Kellie Leitch’s Unique Canadian Identity

Last week, I took part in a discussion on Twitter regarding the best way for Canadians to respond to Kellie Leitch’s celebration of Donald Trump’s victory. While I initially argued (social) media’s focus on her divisive tactics merely fed her free airtime and eyeballs, a very astute and prolific tweeter reminded me ignoring these tactics in the U.S. propelled Trump’s momentum.

And the absolute need to call it what it is.

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Could Oil Prices Delay Canadian Federal Election?

Canadian media, political pundits and social media are rife with talk Prime Minister Stephen Harper might opt to use the cover of stronger polling statistics, the heightened security issues since the attack on Parliament and in Paris, to move up the federal election date to spring of 2015.

Could the declining oil prices causing budget woes, and in fact a delayed budget, instead suggest the Conservatives delay the federal election to 2016? By then oil prices might have recovered sufficiently to allow the tax breaks and spending options Conservatives wish to take to the Canadian public and Conservative supporters.

Would there be any repercussions for Mr. Harper and the Conservatives? What would be the implications for the Liberals, the New Democrats and the Green Party? Beyond social media, would Canadians at large care about any delays?

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PBS Frontline – The Brutal Miscalculations Behind the Rise of ISIS

PBS and Vice Media’s many videos on ISIS, and the geopolitical nightmare of the Middle East, are must sees for all who wish to be informed about the war some Western nations are now engaged in. Readers encouraged to share other non-traditional non-partisan sources, with links preferably. Comments will be monitored.