Lame Duck L’Orange

An orange shock wave rolled over the Canadian political landscape yesterday. In its wake Tom Mulcair’s leadership of the NDP came to a sudden, even shocking end. Some time ago I made the case for why the NDP should choose a new leader. I was surprised as anyone else, when the NDP saw things the same way.

Looking objectively at an election where the party lost the lead, half their seats, and the best chance they have ever had to form government, it is only our surprise which should surprise us. Several pundits thought Mr. Mulcair might not make the 70% threshold of support, and need to make a tough decision. Virtually no one thought support would be so low, the party would make that decision for him. (more…)


Lose the Beard

On January 1st, many greet the New Year armed with a resolution meant to improve themselves. As people are creatures of habit they often fail, but there is surely merit in recognizing where you can improve.

In that spirit, I decided to start this year with resolution ideas for each of Canada’s three main national political parties. Greens you’re great, you do you.

Though a dedicated partisan I offer these ideas sincerely, in keeping with my own resolution to be more charitable. First up, the NDP and advice that feels more merciful than charitable.


Up For Debate

You and I are different.  We’re not like everyone else. We may have never met, but I can say we are unique with a great degree of certainty.

Two simple facts tell me so. I wrote this piece, and you are reading it.

Most people don’t seek out yet another debate think piece. Political junkies do that, and we are not like most people. Election debates are for actually for them, not us.

That’s why leaders who skip debates or threaten to for the sake of partisan games are wrong, and ignoring their responsibility to a majority of Canadians.  (more…)