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Blog Archive for May, 2010

Is Ignatieff a dead man walking?

Tim Powers

Liberals more in favour of 'merging' than Dippers?

Rob Silver

What could work, and what will not

Brian Topp

What Canada could be leading on at the G8 and the G20

Brian Topp

Waiting for Ig

Douglas Bell

A look at the Liberal Leader's prospects ahead of Parliament's summer break

Prime Minister Layton?

Norman Spector

Poll finds that a coalition lead by the NDP leader could defeat the Conservatives

Great news in Ontario health care

Rob Silver

The best news in Ontario this week doesn't involve busty hookers or coalitions

Ignatieff must spend summer earning a reputation

Bruce Anderson

Despite optimism at the start of his tenure, polling numbers tell a discouraging story for Liberals

Deciphering sides in Canada's 'culture wars'

Gerald Caplan

The battle lines are drawn, but that doesn't mean they're easy to make out

Ignatieff's Joe Clark troubles

Tim Powers

Is the party turning its back on a leader that appears to be out of touch?

On Bryant, Kormos plays cheap and dirty politics

Robert Silver

NDP justice critic's suggestion that a trial would have been better is just absurd

Federal Liberals still squabbling in Quebec

Norman Spector

Michael Ignatieff faces resignations and finger-pointing in the province despite nostalgia for Jean Chrétien in Ottawa

Justice meets politics

Adam Radwanski

The ugliest reaction to the Michael Bryant case comes from pundits trying to score points

Virtue and necessity

Douglas Bell

Soaring deficits mean there's a reckoning coming to Parliament Hill

Audits can't just focus on the bad

Bruce Anderson

Perhaps the Auditor-General will find most MPs are doing well

Jack Layton still has no dance partner

Brian Topp

Despite some credible Liberal voices calling for coalition talks, the NDP remains on its own in Parliament

Harper stabs Layton (this time)

Norman Spector

With PM softening opposition to MP expense audit, the ball is now squarely in NDP Leader's court

A coalition of conscience won't work

Tim Powers

If built on arrogance and moral superiority, a grassroots deal between the Liberals and NDP will fall flat with voters

Why Harper fears the A-word

Norman Spector

The Prime Minister is in a bind on abortion - and is reported to be furious about it

The Tories the Liberals can't be bothered with

Gerald Caplan

With myriad other worthy targets among Stephen Harper's ministerial ranks, why must the opposition waste its time on Rahim Jaffer and Helena Guergis?

Ignatieff's revisionism

Norman Spector

The Liberal Leader is the author of his own misfortune

The price is right for PEI

Tim Powers

Spending $1-million to bring U.S. network TV stars to the Island makes good sense

Ig descendant

Douglas Bell

May proves to be the cruelest month for the Liberal Leader

Ladies at the Tea Party

Andrew Steele

Why 'mama bears worried about their families' are flocking to the far-right U.S. fringe

Abortion? More huffing
and puffing

Norman Spector

Quebec MNAs can rest easy as Stephen Harper would whip vote against criminalizing procedure

A CBC-nik defends the coverage

Norman Spector

But the full story on how the CBC operated during the Chrétien years would have helped advance debate

Why Conservatives are attacking CBC

Norman Spector

If they can shake confidence of viewers, they can put potential supporters beyond reach of negative messages emanating from Ottawa

Why PM fights for banks

Bruce Anderson

Harper's push against global tax differentiates him from Ignatieff, sounds nationalist note and diverts attention from less appealing narratives

Guiding principles for a coalition

Robert Silver

Five points around which Liberals should frame discussion before the next election

Going to extremes

Andrew Steele

Kentucky primary tests just how far into wing-nut fringe Republicans have gone

Learning from the Mother Parliament

Brian Topp

Britain teaches us multi-party rule is a viable alternative to both faulty first-past-the-post majorities and Harper-style blackmail minorities

Who decides on a coalition?

Robert Silver

It's a real possibility after next federal election, so Liberals should put it to their membership now

Michael Ignatieff prepared to form a coalition?

Norman Spector

Parsing the Liberal Leader's puzzling reaction to the British election

How to reinforce Parliament's authority

Brian Topp

Confidence motions are useless when prime ministers can prorogue on a whim

From the Afghan mountains to the jungles of DRC

Gerald Caplan

Canada's obligation to Congo is clear - but our capacity to make a difference there must thrown open to debate before we jump from one quagmire to another

Guergis as victim? Laughable

Tim Powers

The former Conservative minister has only herself to blame

Why coalition, Cameron?

Andrew Steele

The British PM has joined forces with a rival to gain legitimacy; in 2006, Harper's rivals teamed up when his government lost it

Parliamentary privilege?

Norman Spector

MPs would be wise to re-consider their position

Coalition? Ignatieff ducks

Norman Spector

Liberal leader refuses to comment on how the British experience has changed the situation in Canada

What Harper should say about the British coalition

Norman Spector

David Cameron's coalition is perfectly legitimate, though the challenges it faces are substantial

A very un-Canadian attempted coup

Norman Spector

Gordon Brown's Labour Party will not succeed in forming a 'coalition of the losers'

John McCallum shoots economic blanks for Liberals

Bruce Anderson

Where is Michael Ignatieff's finance critic as stock-market gyrations threaten again to gut the retirement savings of Canadian voters?

Dropping flyers

Andrew Steele

Leaflets mobilize voters, study shows, but it's unclear whether they can persuade them to change parties

What's really at play in PM's focus on maternal health

Norman Spector

Prominence being given to the issue signifies a lower priority for the fight against AIDS

Familiar themes

Brian Topp

The British election confirms what Jack Layton has been saying all along

Paraphrasing McGuinty

Adam Radwanski

A very strange report causes controversy for the Ontario Premier

Goodbye to New Labour at last

Gerald Caplan

The party that inspired the NDP before giving itself up to moral rot under Tony Blair has been given the repudiation it richly deserves by British voters

Britain's funny man

Douglas Bell

Editorial cartoonist Steve Bell's portrayal of David Cameron provides much-needed comic relief in the grim world of PR politics

The real cultural warrior arrives on the battlefield

Robert Silver

How will Harper respond after Charles McVety hits Parliament Hill to rail against activist judges?

Confessions of a lobbyist

Tim Powers

Contrary to what NDP MP Pat Martin says, my peers and I aren't rabid bats trapped in an attic

How not to take a stand

Adam Radwanski

Michael Ignatieff might have saved himself embarrassment if Liberals had done some groundwork before rallying around Michaëlle Jean

What limitless greed and mindless deregulation bring

Brian Topp

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill is a perfect symbol for our times

On the GG, Ignatieff's spot-on

Norman Spector

You can't contradict Colvin

Tim Powers

In a country starved for intrigue, can the whistleblower do no wrong?

Flaherty sees a $1-billion boost in Tory fortunes

Bruce Anderson

With Finance Minister on track to beat estimates, potential for Liberals to mount economic challenge is fast diminishing