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Nannygate: An important principle, which is far more important than the cost to taxpayers of two nannies

Many, mainly Liberal party supporters, claim the “nannygate” controversy is a lot of fuss about nothing. But is that a fair assessment? Didn’t this prime minister go on record several times as saying specifically he did not need financial help...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Dec 3, 2015

The quality of our Politicians

It is easy for those of us who live our lives outside of the bubble that is Party Political ideology to assume that the residents of that strange and unfriendly land can make sense of their own world. Sadly that … Continue reading →...
by IanChisnall on Jul 11, 2015

Five More Damned Years #GE2015

First they came for the jobless, and I did not speak out -Because I had a job.Then they came for the disabled, and I did not speak out -Because I was not disabled.Then they came for the poor, and I did not speak out -Because I was not poor.Then they...
by Attachment Mummy on May 8, 2015

John Baird: sorry to see him go

Yesterday, foreign affairs minister John Baird announced his retirement from politics. To many—and not only among conservatives—this was sad news for apparently Baird was genuinely liked by his colleagues in all parties and by many ordinary Canad...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Feb 4, 2015

Liberal candidate puts boot in mouth

Retired general Andrew Leslie recently told Conservative political staffer, Alexandra Constantinidis, that Israeli defence forces fired “indiscriminately” on Palestinian women and children in the recent conflict in Gaza, according to media report...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Sep 4, 2014

Understanding you have a problem ……

The idea that we need to understand our problems, before we can begin to put them right is well understood, what is less clear is knowing the solution and making the change. Take the issue of our faith in politics, it is perfectly … Continue...
by IanChisnall on Aug 13, 2014

Peter MacKay’s comments: self-inflicted wounds, but over-the-top reaction by the media

The current justice minister, Peter MacKay, has been taking a public flogging for recent comments about female judges and for his Mother’s/Father’s Day messages. Although the criticism does seem to me to be over the top, MacKay has not done himse...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Jun 26, 2014

Another Ontario election, another Liberal scandal

The governing Ontario Liberal Party seems to be setting a pattern: one general election, another scandal. I suppose we should feel lucky this time, since the cost to taxpayers are expected to be just under $500-million rather than the $1.2-billion w...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on May 31, 2014

Abortion: a settled matter or unresolved debate?

The recent decision by Liberal party leader Justin Trudeau to demand that Liberal candidates be pro-choice has generated so much media attention one has to question his assertion that, “it’s [abortion] a debate that has been settled for the vast...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on May 12, 2014

Trudeau on abortion: My way or the highway

Justin Trudeau has chosen to close his Liberal party’s nomination process to a significant portion of Canadians—those who are not in favour of a women’s unlimited right to choose an abortion. CBC’s most recent At Issue segment covered Trudeau...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on May 9, 2014

Elizabeth May, Green Party’s single-issue zealot, calls PMO staff “ruthless, cutthroat psychopaths”

Speaking at a town hall in Nanaimo, B.C. on April 13, the Green Party leader called the PMO “a $10-million-a-year partisan operation filled with ruthless, cutthroat psychopaths.” Elizabeth May, MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands, later claimed she made...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Apr 23, 2014

Fiscal conservatism seems alive and well in Ottawa: 8,900 public service jobs to be cut

When Conservatives under Stephen Harper took office in 2006, I was disappointed at how much they resembled their predecessors when it came to their penchant for increasing the size of government. In the first five years of Harper’s Conservatives,...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Apr 18, 2014

Jim Flaherty

This is the second time in less than a month I’ve written about The Honourable Jim Flaherty. Back on March 19, I wrote about his then recent resignation as Canada’s finance minister, a post he had held since he was elected to the federal riding o...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Apr 11, 2014

Does Trudeau ever think before he speaks?

One day Justin Trudeau is musings about his admiration for the Chinese dictatorship, the next he’s lamenting that Canada works better when Quebecers rather than Albertans are running the country and, of course, you’ll remember him opining about t...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Apr 2, 2014

Musings on partisanship

I find it odd when readers leave comments accusing me of being partisan regarding conservative governments like Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s, and for being critical of progressive leaders like Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair. Of course I’m...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Mar 1, 2014

Shine rubbing off the brand new Liberal party?

Recent events highlight how quickly a shiny new political party can lose some of its gloss. Last week, at a time the Liberals were celebrating their astonishing comeback under leader Justin Trudeau, we saw some tarnish showing up on the carefully pol...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Feb 27, 2014

Tories need to learn when to let gaffes speak for themselves

Justin Trudeau made a tasteless attempt at a joke in an interview reportedly taped last Thursday and aired Sunday night on Radio-Canada's Tout le monde en parle, a hugely influential French-language interview show in his home province of Quebec. Mr T...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Feb 25, 2014

Trudeau promises to slay dragons that leap only from his own imagination

The leader of the Liberal Party likes to go on about his plans as a champion of the middle class. Problem is, the challenges he’s identified are pretty much the challenges of the Jean Chrétien era, not those of the Stephen Harper years.  In...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Feb 21, 2014

Citizenship Act reforms coming

The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander has announced that the Tory government plans to renew Canada’s Citizenship Act with reforms to be proposed on Feb. 6. The minister said the government will spell out some of the rules that...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Feb 4, 2014

Harper government always on short end of public relations stick

Last Thursday I wrote about the Minister of Veterans Affairs Julian Fantino’s behaviour (see Fantino disses veterans) in the recent dust-up between him and veterans who were protesting the closure of eight Veteran Affairs service offices. My critic...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Feb 1, 2014


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