Libman, who is seeking the Tory nomination in the Liberal stronghold, believes he could bridge and surpass the 2,200-vote gap that divided Liberal incumbent Irwin Cotler and Conservative runner-up Saulie Zajdel in the 2011 race.
A co-founder and the leader of the Equality Party, the former member of the National Assembly, member of the Montreal executive committee and Côte St. Luc mayor confirmed the “rumours” about his nomination bid. He said he was asked by the local riding association to run.
A Conservative winning in Mount Royal? A man can dream can't he?
Tony Clement is better at his job than anyone gave him credit for, it appears. Tasked with chopping 20,000 jobs from the civil service, he may have overachieved. According to the Treasury Board, which Mr. Clement heads, the actual reduction since 2010 now tops 25,000.
Wow. Now that's conservativism! Except...
It could also be that Mr. Harper is merely eliminating those employees who were hired to implement the great spending spree introduced in the wake of the 2008 economic crisis. Even at 25,000 lost jobs, the federal payroll is barely back to where it was when he became prime minister.
Now that's our boy. Reminds me of FR Scott's famous poem about Mackenzie King:
Only one thread was certain: After World War I Business as usual, After World War II Oderly decontrol. Always he led us back to where we were before.
Is that the legacy of Harperism? A gigantic spin of the political wheel so that by 2015, give or take a few tens of billions added to the national debt, we'll be back where we were before?
A sudden decline in Olivia Chow’s support among women has given the surging John Tory his biggest lead in Toronto’s mayoral election, a new poll suggests.
The Forum Research poll is the third poll in a row to find that Tory has overtaken Chow. This poll, though, is by far her worst of the whole campaign: it put her 10 points behind Tory and in a statistical tie with incumbent Rob Ford, who nominally led her by two points.
Justin Trudeau’s autobiography, scheduled to come out a year before the next federal election, will be titled Common Ground: My Past, Our Present and Canada’s Future, as the Liberal Leader aims to provide a clear contrast with the political style of his main rivals.
The book, to be released in October, has already been derided by opponents for Mr. Trudeau’s decision to write his life story at the relatively young age of 42. By putting the focus on his personal tales and opening his vault of pictures, Mr. Trudeau will also fuel the impression that his political career is largely based on his image and his ability to attract attention to his family life.
I was tempted to pre-order the book, but I don't hate money that much. Certainly not my money. Perhaps someone else's money. If I was to be provided with a taxpayer financed copy of Justin's magnum opus I might consider reading it. More likely I'd use it to fend off the vicious squirrels that menace my property here in the Imperial Capital. I'm sure it'll be a thick book in hardcover.
This leads us to the inevitable question, how do you write a book about Justin Trudeau? The man's life story could be drafted on a cocktail napkin. Assuming the book is about 300 pages, the likely minimum for anything priced above $20, what is going to get printed on the other 299 pages? They can't all be pictures of his family. I'm sure you could get a good five pages out of a trip to the zoo, or perhaps that time his father visited Cuba and shouted Viva Fidel! That was great fun. Except for those political dissidents rotting away in Castro's prisons. But out of Justin's sight should be out of everyone else's mind.
For some people, more modest in their view of life than the Once and Future Prime Minister, the notion of writing a biography at 42 is a tad arrogant. This is doubly so when your life accomplishments consist of being born to a ruling Prime Minister and his "eccentric" wife. These very unpatriotic individuals, who after 2015 will be receiving sharply worded letters from CRA, miss the point entirely. The Story of Justin is in fact the Greatest Story Every Told. You just have to view it from the right angle.
Like the fella said: Fake it till you make it. That's the Dauphin's approach. Rather than accomplishing something and gaining practical experience Justin is working backwards. He will pretend that he has done something meriting high office and then, by a strange but inevitable logic, he will actually merit high office. It's like if you pretend to be a doctor eventually you'll be able to perform open heart surgery. Sure a few patients might pass from this world to the next, but it's a small price to pay considering what you're getting.
And what are we getting from Justin? A dream. A beautiful dream. What is that dream you ask? Ah, here I tell you friend it's the best dream of all! Justin will fulfill yourdream! Yes you there in the third row with the slight lisp! Yes you in the back with the semiotics degree and the barista apron! Justin will make your dream come true. It's like the Make A Wish foundation except much better. Those chumps have to raise money voluntarily. Justin's fantasy political camp is funded by the most generous people in the world: The Taxpayers of Canada.
