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 bid … Continue reading Cleavage politics is everybody’s loss

It needs repeating

A few days ago, I said, regarding both energy and environmental/clime change policies, that: "The very clear and obvious better choice is to build pipelines so that all Canadians can use Canadian oil, gas and natural gas, to fuel their cars and heat their homes rather than having tankers bring Arab and Iranian oil into … Continue reading It needs repeating

It’s a global issue

Gerald Butts made an important point on social media just yesterday (6:23 AM · Aug 23, 2019) ... ... the environment, he is saying, is a global issue. On that point, I agree, 100%. A couple of months ago I said that "The [global warming] problem is global and the solutions need to be global, … Continue reading It’s a global issue

Live by the image, die by the image: A portrait of Justin Trudeau

There is an excellent, but lengthy, article in the Guardian by that newspaper's Canadian correspondent Ashifa Kassam which is headlined: "Justin Trudeau: the rise and fall of a political brand." Ms Kassam opens her essay by recounting the 2012 Brazeau-Trudeau boxing match. It was, as she explains, carefully arranged and staged by Team Trudeau ~ … Continue reading Live by the image, die by the image: A portrait of Justin Trudeau

A new poll

The (somewhat right-centre biased) Angus Reid Institute has released a new poll which shows that "for Liberal candidates, a disastrous slide in support over the first half of the year appears to have ended, making this a critical – albeit shrinking – period of time to try to regroup and rebuild ... [and] ... Conservatives, meanwhile, will … Continue reading A new poll

“I have some decisions to make …” (The Honourable Jane Philpott, on the record (3))

Parliamentary reporter Gloria Galloway writes in the Globe and Mail that "Jane Philpott is assessing her political options after being told she is not wanted as a Liberal and says she could run as a candidate for the New Democrats or the Greens, or even as an independent, in the election next fall ... [and] … Continue reading “I have some decisions to make …” (The Honourable Jane Philpott, on the record (3))

Justin’s best friend?

Is federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh now Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's new best friend? Is Mr Singh's inept political performance, to date, going to weaken the New Democrats enough so that no matter what gains Andrew Scheer might make in the suburbs the Liberals will sweep back into power with another majority government? Pollster and … Continue reading Justin’s best friend?