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Dobbin: Harper off to a shaky start

Murray Dobbin is a member of the Catch 22 team providing research and strategic advice. We're reprinting his blog post from March 31.

Dobbin: Harper off to a shaky start

The election campaign is less than week old and Stephen Harper seems to be demonstrating that he is even more of a mad hatter than people thought. Despite his superman view of himself – the…


Added by Catch 22 on April 1, 2011 at 11:28am — 1 Comment

Catch 22 news release #1

Dear supporters,

On Thursday we issued our first news release to the media. Campaign update #11 coming. Update #10 here. Endorsements have begun. …


Added by Catch 22 on April 1, 2011 at 3:27am — No Comments

Elizabeth May and Canada’s “Free and Fair” Election

Editorial, John Deverell, Catch 22 central team


As Elizabeth May knows, the standard for “free and fair” elections in Canada is low.

In Canada about one million supporters of her party – one in 12 voters – can mark their ballots for Green Party candidates without electing a single member of Parliament. Their fair representation, if all citizens were equal, would be 24 Members of Parliament.

Canadian citizens…


Added by Catch 22 on March 31, 2011 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

Citizens of Edmonton-Strathcona Lead The Nation

In an election which could produce a Stephen Harper phony majority, or a Groundhog Day, citizens of Edmonton-Strathcona are setting an example for the entire country. 

The district is the only one of 28 in Alberta not held by the Harper Conservatives. The New Democrat MP, Linda Duncan, edged Conservative Rahim Jaffer by a whisker in 2008. She had multi-partisan support then, and again this time she’ll need every Green and Liberal vote she can round up to beat the energetic and focused…


Added by Catch 22 on March 30, 2011 at 4:24pm — No Comments

Party Leaders, Learn How to Count Better

Editorial by John Deverell, Catch 22 team

 Stephen Harper, you are either remarkably inventive or arithmetically challenged.  You want a majority government and you’ll happily accept it, without majority popular support, as “the will of the people.

If you’re held to a Parliamentary minority, as you were in 2006 and 2008—you’ll trumpet that too as the automatic right to govern,  “a democratic mandate.” If the majority of MPs in the next Parliament somehow…


Added by Catch 22 on March 28, 2011 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Dobbin: Layton pulls the plug...

Murray Dobbin is a member of the Catch 22 team. While Harper has cried the loudest that he doesn't want an election, is actions show the opposite.

Layton pulls the plug on Harper…


Added by Catch 22 on March 24, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Committee recommends House find Harperites in contempt

MPs' report finds government in contempt

The Conservative government should be found in contempt of Parliament, a committee of MPs decided Monday.

The procedure and house affairs committee began meeting early Monday morning to debate and finalize a draft report that had been prepared over the weekend following two days of hearings last week. The committee…


Added by Catch 22 on March 21, 2011 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Harper reaches back to 19th century to attack Ignatieff

Gary Shaul, Catch 22 campaign

Stephen Harper claims that Canadians only care about the economy. He decries any criticism of his government as nothing more than a form of partisan hooliganism meant to sully his government's reputation and defeat him in the next election. If Canadians only care about the bread and butter issues, then why is Harper stepping up the personal attacks on Liberal Party of Canada leader Michael Ignatieff and his family? …


Added by Catch 22 on March 20, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Harper gets F for job creation...

Gary Shaul, Catch 22 campaign

Amid all the self-congratulatory hype that the Harperites bestow on themselves as good fiscal managers, the Pembina Institute has released Reducing Pollution, Creating Jobs, a new report that confirms just the opposite.

Brits fund a report that shows weakness in Canada’s…


Added by Catch 22 on March 20, 2011 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Harper heading to Paris for Libya talks...


In a rare show of partisan unity and unanimity, the governing Conservatives and all three opposition parties are supporting Canada's participation in the UN Security Council no-fly zone operation in Libya. Canada has deployed 6 fighter jets.

Harper heads to Paris meeting on Libya

Harper announced Friday morning his government authorized the deployment to support…


Added by Catch 22 on March 18, 2011 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Cons launch yet another criminal investigation...

That's two in one week. First it was Sebastian Togneri, implicated in a scheme to impede a Freedom of Information request. This time it's Big Energy shill Bruce Carson, one of the PM's former(?) advisors. Another top advisor, Senator Doug Finley, is now facing Elections Act charges and possible…


Added by Catch 22 on March 17, 2011 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

Pundit's Guide on Election Timing

While many signs seem to be pointing toward an election, a number of different factors will determine the actions of the parties. Pundit's Guide has an excellent post on the yin and the yang of election cycles, particularly in a minority government situation. This is well worth reading.

Election Cycles and Timing the Political Market

Many observers…


Added by Catch 22 on March 17, 2011 at 1:03am — No Comments

Day of reckoning for contemptuous Cons

MPs weigh contempt charges against Harper government

Facing the possibility of being defeated as early as next week, the Tories are eager to disprove accusations by rivals that they are autocratic and undemocratic for withholding information. Public Safety Minister Vic Toews and Justice Minister Rob…


Added by Catch 22 on March 16, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Cons launch criminal investigation into Togneri affair...

Transparency? We think not. We already know about "redacted" documents released by the federal "Harper" government. While there's an official Freedom of Information Office that…


Added by Catch 22 on March 15, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Inky calls Con nomination process stinky

Even some former HarperCons are saying it. Inky Mark did so most recently in a letter to the editor to several Manitoba newspapers.

Akin: Former Tory MP says his party is anti-democratic

Dear Editor:

Re: No Democracy in Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette

The Conservative Party nomination process again is a sham.  There was no real open nomination  to elect a…


Added by Catch 22 on March 15, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Harper's chopping block: Will voters wake up in time?

For the past 5 years, the Harper government has been whittling away at the fabric of the country. Every week, we hear about another person fired or another group who's had their funding cut. Of course, cuts are not universal. Some, like large corporations in energy, banking and the arms industry have made off like bandits with billions of dollars in tax cuts and subsidies.

The following list was compiled by Judith Szabo and by Pearl Eliadis for Voices, a coalition of organizations and…


Added by Catch 22 on March 14, 2011 at 6:13pm — No Comments

In and out - Criminal charges possible?

On February 24, four senior Conservative Party leaders were charged under the Elections Act with a number of violations related to the "in and out" imbroglio related to the 2006 elections. Could criminal charges for forging invoices also be laid again the Cons?



Added by Catch 22 on March 14, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Dobbin: The trouble with normal

Cross-posted from Murray Dobbin's blog

     What has happened to this country? Stephen Harper seems able to carry out the most outrageous acts, week in, week out, and there seems to be barely any consequence. From the breaking the law and lying about it (dismissing charges laid on the election financing case as all about accounting), to publicly condoning (and almost certainly ordering) Bev Oda’s…


Added by Catch 22 on March 10, 2011 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

What will Harper's policies cost us?

Just noticed a suggestion from a reader of my blog.

Use numbers that are meaningful to families.  For example, if one takes a family of four,

  • the G20 weekend cost $114
  • Fighter jets will cost each family…

Added by Catch 22 on March 10, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Another Con past misdeeds surfaces....

When will it end? Here's a Con ad doubling as a "Minister's Award of Excellence" from Jason Kenney. It was given to  to an Ottawa resto in 2008. Notice that the Con logo is larger than the emblems of any of the provinces and even the House of Commons. Impolitical has got the story. How many more of these ads, er, awards, are hanging in "ethnic" restaurants across the…


Added by Catch 22 on March 8, 2011 at 8:45pm — 1 Comment


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