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Blog Archive for January, 2010

Wait for details on Canada's Copenhagen submission

Norman Spector

U.S. climate-change targets are provisional - and with some countries making voluntary commitments, is it any wonder?

Canadian faith

Douglas Bell

If and when we ask for Kahdr's repatriation, we ought to do so in a manner reflecting the principles that compel us to do so

ABC Campaign

Dan Cook

Premier Williams says war of words that spawned ABC campaign is over, for now

The good and the bad in The Globe's Khadr editorial

Norman Spector

The last place the government should look for expertise in U.S. relations are among the ranks of Supreme Court justices

If the PM is serious about the plight of mothers...

Gerald Caplan

Undermining CIDA and cutting funding to NGOs like Kairos leave Stephen Harper with a sizable credibility gap on maternal health

PETA Protester Pied

Dan Cook

Seal-hunt opponent hit with pie

Runciman's exit exposes Hudak's right flank

Andrew Steele

With an opening in loyalist country, the Ontairo PC leader faces the Hobson's choice that jammed his predecessor

How PM should respond to Khadr decision

Norman Spector

It's time to ask the U.S. President whether he'd welcome a request for repatriation

Then & Now: Liberals On The GST

Dan Cook

Liberal MP calls for debate on increasing GST

Grassroots Fury? No Spring Election

Dan Cook

Polls not enough to entice Ignatieff into election

No Game

Andrew Steele

Is there anyone who didn't find a kindred spirit in Holden Caulfield as they negotiated the minefields of adolescence?

Just what is Liberal Party tax policy then?

Tim Powers

Michael Ignatieff has been all over the map and Gerard Kennedy was far from clear

What Gerard Kennedy actually said

Robert Silver

A poll showing 70 per cent support for a GST increase is worth noting

Welcome back to 1970

Tim Powers

Liberals may be nostalgic about Trudeau-era economics, but a return to tax-and-spend policies is not what Canada needs

Demagogues and their discontent

Douglas Bell

Advocating for democracy has suddendly become a partisan enterprise, both here and in the United States

Of polls and advertising

Brian Topp

Jack Layton is the best candidate for PM, Quebeckers believe, and the NDP is closing in on its federalist rivals

Pies of mass destruction

Andrew Steele

Preserving the seal industry doesn't justify belittling a key tool in combating real threats to our security

Watchdog or lapdog?

Tim Powers

If you think such positions have been poisoned by political interference, why chose a partisan setting to showcase your perspective?

Prorogation? Ignatieff? Two wet noodles in Quebec

Norman Spector

There is nothing to cheer up Liberals in latest provincial poll

Richard Colvin's complaint

Norman Spector

Public servants ought to understand why the bureaucracy takes its time when paying legal bills

Dept. Of Apologies: Er, Sorry

Dan Cook

Liberal MP dials back criticism of Immigration Minister Jason Kenney

PETA are pests

Tim Powers

It would be nice to be nice to turn the animal-rights group's volume down, if not off

Why a third Globe prorogation editorial fails

Norman Spector

Reading between the lines

Audio: Grassroots Fury

Dan Cook

Corus Radio's Charles Adler on the 'media event'

Mr. Ignatieff's game

Norman Spector

Proposed prorogation rules mean Liberals are setting up a coalition grudge match

Grassroots Fury? 0.08% Protest

Dan Cook

Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament: 215,817. Number of protesters: '10,000 to 14,500'

Why another Globe prorogation editorial fails

Norman Spector

Would Canadians be better off today had the law being proposed by the NDP been the law of the land in 2008?

Never mind

Douglas Bell

Anti-prorogation crowd estimates aside, a foreign editor at a British paper says 'Canadian politics' kills any story

A turning away

Brian Topp

This weekend's events might be more than a process story. They might be the start of' 'something happening out there'

Grassroots Fury? 300 Protest In Montreal

Dan Cook

300 v. 3,635,571

What the PM should say about prorogation rallies

Norman Spector

A tongue-in-cheek look at how Stephen Harper should respond to thousands of Canadians taking to the streets

In Pictures: Toronto, Ontario

Dan Cook

Protesters denounce prorogued Parliament

House Of Commons Seating Plan

Dan Cook

Interactive: House of Commons seat map

Why the Globe prorogation editorial fails

Norman Spector

Support for NDP's plan to curb PM's prorogration powers is misguided

The betrayal of Haiti

Gerald Caplan

Though Canada has opened its arms to quake victims, the reality is poor countries have been net donors to us rich folks

A great Olympic moment for the Conservatives?

