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Blog Archive for October, 2009

We're stuck with Chuck

Norman Spector

Let's be frank: our constitutional amending formula has cast the monarchy in stone - for the ages

Another chance to invest

Brian Topp

A blogger and his cat up the ante in their bid for Canwest assets with a generous offer to purchase the National Post

It's not just Danny

Tim Powers

People are also questioning the power deal in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and at newspaper offices in downtown Toronto

The brutal truth

Douglas Bell

However he got there, Peter Donolo's job is to improve Ignatieff's staff work so it can't be an excuse for the leader's misfortune

Is Danny Williams paranoid?

Robert Silver

Let's keep the criticism of the New Brunswick power deal factual, rather than basing it on irrational fear or political posturing

Mackenzie K. Harper

Norman Spector

The PM understands that in a country this difficult to govern, the formula for success is prudence and caution

In Quotes: Premier Danny Williams

Dan Cook

N.B. Power and Hydro-Quebec

Dept. Of Apologies: Er, Sorry

Dan Cook

'No vaccines, just body bags'

The New Brunswick deal

Robert Silver

It's not the transaction itself that could be problematic, but rather the nature of how it came together

N.B., what are you doing?

Tim Powers

New Brunswickers seem prepared to give up the sovereignty power assets provide for an infusion of cash from Quebec

Bennett's swine politics

Norman Spector

As a medical doctor, the Liberal MP should know better than to contribute to the climate of fear in the country

Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition

Dan Cook

Mea culpa: Latin press release from Liberals no magnum opus

12-step program for Liberals

Andrew Steele

The problems are deep and multifaceted - and fixing them will be as hard as laying off the bottle

Ignatieff: Cold as ice

Adam Radwanski

Excessive loyalty will evidently not be the Liberal Leader's undoing. But couldn't he have helped Ian Davey save face?

Your kindergarten education

Adam Radwanski

Everything you ever wanted to know about McGuinty's early-learning plans

It was all his fault?

Robert Silver

The notion that Ian Davey is responsible for everything that's gone wrong for the Liberals is a total cop-out

The Liberals' new saviour

Tim Powers

Peter Donolo's task is one he's familiar with - expectation management

Why no election?

Brian Topp

Harper seems to have realized how tough it would have been for his Tories to make any real gains

The audacity of Jack Layton

Norman Spector

We will soon find out if the NDP Leader has the guts and the capability to re-shape the language debate

Dept. Of Communications: Great Moments

Dan Cook

'No new chief of staff'

Then & Now: Quebec's Deficit

Dan Cook

Quebec sees bigger-than-expected budget deficit

OMG! LOL

Tim Powers

Ottawa is captivated by the 90210 drama of whether or not Ignatieff has hired his third chief of staff in less than a year

Facebook education

Andrew Steele

Competition for scholarships was always fierce, but the Internet age is putting a new spin on an old contest

Baird's bluster

Norman Spector

The Transport Minister's answers are devoid of logic, ethically bankrupt and are guaranteed to increase the cynicism of Canadians

The best in Canadian blogs

Andrew Steele

Get your nominations in for the best online commentary of 2009

Hillier's bureaucrat bashing

Norman Spector

The purpose of the much-maligned public service is to keep strong, articulate individuals like the general in check

In Pictures: Ottawa

Dan Cook

Demonstrators briefly disrupt question period

Your Tax Dollars At Work

Dan Cook

CBC News Network

Tortured logic

Douglas Bell

Big-wig academic talk on the economy and torture could prove troublesome for Harper and Ignatieff

Much ado about little

Andrew Steele

None of the four November by-elections should be taken as a referendum on the Harper government

Our H1N1 calm

Bruce Anderson

Explaining why Canadians are remarkably unfazed in the face of global flu panic

How much to say?

Robert Silver

It's not about having lots of ideas or none at all but rather communicating those ideas well or poorly.

Canada's 'draft dodger' PM

Norman Spector

Trudeau biography helps explain British High Commissioner's harsh judgment of the former prime minister

U.S. news not to lose

Norman Spector

Obama's catalogue of woe: wars in Afghanistan and with the media, climate and his own personal popularity

When you're smiling...

Bruce Anderson

Harper and Ignatieff would do well to ponder the power of Obama's genuine, ear-to-ear grin

Touche pas la patente

Brian Topp

Michael Ignatieff's strategy is the same as Stephen Harper's: if it ain't broke, don't fix it

Extra! Read all about it

Norman Spector

A banner day for the Quebec press: what MacKay and O'Connor knew and when, language law and municipal sleaze

Toronto or bust

Adam Radwanski

McGuinty's Liberals insist a national securities regulator would have to be based in the Ontario (and financial) capital

Shocking the system

Andrew Steele

Instead of the lazy path of minor cuts across the board, Dalton McGuinty opts to make massive, focused moves

CBC's 'new' look

Norman Spector

Peter Mansbridge will now stand instead of sit - but the news will still be anchored by a bald white man

We're No. 7! We're No. 7!

