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Blog Archive for September, 2010

Coalition fear-mongering misses economic point

Bruce Anderson

The next election will be fought on fiscal choices closer to the centre of the policy spectrum

Why legalization might be a mixed bag for prostitutes

Adam Radwanski

Ride along with police and you realize striking down laws won't be a panacea for women who are down and out

On Maclean's, the House panders to Quebec

Norman Spector

Shame on MPs for assenting to such a contrived motion

A Big Blue legend passes on

Andrew Steele

Norm Atkins was the ultimate manager: a uniter, not adivider

Mascots united against Maclean's

Robert Silver

San Diego Chicken can't stay silent in face of such outrage

Ignatieff on coalition government, in his own words

Norman Spector

Shifting sands at Stornoway cause confusion on the subject

Maclean's provokes civil war

Norman Spector

Journalists, even those employed by the same company that owns the magazine, are at odds on the soundness of its 'Quebec bashing' coverage

Alward's winning recipe

Tim Powers

Though some doubted him, New Brunswick's Tory Leader proves he can seal the deal

Charest's problem? He's become Brian Mulroney

Norman Spector

Quebec Premier has same smooth delivery, same well-cut suit and same incredible explanations

Will House demand Maclean's apologize?

Norman Spector

UPDATED: MPs have better things to worry about than journalists trotting out old hobby-horses

Nigel Wright is cut from different cloth

Andrew Steele

His appointment as chief of staff is a shrewd move by Stephen Harper

Stephen Harper tries to break new ground again

Brian Topp

When PM picks a prudent chief of staff, can an election be far behind?

Frustrated Bell and Rogers customers unite!

Gerald Caplan

Don't let them turn you into John Baird in Question Period

Harper makes an inspired choice

Tim Powers

Ultimately, voters pass judgment on the person who hires, not his choice as chief of staff

UN chase shows that Grits got the wrong guy

Norman Spector

Bob Rae takes the high road in contrast to Michael Ignatieff

The G20 deserves a second look

Adam Radwanski

Why the McGuinty government's weird behaviour that weekend still matters

Conservative math doesn't add up on gun registry

Bruce Anderson

Polling data suggests there isn't much of an electoral upside for Harper's team

A shocker for Canadians in Bob Woodward's book

Norman Spector

For MPs in particular, the debate is timely

Bastarache Commission

Dan Cook

Quebec Liberal Party fundraiser: "My first reaction was to think someone is hallucinating."

A civil (and devastating) political ad

Norman Spector

A conservative group that includes ex-Reaganites says there 'Mourning in America' under Barack Obama

Michael Ignatieff's Rob Ford opportunity

Robert Silver

With three parties on other side of Quebec arena issue, Liberals could turn it into a definitional brand

Dept. Of Advertising: Great Moments

Dan Cook

Economic Action Plan advertising: $49.5-million

Good news for Canada on the climate front

Kyoto will soon expire, and there is little prospect it will be replaced before it elapses

Meanwhile in New Brunswick...

Tim Powers

David Alward is on the verge of capitalizing on Shawn Graham's power failure

The Rob Ford phenomenon

Robert Silver

While Hudak and Ignatieff will try to mimic it, his surge is actually a response to a very specific set of circumstances in Toronto

Standings in The House of Commons

Dan Cook

Parliament Returns

Dan Cook

He who tells the best story this fall will govern Canada

UN summit to endorse Harper initiative

Norman Spector

G8 maternal health initiative will be front-and-centre in the consensus

Jean Charest's accuser had a bad week

Norman Spector

Ex-Quebec justice minister always took notes - except when he was being pressured to rig appointments?

A slow burn underneath Saskatchewan's ruling party

Brian Topp

Legal feud over $3-million trust funds exposes direct link between Brad Wall's government and that of Grant Devine

(Most) Quebeckers are dumping on arena funding

Norman Spector

A new poll explains the Tory stand, but it's less clear why the Liberals remain open-minded

Stephen Harper does the UN - but shouldn't

Gerald Caplan

If he really wants that Security Council seat, he'd be wise to cancel lest he reveal exactly how badly Canada is failing the developing world

How to fix QP? It's simple

Norman Spector

All we have to lose are the histrionics

Why incumbents are down across the board

Andrew Steele

It's the economy - and proving to voters government is on their side

In higher education, we don't own the podium

Norman Spector

'We're No. 5' will be worn as a badge of pride and likely suffice

Cash for guns

Adam Radwanski

Why it's not really in Stephen Harper's interest to get rid of the gun registry

Harper, Rae singing same arena tune

Norman Spector

Both agree government must establish a funding policy for the whole country

NDP using gun registry as Western Canadian strategy?

Robert Silver

Doing so could easily blow up in Jack Layton's face

L. Ian's arena

Robert Silver

Peladeau is not going to drop 10 times the biggest fee ever paid for stadium naming rights

Liberals, bad jokes and precedents

Tim Powers

Beer and popcorn predate both Ian Davey and Tom Flanagan

How I spent my summer

Adam Radwanski

Driving around Ontario offered some useful lessons on everything from green energy to OxyContin abuse

The Ian Davey precedent

Robert Silver

So former chiefs of staff reflect fully on their former bosses now?

School days and the G20

Douglas Bell

Criminalizing dissent the way Canada did during the summit violates the fundamental covenant between youth and experience

Obama's mosque missteps

Norman Spector

Americans are massively opposed to building on the proposed site but the President is perceived as being supportive

The politics of the long gun

Gerald Caplan

New Democrats who say they're bound to side with constituents against the registry are wrong. Their overriding purpose should be to fight for principles, not to get re-elected

All you need to know about Ms. Pelosi's prospects

Norman Spector

From gun owners to gun criminals

Andrew Steele

Rather than just the tools, let's register the offenders

An audition for TO mayor

Brian Topp

Someone's going to have to figure out what to do about Rob Ford's Hollywood-calibre right-wing populism

Obama stiffs Maher Arar

Norman Spector

Decision shows again that, on issues such as this, Americans are from Mars and Canadians are from Venus

In today's news on Fox News North...

Norman Spector

Has CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein been on vacation?

A revitalized Liberal front bench

Robert Silver

Michael Ignatieff has finally rewarded youth and performance

Harper could be the real gun-registry loser

Robert Silver

If it dies, Tories lose political Viagra for their base and gold for their coffers

Will Britain beat Canada out of Afghanistan?

Norman Spector

Britain's Parliament to vote this week on whether to keep troops in Afghanistan

Guns and Grandpa

Brian Topp

NDP finds itself navigating the old rural-urban divide

A long, hot summer: Harper's pain, Ignatieff's gain

Bruce Anderson

With the Liberals showing signs of resurgency, politics is shaping up to sizzle well into fall

The real deal behind Fox News North

Norman Spector

Like many things in Canada, it has something to do with hockey - and Quebec

Michael Ignatieff's highly overrated summer vacation

Gerald Caplan

Instead of reading Dostoevsky aloud to his bride, the Liberal Leader hit the BBQ circuit - yet his party still trails the unpalatable Tory hordes

A glimpse of Californication

Tim Powers

Boxer and Fiorina debate reveals Obama's fading fortunes

B.C.'s HST: Who did their job - and who didn't

Norman Spector

There was no flurry of questions on the issue

Cancer's gift

Brian Topp

A new soldier signs up to battle the disease alongside Jack Layton and thousands of other brave Canadian men

The real face of the Bloc

Norman Spector

Duceppe's party objects to Harper missive promoting Canada's parks to Quebec students

Nobel Peace Prize winner hosts dinner

Norman Spector

Precious few are optimistic about Obama's Mideast prospects