For Conservatives, the issue of supreme importance is when to engineer an election. The opposition parties should leave space to talk about matters of substance, like jobs and the economy.
After having his way with Canadians and our political system for four-plus years, cracks have begun to appear in the P.M.'s carefully constructed tower of power.
It took many poorly constructed policy bricks to build the power tower the Conservative Party lives in as they rule Canada. But many of the bricks are cracked, and the edifice looks set to tumble.
Jul 28, 2010 to Jul 29, 2010
Lower level meeting room
31 Wellesley Street EastToronto , ON
Canada43° 39' 54.0396" N, 79° 23' 2.724" W
Catch 22 Harper Conservatives will be holding its first public Toronto area meeting.
Mike Burton and Joyce Green
If we deal with the electoral dysfunction of the current voting system by bringing in proportional representation we can avoid the calls for coalitions.
After falling in the polls for weeks the leader of the Liberal Party seems finally to have received a reality check about his and his party's future.
We are starting to see the outline of the effort well-financed Conservatives are prepared to put into knocking off Alberta's only opposition member, New Democrat MP Linda Duncan.
The federal government consists of many arms-length and independent agencies designed to be beyond political control. Undermining and manipulating commissions and watchdogs is the PM's way.
Having underestimated the acuity of the Canadian people, the Harper government has been placed on the defensive.
Supporters of the coalition created by Jack Layton, Stephane Dion and Gilles Duceppe, commemorate its first anniversary.