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'That was then': Mulroney on his role helping Trudeau, despite rivalry with dad - The Globe and Mail
WASHINGTON — The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, Apr. 05, 2017

“The name that kept coming up again and again was Prime Minister Mulroney’s,” said one person involved in the Nov. 9 talks.

“Almost everybody we called with even a tangential relationship with Trump said Mulroney was the guy to talk to.”

Mulroney has since had several phone chats with the prime minister, that source said. He’s also volunteered in three ways: establishing connections, offering advice, and conveying one country’s perspective to the other.

For example, the source said, if the Americans were upset about trade deficits, Mulroney might point out to Ross how the deficit with Canada was a non-issue — largely attributable to swings in oil prices beyond any government’s control.

Mulroney wasn’t the only bridge-builder: Chrystia Freeland set up the initial meetings in New York between the Trudeau and Trump teams.

He credits everyone for making the most of these new connections.

“I can tell you I’ve heard from two leaders of the American administration... telling me the Canadians... were the best and the nicest people the Americans were able to deal with anyone around the world,” he said....
Mulroney is equally laudatory of the opposition’s behaviour: he says Rona Ambrose and the Conservatives have lowered the partisan temperature on a critical issue of national interest, and sent a letter offering help wherever possible.

“This is a national challenge,” Mulroney said.

“If we were ever to lose NAFTA you’d see grave challenges in Canadian society. So in something like this there’s not a Conservative, or a Liberal way to look at this. There’s only a Canadian way.”

He said that example of Canadians sticking together got noticed in Washington. In comparison, U.S. politics has been riven by partisanship even on touchy international matters, like the handling of Russian meddling in the last U.S. election.

This spurt of bipartisanship also contrasts with another important national moment, which Mulroney recalls with sadness: the effort to reach permanent constitutional peace with Quebec.
relationships  crossborder  politicians  Brian_Mulroney  political_capital  nonpartisan  Justin_Trudeau  NAFTA  advice  bridge-builders  Communicating_&_Connecting  national_unity  Conservative_Party 
april 2017 by jerryking
Stephen Harper: After so many words, he exits in silence - The Globe and Mail
May 25, 2016

Mr. Harper’s solitary political goal was to make unalloyed conservatism a valid ballot option in a country ruled for decades by Liberals and red Tories. He succeeded to a degree, but then let an authoritarian nature overwhelm his own principles. He constantly redefined conservatism as whatever he thought it should be in the moment, no questions asked. It was never a conversation among Canadians, or even his own party.

He ended up burdening the Conservative Party with the perception that it contains an ugly strain of political partisanship that seeks to win at all costs, brooks no dissent, and feel no obligation to explain itself to the outside world. Undoing that legacy will be the biggest challenge faced by his successor.
editorials  Stephen_Harper  exits  silence  tough-mindedness  red_Tories  Conservative_Party  House_of_Commons  authoritarianism  political_partisanship 
may 2016 by jerryking
The frustrations of being Governor-General - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Apr. 26, 2016

Mr. Johnston was talking about his book, The Idea of Canada: Letters to a Nation, wherein he extols the country’s virtues; its inclusivity, civility, fairness, respect for democracy and the like.
David_Johnston  Stephen_Harper  Conservative_Party  Governor-General  Steve_Paikin  Lawrence_Martin 
april 2016 by jerryking
How to right the Conservative ship - The Globe and Mail
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015

Over time, Conservatives must not shy away from a broader suite of policy solutions as an alternative to what the Liberals and NDP have on offer. For example, can Conservatives have a distinctively conservative policy on poverty elimination? What is the Conservative vision regarding the relationship with indigenous peoples? How about an environmental policy that is consistent with Canadian values? Or Internet rights and responsibilities? Answers to these questions will require a good amount of consultation and discussion, and will require time and energy. But there is no reason why Conservatives cannot offer compelling alternatives to Liberal and NDP policies.

There are also critical issues facing the Conservative Party as an electoral machine. We must also do a better job of organizing and training in our Conservative ranks, and adapt far better to the new online world. Better social media presence is just the start of the effort. Community is now defined not only as what exists in our cities and towns but the virtual communities of the online world. Our volunteers must be motivated and welcomed. Feedback loops from the field must be taken seriously.

We must also not write off 100 or more electoral districts without a fight. I would like to see an organizational unit within our party, specifically charged with how to make hard-to-win ridings easier to win.
aboriginals  Conservative_Party  environment  hard_goals  Liberals  NDP  online_communities  organizational_capital  policymaking  political_infrastructure  politics  post-mortems  renewal  social_media  think_tanks  training 
december 2015 by jerryking
Jeffrey Simpson: For Tories, a long list of difficult questions - The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015

Having recently been centre stage, the Conservatives might be tempted to figure out quickly how best to return there. Nothing could be more counterproductive.

