Tag Archives: Erin O’Toole

The Knives Are Out

I was confused when I answered the phone. Who conducts a political poll three days after an election? As the automated caller worked through its questions the purpose became clear. Did I think Canada was moving in the right direction? Press 1 for yes, 2 for no. Which party did I vote for? (I lied […]

And The Winner Will Be…

Canadians choose a new government today. In theory anyway. As I write this, the polls will be open for another few hours, and then the counting begins. Given how close the tally is expected to be, and with a million mail-in ballots that won’t be counted before Tuesday, it may be a few days before […]

The Home Stretch

Just a week until election day, and there is still no predictable winner in Canada’s federal election. Or is there? The Liberals regained their lead in the polls during the past few days, but the Conservatives are so close that the numbers are meaningless – all within the pollsters’ margin of error. Given the way […]

Tonight Matters

By the time the leaders clash in televised debates, Canadian federal elections are usually already decided. Voters’ minds are made up and the debate doesn’t change anything. This year is different. After squaring off twice in French, finallly the party leaders will spar with each other tonight in an election that all polls indicate is […]

Past The Halfway Mark

Whos is ahead? Who cares? The Canadian federal election is in two weeks, but are people really paying attention? Or are they more concerned with the start of school and whether the pandemic will once again force a return to online learning? In case you missed it, here are some of the political lowlights of […]

The Marathon Continues

With today starting the third week of Canada’s federal election, the governing Liberals find themselves behind in the polls for the first time. This election was supposed to be a slam dunk; their strategists must be going nuts. The party seems to be bent on self destruction. Here are two examples from the past week. […]

One Week Down

Today kicks off the second week of Canada’s federal election campaign. So what has happened in the first seven days of this five-week marathon that ends September 20? I’ve been a little surprised at the performance of the governing Liberals. There seems to be a general media consensus that there is no reason for this pandemic election […]

Canada finds itself in a pandemic election. The logistics are easy. The Prime Minister hopes the outcome is favorable. When the PM told everyone in the spring that Parliament was functioning well and there was no need for an election, no-one believed him. His lust for a vote, to capitalize on COVID fears was palpable. […]

Not Your Ordinary Denial

Of course they believe in climate change – most of them anyway. They aren’t stupid. But they are upset. They decided to make a point. Last weekend, delegates to the Conservative Party of Canada policy convention defeated a motion that acknowledged climate change as real. It was embarrassing for leader Erin O’Toole, who has been […]

Counting The Ballots

It’s the biggest turnout for a party leadership vote in Canadian history. A day before the deadline more than 150,000 ballots had been received at Conservative Party headquarters. (Don’t tell Donald Trump – it was a mail-in contest.) When the leadership contest started I had intended to devote the occasional post to the campaign. That […]