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Richard Anderson
The Imperial Capital
Socialists Be Not Proud
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Sometimes the blogging gods are generous: Justin Trudeau is turning to leaders from companies that include Canada’s biggest bank and BlackBerry Ltd. (BBRY) to help convince Canadians his opposition Liberals can be trusted to run the economy ahead of next year’s elections. I wonder if anyone in the Grit High... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Gods of the Copybook Headings
Are you a bored journalist / pollster / pundit / gadfly? Is it nearly a year before the next election? Do you have a desperate need to fill copy and not quite enough time? Then here's a perfect non-story for you: The parties will all insist that they are running... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Gods of the Copybook Headings
Why don't more people realize this isn't a good thing? Each year, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute recognizes a “Policy Maker of the Year”. Past recipients have included former Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney and Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Development John Baird. One could argue that, while people... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Gods of the Copybook Headings
I mean just terrible: Television entrepreneur Moses Znaimer is hoping to expand his reach on the TV dial by acquiring the money-losing Sun News Network from Quebecor Inc. According to a source familiar with the negotiations, Mr. Znaimer is eager to make a deal that would see ZoomerMedia Ltd., a... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Gods of the Copybook Headings
The least popular lawyer in Canada: A Vancouver lawyer is taking Prime Minister Stephen Harper to court for failing to fill 16 empty Senate seats, claiming the delay in appointing senators is a violation of the Canadian Constitution. Aniz Alani has filed an application in Federal Court calling for the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Gods of the Copybook Headings
It was nice while it lasted: Alberta's opposition Wildrose caucus is expected to meet Tuesday to discuss merging with Premier Jim Prentice's Progressive Conservatives, sources have told The Canadian Press. If merger talks fail, there may be four or more defections to the Tory team, said one source. The sources... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Gods of the Copybook Headings
Your Conservative Progressive government: Companies would be forced to justify why their prices are higher in Canada than in the United States or face naming and shaming under federal legislation introduced Tuesday — a move some critics called misguided. Industry Minister James Moore said the aim is to protect Canadian... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Gods of the Copybook Headings
The logic of Harperism: Paul Martin’s government employed 452 people as “exempt” ministerial aides, advisors and other staff in 2005. This year, that number has swollen to 549 bodies on the public payroll. The increase in exempt staffing is even sharper in the Prime Minister’s Office. In 2005, it took... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Gods of the Copybook Headings
It's Stephen Harper and his band of renown: Stephen Harper channelled Axl Rose for his musical encore at the annual Conservative Christmas party on Tuesday night. Harper was on keyboards and lead vocals with his new band the Van Cats (as in 24 in French, 24 Sussex), and played the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Gods of the Copybook Headings
James Moore acts to safe guard Canada's most important commercial asset: A dougnut chain. The combined company will also establish its headquarters in Oakville, Ont., where Tim Hortons is currently based, and "maintain significant employment levels" at the office. It will list on the Toronto Stock Exchange and maintain Tim... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Gods of the Copybook Headings
Running in Stratford but from the Conservatives: I spent years in the Conservative movement because I believed in what it claimed to support; economic competition to create good jobs, ending corporate welfare and I believed good fiscal management was an absolute necessity. I loathed communism and I have always hated... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Gods of the Copybook Headings
Spot the conman: A New York man has pleaded guilty to selling fake artworks he claimed were created by such artists as Jackson Pollock and Willem De Kooning. John Re, 54, of East Hampton admitted scamming art buyers out of $2.5 million (£1.6m) over nine years, some of which he... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at The Gods of the Copybook Headings
Is there such a thing as Canadian triumphalism? America and Canada gave the world two very different ways of achieving independence, for a world composed largely of colonies. Four of the six continents were colonized by European powers, 103 countries in all, and another 20-odd countries in Asia. Of them,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at The Gods of the Copybook Headings