This needs to be said: it is simply wrong to state that Ontario’s new sex-education curriculum was arrived at without adequate consultation. I am glad Ontario Conservative leader Patrick Brown has finally come out and said he will not scrap
Last week in the United Kingdom, the first of two nationally televised debates on Brexit (the proposed British exit from the European Union) aired, with British Prime Minister David Cameron and U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farrage taking pointed questions
American President Barack Obama recently made headlines arguing against a leave vote in the Brexit referendum. Obama’s remarks were the second time in recent weeks the leave campaign was put on the defensive by a North American’s comments, with the
In politics, there is always a balance in elections between hard work organizing in advance and the zeitgeist taking over. This is especially true in a “wave election,” like the one on October 19th. The metaphor commonly used goes something
Here is some friendly, but unsolicited advice, for the NDP. As a leftish Liberal who joined the Party in 2011, believe me — I know how horrible losing feels. Worse, like the Grits in 2011 but for different reasons, this
When the federal election campaign started, months ago, I posted a photo on Facebook of Justin Trudeau in a scrum after an event at the University of Toronto. I helped organize the event, and I’m standing just behind him, with
During the past number of months campaigning for local candidates, Canadian politics has perplexed me for a variety of reasons, but one reason stands out the most. Why is the Liberal Party not aggressively campaigning on a cure for healthcare?
Republicans have no idea how to handle Trump. There’s only one way — make him a laughingstock Sitting in a Long Island diner, then again sitting in JFK’s departure terminal and again when I arrived home in Canada, standing in
In February, I sat in Victoria Station in London, England. A tall black man was shouting something, clearly drunk. I didn’t really pay him any attention. Then I heard the guy sitting across from me shout out, “shut the f-k
When I signed on to the Rob Keffer for Mayor team in July, we knew we had a fight on our hands. In a hypothetical replay of the 2010 mayoral race, Rob would’ve lost to Doug White by about 270
Sometime after Thursday afternoon, Andrea Horwath and her Ontario NDP will face a choice. Either they vote for the Liberal budget or they bring down a government they feel remains mired in the scandals of its former self. We have
Getting youth to vote – or not to – is at the centre of two parties’ political strategy heading into a 2015 federal election. At the Liberal convention in Montréal, President Barack Obama’s campaign gurus were out in full force.
The problem with the Liberal leadership debates isn’t the number of candidates but the debate format. It’s past time for the debate organizers within the party to tier these debates and to surrender editorial control to a journalist, not a
In stepping down after 16 years as Ontario Liberal Party leader, Premier Dalton McGuinty spoke about renewal. That was the title of his e-mail to party memberships. “I’ve concluded,” he said in an emotional speech to caucus, “that this is
Partisans spend so much time in Canadian politics objectifying the past. At what point, in this country of so little history and too much geography, can history actually be history? Justin Trudeau seems the epitome of this retrospective, partisan pornography.
Has the Liberal Party of Canada finally developed a grassroots? And, if so, is this grassroots structurally focused to win local elections? There’s certainly a cautiously optimistic sense within the party. The move to allow ‘supporters’ (or those Canadians who