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Jun 9, 2015
Photo: flickr/ Tony Webster

Would abolishing the Senate be impossible? Maybe not.

Karl Nerenberg
To abolish the Senate a Prime Minister Mulcair would need constitutional consent of all provinces. And politically, First Nations would also have to be on side. It's a tall order, but not impossible.
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Jun 3, 2015
Photo: Libby Davies

Libby Davies says goodbye with poetry

Karl Nerenberg
Libby Davies, longtime MP for Vancouver East, won six elections in a row, but will not run next time. On Tuesday she chose a unique way to say goodbye to the House and her constituents in Vancouver.
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May 22, 2015
Photo: flickr/ mtsrs

Strategic voting misreads parliamentary democracy

Karl Nerenberg
The Canadian parliament is not a U.S.-style Electoral College. Its purpose is not to select a prime minister. And having the largest number of seats does not mean you get to rule.
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May 21, 2015

It is time to ditch talk of 'strategic voting'

Karl Nerenberg
The new political and public opinion alignment significantly weakens the argument for holding one's nose and voting Liberal just to get rid of Harper.
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May 15, 2015
Photo: Joe Cressy/flickr

Note to NDP -- take a deep breath and avoid hubris

Karl Nerenberg
An EKOS poll and a poll in B.C. both show a boost in support for the NDP following the election in Alberta. That should not be an occasion for gloating or braggadocio.
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May 8, 2015
Image: rabble.ca

A bad news week for the Prime Minister

Karl Nerenberg
Notley's election in Alberta, videos of military, unspent departmental budgets, the release of Omar Khadr: all bad news. The worst news came from the Duffy trial.
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May 6, 2015
Photo: Dave Cournoyer/flickr

For Rachel Notley the hard part starts now

Karl Nerenberg
Rachel Notley will no doubt be mindful of what happened to the Bob Rae NDP government in Ontario five years after it won a majority victory. But Notley may have assets Rae lacked.
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Apr 20, 2015
Photo: flickr/Jamie McCaffrey

The MPs are back and there will be lots of noise

Karl Nerenberg
The House of Commons returns after a two-week break. There will be a (late) budget, questions arising out of the Duffy trial, sale of the Wheat Board and much more.

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