Tag Archives: Election

Narrowing The Field

Last week pundits were calling Bernie Sanders unstoppable in the race for the US Democratic party nomination. Now Joe Biden is the front runner. Last week Biden’s campaign looked all but over. Now other big-name candidates have dropped out, throwing their support to him in the hopes of stopping Sanders. Biden is the hope of […]

Pressing The Flesh

Democrats go to the polls today in New Hampshire as that state holds its presidential primary. After last week’s Iowa caucus fiasco, the party is desperate to get things right. I’m not a fan of the primary system, for reasons to numerous to detail here, but I understand why the New Hampshire vote has traditionally […]

Today’s Dilemma

It is Saturday. Election day in Canada is nine days away. Unless you are voting early. My son suggested we go vote as a family today. He won’t be in the country on October 21, so he has to vote early or not vote. For hi this is a simple election. He made up his […]

The Immigration Debate – II

It is a hot election topic, and not just in Canada. Donald Trump expects to ride it to victory in 2020. It led to Angela Merkel’s decision not to seek another term as Chancellor of Germany. It fueled Brexit. But does anyone really understand immigration? It is a political hot potato in Canada’s fall election. […]

The Immigration Debate – I

Everyone has an opinion about immigration. That was clear as Canadian political leaders debated the subject Monday night. It is a major issue in Canada’s federal election. An emotionally charged one. The truth is that immigration is one of those issues that shouldn’t be a matter of much debate. Canada needs immigrants. We have a big […]

Up For Debate

It is make or break time (perhaps) for the leaders of Canada’s five national political parties. Tonight, two weeks from election day, they square off against each other in an English-language debate. To undecided voters like myself, this is a chance to assess the leaders and their policies. How do they square up against each […]

Confronting Climate Change

Whatever happened to the out of control wildfires in the Brazilian rain forest? Six weeks ago, they were at the forefront of the daily news. I just realized though that it has been a month since I heard them mentioned. I guess the situation is under control, temporarily anyway. You can expect lots of talk […]

An Act of Bravery or Political Suicide?

In 2015, as I remember it, a young woman running as a Liberal candidate in Calgary had her candidacy revoke by the party. Some old Facebook posts had surfaced, anti-Semitic statements she had made at 16. She said she no longer held those views, but that wasn’t good enough for the party. They replaced her […]

And They’re Off…

I know some people don’t like it when I compare politics to sports, because they think I am trivializing the political process. But there are similarities. You have winners and losers – and a lot of heartbreak. The stakes are higher though. When it comes right down to it, it doesn’t matter who wins the […]

If It Looks Like Hypocrisy…

Definition of hypocrisy 1: a feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not : behavior that contradicts what one claims to believe or feel The Canadian Prime Minister is defending the right of one of his party’s candidates in the upcoming federal election to oppose the construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline. Yet […]