Calgary Grit: Battleground Calgary Centre

“Harvey’s a great guy – for an Albertan” Voters in Durham, Victoria, and Calgary Centre head to the polls tonight in what were originally pegged as three “safe” by-elections. The story appears to be following the script in Durham and Victoria but, unexpectedly, Calgary Centre has become the riding to watch. When Lee Richardson resigned ...

Calgary Grit: Not Just a Pretty Face

The best kind of “gutsy” decisions, are the ones no one really cares about To date, Justin Trudeau has run a safe leadership campaign. He’s smiled, talked about how he loves Canada, and made helping the Middle Class his core theme. That’s a perfectly acceptable way for Justin to introduce himself to voters, but it’s ...

Calgary Grit: Liberal Heartland Calgary

Like most Liberal campaigns launched in Calgary, Martha Hall Findlay’s leadership bid is a longshot. Wednesday was not a typical day for Calgary Grits. While leadership candidates must all fly into town, knowing the party’s weighted-by-riding leadership system makes a vote there far more valuable than a vote in Toronto, I have never seen a ...

Apropos of nothing…

… other than my own curiousity. Simcoe-Grey MP Kellie Leitch’s spending is about 21% less than the spending of our former Member of Parliament, based on the latest figures released by the House of Commons’ Board of Internal Economy. In 2010-2011, Helena Guergis spent more than $522,000; in her first year in office, Leitch has ...

Calgary Grit: Another Argument Against Legalizing Pot Goes Up In Smoke

The stoned slacker vote is up for grabs In the midst of a largely status-quo election, several groundbreaking ballot initiatives passed last night. Puerto Rico voted to apply for statehood. Same sex marriage was legalized in Maine and Maryland, and was upheld in Washington State, snapping a 32 vote losing streak for equal marriage proponents. ...

calgaryliberal.com: Final Round of Voting for Best Canadian Political Blog

Alright. Look, guys, I’ve been good this year. I’ve blogged regularly, I’ve been keen on the recent debates, I’ve gotten on Don Martin’s Power Play, landed myself on CBC, and pulled in tonnes of people into provincial and federal politics. I’m a talented blogger and an increasingly capable political type. I need your help. I’ve made ...

Calgary Grit: The Name Game – Part Deux

Don’t believe every piece of quantitative evidence ever produced! Quebecers HATE this man! I’ve read a dozen opinion pieces by Quebec columnists over the past few months like this one from Lysianne Gagnon: Is Justin Trudeau really the Liberals’ best option? If the Toronto Liberal intelligentsia believe that Justin Trudeau, being a Trudeau and a ...

Calgary Grit: Ready Or Not, Here He Comes

Xavier Trudeau (left) has quickly emerged as the 2051 Liberal leadership frontrunner. Today marks the 12 year anniversary of the first time Liberals recognized there was something special about Justin Trudeau. Justin’s moving eulogy of his father brought Liberals to tears but, Liberals being Liberals, it also made many of them wonder if one day ...

Calgary Grit: Vote Out Anders – Part 84

Only Rob Anders has this theory, because he pays closer attention to the House of Commons than anyone else. At least when Rob Anders is sleeping, he can’t say anything too offensive: And so, [Anders] has a theory. “I actually think one of the great stories that was missed by journalists was that Mr. Mulcair, ...

Calgary Grit: Trudeau’s Challenging Cakewalk

With victory almost assured, Trudeau can work on his form, rather than swing for the knock-out Now that we have confirmation about what we’ve known all summer, and now that we’ve exhausted every conceivable boxing-is-politics metaphor, we can begin speculating about what the Justin Trudeau leadership campaign will look like. Names of some key players ...

Left Over: Rona, are You Paying Attention?

Democracy 101..When a person of either gender is elected to office, and then appointed to a Ministry, (s)he is obligated to vote based, not on personal belief, but on the verifiable will of the people…further, as a Federal Minister, that person should take into consideration the will of the majority of Canadians..who recently were polled ...

Calgary Grit: Meet David Merner

David Merner, or as he will soon be known to Canadians watching Liberal leadership debates – “that guy standing next to Justin Trudeau” On Sunday, long shot Liberal leadership candidate David Merner sat down for brunch with a few Toronto area bloggers, for an informal chat about the future of the Liberal Party. Merner is ...

