An extraordinary Canadian consensus, for example, here and here and here and here and here. But it is too early to declare victory for democracy. The parties have two weeks – and they have every reason to find an accommodation. The costs of failure are too high.
I watched Evan Soloman and his pundits panel discussing Frank Graves’ comment that Liberals should wage a culture war, pitching urban against rural, cosmopolitan against parochial. The panel discussed the whole idea of wedge politics and negative politics and whether these work. The broad conclusion – yes indeed they work and every party does it. … Read more
Frank Graves does his usual excellent job of analyzing shifting Canadian attitudes on “The Guergis-Jaffer Affair”. Not surprisingly the Conservatives took an initial hit in the polls but according to Ekos data (Frank’s firm), their slide has halted and the Liberals have now taken a bit of a hit. Frank says, among other things, that … Read more
Accountability is a big word with many meanings but for simplicity sake I will define it as: 1) the obligation to render accounts of how well one is doing in delivering on promises and meeting agreed expectations; 2) the responsibility to take the necessary measures to improve performance and to correct error and to report … Read more
Let’s just watch the Colorado Springs anti-tax experiment. Important lessons here. Monica Potts adds that many of the private sector jobs in Colorado Springs are for a company subsidized by the Defence Department and that means by federal taxes. Interesting that these taxes are not under assault.
Day after day, we are fed more House of Commons questions and more media headlines and more speculation about Helena Guergis and Rahim Jaffer. Maybe it’s good politics to keep this issue hot and in the public eye. Ekos polling seems to show that it is, to some extent. But Guergis is out of Cabinet … Read more