By Frank Moher The NDP’s cashiering of Tom Mulcair as leader is both deeply unfair and plainly essential, at least for anyone who wants to see the Party remain able to influence public policy, and maybe one day win an election. As has been widely remarked, Mulcair was for four years one of the best opposition leaders Parliament […]
Strategic voting didn’t defeat Mulcair. Mulcair did.
By Montreal Simon Well as you all know, Tom Mulcair is perched precariously on a narrow plank, over the deep blue sea. With the big question being, will he be standing or swimming on Monday? But even as he marches or limps towards his destiny, some of the old guard are hobbling out to defend him. And this has […]
Why Tom Mulcair Should Go
By Montreal Simon I haven’t written anything about the NDP leadership review, because I know some of my NDP friends are still hurting from their disastrous election result. And I didn’t want to re-open any wounds. And also because I think Justin Trudeau is the best prime minister I have ever known, so it’s not […]
Triumph of the drama nerds
By Frank Moher Two drama nerds have recently moved into high profile positions. Before I name them (or perhaps you’ve already guessed who they are; or perhaps you’d like to scroll down and look at the pictures on this page), let me hasten to add that I have been proudly a drama nerd nearly all my […]
Katrina’s campaign journal: And on the 72nd day . . .
With this sixth installment, we conclude Katrina Kairys’s series on getting to know Canadian politics from the ground up, by volunteering during the 2015 federal election campaign. Our thanks to Katrina for keeping our readers’ spirits buoyed with her enthusiasm and humour throughout. Previous installments can be read here. By Katrina Kairys You win some. You lose some. […]
“Dear Mr. Harper . . . you’ve underestimated us.”
Mary Cleaver posted this open letter to Stephen Harper on facebook earlier this month. This election, backofthebook.ca endorses Mary Cleaver. Dear Mr. Harper, I live in BC with my husband and two little girls. I grew up in Calgary and have many friends and family members there. I’m white and in my early 40s. One […]
Katrina’s campaign journal: 20-somethings for democracy
We continue Katrina Kairys’s series on getting to know Canadian politics from the ground up, by volunteering during the 2015 federal election campaign. Previous installments can be read here. By Katrina Kairys “Do we happen to have a sledge hammer? Nope? I guess I’ll have to go grab one tonight.” I give Mira a confused look. […]
Harper and the spawn of the Great Satan
By Montreal Simon Oh dear. I see that Stephen Harper had to take the day off on Saturday. No doubt to try to recover from the brutal effects of the long campaign he inflicted upon himself. And get a full spa treatment. Because let’s face it he needs one … Every day he looks more bagged […]
Dear Canada: We gave you Stephen Harper. We’re sorry.
By Frank Moher Dear Canada, Western Canada here. We gave you Stephen Harper. And we’re just writing to say we’re sorry. We know it’s a little late in the day. But it’s something we really need to square with you. It’s true that Ontario gave him to us, back when Harper was 19 and moved out […]
Katrina’s campaign journal: Election buzz
By Katrina Kairys This is part four in Katrina Kairys’s series on getting to know Canadian politics from the ground up, by volunteering during the 2015 federal election campaign. You can also read installments 1, 2, and 3. With less than three weeks until the election, the federal campaign is coming to a boil. Canadians […]