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POST-PARTISAN PUNDIT
Is Trudeau’s baby face a political detriment?

If voters consider life experience to be a key attribute in a candidate, then maybe Trudeau’s boyish and cherubic visage puts him at a disadvantage.


  
Harper makes blandness a political asset

If you can’t run away from a weakness, stop running and embrace it.


  
Harper throws a curve ball designed to upset momentum

It’s the final weeks of a campaign when you really want to peak, not any earlier, not any later.


  
Political parties facing emotional trauma: Nicholls

So yeah, the stakes in the next election are high for all the parties. The victor will get the spoils; the losers will need therapy.


  
NDP’s ‘That’s Enough’ attack ad is the message

Sometimes the true strategic intention of an ad is camouflaged.


  
How positive ads build trust

Positivity won’t work if your candidate is unlikeable or sinking in the polls, though.


  
How to deal with political avoidance

There are two ways of dealing with this state of willful political ignorance: the busybody way or the pragmatic way.


  
Tories ready to take on ‘Reckless Coalition’

Just by suggesting the Liberals and NDP are a ‘Reckless Coalition’ waiting to happen, the Conservatives will put NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau on the defensive.


  
Conservative ads grinding down Trudeau

Those early attack ads were designed not so much to change minds about Trudeau right off the bat, but simply to plant seeds of doubt in the subconscious minds of voters about his leadership.


  
National Citizens Coalition taught Harper how to market, brawl

Anybody who desires a future in the rough and tumble world of partisan politics should consider following Harper’s path and first find employment with a political advocacy group.


  
More than BBQ time: summarizing summer strategies

Each leader has lots of work ahead getting their respective parties ready for electoral combat.


  
Liberals and NDP, better get ready to rumble!

If neither the Liberals nor NDP can efficiently knock out the other, the last guy standing in the ring will likely be Prime Minister Stephen ‘The Budget Balancer’ Harper.


  
For strategists, polls do matter

Other polls matter too; they matter a lot. I’m talking about ‘internal’ opinion polls, meaning those polls, which the major political parties commission on a regular basis to plot and fine-tune their communication strategies.


  
Too much shredding Trudeau could hurt Conservatives

Think about it. A Liberal collapse would actually swell the NDP ranks, supercharging the party and turning it into a political force capable of winning the next federal election.


  
Can one-trick Trudeau learn another trick?

Detailed policy proposals are like arsenic; they might be harmless if administered in small, diluted amounts, but a concentrated dosage can be fatal.


  
Can one-trick Trudeau learn another trick?

Detailed policy proposals are like arsenic; they might be harmless if administered in small, diluted amounts, but a concentrated dosage can be fatal.


  
Five lessons the Alberta election taught us

Don’t alienate your base, timing is everything, put down that newspaper, tribalism is key, and ideology schmideology.


  
Liberals need to burst out of Ottawa Bubble

Wouldn’t it have been better for the Liberals to expend their scarce party resources on a TV ad that took on an issue that actually mattered to voters?


  
Stephen Harper: Canada’s Relative Conservative

If you’re a conservative and you want conservative fiscal policies, Stephen Harper’s still your best choice—if only by default. The same holds true if you care about economic competence.


  
If Harper plays his cards right, he won’t be sunk by Duffy trial

Yup, voters can be a forgiving lot. You can call my analysis wrong, you can even call it cynical. Just don’t call it wishful thinking.


  
Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
MPs, federal candidates take part in Ottawa's Capital Pride Parade, Aug. 23 Aug. 24, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

On Sunday, Aug. 23 Ottawa celebrated its 30th annual pride march through downtown. All four main political parties had a contingent in the parade, with the Liberals first in the line of marchers. Here Orleans candidate Andrew Leslie and a slightly hidden Ottawa South MP David McGuinty walk together, alongside dozens of supporters. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Ottawa Centre Liberal candidate Catherine McKenna. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

More Liberal supporters march in the parade. Liberal MPP for Ottawa Centre Yasir Naqvi, Ottawa-West Nepean candidate Anita Vandenbeld, Kanata-Carleton candidate Karen McCrimmon, and Hull-Alymer candidate Greg Fergus were marching too. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The local Green party contingent in the parade threw their support around Kanata-Carleton candidate Andrew West. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The New Democrats making their way onto the parade route, flanked by local unions UFCW Locals 175 & 633, and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC). 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

NDP candidate for Orleans Nancy Tremblay was all smiles next to Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Paul Dewar and the NDP supporters were yelling "Happy Pride" as they marched. Carleton candidate kc Larocque, Kanata-Carleton candidate John Hansen, Ottawa South candidate George Brown, and Nepean candidate Sean Devine were there, too. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Despite a petition looking to ban the LGBTory contingent from marching in the parade, about two-dozen supporters took part, holding signs that included "I kissed a Tory and I liked it," and "I am Conservative, I support trans rights." The latter was inspired by backlash over Bill C-279,  the trans bill of rights that was killed by Conservative Senators during the last session of Parliament. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Nepean Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod, and Ottawa Centre federal candidate Damian Konstantinakos (far right) were the only politicians The Hill Times spotted among the LGBTory contingent.

Ontario Conservative MPP Lisa MacLeod. She also marched earlier this summer in the Toronto Pride Parade alongside Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The LGBTorys were joined by Melissa Hudson, the chair of Trans-Action Group, a non-profit focused on Transgender health and employment. As well, some marchers carried signs, seen above, that list the 18 federal MPs past and present who "stand with" the LGBTorys. 

The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

The LGBTory contingent calls themselves the 'Rainbow Conservatives of Canada" according to a handout they had at their tent set up as part of the street fair alongside the parade. All parties had sign-up lists at their booths, looking to gain supporters and volunteers. On the handout, it says they want to "break the left wing monopoly on the LGBT community," and includes quotes from former Foreign Affairs minister John Baird, and former VP of the Ottawa Centre Conservative Association Fred Litwin

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE



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