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Easy ride may be over for Trudeau’s Liberals

Sep 11 2017 — Geoffrey Stevens — Justin Trudeau and his band of “sunny ways” Liberals have reached the political equivalent of the continental divide — two years in and two years to go before the next election on Oct. 21, 2019. They have had two years to enjoy the fruits of victory and to keep — or not — their campaign […]

Trudeau must sell Khadr deal before it drags him under

Jul 10 2017 — Geoffrey Stevens — “We have a great neighbour in Canada and Justin is doing a spectacular job in Canada. Everybody loves him and they love him for a reason. So congratulations on the job you are doing.”— Donald Trump at the G20 summit in Hamburg , Germany, on Saturday. So there you have it — a ringing endorsement […]

Who will be next Tory leader? Look at Andrew Scheer

Feb 27 2017 — Geoffrey Stevens — Today’s Conservative Party of Canada is not your grandmother’s Conservative Party. That much we know. But what kind of party will it become going forward? The answer will be determined in large measure by the outcome of the current leadership race. Candidates have one month left to sell party memberships in this one-member, one-vote competition, […]

O’Leary not as repugnant as Trump, but …

Jan 23 2017 — Geoffrey Stevens — Arlene Dickinson, former star of CBC’s “Dragons’ Den,” wasted little time putting her former co-star in his place when she was asked what she thought of Kevin O’Leary’s entry into the Conservative leadership race last week. “For seven years, I sat shoulder-to-shoulder with Kevin,” she said. “We’d spend long hours together, listening to hardworking Canadian […]

A perfect ‘would-have-been’ Conservative leader

Jan 2 2017 — Geoffrey Stevens — This being a brand new year, why don’t we try something different? Imagine, if you can, gentle reader, that you are a card-carrying member of the Conservative Party of Canada. You are looking anxiously for a permanent replacement for Stephen Harper in the CPC leadership election this coming May. You have studied the swollen field […]

Wynne: When will the Liberal knives come out?

Dec 26 2016 — Geoffrey Stevens — Anyone who has made a career in politics will tell you that two of the most difficult decisions involve timing: When to get in and when to get out. Of the two, the getting-out decision is often the more difficult. Canadians saw evidence of that back in the 1960s when John Diefenbaker, a former prime […]

Tories need to get Ambrose to become permanent leader

Dec 12 2016 — Geoffrey Stevens — If the federal Conservatives had their wits about them they would do what the Royal Navy did back in the age of sail when it sent forth “press gangs” to forcibly conscript — or “impress” — seafaring men to crew its warships. They would send a press gang off to Stornoway to confront their interim […]

Trudeau sailing into choppy waters

Sep 26 2016 — Geoffrey Stevens — The Justin Trudeau government has enjoyed remarkably clear sailing for its first 11 months. The prime minister’s personal popularity is the envy of rock stars and hockey heroes. The polls continue to show that in an election today the Liberals would command a larger share of the popular vote and win more seats than they […]

Byelection loss sinks Wynne’s plan to gain some momentum

Feb 16 2016 — Geoffrey Stevens — The outcome of last week’s byelection in the provincial riding of Whitby-Oshawa delivers at least three warnings for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario’s Liberal premier, Kathleen Wynne. The byelection was called to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of the popular Progressive Conservative MPP Christine Elliott, widow of former federal finance minister Jim […]

Trump has not gone unnoticed among Canada’s Conservatives

Jan 18 2016 — Geoffrey Stevens — They say nature abhors a vacuum. So do political parties. We are seeing that this season in both the Republican party in the United States and the Conservative party in Canada. Let’s start south of the border. Since losing their second consecutive presidential election in 2012, the Republicans have been reduced to a hollow shell […]

A campaign of confusion thus far

Jul 13 2015 — Geoffrey Stevens — There is only one word to describe our infant federal election campaign. The word is confusion. There is confusion over the leaders’ debates — how many there will ultimately be, what the rules will be, who will be invited to participate, and who will show up and who will not. There is confusion over the […]

Election becoming NDP’s to lose

Jul 6 2015 — Geoffrey Stevens — From this vantage point, which is still too far out from Oct. 19, it appears the federal election will turn on the “soft” Liberal vote. In the May 2011 election, it will be recalled, the Liberals under Michael Ignatieff took a woeful 18.9 per cent of the popular vote and ended up in third place. […]

Polls show Alberta ready for change

May 4 2015 — Geoffrey Stevens — The desire for change is the most powerful force in politics. We are seeing that in Alberta where voters will go to the polls on Tuesday in a provincial election that appears destined to end the Progressive Conservatives’ 44-year stranglehold on power. All the pollsters agree: the New Democrats will take over in Alberta, their […]

Harper is finally getting his wish: a war

Mar 30 2015 — Geoffrey Stevens — Back in the spring of 2003, in the waning days of his prime ministry, Jean Chrétien announced the decision for which he will be long remembered. Canada, he told a tumultuous House of Commons, would be not joining the U.S.-led “coalition of the willing” in its war against Iraq. There are times in politics when […]