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David J. Climenhaga | Despite Andrew Scheer's supposedly human face, don't bet the urban farm on him or his Conservative Party getting very far on the strength of a nice smile.
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Joe Clark & Maureen McTeer, 1976 (Toronto Public Library)
David J. Climenhaga | The Conservative Party of Canada has announced selection of a new leader, a 38-year-old MP from the west named Andrew Scheer. Dear readers, do you see a pattern here?
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Karl Nerenberg | The Conservatives chose Andrew Scheer as a compromise, supposedly inoffensive candidate, as they did Joe Clark in 1976. But Scheer would mean a return to Harper policies Canadians rejected in 2015.
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Joan Crockatt. Image: David Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | A great Liberal candidate, Kent Hehr, and a great Liberal campaign, Justin Trudeau's, won the election of 2015. Claims to the contrary are codswallop.
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Stephen Carter
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta political strategist Stephen Carter noted his intention to support potential candidate Sandra Jansen with this zinger: "I want to kick the shit out of Jason Kenney."
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Jason Kenney
David J. Climenhaga | Five attempted coups against Alberta political parties in the space of a year and half strongly suggests we are witnessing a real phenomenon.
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David J. Climenhaga | A lot of the New Democrats who gathered in Edmonton yesterday appear to be in a mood to smash some crockery. Enough aren't, though, to keep it interesting.
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Pierre Trudeau
David J. Climenhaga | The first-past-the-post system makes the changes look more dramatic, but in real terms, Canada didn't lurch to the left, it eased back toward the centre.
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Prasad Panda and Brian Jean
David J. Climenhaga | You can make a case the PCs enjoyed the best news of the night. They were supposed to be deader than the proverbial mackerel and yet they polled almost as strongly as the NDP.
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Stephen Harper
David J. Climenhaga | Could Prime Minister Stephen Harper be asking, this time, too much of an electorate he treats like a bunch of dummies? Naw… What could possibly go wrong?
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Jim Stanford
David J. Climenhaga | What do you have to do to focus the media's attention on Prime Minister Stephen Harper's horrible economic performance? Draft a Top Ten List?
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Old Glory
David J. Climenhaga | Surely Independence Day 2015 is as good a moment as any to formally begin the process of returning Canadian values to the governance of Canada?