Category Archives: Election 2011

Postscript on the Canadian Election

As you all know by know, the Tories won big. But as journalist Mark Bourrie points out in his brilliant political blog, Election Chatter, Prime Minister Harper may have a hard time holding together the coalition he’s created of ‘New Canadians’ … Continue reading

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My last election post…Thank you, Rick Mercer!

UPDATE, May 3rd:  The Conservatives have their long sought after majority. The NDP are the Official Opposition for the first time in Canadian history. Leader Michael Ignatieff has resigned as Leader of the Liberal Party, which suffered historic losses, dropping 44 seats … Continue reading

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My election endorsement.

My brothers and I grew up on military bases across Canada and in Europe. I remember watching my father polish his shoes to a bright shine every morning and put on his cap and his freshly pressed  uniform and go off … Continue reading

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Massaging the Truth

A story in the Toronto Sun this evening claims that NDP leader Jack Layton was found naked in a suspected bawdy house in 1996. (Note the word ‘suspected’ used throughout the story. I’ve highlighted it so you can’t  miss it):   “The … Continue reading

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Endorsements: The Globe and Mail and Andrew Coyne

I confess to being gobsmacked by an editorial in the Globe and Mail today endorsing the Conservatives, not because of the endorsement per se but because of the reasoning behind it: “Mr. Harper could achieve a great deal more if … Continue reading

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Campaign gaffes

Here are what I think are the gaffes made by each leader in the last several weeks, ones that I believe have (and will) cost them dearly.  Michael Ignatieff. He had the media on his side going into the English … Continue reading

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Why polls are like horoscopes.

I’m start to think that poll results are a lot like newspaper horoscopes. My Globe and Mail horoscope for this week: “VIRGO (Aug. 24 – Sept. 23): “You must be even-handed this weekend, both in your personal life and at work. If … Continue reading

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Voter suppression tactics Part II

What is voter suppression? It’s finding ways to discourage voters who might vote for someone else. A common tactic is to try to disenfranchise the voters altogether. (You’ll recall that the Harper team called on Elections Canada to nullify all the student … Continue reading

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