Norman Spector

Russia's top figure skaters could quickly sour relations with B.C. natives and thereby rain on PM's parade

One year and one day

Douglas Bell

Barack Obama's response to the Supreme Court on election spending puts progressives back on the sidelines

McGuinty keeps it simple

Adam Radwanski

Why the Ontario Premier embraced the samsung deal

How to make subway rides feel like Air Canada flights

Robert Silver

Mayoral candidate Adam Giambrone should look elsewhere to fix Toronto's transit system

Bomb the bridge

Brian Topp

Saskachewan Premier Brad Wall is replaying an old game to try to change the topic from his government's fiscal incompetence

Two cheers for Mr. Ignatieff

Norman Spector

The Liberal Leader shows promise on his handling of prorogation and the coming federal budget

Disenfranchising dead people across Canada

Robert Silver

Potential police involvement should cause organisers to think twice before they sign up the deceased or their dogs as members

Ministers for life

Adam Radwanski

Stephen Harper proves a bit of a softie when it comes to dumping colleagues from his cabinet

Canadian debates

Douglas Bell

A meditation on Peter Munk and the need to break down walls between politicians, journalists and academe

Prorogation fibs and Conservative shuffles

Norman Spector

The Prime Minister could have tweaked his cabinet weeks ago

Climate change? fuggedahboutit

Norman Spector

With Massachusetts loss, Democrats will now be acutely sensitive to the anti-incumbent mood sweeping the U.S.

Tory cabinet confidential

Tim Powers

Why Stephen Harper rewarded Rona Ambrose and the boys from New Brunswick

Take me down to the Paradis(e) city

Robert Silver

The twin challenges of oil sands and AECL make the Quebec Tory the MP to watch in 2010

Conservatives reach a new low in Quebec

Norman Spector

Pollster pins dismal results on Stephen Harper's performance in Copenhagen and decision to prorogue Parliament

The art of cabinet making

Andrew Steele

Dalton McGuinty brings a number of aggressive, change-oriented ministers to the front-bench

Kill all the bankers?

Robert Silver

With financial executives being used as scapegoats in the U.S. and Britian, Canada's politicians are working to open doors for them here

Haiti pushes prorogation off front page (for now)

Norman Spector

But Canadians will eventually return to the constitutional questions debated this weekend in Fredericton

Why 2010 might not be a lucky year for Tories

Brian Topp

Stephen Harper's carefully crafted script could easily turn out to be a string of potholes

Canada to host 'friends of Haiti' conference

Norman Spector

PMO to media: Move it (please)

Norman Spector

The real Stephen Harper?

Gerald Caplan

Our sphinx-like, dull-as-a-door and unashamedly opportunistic prime minister has been wrong so many times - yet he always bounces back

What I'd like to hear our leaders say about Haiti

Norman Spector

Where is it written politicians must revert from current non-partisan concern to boilerplate nostrums of their respective parties?

American nutbar

Douglas Bell

An ideology that equates wealth generation with moral superiority when it comes to natural disasters is still at work

Greg Sorbara just says no

Adam Radwanski

Why the former Ontario finance minister (probably) won't go back into cabinet

All according to plan?

Adam Radwanski

A drop in the polls isn't a problem for Stephen Harper - if he was expecting it

PM hides behind pouty, prorogation-prone G-G

Norman Spector

Why Canadians did not wake up to that headline this morning

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Andrew Steele

Attempts to paint it as a knock on McGuinty aside, Jim Watson's departure from cabinet could be good for Ontario Liberals

Time and apathy

Douglas Bell

What's preventing Liberals and New Democrats from forming a strategic alliance?

Harper tries to change channel

Norman Spector

Why fret over prorogation when there's a cabinet shuffle to talk about?