Douglas Bell

Bono reveals that Canada matters somewhat less than it did on account of Obama sucking all the air out of the room

Dueling Liberals

Adam Radwanski

Ignatieff's party evidently has a little work to do on its messaging

Why Dwight Duncan wants to depress you

Adam Radwanski

Making sense of the Ontario Finance Minister's doom and gloom

Misplaced euphoria, despair

Bruce Anderson

Number of shifting votes means either Tories or Liberals could experience extraordinary success or monumental collapse

Public money to the public

Tim Powers

This is scandalous? What next - a dialogue about whether the winter is colder than summer?

Re-learning bitter lessons

Brian Topp

What Rick Hillier's memoir confirms is what Colin Powell warned against after Vietnam

Ignatieff's 'adult conversation'

Norman Spector

A daycare visit should teach the Liberal Leader to be himself and propose what he truly thinks will make Canada a better country

Tim Powers

Tim Powers

The Liberal Leader cries wolf on actively seeking to topple the Harper government

Don't be insecure

Adam Radwanski

What will Michael Ignatieff do about the Conservatives' push for a national securities regulator?

Canada's orphan war

Norman Spector

The Hillier memoir should focus our attention on two now-competing versions of the decision to deploy Canadian troops to Kandahar

A modest proposal

Brian Topp

A blogger and his dog seek to purchase Global TV and turn the struggling network around for the good of the country

The numbers game

Adam Radwanski

The eHealth scandal is bad - but not as bad as McGuinty's Liberals allowed it to seem

Safe change

Andrew Steele

Alberta's Danielle Smith has different challenges than Manitoba's Greg Selinger - but both must attempt to embody the same message

Don't call the Copps

Norman Spector

Unlike the sponsorship program, there's been no suggestion work being invoiced is not being done

Law of small numbers

Andrew Steele

The logical fallacies in the Conservative rebuttal to charges of partisan stimulus spending

Political hack heaven

Norman Spector

Telegrams by British ambassadors make for enlightening reading in light of recent domestic controversies

Obama vs. Ignatieff

Norman Spector

The President's tenure in the United States is harming the Liberal Leader's chances in Canada

Kissing off Kyoto

Cheap shots and fish wrap

Douglas Bell

There's a difference between ideology and humour, dear readers

Cheques speak volumes

Brian Topp

They remind us how disconnected federal government is from daily life and of what conservative rule, blue or red, really means

Kissing off Kyoto

Norman Spector

In emphasizing green energy in his environmental policy, Ignatieff is reading the tea leaves that national, not global, targets are coming

A cardboard conspiracy

Tim Powers

Perhaps MPs can agree to a moratorium on participating in arts-and-crafts sessions involving 1980s communication props

More like Boris

Douglas Bell

Ignatieff needs to get on the high-speed train and emulate London's mayor instead of Dion

Hypocrisy 101

Norman Spector

Liberal pork of old does not justify Conservative pork today. But it does demand concrete proposals as to how Ignatieff would prevent a recurrence

Why opposition sucks

Robert Silver

Blue-sky ideas

Bruce Anderson

Three policy areas on which our elected leaders should focus: energy alternatives, U.S. currency decline and Afghanistan

The search for a narrative

Adam Radwanski

Ignatieff's Liberals need to pick a line of attack, and stick with it

The cheque, please

Tim Powers

A Tory MP made a mistake, sure, but it will not result in a public inquiry like the Liberal sponsorship scandal

Blue-sky ideas

Brown's sales pitch

Andrew Steele

In argument Ignatieff could use against Harper, British PM says demands to tame deficit through spending cuts risk extending recession

Undermining Canada

Norman Spector

Though he notes the climate-change walkout, Ignatieff respects the adage that politics ends at the shoreline

Insert your own turkey joke

Adam Radwanski

Helping you catch up on your Thanksgiving reading

It's still not us, it's him

Robert Silver

Imagine a strategy for the Liberal Party not based on short-term tactics or leader-centric considerations

Dufferin-Caledon

Dan Cook

Garth Turner steps aside

How to chop pork

Norman Spector

It's time to dust off the Gomery recommendation on making deputy minister's accountable to the House of Commons

Judging Canada's policy

Norman Spector

How media plays Canada's refusal to take detainees can say a lot

Decoding why Obama got the Nobel

Brian Topp

Three good reasons why the U.S. President deserves the Peace Prize

Steve and Betty

Douglas Bell

Rideau Hall runs a sorry second in the national imagination to Buckingham Palace.

