Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
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POST-PARTISAN PUNDIT
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.


  
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.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Chantal Hébert's Morning After book launch at Métropolitain Brasserie in Ottawa: Sept. 24 Sept. 30, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Official Languages Commissioner Graham Fraser, a former Toronto Star Hill journalist, and Jim Armour, vice-president at Summa Strategies, a former Conservative and Reform Party staffer.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Chantal Hébert, national affairs columnist for The Toronto Star and author of The Morning After: The 1995 Quebec Referendum and The Day That Almost Was. Ms. Hébert launched her book on Sept. 24 in Ottawa at the Métropolitain Brasserie where plenty of political players turned up from the Hill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Jean-Pierre Kingsley, Canada's former chief electoral officer, and Quebec Liberal Senator Dennis Dawson.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Bruce Anderson, a partner at i2 Ideas & Issues Advertising, who hosted the book launch. Mr. Anderson is a panellist on CBC's At Issue along with Ms. Hébert and Andrew Coyne.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Kate Purchase, communications director for Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.
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Quebec Liberal Sen. Dennis Dawson, Jim Patrick of Shaw Communications, and Global TV's Tom Clark.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Official Languages Commissioner Graham Fraser and Bruce Anderson of i2 Ideas & Issues Advertising.
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Patrick Kennedy, director of government relations for CF Industries, flips through a copy of Chantal Hébert's book, The Morning After: The 1995 Quebec Referendum and The Day That Almost Was.
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Jim Armour, vice-president at Summa Strategies, is the happy new owner of The Morning After.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Chantal Hébert and former Conservative MP Ted Menzies.
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Journalist Daniel L'Heureux, Mylène Dupere, communications director for Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, and Jean Lapierre, who helped Ms. Hébert write the book. Mr. Lapierre is also a former Bloc Québécois MP who later joined Paul Martin's Liberals and was a federal Cabinet minister. Today, he's a pundit.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Leslie Swartman, director of public affairs at MDA Information Systems, and former Liberal Cabinet minister Jean Lapierre. Ms. Swartman used to work for Mr. Lapierre when he was in the Paul Martin Cabinet.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Anne Marie Creskey, publisher of The Hill Times, and Hill Times reporter Rachel Aiello.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Former Conservative MP Ted Menzies and Global TV's Tom Clark.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Bruce Anderson and Chantal Hébert.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Michel Liboiron, director of government relations at CIBC, and Postmedia News reporter and columnist Stephen Maher.

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