Too bad it has one major drawback. It makes for good politics, but it doesn’t necessarily make for good economic policy.
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.
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.
My predictions on the electoral strategies of PM Stephen Harper, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and the NDP’s Thomas Mulcair.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s instinct to always go on the offensive has, politically-speaking, much more of an upside than a downside.
Sometimes campaigning like a Klingon can work and sometimes it makes more sense to emulate the goody two-shoes of the Federation.
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.
Our politicians would much rather pander to our natural bias against outsiders and foreigners. Just ask Harper the Albertan or Ignatieff the ‘American.’
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.
Justin Trudeau needs to get his act together on the middle class, otherwise he risks coming across as a phony.
One more tip for aspiring political communication strategists: If you value idealism, stay out of politics.
Quebec politicians, of course, understand this; they know that in La Belle province, like everywhere else, emotion reigns supreme.
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.
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.
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.
Vicki and Bruce Heyman. The dress code was summer whites. The atmosphere was light and lovely.
Bluesky's Susan Smith, Ottawa University's Robert Asselin, and Bluesky's Tim Barber.
House of Commons protocol's Elizabeth Rody and Jane Kennedy.
Canadian Chamber of Commerce President Perrin Beatty, wearing a nice summer hat.
The National Arts Centre's Peter Herndorff and Rosemary Thompson.
Sisters, Maggie Creskey, left, and Hill Times publisher Anne Marie Creskey.
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.
Shaw's Alayne Crawford and Gary Clement, senior manager of GR at TD Bank (Toronto).
CCCE's Ailish Campbell, Ekos' Frank Graves, Amgen's Kim Furlong, and H&K's Jackie King.
Environics' Greg MacEachern, CPAC's Natalie LeMay-Calcutt, and Shaw's Jim Patrick.
CommuniquéDirect's Nick Masciantonio and MDA's Leslie Swartman.
Postmedia News columnist Andrew Coyne and Global TV News reporter Laura Stone.
Former Liberal MP Martha Hall Findlay, right, and a friend.