Calgary Grit: The Table Stakes

Forget Mark Carney. We need “electable” candidates like Jim Karygiannis in this race! Now that we know who can run for Liberal leader (namely, anyone with $75,000 and 300 signatures), the question becomes who should run: “We have to be careful not to think that somebody who wants to raise his or her profile or ...

Calgary Grit: Charest’s Loss May Be Harper’s Gain

It was hard for Harper to say no to “the most federalist Premier in my lifetime”…and the one man who laughed at his jokes. Although the federal leaders executed Cirque Du Soleil worthy backflips to stay out of the Quebec election, the repercussions of this vote will be far reaching. Having a separatist attack dog ...

Calgary Grit: “Adorable! Cute as a button. A good left hook, you really gotta love him”

The most Twitter followers AND a theme song? John Ivison is right – this race is over. It’s no “Ted Morton is the Man“, but The Justin Trudeau Song is kind of catchy.

Calgary Grit: The Race Is On

Justin Trudeau and Martha Hall Findlay appear ready to roll The Liberal Party has released the rules for its leadership race, effectively sounding the starting pistol. The finish line will be April 14th in Ottawa, when the leader is announced. There’s still no word on exactly how that vote will be conducted, though I assume ...

Calgary Grit: After Sleepy Summer, Liberal Leadership Race Should Heat Up

Bob Rae’s fateful decision to sit out the Liberal Leadership Race was expected to sound the starting pistol for a busy summer of campaigning from a crowded field of candidates. I don’t want to discount the dozens of Liberals who have spent August feeling the effects of Merner-mania, but it’s fair to say the race ...

Calgary Grit: The Dog Days of Summer

Pauline Marois will make Quebecers long for the tolerant Premiership of Jacques Parizeau With politicians away from Ottawa and politics the last thing on the minds of Canadians, the summer news cycle usually slows to a crawl. Short of extraordinary events – war, disaster, or the great Census crisis of 2010 – politicians are content ...

Calgary Grit: Stephen Harper Finds Science on the Road the Damascus

Here’s Stephen Harper doing his best to stay out of the Enbridge pipeline debate – the biggest (non-soccer) controversy in Canada these days: Prime Minister Stephen Harper is defending the independence of the environmental review process underway for Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline, telling reporters in Vancouver the project will be evaluated scientifically and a green ...

Buried in partisan dreck from local MP

It seems those wily Conservatives are at it again. Last week, I received two — TWO — of those odious tenpercenters at the villa from Simcoe-Grey MP Dr. Kellie Leitch; one on Thursday, and one on Friday. And, just to make sure I got the message, they were exactly the same damn piece of paper. ...

Calgary Grit: Liberal Leadership Round-Up

Who has two thumbs, a vintage belt buckle, and might be running for Liberal leader? The “will he or won’t he” dance of Justin Trudeau continues, with reports that Gerald Butts will be heading up his leadership team – should Justin run, of course. Trudeau’s trip to the Stampede did little to dampen speculation, though ...

Calgary Grit: 100 Years of Bad Photo Ops

As you have probably heard a hundred times over the past month, the Calgary Stampede turns 100 this year. Calgary has changed a lot over this time. A seat at the 1912 rodeo cost 50 cents. Calgary’s population was 70,000. And, oh yeah, back then Alberta was a Liberal bastion, with the Grits holding 6 ...

Calgary Grit: Riding Talk

The electoral commission could have saved us a lot of time by painting this map blue The new riding maps are out! The new riding maps are out! It’s Christmas in July for political geeks! As you may be aware, new riding boundaries will be in place for the 2015 election, and the commissions tasked ...

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Right-leaning British magazine rips Stephen Harper

Since coming to power in 2006, the Canadian prime minister “has acquired a reputation for playing fast and loose with the rules.” Harper plays to his social conservative base. He and his Conservative majority government tolerate neither criticism nor dissent. But these “bullying” ways are set to boost the opposition’s popularity and lead to Harper’s ...

Calgary Grit: Oda Out

Newspapers across the country must now retire the most unflattering stock photo ever While most will toast Bev Oda’s departure with a $16 glass of orange juice, to me, she’ll always be the Cabinet Minister who doctored government files and got away with it. In some respects Harper oews his majority government to Oda, as ...