In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 27: The right moves; Spicer quits, comics cry.

Well, that was decisive. The Wildrose and the Progressive Conservatives — the Hatfields and the McCoys of Alberta politics — agreed to a merger on Saturday. And it wasn’t even close. Rank-and-file members of both parties voted in shocking numbers in favour of the merger of the two conservative parties. Remarkably (or suspiciously, if you’re ...

The Liberal Scarf: What can the results of the last Ontario PC leadership race tell us about the current one? That Elliott could be hard to beat

Long-time readers will remember when I did some fairly in-depth coverage of the 2009 Ontario PC leadership race. I was reading over some blog posts from that era, bit of a trip down memory lane. I kind of forgot Hudak’s big selling point to grassroots conservatives was pledging to eliminate Human Rights Tribunals, Christine Elliott running on a ...

The Liberal Scarf: What can the results of the last Ontario PC leadership race tell us about the current one? That Elliott could be hard to beat

Long-time readers will remember when I did some fairly in-depth coverage of the 2009 Ontario PC leadership race. I was reading over some blog posts from that era, bit of a trip down memory lane. I kind of forgot Hudak’s big selling point to grassroots conservatives was pledging to eliminate Human Rights Tribunals, Christine Elliott running on a ...

The Liberal Scarf: What can the results of the last Ontario PC leadership race tell us about the current one? That Elliott could be hard to beat

Long-time readers will remember when I did some fairly in-depth coverage of the 2009 Ontario PC leadership race. I was reading over some blog posts from that era, bit of a trip down memory lane. I kind of forgot Hudak’s big selling point to grassroots conservatives was pledging to eliminate Human Rights Tribunals, Christine Elliott running on a ...

The Liberal Scarf: Hudak celebrates Franco-Ontarien Day by appointing a Francophone Affairs critic…who doesn’t speak French

I’m not going to pretend that my French is great, but I’m also not a Francophone affairs critic for the Official Opposition. 

The Liberal Scarf: Hudak Finance critic bills you for second home

If Hudak wants to lower the deficit, his own Finance critic not billing you 20 grand for a rental home while he spends his time in Niagara-on-the-Lake, 150 km from his riding of Thornhill might be a better idea than firing thousands of teachers and nurses. Last year, Tory finance critic Peter Shurman claimed $20,719, ...

The Liberal Scarf: Hudak Conservatives fined $85,000 for "rule breaking robocalls"

I hear he knows a guy who knows a guy though

The Liberal Scarf: Tim Hudak says Ontario is protecting too many endangered species?

Bit of an odd priority for a leader looking to be taken more seriously, but here we are. Hudak’s already on the record as wanting to eliminate full day kindergarten and put 10,000 education workers out of a job, but I guess we can add endangered species to Hudak’s chopping block. 

The Liberal Scarf: Elephant in the room: Hudak continues to flip-flop on power plants

The literal elephant in that picture is from a PC photo op stunt done in Mississauga on September 28th, in an attempt to attack the Liberals over the power plant issue. The bigger elephant though, are the numerous statements made by Hudak and local Mississauga Conservatives in favour of scrapping the plant. Hudak, who has ...

The Liberal Scarf: Hudak wants a $300 million election, vows to vote against a budget that hasn’t been written yet

Yesterday, Finance Minister Charles Sousa started his first round of pre-Budget consultations in Mississauga, listening to the concerns of everyday Ontario families as he works to prepare a budget focused on creating jobs, lowering youth unemployment, and fostering growth and opportunity as the way forward. “My hope is that the members of the Opposition have ...

The Liberal Scarf: Hudak would end support for students from low income families with attack on 30% tuition rebate

Tim Hudak rolled out his latest double down on right-wing policy, announcing he would end the 30% tuition rebate for Ontario post-secondary students. Hudak and his post-secondary education critic, Rob Leone framed the tuition cut as not helping mature students or single parents (ironic, given the not so high regard single mothers have been held ...

The Liberal Scarf: Hudak PC’s support for defunding abortion runs much deeper than a press conference

On International Day of the Girl, Tim Hudak can try to put shiny gloss on the PC Party, he can pretend his party is focused on the economy, but this is what the heart of the Hudak PC Party is, with his frontbench MPP’s sponsoring a news conference supporting the defunding of abortion in Ontario. Any claims ...

The Liberal Scarf: With education on the line, will Tim Hudak flip-flop on a wage freeze like he did on full day kindergarten?

We know Tim Hudak’s position on full day kindergarten for Ontario families has gone from this: To this “Tim Hudak…condemned the program, which is to be fully rolled out by 2014″ with Hudak’s double flip-flop backed by Kitchener-Waterloo Progressive Conservative candidate Tracey Weiler: “Weiler said that she “supports the leader’s position” on halting the rollout of ...

The Liberal Scarf: Tracey Weiler is no Elizabeth Witmer when it comes to local leadership

I wrote yesterday about Tim Hudak doing a double flip-flop on full-day kindergarten, and now let’s take a look at the Tim Hudak candidate in Kitchener-Waterloo, Tracey Weiler and her position on full day kindergarten. While previous Progressive Conservative MPP Elizabeth Witmer stood up for Kitchener–Waterloo families, Tracey Weiler is more interested in taking orders from Hudak’s Queen’s Park backroom boys in Toronto and not ...