They should use their prolonged period of being marginal players to figure out what they should say when centre stage truly beckons again, because for now, and for the foreseeable future, the vast majority of Canadians don’t want to hear from or about Conservatives, so bitter is their memory of the Harper years....Leadership puts the proverbial cart before the horse. What the Conservatives need – this is the cart – is to ask themselves at length and in depth: Where did we go wrong? Was it just that we overstayed our welcome and “time for a change” defeated us?

Or was there something deeper about who we were, what we stood for, how we made decisions, how we communicated them to Canadians, how we related to other Canadian institutions such as provinces, the business community, aboriginals, the news media, officers of Parliament, the civil service, non-governmental groups?

Why were we at daggers drawn with scientists, civil servants, “experts,” journalists, the cultural community, even part of the business community (telecommunications, railroads)? Is that where we want to be as Conservatives?

How did we manage to fritter away about a fifth of the support we had secured in the 2011 election by voting day 2015? Why are we by far the least-favoured second-choice party, with the fewest number of people who would consider voting for us? Is it the correct strategy to try for a maximum of 40 per cent of the electors?
Stephen_Harper  Federal_Election_2015  Conservative_Party  introspection  Jeffrey_Simpson  politics  leadership  soul-searching 
october 2015 by jerryking
Jeffrey Simpson: It really is all about Harper, pro and con - The Globe and Mail
Oct. 14, 2015 | The Globe and Mail | JEFFREY SIMPSON.

the persona of Mr. Harper, more than anything else, is the centre of the Conservative campaign, and therefore the campaign is about him, more than anything else....Mr. Harper is running against the most powerful current in politics: time for a change. He must have known about this current when he decided to contest one more election, but he took the plunge. He would know enough Canadian history to appreciate that every prime minister who has tried to stretch his time in power lost at some point in the eight-to-11-year range. Canada does not have term limits in law; it seems to have them in practice.

More than any other factor, the time-for-a-change current focuses on the prime minister, who, in our system of government, is hugely powerful....Mr. Harper, unlike former Liberal prime minister Jean Chrétien, was, and remains, a highly polarizing figure.
Jeffrey_Simpson  Stephen_Harper  Federal_Election_2015  Conservative_Party 
october 2015 by jerryking
Why Harper’s chief of staff is so close to the PM – and why he might resign - The Globe and Mail
Why Harper’s chief of staff is so close to the PM – and why he might resign
The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015
John_Ibbitson  Stephen_Harper  chief_of_staff  resignations  Conservative_Party 
august 2015 by jerryking
Conservatives can only win if they own up to their weaknesses - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Jul. 09, 2015

Losing political campaigns. They are, the cup half-full people say, learning moments.

Each campaign has its own dynamics; losers lose for different reasons. The lessons from a defeat aren’t always portable. But if there’s one lesson that should only be learned once it is this: If there’s a chance you’re going to lose, lose with your eyes open. Get a handle on what’s going wrong, and try everything you can to turn things around.

It sounds obvious. Shouldn’t have to be said. But you’d be amazed.

Political parties are prisoners of hierarchy. Leaders lay down a strategy, and everyone else is encouraged to acknowledge that it is perfectly formed.
political_campaigns  Conservative_Party  pundits  elections  Stephen_Harper  weaknesses  truth-telling  Canadian  delusions  self-delusions  Bruce_Anderson  Federal_Election_2015 
july 2015 by jerryking
Counterpoint: Harper has not shifted Canadians’ opinions - The Globe and Mail
Michael Adams
Counterpoint: Harper has not shifted Canadians’ opinions
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Feb. 06 2015
rebuttals  Stephen_Harper  Conservative_Party  conservatism  public_opinion 
february 2015 by jerryking
How Harper created a more conservative Canada - The Globe and Mail
John Ibbitson: How Harper created a more conservative Canada
Ottawa — The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Feb. 06 2015
John_Ibbitson  Stephen_Harper  Conservative_Party  conservatism  values 
february 2015 by jerryking
The root causes of Paul Calandra - The Globe and Mail
, Sep. 26 2014

Being Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition, a vital job in our parliamentary democracy. Answering that person's questions is key!!!