Want free health care for you, your family and any cousins that you haven't been able to slip into the country yet? Justin can make that happen!
Want a free education with a guaranteed job working for the government? Justin can make that happen!
Want to feel great about how morally superior Canadians are compared to Americans? Justin can make that happen too!
All things are possible if you believe in Justin!
No it's not like a cult. In a cult you give up your property at the onset. With Justin your property will be gradually confiscated through the tax system over several years. It's dreaming on the installment plan. The grumpy old men who do not like Justin don't want you to dream. They are weighted down by silly things like economics, accounting and public policy. Justin has a dream of being Prime Minister and who are we, the mere voters of Canada, to stand in his way? Buy the book and begin the dream.
Once upon a time it was said that God was an Englishman. That was a very long time ago. Considering Justin's recent poll numbers we might conclude that God is a Liberal with a very dark sense of humour. The joke, unfortunately, is on us.
The Germans don't have a very positive image of the Brits abroad, to judge by an article in the mass-selling tabloid Bild.
Under a headline of "Bild explains the English Patients (of Majorca)", the newspaper suggests the behaviour of British holidaymakers in search of the sun is so bizarre it can only be explained as a series of illnesses.
The article lists "underwear amnesia", "vodka cough", and "Welsh wandering hands" among the ailments that afflict Brit tourists.
Former Alberta premier Alison Redford is resigning as MLA for Calgary-Elbow "to start the next chapter of my life."
Redford made the announcement in a self-penned article in Wednesday's Calgary Herald.
There is a great hope among many of us that the "next chapter" of Ms Redford's life entails a few years spent in a federal establishment. And I don't mean the House of Commons. When you refuse to discourage bad behaviour you tend to get more of it. Whatever the legal definition of the former Premier's actions by every ethical understanding she is a fraudster. Blaming her staff for this lush comfort is not only cowardly it is also implausible. Are we to believe that an otherwise intelligent and educated woman did not know, or did not understand, that booking an entire row of seats on an airplane is pricey? Or to whom the bill was being sent? And that to do so under false pretenses is, at the very least, unethical for anyone much less a public servant?
This is not, please note, an example of someone padding their expense account. That happens in both the private and sector and is, to a certain extent, expected. It's understood that the sales or account manager might have stayed at the less posh hotel, but you're going to find it hard to retain decent people if they have to stay at the Roach Inn near the intersection of nothing and nowhere. A good expense account is one of the perks of a certain kind of job.
I don't begrudge it. Just as I don't begrudge a minister of the crown flying first class, or having access to private government jets. They are responsible for managing billions of dollars. Assuming they're competent at their roles a few extra luxuries are of little great hardship to the taxpayer. Remember the federal budget stands at about $280 billion. We're talking about peanuts and so long as everything is fairly disclosed I'm not terribly bothered by it.
But Ms Redford has more than padded her expense account, she has elaborated upon it with the expertise and grace of a practiced story teller. Her performance is above mere accounting and approaches the level of great literature. Perhaps she will take these events to heart and realize, after much soul searching and a fruitless appeals process, that her true vocation lies in Hollywood and not in the humdrum management of Canada's richest province.
If Redford is allowed to get away with bilking the taxpayers in so blatant a fashion, and there is every chance that she might, it will send a clear signal to the political class across the country that this behaviour has little downside. Sure you might get kicked out of office, but that's a job hazard for any politician. Might as well help yourself to the minibar of political life before the management throws you out.
She must be charged. Those who aided and abetted her must also be charged. It must be understood that when you defraud the taxpayers you will face consequences far greater than losing your seat. We need a new motto for government accountability, one the politicking class will not soon forget.
Her desire to stay goes beyond all the fond memories, including visits from far-flung relatives and heads of state, and evenings spent with their two cats on a planted terrace, before the new landlord removed the foliage and fencing to install ventilation for a restaurant downstairs. There is also the rent, a mere $390 a month. But with all the legal fees and upkeep she and her husband have had to shoulder over the years, she insists her monthly outlay is in the thousands of dollars.