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Doug Ford has so far influenced conservatives across Canada

Jun 23 2019 — Jim Warren — After one year in office, Ontario Premier Doug Ford has dramatically changed the way Conservatives play politics and, in the process, influenced how Alberta Premier Jason Kenney launched his government this spring. Ford’s new political playbook also will impact an Andrew Scheer government if he wins in October in Ottawa. Love him or loathe him, […]

Premiers are getting too involved in federal elections

May 26 2019 — Jim Warren — The role of Canada’s Premiers in federal elections is evolving to become more partisan. This leads to more conflict, personal attacks, and threatens the unity of the country. With so many Premiers active in the federal campaign against the Prime Minister, how will it be possible for them to work together post-election if Justin Trudeau […]

If Scheer wins, who will be the next Liberal and NDP leaders?

May 19 2019 — Jim Warren — Last week I listed the front-runners to replace Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer if he doesn’t win a majority government this October. The list included Doug Ford, Jason Kenney, Erin O’Toole, Lisa Raitt, Peter MacKay and Stephen Harper. The one who by far solicited the most positive response by email and on social media was Harper. […]

Here are the front-runners to replace Andrew Scheer

May 12 2019 — Jim Warren — In today’s era of instant information and gratification no politician seems to get a second chance as a political leader in modern day campaigns and elections. For most of 2018, many New Democrats were already talking about replacing leader Jagmeet Singh ever though he hadn’t lost an election yet. So, it is interesting to consider […]

Your tax dollars are being wasted on carbon tax advertising

Apr 28 2019 — Jim Warren — Our tax dollars shouldn’t be used for partisan political advertising to win our votes or change our minds. But it is an election year in Canada, and apparently, our provincial politicians think it is OK to do so. We are now seeing millions of wasted tax dollars spent on partisan “government” advertising about the carbon […]

Trudeau needs Ford and Kenney as villains

Apr 13 2019 — Jim Warren — The partisan chaos and conflict with conservative premiers across Canada could be the perfect political recipe for Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to cook up a re-election strategy and campaign for next October. To get past the SNC-Lavalin mess that is consuming the PM as well as the media, Trudeau needs an opponent bigger than […]

The worst part of the Lavalin mess is the Conservatives’ response

Apr 7 2019 — Jim Warren — What makes the SNC-Lavalin mess such a pathetic mess — besides the many stupid decisions by both sides of the Liberal disagreement — has been the blatantly partisan and pathetic attacks by the Conservatives and NDP. I’m sick and tired of the entire affair. Everyone I talk to about it other than partisan Conservatives seems […]

Scheer’s focus on Lavscam offers little positive to voters

Mar 30 2019 — Jim Warren — This spring Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives have singularly focused their attacks on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals over the issue of SNC-Lavalin. This is a massive strategic political mistake. Scheer has missed an opportunity to use the tabling of the budget to attack Trudeau on economic issues relevant to middle-class […]

Trudeau needs to get this mutiny under control

Mar 24 2019 — Jim Warren — There is a full-on mutiny happening on the good ship S.S. Liberal and it’s about time its captain, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, started to address it for what it is or he could get tossed overboard. Trudeau and the Prime Minister’s Office should ensure Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott speak and disclose every piece of […]

The Liberals, Conservatives and media have all failed on this mess

Mar 2 2019 — Jim Warren — Watching the players in Ottawa deal with the SNC-Lavalin issue, I’d say a pox on all their houses – the government, the opposition and the media. The Prime Minister’s Office and the Privy Council Office have handled it badly. The Official Opposition have handled it badly. The media have covered it badly. All of it […]

The SNC-Lavalin mess is all about Quebec votes

Feb 17 2019 — Jim Warren — It’s 2019. It’s a federal election year. If you want to understand what is going on in Ottawa recently, you have to recognize that all of the major political parties are pandering to Quebec, home of 78 federal ridings, the second most number of seats of any province. And unlike most of the seats across […]

A year and a half in, Scheer’s a disappointment

Jan 26 2019 — Jim Warren — Andrew Scheer has been leader of the Conservative Party of Canada for over a year and a half. The bad news for Conservatives is that throughout that time he has demonstrated extremely poor political judgment. He has been a disappointment. The glimmer of good news for the Tories is that Scheer continues to be a […]

What the upcoming byelections will mean for the general election

Jan 13 2019 — Jim Warren — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced three byelections in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia this past week. Normally, I would argue that byelections are not a good indicator of general election success. But the results in each of these three ridings will dramatically impact the 2019 federal election. The three byelections being held are in the […]

Political predictions from 2019

Dec 30 2018 — Jim Warren — Making predictions these days in politics is like trying to predict the weather in Newfoundland. We know we will experience fog, cold, wind, snow and rain, but when the sun and warmth will come is anyone’s guess. So I don’t know how predictable my predictions will be, having clocked in at three 3 for 5 […]

The three big political stars of 2018

Dec 16 2018 — Jim Warren — This year was a noteworthy one in politics both local and internationally. American President Donald Trump continues to dominate the political agenda. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau managed to finalize a renegotiation of NAFTA despite the critics and naysayers. Elections in Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick saw a sea of change. There were winners and losers. […]