By: Clement Nocos
Just a few pie charts on the state of last weekend’s Canadian political affairs.
By: Chris Burke
First off, I want to give mention to fellow 1837 editor Alex Ripley who campaigned hard for Joyce Murray over these past few months. Facing up against the name “Trudeau” was always going to be an uphill battle, and it was evident that a lot of hard work went into the campaign. Though not a liberal myself, I will extend my hand out in a gesture of respect.
Now on to Trudeau. If you are a Liberal, even if you didn’t support Trudeau in the leadership race, you are likely riding high. Trudeau’s victory was a landslide. 80% (approximately) of the vote. Not even the Trudeau camp was expecting that. Liberals will now have their sights set on 24 Sussex as Trudeau will start taking on Harper today in Question Period.
For me though Trudeau represents more of the same. Yes, I’m sure his policies are different in some ways. However, I’m not here to discuss nuances in policy. With the environment being my main concern, and driving theme for many of my 1837 articles, I’m interested in where Trudeau stands on issues key to this topic and I don’t like what I see.
The new leader of the Liberal Party has voiced his support for the Keystone XL pipeline. That same pipeline that will spell disaster for the environment if it is constructed. So that’s 3 leaders in Ottawa that support the tar sands, and people wonder why I think voting is a pointless venture?
By: Alex Ripley
Full disclosure: I have been working with Joyce Murray’s campaign for several months, and presently serve as the Toronto Youth Chair. I have sought to keep this analysis as objective as possible, and apologize for any bias which has shone through.
The recent departure of Marc Garneau from the race for the leadership of the Liberal Party has kept the pundits busy. Mr. Garneau’s bowing-out has left Joyce Murray as the sole remaining serious challenger to the dauphin, Justin Trudeau. Trudeau is unbeatable, says the media (and Mr. Garneau). I disagree. The race has lots of life in its yet. Let me tell you why.
By: Brad Rubinoff
An awful lot has been written about Justin Trudeau since he announced his candidacy for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada. Reactions from pundits and analysts have run the gauntlet from praise and approval to scorn and dismissal. Love him or hate him, I’ve yet to see anyone react to his announcement with indifference. This, as a Liberal, has been fascinating to watch, and quite frankly it’s a great deal of fun. For the first time since the ’11 electoral decimation there’s a sense of energy amongst federal Liberals. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed seeing Trudeau’s name appear in article after article as every pundit and their sibling weighs in.
Especially since I’m convinced that the majority of the analysis is just plain wrong.
Trudeau is, by and away, the best chance the Liberal Party has of getting back to any semblance of political significance. That’s not to say there aren’t other good candidates out there, there are, but ultimately Trudeau gives the Party its best chance to actually make meaningful gains in 2015.
By: Alex Ripley
It’s not an easy time to be a Liberal in Canada. The party that for so long enjoyed support in all corners of the land now counts in its caucus lots of Maritimers, a few Montrealers and Torontonians, and only four MPs from ridings west of Guelph, Ontario. How the mighty have fallen.
Last week, MP Justin Trudeau (Papineau) announced his intention to seek the Party leadership. Trudeau has an enviable surname (if you’re a Liberal). At forty, he looks good, sounds good, and can work a crowd like a master. Is he the man to breathe new life into a downtrodden organization? I don’t think so.
For starters, there’s the fact that Trudeau doesn’t seem to bring anything new to the Liberal policy front. His nomination speech in Montreal contained lots of references to how much he loved Canada, how passionate he was about the middle class, and so on. The Liberals can’t survive on vague platitudes alone. They need, in the style of Stephen Harper, substantive, meaningful policies that can then be translated into vague platitudes for the benefit of the politically disengaged.
By: Chris Burke
Liberal MP Justin Trudeau’s recent announcement that he would be seeking the leadership position of the Liberal Party of Canada sparked much discussion (and disagreement) among the editors here at The 1837 Society. We’ve decided to share our views on what, some might argue, is the biggest news in recent Canadian politics.
I think I can safely speak for the editors of The 1837 Society when I say, that support for Trudeau is rather low. The reasons vary, but most of us have found ourselves unsure about the potential of this candidate. Admittedly, my reasons for not supporting Trudeau have more to do with opposition to what he represents than opposition to Trudeau himself, which sets my views apart from my fellow editors. Though this not to suggest that my editors have reasons that are invalid.
My opposition to Trudeau is based on principle. It is a principle extended from an article I wrote sometime back in which I asked readers to question whether or not they believe are current system of governance can bring about the changes we need to see as a society. It is also found in the undertones of my writing, which all display (in some way) opposition to Canada’s current way of operating. Therefore, my opposition of Trudeau is just an extension on my opposition to our current way of operating in this country.
By: Chris Burke Interim Liberal leader Bob Rae has offered his opinion on the oil sands debate. In doing so he has cast doubt on any claim that a Liberal government would offer a better solution to our environmental challenges. Rae was recently quoted saying, “I don’t think it’s just a matter of saying ‘I’m pro-development’ …