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Let’s Talk about Deficits

August 29, 2015

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About a month ago, as this election campaign was beginning, Stephen Harper’s conservatives had an apparent weak-spot: The deficit. Harper had promised to clear the deficit by 2015, and lo and behold, he has failed. Even if you count short-term windfalls such as the sale of the General Motors stock, the Federal government has a small deficit. […]

The Most Important Issue of the Election

August 9, 2015

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So far, this election campaign has mainly been one of “gotcha” moments, where the parties and various media outlets try to catch candidates or their supporters in unflattering moments. A few days ago, there was the minor kerfuffle over Stephen Harper referring to Justin Trudeau by his first name. During Thursday’s leaders’ debate, meanwhile, Trudeau […]

Conservative Attack Ads 2015, Volume 1

August 4, 2015

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Because it’s campaign season, it’s time for me to return to my old standby of reviewing terrible campaign ads. This time around, if I have time, I’ll try to devote some attention to all of the party’s ads, but I suspect that I’ll be mainly focusing on the Conservatives. That’s partly because they have the […]

Rethinking Strategic Voting

August 3, 2015

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It’s been forever since I’ve updated this blog. There’s a simple reason for that: I’ve been working on a PhD. If you’re curious as to what my thoughts have been in the meantime, feel free to go have a look at my other blog, which has been updated regularly. But now, the writ has dropped, […]