Sorry Tom, but if the Conservatives are going to win, they’re going to have to do it on their own.
Good political communications strategies are like chameleons; they adapt to their environment.
Justin Trudeau sounded an awful lot like an old-fashioned politician when he made those comments about why he supports Bill C-51. He sure didn’t sound like a courageous idealist out to change the world.
It’s possible you’ve been subtly influenced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s recent over-the-top, anti-terrorism rhetoric. And yes, such overheated rhetoric is everywhere.
In the past year, conservatives have lost a media voice, they’ve lost an election, they’ve lost principled leadership and they’ve come close to losing a party. That’s all bad.
Any idea or concept you’re promoting as a politician, no matter how complicated it may be in theory, must in practice be boiled down to its most basic, most simplistic essence.
Even by endorsing Bill C-51, Trudeau will never outdo Harper over the ‘Who is tougher on terrorism?’ question. But he could alienate progressive voters.
That’s why I fervently hope John Baird continues to stay involved in the ongoing effort to define Canadian conservatism. His voice can still have an impact.
If you’re an aspiring political consultant who wants to learn how to brawl, then get a job working on an American political campaign. Believe me, you’ll learn a lot.
True satire is about using humour to expose the absurdities of life; at the same time, it forces us to question our beliefs and our values.
It will surprise me if the Duffy trial’s a game-changer, Conservatives don’t reach out to veterans, and Trudeau stays positive.
The moral of the story is it’s tough to write about the nasty world of politics at a time when we should be celebrating peace, love and joy.
Among politicians at least, conservatism in Canada today is about as fashionable as Lawrence Welk music at a high school prom.
The good news for New Democrats is that media perceptions can change quickly.
Stephen Harper has now logged in more than 3,200 days as leader of this country, making him the sixth longest-serving prime minister in Canadian history.
That’s the point The New York Times is missing. If, like Harper, the Republicans ever deem it to be in their political self-interest to limit the ability of ‘big money’ to influence elections, they’ll do it.
What this means is the next federal election promises to pit right-wing populism against left-wing populism against regional-populism.
A day after the tragic and horrendous Ottawa shooting, our federal political parties put aside their partisan cudgels and gathered in the House of Commons to express their unanimous support for the values that bring us together as a nation.
In the next Canadian election, taxes will be discussed to death. In fact, the political script for this inevitable tax debate is easy to predict.