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, willContinue 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 andContinue reading “Justin’s best friend?”

If it’s true (2) and It’s about time (2)

Global News reporter Mercedes Stephenson tweets: If it is confirmed then it is about bloody time. Mr Sing has made, some analysts think, a serious strategic blunder by not seeking a seat in the House of Commons. I agree: the HoC is where Canadians expect to see politics done … not at summer barbecues orContinue reading “If it’s true (2) and It’s about time (2)”

Liberals and bell curves

Remember, a few years ago, when we all read about “The secret plot to destroy the Liberals“? Except it wasn’t all that secret; the conventional wisdom was that Stephen Harper wanted something akin to the UK or US two party system wherein a solidly left wing NDP would compete, head to head, with a solidlyContinue reading “Liberals and bell curves”

Self inflicted wounds

Now that the Liberal Convention is over the media critiques begin. There is an interesting article in the Hill Times which cites an unnamed Liberal who said: ““Just look at the time since we formed government, you take out the self-inflicted wounds, we have done very well” … [and] …  This source and other Liberal sourcesContinue reading “Self inflicted wounds”

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, pollingContinue reading “Some good news for the Liberal Party”

2019 (6): We need a new CCF (Constructive, cooperative federalism)

First: an apology: this post is a bit long and it covers a lot of ground and it is not, almost certainly, as well organized as it could be … I thought of making it two or three or even four posts, but I believe there is a (coherent, I hope) thread that runs throughContinue reading “2019 (6): We need a new CCF (Constructive, cooperative federalism)”

Congratulations Mr Singh

It is reported, by several news outlets, that Jagmeet Singh is the new leader of the New Democrats. I discussed his leadership bid back in May. All Canadians should wish him well. It now behooves him to enter parliament and help to hold Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to account. Conservatives must hope that he willContinue reading “Congratulations Mr Singh”

A contrary view

It seems that most of the commentariat (the chattering classes) is aghast at President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Accords on climate change … most, but not all. The nonagenarian Nigel Lawson (Lord Lawson, now) who was the UK’s Secretary of State for Energy (1979 to 83) Chancellor of the Exchequer (1983 to 89) in Prime MinisterContinue reading “A contrary view”