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Blog Archive for December, 2009

Clever or clumsy?

Adam Radwanski

Is prorogation a sign of Stephen Harper's strategic genius, or another of his unforced errors?

Harper plays the prorogation card

Norman Spector

Stephen Harper is not doing anything technically wrong in delaying the opening of the next session of Parliament, but he is clearly violating the spirit of the constitution

No fear of the opposition

Bruce Anderson

The last time Stephen Harper pulled the plug on Parliament, he was afraid of losing power. Not so this time.

Layton, Harper end '09 on a high at Ignatieff's expense

Norman Spector

The Liberal leader has seen his score decline steeply since September

What the Detroit near-miss means to Canada

Norman Spector

Obama's new teachable moment

Bruce Anderson

The President should ask for Janet Napolitano's resignation

Mr. Ignatieff smells the coffee

Aside from his several tactical errors over the past year, Mr. Ignatieff's fundamental mistake is in having failed to explain to Canadians why he wants to be our prime minister

Opposition Aikido - Who'll end up on the mat?

Tim Powers

Instead of wildly cheering for a national vote the Opposition leaders now don't mention the "e" word

A new normal in flying?

Norman Spector

The secret(s) of Stephen Harper's success

Norman Spector

At the end of the decade, the Prime Minister is still standing - and for good reason

Why Harper had a good year. Not.

Norman Spector

Sure, the PM went up in the polls, but he's still far from majority territory

The 2009 political media awards

Tim Powers

We skewered the politicians - now it's our turn

Why Jean Charest blew his (smoke) stack

Faced with declining polls and worsening fiscal situation, Quebec's Premier is now also getting bad press for his Copenhagen performance

Obama, not Harper being blamed for Copenhagen

U.S. president taking the heat for climate change performance

The Truthiness of the Internet

Robert Silver

Five Biggest Policy Developments of 2009

It's if, not when

Adam Radwanski

Asset sales in Ontario aren't a sure thing, but some options are likelier than others

No early carbon clash under PM Mackenzie K. Harper

Mr. Harper will have no difficulty living up to the commitment that was made, knowing that he has the right to change our targets should the US lower theirs

No one's blaming Canada for Copenhagen

Norman Spector

China, United States bear brunt of the blame for lukewarm agreement

Harper smiling, Charest the big loser

Norman Spector

Queen's Park Top Ten

Andrew Steele

The biggest moments of the year at the Pink Palace

Even a Nobel Prize winner can't bluff China

Norman Spector

There's little reason for Beijing to make any irreversible concessions in Copenhagen

Harper wins 2009 on points

Brian Topp

The Tories didn't score a knockout, but the Liberals fell out of the ring and the NDP is regrouping in its corner

The Liberal circus

Tim Powers

Official Opposition clowns around on climate, Afghan detainees and the economy

In Copenhagen, Obama can't

Norman Spector

Why the U.S. President's margin of maneuver on climate change is so narrow

Losing our good name

Douglas Bell

Canada's reputation internationally is taking a battering so it's time the PM took politics out of the equation

Doing IT right

Andrew Steele

It's time to change the government approach to projects and examine the benefits of complete outsourcing at a fixed price

Stunts, stunts and more stunts

Tim Powers

Ongoing antics from the Liberal betray a clear lack of substance and identity for those who are meant to be the government in waiting

Good news for McGuinty out of Copenhagen?

Robert Silver

A sweeping deal to compensate countries for preserving forests is nothing new to Ontario

Then & Now: Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition

Liberals remove faked PM assassination shot

The perils of political humour

Tim Powers

Now the joke is on the donkeys in Liberal land who now have a story to manage

Why selling Toronto Hydro is a good idea

Robert Silver

Rocco Rossi deserves kudos for his specific, bold proposal to unload the utility to pay off municipal debt

Deep into the murk

Adam Radwanski

Trying to make sense of Ontario's looming battle with the pharmaceuticals industry

Mr. Happy and Mr. Angry

Douglas Bell

Torontonians face two distinctly different personalities in mayoral candidates Rocco Rossi and George Smitherman

How Obama shapes our environmental outlook

Bruce Anderson

Poll shows Canadians are willing to follow the U.S. President's lead and let economic concerns moderate green policy

Is a deal in Copenhagen crucial to Canadians?

Bruce Anderson

Poll suggests voters want the Harper government to act - but they're also hopeful for another chance if climate summit fails

Bad intentions

Douglas Bell

Any failure to pursue the truth in matters whose inherent interest extend beyond our borders is a failure to protect our sovereignty

Political Science 101

Norman Spector

Do Layton and Ignatieff really want argue that secrecy provisions and national security laws do not apply to Duceppe and the Bloc?

