The Conservative problem

Andrew MacDougall, a senior public relations consultant in London (the big, British London, not London, Ontario) and a former head of PR in former prime minister Stephen Harper's PMO, has penned an important opinion piece in the Globe and Mail, that I really hope the high-foreheads in the Conservative Party's HQ all read and take … Continue reading The Conservative problem

What are we for?

Todd Purdom, who is an editor and political correspondent for Vanity Fair, reminded us, a dozen years ago, that the Rogers and Hammerstein musical 'South Pacific' had, then, some lessons for us. He reminded us, specifically, of the scene in which the American officers are trying to persuade the civilian planter, Emile De Becque to … Continue reading What are we for?

Liberalism ‘has become obsolete.’ (Vladimir Putin, June 2019)

A team of Financial Times editors and reporters, Lionel Barber and Henry Foy in Moscow and Alex Barker in Osaka ... ... talked with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week. He is reported to have said that "“the liberal idea” had “outlived its purpose” as the public turned against immigration, open borders and multiculturalism ...[and] ... Mr Putin’s evisceration of liberalism — the dominant … Continue reading Liberalism ‘has become obsolete.’ (Vladimir Putin, June 2019)

Is the Trudeau brand losing its lustre?

John Ibbitson makes a sound political case in the Globe and Mail. "The 2019 election," he suggests, "is shaping up to be a referendum on Justin Trudeau’s leadership, which is odd ... [because, he suggests] ... After only a few years in power, the Prime Minister should not be such a polarizing figure that this fall’s … Continue reading Is the Trudeau brand losing its lustre?

2019 (15): Suburban and urban battlegrounds

Further to my very recent comments about the pressing need for the Conservative Party of Canada to retake Ontario, especially the suburban ridings surrounding Toronto, political analyst Éric Grenier, writing for CBC News, says that "First-term governments have historically been much more likely than not to get a second term. But polls suggest the Liberals are far from … Continue reading 2019 (15): Suburban and urban battlegrounds

Some good news for the Liberal Party

There is an interesting article, albeit a somewhat discouraging one for Conservatives, in the Hill Times, which says that polling (done before the Indian fiasco) indicates that "Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s personal approval rating has dropped nearly 10 points since last May, but the Liberal Party of Canada has yet to take a hit, polling … Continue reading Some good news for the Liberal Party