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Stories by Gerry Nicholls

O’Toole’s quixotic quest to locate the centre 

Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Erin O’Toole will soon find out that the ideological centre he seeks to inhabit might be nothing more than a political mirage. 
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Unexpected and dramatic events often occur during elections and they can quickly reset the odds. So even though Trudeau is looking good right now, if he calls an election, he’d still be rolling the dice. 
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
If Justin Trudeau is going to win the next election, (which some speculate could come as soon as this spring) he’ll have to inject his leadership persona with more toughness.  
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Erin O’Toole’s challenge will be to come up with a new conservative plan, one that fits the needs of 21st century Canada. 
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Given the sad state of 2020 I think at this point we need to grasp whatever opportunity we can to inject a little festive joy into our lives. 
Opinion|By Sharleen Gale
If UNDRIP legislation can empower Indigenous peoples to be partners and owners in resource development, everyone will gain.
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
If the economy goes into a tailspin, will Justin Trudeau and Jagmeet Singh follow Erin O’Toole’s lead? 
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Organizations that promote causes, political or otherwise, play an important role in our community. You might say, trying to make our society better is their business. 
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Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Be wary of public opinion polls; all sorts of variables can cloud their meaning. In short, skepticism is warranted. 
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
A carbon tax is not necessarily a bad idea, but for a conservative politician, supporting it is bad politics. Simply put, to keep his base happy, Erin O’Toole can’t be seen as pro-tax. 
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
A common enemy might unite us, but only temporarily. Plus, there’s another factor to consider: it’s even more difficult to keep a society united against a common enemy, when that common enemy seems to be unbeatable. 
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
For the NDP to be successful, the Conservatives must have a leader who doesn’t overly spook progressives. 
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Erin O’Toole’s main job as leader will be to figure out how he can win over new supporters to his cause without alienating elements of his already existing base. 
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
Too often politicians get so caught up in their personal echo chambers that they sometimes come to believe that if something is popular within their own socio-economic class it will also be popular across the board. 
Opinion|By Gerry Nicholls
There’s an old axiom in politics, 'if you’re denying your dying.' In other words, using negative language when defending yourself is rarely persuasive.  
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. 
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. 

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