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Why Canada’s shift to conservatism isn’t dead - The Globe and Mail
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015
conservatism  Canada  Canadian  Federal_Election_2015  politics  John_Ibbitson 
october 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
Back to the future, with the kid - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015

So what will Prime Minister Trudeau do with all that horsepower? His policy proposals (which many voters are only dimly aware of) are also a blast from the past. Expand the government. Tax breaks for the usual suspects, especially the sacred middle class (on top of the tax breaks they’ve been showered with for the past 10 years). Soak the rich some more and pretend it makes a difference. Deficit spending, whether or not we need it, on infrastructure projects that may or may not help the economy. But no idea of how to get our landlocked oil to markets, or any comprehensive plan to spur innovation and economic growth.

Mr. Trudeau’s foreign policy ideas are naive and nostalgic. They hark back to the golden age of peacekeeping and multilateralism, as if blue berets and good intentions could defeat Islamic State. Those ideas resonate with voters, because they like to think of Canada as a force for good in the world. Unfortunately, the world is a nastier, messier place than it used to be, and niceness does not go very far.
Margaret_Wente  Justin_Trudeau  Federal_Election_2015  Liberals  Brian_Mulroney  golden_age  good_intentions 
october 2015 by jerryking
Leah McLaren: This election, can we admit we've been wrong? - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015

Matthew Syed’s new book Black Box Thinking: The Surprising Truth About Success. It presents itself as one of those thinky self-help manuals in the Gladwellian vein, but is in fact far more surprising and instructive than that. Black Box Thinking explores the reasons why people and organizations so often fail and fail repeatedly, only to turn around and fail in the same way again.
Leah_McLaren  Stephen_Harper  Federal_Election_2015  books 
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 Stephen Harper is toast - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Sep. 10, 2015

At its heart, this election isn’t really about policies. It’s about change, and leadership, and tone. It is above all a referendum on Mr. Harper, a man who has been around for long enough and whose personal deficits are striking. The electorate’s centre of gravity hasn’t really shifted. People just want someone new.

Albertans didn’t elect NDP Premier Rachel Notley because they suddenly wanted to shut down the oil sands and invest in windmills. They elected her because they were fed up with the old boys, and she was a fresh and credible alternative, and it was past time for a change. Canadians don’t want a radical change of course, either. They want a fresh leader with fresh energy, fresh ideas, and a heart.
Margaret_Wente  Stephen_Harper  elections  predictions  Syrian_refugee_crisis  Federal_Election_2015 
september 2015 by jerryking
It’s not too late for Harper to play the statesman - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Sep. 08, 2015

Why doesn’t Mr. Harper show some of the spirit of the Mandela occasion and appoint a blue-ribbon panel of former prime ministers to advise him on the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis? Given their experience, they could offer sound counsel. It would be an effective way of depoliticizing the issue. That’s what Canadians want. They’ve had their fill of overbearing political partisanship. In the face of a humanitarian crisis, they don’t need more of it.

For the Conservatives, a non-partisan approach makes perfect sense. Humanitarian issues are hardly their forte. They connote soft power. They fit the progressives’ playbook. The Liberals and New Democrats stand to gain.

But thus far, the government has reacted with its customary combative mentality.
Stephen_Harper  Lawrence_Martin  partisanship  Federal_Election_2015  leaders  leadership  statesmen  political_polarization  partisan_warfare  Syrian  refugee  crisis  playbooks 
september 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

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