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Federal Liberal party convention in Halifax seen as key to election win

Apr 18 2018 — Andrea Hill — More than 2,700 Grits will descend on Halifax this weekend for the Liberal party’s biggest non-leadership convention in decades, and what incoming party president Suzanne Cowan is calling the unofficial kickoff for the 2019 election campaign. Speaking with The Chronicle Herald on Tuesday, Cowan said the timing of the weekend’s convention — about 18 months […]

Seeking political revenge: few rewards but many risks

Apr 16 2018 — Dan Leger — Existence must be a bitter trial for those grand figures who have reached for the golden ring of leadership, imagining themselves the stuff of glittering biography as they nearly grasped it, only to be stymied by a lesser light. It’s tragic to be sure, but politics abounds with such tragedies, although it’s uncool to complain […]

Plan to undercut democracy working quite well for Putin

Apr 9 2018 — Dan Leger — There must be days when Vladimir Putin wakes up in the Kremlin amazed at his good fortune. The New Czar of Russia is one of the world’s richest men, with an army to protect him. And his modest investment in undermining Western foes is paying solid dividends. Putin’s Russia literally gets away with murder, despite […]

Pray that Easter break brings humility to Trudeau’s team

Apr 2 2018 — Dan Leger — It being the holy Easter season, it’s time to adjourn, briefly, from the profane and political. Let us therefore take this time to pray that the federal Liberals will contemplate the error of their ways and earnestly strive for coherence in the land and in their government. I’m not much for praying, so I’ll put […]

Has time come to unfriend Facebook once and for all?

Mar 26 2018 — Dan Leger — Facebook’s vigilant robots tell me I’ve reached 10 years as a member or user, or whatever you call the 2.2 billion people who visit the site each month. Lately, 10 years feels like enough. Everyone knows the story of how Facebook evolved from a university social site into a global media juggernaut, with users in […]

Ottawa shouldn’t rush to match Republicans’ business-tax cut

Mar 5 2018 — Dan Leger — It’s fair to say the Trudeau government’s budget didn’t do anything dramatic about traditional budgetary concerns, the entirety of which I will now list. The traditional concerns are 1) taxes and 2) spending. This was a budget not about those things, but about politics and an election 20 months away. That Budget 2018 put politics […]

Stoffer’s wife defends him amid accusations of sexual harassment

Feb 13 2018 — — Peter Stoffer’s wife is speaking out in defence of her husband, who’s been the subject of multiple sexual harassment accusations in recent days stemming from his tenure as a member of Parliament. “I have no concern about these allegations, many of which have been coming from unnamed people,” said Andrea Pottyondy Stoffer. “They are probably […]

Another harassment accusation against Stoffer

Feb 12 2018 — — Another woman is publicly accusing Peter Stoffer of sexual harassment while he served as a member of parliament. Ingrid Deon, 36, was a newly hired Nova Scotia NDP caucus staffer when, she said, Stoffer propositioned her after a fisheries-related community meeting at the Meteghan fire hall on March 8, 2007. Deon said she was approached […]

Another allegation against Stoffer surfaces

Feb 10 2018 — Andrea Gunn — Another woman has come forward with allegations of inappropriate behaviour against Peter Stoffer, adding to the mounting number of complaints about the former NDP MP. The woman, who didn’t want her name used, said Stoffer propositioned her in the early 2000s when she was a young staffer for the party. The woman told The Chronicle […]

Parties to blame for failing to properly vet candidates

Feb 5 2018 — Dan Leger — Let me offer some advice to every political party at every level in Ottawa and every province. Get to know yourselves before you make us do it for you, the hard way. This simple recommendation will save pain and embarrassment for all of us: candidates, parties and voters. Fewer candidates will resign in the middle […]

Wait, is Canada standing up to the Americans? The nerve!

Jan 29 2018 — Dan Leger — Goodness gracious, fellow Canadians, have we gone off script? Have we forgotten our designated role as the obsequious neighbour to mighty, indifferent America? Do we dare? Apparently we do dare, at least when it comes to trade. It finally has dawned on us that we can do better than spin on the end of the […]