Paul S. Graham: Video: 2011 Manitoba Election Environment Forum

Manitoba citizens will elect a new provincial government Oct. 4, 2011 and environmental issues will play an important role in determining which political party forms that government. Where should Manitoba Hydro construct its planned Bipole 3 transmission line – or should it be built at all? How should we save Lake Winnipeg from choking to ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Who gave pollster Environics that Tory Party membership list, why, and with whose permission?

Your private information: Guarded by dedicated professionals with state-of-the-art equipment. Alberta political information security watchdogs may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Gary Mar. On the face of it, yesterday morning’s surprising Edmonton Journal-Calgary Herald-Environics poll of which Alberta Conservative leadership candidates have the most support among their party’s members seems like a brilliant journalistic ...

The Progressive Right: Tim Hudak Tweets of the Day

 Burn, about this. Burn, again. Context, here.

The Progressive Right: Tory Syndrome, the Follow Up

Well, it appears that Tim Hudak supporters are attacking former Progressive Conservative leaders, instead of Tim Hudak himself. I’m not entirely sure I’ve seen a sitting Progressive Conservative MPP, standing for re-election, attack one of their own though. [H/T, BCL] Something about elections brings out the knives with this brand of conservative.

The Progressive Right: Tory Syndrome

Four years ago this month, a sizeable chunk of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative supporters already had their knives out and sharpened for John Tory. This was based upon the belief that Tory was not a true conservative like Tim Hudak and that John would not deliver a Progressive Conservative victory. Today, Tim Hudak is not as popular a choice ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Realigning Canada’s Political Spectrum

Canadians have traditionally held social democratic values while supporting centrist political parties. Canadians support universal single payer public health insurance, public pensions and a social safety net, all of which, at the federal level, have been proposed by leftist political parties but legislated by centrists political parties. These parties traditionally were the Liberal Party, slightly ...

“Online Hellfire” Unleashed on Hudak

Thankfully, online reactions to Hudak’s 1995 comments on the topic of abortion have been swift. And, apparently, according to Chris Selley over at the National Post, merciless: And there is a subset of Canadians that unleashes online hellfire against anyone who sees anything worth discussing about this country’s unique legal vacuum on abortion. Don’t get ...

Tim Hudak Would Seek to Defund Abortion Services in Ontario

Currently, women in Ontario who are in need of undergoing an abortion procedure have the “luxury” of having the services covered under Ontario Health Insurance (OHIP).  As suggested in the press over the last week, this might not be the case if Tim Hudak, the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party, wins the provincial elections ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Has Wildrose Alliance support peaked? If so, it’s all downhill from here!

A recent Wildrose Alliance meeting: Suddenly it’s not all sweetness and the scent of roses at meetings of Alberta’s right. (Wildrose Alliance supporters may not appear exactly as illustrated.) Below: Danielle Smith, Rob Anderson. It would be premature and dangerous to write off the Wildrose Alliance as a political phenomenon in Alberta, but a strong ...

Scott's DiaTribes: Hudak’s Harris-like approach

In case you missed it, the Ontario Progressive Conservative party had a convention this weekend. There was a lot of, shall we say, extraneous stuff that was going on that distracted from this event, but you shouldn’t let the amusement of a wayward Blackberry from a PC candidate and an even more tortured explanation from ...

The Progressive Right: What Happened to My Tories?

Lower the price of beer, freeze all day kindergarten, rage against the HST and the health premium but admit they’re keeping it because it’s good for Ontario. These are the priorities for Tim Hudak’s New Conservative Party? Looks like I’m voting Liberal in October …