daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: IT’S STILL A RACE! With one week left, a second poll shows three-way race in Calgary-Centre.

TweetWith one week left until voting day, a new survey released by Forum Research continues to show a three-way race in the Calgary-Centre by-election between Conservative Joan Crockatt, Liberal Harvey Locke, and Green Chris Turner. As reported by the Globe & Mail, the survey of randomly selected Calgary-Centre voters released on November 17 showed Ms. Crockatt with 35% to 30% ...

Politics and its Discontents: From Platitude Central – Part 2

“This country has entered some very choppy waters. If elected leader, I will provide a firm hand at the helm to bring the economy safely back to shore.” “Canada has a greatness that has barely been tapped. I am confident that I have the vision and the plan to mine that greatness.” “Recognizing the forgotten ...

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 ...

Politics and its Discontents: From Platitude Central

Kim Campbell once famously said that  “an election is no time to discuss serious issues.” Given the paucity of substance emerging thus far from declared candidates in both the Ontario and federal Liberal leadership races, I suspect that same ‘wisdom’ applies to leadership aspirants. In the time leading up to selection of the next round ...

Alberta Diary: Perfesser Dave explains negative TV advertising and the job-killing Tory carbon tax

Zap! You’re frozen! … In the dark! The Harper Tories’ latest TV advertising attack on NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair. Perfesser Dave, below, explains why Prime Minister Stephen Harper will do the same thing he’s accusing Mr. Mulcair of planning if he manages to get re-elected. Below Perfesser Dave: Robert Stanfield, the underwear guy, Allan Fotheringham ...

The Progressive Right: Justin Trudeau in Port Perry #lpcldr

Just back from Port Perry where I got a chance to see Justin Trudeau speak on behalf of his leadership campaign and on behalf of Grant Humes, the Durham Liberal candidate for the November 26th by-election. Some highlights of the stop. Justin started off with a little humour by launching with a cheap pop announcing he ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: IT’S A RACE! New poll shows emerging three-way race in Calgary-Centre by-election.

TweetA new survey conducted by Forum Research shows a three-way race in the Calgary-Centre by-election between Conservative Joan Crockatt, Liberal Harvey Locke, and Green Chris Turner. As reported by the Globe & Mail, the November survey of 376 randomly selected residents in Calgary-Centre showed Ms. Crockatt with 32% to 30% for Mr. Locke and 23% for ...

CuriosityCat: Justin Trudeau really really gets what the new Supporters class means

Justin Trudeau – realpolitiek practitioner John Ibbitson in the Globe & Mail comments on the plans of the Trudeau team to use the changed constitution of the Liberal Party of Canada to enhance the chances of Trudeau not only winning the leadership contest, but of replacing Stephen Harper’s tired Conservative government come 2015. The Trudeau ...

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. ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Calgary-Centre By-Election: Accusations and high-profile visits.

TweetThe by-election in Calgary-Centre is in full-swing with accusations and high-profile becoming a distinguishing characteristic of the campaign in advance of the November 26 vote. 1CalgaryCentre, the group bidding to unite progressive voters behind a single candidate, is becoming the source of much online frustration by both conservative and non-conservatives involved in this by-election. On Twitter ...

Calgary Grit: Who Would Canadians Turn to in the Event of a Cylon Attack?

As this picture shows, Justin Trudeau is NOT Canada’s best hope to lead the Rebel Alliance. However, in the event of a cylon attack, Justin is the man. Last week, Postmedia ran the most awesome headline ever: Conservative government’s order of succession shows Canada isn’t ready for a Cylon attack The article itself isn’t earth ...

CuriosityCat: Justin Trudeau & The Middle Class: Justin, read Winner-Take-All Politics if you are serious

My advice to Justin Trudeau and his team if he is serious about standing up for the middle class, is to buy a copy of Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer — And Turned Its Back on the Middle Class by political scientists Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson. The authors talk about their ...

