How very different elections turned on the same factor

On the face of it, the election of Donald Trump in the United States this month and last year’s election of Justin Trudeau in Canada had precious little in common.

The American election was a vile affair, filled with misrepresentation, outright lying, racism, hate and character assassination. The Canadian election was a relatively clean, though hard-fought, campaign that for the most part stayed within the bounds of acceptable political discourse and conduct.

There are no safe spaces with Donald Trump

Here's the op ed that I wrote and which appeared in the National Post earlier this week.  For some reason, the paper didn't post it online but it did run in the hard copy of the paper. I have been getting a number of emails asking why it isn't online so here is the best I can do! Enjoy.

 

Trump wins – and the sky has not fallen (yet)

The vulgar and narcissistic Donald Trump – isolationist, misogynist and xenophobic – was elected president of the United States last Tuesday night, and the sky did not fall.

Next day, the sun came up, and the sky still did not fall. Americans went to work and their children to school. The stock market defied predictions; instead of collapsing, it rose to record highs. 

The world nervously awaits Tuesday night

Everyone is nervous today.

No one, least of all the players most intimately involved, knows what may happen tomorrow in what is one of the closest and certainly the most divisive election in modern American history – an election that pits distrust of Hillary Clinton against fear of Donald Trump.

A campaign that began on high ground with the prospect of electing the first woman president to succeed the first black president ends in the sewer as voters go to the polls tomorrow amid allegations of lying, criminal behaviour and electoral fraud.

Fighting Fire with Fire: The Implications of (Not) Going Negative in a Multiparty Election Campaign

"Sunny ways, my friends, sunny ways."

Trudeau believed that the positive tone of his campaign was a key factor for helping him win the last election. This positive tone was in stark contrast to the generally negative tone that Harper's Team took during the previous elections.  Which strategy, Harper's or Trudeau's, was more effective at winning votes?

Should Trudeau “wiggle out” of his electoral reform promise?

Every successful political leader, when elected, comes to regret some of the promises he or she made while campaigning. Changes that seemed so compelling, so popular – and maybe so easy – while campaigning take on a different complexion once the election is over. Promised changes suddenly seem less compelling, not quite so popular – and even downright difficult to achieve.

What a difference a year makes

Hon. Kathleen Wynne
Premier of Ontario
Queen's Park, Toronto

My Dear Premier:

I am writing to you today in my capacity as a befuddled voter in Ontario. My question is this: What the heck has happened to you and your Liberal government?

You were supposed to be rolling happily down the road to June 14, 2018 — the scheduled date of the next provincial election — but somehow you have lost your way, left the road and driven into a deep ditch from which you may not be able to escape.

Justin moves to restore his father’s muscular federalism

The Trudeau Liberals are moving into the second phase of their mandate, investing some of the political capital they collected in the first phase (the honeymoon or “sunny ways” period) to assert the primacy of the federal government in three areas of national concern.

These are climate change, pipelines and the preservation of medicare. Taken together, the Liberals’ approaches in these areas signal a desire to reestablish a muscular federalism reminiscent of the Pierre Trudeau era.

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