Blog Profile / A BCer in Toronto

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LPC national board candidate interview: Maryanne Kampouris for national policy chair

From February 20-23, federal Liberals will gather in Montreal, and one of their tasks will be to elect a new national executive. In the coming days, I’ll be publishing interviews with some of the candidates seeking election to the party’s national board. Show More Summary

Why Nancy Leblanc will beat Cheri DeNovo in Parkdale-High Park

My friend Nancy LeBlanc (you may also know her as Impolitical) is running for the Ontario Liberal nomination in Parkdale-High Park, and I think she's going to beat the NDP's Cheri DeNovo in the next election. Why? Because she'll work harder.I haven't met many people -- particularly candidates -- that genuinely enjoy canvassing as much as Nancy does. Show More Summary

Robyn Doolittle talks Rob Ford and Crazy Town

Toronto Star reporter Robyn Doolittle discussed her new book Crazy Town -- about the drama surrounding Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, the investigation that led to admission to having used crack cocaine and how the Ford phenomenon -- with Twitter...Show More Summary

LPC national board candidate interview: Chris MacInnes for vice-president, English

From February 20-23, federal Liberals will gather in Montreal, and one of their tasks will be to elect a new national executive. In the coming days, I’ll be publishing interviews with some of the candidates seeking election to the party’s national board. Show More Summary

Trudeau’s Senate play a bold stroke. But what’s next?

I think everyone was surprised by Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s move this morning – particularly 32 Senators – that he was removing all Senators from the Liberal parliamentary caucus, and that as Prime Minister, he would only appoint Senators selected through a non-partisan review process. Show More Summary

Being a good guy doesn’t excuse Chuck Strahl’s lack of judgment

I don’t know Chuck Strahl, but I've always thought he seemed like a pretty good guy, all in all. He certainly has won many friends on all sides of the political fence and in the pundit class, and they were quick to shower him with praise last week when he resigned as head of the federal body that oversees Canada’s spy agency. Show More Summary

Exit Interview: Liberal Party of Canada national membership secretary Matthew Certosimo

It was an ironic twist of fate that delegates to the Liberal Party of Canada’s 2011 biennial in Ottawa would vote to create a supporter system and elect a decided supporter system skeptic – Matthew Certosimo – as national membership secretary, with the task of creating and overseeing the system in time for the 2012 leadership race. Show More Summary

Exit interview: Liberal Party of Canada president Mike Crawley

When Mike Crawley won the presidency of the Liberal Party of Canada in January 2012, defeating Sheila Copps, Alexandra Mendes and Ron Hartling at the party’s biennial convention in Ottawa, the party faced a number of challenges: declining public support, a weary volunteer base and a worrying fundraising gap. Show More Summary

Ontario's NDP lines up behind Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

Here's an example of some pretty cynical political pandering from Ontario's NDP, as it decides to sidle up to Toronto's crack-smoking mayor Rob Ford in a misguided attempt to score political points.Back in November, when there was discussion...Show More Summary

If Chong’s Reform Act were in place in BC, would Adrian Dix be Premier today?

Lots of the debate around Michael Chong’s proposed Reform Act to, among other things, allow a federal parliamentary caucus to fire the party leader, has taken place in the abstract. We need to do something, it’s better than nothing, you're with reform or you're with the terrorists, and so forth. Show More Summary

Peter MacKay’s highs and lows on marijuana

The other day, federal justice minister Peter MacKay told reporters he’s “completely fine” with medical marijuana: “Having it regulated, having it made legally available to Nova Scotians — I’m completely fine with that as long as it’s in compliance with Health Canada and they have met the approvals. Show More Summary

Political Christmas cards, and Scarborough subways subways subways

Before I head to the West Coast tomorrow for Christmas, I thought I'd share a few of the political Christmas cards that -- for the last year ever if the Conservatives and Canada Post get their way -- the mailman has dropped through the slot of my front door.The first, and my favourite, is from my local Liberal MPP, Scarborough-Centre's Brad Duguid. Show More Summary

James Moore’s adherence to federal/provincial jurisdiction is highly selective

Federal industry minister James Moore faced harsh criticism over the weekend for choosing to mark the holiday season by channeling EbenezerScrooge when asked a question about child poverty. “Is it my job to feed my neighbour’s child? I don’t think so.”“We’ve never been wealthier as a country than we are right now. Show More Summary

My problems with Chong’s Reform Act and my own preferences for reform

Having finally gotten around to reading Michael Chong’smuch-ballyhooed Reform Act, which is being pushed by the media pundit class with a fervor that would make most partisans blush, I feel that, while well-intentioned, what the act proposes is flawed and suffers from a narrowness of view that has trouble looking south of the Queensway. Show More Summary

10 Hate is Better than Love By-Election Moments

As Liberal Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier said in 1918, love is better than hate. And as NDP leader Jack Layton very similarly wrote in his farwell letter nearly a century later, love is better than anger.But is it always? Here are...Show More Summary

By-elections give Liberals more hope – and a lot more hard work

Hope and Hard Work has become the oft-repeated Liberal mantra under Justin Trudeau. And it can also be used to describe where the Liberals find themselves after Monday’s by-elections: with a little more hope, and a lot more hard work ahead of them. Show More Summary

Ontario Liberals pick our policies: Transportation, bees and early childhood education

Ahead of the Liberal Party of Canada biennial coming up in February in Montreal, Ontario Liberals gathered in Kingston this weekend to debate over 60 policies and pick the 10 priority resolutions that our province can send on to be debated...Show More Summary

Reaction to Rob Ford at Argos game more carnival freak show than show of support

There I was, minding my own business just after halftime in a section 129 aisle seat at the Rogers Centre as the Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tigercats clashed on Sunday in the CFL’s Eastern Division final, when I ended up with a ringside seat for the circus that has enveloped the City of Toronto. Show More Summary

More hypocrisy on marijuana from the biker gang-supporting Conservatives

Yesterday, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau spoke with and answered questions from students at a high school in Brandon, Manitoba. One of the students asked him his position on marijuana, and he answered.No transcript is available, butShow More Summary

Harper’s credibility, the evening news and life outside the Commons

The mistake many politically aware and involved people make is believing everyone follows the ins and outs of every political development as much as they do. They don’t. People are busy. They have other priorities. Believing that everyone...Show More Summary

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