The Madness of (Would Be) King Tom


Losing is never easy; ask Stephen Harper. Actually, you can’t ask Stephen Harper because he’s been engaged in a Kafkaesque maneuver of crawling along the floor boards of Parliament Hill and the Capital area in an effort to avoid pictures of him not being Prime Minister from being taken. But if there’s one thing Harper has done well since October 19, it’s accept the loss. He lost the election, conceded defeat, and as difficult as it may be, he’s moving on with his life. Perhaps, Tom Mulcair should take note. Continue reading “The Madness of (Would Be) King Tom”

Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday October 22, 2015

We did it! Open Sources Guelph survived its first election season, and now it’s time for the post-game analysis. Canada is back, said Prime Minister Designate Justin Trudeau, but what kind of Canada will it be now that the Liberals are back in charge, is it change we can believe in, or will they fall back on old habits? And what of the opposition parties, and our own new Member of Parliament here in Guelph? What is Canada going to look like in the next four years? We’ll prognosticate; you decide. Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday October 22, 2015”

Canada Needs a Strong Right Wing Alternative, But Not Like That


In the last days of the campaign, Stephen Harper retired the attack ads for a simpler, more positive message. This election is not about me, he said, but as the result from Monday night’s vote confirmed, actually, it was a little bit about him. Making the campaign about him was just the way Harper wanted it, and it was his downfall as many commentators noted because while Justin Trudeau and Tom Mulcair leaned on their team, Harper always felt like a one man band. Now, in the aftermath of a blistering defeat, right-leaning Canadian politicos are wondering why, and they need only look to the man whose face and name had literally become synonymous with Canadian conservatism for the last 13 years. Continue reading “Canada Needs a Strong Right Wing Alternative, But Not Like That”

The Last Word of #elxn42 Goes to… John Oliver(?)


We’ve heard from a variety of different people during this historically long campaign, and the fact that for Canadians it has been historically long is, to use one comedian’s word, ” adorable.” Last night on his HBO show Last Week Tonight, John Oliver got his satirically sharp knives out for the last hours of the 42nd Canadian Federal Election. From mocking Tom Mulcair’s campaign style, to watching Justin Trudeau show folks how to fall down stairs the right way, to mocking Stephen Harper’s band with reckless abandon, Oliver was on fire, and as a Canadian I have to say, he got us good! Continue reading “The Last Word of #elxn42 Goes to… John Oliver(?)”

10 Things the 2015 Campaign Will Be Remembered For

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There are a myriad of ways that the 2015 Federal Election has been one of the most interesting in Canadian history. Sure, during every election, candidates and pundits tell us that this is the most important vote in our lifetime, but this year there is truly a sense that something historic is afoot. What exactly that means is still anyone’s guess. But as we enter the final week of this long election period, let’s look back at 10 of the things that stick out in our memory. From the weird, to the humourous, to the devastatingly tragic, here are 10 things that this election will be remembered for… Continue reading “10 Things the 2015 Campaign Will Be Remembered For”

Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday October 15, 2015


This week on Open Sources Guelph we wrap up our campaign coverage with part 7 of 7 of our interviews with the candidates running in Guelph this election. [Insert ka-ching sound effect here] To our beloved listeners, we hope this series has been informative, and that in some small way assists you in making your decision on Election Day, or assisted you when you voted in one of the advance polls earlier this week. [Insert ka-ching sound effect here] But still, there’s one more interview to go, and it should be a good one. [Insert ka-ching sound effect here] Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday October 15, 2015”