The Conservative government is ‘owning’ the economy file, says Chantal Hébert, and that’s what’s plaguing the Liberals.
More than a punctual reorganization of the partisan forces on Parliament Hill, the three decades that have elapsed since the 1981 conference have featured a deep transformation of the country’s political culture.
It could follow the lead of interim Liberal leader Bob Rae, who has called for a national suicide prevention strategy and a dialogue on bullying that will empower victims to fight back.
The typical profile of the voter who repeatedly goes missing in action at election time corresponds to the demographics of the Occupy movement in Canada.
Since the new year, the Liberals have lost a total of 60 seats at the federal, provincial and territorial levels. The NDP has gained 81 seats. Those numbers amount to more than just a spike in NDP fortunes.
Just as the country as a whole had done in May, Ontarians decided to put their faith in an experienced hand at the helm as they look warily at a global economy that has significantly worsened since Harper’s win.
All roads appear to head back to the bloated bureaucracy of DND, where factions are protecting turf, bracing for future cuts and fighting over the future of the force.
As it has at times in the past, the PC tent is said to be fraying. It doesn’t appear to be coming down, but there are those circling that tent.
As the former elites of the defunct Progressive Conservative party can testify, no predicament is more likely to rush a once-proud party to the altar of a humbling union than dire financial need.
The Canadian position on asbestos exports has been condemned by virtually every health advocacy, environmental, medical and labour organization in this country.
Lowell Murray has sat in Cabinet, led the Senate for his Progressive Conservatives when he was outnumbered three-to-one and has earned the right to provide some sober second thought on Harper's Senate reform bill, introduced on June 21.
For Canadians seeking a better understanding of what our end game is in Libya and how long we are prepared to continue this NATO mission, the House debate was a bust.
In the polarized world of the pro-choice, anti-abortion debate, neither side quite knows what it is dealing with in this 41st Parliament.
Under a two-party system, that battle would quickly become a struggle between the centre-right and the centre-left because, by its very nature, that's how a polarized system works—it forces ideologues to moderate in order to win votes.
Facing probable losses in B.C. and Quebec, a Conservative majority would be the greatest triumph imaginable for the party's strategy of micro-targeting key ridings across the country.
Its timidity when it comes to partisan politics could doom it faster than its need to get on a specialty cable package.
Canada's national police is walking a fine line in dealing with potential political dissent. It desperately needs some kind of hard-and-fast rules of conduct during a five-week period when Canadians are choosing a government.
Tory plan to deal with rot at local level is to tell journalists travelling with the leader that he's not interested in answering questions about local issues.