Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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POST-PARTISAN PUNDIT
Activist Centrism: Canada’s new ideology

Too bad it has one major drawback. It makes for good politics, but it doesn’t necessarily make for good economic policy.


  
A fundraising experiment the NDP should avoid: Gerry Nicholls

  
Harper’s not your typical federal leader: Nicholls

Despite his current bad poll numbers, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is still the party’s most able campaigner, he’s still its most brilliant political tactician and, most importantly, he’s still one of the few politicians who can unite the normally fractious conservative movement.


  
How to win an election in two easy steps

Voters chose the devil they knew rather than take a chance on the devil that appeared to be charting an unknown and perhaps painful and frightening course.


  
Gerry Nicholls on his hazy, lazy, political predictions

My predictions on the electoral strategies of PM Stephen Harper, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and the NDP’s Thomas Mulcair.


  
Forced dues blues, unions risk triggering public backlash against political activities: Nicholls

It would be better for everybody concerned if union leaders stopped using forced dues to finance political campaigns. It would protect the rights of unionized employees and shield unions from criticisms about the nature of their political funding.


  
Why I can’t write a Harper ‘tell all’ book

I never had a problem working with Stephen Harper. And yes, I got to know him extremely well, seeing both his good and bad sides.


  
Political grudge match: ideologues vs. professionals

Maybe Canadian ideologues are too docile, maybe they are giving in to political pragmatism, or maybe they just find it’s easier to just send their party leader a nasty letter.


  
Trudeau’s drive for ideological purity

Perhaps Justin Trudeau would rethink his rigid ideological sterilization policy if he realized that the social conservative colossus he fears is more mirage than reality.


  
Harper’s a political warrior, and that’s okay: Gerry Nicholls

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s instinct to always go on the offensive has, politically-speaking, much more of an upside than a downside.


  
Trudeau and Wynne, two Liberals boldly going in different directions

Sometimes campaigning like a Klingon can work and sometimes it makes more sense to emulate the goody two-shoes of the Federation.


  
Why Harper doesn’t care if the media like him

Prime Minister Stephen Harper runs tough, ‘take-no-prisoners’ style election campaigns, exactly the kind the media detests; he shuns in-depth interviews and he imposes savage message discipline on his caucus.


  
The irrational politics of tribalism

Our politicians would much rather pander to our natural bias against outsiders and foreigners. Just ask Harper the Albertan or Ignatieff the ‘American.’


  
The ideology of public broadcasting

Why dealing with the CBC poses such a problem for federal politicians: if they are considered either too ‘pro’ or too ‘anti’ public broadcasting, they will come under ideological attack.


  
Trudeau’s middle-class conundrum

Justin Trudeau needs to get his act together on the middle class, otherwise he risks coming across as a phony.


  
How to deal with a scandal

One more tip for aspiring political communication strategists: If you value idealism, stay out of politics.


  
The secret to Harper’s success

  
Emotion drives Quebec election debate

Quebec politicians, of course, understand this; they know that in La Belle province, like everywhere else, emotion reigns supreme.


  
Fair Elections Act probably contains flaws, but not anti-democratic evil

Is requiring voters to show ID really all that onerous? And is it truly evidence of Harper’s anti-democratic, vote suppressing tendencies? Maybe he wants to reduce or prevent voting fraud.


  
Putin doesn’t play by 21st century rules

The West must continue to play by these civilized 21st century rules, but the isolated— perhaps paranoid—man in Moscow knows so far his uncivilized rules are carrying the day.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman's Fourth of July shindig July 14, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman, right, and his wife, Vicki, were all smiles at hosting their first Fourth of July bash in Ottawa. Some 3,000 guest attended. The mood was good and there was a lot of dancing, eating, and chatting.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Vicki and Bruce Heyman.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Vicki and Bruce Heyman.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Vicki and Bruce Heyman. The dress code was summer whites. The atmosphere was light and lovely.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ken Taylor, former Canadian ambassador to Iran.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Bluesky's Susan Smith, Ottawa University's Robert Asselin, and Bluesky's Tim Barber.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former CTV Hill reporter Roger Smith.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Bloc MP Claude Bachand and Danielle Leclerc.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

House of Commons protocol's Elizabeth Rody and Jane Kennedy.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

McLoughlin Media's Barry McLoughlin and Laura Peck.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Canadian Chamber of Commerce President Perrin Beatty, wearing a nice summer hat.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The National Arts Centre's Peter Herndorff and Rosemary Thompson.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Sisters, Maggie Creskey, left, and Hill Times publisher Anne Marie Creskey.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Progressive Conservative prime minister Joe Clark.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Chad Schella, Maureen McTeer, and CPAC's Catherine Clark.

The Hill Times photograph Jake Wright

The guests on the front lawn of the U.S. ambassador's official residence in Ottawa's swishy Rockcliffe neighbourhood, high up above the Ottawa River.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The cheesecakes were brought in from Chicago. Yum!

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Maclean's magazine's Paul Wells.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Shaw's Alayne Crawford and Gary Clement, senior manager of GR at TD Bank (Toronto). 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

CCCE's Ailish Campbell, Ekos' Frank Graves, Amgen's Kim Furlong, and H&K's Jackie King.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Environics' Greg MacEachern, CPAC's Natalie LeMay-Calcutt, and Shaw's Jim Patrick.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

CommuniquéDirect's Nick Masciantonio and MDA's Leslie Swartman.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

That's a lot of cheese, Martha.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Postmedia News columnist Andrew Coyne and Global TV News reporter Laura Stone.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Liberal MP Martha Hall Findlay, right, and a friend.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The lineup.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The scene.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Postmedia News national affairs columnist Andrew Coyne.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

CTV cameraman Dave Ellis, centre. 

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