Category Archives: Politics – Canada – Federal

Participant

Came across a draft of a May, 1998 news release by Peter Goldring, the Member of Parliament I had started working for the previous fall. How he went to Quebec City for the provincial ceremony of the unveiling of the … Continue reading

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Relations

From a column by Allan Fotheringham, “The mouse, the elephant and the crackers in the bed”, Globe and Mail, January 27, 2001, p. A9: John Kennedy could not stand John Diefenbaker. Instructed to do the ritual tree-planting ceremony at Rideau … Continue reading

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The people

Remaining in memory. Comments of Minister of Defence Barney Danson, on the night of his 1979 federal election defeat: The people are always right. No undermining. No insult to the people’s choice, even if a source of disappointment. Respect for … Continue reading

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Different History

From “Leadership hot unofficial topic”, by Sheldon Alberts, National Post, February 17, 1999, p. A7, in relation to a convention of the United Alternative, a precursor to… …the question of who might lead a new small “c” conservative party in … Continue reading

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Preservation

From Brian Busby (ed.), Great Canadian Speeches: Words The Shaped A Nation (2008). Extract from a radio address to the nation by William Lyon Mackenzie King, April 7, 1942, in relation to a pending national plebiscite on conscription: When those … Continue reading

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Gallery

From “The drought is over”, by Douglas Fisher, writing at the age of 81, as published in the Ottawa Sunday Sun, September 2, 2001, p. 6: Consider the press gallery on the Hill, some 400 strong… When I first hit … Continue reading

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Ideas

It’s to say he had ideas, [and] actually believed that ideas mattered, in a way that’s most unusual in Canadian politics and for which no personal equivalent exists since Pierre Elliott Trudeau, and which no party or movement has been … Continue reading

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Dedication

Bought a used copy of The Insiders, a 1987 book by John Sawatsky, from a library bookstore. All about lobbyings of the day and prior. Read the credits: It is fitting that my first book on politics is dedicated to … Continue reading

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Child Lens

…with such neutrality of innocence. Came across this 2013 article in the Ottawa Metro newspaper (via the Canadian Press): Attack ads catch backlash from students Canadian Press Ottawa Metro, May 17-20, 2013, p. 9 Some Grade 5 students have some … Continue reading

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Humility and Good Character

Ian McClelland, former Member of Parliament and former Member of the Alberta Legislature, in relation to a parliamentary colleague, 2001: He’s humble, I guess. I lot of us are humble because we’ve got a lot to be humble about. I … Continue reading

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