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Mulcair – impressive in CBC interview

This is a day ago, but I thought it worthwhile to post for those who didn’t see it in it’s entirety. The new NDP and Official Opposition Leader is being interviewed by Evan Solomon on his reaction to the Conservative 2012 Budget. I thought it was a pretty impressive performance. If he can translate that over to his stump speeches, he will be a formidable foe for both Harper and the new permanent Liberal leader.

Good soundbite quotes too – Evan really likes the one at the end over the penny.


A plug to the new Liblogs

Briefly this morning: I’d like to give some props to the newly redesigned Liblogs , which is an aggregator for Liberal blogs and/or Liberally-inclined blogs. You have 2 new administrators over there – Steve V of Far and Wide and Nancy from Impolitical, along with David Graham, a former Liblogs blogger, who is still involved with the site.

The site changes look good. Best of luck to everyone.


Why do this if you aren’t trying to hide something?

This action by the Conservatives is about as likely it being coincidental as the chances of me voting Conservative are:

Canada’s chief electoral officer is being called before MPs to speak about the robo-calls controversy dogging the Harper government on the same day Finance Minister Jim Flaherty delivers his budget. The Conservative-controlled procedure and House affairs committee has asked Marc Mayrand to appear March 29, just a few hours before Mr. Flaherty tables the 2012-13 federal budget.

Most of the media in Ottawa that day will be sequestered in a lockup digesting the financial plan. They will be unable to leave the budget proceedings until Mr. Flaherty tables the […]


Some more thoughts on Mulcair and the Convention in general

After a day and a night of digesting what I saw at the NDP Convention, some thoughts on what I saw and heard:

– I’ve heard some say that Mulcair will charged as being an “opportunist” because he’s been associated with or had flirtations with other parties. As Susan Delacourt points out, he isn’t the only current party leader that’s done that – Harper in particular has done a fair bit of moving around. As well, I don’t know that anyone had a crystal ball back when he won that said working as an MP in Quebec (or trying to get elected) would be considered an “opportunistic move” – maybe […]


Congratulations to Thomas Mulcair

I’ll have more to say later this weekend.. but I have only 1 plea/request to Mulclair’s handlers/advisers:

When the next election’s leader debates happen, please please please don’t let him try to debate by having reading notes with him (even as a Liberal, it would be painful to watch).

Otherwise, congratulations to the newest Leader of The Official Opposition.

Thank you and good night.

PS – I’m told he did much better with CBC in a one on one format.


Live At The NDP Convention

Jim Calder and I are hanging out here at the BLoggers War Room, observing the festivities and the voting here. It’s been an interesting experience – I can see both the advantages of online voting and one member one vote(and preferential balloting going along with it) – and the disadvantages. The advantages being that more members are voting democratically for their party – the disadvantages being that a lot of votes already being in… there’s not as much Convention drama (ie with declarations of candidates or MP’s going to support another candidate – with only 4600 “voters” here, that effect is neutralized. The main drama is figuring out how all […]


Maybe the Conservatives picked the wrong party/leader to attack with ads

A new poll is out – released last night from Environics. According to their numbers, the NDP is tied with the Conservatives for popular support:

The survey by Environics Research Group provided to The Globe and Mail has the two parties at 30 per cent support among voters. That’s about the same percentage of the popular vote that the NDP earned in the May 2 general election. For the Conservatives, it represents a drop of 10 points.….The Liberals are in third place with 20-per-cent support, up one point from election day.

The reason for this drop in Conservative support? You might automatically think Robo-con, but the pollster lists a […]


Conservative attack ads already? A distraction attempt, I’d say.

Some folks in the media and elsewhere are saying the fact that the Conservatives chose to start running attack ads going after Liberal “still interim” leader Bob Rae means they view him as the de facto next permanent leader and the greater threat then the Opposition NDP’s new leader – whoever that may be – and that the 2015 general election campaign for them has already begun.

It’s possible this is part of the “permanent campaign strategy”, but I find the timing of it coinciding with all the news about the ‘Robocon’ controversy to be a tad too coincidental. I find it equally as likely they decided to roll […]


Hopefully the NDP Convention isn’t done before I even get there.

It seems everyone is picking Thomas Mulclair as the favorite to be the next NDP leader after the voting is all said and done. Pundits are predicting it, and there must be a grain of truth to it when former NDP leader Ed Broadbent went public last week with a blistering attack on Mulclair. Normally, ex party leaders and or senior statesman of parties don’t come out with such public pronouncements.

I’m not due into Toronto to observe until 10 am (or whenever the VIA train decides to get there). First round voting, which actually starts the day before, are due to have their results announced on 9 am […]


Looking forward to covering the NDP Leadership Convention

The NDP is holding their leadership convention on March 23-24 in Toronto, and they put out the word a month or so back that they would be accrediting bloggers to cover their convention. After some consultations, instead of applying as representing my individual blog, I decided to apply to represent Progressive Bloggers as an organization, along with my 1 moderator James Calder (who blogs at the Progressive Right) and Chris Slothouber, our webmaster/coder.

We received the word just recently that Progressive Bloggers has been approved to attend and cover the Convention. That involves a fair bit of things: we are allowed access to the convention floor, the NDP’s “Blog […]

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