Tagged Mulcair

Poking the NDPers

To date in this election campaign, here are a few of our favourite Facebook memes poking the NDPs and Thomas Mulcair.                   And there is a good one that lumped the NDP with the Liberals, entitled simply, “The Left”.     (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…

4 Stories Behind the Election Headlines

It should come as no surprise that with this election campaign (as with most current events), things are not truly how they appear to be in the news headlines. There is always more to the story than what’s in the headline. One needs to delve deeper into the facts of the matter to assess exactly what is occurring in the campaign. Let’s take four election headlines that Canadians are seeing repeatedly in the early weeks of the election campaign. By George scratches the surface of these news headlines to raise a few important questions that Canadians should begin to consider.…

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…

Opening Salvos

On Day One of the 2015 Federal Election the Leaders’ opening statements provide a good idea of the main campaign themes Canadians will hear repeatedly throughout the up-coming 11 weeks. Below, we provide a few excerpts from Leaders Harper, Mulcair and Trudeau. From time to time in the course of the campaign, By George Journal will note any changes to the core messaging of the three leaders. With this review, we will analyze who is best framing their arguments and winning the confidence of the voting public. Here are the campaign’s initial salvos – the baselines for the respective campaigns’…

Mulcair: Happy Warrior or Angry Tom?

With the NDP now out front and the real possibility that it could form the next federal government, what of Thomas Mulcair? What should Canadians know about this man to properly judge whether he can be a trusted Prime Minister? The spin doctors have been busy remaking the Mulcair image, trimming his beard and buffing up his smile. Angry Tom has become Determined Tom, the Happy Warrior. Mulcair’s impatient nastiness has become an anxious, deep-seeded set of convictions. His Quebec-centric thinking has become a pan-Canadian vision. His personal story has become a prelude to a prime-minister-in-waiting plot. There have been…

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…

Reviewing the Ottawa political scene

This morning the curtain rises on the last act of Ottawa theater before the election. There are just over six weeks left in the legislative calendar for MPs before their summer break. Expect these remaining weeks of Parliament to be all about positioning and posturing, each Party attempting to pick up an edge for the anticipated election debates. MPs will spin eloquently (and not so eloquently) on the “balanced” budget, Canada’s struggling economy and our military affairs overseas. Within the Ottawa media bubble, there will be a fixation on the Duffy trail and on the Leaders’ language of terrorism. Meanwhile,…

The Leaders – in memes

The Federal Parliament has approximately eight weeks left before the MPs rise for their summer bbq electioneering. In that time, the Government must still pass the Anti-Terrorism Bill C-51 and ramrod the budget’s omnibus legislation. This morning By George Journal marks the MPs return to Ottawa with a backward glance at Canada’s political leaders. Here are a series of memes that reflect the current impressions of Mr. Harper, Mulcair and Trudeau. PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN “YES, THERE IS AN AGENDA” HARPER NDP LEADER THOMAS “I AM REALLY NOT THAT SCARY (DESPITE MY FACIAL HAIR)” MULCAIR LIBERAL LEADER JUSTIN “GIVE ME A…