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2011 Election

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Dear Stephen: the 41st General Election and your undeserved majority

Well that happened. The rainy weather here in Toronto is befitting of the mood surrounding what was, for my circle of friends anyway, a very disappointing and bewildering election. The Conservatives end up with 167 seats, 12 more than needed to form a majority; the NDP will form the Official Opposition with 102 seats (beating … Continue reading

Election Day: I can’t take the suspense!

Should we be worried when even the Europeans are worried about us? – – – Well, it’s Election Day. We all knew this day would come, we just didn’t know how it would make us feel. We’ve learned a little bit; grown a little bit; and determined once again that despite having been of voting … Continue reading

The un-endorsement endorsements

“Sometimes, when you see a group of Canadians coming out on Sunday morning to plant trees that they might not even live to see fully grown, you understand and feel the deep and passionate faith that the people of this country have in their own country. They must also have a politics and politicians worthy … Continue reading

Weekly Round Up: April 24-April 30

Sunday, April 24 | The Canadian Press – Leaders gird for frenetic last week of election campaign “The federal party leaders charge into the cut-and-thrust final week of the election campaign Monday after a docile day of Easter egg hunts and church services. Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff, who needs to close a big gap with … Continue reading

Voting and income disparities in Toronto Centre

I have always been fascinated by my riding. I always tell the story of our disparate communities coming together at common places and events, like the Cabbagetown Festival in September, or the No Frills on Parliament any day of the week. These are the times and places were people with some of widest income disparities … Continue reading

The Catch-22 of Third Party Candidates

There was something that stuck out to me yesterday in Andrew Coyne’s Liberal endorsement, and it stayed with me for the rest of the day. In narrowing his choice of party down, he had this to say about eliminating the NDP and the Green Party from the first round: I can eliminate two options off … Continue reading

Andrew Coyne’s support for the Liberals: help bring “government to democratic heel”

My previous comments about abuse of power and using media outlets to state voting intentions notwithstanding, I wanted to bring attention to Andrew Coyne’s article ‘A price must be paid – but by whom?’ in Maclean’s that came out today. Coyne does a fantastic job exploring the debate between the two pillars of the campaign … Continue reading

Editorial: Globe and Mail endorses Harper and the Conservatives

At least the Globe editorial board and I agree on one thing: we are having an election on May 2, that much is true. No – I kid. The Globe & Mail has come out with their public political endorsement, said some pleasant things about all party leaders, and thrown their considerable, national weight behind … Continue reading

Solidifying the ‘Youth Vote’ starts with respect

Stephen Harper can say that this was a needless election all he wants, but for millions of Canadians on the political left of the spectrum, the May 2 vote appears to be anything but. And if record-breaking advance polls turnout is any indication, the election in search of a story appears to have found its … Continue reading

Asbestos is Canada’s deadly double standard

Stephen Harper has been in the heart of asbestos country recently, attempting to win votes on the export of a highly toxic and dangerous substance banned throughout much of the industrialized world. That Canada has a deadly double standard with regards to limiting our own use of a hazardous substance while exporting it to developing … Continue reading

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