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POST-PARTISAN PUNDIT
In praise of the political ads we love to hate

They can sometimes be a pain but political ads also help make our democracy work.


  
Is Trudeau’s baby face a political detriment?

If voters consider life experience to be a key attribute in a candidate, then maybe Trudeau’s boyish and cherubic visage puts him at a disadvantage.


  
Harper makes blandness a political asset

If you can’t run away from a weakness, stop running and embrace it.


  
Harper throws a curve ball designed to upset momentum

It’s the final weeks of a campaign when you really want to peak, not any earlier, not any later.


  
Political parties facing emotional trauma: Nicholls

So yeah, the stakes in the next election are high for all the parties. The victor will get the spoils; the losers will need therapy.


  
NDP’s ‘That’s Enough’ attack ad is the message

Sometimes the true strategic intention of an ad is camouflaged.


  
How positive ads build trust

Positivity won’t work if your candidate is unlikeable or sinking in the polls, though.


  
How to deal with political avoidance

There are two ways of dealing with this state of willful political ignorance: the busybody way or the pragmatic way.


  
Tories ready to take on ‘Reckless Coalition’

Just by suggesting the Liberals and NDP are a ‘Reckless Coalition’ waiting to happen, the Conservatives will put NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau on the defensive.


  
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.


  
Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Bob Rae launches his book What's Happened to Politics? in Ottawa Sept. 3, 2015

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Former interim Liberal leader, Ontario premier and NDP MP Bob Rae launched his latest book, What's Happened to Politics?, in Ottawa at Carisse Studio Cafe on Sept. 3.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Bob Rae signs his book What's Happened to Politics? at the Carisse Studio Cafe.
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Canadian Press reporter Joan Bryden speaks with Bob Rae at his book launch.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Liberal candidate Catherine McKenna, running in Ottawa Centre, pictured with former Jean Chrétien staffer Bruce Hartley.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Parliament Now and New Edinburgh News editor Christina Leadlay interviews Bob Rae about his new book, What's Happened to Politics?
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Photographer Jean-Marc Carisse, left, speaks with former Liberal minister John Manley, right, and Liberal Senator Joseph Day, centre.
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Jean-Jacques Blais speaks to Sharon Sholzberg-Gray.
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Gowlings partner Jacques Shore.
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The crowd at the Carisse Studio Cafe for Bob Rae's book launch.
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Bob Rae speaks with Stephen Hendrie.
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Canada 2020's Tim Barber.
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Liberal Senator James Cowan.
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Liberal candidate Catherine McKenna, running in Ottawa Centre, introduces Bob Rae at the book launch. She said he was an early supporter of hers when she started the organization Canadian Lawyers Abroad.
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Former Jean Chretien staffer Eddie Goldenberg.
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Bob Rae speaks about his new book and answers questions from the audience.

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