View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Debate About Debate During BBQ Season MAY 22, 2015

Not the most exciting week in Canadian politics. You know that as soon as you see how much space was taken up in the news over who would attend what leader’s debate. It was interesting to know that Justin Trudeau is already practicing for the October leadership debates. Now what does that say about the […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Where Will the Anti-Harper Vote Go? MAY 18, 2015

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Where Will the Anti-Harper Vote Go? MAY 18, 2015

Quick comments on some of the events and issues of the past week Polling numbers are getting interesting as a three way race is developing. It is always good for democracy when the public is engaged. The question now becomes where will the anti-Harper vote go? With three opposition parties dividing up that vote, it […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Supporting Veterans on VE Day a Good Idea – MAY 4, 2015

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Supporting Veterans on VE Day a Good Idea – MAY 4, 2015

Harper’s visit to Iraq, the Kurds and eventually the Netherlands to join with our vets in celebrating VE-Day was great political theater. It reminded me of the vintage propaganda film footage we see from World War Two where the leader flies in to visit the troops and he is then shown huddled with military officials […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Eve Adams Winners & Losers FEB 12, 2015

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Eve Adams Winners & Losers FEB 12, 2015

Political types tend to look at every action that takes place as a win or lose situation. This is especially true in today’s hyper-partisan political environment where each side regards the other parties as the enemy, not just as competitors for the hearts and minds of voters. In this super charged environment capturing one of […]

View From The Hill By Keith Beardsley – Time For Harper to Sit Down Over Minister Attacks

View From The Hill By Keith Beardsley – Time For Harper to Sit Down Over Minister Attacks

CFN – This past week we have seen Prime Minister Harper keep with tradition and stand during Question Period to defend two of his embattled ministers. One has to wonder why? The foul ups and bad optics that Veteran Affairs minister Fantino created for himself, should not require the Prime Minister to defend him. It […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – New Abacus Poll Interesting Numbers – Aug 28, 2014

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – New Abacus Poll Interesting Numbers – Aug 28, 2014

CFN – The latest Abacus poll was interesting as its numbers show how few people think anything would change under a Liberal or NDP government. For instance under a Liberal government, 46% don’t think there would be any difference when it comes to job creation. For the environment 51% don’t think things would be any […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – The Bar Has Been Set by Justin Trudeau

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – The Bar Has Been Set by Justin Trudeau

CFN – Conservative and NDP fundraisers must be patting themselves on the back today and thanking Justin Trudeau for their good fortune. With Trudeau’s pronouncement that he plans on winning a 170 seats and a majority in the next election, the fundraising letters to NDP and Conservative supporters almost write themselves. Nothing rallies an organization and […]

Ten Seats in Quebec for the Harper Conservatives in Next Election? Keith Beardsley View From the Hill

Ten Seats in Quebec for the Harper Conservatives in Next Election? Keith Beardsley View From the Hill

CFN – Don’t you just love the summer doldrums and some of the political speculation that abounds in the news? One such story around speculation that the Conservatives under Harper could win ten seats in Quebec in the next election was certainly attention getting. This would require quite an extensive and on-going charm offensive from […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – No Danger Pay for our Soldiers in Afghanistan?

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – No Danger Pay for our Soldiers in Afghanistan?

CFN – Once again we have the Defence Department making a decision that leaves most fair minded Canadians shaking their heads.  It seems the brain trust at DND has decided that while our embassy staff and ambassador require soldiers to protect them in Kabul, the soldiers don’t merit danger pay? This DND decision also ignores […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Come Fly With Me! NDP Flight Attacks on Harper Gov’t.

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Come Fly With Me!  NDP Flight Attacks on Harper Gov’t.

CFN – Watching the NDP’s feigned outrage at the Conservative’s use (misuse) of government aircraft generates flashbacks to when the Conservatives were in opposition. At that time as head of the Conservative research group looking into Liberal misdeeds, we would often check the Challenger jet flight logs. Most of the time it was pretty boring […]