Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
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POST-PARTISAN PUNDIT
Team Trudeau pretty darn close to a personality cult

Team Trudeau has decided to take a different route; rather than emphasizing its brand, it’s stressing the personality of its leader: Justin Trudeau.


  
Get ready for some fiscal propaganda: Nicholls

However, the Conservatives want Canadians to feel good about the economy, but not too good.


  
Harper and the politics of green

The reason Stephen Harper gives the environmental movement the cold shoulder has less to do with him hating Mother Earth and more do with him wanting to win elections.


  
Let’s keep voting voluntary: Gerry Nicholls

Mandatory voting, which the Liberal Party of Canada is apparently thinking about making part of its election agenda, is the wrong remedy to the wrong problem.


  
Last two weeks of an election campaign matter

It’s during those two weeks, when voters are finally focused, when they are finally paying attention and when they are finally open to influence, you need to make the strongest case possible for your candidate or party.


  
Mulcair’s policy gambit risky, but right

While Justin Trudeau is strong when it comes to personality, he’s weak when it comes to policy. And this weakness explains why Tom Mulcair is releasing his policy planks now.


  
Harper faces frustratingly fuzzy future

What’s frustrating Stephen Harper isn’t the Conservative Party’s consistently poor showing in public polls, or the scandals which have plagued his government or his increasingly toxic relationship with the media. What would irk him is the fuzzy nature of Canada’s political future.


  
Has Trudeau become boring?

  
Social media provides forum for partisan loopiness, but don’t ban it

  
Trudeau: Photo op superstar

Photo ops matter because we are a visual species; strong images move us.


  
Union leader should temper his rhetoric

During the next federal election Sid Ryan and his union allies won’t be able to play the same political role as they did in Ontario; certainly they won’t be able to spend the same sort of money on media ads to defeat Harper as they did to defeat Hudak.


  
How to embrace a problem: Conservatives can use bad polls to fundraise

If a problem can’t be avoided, sometimes it should be embraced. To see what I mean just consider the Conservative Party of Canada and its ‘poll problem,’ which can be defined thusly: ‘Almost every public domain poll that’s come out over the past year or so, has the Conservatives trailing the Justin Trudeau-led Liberals.’


  
Harper’s stance on Israel is good politics: Gerry Nicholls

Prime Minister Stephen Harper still owns the ‘Israel is our best friend’ position and that could ultimately pay political dividends.


  
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.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, October 20, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Movie Night on the Hill: Elephant Song's premiere Sept. 29 in Ottawa Oct. 6, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Elephant Song, directed by Montreal's Charles Binamé, and film crew at the Movie Night on the Hill pictured with sponsors and host, Heritage Minister Shelley Glover.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The scene at the NAC.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Conservative Sen. Don Meredith.
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Heritage Minister Shelley Glover, Telefilm's Michel Roy, and Elephant Song's producer Richard Goudreau.
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Husband and wife team, Laura Peck and Barry McLoughlin of McLoughlin Media.
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Heritage Minister Shelly Glover and CBC's This Hour Has 22 Minutes' comedian Mark Critch.
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Elephant Song's director Charles Binamé.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Telefilm's Michel Roy, Elephant Song's director Charles Binamé, Heritage Minister Shelly Glover, Elephant Song's producer Richard Goudreau and Patrick Roy of Les Films Seville, all pictured at the film's premiere on Sept. 29 at the NAC in Ottawa.
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Conservative Senator Don Meredith and Conservative MP Wladyslaw Lizon.
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McLoughlin Media's Laura Peck.
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CPAC's Colette Watson.
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Conservative Senator Janice Johnson.
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Heather Bradley, director of communications to House Speaker Andrew Scheer.
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Conservative MP Mike Wallace.
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CBC TV's This Hour Has 22 Minutes comedian Mark Critch with Elephant Song director Charles Binamé.
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CBC TV's This Hour Has 22 Minutes comedian Mark Critch begins to interview NDP MP Pierre Nantel, his party's culture critic.
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NDP MP Pierre Nantel and CBC's This Hour Has 22 Minutes Mark Critch.
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And another thing. NDP MP Pierre Lantel and This Hour Has 22 Minutes' Mark Critch.
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And another, extra thing, Nantel.
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Okay, back off, buddy. Mark Critch really gets into his skit with a good-natured NDP MP Pierre Nantel.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
And I really, really like this movie, Elephant Song. Okay? Got it? Do you hear me, Nantel? Yeah, love it.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
And you better love it too, Nantel. Got that?

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE