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The Maclean’s Politics Panel: Omnibus politics, NDP momentum

Also: Senate vacancies are before the courts


 
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Jason Franson/CP

Each week, the Maclean’s Ottawa bureau sits down to discuss the stories behind the week’s stories in our politics podcast, On The Hill.

They also gather in the OMNI studios to talk about the stories that matter. This week, Paul Wells and John Geddes joined Cormac MacSweeney. The trio hashed out the government’s planned rewrite of a long-gun registry law that could excuse alleged lawbreaking on the part of the RCMP—a feat akin to Bruce Willis’s time travel in Looper. They also make sense of the NDP’s sustained momentum in horse-race polls, a conversation that inspired comparisons between the party’s reunited leadership and Avengers: Age of Ultron. The panel finished by trading thoughts on the future of the increasingly vacant Senate of Canada. Curious how the august chamber resembles Ben Stiller’s Night at the Museum trilogy? Listen to the end.

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The Maclean’s Politics Panel: Omnibus politics, NDP momentum

  1. Tom Mulcair, first leaves a blue liberal party in Quebec because he had a tiff with Jean Charest, ecause he couldn’t get his way, then looks for plumb position as a minister with the federal cons, and they even shut the door on him, then approaches the federal liberal party, again door closed, and finally ends up on the leadership bid to become leader of the NDP, which he did win, that to me sounds like a guy who is going where the wind is blowing, and attacks other parties like Harper. Those who attack and divide will also govern by division, that’s what I see from this NDP party. It was too bad the dippers didn’t try to get Jack Harris instead, at least Jack Harris had two things going for him, his first name is Jack, no brainer, second, Jack Harris is he most authentic person on the NDP bench. if your going to tout Tom Mulcair as the agent for change, I hope the MSM breaks out the microscope on him like they did with Harper and Trudeau, if not, it means the MSM has picked it’s horse, which also means right now, Trudeau is officially the underdog. These election debates could possibly won by the demeanor of the leader and I think both the cons and dippers are just as concerned about their leaders demeanor as they think they are about the liberals and their leader. Actually, I really think Trudeau is in the so called ‘sweet spot’ right now, 5months to go, a lot can change in 5 months, if you just look back at what has just happened over the last 5 months, if you believe the polls, than we are in for a very bumpy ride.

  2. Just to add a little nugget to Tom Mulcairs memoirs, he should take the advise of what Farley Mowat told Joey Smallwood, former NL premier, when he, Joey ask Farley to write his memoirs. Farley said to Joey, ” if I’m going to write a book about you Mr. Smallwood, I’m going to have to tell the truth”, and Joey had Farley flown out of a little hamlet in NL on a chopper the next day. So, Tom, if your going to write memoirs, you better tell Canadians the truth about the Quebec construction cover-up and the truth about exactly what happened to you on your travels from the blue liberal party of Quebec, to know the leader of the NDP and what was the reason why you had to take out 8 mortgages on your home to stay out of debtors prison.

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