The symptoms are chronic and the prognosis bleak, because this is a top-down problem. Successive prime ministers have hoarded power in their office and reduced cabinet members and government MPs to carbon-based rubber stamps. This is not a development that is specific to Mr. Harper – Jean Chrétien was no great decentralizer of prime ministerial power either – but Mr. Harper has taken it further than his predecessors. He is at risk of becoming more well known for the contempt of Parliament that has flourished under him than he is for his accomplishments as one of the country’s longest-serving prime ministers.
root_cause  Paul_Calandra  parliamentary_democracy  loyal_opposition  editorials  partisanship  Conservative_Party  House_of_Commons  Stephen_Harper 
september 2014 by jerryking
Vigil held for daughter of Conservative Party president - The Globe and Mail
Ottawa and Toronto — The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Jul. 17 2014,

Stuff that won't show up in 311 tables. Toornto Life series of maps. Let's ask for those of the past year. Ask for underlying dataset.
311  Leaside  Toronto  deaths  Conservative_Party 
september 2014 by jerryking
Where are the jobs? Without good stats, it’s bad data in, bad policy out - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Jun. 11 2014

The latest revelations of Ottawa’s cost-cutting on labour market data come as no surprise. This Conservative government has a solid track record of sacrificing information for budget cuts. The long-form census, Statistics Canada and Canada’s environmental libraries have all fallen victim to the government’s red pen. Frustratingly, these funding cuts only seem to come to light after they’ve been carried out.
data  budgets  Conservative_Party  Canada  Don_Drummond  cost-cutting  labour_markets  Statistics_Canada  policymaking  budget_cuts 
june 2014 by jerryking
Tory MPs opt for safer GTA ridings amid heated nomination races
Mar. 15 2014 | The Globe and Mail | JOSH WINGROVE.

The new electoral map will add 15 seats to Ontario, many of them in the GTA, where boundaries were extensively redrawn.
GTA  Conservative_Party  elections 
march 2014 by jerryking
Kenney’s confident enough to speak his mind - The Globe and Mail
Nov. 29 2013 | The Globe and Mail | Jeffrey Simpson.

Three times – once privately and twice publicly – Mr. Kenney has deviated from the line established by his boss. This just isn’t done in a government where there is little love for the Prime Minister, but plenty of respect and a whole lot of fear.

It is widely assumed in Conservative circles (and beyond) that Mr. Kenney will seek the party leadership when that time the government’s multicultural point man, he has collected a database of just about every person who has attended the hundreds and hundreds of ethnic events where he’s appeared. If there’s a Polish hall or a Chinese banquet room he hasn’t visited, just wait – he’ll soon be there enough.

Moreover, he’s gotten things done as minister. Big changes to the country’s immigration and refugee laws took place under his watch. Civil servants who have worked with, or watched him, admire his political smarts, drive and sense of where he wants to go, even if they disagree with him. His French is passable.
Jeffrey_Simpson  Conservative_Party  Jason_Kenney  leaders  leadership 
december 2013 by jerryking
For Canada, this is no time for complacency - The Globe and Mail

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Monday, Dec. 31 2012
Lawrence_Martin  complacency  Conservative_Party 
january 2013 by jerryking
How Reform changed our system
JUNE 1, 2007 | G&M | by PRESTON MANNING.

It is the job of a conservative party - in a minority situation, with a leader who (contrary to the common perception) tends to be more cautious and pragmatic than ideological - to target and win the support of the median voter. And it is the job of the conservative movement - the think tanks, public intellectuals, interest groups, and communications vehicles - to move that median voter onto more conservative ground.

In the 21st century, finding the right division between movement and party - something Reformers wrestled with for 10 years - will be a key determinant of political success.
Preston_Manning  Stephen_Harper  Conservative_Party  social_movements  grass-roots  interest_groups  think_tanks 
september 2012 by jerryking
Conservatism is about more than cutting taxes
September 27, 2004 | G&M | by William Thorsell.

A conservative frame of mind starts with respect for the depth of our social experience, for our history and inheritance as a civilization, if you will. It values the successful adaptations of previous generations, and is slow to throw over well grounded, much-tested means of securing social order and economic prosperity.

A conservative frame of mind is suspicious of complete answers, total solutions and centralized controls. it is humble with the memory of history's honors and excesses. It remembers, as well as dreams. It looks askance at the fragility of humanity, the distortions of power, and the enthusiasms of any given moment.

It puts more faith in process than specific outcomes - the rule of law — and expresses more faith in aspirations than prescriptions.

It recognizes free markets as a fundamental expression of democracy, and values their power to generate technological change and productive work. it is fierce in its respect for individual human rights against aggression by any group, even for admirable ends.

A particular level of taxation is not seminal to these conservative attitudes. The purposes and structure of taxation are.