The Liberal Scarf: Tim Hudak flip-flop on full day kindergarten shows Ontario PC’s can’t be trusted with education file

It’s a little late for the Olympics, but Tim Hudak’s triple flip-flop on Full Day Kindergarten would win a gold medal in showing how out of touch he is with Ontario families. Hudak threw his own flip-flopper Tony Genco under the bus today, after Genco said this in regards to full-day kindergarten: “Mr. Genco not ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Time for a Change

After four continuous decades in power during which time the ruling Progressive Conservative party was virtually unchallenged in any serious fashion, is it any wonder that so many Albertans are apparently now so eager for a change? Given the inevitable “throw the bums out” impetus amongst the normally feckless electorate usually kicks in a good ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: If you have any doubts left Alberta’s Conservatives are done like dinner, this should settle ’em

“I never thought I’d vote PC” … just embarrassing. Below: Ralph Klein back when he was premier of Alberta; Saddam Hussein. If you have any doubts left there are only three more sleeps before the end of the Progressive Conservative Era in Alberta, look no further than the video and website called “I never thought ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Who wins if the Alberta Legislature’s fit to be tied?

Strange Bedfellows: Danielle Smith and Brian Mason imagined discussing voting strategy in the Legislature… Alberta politicians may not be exactly as illustrated … or as weird as reality! If you think the Alberta election campaign has been exciting up to now, just wait. Any minute now, someone’s going to start shouting the C-word. That’s right: ...

The Liberal Scarf: Meet Richard Ciano, new Ontario PC President

A big issue Tim Hudak had during the provincial election was his unwillingness to put Ontario first, as he never discussed in a real way he would show independence from the federal Conservatives and the Ford braintrust at Toronto City Hall. We all remember Harper declaring to a partisan Tory crowd how happy he was ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Lloyd Snelgrove’s Dinner with Danielle: far-right desperation or another Wildrose exodus?

Phone camera photo? Former Stelmach right-hand man Lloyd Snelgrove spotted with Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith in Calgary brewpub! Alberta politicians may not be exactly as illustrated. Below, the real Mr. Snelgrove (caught without his trademark goatee) and the real Ms. Smith. With election fever gripping the province and the far-right Wildrose Party facing the bleak ...

politics on CAPS LOCK: THE BIG SHOW

YAH I KNOW I STARTED LIVE BLOGGING JUST AS ITS ALL OVER. SORRY BUSY EVENING, WHAT WITH THE BOY COMING HOME AND BUNCH OF OTHER THINGS. WATCHING SUNTV FOR THE TRASH FACTOR. WILL UPDATE IN BETWEEN BREAKES COOKING SUPPER 9:04 TIM HUDAK’S OPPOSITE OF VICTORY SPEECH. LONGER THAN PETER MACKAY’S FACE 9:08 THERE WE GO ...

politics on CAPS LOCK: LATE TO THE PARTY

SO YEAH JUST BACK FROM VISITING MY SON AT THE HOSPITAL, DID YOU HEAR THIS THEY HAD AN ELECTION IN MANITOBA? BASICALLY IT’S BEEN CALLED ALREADY (SPOILER ALERT: NDP MAJORITY) BUT I SEE THAT CBC STILL OFFERS LIVE COVERAGE ON THEIR WEBSITE. LET’S HAVE A LOOK, SHALL WE… 9:20 SOME KIND OF FOOFERA ABOUT THE ...

The Liberal Scarf: Hudak PC candidate: "Let’s not lose our identity. I’m tired of taking a back seat where the once majority is seemingly now a minority."

Edit: I forgot to mention in the first post that this is Chatham-Kent-Essex PC candidate Rick Nicholls In a letter in the editor of the Chatham Daily News on Febuary 27, 2008, this is what now Hudak PC candidate for Chatham-Kent-Essex had to say about multiculturalism and a diverse Ontario: “To people of other ethnicities ...

politics on CAPS LOCK: PEI ELECTION TODAY

YOU’D THINK THAT I’D BE ALL ABOUT GETTING TANKED AND LIVE BLOGGING THE PEI ELECTION. YEAH BUT NO. TOO DEPRESSING. 4:43 DAMN IT’S TEMPTING THOUGH 4:55 I WOULD PROBABLY CAVE IF I DIDN’T NEED TO MAKE SUPPER AND GET TO SEE MY BOY IN THE HOSPITAL TONIGHT

The Liberal Scarf: "The best choice for Ontario’s challenges"

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/editorials/dalton-mcguintys-liberals-the-best-choice-for-ontarios-challenges/article2188213/ That’s what The Globe & Mail says Dalton McGuinty’s Ontario Liberal team is in this election. With the global economy still unsteady, and big challenges looming ahead like the federal-provincial healthcare negotiations, Ontario families deserve leadership they can trust. As for Hudak?“[Hudak’s]campaign was surprisingly lacklustre…and [Hudak] will move too aggressively and is too dogmatic ...