PODCAST: Maclean’s on the Hill, Feb. 7

This week: Pierre Poilievre, the federal budget and Rob Ford

John Geddes, Paul Wells and Aaron Wherry

John Geddes, Paul Wells and Aaron Wherry

Each week, the Maclean’s politics team and Cormac MacSweeney sit down to hash out the week’s news in Ottawa. Expect incisive analysis and commentary, as well as interviews with the biggest newsmakers of the last seven days. This week, Cormac talks to Kevin Sorenson, the minister of state for finance, and Aaron Wherry talks to Kevin Page about the federal budget. Paul Wells interviews Pierre Poilievre about the Fair Elections Act. John Geddes checks in with Senate Liberal leader James Cowan about life as an independent. Maclean’s columnist Emma Teitel talks to Toronto Star reporter and author Robyn Doolittle about the saga of Rob Ford. And Nick Taylor-Vaisey recaps the highlights of this week in Question Period.
Cormac MacSweeney, Parliament Hill bureau chief for CityTV and Rogers Radio.


Pierre Poilievre’s big reform

Robyn Doolittle’s Crazy Town

Jim Flaherty fights a deficit

An Olympic preview

Trudeau’s gambit reverberates

Highlights in bickering

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PODCAST: Maclean’s on the Hill, Feb. 7

  1. The prime minister is a dictatorial
    cult figure who has adopted the same goals and the worst instincts of the
    people he once insisted were undermining democracy. At a social level, he is
    deconstructing Canada
    while delivering the nation’s treasure to corporations.

    Harper has become just another
    slick, shifty opportunist who enjoys being in charge as much as he dislikes
    being called out for making it up as he goes along.

    With Harper, words mean nothing —
    wording is everything.

    All manipulators, public or
    private, assume you’ll never read the fine print. Just remember the dirty
    tricks he played with wording on native funding agreements and the Atlantic
    Accord. He is a political narcissist with an enemy’s list, a vicious infighter
    who will bite off your ear in a clinch, a politician who wants a pack of zombie
    bobble-heads — not a caucus of thinking men and women.

    Canadian values — when I last
    checked — did not include reflexive lying, maniacal stealth and the complete
    and utter dismissal of parliamentary tradition to the point where Canada has
    virtually transitioned to executive governance without the bother of a debate.


    • Oddly when I was reading your screed I could not help but think that you describe your own hateful writing comments on ALL of these political articles, in all of the main newspapers and online news sites. Are you a paid hater Nadine?

  2. Justin Ling showed that Poilievre’s vouching stats are far from accurate.

  3. “The ref is no longer on the ice!”

    Jeez Paul you think you leaned on that guy a little too hard? You might want to snag a follow up interview with Mayrand or even Kingsley. I’m more than a bit surprised that no one is responding to Mayrand’s bombshell comment that the ref[him] wont even be on the ice now. What more does the guy have to do to communicate his discomfort?
    PP asserts all sorts of bizarre stuff here. Who they hell are these mysterious special interests? A passive aggressive shot ECs itself? It’s pretty clear Mayrand has no difficulty connecting the dots.
    The rationale for shutting down ECs outreach programmes seems bogus. How is reducing outreach going to help even if you concentrate instead on informing target groups with advanced polling info. There’s some reason EC can’t do both? I think it only fair to hear Mayrand’s take on how effective or not previous outreach prorammes have been. I’m certainly not prepared to just take the word of this minister – he hasn’t even produced a shred of evidence for his assertions. The poor turnout in Aboriginal communities for instance is almost certainly due to a hang over from long feeling disenfranchised. No advance polling info is going to fix that. If it should be the case that EC’s outreach and registration programmes have been ineffective we might at least want to find out why. I’m not even convinced a case can’t be made for a counter factual; if they had done nothing in the low turn out groups it might have been even worse.



    your old sparring partner is a little tougher on PP looks like.
    even oopsier…

  4. I’m amazed Paul did not press on the biggest change which was highlighted in the Globe’s Editorial: the investigator instead of reporting to the chief electoral officer who reports to Parliament, will, now work in another office which reports to cabinet or the PMO, or in reality, Stephen Harper. Paul did you miss that part? Harper can, in effect, shut down investigations of election irregularities. Let’s call it the “Free to Cheat Act”.
    Anyway, that was the friendliest interview I’ve heard a minister undergo since Mike Duffy left.

    • Paul Wells has to sell a book on Harper. That’s why I don’t listen to his crap anymore. He needs Harpers base to sell his book, so he is not going to overreach when it comes to criticizing Harper. I think Wells has little knowledge on how to judge ones character, after all he does have a certain man crush for Jim(revlon man)Flaherty. What really sticks in my craw is, the MSM still gives a lot of credibility to a corrupt government, it seems business as usual. Seems the senate scandal and corruption in the PMO is no longer important to the MSM as long as Harper is looking good in photo opps on the taxpayers dime until 2015.

      • Three items this week the MSM have let go:
        Government hands on control of elections,
        Government sends spy agency and police to spy on environmental groups,
        And Government directs revenue agency to investigate Suzuki group and other outspoken environmentalists.

  5. To better inform Canadians about the hill can there be more reporting of the committee meetings on the hill?

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