Fixing a constitutional grey area

Norman Spector

Spat between Harper and Jean is all about power

The award goes to...

Tim Powers

President Barack Obama's Noble Peace Prize award got me thinking about other honours that could be bestowed today

Obama's premature prize

Norman Spector

International awards might be gratifying, but they don't guarantee re-election

The job from hell

Adam Radwanski

Dalton McGuinty is testing his faith in Deb Matthews by making her his new Health minister

Runoffs then the main event

Brian Topp

The race to replace David Miller as mayor could prove very different than conventional Toronto wisdom suggests

Great time to kick your base

Robert Silver

Why are the Liberals sending mixed messages on language law, not mention taking official positions on private members bills?

Ottawa's media problem

Norman Spector

Coverage of Ignatieff's talk on taxes, among other hot topics, does Canadians a disservice

Our man and his mission

Douglas Bell

Peter Kent heads to Honduras to mediate between the party getting its teeth kicked and the party doing the kicking

Good changes at Health

Andrew Steele

The appointment of Deb Matthews as minister suggests the McGuinty government's finest hour is yet to come

Portrait of the artist as PM

Brian Topp

Harper's piano playing allows him to confront key issues facing Canada's creative industry

Section 13

Dan Cook

Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights

Was Caplan thrown under the bus?

Adam Radwanski

There is little to suggest that the eHealth buck stops with now-former health minister

In Quotes: 'He Looks Like He Has Heartburn'

Dan Cook

Author Patricia Pearson on Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff

A bit of grace goes a long way

Tim Powers

Ignatieff acts small and petty instead of complimenting the PM on his piano-playing ability

Election Speculation

Dan Cook

Liberals won't change strategy, despite polls, say MPs

Survey Says: Tories Lead By 13

Dan Cook

Liberal support in perilous slide

A six-month plan for Ignatieff

Bruce Anderson

What the Liberal Leader must do to avoid burying his political career

Iggy descendant

Douglas Bell

The Liberal Leader is having as lousy a week as when Nixon released the 'smoking gun' tape

HST now

Norman Spector

With a huge lead in the polls, Harper should waste no time in enacting tax harmonization legislation

Fleeting fortunes?

Adam Radwanski

The Conservatives have good reason to want an election as soon as possible

Mr. Angry and Mr. Happy

Andrew Steele

The image of a smiling Stephen Harper playing the Beatles could force a lasting reappraisal by Canadians

Advice for Ignatieff

Norman Spector

The Liberal Leader has a content problem more than anything else

The Piano Man

Douglas Bell

Recent events suggest the Liberals are headed for a Ghostbusters moment

Harper & Yo-Yo Ma

Dan Cook

Quotes Of The Week

Dan Cook

Greenspan & Coderre

Video: Harper & Yo-Yo Ma

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Yo-Yo Ma at the NAC

A political master stroke

Bruce Anderson

In giving voters a glimpse of his soul, Harper has given the Liberals a lot more to worry about

Harper sings, Iggy dodges

Norman Spector

With the PM tickling the keys in Ottawa, the Liberal Leader ducks questions on Coderre in Quebec

Maybe it is time to panic

Brian Topp

There are a number of apparent truths in the polls that should worry a party as intent on an election the Liberals

Spinning Iggy-Coderre

Norman Spector

The crisis may be over, but Coderre will continue to play the Québec victim card

Ignatieff's Ottawa problem

Adam Radwanski

It's not Toronto that may be the Liberal Leader's undoing

Don't panic!

Andrew Steele

If Liberals react to the latest poll with disunity and predatory attacks, they'll simply energize the death spiral tugging at their shirt sleeves

Gold in the helmet-free luge

Tim Powers

The Olympic logo furor is another shining moment for the purported Liberal government in waiting

Gold in helmet-free luge

Tim Powers

The logo furor is another fine moment for the purported Liberal government in waiting

Coderre as martyr?

Norman Spector

With not only his leadership but also national unity on the line, Ignatieff will have to handle discipline carefully

In Pictures: Ottawa

Dan Cook

Igantieff speaks to reporters

Then & Now: Jack Layton

Dan Cook

'Sitting in your chair changes the equation in the House of Commons and it gives Mr. Harper an effective majority'

Layton plays it smart

Brian Topp

Canadians will finally get what they want from Parliament thanks to the NDP Leader

Coderre and confidence

Norman Spector

Ignatieff reveals a degree of centralization heretofore associated with Harper

The Harper principles

Douglas Bell

Tories now wear as a badge of honour economic programs that in the abstract ideological quarters of their party used to be anathema

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Do you think it's safe to let your kids walk to school by themselves?

4%

557
votes

No, I drive them

 

21%

2910
votes

Yes, I let them walk alone

 

75%

10476
votes

Depends on their age

 

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