Reefer Madness and These Desperate Times


I’ve already commented on Stephen Harper’s apparent segue to prop comic while campaigning in this election, and it’s enough to make you wonder if given the polls he’s pondering his post-prime ministerial career. Perhaps as a game show host. Compounding the silly season move to campaign with a comically-exaggerated, old-timey cash register is a growing sense that Harper, while losing the race, is losing his mind, because why else would he be slamming the Liberal plan to decriminalize marijuana on the one hand, while appear at an event with a known drug user and his alleged drug dealing brother on the other? Continue reading “Reefer Madness and These Desperate Times”

What’s Up with NDP’s Fuzzy Math?


The Liberal surge in the polls have meant that the NDP must face the possibility that their governmental ambitions maybe only seen in the rearview mirror, but Tom Mulcair has no intention of going gently into that good night. While campaigning over the weekend, Mulcair, his candidates, and NDP staffers are now submitting the message that if Canadians want to get rid of Stephen Harper, the NDP is the best alternative because the math is on their side. Yes, the NDP say that they need only 35 more seats to defeat Stephen Harper, but what does that mean? Continue reading “What’s Up with NDP’s Fuzzy Math?”

Why is Stephen Harper Campaigning Like Howard Hampton?


Going into the final week of the 2015 election, it seems as though the pressure may be finally getting to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The Conservative leader was in Kitchener today doing campaign-y things like going to KW-Oktoberfest and taking in a Kitchener Rangers OHL game, but in between that he wanted the voters in a strategically vulnerable area for the incumbent government to know just what exactly a Liberal government, if elected, was going to cost them. To do that, Harper made the unusual decision to become a prop comic at the dawn of the last week of the campaign. Continue reading “Why is Stephen Harper Campaigning Like Howard Hampton?”

Guelph to Rally Against Voter Suppression


As advanced polls are underway this weekend, showing big student turnout and long lines directly attributed to confusion over the new rules under the Fair Elections Act, we wonder about whether or not there will be some kind of repeat of the events of 2011 (ie: Robocalls). So to add fuel to the paranoia (however justified), Fair Vote Guelph is organizing a Rally Against Voter Suppression for the coming week. Continue reading “Guelph to Rally Against Voter Suppression”

Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday October 8, 2015

This week, Open Sources Guelph is giving thanks for an active and engaged electorate who are wanting to make smart decisions concerning who to vote for this Federal Election. Our gift to you this Thanksgiving weekend is the sixth in our series of candidate interviews, and this one is no turkey. We will be stuffing so many issues into this discussion, you won’t have room for dessert. This week’s show will be no sack of potatoes, unless they’re sweet potatoes, because the show will definitely be sweet! Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday October 8, 2015”

Facepalm Moments on the Campaign Trail


Approaching Day 70 of this federal campaign, and with less than two weeks to go, it was inevitable that things were going to get silly. Coming the day after the announcement of the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, and its very serious implications for Canadians and Canadian economy, it seems like a number of Conservative candidates, including the Minister of National Defense himself, is looking to shake things up with a bit of foot in mouth. Continue reading “Facepalm Moments on the Campaign Trail”

The TPP is a Done Deal, But Now What?


After years of careful negotiating, and a weekend of touch-and-go final detailing, 12 Pacific Rim countries agreed in principle this morning to the makings of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the largest free trade agreement in global history knocking down trade barriers for 800 million people and about 40 per cent of the world’s economy. Conservative leader Stephen Harper was pleased with the deal saying, “This deal is, without any doubt whatsoever, in the best interests of the Canadian economy.” Great! So what’s in it? Nobody outside the governments that negotiated it know. Continue reading “The TPP is a Done Deal, But Now What?”