Friday, Feb. 12, 2016
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POST-PARTISAN PUNDIT
Party structure stuck in the Dark Ages

The demands of party discipline require MPs to be like tribal warriors who obediently and loyally follow orders, meaning it’s hard for them to advertise their leadership skills; being a good follower isn’t the same as being a good leader. The upshot of all this is that when a party is forced to find a new leader, it’s often difficult for that party’s membership to evaluate the potential replacements.


  
Trudeau should follow Colbert’s advice and artfully pluck those goose feathers

So, the way things are going now in terms of fiscal policy, taxpayers should be prepared. Canada could soon be deluged with flocks of naked geese.


  
Get ready for economic action plan ads, the Trudeau edition

For the Liberals to do this, they’d have to shatter their own principles. When they were in opposition, the Liberals routinely denounced the Economic Action Plan campaigns, arguing (quite rightly) they were nothing but taxpayer-funded partisan propaganda.


  
I’m not too excited about Trudeau’s much-ballyhooed plan to scrap our voting system

I’m not defending the status quo nor am I minimizing the impact of changing our electoral process. Certainly the voting process matters a lot to the political classes. But what really matters isn’t ‘how’ we elect our leaders, it’s ‘why.’


  
Overpromising works, even if it means under-delivering

The old cynical tricks, they argue, have now been replaced with a new ‘sunny ways’ brand of politics. And perhaps that’s true. But cynical politics has a way of lasting.


  
Welcome to the Donald and Justin Show

Indeed, it seems all it takes to achieve political fame these days is a well-crafted plan to grab the media spotlight.


  
Making political choices always means incurring costs

Justin Trudeau will fight terrorism, without actually fighting terrorism; he will battle climate change with new taxes and regulations without somehow harming the economy; he will spend the country into years of deficits, while at the same time being fiscally responsible.


  
Time for the NDP to change?

It’s difficult to oppose a government that’s stolen all your ideas.


  
A common enemy fails to unite us

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.


  
Who will speak for fiscal conservatives?

Like it or not, fiscal conservatism as an ideology is about as fashionable with politicians these days as the mullet hairdo.


  
How will Trudeau change Canada?

I expect that even with change-happy Trudeau sitting in the Prime Minister’s Office, a lot of stuff will remain the same.


  
Harper’s true legacy

His lasting impact will be how he scared the Liberals into mutating our democracy.


  
Conservatives face daunting challenges

Under a less skilled or weaker leader, Harper’s carefully nurtured Conservative coalition could split apart at the seams.


  
Divisive politics is in the eye of the beholder

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.


  
Election campaigning should end with a bang

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.


  
Political leaders need to be real

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.


  
Canada’s era of ‘Goldilocks Politics’ could be coming to an end

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.


  
When political panic strikes, it ain’t good

If it ever comes to the point when electoral defeat seems inevitable taking some sort of risky, high-stakes gamble sure beats panicking.


  
Election 2015: competence versus compassion

This is a classic case of the heart versus the mind.


  
Need to catch up on election news? Here’s a campaign 2015 primer

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.


  
Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, February 15, 2016
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
MPs party under the stars, B.C. politicos come to Ottawa Feb. 8, 2016

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Party Under the Stars was held on Feb. 3 at Ottawa City Hall. Conservative MPs Erin O'Toole and Steven Blaney dancing with performer Jully Black. 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Party Under the Stars organizer Cheri Elliott, National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, and Chief Government Whip Andrew Leslie. 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Mr. Sajjan and Ms. Elliott.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Environics' Louis Charles Roy, Greg MacEachern, and their newest hire Chris McCluskey.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Chief Government Whip Andrew Leslie.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ottawa city councillor Jody Mitic.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP James Bezan.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP Rob Nicholson. 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP Peter Kent.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Jully Black with emcee of the evening Sarah Freemark.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The crowd inside the Sir John A. Macdonald Building on Feb. 3.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

B.C. Liberal MPs at Wednesday's reception.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Liberal MPs Joyce Murray, Sukh Dhaliwal, and Hedy Fry with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Harjit Sajjan and Sukh Dhaliwal.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

B.C. Liberal MP Joe Peschisolido and Premier Christy Clark.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Liberal B.C. MP Hedy Fry.

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE



MPs who won 50 per cent or more of the vote in their ridings, Election 2015 Ridings where MPs won 50 per cent or more of the vote MPs who won 50 per cent or more of the vote in their ridings, Election 2015
Election 2015 results Who won, who lost: Full Election 2015 results Election 2015 results
Seventy-one closest ridings won by five per cent or less, Election 2015 71 closest races won by five per cent or less, Election 2015 Seventy-one closest ridings won by five per cent or less, Election 2015
Where the party leaders have been so far this campaign Where the leaders are Where the party leaders have been so far this campaign
Assembly of First Nations’ list of influential ridings among aboriginal population Top 51 ridings indigenous voters can influence the vote Assembly of First Nations’ list of influential ridings among aboriginal population
Incumbent MPs not running in Election 2015 Election 2015: MPs not running Incumbent MPs not running in Election 2015
Duffy trial starts April 7: A Hill Times primer Mike Duffy Trial primer Duffy trial starts April 7: A Hill Times primer
Nominated Federal Candidates for 2015 Election, by riding Federal Election 2015 Nominated Federal Candidates for 2015 Election, by riding