CuriosityCat: Do Canada’s rightwingers swoon over Policy Wonks, Pretty Faces or Daddy Figures?

Sarah Hampson We seem to have a conflict between three theories of what motivates conservatives to vote.  On the one hand, we have the school of thought that says there is a beauty premium reaped by the more beautiful people in life, business and politics. The second school believes that voters in the US are ...

Alberta Diary: Anonymous comments? Dean Del Mastro’s right: there oughtta be a law!

A young member of the Tory Online Rage Machine (TORM) composes a mean Tweet using talking points from Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office. TORM operatives may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: The unfortunate Dean Del Mastro. It’s hard not to feel a pang of sympathy for Dean Del Mastro, the Conservative MP for the ...

CuriosityCat: Justin Trudeau & the Hollowing Out of Canada’s middle class

PEW analysis of the 3 classes in the USA Justin Trudeau has written an opinion piece for The Toronto Star dealing with the hollowing out of Canada’s middle class, and laying out some guiding principles for the Liberal Party should he become its leader. Trudeau’s Observations: Here are some extracts from the piece: This squeezing ...

The Equivocator: Joyce Murray Will Be A Formidable Liberal Leadership Candidate

The cutoff date for candidates to enter the Federal Liberal Leadership race is in mid-November. So far, only 2 candidates are officially in the race (Justin Trudeau and Deborah Coyne.) The media coverage has been almost completely about Trudeau since he announced on October 2nd. The Liberal Party needs a vibrant, competitive leadership race for ...

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 ...

centerandleft: Idealism for Ideals

In the middle of the summer, I was asked by my friend Joseph Uranowski to write an article on whether or not Justin Trudeau should run for the Liberal leadership. In sum, I argued that he should run, contingent on whether he could manifest big ideas that would be otherwise necessary to revitalize the party. ...

LeDaro: Justin Trudeau: Bald-men are more successful as politician

A while ago I read an article that bald men make more successful politicians. Let us take Justin Trudeau as an example. What do you think? I could not find that particular article but here is a similar one. His father P.E. Trudeau was bald.:)

Trashy's World: What does the most successful Premier in Ontario’s history…

… do for an encore? I, like everyone, was shocked by the premier’s resignation yesterday. So, what’s next for my MPP? Is he going to throw his hat into the federal ring in an effort to lead the LPC? I for one, and as a Liberal, hope so. I think he would make a great ...

LeDaro: Justin Trudeau’s Speech

22 Minutes of CBC tunes it up. 22 Minutes have done an commendable job. Watch and enjoy.

Alberta Diary: By-election watch: Calgary Centre Grits hope to benefit from Justin Trudeau’s reflected glow

Justin Trudeau passes through the Calgary Centre riding, as seen by the media. Actual Liberal Party of Canada leadership candidates may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Conservative Party candidate Joan Crockatt, still the front-runner in the by-election that hasn’t been called yet; Liberal candidate Harvey Locke looking outdoorsy; the real Mr. Trudeau. With the ...

Scott's DiaTribes: An early Trudeau effect in polling?

Nanos is out with a new poll today. It shows the Liberals have made some large gains: A Nanos Research survey reveals the Liberals have picked up almost six points over the Opposition New Democrats in the past month, and are edging the NDP for overall support for the first time since April 2012. The ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Winter is coming and so is the a by-election in Calgary-Centre.

TweetConservative candidate Joan Crockatt and Green candidate Chris Turner are no longer alone in Calgary-Centre, as the field of candidates is filling out. Time is also running out for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to set the date for the by-election. Late last month, the Liberals nominated lawyer and conservationist Harvey Locke. Soon after his nomination Mr. ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Kid Paiken Talks Like Hippy

He says: Another very important development emerged from the Party’s 2012 biennial convention this past January, however. Liberal delegates overwhelming approved a policy pushed by young Liberals in British Columbia advocating the legalization and regulation of cannabis. The fact that 77 percent of all delegates backed the resolution proves that the issue is relevant not ...