Our green contradiction

Bruce Anderson

New polling data suggests we blend progressive and pragmatic values in assessing how the world is doing environmentally

A fundamental test for Stephen Harper

Brian Topp

Disclosing Afghan detainee documents is a straightforward question of whether we live under a responsible government or a dictatorship

Globalive changes the landscape

Robert Silver

Allowing a fourth national wireless option for consumers is arguably the most important policy decision out of Ottawa in 2009

Time for a carbon confab

Norman Spector

Ottawa would be emasculated and fiscally-unfit if it sent carbon-tax revenues to both the provinces and the developing world

Afghan Detainees

Dan Cook

MPs join forces to order release of Afghan records

The radical element

Douglas Bell

Unlike New Democrats and Barack Obama, the Liberals don't seem to know their own minds on social policy

Senate slapdown

Tim Powers

That the elected Liberal leadership wasn't able to sway its appointed members on a crime bill is a punch in the face for Ignatieff

Loose lips, former premiers

Adam Radwanski

Was Mike Harris the source of rumours about Dalton McGuinty's political future?

The bind Ottawa is in

Bruce Anderson

Conservatives can reluctantly call a torture inquiry or stonewall at the expense of Canada's international honour

A little $1.8-billion mistake

Brian Topp

Saskatchewan proves it is fiscal madness to rely on mercurial, one-time resource royalties to pay for tax cuts and spending increases

Blogolitics

Bruce Anderson

Adam Radwanski

Andrew Steele

Brian Topp

Norman Spector

Douglas Bell

Silver-Powers

Not just a pretty face

Tim Powers

Ben Mulroney is a bright fellow, and regardless of his day job following the famous, he is deeply interested in public affairs

Conflict vs. collaboration

Bruce Anderson

Greenpeace's Parliament Hill prank casts doubt on its claim to be the 'world's most effective environmental activist group'

Ex-ambassadorial bunkum

Norman Spector

Richard Colvin's reputation has not been damaged by the government - it was the generals who tore his testimony to shreds

Sherman statement

Andrew Steele

This blog does not qualify me as a journalist any more than a dog running with horses should be a candidate for a saddle

Bye-bye binding climate deal

Norman Spector

Praise for U.S. greenhouse-gas announcement suggests Copenhagen delegates are preparing for failure

Timely justice

Andrew Steele

In contrast to the 'sizzle' strategy by Ontario's opposition Tories, the Liberal Attorney-General is serving up plenty of steak

An isolated incident?

Tim Powers

Debate about anonymous commentary aside, the pattern of Liberals expressing dissatisfaction with the boss continues

Too much, too late?

Adam Radwanski

Why the timing of the HST adds to Dalton McGuinty's challenges

No good guys at Copenhagen

Norman Spector

Unlike in Kyoto, the 192 delegations at the climate-change summit will be under firm political control - in many cases by national leaders themselves

A palace coup?

Tim Powers

Rumoured grumblings over Ignatieff's performance are just the latest show of discontent in the Liberal kingdom

Anniversary of a massacre

Norman Spector

Little-reported details about gunman Marc Lépine could have shed light on what happened at École Polytechnique

Does Stephen Harper's trip herald renewed interest in world affairs?

Bruce Anderson

While it no doubt helped boost his personal political fortunes, the PM's emergence as top diplomat holds promise for all Canadians

Coalition redux: Lessons learned

Brian Topp

To conclude his series, the NDP strategist addresses criticism and paints a picture of what might have been

Ghosts of Christmas past

Tim Powers

Unlike those in Ignatieff's office, there's no hint of self-interested pocket-lining malfeasance that can be pinned on Harper's advisers

The NDP's (sort of) big week

Adam Radwanski

Making sense of who came out ahead from the recent Ontario Tory shenanigans at Queen's Park

Harper's not for kowtowing

Norman Spector

The PM's response to China's rebuke bodes well for our national interests at Copenhagen, where another ambush of Canada has been set up

Things fall apart

Brian Topp

In part five of six, the NDP strategist details the three days in which all his party's hopes and hard work unravelled

China's take on the PM

Norman Spector

Reading the semi-official daily, it sounds as though Stephen Harper - and Canada - had a pretty good day in Beijing

Latin American reboot

Douglas Bell

Canada will suffer something more severe than a mild rebuke over lunch if it screws up it's relations with Brazil, Chile and others

On Ignatieff's new hard line

The Liberal Leader is right to crack the whip and end the sense of indecision that's marked his tenure - but he cannot waver in this effort

Things come together

Brian Topp

In part four of six, the NDP strategist reveals how the orange and red teams hashed out their policy priorities

Stiff upper lip

Douglas Bell

The fact that Barack Obama talks to the big boys and leaves the lesser cousins like us to Joe Biden is hardly a snub

Obama saves Canada

Norman Spector

With the pressure off all Canadians but our soldiers, it's time to compromise on a public inquiry into torture allegations

The new government's shape

Brian Topp

In the third of six parts, the NDP strategist reveals the Liberal negotiating team's reticence to cough up cabinet positions

Sit-in

Dan Cook

Ontario Tories derail Question Period with sit-in

On This Day In History: The Coalition

Dan Cook

December 1, 2008

Canada leads the way?

Norman Spector

If accurate, reports of a U.S. withdrawal would explain the lack of pressure on Stephen Harper to extend the Canadian deployment

Harper scores again

Norman Spector

As in hockey, when things are going well you tend to get the breaks - and things are going very well right now for the Pirme Minister

Harper's two big tests

Norman Spector

The Prime Minister dodges a bullet on Afghanistan, which makes his case for a North American approach to climate change more realistic