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Blog Archive for April, 2011

Foolish Dipper phobia

Douglas Bell

Andrew Coyne shows just how far out of touch some pundits are in face of the orange team's surge

All we are saying is give Jack a chance

Gerald Caplan

Something historic is indeed happening - but Harper and Ignatieff's unrelenting anti-NDP barrage cannot be met with complacence

What Layton’s cabinet could look like

Tim Powers

Are Canadians sure they want an NDP prime minister?

Another word from our NDP conscience ...

DOUGLAS BELL

This surge ain't over yet, our man in orange says

Will Layton raise your mortgage payments?

Andrew Steele

Pressure on the dollar from surging NDP could mean higher interest rates

Why Layton's fit for office

Brian Topp

Rivals say NDP chief has sold his soul to Quebec separatists but in reality he's shown maturity and respect on national unity file

Surely masses of new NDP voters have more than protest in mind

Douglas Bell

Methinks John Duffy doth protest too much

Jack Layton: Beer buddy or prime minister?

TIM POWERS

Get ready for the orange-crush hangover

Jack Layton's risky potential MPs in Quebec

ANDREW STEELE

Who are these candidates that all of a sudden have a chance at going to Ottawa?

NDP surge teaches useful lesson on low-engagement voters

Bruce Anderson

Party insiders must realize vast swaths of the electorate don't see Layton the same way they do

This election comes down to a choice: angry guys or Layton

Brian Topp

It's three angry, threatened men versus a smiling, positive national leader

What to do about the vote splits

Douglas Bell

Progressives should think of Salinger and mark their ballots for Layton

Why it isn't easy being Green during this election

Bruce Anderson

Environmental issues are far less high-profile in 2011 than they were in 2008 - so what does that mean for future of the Green Party?

More voices you won't hear in the election campaign

Gerald Caplan

A few examples of what we should have been debating over the past several weeks

Anti-Harper voters may be reassessing leaders

Bruce Anderson

The 60 per cent of Canadians who don't want a Stephen Harper majority may be auditioning Jack Layton for the role of Opposition Leader.

Answering Ignatieff's call, the New Democrats rise up

Tim Powers

Ignatieff's call is being heeded - by voters flocking to Layton

The next battle royal: Harper versus McGuinty?

ANDREW STEELE

Ontario’s divided loyalties poised to set up a showdown between Tory and Liberal

This 'election about nothing' is all of a sudden anything but

Bruce Anderson

Harper upped his game and Ignatieff exceeded expectations, so there are plenty of plot twists yet to come

Harper's coalition dog won't hunt

Douglas Bell

Tory braying approaches 'birther' proportion

A pointed reminder health care is a real issue in this election

Brian Topp

Should we renew our public system or put it up for sale in a U.S.-style gold rush?

Ignatieff should play the G20 card

Douglas Bell

The census won't do much to get people to 'rise up' - but the most severe abrogation of human rights since the FLQ crisis might

Liberals decide to go backwards

Tim Powers

Bringing out past Liberal prime ministers will remind voters the party's past scandals

What if they called an election and nobody cared?

Gerald Caplan

Last time, got less than two fifths of the three fifths of potential votes cast. This time, it might get him a majority

This election could just be surprisingly surprising

Brian Topp

All three major-party leaders played to type in debates - and Layton is poised to benefit as a result

The Helena Guergis challenge

Tim Powers

What would Ignatieff, Layton and Duceppe do differently were they in Harper’s shoes?

About that Tory ballot-box grab in Guelph...

Robert Silver

Only a Maoist like Ignatieff would prevent university students from voting, right?

President Trump?

Andrew Steele

Assessing what the latest contender brings to the Republican 2012 field

And now a word from our NDP conscience

DOUGLAS BELL

Sobering thoughts from Ignatieff's rival in Etobicoke-Lakeshore

It’s whack a Tory time

TIM POWERS

Opposition throws stones, but they live in a glass house

Tories - and New Democrats - blocked auditor's G8 report

Robert Silver

Perhaps Layton can come up with an explanation in time for Tuesday's debate

A veteran's debate advice for Harper

Bruce Anderson

The election is yours lose, so watch your demeanour and stress accountability by taking personal responsibility for government missteps

Auditor-General boxes Harper in

ROBERT SILVER

If final report exonerates him, he’ll want to leak it – but if it doesn’t, G8 issue will dog him until election day

A veteran's debate advice for Ignatieff

Bruce Anderson

Stay loose, highlight differences with Harper

Don't suffer from debate fever: Nixon-Kennedy they ain't

Tim Powers

There is so much self-interested hype about how much next week's federal election debates matter - what if they don't?

Canadian voices speak about the world, even if our politicians don’t

Gerald Caplan

With two active shooting wars on the go, why aren’t Harper and Ignatieff talking foreign policy on the hustings?

Like Trudeau, Harper tries to low-bridge a majority

Andrew Steele

Tories keep focus on who will be prime minister, thereby avoiding questions about what they'll do with mandate

Harper best get ready to rumble

DOUGLAS BELL

Conservative Leader's got nothing to say and Ignatieff's got nothing to lose

Things could get interesting if Tories don’t up their game

Bruce Anderson

A close look at feelings toward Harper and Ignatieff suggests campaign might surprise us yet

Bubbles galore: It’s not just the Tories

Tim Powers

All parties roll out rent-a-crowds for their leaders and stick to a fixed script

Ignatieff's spoiling for a fight (or at least he ought to be)

Douglas Bell

Painting Harper as world's greatest monster is only way Liberal Leader can hope to survive

Party platforms offer a clear policy choice for a change

Bruce Anderson

It's low taxes and smaller Tory government versus 'chicken in every pot' spending on Liberal social programs

Gilles Duceppe's diversion

Tim Powers

Bloc Leader need to explain why Quebec isn't at table on Lower Churchill project

How can Conservative senators look at themselves in mirror?

Gerald Caplan

By fatally stalling generic-drug bill passed by House, they've sentenced so many Africans to miserable death

Tory strategy ensures there is no national election

ANDREW STEELE

The issues are but a placeholder in this race to win over the happy few

Jack Layton’s orange wave begins!

Brian Topp

Or maybe it’s just a poll varying inside its margin or error, more or less

Tory campaign veers into troubled waters

Bruce Anderson

Fear mongering about the coalition and the economy do Harper no good