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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…

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.…

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…

3 things to watch for with the NDP

  1. The Abandonment of the S.S. Mulcair: When Sudbury MP Glenn Thibeault jumped ship to run in a provincial bi-election the body count became 7 to desert the caucus. Then add a couple who left in the dark of the night– one charged and one for health reasons. And another handful who have announced they will not run again. Now, there is more former-Mulcair-NDP than would fit in a lifeboat. To shore up confidence, the Leader has announced a shuffling of the deck chairs. However, NDPers in Ottawa and across the country seem to have a sinking feeling –…

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…