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Tim Hudak’s dissenters get a chance to air their beefs: I get a free meal (no beef tho)

I’ve spoken before about an ongoing bet I’ve had with fellow Liberal blogger Jim Calder over whether or not Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak would either voluntarily resign or voluntarily call for a leadership review before Sept 9 (the day the Ontario legislature is recalled), in the wake of some disgruntled Tories calling for said review of his and his parties dismal performance in last month’ Ontario by-elections.

It appears I’m going to win that bet:

Tories upset with beleaguered Tim Hudak’s leadership will get to air their beefs at the party’s policy convention next month despite Hudak’s objections, the Star has learned. The Progressive Conservative Party of […]


This poll and that poll – more summer bad news for the Conservatives

More polls to talk about today. First, two-thirds of Canadians who were polled disapprove of Prime Minister proroguing Parliament in Sept and waiting until late October to reconvene Parliament.

As I said in my blogpost just the other day, this is probably the most “conventional” use of proroguing Parliament (or intending to prorogue, as he hasnt formally asked for it yet) that Harper has done while in government, and it’s ironic that on the more conventional type of prorogue, Harper’s getting massive disapproval of his intent to use it again.. but I guess that’s what you get when you abuse it a couple of other times.

The other poll […]


The makings of Trudeau policy and what he stands for

In my own humble (and admittedly partisan) opinion, I think Justin Trudeau has had a good week. First, he strongly criticized the PQ intention of banning religious headgear from Quebec government institutions etc, calling that going against Canadian values and rights (right in step with how his father would have reacted to this), and then he had the upfront, honest interview of how he had dabbled in pot even as an MP, setting off a predictable torrent from the Conservatives (which I suspect he anticipated and perhaps even wanted).

I would argue that both stances will help, not hurt his reputation with a good portion of what we call […]


Prorogation Stuff

You’ve heard the Prime Minister intends to prorogue Parliament in September, and then come back in October with a Speech From the Throne. You’ve heard some say this is another example of Harper abusing Parliament – others saying this type of prorogation is not that big of a deal and is more in line with how prorogation is normally used in Parliament.

I fall into the latter category with one caveat; the prorogue period of 6 weeks could be a lot shorter, and he does have the Senate expense scandal over him; so it’s easy to see why people are suspicious of this particular prorogue as another example of him […]


Referendum on Senate? Only if it includes all options – including a “reform” one

Michael Bliss, Professor at U of T, argues in the Globe today that the Senate must be abolished, and lays out why it can’t be reformed.

I’ll put aside that part of the argument for now; what I’m interested in is how he feels abolishing the Senate would be any easier then reforming it as an elected body. He argues that it should be put to a vote in a national referendum, and if the consenus is to abolish – dare the provinces who oppose abolishing it to stand against a referendum vote. He doesn’t think they will, they’d be shamed into supporting abolition or be afraid of the electoral […]


Leaning Towards Supporting A Winter Olympics Sochi Boycott

I’ve been on the fence over whether or not a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi is the right thing to be doing to protest Russia’s new rather draconian anti-LGBT laws. I figured athletes could symbolically protest it at the Games, and that might be the best way to go about it.

However, recent rumblings out of the International Olympic Committee seem to indicate if the Russians don’t punish the athletes who do this, they will – an obvious sop to the host country.

If the IOC is going to shut down anti-Russian LGBT protests (on top of the Russians possibly arresting athletes) I now lean […]


Paywalls will not be the print media’s Holy Grail

You may have noticed yesterday if you visited the Toronto Star that they have implemented their new paywall system. As with the Globe and Mail and others, you’re allowed a certain amount of free specific articles to view (with the Star I believe it is 10) before you’re then required to pay a subscription.

Not noticed as much was the Star also shuttered two websites of theirs that had previously been free, but which had earlier this year had pay walls put on them (30$ a month or something to that effect). The irony of that is obvious.

It will be interesting to see how many online readers […]


If Tim Hudak goes, who do you pick as Ontario PC leader?

One of my old university political classmates (and still a friend) Michael Taube, who once worked on the staff of Stephen Harper, has a guest op-ed column in the Star this AM, saying Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Hudak needs to resign, as he hasn’t connected with the people of Ontario, as evidenced by the byelections.

Who do you replace him with? Michael isn’t exactly sure.. he never met a Red Tory he liked – as a leader anyhow (what he defines as “red” is a larger swath of Tories then my definition; I would never place Ernie Eves in the “Red Tory” category, and even John Tory I’d classify more […]


Do you consider folks of a different political ideology your ‘enemy’?

I ask that because apparently John Baird, Canada’s Foreign Minister, does.

Mr Baird has been rightly praised for condemning Russia’s anti-gay laws and for taking on the social conservative REAL Women group for their condemnation of him doing so. His one day of praise, at least with me, is over for this quote he did today when asked to comment on whether his friend Tim Hudak of the Ontario PC party should have a leadership review or not:

Former MPP John Baird, now federal foreign affairs minister, said Klees and Hillier “should be focusing on the real enemy” instead of joining forces with “nervous nellies.”

Enemies? People of different […]


George Tackach is back in Etobicoke-Lakeshore for 2015

Well, almost back:

Today, I am committing all of my efforts towards building a better, stronger future for hardworking families throughout Etobicoke-Lakeshore…I believe that the people of Etobicoke-Lakeshore deserve better representation from their Member of Parliament; a representative who understands that they are accountable to those who elected them; a representative who knows the value of listening…A better, more open government and a stronger voice in the House of Commons. That’s why I am seeking the Liberal Nomination in Etobicoke-Lakeshore for 2015

He has to win the Liberal nomination first, of course.. but I presume he’ll be the favorite to win it.. and he’s got a good headstart to 2015. […]

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