Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister got a roasting on live television Wednesday over the Conservative government’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis. The CBC’s Rosemary Barton, host of Power and Politics, was taking no nonsense from Chris Alexander.
Conservative Leader Stephen Harper has become the first federal party leader to advertise on Instagram, but many of the comments on his three sponsored posts have disappeared. Facebook, which owns the photo-sharing social media platform, said the Tories started advertising through Harper’s Instagram account last Thursday.
Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are planning to scrap a new federal balanced-budget law if elected in order to run deficits to finance a spike in infrastructure spending. In an interview with The Globe and Mail, Liberal candidate John McCallum said the law is not serious and would be replaced. “If we have to get rid of […]
Rick Mercer, from the Rick Mercer Report, talks with Evan Solomon on Everything is Political: Campaign 2015.Read More
Federal political parties will be reimbursed tens of millions of dollars by taxpayers for their election expenses without having to provide any receipts or supporting documents detailing their costs – a situation Elections Canada calls an “anomaly” that must be changed. Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand has called for changes to elections laws that allow […]Read More
Justin Trudeau’s new escalator-themed ad is raising eyebrows on social media. In the 29-second ad titled “Escalator: Harder to get ahead,” Trudeau walks in place on a downward moving elevator, in what he describes as a metaphor for “What’s happening to millions of Canadians in 10 years under Stephen Harper.”Read More
Former PBO Kevin Page backs the Liberal stimulus spending plan in principle, says trust is the ballot question
Canada’s first Parliamentary Budget Officer says Canada should run a deficit over the next few years in response to the country’s stagnant economy. Kevin Page, the former Parliamentary budget officer and Jean-Luc Pepin research chair at the University of Ottawa, said Tuesday that when the economy is in trouble, it’s better to be in deficit […]Read More
Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde says he will not be voting in the October federal election, despite his organization’s national campaign encouraging aboriginal people to do so. Bellegarde made the comments on CTV’s Power Play on Wednesday, admitting that his decision could contradict his messaging. “It could (contradictit) but I’m going to […]Read More
The Gargoyle has catalogued, ad infinitum, the use of stock photography from foreign suppliers in political advertising, but graphic designers working for the the Conservative Party remain proudly defiant and continue to outsource the work to other countries. Even after the amusing flip-flop on Atlantic salmon that followed to our last instalment of Stock Photo […]Read More
We have reached the end of the “phoney war” stage of the campaign. From Labour Day on, the parties will be using live ammunition. That said, it was a surprisingly frisky August: from the revelations at the Mike Duffy trial to last week’s Liberal-NDP policy-swap on the deficit, there was no shortage of electoral fodder […]
Former prime minister MacKenzie King, the noted spiritualist and seance-holder, might have felt quite comfortable in this 2015 election campaign. It seems to be filled with ghosts. “He haunts us still” was the phrase affixed to Pierre Trudeau, even before he died in 2000. His presence is keenly felt these days, now that his son […]
When a brand is fading it is tempting for the marketers to tweak it or do a full re-think: a new flavour, maybe even a new product. But it is always risky. Coca-Cola launched a sweeter New Coke and got clobbered. Microsoft’s restyled Windows 8 was dead on arrival despite millions spent on development. And […]
From a national childcare program to balanced budgets, the abolition of the Senate and the repeal of the Clarity Act, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair has been making some hefty promises on the way to a leading position in voting intentions. But five weeks in the campaign, he has yet to demonstrate how a New Democrat […]
The Liberals don’t care about battered women. The accusation comes in the form of a press release from those nice New Democrats, who say the Justin Trudeau’s party opposes their plan to combat violence against women.
It has already become a familiar refrain from Conservatives in this federal election: Their candidates can’t speak to media, because they’re just too busy talking directly to voters. As a binary choice, this is highly dubious. No experienced campaigner in any party would deny that if local candidates have to pick between knocking on doors […]
The word “recession” has officially entered the election-season lexicon. More realistically, we experienced a mini-recession, or “recessionette,” if you will. We had two quarters of negative growth (economics-speak for decline), but they were minor. And as of June, GDP bounced back, growing by 0.5 per cent. This allowed the three main parties to spin ferociously […]
Thomas Mulcair and the NDP now have the undivided attention of the Liberal war room attack machine. “Which is it, Tom?” a Liberal release on Wednesday asked. “Karl Marx or Margaret Thatcher?” Once, when he was a cabinet minister in the Quebec Liberal government of Jean Charest, Thomas Mulcair said he admired some of the […]
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will dig Canada even deeper into the perpetual stimulus rut. In the 2013 budget the Conservatives introduced the Building Canada Plan, a 10-year, $53-billion project the government describes as “the largest and longest federal infrastructure plan in our nation’s history.” While the Conservatives made infrastructure commitments prior to the 2008 financial […]
Good Lord, how hard would it have been for Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau to simply say he disagrees with the controversial tweets of Oakville Mayor Rob Burton linking Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Canadian veterans to Nazis and fascists? Burton, a Liberal, who initially defended his remarks, has since apologized to veterans and removed the […]
Statistics Canada data confirm that the Canadian economy shrank in each of the first two quarters of this year, meeting the Harper government’s own definition of a recession as set out in its balanced budget legislation. The appropriate federal government policy response is to boost both private and public investment.Read More
As Labor Day approaches and the race for the White House picks up steam, so is the battle for the $1.1 billion spent on morning TV. ABC News’ “Good Morning America,” still tops in total viewers but feeling the heat from NBC’s “Today,” looked for reinforcements recently by courting NBC’s Jenna Bush Hager, The Post […]