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Stories by Gerry Nicholls

Scheer’s lame duck problem

Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Despite all the negative stories, Andrew Scheer has it within his power to look less like a lame duck and more like a soaring eagle.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
It might be just a regional and third place party, but in a minority Parliament it has a chance to play a key and unpredictable role in the ongoing drama of Canadian politics. Basically the Bloc is a wild card.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Conservatives are playing in a rough neighbourhood and they must be assertive, they must play offence, they must know how to sell their message.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
The NDP ended up finishing in fourth place behind the Bloc Québécois. And in an odd sort of ironic way, the low expectations for Jagmeet Singh actually might have saved his job as NDP leader.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Whoever leads the Conservative Party needs to display a little bit of swagger and a whole lot of toughness.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Divisive rhetoric that inevitably occurs during hard-fought election campaigns, might sting us, but they won’t destroy us.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Anyway, what’s happened in this election should be a cautionary tale for anyone thinking about making a career in politics. Mistakes you make now in 2019 could hurt you in 2030.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
The campaign will ultimately come down to which is more formidable, Conservative cash or Justin Trudeau’s cachet.
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Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
It might make perfect political sense for Andrew Scheer to skip the climate change parades; let the Liberals, Greens and NDP split up that part of the voting pie which wants to pay higher carbon taxes.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Sec. 91 has been re-designed to cast a wider net; it’s so wide, in fact, it will now catch individuals who post 'false' news, even if those individuals who posted that news did so in good faith, believing it was true.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Rather than airing TV ads featuring Andrew Scheer talking to the camera for 30 seconds about his plan to cut taxes, the Conservatives should run TV ads attacking Trudeau for his plan to raise taxes.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
The bottom line is a smart communication strategy goes with the media flow. So if journalists want politics of politics, oblige them.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
When trying to gauge the true power and intent of a political communication strategy, sometimes you need to look past the words which are spoken and focus instead on the message’s subtext.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
The Conservative leader needs to show Canadians the big picture of what his party hopes to achieve, and convince them that no one faction of the Conservative base will dominate the party's policies.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
It's no surprise people told Forum Research they weren't affected by political advertising, but that doesn't mean it's the truth.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Let's do ourselves a favour, and stay off Twitter during this election campaign.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
If the party can prepare the media to look for a better NDP narrative, good things will follow.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Populism and democracy are intrinsically linked, since in any democratic society, you’ll have rich and poor; powerful and weak; haves and have nots, which will always create a fertile ground for social tension.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
There exists a sliver of a demographic out there that is persuadable; these are people who do intend to vote and who haven’t yet decided which party to support.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May has come to understand that she might have to toughen up her act, which would explain why her party recently hired Warren Kinsella, a combative, seasoned political operative.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
In politics, time management matters, or as Benjamin Franklin once put it, 'Lost time is never found again.' So the parties better get at it.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
How much influence do pollsters have when it comes to helping political parties set their respective courses? Lots.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Andrew Scheer’s enemies will keep hammering away at his plan from now until election day in October, which will put the Conservative leader on the defensive.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Andrew Scheer should heed the words of Harry Truman who once advised, 'Carry the battle to them. Don't let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive and don't ever apologize for anything.'
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
The Conservatives will likely use any Justin Trudeau gaffe to bolster their argument that Canada needs more competent leadership. So my point is Trudeau’s needs to get better.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Ever since the world’s cultural, political, and business elites have embraced internationalist policies such as globalization, free trade and more liberal immigration, 'waving the flag' is seen in some circles as gauche.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Justin Trudeau’s recent attacks on Andrew Scheer are not really aimed at winning over wavering undecided voters; their real purpose rather is to mobilize and energize the Liberal base.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
The Liberal Party is fighting for its political life, the Conservatives appear to be riding the crest of a 'Blue Wave,' the Green Party is on the rise, and the NDP is still basically irrelevant.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
If you don’t play the game properly, if you don’t project a likable image, if you don’t define yourself, you risk becoming a villain. So put down that policy book and practise singing pop songs.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Is an 'ugly' campaign, one that will see the Liberals and Conservatives savagely tearing each other to pieces, all but inevitable? The answer is: not necessarily.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
I’d argue we’re living in a time when Canada actually doesn’t have a left-wing political party with enough credibility to assail Scheer over things like him plotting with a bunch of corporate capitalists.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Why waste your vote in a protest, conservatives will ask themselves. So odds are now good that conservatives who don’t like Andrew Scheer will now likely hold their noses and vote for him.

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