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 […]

Time for Harper MP Guy Lauzon to Not Run Canada Day in Cornwall & City Ad Boycott of Largest Media June 30, 2015

Time for Harper MP Guy Lauzon to Not Run Canada Day in Cornwall & City Ad Boycott of Largest Media  June 30, 2015

Oh Canada!   Tomorrow is July 1st.  Sadly you won’t see CFN participating in our local event that is about to be rained out (bad karma thanks to Guy) as our MP has hijacked Canada Festivities in our city. Canada Day, above all days, should be inclusive and community building.  Sadly our MP runs the […]

Clement Wins Liberal Nomination to Face Lauzon in 2015 Federal Election JUNE 24, 2015 #cdnpoli

Clement Wins Liberal Nomination to Face Lauzon in 2015 Federal Election JUNE 24, 2015 #cdnpoli

Well one thing is becoming clearer.  It really doesn’t appear that Bernadette Clement wants to be a city councilor in Cornwall?  She has attempted to run for upper political office or hope to become a judge each election. Last night the local Liberal riding went through the charade of a nomination race with Ms Clement […]

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 […]

Liberal Riding Prez Jamie Labonte Joins Local Facebook Hate Group JUNE 15, 2015

Liberal Riding Prez Jamie Labonte Joins Local Facebook Hate Group JUNE 15, 2015

CORNWALL Ontario – Bernadette Clement is hoping to spring board from Cornwall City Council and run again for the Federal Grits as MP against incumbent Guy Lauzon. It makes sense.  Her council is in disarray and dysfunctional. Lauzon has no debating skills and his track record is full of political opportunity for a capable candidate. […]

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 […]

Larry Kazdan on the Dangers of Printing Too Much Money – LTE – May 7, 2015

Larry Kazdan on the Dangers of Printing Too Much Money – LTE – May 7, 2015

Re: Federal parties start to play their economic cards, Jason Fekete, May 5, 2015 http://ottawacitizen.com/news/politics/federal-parties-start-to-play-their-economic-cards The conventional wisdom is that whichever party forms government will not have much financial breathing room, especially with the collapse of world oil prices. In fact, while there are ideological and eventual real resource restraints, there is no financial constraint […]

Alberta Provincial NDP Win Bodes Worse for Justin Trudeau than Stephen Harper by Jamie Gilcig – MAY 6, 2015 #cdnpoli

Alberta Provincial NDP Win Bodes Worse for Justin Trudeau than Stephen Harper by Jamie Gilcig – MAY 6, 2015 #cdnpoli

CFN – The biggest loser in the Province of Ontario election is not Jim Prentice and his Federal  Conservative counterparts under PM Stephen Harper, but Justin Trudeau.   As the next Federal election looms closer Canadians are mulling over a lot of options. Is the Harper government past it’s “best buy” date?  Absolutely, but then […]

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 […]

Conrad Black: Will the Duffy trial be the Bayne of the Harper Government – APRIL 12, 2015

Conrad Black: Will the Duffy trial be the Bayne of the Harper Government – APRIL 12, 2015

The Mike Duffy trial opened with a formidable blast from his counsel, Donald Bayne, predicting that Nigel Wright, who is renowned to all as an honourable man and has been exempted from any charge in the matter, will confirm in his testimony that Duffy was pushed “by the Prime Minister’s Office” into accepting Wright’s $90,000, which […]

Is Mike Duffy or Stephen Harper on Trial today as The Circus Comes to Ottawa by Jamie Gilcig APRIL 7, 2015

Is Mike Duffy or Stephen Harper on Trial today as The Circus Comes to Ottawa by Jamie Gilcig APRIL 7, 2015

CFN – Today Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is on trial.    In reality it is former Journalist and Senator Mike Duffy that’s on the docket and facing a judge, but ultimately Canadians will be keenly listening for glimpses of the man behind the curtain. What’s scariest to this writer is the simple truth that […]

Would You Vote for an Independent Candidate for MP? by Jamie Gilcig – MARCH 29, 2015

Would You Vote for an Independent Candidate for MP? by Jamie Gilcig – MARCH 29, 2015

CFN –  Here in Cornwall Bernadette Clement announced that she will be attempting to be the candidate for MP in the 2015 election. There’s been a lot of chatter, but one question that keeps coming up is whether an Independent candidate could win and whether more should run? As some know I personally have given […]

Bernadette Clement to Run for Justin Trudeau in 2015 by Jamie Gilcig – MARCH 26, 2015

Bernadette Clement to Run for Justin Trudeau in 2015 by Jamie Gilcig – MARCH 26, 2015

CORNWALL Ontario – Bernadette Clement is taking another crack at SD&SG MP Guy Lauzon in the upcoming election.   She has to win the nomination, but unless some surprise candidate drops in she should be facing another round. In the last election she fared poorly finishing far behind Lauzon, and finishing worse than her candidacy […]

No, I am not Running in 2015 for the NDP – Rumor Put to Rest & Election Thoughts by Jamie Gilcig – MARCH 23, 2015

No, I am not Running in 2015 for the NDP – Rumor Put to Rest & Election Thoughts  by Jamie Gilcig – MARCH 23, 2015

CORNWALL Ontario – My phone started ringing far too early this morning.   It was surreal, but I live in surreal times in a surreal community. I first have to shoot down and dispel the rumor.  I will categorically not be the NDP candidate for this riding in the upcoming Federal election. As much as […]