Politics from North of the 49th Parallel
IanGillespie's Articles In Politics » Page 4
June 11, 2004 by IanGillespie
Slow news day. Check these out. Oh yeah, there was this.
June 11, 2004 by IanGillespie
A truly phenomenal political commercial, courtesy of the Liberal Party of Canada. Sweet Jesus, is this ad terrifying! Do not misunderstand. It's a sleek, professional spot. It has every component of a crushing body blow. It's delivery is high art. But this thirty second montage of reeling, staccato visuals leaves the viewer thinking that whoever conceived it must be as evil as the monster it describes: Fade in, bleery sunlight. VOICE: Stephen Harper would have sent our troops ...
June 10, 2004 by IanGillespie
This morning, journalists asking questions about same-sex marriage were heckled by Stephen Harper supporters present at a Brampton, Ontario campaign stop. As Harper did little to shutdown the jeering crowd, he was -- himself -- eventually chastised by a frustrated scribes. You can see most of the press conference here, on the Thursday morning edition of Politics with Don Newman.
June 5, 2004 by IanGillespie
Good God: "Conservative values are Canadian values." This from the man who said that a "silent majority" of Canadians supported the War in Iraq. BTW -- the Conservative platform includes $58 billion in spending and $29 billion for the contingency debt reduction fund. This brings the total platform cost to $87 billion, not just fifty eight. Stephen Harper admitted last week that some of his promises, like aircraft carriers, can't be paid for within his own spending estimates. It no...
June 4, 2004 by IanGillespie
Paul Martin -- king, lord and saviour of conservative Liberals -- released his party's pseudo-progressive platform today: "Liberal Leader Paul Martin tried to push the focus of an attack-filled election campaign back toward policy Thursday, unveiling a left-leaning platform that focuses on social program spending." This was, I believe, a fatal error in judgement. Pundits will claim that Martin is shoring up his left flank while putting enough distance between himself and Stephen Harper ...
June 2, 2004 by IanGillespie
Tonight I saw the first half hour of The National's Your Say with Jack Layton. It was a good performance. Layton didn't pretend to have all the easy answers, instead he engaged in a real discussion with the audience. That bought him the kind of credibility that a list of promises alone couldn't.The issue that kept him from a truly great performance, however, was taxes. Oddly, though, it wasn't even his position on taxes that hurt him. Layton failed to turn the issue to his favour. He didn'...
June 1, 2004 by IanGillespie
Here at Canuckistan we are going have to seriously consider a policy of limiting our coverage of polls, as I believe we're focusing too much on the horserace. However, like the CBC, we will likely break that promise as fast as having made it. Should, on the other hand, support for the NDP begin to falter, our polling coverage will decrease proportionately. But that day is not today! From SES: As of May 31st: Party Support Liberal 36% Conservative...
May 31, 2004 by IanGillespie
I don't understand what's going on with the wild Liberal/Conservative swings, but they've now got the NDP at a record high: As of May 30th: Party Support Liberal 36% Conservative 26% NDP 20% Bloc 13% Green 5% As of May 29th: Party Support Liberal 34% Conservative 31% NDP 19% Bloc 12% Green 3% As of...
May 31, 2004 by IanGillespie
Serious question: does The Clarity Act clarify anything? More to the point, will it -- in the long run -- help avoid Qu├ębec separation? Everyone would reflexively answer 'yes', I'm sure. But look a little deeper. We know The Clarity Act gives the federal government and the provinces veto power over any referendum result. Either through declaring a majority vote 'unclear', or by rejecting terms of separation, either level of government could theoretically cancel a province's referendum. ...
May 28, 2004 by IanGillespie
Leslie McKinnon, CBC News, Toronto: "First, there is no evidence of a 'rapid rise' in deaths of homeless people in Toronto, in the years Jack Layton was talking about." Wrong, says a 1997 article in The Toronto Star: "According to Diane Patychuk, city public health social epidemiologist, a look back at deaths of people with no fixed address or from hostels and drop-ins, revealed some 40 a year from 1979 to 1993. 'That's an underestimate,' she says." "From Patychuk's study and the hom...
May 24, 2004 by IanGillespie
So, the Paul Martin Liberals have gotta brand spanking new ad. Go watch, I'll wait. While everything the ad says is true, it still manages to be shamelessly dishonest. This is the same Paul Martin that said Canadian taxes "must continue to come down" to ensure our tax rates are competitive with those in the United States. The same Paul Martin that said Canada's corporate taxes and capital gains taxes should be "lower than the United States". The same Paul Martin that said, just ni...
May 23, 2004 by IanGillespie
Horse Race: Good: "A new Ipsos-Reid poll, conducted for The Globe and Mail and CTV this week, showed the Liberals falling four percentage points to 35 per cent..." Better: "The Ipsos-Reid poll also shows the New Democratic Party, not the Conservatives, picking up the support that the Liberals are losing...." Best: "The Liberal strategy of painting Conservative Leader Stephen Harper as scary is ineffective because respondents do not think he will become prime minister." The t...
May 19, 2004 by IanGillespie
As we all know, Liberals and Conservatives launched attack websites against one another this week, StephenHarperSaid.ca and TeamMartinSaid.ca. The Liberals' launched their website in support of a negative ad campaign, meant to get out ahead of Stephen Harper. But the Conservatives taught Team Martin a lesson in quick response: the Tories' site went online Tuesday morning -- just as the major newspaper's began covering the original, Liberal ads. Now the Conservatives have redoubled their re...
May 14, 2004 by IanGillespie
My suggestion for a positive NDP ad: Exterior, Parliament Hill. An offset, medium-wide shot of Layton. Bright, blue sky, blown out. LAYTON: I believe that this is the greatest country in the world -- and we have a positive vision for Canada. LAYTON: But most Canadians are working harder than ever, just to get by. And too many are still left behind. LAYTON: We can choose a vision that says: 'This is the best we can do. Some people win, some people lose.' LAYTON: Or, we can choose a...
May 14, 2004 by IanGillespie
This is rich.