Indeed, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau recently showed his bite after the Liberals won two byelections, in which they held off strong NDP challenges.
Although the Senate scandal has given Prime Minister Harper a black eye, it has not by any means, knocked him out of the ring.
Had Rob Ford confessed to his cocaine use six months ago, when news reports first suggested he was caught on video smoking the drug, had he then apologized to the voters of Toronto, had he then agreed to temporarily step aside to get help, he would be in a much better situation today.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is on a mission to prove them wrong; he’s determined to show that nice politicians can finish first.
It’s Harper’s electoral prowess, by the way, which has kept Conservatives loyal to him even when he seemingly abandoned many conservative ideals and principles.
The bottom line is voters fear having an incompetent leader more than they dislike scandalous political behaviour. Communication strategists should keep that in mind.
Will this political trilingualism policy work? Probably not. But if it does work, watch for Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau to start taking political language immersion classes.
The sad fact is, British-style Parliamentary democracy expired in Canada a long time ago, long before Harper came on the scene.
Blandness not boldness rules the day. Bland policies, bland visions, bland ideas all make for bland throne speeches.
Susan Delacourt’s new book shines a light on the wacky, weird and often misunderstood world of political marketing.
Or, maybe the PQ put forward the Values Charter despite receiving polling data that suggested this issue will alienate every Quebec voter outside its base. Maybe for the PQ promoting nationalistic dogma trumps winning elections.
Strategically speaking, if the NDP is to maintain the impressive gains it made in the last election, if it’s to have any hopes of actually winning power, it has to seriously degrade Justin Trudeau’s image.
No one can accurately predict the winner of the 2015 federal election. That’s because Canada’s political future will, in all likelihood, be determined by wild cards.
Some prognosticators said Harper would resign this summer, arguing the tired and scandal-scarred political wolf Harper is afraid to match claws with the young Liberal lion, Justin Trudeau. They’re wrong.
If I ever criticized government-run health care, I’d likely be accused of either being in the pay of private insurance companies or of hating sick, poor people, says Gerry Nicholls.
Our election laws will soon be jam-packed with strict rules, complex regulations and draconian limits, all aimed at purging money from politics, but it’s not necessarily making democracy richer.
There are flaws in the Liberal leader’s performance that can hurt the party in the future. For starters, he’s just not ‘prime ministerial’ enough. Would it kill him to wear a tie?
The anti-Trudeau ads were designed to lay the groundwork, so that voters would be more susceptible to future Conservative attacks on the Liberal leader.
Former South African president Nelson Mandela visited Ottawa in May 1992. The honorary Canadian who helped end apartheid in his country died on Dec. 5 at 95 years old. Governor General David Johnston said, "When history speaks of the very best examples of humanity, we will speak of Nelson Mandela." He's pictured here with former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney.