Adam M On The Front Page: Priorities

When Lisa Raitt lost the secret documents she let down her party. And she offered to resign.When Lisa Raitt used hideous language relating to the Health Crisis her ministry is in she let down her country and her fellow citizens. But she didn’t offer to resign or apologize.Why is a crime against her party suitable ...

cheap politics? come again?

Harper accused the opposition today in the House for playing “cheap politics” in their attacks against Natural Resources Lisa Raitt. Threatening to release “videos” and releasing attack ads during non-election times, isn’t cheap? Come again?Apparently cancer is sexier than a $50-billion budget deficit and stray confidential government documents.

Adam M On The Front Page: Missing the Target

I don’t think Michael Ignatieff landed the target on Lisa Raitt during question period.There is a lot of confusion at what the issues are in Raitt’s new case of stupidity and I think they needed to be approached in a more clear way.You need to ask Conservatives short, clear questions they can’t run around. And ...

Adam M On The Front Page: Body Language

If you watch Question Period on a regular basis you notice the always-entertaining facial expressions and reactions of Helena Guergis. Whenever a member of the Cabinet speaks Helena is almost always in the shot doing over-the-top facial expressions, nodding her head like a Pez dispenser and yelling and screaming in the background about anything and ...

Adam M On The Front Page: It’s In The Details

This John Baird is a rude bastard scandal has been awesome so far.But does it have legs? Another private conversation overheard, not intended for public repetition, a badly behaved individual venting his anger privately to coworkers, but no secret tape (one of the few Tory scandals relating to the character of the Government’s members to ...

Adam M On The Front Page: What’s On Tonight?…

Am I the only one who hasn’t seen this?

Adam M On The Front Page: This Is Commonplace

So apparently Lisa Raitt’s behavior was commonplace.Here’s something else I don’t understand… Lisa Raitt supposedly had these documents out at CTV to brief for her interview. Was her interview about cost overruns at Chalk River?What was in this secret file that she was going to divulge to the media?Did she at any time talk about ...

Jacked Up: New Tory Drug Law

According to The Montreal Gazette, A federal bill to impose automatic jail terms for drug crimes, for the first time in Canada, is headed for passage in the House of Commons in a final vote that could happen as early as today. The Liberals are apparently going to vote in favour of this, despite being ...

Jacked Up: Raitt-Gate

So the opposition want Lisa Raitt to resign over the fact that secret documents were left at CTV for almost a week. I can see the rationale, especially since Harper himself said that cabinet ministers would be held “personally accountable for the security of their staff and offices.” And that “Ministers are always responsible for ...

Adam M On The Front Page: Something I Don’t Understand

I’m sorry, but how did a director of communications happen to have custody of documents marked secret and serially numbered as such?If Lisa Raitt had to hand the documents off to someone to do a TV appearance, why to a communications director?Maybe her communications director has secret clearance, I don’t know. But why is it ...

a conversation with george w. bush & bill clinton

Last Friday, on May 29, I had the fortunate opportunity to attend the highly anticipated talk with Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.The afternoon started off with the President and CEO of TD Bank Financial Group (the top sponser of the event) introducing the two Presidents. Both men ...

Jacked Up: Interesting Take on EI

I just had to point out Randall Denley’s column from this mornings Citizen (second time in a week, he’s on a roll!). Just a couple of the highlights: The Liberals have taken a position that is clear and easily explainable… They want employment insurance, as we euphemistically call it, to be available anywhere across the ...

Adam M On The Front Page: You Know You Love Her, XOXO

a sad day for canadian political journalism

Sources have confirmed that CBC is in fact cancelling their “Politics” show. Now that Don Newman is retiring, CBC has decided not to replace him. This is sad and dissappointing news for Canadian political journalism. Cancelling “Politics” is equivalent to cancelling “Meet the Press” in the United States. Like Meet the Press, Politics with Don ...

Jacked Up: Harper, Baird, Flaherty, EI and the Economy.

