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Three-dimensional Contempt

Posted on March 31, 2011

It’s been interesting to watch the Conservative war machine in full evasive mode as it seeks to convince Canadians that the fall of this government and the subsequent election had nothing to do at all with the Harper government’s contempt of Parliament charges. These are serious charges that might register heavily with Canadians just prior to visiting the polls, so the best they can do is hope to distract you. In these past five years there has been a growing contempt of the media by the present government that often escapes our notice because no one really likes it when media plays the victim card and so the practice goes on in obscurity. It all started from the get-go, shortly after Stephen Harper became…

Campaign Insider – Calm Before the Storm

Posted on March 30, 2011

One of the biggest tasks taking place before any election is locating a campaign office and getting it set up to create fluid movement among volunteers to get everything done, from phoning for donations to teams heading out to pound in signs. This time we have the same office we used in the 2008 election and it feels like home. Starting today I’ll be posting a series of videos during the campaign showing from the inside how a campaign operates and who are the key people who make it all run. No candidate can even compete effectively without the countless volunteers and managers who make it all tick. So, before all the madness begins, here’s a look at the campaign office before it gets…

Just One More Mountain To Climb

Posted on March 29, 2011

I have never really talked much to the Conservative MP from Manitoba, Shelley Glover. On those occasions when our paths have crossed she has been friendly. Her increasingly strident comments in the House since the gun registry vote have been noted by many and have been troubling. Even still, reading of Ms. Glover’s personal slight of Winnipeg Liberal MP Anita Neville filled me with a sense of disgust. I know it’s an election, and I also know you’ve got to take what politicians say in such a time with a grain of salt, but even still, this went far beyond the pale. For accuracy, catch the link to Jane Taber’s Globe and Mail column: I have been in the House of Commons for…

Landlords To A Ghost

Posted on March 29, 2011

One of my favourite authors in earlier years was Lloyd C. Douglas. In his best-selling novel Magnificent Obsession he noted, “If a man harbors any sort of fear, it percolates through all his thinking, damages his personality and makes him a landlord to a ghost.” The observation came back to me when I heard what Stephen Harper said to a crowd of about 300 in Brampton, Ontario at the start of this campaign. Read it carefully because it is telling. “Friends, we are living in a fragile global recovery. Yes, Canada is doing relatively well, but a sea of troubles is lapping at our shores, disaster in the Pacific, chaos in the Middle East, debt problems in Europe and of course very serious challenges south…

Neither Eyes To See, Nor Tongue To Speak

Posted on March 28, 2011

This is the first day of my re-election campaign and I’m dreading it. When I mentioned this fact in an interview on Saturday, the reporter asked: “Isn’t that a bit counter-intuitive? I mean, didn’t most of the House vote for an election?” I stated that I privately didn’t take to elections because I’m not good at knocking on doors and peddling myself; I find it exceedingly difficult because of my more quiet nature. He laughed at that, saying that he had heard that about me from others. Then I looked at him and said: “This is my fourth election in five years and the one I wish to fight the most.” He looked nonplussed and so I elaborated with a historic but not too…