-Young Liberal Zach Paiken asserts that Canada is becoming more conservative – therefore, Liberals must follow that trend to get re-elected one day. I don’t see any polls or statistics in that story backing that claim up. Zach, if you’re not aware, has a bit of a reputation amongst some of us Liberals of being on the conservative side of the Liberal Party, so I’m not particularly surprised he’d try to claim Liberals need to move to the right, or be more “conservative”. He needs more then his assertions though to prove those claims. As an aside, our last 2 leaders in the LPC represented both wings of the LPC, but neither doing very well had less to do with how conservative or liberal they were, and how they came across to voters, in my opinion. In particular, Ignatieff was not exactly a member of the liberal wing of the Liberal Party, yet he led us to our worst showing ever.
– Coincidentally (or not), the next story I’m featuring is that The NDP increased their national lead in a Harris-Decima poll released today/yesterday. At the moment, people seem impressed with Tom Mulclair’s performance. On the other hand, the election is still three years away, and the Conservatives haven’t thrown their full smear machine at him. Still, Conservatives and Liberals should view him as a formidable opponent.
Lastly, I see a story today that the Globe and Mail is going to be introducing a paywall to their online edition in the Fall – so that you need to pay to read their news and stories, etc. They’re trying to find ways to raise money, and they figure if the New York Times can be successful with a paywall, so can they. The Globe, however, is not the New York Times ; they will not have an international audience to draw from. I would suspect that a lot of their online readers will simply stop reading the Globe online if they’re forced to pay to read the site. The question for the Globe is can they entice enough people to make it worth their while.