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Blog Archive for March, 2010

Iggy uber alles

Douglas Bell

Opposition politics isn't about thinking, it's about beating the hell out of the other guy so you get elected

Dept. Of Make Believe: Rogue Writers

Dan Cook

Tory minister Helena Guergis under fire - again

Williamson good for Atlantic Canada

Tim Powers

PM's outgoing communications chief could boost Tory fortunes in New Brunswick

Go tell it to Obama

Norman Spector

Fake barbarians at the gate

Adam Radwanski

It's the Tories' prerogative to pretend they're less elite than their critics, but why does the media play along?

Afghanistan or Congo?

Norman Spector

We may at last have the kind of substantive debate in Parliament that we didn't get before our forces were deployed to Kandahar

What political courage is for

Brian Topp

After so many gabfests, Liberals should know there's more to do about national issues than just talking about them

The bureaucrats party

Norman Spector

Public servants are the last place you'd want to look for advice when seeking to re-connect with young Canadians

A tale of two oppositions

Tim Powers

Michael Ignatieff's Liberals could learn a thing or two from Tim Hudak's Progressive Conservatives

All aboard the niqab ban

Robert Silver

Pity those that back Quebec on this haven't read the legislation

Iacobucci's the man

Norman Spector

His integrity and toughness are key in reviewing decisions of officials in censoring Afghan detainee documents

The sad truth about Harper and maternal health

Gerald Caplan

Evidence counts for nothing in faith-based Tory policy and business interests trump poverty reduction in Canada's blind pursuit of a Security Council seat

The drug wars

Adam Radwanski

What you need to know (and then some) about the Ontario government's fight with pharmacies

Contradictions and explanations

Brian Topp

A political offer that doesn't hang together for the Liberals

Whatever happened to climate change?

Norman Spector

Duceppe invests in oil sands, Sarkozy abandons carbon tax and U.S. kills cap and trade

Dept. Of Journalism: CBC

Dan Cook

Reporter gets free flights: Erickson registered as MPs designated traveller

'Dion-Land Is Scary Territory'

Dan Cook

Visiting Professor enters 'Dion-land'

Request for troops a debate for Parliament

Norman Spector

N.B.-Quebec power failure

Robert Silver

Selling the deal was a case study in land mines to be avoided - and Shawn Graham seems to have blown himself up good

Cut Ontario vs. Open Ontario

Andrew Steele

Rehashing Mike Harris-era policy is fraught with risk for Tim Hudak

Stephen Harper's worrying drift

Bruce Anderson

Scant days after 'recalibration,' the government agenda has been consumed with tequila, Bonnie, Clyde and abortion

Michael Ignatieff presents...

Adam Radwanski

Why the Liberals' thinkers' conference is mostly about theatre

Coulter On Canadians

Dan Cook

'Now you're all a bunch of girls named Francois'

Coulter's shutout

Tim Powers

The University of Ottawa created an unnecessary circus instead of simply letting the clown perform

Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition

Dan Cook

'Michael went to war without checking'

On Duceppe, two cartoonists who just can't resist

Norman Spector

Frum gets it right

Andrew Steele

After Obama's health-care victory, the tail is wagging the dog in the Republican Party

Liberal MPs not welcome

Tim Powers

Michael Ignatieff can't inspire confidence in his players if he doesn't let them dress for main events like the Montreal thinkers conference

Tim Hudak's task

Robert Silver

The Ontario budget is a chance for the PC Leader to at last explain what policy alternatives he would pursue as premier

Health insurance reform and the middle vote

Andrew Steele

With Republicans removing themselves from debate, Democrats are better positioned to make gains next election

What the health bill means for Obama

Bruce Anderson

It doesn't solve all of the President's woes, but those who argue it will be a pyrrhic victory should think again

Jack and Gilles's hill to die on

Norman Spector

With soldiers in the field, the NDP is pressing the government to turn over unvetted detainee documents to separatist MPs

How the rules get written

Brian Topp

A critical new democratic convention was adopted last week in Parliament

Duceppe and the Quebec 'resistance' movement

Norman Spector

Bloc Leader defends himself after drawing parallel between sovereignty effort and French resistance against Nazis

Using children as props is wrong

Robert Silver

Then why has Stephen Harper done it dozens of times too?

Progressives face the new Canada

Gerald Caplan

Many religious radicals do no harm except to our different sensibilities - and we must fight even to uphold rights we find distasteful

Cocktail comedy with Tories and tequila

Tim Powers

Worms are turning in outrage over Blackburn - just as they did with John Crosbie two decades ago

A new Stephen Harper?

Norman Spector

Call it what you like, the PM is increasingly looking for the sweet spot of public opinion on the small stuff

MPs 'blab' and governments are 'responsible for security'

Norman Spector

Parliament has already accepted the principle that members should not have access to sensitive material

Has Harper gone atheist?

Norman Spector

Explaining why the Conservatives have joined Washington in criticizing Israeli settlement expansion

Progressive Conservative separatists

Andrew Steele

Tim Hudak has a real problem on his hands with Ontario's radical landowners movement

Psychoanalysis eschewed in Newfoundland

Tim Powers

By-election result shows Danny Williams still gets a thumbs up on the Rock, post U.S. heart surgery

Where is the Facebook site?

