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 t…Continue reading
Catch 22 note: Western Canadian journalist and columnist Murray Dobbin recognized many years ago that Stephen Harper promoted a political ideology that went against the Canadian national interest. Dobbin has tracked Harper’s career from his early days at the right-wing National Citizens Coalition some 30 years ago. In this column, Dobbin, a member of Catch 22’s campaign team, explains how Harper would change the face of Canada if elected with a…Continue reading
There has been a lot of talk lately about the exclusion of Elizabeth May in the leaders debate. May is the leader of the Green Party and was included last election, but left on the outside this time around. May has gone as far as taking the decision by theContinue reading
I just looked into these vote mobs that LeadNow is encouraging young people at campuses around the country to create. I noticed Guelph and a few others already had some videos up. The UVic video is a lip-dubbing extravaganza. This prompted me to suggest that UBC has got to do one of these. But really, students […]Continue reading
Earlier this week, Catch 22 launched the candidate discussion and recommendation process in 25 online riding groups for ridings that are all held by Conservatives. There were varying levels of participation in the discussions.
The central team recommendations have been accepted by our local groups and we’ve added them to the six recommendations finalized last week. You can see the up to date list below.
These ridings are part of the more than 50 ridings where Catch 22 is…Continue reading
We sit around and talk about things we need but Gordie Campbell took away from us. “Shirley” is elderly and needs orthotics as her arches are collapsing and her feet become very painful. That need was ripped from the books of the Ghost of Gordy Campbell Present and it will cost her $800 (with the […]Continue reading
Murray Dobbin is a member of the Catch 22 team providing research and strategic advice. We’re reprinting his blog post from April 7.
I don’t know which is more alarming – the continued contemptuous attitude towards democracy shown by Stephen Harper or the fact that none of these offenses seems to have any impact on Canadians’ assessment…Continue reading
Yesterday my post talked about how sad I thought it was that Conservatives did not acknowledge poverty in Canada. And this morning to my surprise there was a comment arguing that …. the poverty line isn’t real. I am sorry that I didn’t define clearly enough what I meant by poor…. ..Continue reading
Dear Catch 22 Supporters,
As we head into Week 3 of the election, Catch 22 has been laying the groundwork necessary to achieve our #1 campaign objective – getting our message out to voters in target ridings. These voters will likely determine the outcome on May 2. We need to add more people to help us expand our…Continue reading
Harper and Alexander Recently Conservative Chris Alexander made the assertion that Canada has eradicated poverty. Statements like this are disheartening. Many Canadians have to make the difficult choice between paying the rent or buying food. And because people in Canada… ..Continue reading
Other than those stupid lawn signs that flood the cities every time we have an election, TV ads are obviously the most engaging way to capture the emotion of the voter. Other than attack ads, this time around, the parties have taken alternative routes to try to get the votesContinue reading
The campaign team continues to roll out recommendations to local groups to finalize our picks on which candidates have the best chance to defeat a vulnerable Conservative MP. Today’s riding discussions will close on April 6 at 11:00 p.m. local time. You must belong to the online riding group to participate in the discussion.
Editorial – John Deverell, Catch 22 team
Elizabeth May, whose Green Party attracts nearly one million votes, is not legally entitled to appear in the televised leaders debate. The federal court couldn’t invent such a law, and Parliament has never offered one.
OTTAWA — A federal appeal court judge has dismissed the Green party’s attempts to quickly hear legal arguments over the party’s participation in the televised…
Catch 22 Campaign needs your support
Defeating Harper the same as a vote to Save the CBC
Dear Catch 22 Supporters,
For those of you living in Catch 22 ridings, how you vote on May 2nd could very well help decide whether or not the CBC will be ransacked and handed over to Stephen Harper’s adoring friends in…Continue reading
For immediate release April 3 2011
National citizens group endorses Elizabeth May
Saanich, Gulf Islands – A national citizens group opposing the Harper Conservatives in the May 2 general election has endorsed Green Party Leader Elizabeth May in the B.C. riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands.
Local members of the…Continue reading
It is hard to say what Stephen Harper knew about Bruce Carson. In one breath he says that “I knew Mr. Carson had had difficulties with the law…” But in another breath says “The fact is, I did not know… had I known these things, obviously I would not haveContinue reading
The Catch 22 Campaign is much more than a legal Third Party registered with Elections Canada to advertise in this election. Our social network is growing quickly now with the use of the internet, telephones and face to face meetings. Our website provides the tools that activists need to organize on the ground – riding by riding – because riding by riding is…Continue reading
Nick Fillmore, Catch 22 Campaign team
Ralph Surette probably has been the Maritimes most outstanding independent journalist and columnist for more than 30 years. I have known him since we worked together at The 4thEstate newspaper in Nova Scotia during the 1970s. Living in Digby County, N.S., where he also operates a small farm, Surette continues to judge governments based on how well they serve the public interest, while many Canadian columnists have fallen into the trap of…Continue reading