Tagged Harper

Conservatives win endorsements from the national editorial boards

In the election’s editorial sweepstakes, the Conservatives have swept the endorsements from virtually all major, national editorial boards (with but one exception being The Toronto (Liberal) Star). A common theme in most of the editorials is that the Conservatives deserved Canadians’ confidence on the strength of their economic record and their demonstrated leadership on the world stage. Here are some of the endorsement highlights from Canada’s major news editorialists. Postmedia Network: Our choice is clear — Stephen Harper We urge you to vote for the leader and party you believe is best qualified to lead Canada. On that basis, we…

Final days: cue the nasty memes

In the last few days, social media threads have been littered with political memes that have suddenly got sharper and less respectful. The slugfest that Conservatives and Liberals are now engaged in has become particularly nasty. By George combed through its Facebook and Twitter feeds to dredge up a dozen of the worst from the last 72 hours… Here are six Liberal blows to the mid-section of Harperman.   And, here are six uppercuts that land and hurt Trudeau. There is nothing decent and fair in politics.  

13 FAVS on the Tories

Compiled from our quotes and commentary gathered through 2015, here are By George Journal’s 13 favourite quotes relating to the Conservatives and Stephen Harper.   Canada ranks among the top 10 nations of the world in having the World’s Most Open Governments, in the Social Progress Index, in the Soft Power 30 Index, and in the World Happiness ranking, and we are the absolute top in Best Country for Business in the G20, and Best GDP growth among the G7 nations. Not surprisingly, when you put all this together, Canada landed in the #1 spot as the most respected nation…

Poking the Cons

Over the last few weeks of the election campaign, some very funny Facebook memes have surfaced to agitate and make fun of our political leaders. Here are a few of our favourite memes poking the Conservatives.               (ed. – By George will add to this collection of memes through the campaign period.)

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…

Wynne and her federal campaigning?!

Kelly McParland makes some important arguments in his recent National Post column that asks outright, “What is the Ontario Premier is doing campaigning in the federal election?” More specifically, “Why is Premier Wynne so aggressively attacking the Prime Minister?” McParland’s column is here: Kathleen Wynne helps no one with her outbursts about Harper He makes two points: Wynne is banking heavily on Justin Trudeau emerging as prime minister in October. If he fails – and a Liberal victory remains a long-shot – she will do Ontario no favours by alienating it from the federal government. Most importantly though, is the…

Scorecards from Leaders Debate

Last evening Stephen Harper, Thomas Mulcair, Justin Trudeau and Elizabeth May debated politics and the Nation’s business at the Maclean’s Leaders Debate. The four leaders stepped into the ring for what may be the only “main event” of the election campaign. In pugilistic terms, here’s how By George assessed the fight night. From the opening bell, it was a three-on-one lynching, with Trudeau, Mulcair and May taking turns flailing away at Harper. The only relief the Prime Minister had through the fight was when Trudeau swung a few upper cuts in the direction of Mulcair. By fight standards, the public…

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…