the hype

Tim Powers

Tim Powers agrees with his Liberal counterpart about the fate of the Hudak Tories in the St. Paul's by-election

Over-hyping a by-election

Robert Silver

Robert Silver wouldn't bet a quarter against McGuinty in St. Paul's, which has now become a referendum Hudak's leadership

Blame bureaucrats?

Norman Spector

Ministers must ensure screw-ups don't recur. Suaad Hagi Mohamud's case shows the Harper government has failed in this regard

Headline For The Day

Dan Cook

Artist of Obama 'Joker' poster image identified & he's not a Conservative

NDP too cute by half

Robert Silver

Robert Silver catches the New Democrats trying to put out one message in French and hoping nobody else noticed in English

Dept. Of Spelling: Iqaluit

Dan Cook

Misspelling of Iqaluit translates as a derogatory term for 'people with unwiped bums'

In Memoriam: Robert Novak

Dan Cook

1931-2009

The Dipper dilemma

Douglas Bell

New Democrats know they'll split the progressive vote and keep the Tories in office. It's up to Ignatieff to change that

Afghanistan answers

Norman Spector

With Harper and Ignatieff otherwise occupied, Canadians must look to leaders abroad to understand the war

What keeps majority governments up at night

Adam Radwanski

By-elections are only scary if you let them be

Take my body to the bank

Tim Powers

It's time, Tim Powers says, to direct the wisdom and energy that saved our financial sector toward our ailing health-care system

The game of the name

Adam Radwanski

Why did the New Democrats waste a rare moment in the spotlight with a non-story?

The Canadian establishment

Norman Spector

Big business isn't betting the Tories will trump the Liberals as natural governing party - and the NDP remains unable to challenge both

Intervention required

Tim Powers

Tim Powers tells Layton to play close attention to what Dexter did when he had the opportunity to make a difference in opposition

Harper's Great White Hope?

Norman Spector

Why the PM will be lustily cheering on Layton and the New Democrats as they attempt to gather strength in Halfiax

Harper meets David Miller

Adam Radwanski

Do bureaucrats have a friend in the Prime Minister?

Ask Jack

Norman Spector

Will the NDP Leader align with Barack Obama on keeping troops in Afghanistan and the merits of private health care?

Not while we're eating

Douglas Bell

A Liberal fundraiser on the back deck with Ignatieff attending via conference call is at least one social-networking bridge too far

Same old, same old

With even more urgency than usual, the Stephen Harper dashes hopes that he'll spend a little more time on the high road

Your Tax Dollars At Work (II)

Dan Cook

Stimulus funds add punch to Ex lineup

In Quotes: Election Speculation

Dan Cook

'We are ready and we want one'

In Pictures: The East Room

Dan Cook

Crow Chief receives Medal of Freedom

The mind boggles

Adam Radwanski

Keeping tabs on the latest absurdity in the Suaad Hagi Mohamud saga

The comparison continues

Tim Powers

Like Dion, Tim Powers writes, Ignatieff hasn't yet engendered an enthusiasm for himself, his party or a change of government

Duceppe to stick around

Robert Silver

Robert Silver is shocked that 'Montreal political circles' are not a reliable source for gossip, innuendo and pointless speculation

United in what end?

Andrew Steele

Anti-Israeli resolutions turn their back on the values that underline social justice and, indeed, Christianity as espoused by the United Church

Bad ideas (updated)

Douglas Bell

Canada is not a two-party system and Layton never backed Ignatieff as PM - despite what smart, capable pundits might say

Evolving NDP climate policy

Robert Silver

One reason Michael Byers ran for the NDP in 2008 was their environmental plan. He now says it was one of the campaign's big mistakes

Desperate Dippers (updated)

Norman Spector

If cheap shots at Ignatieff are the best that New Democrats can come up with, the party needs more than a name change

Your Tax Dollars At Work

Dan Cook

Federal stimulus dollars bring Clinton to The Ex

In Quotes: Health Care

Dan Cook

"UPS and FedEx are doing just fine. ... It's the Post Office that's always having problems."