Ignatieff would use prorogation

Tim Powers

Liberal Leader offers 'just trust me' answer on when it's legitimate to shut down Parliament

Going populist

Andrew Steele

Expect more sweaters, Tim Hortons and Gangs of New York rhetoric from all parties this year

What the Liberal prorogation ad is hoping we forget

Norman Spector

Grits might accuse Tories of cover-up, but Chrétien wasn't faultless either

Making prorogation stick

Bruce Anderson

Harper's critics should hammer away that his decision is born of profound arrogance and chronicle how it fits a troubling pattern

Prorogation: Jean Chrétien did it too

Norman Spector

Former Liberal PM got away with a much longer one in 2003

Answer me, Iggy, or I'll start a Facebook fight

Tim Powers

The missing piece in this debate is how the Liberals would use prorogation

Media damage control 101

Robert Silver

A Toronto alt-weekly erroneously outs a likely mayoral candidate - then blames the mainstream dailies?

Obama, like Harper, is on the defensive

Norman Spector

His opposition is scoring points, but to the President's credit, he's at least acknowledging the problem

Good for John Tory

Andrew Steele

But what does his exit from the Toronto mayoral race mean for George Smitherman and Rocco Rossi?

Go big or go home

Douglas Bell

It's time for the Liberals and NDP to craft a common electoral and policy agenda

The real losers in Harper's Senate reform

Robert Silver

Alberta and British Columbia would suffer most under PM's proposal

Prorogation and the opposition

Tim Powers

What would the Liberals and NDP do with the legitimate constitutional tool if they formed government?

A classy exit for John Tory

Robert Silver

Whether he's bound for Senate or not, the Toronto race would have been better off with his presence

The beginning of the end for Stephen Harper

Norman Spector

Acquiring an extra year or two of contacts and of credentials in advance of his political exit appears to the be the PM's priority

Audio: Charles Adler On The 'Grassroots Fury'

Dan Cook

Corus Radio's Charles Adler & Christopher White, Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament

Top 10 Queen's Park moments of the 00s

Andrew Steele

A decade that saw Harris resign, Eves flame out and McGuinty win big all began with the Walkerton tainted water scandal

Time to take off the white gloves

Douglas Bell

Ignatieff should start treating Alberta's indifference to climate change in the same manner as Trudeau

'Grassroots Fury' Limps Across The Nation

Dan Cook

Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament

The perils of vacation

Tim Powers

Once the organ of ideas and national initiatives, the Liberals are now the party of contests and contradiction

'A' For Effort, 'D' For Nice Try

Dan Cook

Liberals mock PM for being on vacation - while Ignatieff's on holiday

Harper non-partisan?

Norman Spector

CBC interview shows how well Harper has mastered the game of politics

Ignatieff on arrogance?

Tim Powers

The Liberal Leader might want to watch his pot-meet-kettle line of attack

0.06% Of Canadians Are Mad

Dan Cook

Front page news: 20,000 Facebook users

Coming soon to your airport: full-body scans

Norman Spector

The Americans have decreed it, so Canadians have no choice but to accept it

New Year's commendation

Douglas Bell

Song remains the same on privatizing government assets - but lyrics also apply to Canada's climate-change position

Mayor Smitherman?

Dan Cook

Ontario MPP Smitherman resigns to run for Toronto mayor

Then & Now: Eric Tillman

Dan Cook

Tillman pleads guilty in sexual-assault case

Next, they'll be nixing your cellphone

Norman Spector

Thankfully Canada isn't on the U.S. latest security list - but 'booty bomb' concerns could make air travel a hassle for all passengers

No big tent means no big vote

Brian Topp

Stephen Harper is not growing beyond his base because - unlike Nixon - he does not know how to appeal beyond it

Exactly where Michael Ignatieff wants to be?

Robert Silver

Being underestimated is a political gift, so don't write off the Liberal Leader just yet

'Ignatieff - worse than Dion'

Dan Cook

The top 10 political losers of '09 (Québec version)

The top 10 political losers of '09 (Québec version)

Michael Ignatieff worse than Stephane Dion? Just ask Le Journal de Montreal.

Dept. Of Law: Tories v. Elections Canada

Dan Cook

Elections Canada must accept Tory cash, judge says

Remember the 2009 Election?

Tim Powers

First, two days into 2010 the only ones talking about an election are not politicians

'Attempted Assassination ... Is Terror Related'

Dan Cook

Danish cartoonist attacker suspected of al Qaeda ties

In Pictures: Malo-Les-Bains, Northern France

Dan Cook

New Year's Day

Mark April 13th in your new 2010 calendar as election day