Tim Powers

All those who were angry at prorogation shouldn't give Michael Ignatieff a pass for skipping town after he insisted so vehemently that he should be here

Canada's central political fact

Brian Topp

There was a century-long pattern of Liberals winning in Quebec. Now there isn't

Rahim Jaffer, shiny object

Adam Radwanski

Liberals continue to chase headlines rather than make a coherent case against Stephen Harper

In Pictures: Parliament Hill

Dan Cook

Helena Guergis arrives at a committee meeting on Monday

Prom dates in history

Andrew Steele

Eight years after similar Ontario case, a Mississippi teen is forced to sue school in order to bring same-sex date to dance

Quebec polling news

Norman Spector

For the first time, Quebeckers think Pauline Marois would make the best premier

Bernier leadership campaign turns toward Quebec

Robert Silver

Maverick MP gives rousing speech to Tory faithful without ever once mentioning Stephen Harper

How parents learn

Gerald Caplan

To live up to heroic billing, teachers must be able to convey how their students are doing in sensible language

'The Red & White House'

Dan Cook

Obama spokesman loses bets, dons a Canadian jersey

Who leads Ontario's NDP?

Andrew Steele

Andrea Horwath struggles to keep her unwieldy coalition together on separate schools and the Mideast

Harper's foreign-ownership math

Bruce Anderson

There is solid public support for initiatives like opening up the telecom sector

In Quotes: Seal Meat

Dan Cook

"Delicious actually ... a little gamey, like caribou or something."

The X-files approach

Andrew Steele

When a butterfly flutters its wings in Tokyo, the sinister hand of Stephen Harper is not in fact guiding it

Miller's big announcement

Robert Silver

Being able to hold taxes to double the rate of inflation and present multi-year fiscal plans sadly qualifies as important news in Toronto

Rahim's business, not yours

Adam Radwanski

He may have gotten off lightly, but as a private citizen Jaffer doesn't owe the public or his party much of anything

Explanations are owed

Tim Powers

Without word from Rahim Jaffer and Ontario's Attorney-General, the public could lose faith in the justice system

See ya David Miller?

Robert Silver

Rumours swirl that Toronto's mayor won't see out his second term, throwing the race to replace him into disarray

Dept. Of Law: Read 'Between The Lines'

Dan Cook

Rahim Jaffer pleads guilty to careless driving charge

Ignatieff needs to recalibrate

Norman Spector

How the Liberals misplayed the Tory budget and brought their leader's spine into question

Plan versus logo

Andrew Steele

Tim Hudak's opposition red meat is thin gruel compared to Dalton McGuinty's detailed policy platter

Harper should call Obama re: Omar Khadr

Norman Spector

The U.S. President is in a domestic political bind over the Canadian terror suspect

On the road back

Tim Powers

If he sticks to his guns, Tim Hudak has legitimate shot at replacing Dalton McGuinty

Two cheers for the government (no, really)

Brian Topp

Good deeds by Conservatives on copyright and credit unions should not go unnoticed - and hopefully will become habit

All others bring data

Andrew Steele

Spin aside, Ontario by-election results suggest Tim Hudak is facing another Dalton McGuinty majority

MPs are heading in to a detainee trap

Norman Spector

Frank Iacobucci's mandate and the timing of his report are fair game, but the opposition rejects him outright at its own peril

So this is democracy

Gerald Caplan

The West at its best: Britain is in shambles, America's on the verge of armed populist revolt and Canada's watching its values crumble

Still on the table

Adam Radwanski

If anything, Dwight Duncan's speech makes it seem more likely Ontario will privatize assets

Nothing to see here

Adam Radwanski

Why a boring budget is a bad thing

CBC needs to re-calibrate

Norman Spector

Why aren't we hearing from any former advisers to Michael Ignatieff?

Radical? Not just yet

Adam Radwanski

If Dalton McGuinty is planning a revolution in health care funding, it'll take a little while

Throwing the national anthem under the bus

Robert Silver

So those were tears of shame, not joy, on the podium as our hate-filled song was played 14 times at the Olympics?

A chicken in every pot sounds fishy to voters

Bruce Anderson

Shorter is better, sucking and blowing doesn't work, self-congratulation is toxic and other Throne Speech tips

Misery loves by-elections

Andrew Steele

Tim Hudak needs a decisive breakthrough in Ottawa if he has any shot of eventually forming government in Ontario

Jason Kenney's mixed messages

Adam Radwanski

Does the Immigration Minister have a habit of telling people what they want to hear?

Answering Mr. Ignatieff's question

No, Parliament is not sovereign as ours is a system of constitutional supremacy

Layton's Olympic history

Robert Silver

The NDP Leader made sure was in front of cameras this year - but in 1990 he put 'a dagger in the heart' of Toronto's bid for the Games

Meet Mike from Canmore

Tim Powers

Liberal attempts to brand him aside, Michael Ignatieff is a person of privilege not a middle-class guy

Ottawa's favourite pastime

Adam Radwanski

Naturally, there's already chatter about a spring election. It won't happen

The Quislings among us

Douglas Bell

Even if Crosby hadn't scored in overtime these Games would have been a massive success for Canadian athletes

We're now aspiring for more

Bruce Anderson

Thinking big worked out in Vancouver. Thinking bigger is likely the best prescription for political leaders starting this week

(G)o Canada!

Brian Topp

Vancouver showed us a Canada we may now look for from our national government