Headline For The Day

Dan Cook

RCMP shouldn't investigate itself in serious cases: watchdog

Perception vs. reality

Adam Radwanski

Are the Liberals making the mistake of thinking that all Canadians view Stephen Harper the way that they do?

In Memoriam: Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Dan Cook

Eunice Kennedy Shriver dies at 88

'I Am Not Going To Be Channelling My Husband'

Dan Cook

Clinton snaps over 'husband' gaffe

Survey Says: Statistical Tie

Dan Cook

Tories in a dead heat with Liberals: poll

North American Leaders' Summit

Dan Cook

Obama underplays Buy American policy

Bloc's demise is Tory saviour?

Robert Silver

Robert Silver takes a critical eye to the argument that Harper could stage a comeback in Quebec if Duceppe steps down

Harper's bad day

Norman Spector

The PM slips, slides and ducks on the question of health care - which doesn't bode well for his one-on-one with Obama next month

The silly season redux

Douglas Bell

The loony fringe has taken over the U.S. health-care debate, and the idea that somehow we need reform so as to be more like them is lunacy

A teachable moment

Norman Spector

Our refugee determination system is broken and Harper should seize the opportunity and take on this unfinished business

Harper's turn to help Obama

Norman Spector

The PM is now in a position to return the favour of a positive visit and perhaps be a voice of reason to Republicans on health care

Canada Air and Oil

Bruce Anderson

That the dire straits of our national airline and sale of our national oil firm are met with silence speaks volumes about our evolving economy

N.B.'s next senator

Norman Spector

Would you be willing to pay a few cents to learn that bit of information? Rupert Murdoch and other newspaper executives hope so

Selling Afghanistan

Adam Radwanski

Why it will be hard for the government to make a public case for extending past 2011 - if it even bothers trying

Harper vs. the Forces?

Norman Spector

Reaction to NATO's call to stay on in Afghanistan suggests the army and government are no longer on the same page

Not guilty

Tim Powers

Reflecting on the O'Brien trial, Tim Powers wonders who in their right mind would want to put their name on a ballot

Name those Dippers

Norman Spector

It's useful to look to countries other than the United States for guidance, notwithstanding the overwhelming popularity of Barack Obama these days

Recessions and recoveries

Andrew Steele

Why rebounding economic growth won't spare politicians a lot of pain in the years ahead

Norm Sterling rocks the party

Adam Radwanski

The Ontario MPP may be on to something with his call for a little more organization in municipal politics

'No Crime Was Committed'

Dan Cook

Ottawa mayor cleared of influence peddling

Muddling through

Douglas Bell

Are newspapers living up to Michael Crichton's dire predictions?

Stephen Harper's successor

Robert Silver

If the Prime Minister were unable to exercise his duties, who would take over?

What's in a name?

Bruce Anderson

There's a case for the NDP to make a very dramatic name change indeed

The cause of all the world's problems, or the solution to them?

Robert Silver

Debating the merits of guest-worker programs

Showdown in Saskatchewan?

Norman Spector

Environmentalists want Jean Charest to do battle with other premiers, but he has reason to be reluctant

Putting paid to a sad story

Bruce Anderson

Is it time to move on from the Mulroney-Schreiber saga?

Name those Dippers

Tim Powers

A few suggestions for how to re-name Jack Layton's party

He's gone

Tim Powers

Why lobbyists have a particular reason to celebrate Karlheinz Schreiber's exit

A rose by any other name...

Andrew Steele

The NDP has bigger things to worry about than a name change

The great white wash?

Douglas Bell

What it says that Karlheinz Schreiber was extradited before the Oliphant Commission had finished

Harper's gamble

Norman Spector

Will Karlheinz Schreiber continue to play chess from his German prison cell?

In Pictures: Toronto West Detention Centre

Dan Cook

Schreiber loses final bid to stay in Canada

The no-election tour

Tim Powers

Tim Powers finds wisdom in St. John's

Truth in Kandahar

Norman Spector

More reason to believe Canada will be pressured to stay in Afghanistan