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TRUDEAU’S VICTORY AND THE REVIVAL OF CANADA’S PROGRESSIVE TRADITION

BY Jim Harding We have a new government and there is hope in the air. We can only hope that the politics of fear has been left behind. The generational paradigm shift should bring us out of a decade of … Continue reading

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THANKFULLY HARPER’S TYRANNY OF THE MINORITY IS OVER (Final in “Ten Lost Years” Series)

BY Jim Harding Canada felt lighter on waking up the morning after the federal election. Layers of polarization and manipulation, the destructive fear-exploiting wedge politics that had built up over Harper’s decade, were already lifting. I still lived in one … Continue reading

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TEN LOST YEARS: “This time vote for the country”

By Jim Harding Harper’s 2011 majority was won with only 39% of the votes, where only 61% of eligible voters voted. Do the math: that was support from only 24% of the electorate. Our electoral system is neither representative nor … Continue reading

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TEN LOST YEARS WITH THE HARPER GOVERNMENT, Part 1

By Jim Harding It’s good that the Harper Conservatives dropped the term “Progressive”. It’s also good that they didn’t call themselves “Reform”. The existing Conservative Party isn’t “conservative” in any normal sense of the term; they don’t want to conserve … Continue reading

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SOFT ON CRIME: HARPER’S WEDGE ON STANDBY

Part 1 BY Jim Harding Prime Minister Harper uses the terms “crime” and “terror” like blunt instruments. What if pseudo-weather forecasters tried to understand all the variations of rain, fog, snow, ice, clouds, drought and flooding with only one notion! … Continue reading

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CRIME: WEDGE ON STANDBY, Part 2

BY Jim Harding When Harper’s tough-on-crime measures are criticized he typically goes after the messengers, not the message, much like Conservative attack ads. In his book Harperland, Martin noted that Harper claimed his critics were trying to “pacify Canadians with … Continue reading

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WILL WEDGE POLITICS RULE IN THE 2015 ELECTION?

by Jim Harding A Conservative ad came on the radio as I drove home from meetings in Regina. It was another attack ad on Justin Trudeau. It was trying to get listeners irate that Trudeau would take money back that … Continue reading

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