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James Laxer's Blog

James Laxer is regularly asked to comment on current national and global issues by the Canadian media and frequently writes columns in major newspapers and periodicals.
Blog - James Laxer's Blog September 21
James Laxer | Stephen Harper's party is grotesquely mislabeled. If conservatism connotes a desire to conserve then his is no conservative party.
Blog - Pierre Beaudet's Blog September 21
Pierre Beaudet | Quebec artists have started their own campaign against the Harper revolution. Michel Rivard and a host of other stars have launched a clip called ‘Culture en péril', which is a hilarious parody of the
Blog - Robert Chernomas' blog September 20
Robert Chernomas | Deregulating the food industry might help corporate profits, but not our cancer rates.
Blog - Blair Redlin September 20
Blair Redlin | The so far secret total cost of the Afghan war has the potential to become a major mid-campaign issue.
Blog - James Laxer's Blog September 20
James Laxer | The politicians have largely abandoned issues in favour of assaulting opponents with buckets of fear and loathing.
Blog - Pierre Beaudet's Blog September 20
Pierre Beaudet | It is starting, slowly but surely. Quebec social movements are waking up. They've realized that Harper can win.
Blog - James Laxer's Blog September 19
James Laxer | Last night, the top Democrats and Republicans in both Houses of Congress, the Treasury Secretary, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, and the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission met in Was
Blog - Pierre Beaudet's Blog September 19
Pierre Beaudet | Throughout the week, Harper was campaigning in central Quebec courting the "soft" nationalist vote. He hopes to gain substantially at the expense of the Bloc Québécois, weakened by the internal divisi
Blog - Blair Redlin September 18
Blair Redlin | On Tuesday, Metro Vancouver - the regional government for B.C.'s Lower Mainland - released the results of its 2008 Homelessness Count. The news is dreadful.
Blog - James Laxer's Blog September 18
James Laxer | Everyone who has thought about the issue knows that a complete ban on hand guns will not end gang violence in Toronto and in other large Canadian cities.
Blog - Pierre Beaudet's Blog September 18
Pierre Beaudet | Last night I was watching Jack facing a lot of hard questions on the National. He was very good, not only eloquent, but convincing. This guy is good at that. According to lots of public and private po
Blog - James Laxer's Blog September 17
James Laxer | Shock, surprise and the unanticipated have been facts of life during this election campaign, leaving the supposed geniuses in the campaign war rooms looking all too mortal.
Blog - Pierre Beaudet's Blog September 17
Pierre Beaudet | These days, the rumor in Ottawa is growing that the government has consciously lied about the costs of the war in Afghanistan. All together it would be much higher than the official $15 billion dollar
Blog - James Laxer's Blog September 16
James Laxer | Irrational exuberance and the terrible hangover. Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch both bit the dust yesterday, the worst day for the U.S. financial sector since the Great Depression
Blog - Pierre Beaudet's Blog September 16
Pierre Beaudet | Today our friend Thomas Mulcair is in trouble.
Blog - Corvin Russell's Blog September 16
Corvin Russell | The so-called left is missing big ideas
Blog - Pierre Beaudet's Blog September 16
Pierre Beaudet | After years of division and conflict, the Quebec left came together when over 1000 people gathered to create a new political party in February 2006.
Blog - James Laxer's Blog September 15
James Laxer | Unable to contain his cat with the cream grin, Stephen Harper gave us a glimpse of our future as he sees it when he was in Fredericton a couple of days ago. "I think the Canadian public has grown more
Blog - James Laxer's Blog September 15
James Laxer | Unable to contain his cat with the cream grin, Stephen Harper gave us a glimpse of our future as he sees it when he was in Fredericton a couple of days ago. "I think the Canadian public has grown more
Blog - Sharon Fraser's Blog September 15
Sharon Fraser | Reporters, columnists and commentators became starry-eyed cheerleaders for Elizabeth May.
Blog - Robert Chernomas' blog September 14
Robert Chernomas | I recently received an advertisement from my incumbent Conservative MP asking me to check off the box as to which leader will do a better job of fighting crime.
Blog - James Laxer's Blog September 14
James Laxer | The difference between American and Canadian voters is that in a one on one contest, Americans just might choose the rickety-reactionary McCain-Palin jalopy.
Blog - Ariel Troster's Blog September 14
Ariel Troster | There are lots of ways to make a family. Why don’t you tell us the truth about yours?
Blog - Pierre Beaudet's Blog September 14
Pierre Beaudet | Stéphane Dion is the darling of Quebec's cartoonists. He is often portrayed as a rat, nibbling at some cheese, conspiring and mumbling against the nationalists.
Blog - James Laxer's Blog September 13
James Laxer | Big Oil gouged Canadians with those 13 cent a liter increases at the gas pumps yesterday
Blog - Pierre Beaudet's Blog September 13
Pierre Beaudet | The man that almost brought Quebec to sovereignty back in 1995 is still alive and kicking. Every week or so, he lashes left, right and center.
Blog - James Laxer's Blog September 12
James Laxer | The journalists on the leaders' tours seem to agree that Stephen Harper's commitment to bring our troops home--IN THREE YEARS-has taken the Canadian military mission in Afghanistan off the table for t
Blog - Pierre Beaudet's Blog September 12
Pierre Beaudet | These days, Jacks runs around Quebec with a big smile on his face. He goes all over the place with the ex Charest Minister, Thomas Mulcair, who was also the director of the anti-nationalist lobby of t
Blog - Blair Redlin September 11
Blair Redlin | I had to reach for the Gravol when I heard him say it. In one of the current Conservative t.v. ads, sweater-clad Stephen Harper leans forward from the fireplace to assert that "Canada has to stand for
Blog - James Laxer's Blog September 11
James Laxer | Yesterday morning, over breakfast with the members of the media who are traveling with his campaign, Stephen Harper announced that the Canadian military mission in Kandahar would end in 2011.

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