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The Weekender: Who Gives a $#!% About Trudeau’s Vacation?

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Oh man, CTV News thought they had a scoop! No, not the one about the warning to Hydro One that one of their computers might have Russian malware on it, I mean the other scoop. The one where CTV found out where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family went on holiday! We got him!!! [Crickets.] We’ve heard a lot about fake news lately, but crowing about the indepth investigation to find out where the PM’s sitting in idle for a weeks blurs the line between “news” and “you call this news?” Sure, it’s nice to know where Trudeau’s at, but you’re not Woodward and Bernstein with an atlas, CTV. Continue reading

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The Weekender: When is a Promise Not a Promise?

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After the Liberals won election last year, some civic minded web builders thought, “Hey, Justin Trudeau and his party made a whole lot of promises in this campaign, why don’t we measure their success?” There’s been so much talk lately about promises broke, and promises seeming like they’re bring broken, I decided to check out the TrudeauMeter, and the score is 90 not started, 68 in progress, 37 achieved and 28 broken. It’s easy to understand the compunction. It’s only natural that we want to measure things according to their success or failure. It’s another way of saying something is good (successful) or bad (failure), but should be using something as subjective as campaign promises to be the judge of a government’s success? Continue reading

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The Weekender: “…But the Judge Said It’s Okay.”

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Sure, after two and a half years without a paycheque and what’s likely a tonne of legal bills, Senator Mike Duffy probably needs some dough. Of course, when the news hit this week that Duff Man was again filing his living expenses for reimbursement from the Senate (and the Canadian people), the immediate visceral reaction was, “Are you serious?!” And the answer was yes, even though it’s taken almost four years of his life, and almost the entirety of his political career, Duffy was back it, doing the very thing that got him into so much trouble in the first place: Claiming living expenses for being in the exact place he’s called home for over two decades.  Continue reading

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TrudeauMania 2.0 Hits Comic Book Shelves

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To prove that there’s not just infectious enthusiasm about Justin Trudeau’s tenure as Canada’s PM in our own country, it seems that the prime minister will now be captured in four-colour glory on the comic book pages of Marvel’s big summer event series. For what good is it to be the leader of Canada if you can’t also boss around Canada’s comic book super-team, Alpha Flight. Continue reading

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Kitchener MP Does it Old School in TV Ad

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Just before the Federal Election was called last summer, Press Progress had a post about 13 Conservative candidates in 13 different campaign videos, but all, apparently, reading from the script, produced by the same production team with the same set designer. Call me kooky, but I think Marwan Tabbara learned a valuable lesson there. If  you don’t watch TV, or rather if you don’t watch local TV, you might have missed this. But the Kitchener South – Hespeler Member of Parliament has bought some air time on the local CTV station that he’s ready to believe you. Or something. Continue reading

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So Hey, What Was in that Budget Today?

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It was a big news day in general, but it was already going to be big in Ottawa with the highly-anticipated (or feared) Federal Budget presented to Parliament on Tuesday afternoon. There were a lot of major announcements, a lot of money going both in and out the doors (mostly out), so what does it all mean? Here are the highlights. Continue reading

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The Weekender: What Happens When Money is Top of Mind

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The narrative of the 2016 Presidential race in the United States has been that the problems in America can only be solved by people how have had no previous dalliance in the political class, at least on the Republican side. Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Carly Florina have all, to varying degrees, enjoyed success with voters looking for an outsider to tell Washington what to do. This populist movement has somehow managed to tie itself to people that have a lot of money and in the is imbued the hope that they can restore balance to the world, and it’s working so well, they’re apparently giving it a try here in Canada.  Continue reading

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