The Trudeau Effect?

So, it’s the day after the re-election of Justin Trudeau’s Liberals and I see this on CTV News:  The story says that: “Dozens of Husky Energy workers streamed out of the company’s downtown Calgary location Tuesday morning carrying envelopes and paperwork signalling they’ve been laid off … [and] … Several workers, who did not want toContinue reading “The Trudeau Effect?”

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 risingContinue 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 anContinue 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 didContinue reading “Guessing games”

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 becameContinue reading “A (pessimistic) guesstimate (a WAG*), two weeks out”

One set of rules …

This story, on CBC News, caught my eye. It explains that “According to Toronto’s ‘Use of City Resources During an Election Period Policy,‘ city facilities and infrastructure can’t be used for any election-related purpose by a candidate, registered third-party advertiser or political party. It also prohibits signs from being “erected or displayed” on or beside aContinue reading “One set of rules …”

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”

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 intoContinue 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”