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Blog Profile / A BCer in Toronto


URL :http://bcinto.blogspot.com/
Filed Under:Politics / Canadian Politics
Posts on Regator:1431
Posts / Week:4.3
Archived Since:March 18, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Former Obama-advisor David Axelrod to speak at Toronto event

With all the madness happening in Washington DC at the moment with the government shutdown and Tea Party-driven Republican lunacy, it's opportune timing for David Axelrod, a former senior advisor to US President Barrack Obama, to be coming to Canada for a speech and Q&A. Axelrod is keynoting on Oct. Show More Summary

Getting to know Amy Robichaud, Liberal nomination contestant in Scarborough-Southwest

While the 2015 federal election is a long ways off (if Stephen Harper actually sticks to his fixed election date law, that is), in a sign of the strength and renewal of the Liberal Party of Canada, quality candidates are already beginning...Show More Summary

Hebert, Walkom, and (not that) Harper talk #cdnpoli at Word on the Street

Up next after the city hall politics panel in the Toronto Star tent at the Word on the Street festival on Sunday was the federal politics panel. On hand were Toronto Star federal politics columnists Chantal Hebert, Tim Harper and Tom Walkom. Show More Summary

Talking Rob Ford and Toronto Politics at Word on the Street

Continuing my run of political Sundays, I spent the afternoon yesterday in the shadow of Queen's Park in downtown Toronto, where a number of panels and discussions at the Word on the Street took on a political theme. Up first was the...Show More Summary

Liberals and NDP pick their Toronto-Centre by-election candidates

A busy day in downtown Toronto on Sunday, as both the Liberals and the NDP picked their candidates to replace Bob Rae as the MP for Toronto-Centre at nomination meetings just a subway stop apart. It made for interesting comparisons,Show More Summary

Ideas for opening Liberal nominations

I’m a big proponent of open riding nominations. During the Liberal leadership race, I was proud when my candidate released an extensive party reform proposal including an open nomination process, and I was pleased when many of the other...Show More Summary

Even if it could, Senate reform shouldn’t proceed without the provinces – or the people

To the surprise of everyone in the Ottawa bubble, Her Majesty’s Minister of State for Democratic Reform, Pierre Poilievre, held a press availability Wednesday not to slam the Liberals for some alleged sins, but to actually speak to an...Show More Summary

Parliamentarians and the yoke of party discipline

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a screening of Whipped, a documentary on party discipline by former BC legislature reporter Sean Holman. You can now stream the doc on the CPAC web site, and it’s well worth a look. While it’s focused on Victoria and BC politics, the issues Whipped raises are universal. Show More Summary

On generations, reefer madness and focusing on the economy

A week later and my news clippings are still filled with news about Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s sensible talk about marijuana legalization – and they say it’s hard for an opposition leader to get attention in the summer, when the...Show More Summary

On enemies lists, and what our mothers would say

The brouhaha over the revelation that the Prime Minister’s Office prepared enemies lists has died down somewhat, although former Harper cabinet minister Monte Solberg weighed back in this weekend with a rather weak defense of the government...Show More Summary

If you oppose marijuana legalization and regulation, you’re soft on crime

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s support of marijuana legalization and regulation made news this week, although it isn’t really new. He spoke about his position during the leadership race, but it made a bit of news again this week when...Show More Summary

The state has no business in the computers of the nation

The state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation, a future Prime Minister once said. Nearly 50 years later, it's time for an update, as the state has no business in our bedrooms either. Inspired by British Prime Minister David...Show More Summary

RCMP move Duffy investigation to PMO as those with knowledge relocated

A few years ago, we were treated to a new low in Canada when the RCMP had to raid the offices of the Conservative Party of Canada in relation to an Elections Canada investigation. And now, the RCMP are eyeing the Conservative Prime Minister's...Show More Summary

What happened to Harper's cheques for whistleblowers?

In the 2006 election, the Conservatives talked some good alk about whistleblowers. They got a whistleblowing former federal civil servant to run for them as a candidate, and they made protecting whistleblowers a key part of their election platform. Here’s what they promised: They won that election, and several since. Show More Summary

There is an argument for the Senate – just not this Senate, or this House of Commons

The Senate has been much in the news lately, with the expense troubles of a few Senators – compounded by the mishandling of their investigation – bringing much negative attention o the other place. While this is really a scandal about...Show More Summary

Justin wears shorts, raises a lot of money

Received an email this morning; Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has a message for me. And a few million other people, but whatevs. Here it is: Much discussion in the online world about the clothing tastes of casual Justin. The suit and tie pundit crowd seem confused or annoyed. Show More Summary

Painful media scrum for Adrian Dix on his Kinder Surprise

After a BC election radio leaders debate, NDP leader Adrian Dix faced the press, and questions on his Kinder Surprise. And it wasn't pretty. Between back-dating memos and forward-dating decisions, Dix's messaging is more difficult to follow than the plot of Inception.

NDP says Liberals are hiding Christy, but where's their Dix?

There's an election happening on the left coast, and for all the preoccupation last year about the BC Conservatives, it's quickly shaping up as a choice between Christy Clark's BC Liberals and Adrian Dix's BC NDP. Heck, even BC Conservative...Show More Summary

Thoughts on the new Liberal/Justin Trudeau ads

As mentioned earlier, the Liberal Party of Canada this morning released two new ads featuring Justin Trudeau that will be running on elevision and online, one in English and one in French (you can donate here to help keep them on the air). Show More Summary

New Liberal ads are online

The Liberals and Justin Trudeau now have ads of their own, and they stand in stark contrast to the negative Conservative personal attack ads of last week. Take a look: And a French ad that's a little different visually: Have to run; I'll have some thoughts later.

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