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4 key election questions

By George Journal poses “the 4 key election questions” left in the weeks remaining before the October vote. How Canadians’ thinking evolves (and how the Parties’ respective political backrooms maneuver) in response to these questions will have a direct impact on the election results.   By George’s 4 Key Election Questions #1. Can Stephen Harper successfully frame the ballot box question to relate to the health of the Canadian economy? There are many distractions that have fed headline news through the election campaign – Duffy, social media embarrassments, refugees, etc. Should the PM get his wish and turn the attention…

On deficits & balanced budgets

All it took was for Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau to state he would not be tied to balancing the federal budget at the expense of Canadians’ standard of living and budgets and deficits become the hot-button-issue. For the record, here is how the three parties yesterday articulated their stance on balancing the federal books. Justin Trudeau said: “Although the Liberal party continues to be the party that is committed to balancing the budget and making sure we maintain fiscal responsibility and discipline, how many years it takes to balance that budget is what we will be talking about in the…

“Our Fearless Prediction” re the PM

Yesterday, having made the argument for the third time in as many days, it is time to put on record a “fearless prediction.” In order to win the election and receive a solid, stable Conservative majority government, the Prime Minister will make a bold move within the last ten days of the campaign. Facing the likelihood of a minority scenario with the prospects of Justin Trudeau holding the balance of power, PM Stephen Harper will announce that he intends on stepping down two years into a new mandate, in Fall 2017. He will make this announcement while urging Canadians to…

Why such a long campaign period?

The mainstream media spent a good portion of this past week attacking the Prime Minister for his “early call” of the federal election campaign. Pressed by reporters at his initial scrum of the election, Prime Minister Stephen Harper had this to say. “Everybody knows the election date and the campaigns of the other parties, as near as I can tell, have already begun. “I feel very strongly…that those campaigns need to be conducted under the rules of the law. That the money come from the parties themselves, not from government resources, parliamentary resources or taxpayer resources.” “In terms of the…

Mainstream Media vs. Harper

Terence Corcoran of the Financial Post hammered mainstream media for its overt bias against Stephen Harper. Corcoran suggests media may be Harper’s biggest enemy with its unbalanced and biased coverage… He observes, “Picking HDF samples from the media is like picking apples from a tree in full fall production” in the must-read FP column:  Canada regains title as most reputable nation in the world despite Harper derangement frenzy HDF? Here’s Corcoran: …the Canadian media complex is in the grip of Harper Derangement Frenzy (HDF), which is an upgrade to hurricane status from Harper Derangement Syndrome, identified several years ago by…

A two-horse race?

Has this become a two-horse race with the Liberal’s pony falling too far behind the pack to make a run for it this Fall? There’s been a lot of polls that indicate, surprisingly, the NDP have taken the lead in popular opinion and the Liberals have sank to third. In fact, the distance between the NDP and Conservatives and the trailing Liberals is widening… and this has got all the pundits’ tongues wagging. One the most compelling set of number were released by Abacus which recently polled Canadians who were undecided on their voting intentions. They found that most of…

Paul Wells on Stephen Harper

Paul Wells book on Stephen Harper’s politics – The Longer I’m Prime Minister – is a must-read for anyone wanting to understand the man and his modus operandi in office. Here are ten quotes extrapolated from Paul Wells’ book – but, to get an insightful glimpse into the Prime Minister, get the book – read it. “You know, the longer I’m prime minister…. the longer I’m prime minister.” – Stephen Harper He is a very particular fellow: fiercely intelligent, combative, secretive, intense. – Paul Wells He survives politically in large part because he is uninterested in debates that are of…

3 things to watch for with the Cons

1. Managing the Fall election call Prime Minister Stephen Harper and PMO spokesmen have categorically stated on numerous occasions, that the PM has no plans for a vote before October 19th (the date mandated by 2007 legislation that establishes the third Monday in October every four years as the country’s federal election day). Still, as By George has written in a past post, this is one of the 5 key questions in Ottawa these days. So, assuming the PM sticks to a Fall vote, the Conservatives will need to be nimble in dealing with the potential of an economic recession…

5 Key Questions in Ottawa

Canadians know that this year there’s to be a federal election and that we must decide between very different people and approaches on how we will want our Nation to develop (ed. – more on this in the weeks ahead). As we hang our new calendars on the wall, there are some key questions being pondered by politicos and pundits in Ottawa. Many Party strategists are struggling with these questions, which will have a direct impact on the outcome of the impending vote. 1. Will the PM wait until October to call the election? The election is mandated to be…

PM Stephen Harper – 8 years and counting

Tomorrow marks Stephen Harper’s 8th-year anniversary as Canada’s Prime Minister. It has been eight years since the 2006 election which was held on January 23rd.  Incumbent Prime Minister Paul Martin formally resigned and Mr. Harper was formally appointed and sworn in as Prime Minister on February 6th. Through the eight years, Stephen Harper has had three mandates – serving for two short minority Parliaments and now serving a term as a majority government through to Fall 2015.   Stephen Harper now sits as 9th on the list of Prime Ministers by time in office. By the end of this term…