Even in the face of a common danger like ISIS, Canadians these days find themselves divided, arguing about military strategy, about refugee policies, and about security measures.
Like it or not, fiscal conservatism as an ideology is about as fashionable with politicians these days as the mullet hairdo.
I expect that even with change-happy Trudeau sitting in the Prime Minister’s Office, a lot of stuff will remain the same.
His lasting impact will be how he scared the Liberals into mutating our democracy.
Under a less skilled or weaker leader, Harper’s carefully nurtured Conservative coalition could split apart at the seams.
Conservatives saw opposition to the niqab, not as attacking a religion, but as defending Western traditions. So like it or not, tribal politics can always be rationalized and therefore will always be with us.
During these finals days before voters cast their ballots, the dynamics of an election race can change quickly. And the reason for that is plain old-fashioned voter procrastination.
To be successful, politicians need to be real. They can’t assume a role in the political play that doesn’t truly fit their personalities or match their skill sets.
For the past 40 years or so, the successful Canadian political parties were usually the ones that ladled out bland ideological porridge. Not any more.
If it ever comes to the point when electoral defeat seems inevitable taking some sort of risky, high-stakes gamble sure beats panicking.
This is a classic case of the heart versus the mind.
So the main thing you need to know about the election is that thanks to the Mike Duffy trial—which received more media coverage than a manned moon landing—Canadians learned a crucially-important fact, namely that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s chief of staff is named Ray Novak.
They can sometimes be a pain but political ads also help make our democracy work.
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.
If you can’t run away from a weakness, stop running and embrace it.
It’s the final weeks of a campaign when you really want to peak, not any earlier, not any later.
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.
Sometimes the true strategic intention of an ad is camouflaged.
Positivity won’t work if your candidate is unlikeable or sinking in the polls, though.
There are two ways of dealing with this state of willful political ignorance: the busybody way or the pragmatic way.
Attendees packed into Social on Sussex Drive last Thursday, a mix of Canada 2020 delegates and Hillites. The bar was lit up red and the party went on well into the wee hours of the morning.
Policy Options Editor Dan Gardner, Environics' Greg MacEachern, and Shaw's Jim Patrick.
Canadians for Clean Prosperity’s Tom Chervinsky and Mollie Anderson, with United Way Ottawa VP Adam Smith.
Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries’ Nicholas Todd and Canada 2020’s Alex Patterson.
Adriana Vega, William Norman, and Liberal MP Anita Vandenbeld’s legislative assistant Hillary Buchan-Terrell.
NPR Radio host in D.C. David McGuffin and Liberal volunteer Mike Lapointe.
The Globe and Mail’s Adam Radwanski and Samara’s Kendall Anderson.
Great Work’s Jen Hunter and Allana Graham, flanking Canadian Home Builders' Association’s Jason Burggraaf.