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 […]

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley on Justin Trudeau’s All Things to All Policy Announcement JUNE 17, 2015

View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley on Justin Trudeau’s All Things to All Policy Announcement JUNE 17, 2015

At first glance it looks like Justin Trudeau’s recent policy announcement of a list of items that he would implement if he becomes Prime Minister was based on the wisdom of a former adviser and campaign strategist for Pierre Trudeau.  Keith Davey would always argue that “It is when the Liberal Party shifts to the […]

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 […]