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The Conundrum of the Wandering Free Trade Announcement, or How to Heckle Harper

March 31, 2011

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I will always remember today as the day that I almost heckled Stephen Harper. Last night, I heard from a local environmental activist that Stephen Harper would be speaking here in Halifax. I was beside myself with excitement. I’ve spent five years hating Harper, but I never got to express that opinion to him in […]

Who wants a Harper Majority?

March 31, 2011

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Katie pointed this out to me. Of course, Shrill Harper abandoned this promise when he became leader of a minority government. Will it come back if he gets a majority? Who knows!

Meta-Debates

March 31, 2011

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Debates about debates aren’t new in Canadian Federal politics. You may recall that the broadcast consortium that hosts the Federal leaders debate tried to exclude Elizabeth May during the 2008 election campaign. Now it’s happening again. With the addition of debate drama to the already established coalition drama, this campaign is shaping up to be […]

On Strategic Voting

March 29, 2011

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How many registered political campaigns are going on in Canada right now. If you said four, then you forgot the Greens, and if you said five, then you haven’t heard of the Catch 22 campaign, which is officially registered as a third (sixth?) party in this election. These guys are pretty awesome. Their FAQ explains […]

March 29: Campaign Digest

March 29, 2011

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Today has been a somewhat encouraging day on the campaign trail.  Firstly, there is a glimmer of hope in the polls. The Conservatives are on their way down, and the Liberals, NDP and Greens are on their way up. I can’t imagine why this might be. Maybe the Shrill Harper meme has caught on, maybe […]

Attack Ad Roundup

March 29, 2011

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I think we all saw this coming, but that doesn’t make it any less overwhelming. The Conservatives have responded to the fall of their government with a veritable avalanche of bullshit that will stream out of everybody’s television for the next month and a bit. I apologize if I just summoned the image of an […]

Stephen Harper is Shrill

March 28, 2011

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Orwell’s Bastard has a great idea: “We can’t let Harper and his armies of Attack ParrotsTM (h/tdeBeauxOs) make this all about notional coalitions. It’s a lying, cynical narrative, but it appeals to lazy corporate-media types because it doesn’t require any thought, research or reflection. … Or do we engage him on his own turf, but subvert […]