Whither the SoCons?

Almost four years ago I suggested that there was room, on the Canadian political spectrum, for four national parties: Today’s NDP, with much better leadership, should, I suggested, be able to regularly win between 15 to 35 seats and even more, now and again; The centrist Liberal and the equally centrist Conservatives should, regularly, again,Continue reading “Whither the SoCons?”

The end of the CPC?

There are those who believe that the Conservative Party of Canada suffers from some sort of political suicide ideation. There seem to be factions in the Party that are emotionally incapable of accepting any sort of compromise or moderation. The Campaign Life Coalition might be one of them. I see, in an article in theContinue reading “The end of the CPC?”

Cleavage politics is everybody’s loss

John Ibbitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, about a week ago, suggests that the “ballot question” for October 2019 is shaping up to be: Which of these two guys do I dislike or mistrust more than the other? He says that “The end of the Labour Day long weekend – when people reluctantly bidContinue reading “Cleavage politics is everybody’s loss”

I was not going to address this issue …

… even though I found Ralph Goodale’s attack on Andrew Scheer for his (2005) remarks about gay marriage to be hypocritical in the extreme, given that Mr Goodale, too, voted against legalizing gay marriage at that time, and even though I cited a newer and, in my opinion, more damaging comment by Justin Trudeau, IContinue reading “I was not going to address this issue …”

More polls, but …

Éric Grenier, who does poll aggregations and analysis for CBC News, wrote, a few days ago, on the CBC News website, that “When this election year kicked off, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals were on track for victory in the fall federal election. Now, as parliamentarians prepare to head home after this week’s expected adjournment of the HouseContinue reading “More polls, but …”

A civil abortion debate cannot happen here

There is an interesting opinion piece, by Thomas B Edsall, in The New York Times, headlined “Why the Fight Over Abortion Is Unrelenting.” He gives the answer, provided by Professor Kristen Luker in 1984, right up front: “Why is the debate so bitter, so emotional?” Professor Luker asked. “Part of the answer is very simple:Continue reading “A civil abortion debate cannot happen here”

The gift that keeps on giving (2)

Just when one thought that the Trudeau Liberals may have gone a week or so without being a major embarrassment to those who voted fo them, the CBC News reports that “As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues to vow that the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion “will be built,” his government’s summer jobs program is funding aContinue reading “The gift that keeps on giving (2)”

2019 (9): Rights and Freedoms

What a silly, immature, puffed up young twerp we (some of us, anyway) elected to be our prime minister. As John Ibbitson points out in an article in the Globe and Mail, “Thousands of student summer-job grants, along with a brand-new community-service program, have been rendered unavailable to organizations and people of faith, thanks toContinue reading “2019 (9): Rights and Freedoms”

2019 (1)

So, here were are in the dog days of summer … the Calgary Stampede is over and done, the prime minister made a last minute, short, tightly controlled appearance , but Andrew Scheer seemed to have had more fun, and politicians are, mostly, home, doing some important constituency work, reconnecting with local voters and local issuesContinue reading “2019 (1)”

New faces

There’s an interesting column by Rick Bell in the Calgary Sun that contrasts Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Andrew Scheer. Mr Scheer says that  “Growing up, his mom was a nurse. His dad worked for a newspaper. These jobs are far from glamorous … [and] … The family didn’t have a car. Scheer took the bus.Continue reading “New faces”