Red Tory v.3.0.3: Justin Trudeau “Striptease”

The Liberal MP for Papineau strips down to his undershirt (oops! spoiler alert there) at a recent charity fundraising auction. Evidently, some people aren’t impressed… “reason kabillion” why he will never be Liberal leader harrumphs “gritchick” rather inexplicably.

Five of Five: How to Make Rob Anders Look Sane

In addition to being a part-time pollster, Dean Del Mastro is also an amateur bishop.Dean Del Mastro, the parliamentary secretary to the Prime Minister, said on Facebook last month that it was “outrageous” the Catholic school board in Peterborough, Ont. had invited Trudeau to speak for a second time in three years. “If they are looking ...

Scott's DiaTribes: The Dean of Peterborough

My reaction to Dean Del Maestro’s criticism of Justin Trudeau as being a “bad Catholic” isn’t going to be as ticked off as some – maybe because I’m not a Catholic. I’m more amused that Del Maestro has appointed himself as the Pope’s personal morality representative here in Canada on behalf of the Conservative government; ...

CalgaryGrit: In leadership news…

…Justin Trudeau won’t run, but Thomas Mulcair will. So this sets us up for a Mulcair-Topp battle for Stornoway. All early indications are that Topp and Mulcair will play nice with each other, while their supporters mercilessly smear each other in the press. After watching Liberals do this very thing for years, I’d caution against ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Trudeau in Winnipeg

Justin Trudeau was in town yesterday to help launch the provincial election campaign of Dr. Jon Gerrard and his hapless Liberals (that, unfortunately, will most likely be completely obliterated next month). When asked about talk of a merger with the NDP, Trudeau said, “I don’t see how it can happen.” And responding to the rather ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Olivia Chow as Next NDP Leader? Why Not?

On the front page of the Toronto Star yesterday, there was a small headline suggesting that Jack Layton’s widow, Olivia Chow, might be a possibility as the next NDP leader. I think she would be a good choice. She’s urban and chic, and one of the more progressive members of the party. The media claims ...

Impolitical: Martin on Trudeau

This is likely to be one of the top reads today, Lawrence Martin’s column on Justin Trudeau. The leadership rattlings are probably overdone and are, frankly, annoying to read at this point. Peddling leadership driven political games seems so useless right now and low on the list of priorities. New members, policies, repairing the brand, ...

CalgaryGrit: The ever shrinking Liberal shadow

There’s only so much you can read into the critic portfolios assigned to the third party in the house – especially when numbers dictate that everyone gets something. But the Liberal shadow cabinet deserves a bit of attention, if only because it marks Bob Rae’s first significant public decision as interim leader.Among the notables:-Ralph Goodale ...

A BCer in Toronto: Renewing the Liberal Party: Leadership

I’m a Canadian first and foremost, and as a Canadian I’m nervous about what Stephen Harper’s Conservatives will do with majority government. That’s not fear-mongering because to do so would be pointless now; it’s how I honestly feel. But as a Liberal, there is something to be said for having four years, and likely quite ...

Tattered Sleeve: Why I support the Greens but vote otherwise

I am a big Green supporter and believe they have the best platform. Dagnammit, I joined the party and contribute a few bucks to show that I care. But I also live in Quebec (and on the island of Montreal) and my local candidate both:a) is a relative lightweight, and b) has no hope of ...