Babel-on-the-Bay: Brown: No more Mr. Nice Guy.

Ontario Conservative Leader Patrick Brown does not have a problem. He is the problem. His handlers are not sure how to present him to provincial voters. They are concerned that the more people they introduce him to, the fewer people like him. It is not supposed to work that way. At first, they thought they ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: NDP changing times, changing directions.

The CCF—the party of Tommy Douglas—represented the working man, the farmer and the socially conscious in an era of rapid growth and acquisition after the Second World War. We had little time for CCF concerns or socialism in those exciting years but the party was respected as a political conscience. It was only when the ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Candidate: KISS the web site.

Part 5 of our series for Canada’s federal candidates. Yes, you have to have a web site. Yes, it better look like the party web site. Yes, you have to Keep It Simple Stupid. What you do not need is a web site that only a systems programmer can love. The more sophisticated, the more ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Candidate: That pre-writ lit.

Part 2 of our series for Canada’s federal candidates. There are many arguments about the literature required by candidates in the pre-writ period (the time between being chosen as the candidate and the election call being official). If the Prime Minister decides to wait for the chosen date of October 19, you can expect the ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Alberta stumbles as the Hair’s empire crumbles.

There are at least a couple ridings in Alberta that could attract some smart Liberals for the federal election. Voters in that province are not stupid you know. They might also like to send a message to the Prime Minister after what he has helped to do to the province’s economy. The message is simply: ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Who leads Canada’s progressives?

Canadian media are a lazy bunch. They follow the paths of least resistance and false assumptions. Take this past week when some supposed progressives were gathered at the Broadbent Institute in Ottawa for its Progress Summit. The one question that was never answered was ‘Who were the Liberal Progressives at the gathering?’ Ed Broadbent never ...

The Right-Wing Observer: Harper’s Conservatives already have enough evidence

Harper’s Conservatives don’t need you telling them how incompetent or wasteful they are. They don’t need to know those things and they certainly don’t need anyone telling their faithful – dare I say, blind – voters either. They already know. They have enough evidence. Due in part to laws that Harper’s Conservatives passed as part ...

The Right-Wing Observer: Stephen Harper is offering us the Blue Pill

Stephen Harper has created a magical world around him, not unlike that of the rabbit hole described in Alice in Wonderland or the Matrix in the Wachowski brothers’ Sci-Fi masterpiece. In Harper’s world, what you see is merely misdirection and subterfuge. What you hear are mostly baseless talking points that prove nothing. And what you ...

The Right-Wing Observer: Lukiwski doesn’t understand the meaning of transparency

Full disclosure: Tom Lukiwski is a four-letter word in my home. The fact this man continues to get elected in our home province embarrasses us deeply. He has a demonstrated ability, practiced really over decades, to offend people with thoughtless comments. Thankfully, we don’t live in his riding, so our shame is balanced by our ...

The Right-Wing Observer: Mashup of public opinion and political events

Angus Reid has begun a series of public opinion polls – I hope – leading all the way up to the 2015 general election. So I thought it would be interesting to plot these results on a time-series alongside a timeline of interesting events that might have an impact on those results. Initially, there are ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Mr. Mulcair, you better not pout.

It looks like New Democrat Leader Thomas Mulcair got an early lump of coal from Santa last night. The orange surge in Quebec came up short and Tommy’s star candidate in Toronto did not make it. And it was the Liberals who benefitted from the anger with Prime Minister Harper in Manitoba. But Tommy, why ...

calgaryliberal.com: Vincent Visits the Manning Centre

The other day this blogger went to a Manning Centre training seminar on visual communications — on building better looking websites, designing election signs, and creating campaign literature. This is the same Manning Centre that has been in the news recently and been a target of a fair bit of speculation on their efforts. As ...

calgaryliberal.com: Vincent Endorses Graeme Maitland’s Run for AYL President

Vincent St. Pierre, Canada’s #1 Political Blogger and Alberta Young Liberal, has endorsed Graeme Maitland in his run for President of the Alberta Young Liberals. See Vincent’s endorsement below. “My name is Vincent St. Pierre. And I am proud to endorse Graeme Maitland for AYL president. His work as a young liberal in Calgary-Klein, efforts ...

calgaryliberal.com: Alberta Politics: “21 per cent of all respondents were undecided.”

21% of Albertans, according to a Leger poll, are undecided as to who they would support in an election. So who is going to convert these 1 in 5 Albertans? It’s not the Wildrose. They’re a known quantity, for good or ill. Nor will it be the Progressive Conservatives, racked by scandal and ebbing in the polls ...

calgaryliberal.com: Liberal Crybabies

So the other day I found this article popping up on my feed. In this article Liberal leadership candidates Ms. Murray and Ms. Coyne allege that the party is “undermining” the leadership election process by keeping the supporter lists of each candidate separate until March 3rd — some six weeks before the actual vote for the Liberal leadership. ...

Political Twitter makes me cry

This is all pretty obvious stuff, but it needs repeating, especially as we head into the Liberal leadership period. I’m not calling anyone out here, but it would be nice if all politicians – Liberal, Conservative, New Democrat, & Green alike – tried to use Twitter in a more authentic manner. Candidates should do their ...

Slap Upside The Head: Calgary Mom Launches Anti-Homophobia Campaign

A Calgary mom has launched a new anti-homophobia campaign that will be gracing various public transit vessels in the city starting this September. The campaign was originally conceived after a mother, who wishes to only be identified as Grace, became fed up with the harassment her teenage daughter has had to endure. Having worked on ...

CalgaryLiberal: Alberta Liberal Leadership Contest Questionnaire

Last Friday I sent out a 50-question survey to the four current leadership candidates who are gunning for the leadership of the Alberta Liberal Party. Since then I have heard back from two of the leadership camps (the Payne campaign and the Sherman campaign) with commitments that they’ll be filling it out and sending it ...

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Akaash Maharaj: A Party of the Many

As long as I have been involved in the Liberal Party, it has been my conviction that for all its strengths, its one fundamental weakness has been an unhealthy obsession with the identity of its leader. This impulse has taken us from being a party of the many, towards being a party of the few… ...

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Akaash Maharaj – Global News: Analysis of the NDP Platform

My analysis of the NDP’s platform for Global Television News. It has proven to be a politically shrewd, but fiscally improbable document. Ultimately, could Layton deliver on his his five key areas during his first 100 days, as he promises? Not unless the laws of time, space, and mathematics change during that period.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Public Degradation and Public Discourse – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

A CBC Radio One national debate on the decline of civility in Canada’s public discourse. More than a question of discourtesy, the decay of the tenor of political dialogue diminishes the dignity of the nation itself. Hosted by The Current and Avi Lewis, and including Heather Mallick, Lainey Lui, and myself