I’ll start with two separate paragraphs, from two separate articles (The first from the Ottawa Citizen, the second from the Globe and Mail: Baird falsely portrayed the Liberal scheme for a 360-hour standard as one that would require a massive payroll tax. The Liberals said they would fund the move through general revenue. “It would ...

Jacked Up: Tory Authority Slipping

Randall Denley and I don’t always see eye to eye, but his piece today in the Ottawa Citizen was pretty much right on the mark. I say pretty much because at one point, Denley says that . ..Of these various conservative politicians, about all one could say is that they obviously aren’t taking performance enhancing ...

thanks michael bryant

Michael Bryant recently announced that he’s leaving provincial politics to become the CEO of Invest Toronto. Michael is a rock in the McGuinty cabinet and an extremely valuable asset to the Ontario Liberal Party.After being shuffled demoted from Attorney General to the relatively lower profile Aboriginal Affairs and Economic Development portfolios, I suspect Bryant feels ...

Jacked Up: The Positive Politics Challenge

In the wake of another round of Conservative attack ads,I thought it was a great time to remind liberals of the “Positive politics Challenge”. The goal is to engage the grassroots, and show Canadians that there is a bright, policy driven alternative to the senseless attacks of the Conservatives. Check out the Facebook group linked ...

Jacked Up: Chalk River

So the Nuclear Reactor in Chalk River, that currently supplies up to 80% of global medical isotopes has been shut down again. The reactor has been plagued with problems ever since it was shut down late in 2007 for safety upgrades by then President Linda Keen. Keen was later fired by Harper’s government, who said ...

My Canada Includes Justice: Genocide is not a "Fair Weather" Issue

Since the Tamil protests began, there has been much confusion over whether they deserve support from the rest of the population. I can’t tell you how many times I have read or heard, “I support them, but…”• “They are flying those red flags.”• “Aren’t the Tamil Tigers terrorists?”• “They shouldn’t block traffic.”• “Isn’t there some ...

My Canada Includes Justice: Genocide is not a "Fair Weather" Issue

Since the Tamil protests began, there has been much confusion over whether they deserve support from the rest of the population. I can’t tell you how many times I have read or heard, “I support them, but…”• “They are flying those red flags.”• “Aren’t the Tamil Tigers terrorists?”• “They shouldn’t block traffic.”• “Isn’t there some ...

My Canada Includes Justice: Genocide is not a "Fair Weather" Issue

Since the Tamil protests began, there has been much confusion over whether they deserve support from the rest of the population. I can’t tell you how many times I have read or heard, “I support them, but…”• “They are flying those red flags.”• “Aren’t the Tamil Tigers terrorists?”• “They shouldn’t block traffic.”• “Isn’t there some ...

My Canada Includes Justice: Anti-Tamil-Tiger Propaganda Muddies the Real Issues

Papers, blogs, Facebook, and all manner of online sites are abuzz with discussion of the Tamils’ plight. I’m encouraged to read that while many Canadians remain uninvolved in the struggle, they are at least aware (or becoming more aware) of the situation. But of course, there remains a stubborn group which insists that Tamils should ...

My Canada Includes Justice: Anti-Tamil-Tiger Propaganda Muddies the Real Issues

Papers, blogs, Facebook, and all manner of online sites are abuzz with discussion of the Tamils’ plight. I’m encouraged to read that while many Canadians remain uninvolved in the struggle, they are at least aware (or becoming more aware) of the situation. But of course, there remains a stubborn group which insists that Tamils should ...

My Canada Includes Justice: Anti-Tamil-Tiger Propaganda Muddies the Real Issues

Papers, blogs, Facebook, and all manner of online sites are abuzz with discussion of the Tamils’ plight. I’m encouraged to read that while many Canadians remain uninvolved in the struggle, they are at least aware (or becoming more aware) of the situation. But of course, there remains a stubborn group which insists that Tamils should ...