A year-end report card for federal politicians

Even in one of the crummiest years in memory, many of Canada's elected representatives deserve high marks

A year-end report card for federal politiciansTORONTO, Ont. Dec. 30, 2016/Troy Media/ – As the crummiest year in living memory grinds to a close, it’s time for the report card on your elected representatives in Ottawa. Every other member of the punditocracy is doing one, so why can’t your humble narrator? It may be a cliché but it’s fun! Here goes:…

Tom Mulcair: the New Democrat nobody knew

Mulcair was never someone who could win

Tom Mulcair: the New Democrat nobody knewHAMILTON, Ont. April 14, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Showing the pride and impenetrably thick hide of the best political performers, NDP leader Tom Mulcair ignored his own deep wounds to savage the Liberal government in the Commons this week. He was fresh from crippling betrayal by his party at a weekend convention in Edmonton. Yet…

Opposition disarray: with enemies like these, who needs friends?

The Leap Manifesto takes the pressure off Trudeau by dividing the NDP

Opposition disarray: with enemies like these, who needs friends?RED DEER, Alta. April 13, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Think of it as the ultimate honeymoon gift to Canada's fresh Liberal government: disarray in the opposition ranks. And think of some of that disarray as creating waves for a pair of provincial governments. Halfway into the first year of their four-year mandate, the federal Liberals can be…

Will Mulcair actually leave after his long goodbye?

Mulcair may rise from the ashes once the consequences of the NDP's radical shift to the fringes become apparent

Will Mulcair actually leave after his long goodbye?TORONTO, Ont. April 12, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Last week’s NDP convention in Edmonton had all the makings of a typical political event. Instead, it turned out to be one of the biggest political bombshells in Canadian history. Early on, there were few indications that anything unusual was about to happen. Various discussions about policy…

There’s is no way to win for Mulcair and the NDP

Whatever the outcome of the vote in Edmonton, he will lose. And the New Democrat mutineers will lose, too

There’s is no way to win for Mulcair and the NDPTORONTO, Ont. April 10, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Spare a thought, this morning, for Tom Mulcair. Later today, the NDP faithful decide his fate at their weekend gathering in Edmonton. Whatever the outcome, this much is beyond dispute: the NDP face a choice that is the worst of both possibilities. If the assembled Dippers summarily dismiss Mulcair,…

2015 list of political winners and losers in Canadian politics

A legacy of guts, stupidity, craft and disappointment

2015 list of political winners and losers in Canadian politics//  canadian politics  canadian politics [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2015/12/2015-list-of-political-winners-and-losers-in-canadian-politics/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="0"]Download[/popup] this column on [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/tag/federal/" height="600" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Canadian politics[/popup]  [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="600" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] TORONTO, Ont. Dec. 29, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Creating lists of the year’s political winners and losers is usually pretty obvious: the winners of elections are geniuses…

Final election speeches from the leaders reveal the men within

Mulcair's was grandfatherly, Harper's tragic and and Trudeau's hopeful

Final election speeches from the leaders reveal the men withinDownload this column on the election for your publication or website. FREE to subscribers. Join Us Terms and Conditions of use VANCOUVER, B.C. Oct 25, 2015/ Troy Media/ – At the end of a long day of election returns, we heard a trio of speeches from the leaders of the three major parties. They were, in turns, grandfatherly,…

Conservatives’ campaign strategy has not played as well as they hoped

'Hail Mary’ antics don’t win elections

Conservatives’ campaign strategy has not played as well as they hopedDownload this column on the Conservatives' campaign strategy for your publication or website. Price starts at $8 Terms and Conditions of use CALGARY, AB Oct. 15, 2015/ Troy Media/ – After weeks of stagnation, the final days of this marathon election campaign are telling the tale of three parties – and it is a vastly…

A balanced budget no miracle cure for ailing Canadian economy

Proposing a balanced budget reflects a failure to grasp the modern economic role of government

A balanced budget no miracle cure for ailing Canadian economyDownload this column on a balanced budget for your publication or website. FREE with coupon FREDERICTON, NB Sept. 9, 2015/ Troy Media/ - The 2015 federal election will go down in history for establishing a new record and confirming a reality check. First, it will be recorded as the longest campaign in Canadian electoral history.…

Trudeau, Mulcair autobiographies election season pap

Trudeau's autobiography reads like it was written by committee; Mulcair's is not telling the whole story

Trudeau, Mulcair autobiographies election season papDownload this column on Trudeau and Mulcair for your publication or website. FREE Terms and Conditions of use CALGARY OUT CALGARY, AB Aug 24, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Both Justin Trudeau and Tom Mulcair recently wrote political autobiographies. The Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, had the good sense to write about hockey, which many Canadians actually…