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Conservative ads grinding down Trudeau

Those early attack ads were designed not so much to change minds about Trudeau right off the bat, but simply to plant seeds of doubt in the subconscious minds of voters about his leadership.

National Citizens Coalition taught Harper how to market, brawl

Anybody who desires a future in the rough and tumble world of partisan politics should consider following Harper’s path and first find employment with a political advocacy group.

More than BBQ time: summarizing summer strategies

Each leader has lots of work ahead getting their respective parties ready for electoral combat.

Liberals and NDP, better get ready to rumble!

If neither the Liberals nor NDP can efficiently knock out the other, the last guy standing in the ring will likely be Prime Minister Stephen ‘The Budget Balancer’ Harper.

For strategists, polls do matter

Other polls matter too; they matter a lot. I’m talking about ‘internal’ opinion polls, meaning those polls, which the major political parties commission on a regular basis to plot and fine-tune their communication strategies.

Too much shredding Trudeau could hurt Conservatives

Think about it. A Liberal collapse would actually swell the NDP ranks, supercharging the party and turning it into a political force capable of winning the next federal election.

Can one-trick Trudeau learn another trick?

Detailed policy proposals are like arsenic; they might be harmless if administered in small, diluted amounts, but a concentrated dosage can be fatal.

Can one-trick Trudeau learn another trick?

Detailed policy proposals are like arsenic; they might be harmless if administered in small, diluted amounts, but a concentrated dosage can be fatal.

Five lessons the Alberta election taught us

Don’t alienate your base, timing is everything, put down that newspaper, tribalism is key, and ideology schmideology.

Liberals need to burst out of Ottawa Bubble

Wouldn’t it have been better for the Liberals to expend their scarce party resources on a TV ad that took on an issue that actually mattered to voters?

Stephen Harper: Canada’s Relative Conservative

If you’re a conservative and you want conservative fiscal policies, Stephen Harper’s still your best choice—if only by default. The same holds true if you care about economic competence.

If Harper plays his cards right, he won’t be sunk by Duffy trial

Yup, voters can be a forgiving lot. You can call my analysis wrong, you can even call it cynical. Just don’t call it wishful thinking.

Duffy saga raises intriguing questions

But this particular court case is getting so much media attention, you’d think it was the Watergate hearings, the O.J. Simpson murder trial, and the Super Bowl all wrapped up into one.

Ignore political Chicken Littles, for the sake of democracy

MPs like Scott Simms and Charlie Angus and Brent Rathgeber seemingly want to further limit free speech by gagging groups, such as Conservative Voice, between elections. We can’t let that happen.

Flanagan’s strategic plan won’t work

Sorry Tom, but if the Conservatives are going to win, they’re going to have to do it on their own.

When it comes to political ads, expect the unexpected

Good political communications strategies are like chameleons; they adapt to their environment.

Trudeau’s startling words

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.

Everybody plays the fear card

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.

Canadian conservatism’s losing streak

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.

Who will win the next federal election: Tough Guy, Fun Guy or Compassion Guy?

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.

Parliamentary Calendar
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Politicians, Candidates come out for Toronto Pride Parade, June 28, 2015 June 29, 2015

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On Sunday, Toronto didn't have to wait for the rain to stop for the rainbows to appear, or the politicians. Pictured here, federal and Ontario Liberal leaders Justin Trudeau and Kathleen Wynne, joined by MPs Chrystia Freeland, Carolyn Bennett, and Bob Rae. Candidates Bill Morneau, Salma Zahid, and Bill Blair were there, too.

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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, really playing up the beard thing at this year's pride.

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Green Party Leader Elizabeth May alongside candidates Gord Miller, Mike Schreiner, and deputy leader of the Green Party of Ontario, Mark Daye.

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A first this year was a Conservative contingent actually walking in the parade. They were calling themselves the LGTBTories. Among them were MP Bernard Trottier, candidate for Toronto-Centre Julian Di Battista, and Status of Women and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.

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NDP Toronto MPs Matthew Kellway and Craig Scott, with Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and candidate for Toronto-Centre Linda McQuaig.

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Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett carrying the banner with the Women's College Hospital in the parade.

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In an appearance that has sparked some backlash among social-conservative Conservatives, MPPs Jack MacLaren and Lisa MacLeod marched alongside Ontario Progressive Conservative Party Leader Patrick Brown.


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