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Let’s Talk about Deficits

August 29, 2015


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


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


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


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, […]