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Fastest time in which a campaign promise was broken?

It has to be pretty close:

With the election results barely a week old, Conservatives are muddying the waters around a central – and surprising – campaign pledge. The revised 2011 budget that the government will present next month will not show a surplus by 2014-15 as promised in black and white in the Conservative campaign platform, even though the government insists it still intends to deliver on the election promise.

I’ve heard that if you’re going to break a promise made in a campaign, it’s better to do so earlier in the new mandate then later, so voters have time to forget you broke it. This particular one seems […]

Some advice better off not listened to, and some claims that need to be justified.

I was speaking about Liberals getting lots of advice yesterday from different sources. If there’s one person I’d hope Liberals would not listen to, it would be John Manley, former Liberal cabinet minister who has popped up again in the news claiming to be an expert on the Liberals demise, and what policies he’d like to see.

I’ve made no secret before I’ve no particular love for Manley -what really damaged him though in my eyes and a fair number of others, is when, in my opinion, he carried Harper’s water on that Afghanistan commission that was to give recommendations to Harper on what to do there. The supposedly “independent”, […]

Here advice, there advice, everywhere advice

It’s an interesting morning of everyone offering advice to the Liberals on how to go about their leadership selection. Some say we should pick a new leader – and a preferably young one – immediately, as outlined in our current Liberal Party Constitution. Others preach caution and say we shouldn’t pick a permanent one for 2 years. That would involve having to skirt or change the LPC Constitution, which some of the Liberal Party leaders have been trying to do behind the scenes (much to some of our dismay, I might add).

Some say we shouldn’t worry about a leader who’s “light” on policy – Harper and Layton didn’t get […]

Quit while you’re ahead

If I was a political candidate, and the political party I was running for finally won a majority government after a couple of tries, I’d be pretty happy about it, even if I lost in the riding I was running.

Not so for defeated Conservative candidate Marty Burke in Guelph. He decided to show people why he didn’t show up to a couple more all-candidate meetings to do debates, with this sour-looking sore loser interview in the Guelph Tribune. As it was, people and voters saw enough of Burke to decide he would not represent Guelph well – even in government, and returned Frank Valeriote – one of the few […]

What we were up against (everyone who was anti-Conservative)

I had a rather interesting chat yesterday with a Conservative supporter – my landlord – who didn’t know I wasn’t a Conservative supporter. This is a long held Conservative riding I’m in – the incumbent won with 58% of votes cast – so Conservative supporters naturally tend to think everyone votes for their guy (not far from the truth in this riding 😉 ). I played along, and the conversation was revealing as to the mindset of some Conservative supporters.

He acknowledged times were still tough around here for the jobless picture, but he was certain that now Harper had his majority, Harper would improve the economy. Apparently, the fact […]

‘a merged Liberal and New Democrat party could have swept 186 seats to form a majority government.’

Did that catch your attention? It caught mine. That article is located here.

Now, I’m not saying I openly advocate a merger or even talks of a merger with the NDP. I do however think it shouldn’t be openly dismissed, as some folks are doing. It should at least be discussed and debated upon by the grassroots and leadership of the party – along with any and all other options.

Quite frankly, given what happened on Monday, the Liberal Party can’t afford to dismiss any options. It also means it can no longer afford to ignore or not listen to what it’s grassroots base says to it. You cannot set […]

All is not lost

It’s always hard to write a political blogpost when you’re on the losing side of an election result. You can feel disheartened, angry, discouraged, and so on. I purposely did not write anything last night while in the heat of the moment – I wanted to sleep on things and reflect this next day. So, my thoughts now as I see them.

Harper has won his coveted majority – it’s not a large one, but one nevertheless that allows him to do his agenda unblocked by a “pesky minority” Parliament holding him back. Canadians will now get to see what he does with that majority regarding policy. Some we already […]

Do you need a reason to go and vote? Three hours of paid time off from work.

If nothing else can get you to vote, maybe that incentive will. It’s true, as the relevant documents from Elections Canada confirms:

Am I allowed time off work to vote?

By law, qualified electors must have three consecutive hours to cast their vote on election day. If your hours of work do not allow for three consecutive hours to vote, your employer must give you time off.

For example, if you live in a riding where voting hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and you usually work from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., your hours of work will not allow three consecutive hours for voting. To give you three […]

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