Elizabeth May, because of her party’s impressive vote totals in Victoria and Calgary Centre, and Stephen Harper, not because he held two Conservative seats, but because any Green growth will only further split the progressive left and ease the path for him or his successor to replicate his 2011 majority in 2015.
While the number of immigrants arriving in Canada under the family class, economic and refugee programs has declined under the Conservatives, there has been a 50-per-cent jump in the temporary workers class since Stephen Harper took power.
But images of voting lines snaking for blocks, waits of up to six hours, people in Miami chanting ‘let me vote’ and Virginians still waiting to vote even as the national result had become clear, show everything that is inspirational and disgusting about the U.S. electoral system.
But the case of Kevin Page vs. the federal government is simply too fundamental to the way this place is supposed to operate, and too vital to the tracking of taxpayers’ money, that it can’t be ignored.
Even having been stung, the government’s uphill slog on the Northern Gateway project will mean it will celebrate the taps being opened on Keystone, something Harper once characterized as a ‘no-brainer.’
The case of the Shenzhen-based telecom giant Huawei illuminates the different attitudes in North America as the Nexen decision looms.
Yes, it can be used to bait or to ridicule, it can drown in the trivial, it can bore with its repetitiveness. But, ultimately, the increased scrutiny makes it the best time in which to write.
The tragic death of four American diplomats in Libya and the storming of U.S. missions in Egypt and Yemen does not justify Baird’s decision to close the Tehran embassy.
This year, not everything can be so easily remedied by that ready smile or the soaring speech that seemed to melt any troubles four years ago.
The party is being held together through its own construction, but also because of a ‘government that overplayed its hands on crucial files, and others come compliments of a Liberal Party still casting about for policy, leadership and its own raison d’être,’ says Tim Harper.
Canadian political heroes should be celebrated, whatever their political stripe
Whatever you wish to call it, talk of cooperation between Liberals, New Democrats and Greens keeps popping up like a stubborn weed in a springtime lawn, only to be rooted out by party headquarters.
There are rookie MPs in Ottawa making a difference, although they all have advantages not afforded the lonely member from Kootenay-Columbia, Conservative MP David Wilks.
In a town where dissenting advice is routinely stifled, where a UN envoy is lectured then given the bum’s rush out of town, Kevin Page is still standing.
The NDP may hold the high ground, but the Conservatives hold the majority and the government is calculating that a series of protest procedural manoeuvres from the opposition will be dismissed by voters as white noise from the nation’s capital.
Defying every pre-election poll—and every expectation—in this province, the Progressive Conservative dynasty lives on.