Jean Chrétien was no Boy Scout. He knew how to play politics rough and he knew how to be the boss, but he also let his ministers be ministers.
Suddenly the CRTC is thrust into the centre of the Conservatives’ re-election strategy.
So where does all this come from? There are at least four strains coming into play that explain the thrust for the Parti Québécois government’s Charter of Quebec Values.
It is his reset Cabinet and his legacy Cabinet.
Bob Rae will likely be Canada’s Bill Clinton, minus the Monica Lewinsky stuff, of course.
Did the Conservatives really win a majority fair and square in the 2011 election? How long is that majority good for?
But lack of good evidence will hamper good policy. It’s harder to figure out root causes of the serious inequalities that exist in Canada.
The challenge for the new Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is to get in there with elbows up and reclaim the broad middle which has been the historical position of his party.
While Christy Clark’s British Columbia Liberal government is getting slammed for its ethnic outreach strategy, it is not really all that different from what the federal Conservatives were doing in the spring of 2011.
Idle No More may have fizzled, but it hasn’t gone and it isn’t going away.
Mary Dawson said ministers are prohibited from using their positions to seek to influence decision-making so as to improperly further the private interests of another person. This distinction is not actually in the guidelines.
But the newfound Conservative strength among the ethnic vote could be challenged too. Liberal leadership hopeful Justin Trudeau is showing up and getting a very strong response.
Liberals hope it’s the former, while other partisans are declaring it to be the latter.
Today, conservatives count a number of think tanks in their ranks. This is powerful policy formulation stuff and could indicate a fundamental reorganization of how public policy is made in this country.
Thomas Mulcair calls it modernizing the party.
The Conservatives track support federally, provincially, territorially, municipally. No other party has ever done such a meticulous and exhaustive job in the history of politics in Canada.