Be like Dan

Dan McTeague was first elected to Parliament in 1993 federal election and was re-elected in 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006 and 2008. He represented the Pickering—Ajax—Uxbridge riding and later the Pickering—Scarborough East riding. He was always a member of the Liberal Party of Canada, serving under Liberal Prime Ministers Chrétien and Martin and Liberal leaders Stéphane Dion and Michael Ignatieff. Mr McTeague was the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of … Continue reading Be like Dan

Hold your nose, if you must, but vote … and vote Conservative

If I'm reading the polls correctly, Canadians are saying: "None of the above, thank you." It looks like, nationally, the Conservatives are <35%, the Liberals are at 32%± the NDP are in the 15% to 20% range, the Greens are <10%. In Québec, the Liberals are <35% and falling, the BQ is 25%+ and rising … Continue reading Hold your nose, if you must, but vote … and vote Conservative

A coalition?

I have been saying, for some months now, that "The CPC might be able to form a minority government but it is equally, perhaps even more likely that Justin Trudeau, with the formal support of Jagmeet Singh, would be able to continue to govern with some support from the BQ and the Greens on an … Continue reading A coalition?

Guessing games

Yesterday I asked everyone to come out and vote, but just the day before the ever-insightful John Ibbitson opined, in the Globe and Mail, that "With the general election less than two weeks away, and with the Liberals and Conservatives still tied in the polls, turnout could decide the result." Your vote does matter! He did … Continue reading Guessing games

Doing the right thing and doing it right

I saw this in a story in the Ottawa Sun a few days ago: "The province will invest more than $8.4 million to expand home and community care in Ottawa this year, half of that for The Ottawa Hospital’s YouCare@Home program ... [and] ... The announcement Friday by Merrilee Fullerton, minister of long-term care and a former … Continue reading Doing the right thing and doing it right

We have a spending problem

I apologize, in advance, for a long post full of numbers and charts and economic jargon, but all this ties back to something I said a few days ago: "I am, personally, disappointed that Andrew Scheer has come out as something approaching a big government Conservative. I had hoped that he might put restoring some fiscal … Continue reading We have a spending problem

A (pessimistic) guesstimate (a WAG*), two weeks out

Two things caught my eye, yesterday: First, in Maclean's magazine, Paul Wells writes that "Elections sometimes give us a chance at a better government, or at least a realistic hope for one. A lot of Canadians felt they were trading up when Trudeau became prime minister in 2015. Others felt it when Brian Mulroney became … Continue reading A (pessimistic) guesstimate (a WAG*), two weeks out