A conservative may even support higher levels of taxation in the interest of prosperity and social health. Look what Brian Mulroney and, yes, Paul Martin finally did in raising taxes to slay Canada's deficit - which underlies so much of our current economic and social success.
Conservatives will happily invest public money on education, infrastructure, defence and social programs to perpetuate and strengthen the traditions of their society. These responsibilities come with the Constitution, after all. It is how they are done — efficientiy, carefuiiy and affordabiy - that matters.
Conservatives appreciate the limits of public programs to change human nature or solve existential problems. Conservatives know where levels of regulation and taxation become counterproductive, however laudable the political goals may be. So they stop there, often with a rueful smile.
conservatism  Conservative_Party  William_Thorsell  technological_change  Ontario  Michael_Harris  Dalton_McGuinty  taxation  mindsets  skepticism 
september 2012 by jerryking
It's time for Conservative minority brinksmanship
August 01, 2007 | Globe & Mail | by Tom Flanagan
It's time for Conservative minority brinksmanship
It's time for Conservative minority brinksmanship

Canada  Stephen_Harper  Conservative_Party  minority_governments  Niccolò_Machiavelli  brinksmanship 
september 2012 by jerryking
Here’s why Stephen Harper really won
May. 05, 2011 |The Globe and Mail |MARGARET WENTE.

the Conservatives won because they did the sorts of things the Liberals used to do. They built broad coalitions among disparate groups. Take the so-called ethnic vote. When the Liberals courted new Canadians, it was smart. When the Conservatives do it, it’s sleazy. During the campaign, the CBC assembled countless panels of ethnic people to express their disgust at this condescending and divisive tactic. Amazingly, however, ethnic voters seemed glad to have important cabinet ministers show up in their ridings. They liked the focus on stability and a strong economy. Besides, the Liberals hadn’t been around for years.

The Conservatives’ years of efforts paid off spectacularly. To get results like that, you need a long-term strategy, passion, and someone willing to drink 15,000 cups of tea. The Liberals no longer have any of those things.
Margaret_Wente  Stephen_Harper  elections  Conservative_Party  ethnic_communities  long-term 
october 2011 by jerryking
Liberals defend ‘vital’ CBC funding - The Globe and Mail
jennifer ditchburn
Ottawa— Globe and Mail Update
Published Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011
CBC  funding  Liberals  Conservative_Party 
october 2011 by jerryking
Here’s why Stephen Harper really won - The Globe and Mail
MARGARET WENTE | Columnist profile | E-mail
From Thursday's Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, May. 05, 2011
Margaret_Wente  Stephen_Harper  elections  Conservative_Party 
may 2011 by jerryking
Stephen Harper’s double victory
Globe Editorial
Globe and Mail May. 02, 2011

11:47 PM on May 2, 2011

To all those upset with the Conservative win - relax. This is a great
and strong country. If the NDP had won Canada wouldn't have disappeared.
If the Liberals had won this would still be Canada and it would still
be great. The country won't be less great with the Conservatives. It's
all of us which makes the country great, not the politicians. They come
and go. We survived double Brian Mulroney majorities, 35 or 40 years of
Liberal rule etc. Let's keep our heads and work together to keep our
country such a terrific place no matter who gets elected. Cheers!
Stephen_Harper  elections  Conservative_Party  editorials 
may 2011 by jerryking
Tories pledge to create national park in Rouge Valley
Apr. 08, 2011 | Globe and Mail | TAMARA BALUJA. The
Conservatives have pledged to create a national park right in the
backyard of the country’s largest metropolis. The promise unveiled on
Friday in the party’s election platform would protect the Rouge Valley,
11,500 acres of Canada’s unique Carolinian forestland teeming with
vulnerable wildlife on the eastern edge of Toronto....A relatively
unknown park, the Rouge does not command the same popularity as the
Toronto Islands or High Park. But Scarborough councillor Glenn De
Baeremaeker called Rouge Valley a “hidden treasure” famous for bald
eagles, bluebirds, salamander, river otters and even an occasional black
bear...Stretching from Lake Ontario to the Oak Ridges Moraine and
Pickering, the area is currently overseen by several municipalities,
including Markham, Toronto, Whitchurch-Stouffville and Richmond Hill.
That creates some logistical difficulties.
Conservative_Party  elections  forestry  hidden  Lake_Ontario  parks  ravines  Rouge_Park  Scarborough  Southern_Ontario  Toronto  waterfronts  wildlife 
april 2011 by jerryking
Conserving Canada or a Conservative Canada? - The Globe and Mail
Special to Globe and Mail Update
Published Thursday, Mar. 31, 2011 2:00AM EDT
Last updated Thursday, Mar. 31, 2011
Henry_Mintzberg  Conservative_Party 
april 2011 by jerryking
Harper may be iron-fisted. And so what if he is? - The Globe and Mail
Bob Plamondon

From Friday's Globe and Mail Published on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010 6:25PM EST Last updated on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010
Stephen_Harper  Tories  Conservative_Party 
february 2010 by jerryking

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