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Stories by Gerry Nicholls

Trumpism could outlast Trump 

Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
My sense is, it’s going to be a tight race. So, get ready to batten the hatches, things south of the border will likely get mighty interesting. 
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
With a federal election possibly in the offing, I guarantee you the Liberals, Conservatives, and New Democrats are all polling the electorate like crazy right now.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
It’s plausible that an election is near and that plausibility is all political fundraisers need to inject their pitches with a sense of urgency. And believe me, urgency is a key part of any fundraising message. 
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Erin O'Toole's military background will lead voters to draw positive conclusions about his leadership chops.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Erin O'Toole has to prove he can unify conservative factions and lead pragmatically if he wants to move the Conservative Party past the ghost of Stephen Harper.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Government polling can serve a real purpose for the electorate, not just the politicians at the helm.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Never before in our history have political tea-leaf readers had to contend with so many unstable variables, so many unknowns, so many constantly shifting narratives, and so many unprecedented situations. 
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
The Liberals have managed to stealthily degrade the NDP’s brand without anybody seeing it happen. 
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Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
The Liberals always spin Trudeau's scandals into something positive: SNC-Lavalin was about saving jobs, the blackface embarrassment was a 'learning opportunity,' the WE Charity scandal was about helping young people.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
It’s extremely easy for the Conservative leadership race to get lost in the sauce. Indeed, sometimes the Conservatives even managed to sabotage their own news cycle. 
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
How do the Conservatives and New Democrats take the 'We Charity' controversy, with all its facets and all its variables and forge it into a simple narrative that fits into a 30-second TV attack ad? 
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
The creation of Maxime Bernier's People's Party inspired similar words of alarm, but had little impact on the last election.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
If the Canadian flag itself becomes an object of controversy, then the Conservatives have a clear opening to defend it.  
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
This particular American presidential race promises to be one of the nastiest and most vicious campaigns in living memory, as each team will do its best to demonize the other side.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
If you listened to Erin O’Toole’s political opponents, you’d think he had committed something akin to high treason. 
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Voters grow disillusioned with politicians who pledge to either move the clock forward or back. 
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
If you’re a politician, you don’t have to like the media, but you shouldn’t go out of your way to antagonize journalists, since that usually doesn’t end well. 
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
For many of those who believe in the supremacy of individual freedoms, the pandemic lockdown, with all its tight restrictions on movement and gatherings, is a dangerous overreaction.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
If you thought populism was bad before the virus pandemic, you better hang onto your hat, because you haven’t seen anything yet.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
We all know how the COVID-19 'lockdown' has decimated the entire world’s economy. But what’s less appreciated is how the pandemic will negatively impact on the bottom line for Canada’s federal political parties.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Too many people in this country, at best, are only paying half attention to current events and to political issues, which is why they can often be swayed by simplistic arguments.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
The problem with this ongoing train wreck for the Conservatives is it undermines their chief political comparative advantage, i.e., the belief that they’re more competent managers than the Liberals.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
How the ongoing battle against COVID-19 will impact on Canadian politics.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
I’m viewing this crisis much differently than I’ve viewed others in the past, when I could be analytical, detached, and dispassionate when judging politicians on the skill with which they communicated. Now I'm worried.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
So if you’re working for a politician who is gauging public opinion, tell him or her to stick to scientific polling research. In short, leave the self-selecting surveys to radio talk show hosts.
Opinion|By Sharleen Gale
Our members want better engagement and collaboration with industry, and industry wants better engagement with us.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Yet it won’t be easy for Justin Trudeau to turn this dismal public attitude around, even if Scott Gilmore’s rosy assessment about the state of Canada is totally accurate and realistic.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Any political strategist who wants to craft persuasive message should realize that Homo politicus doesn’t really exist. It’s emotional appeals which persuade; aim for their hearts, not for their minds.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Every leadership campaign needs a sense of vitality, a sense of excitement, a sense of destiny; anything that mobilizes followers, wins over converts, turns doubters into donors, undecideds into boosters, and skeptics.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
The job of a political strategist is not just to manage a campaign; it’s also to manage the candidate.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
The Conservatives might be in 'identity crisis' therapy right now, but the NDP and Liberals might soon join them on that couch.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Simply put, to succeed in politics you have to have a thick skin.

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