View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Keith Agrees With Justin Trudeau APRIL 5, 2016

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Keith Agrees With Justin Trudeau APRIL 5, 2016

I don’t often agree with Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, but I do think he is going in the right direction with his open membership proposal. In this country our politicians often lament that the population is largely disengaged from our political process and we try to find all sorts of ways to attract young voters- […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Happy Easter Wishes to Hard Working MPs MARCH 27, 2016

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Happy Easter Wishes to Hard Working MPs MARCH 27, 2016

With it being Easter weekend, I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Easter especially all of those hard-working MPs and ministers and of course the Prime Minister too. Then again “hard-working” might not be an accurate description of our elected representatives. We are two thirds of the way through this session before out tireless MPs […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Combat Mission or Liberal BS? March 8, 2016

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Combat Mission or Liberal BS?  March 8, 2016

It has been fascinating watching the Trudeau Liberals twist and squirm over their definition of combat in Iraq. If you believe their nonsense talk points (which can only be dreamt up in a political staff meeting) our forces on the ground in Iraq are not in a combat role. The Liberals prefer to parse and define […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Looking Ahead 2016 Pt 3 The Conservatives

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Looking Ahead 2016 Pt 3  The Conservatives

The Conservatives begin 2016 in a very different place from where they have been for the last 10 years. Defeats are never fun, but they offer the Conservatives a chance to rejuvenate, rebuild and rededicate themselves to promoting Canadian Conservative values. Forget about American, Australian and British values, focus on Canadian values. Defeat offers a […]

View From the Hill By Keith Beardsley – Thoughts of Inside a War Room SEPT 10, 2015

View From the Hill By Keith Beardsley – Thoughts of Inside a War Room SEPT 10, 2015

It is no secret that at the moment the Conservative campaign appears to be in trouble and there are plenty of calls for them to hit the reset button. Declining poll numbers are just one of many signs of that happening along with rumours of infighting and incompetence. Some of this will be true, much […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – 1st Rule of Issue Management – Never Be Part of the Story

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – 1st Rule of Issue Management – Never Be Part of the Story

One of the first rules in political issues management is to never be part of the story. Issues management works in the background, monitoring the news, briefing key staff on unfolding events, offering up counter-attack points and coordinating with communications staff as needed. The aim is to present your boss, in this case the Prime […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Green About Strategic Voting – AUG 23, 2015

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Green About Strategic Voting – AUG 23, 2015

According to media reports, which first appeared on the 20th, the Green Party’s anticipated candidate in Peterborough-Kawartha plans to ask his supporters to vote for the NDP. Both the Globe and Mail and HuffPostCanada indicate that all of this is supposed to happen once it is too late to take the candidate’s name off of […]

Beardsley 1 – Trudeau 0 on CTV Sound Bite to Fire Harper Staff #CDNPOLI Aug 16, 2015

Beardsley 1 – Trudeau 0 on CTV Sound Bite to Fire Harper Staff #CDNPOLI Aug 16, 2015

Don’t you just love this man’s high standards? “Stephen Harper picked these people, he hired them, he promoted them, he protected them, and he’s keeping them on the public payroll while they run his election campaign even though he knows full well everything that they did,” Trudeau said (Referring of course to the staffers in […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – The Debate No One Won – AUG 9, 2015 #MACDEBATE

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – The Debate No One Won – AUG 9, 2015 #MACDEBATE

I enjoyed taking part in the True North Political panel on Friday; it was one which didn’t see the usual partisan attacks that we associate with such shows. Instead there was some pretty good discussion and analysis as we looked back at the Thursday leader’s debate. I don’t think it was a stellar debate by […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – And They’re Off! 2015 Election Campaign Begins! AUG 4, 2015 #CDNPOLI

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – And They’re Off!  2015 Election Campaign Begins!  AUG 4, 2015 #CDNPOLI

Canadians have been given front row seats to one of the longest elections in our history. With 76 days left we can only pray that at some point in time it becomes interesting. There certainly wasn’t much excitement in the first few days of the campaign to grab our attention. Do voters care that Mulcair […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Here We Go Again! Election Vote Buying #cdnpoli

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley – Here We Go Again! Election Vote Buying  #cdnpoli

What a week in Canadian politics so far! Merry Santa Harper and his happy elves have been popping up all across the country as they announce their latest vote buying binge- using our hard earned tax dollars of course. Senior Elf Poilievre couldn’t wear red as that is the colour of the hated Liberals; but […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley A Long Hot Summer Before the Election JULY 7, 2015 #cdnpoli

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley A Long Hot Summer Before the Election JULY 7, 2015 #cdnpoli

Some time ago when the push for fixed election dates was first discussed, I for one was never in favour of the idea. I always felt that Canadian elections would end up following the pattern of American ones with a last year being devoted to little that would be considered constructive. The focus would end […]

View From the Hill – Keith Beardsley Offers Some Sage Advice to Justin Trudeau JUNE 18, 2015 #CDNPOLI

View From the Hill – Keith Beardsley Offers Some Sage Advice to Justin Trudeau JUNE 18, 2015 #CDNPOLI

Justin Trudeau’s new ideas on how to make government better do have some merit, if they are ever implemented. I say that as someone who is a bit jaded and cynical from having been involved in federal politics from as far back as 1984. There are always great ideas, especially when you are an opposition […]