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34 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
What does the Conservative Party of Canada want to be when it grows up?
Chantal Hebert at the Toronto Star summed it up best on Election Night. "It was an election that nobody wanted and nobody got what they wanted." You can't even say we ended up with the status quo because the campaign only served to make politics more divisive at a time when the country cries out for leadership and vision to ensure we recover physically, mentally and economically from the COVID-19 pandemic. Questions: Who among the federal leaders will live to fight another campaign? Is Doug Ford the answer to the Conservative Party of Canada's inability to breakthrough in Ontario? And, why exactly are Liberals upset with Kevin Vuong?
33 minutes | Sep 19, 2021
The final days of a negative campaign includes sex assault allegations against a Toronto candidate
These final hours of the federal election campaign have made things clear as mud. The polls have consistently suggested the Liberals and Conservatives are in a dead heat among decided voters. The only confident prediction is we will have a minority government when all is said and done. Who will sit in the PM's chair? Not at all clear. Meantime, the Liberals have dumped Kevin Vuong as their candidate in a downtown Toronto riding after the Toronto Star reported he'd been charged with sexual assault in 2019. It's important to note the Crown withdrew the charges. The case never went to trial. The timing of the story is one thing. But it also calls into question the journalistic ethics at the Star.
33 minutes | Sep 16, 2021
If O'Toole can't "deliver the bacon, I don't think he lasts long" as CPC leader: @MattGurney
Is this an all or nothing campaign for Erin O'Toole? Does he have to win the September 20the federal election to keep his job at leader of the Conservative Party of Canada? Matt Gurney at the National Post joins us for this episode of The WRIT Race. He suggests O'Toole's term as party leader may be short lived unless he can boast "some kind of win", whether that's winning a minority or weakening Trudeau's minority. "O'Toole is out on a moderate, eastern, centrist Canadian limb for a party whose last 100 seats are a rock solid, often rural, western Canadian base. If the Easterner can't deliver the bacon, I don't think he lasts long."
28 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
Would O'Toole be better off losing to a smaller Trudeau minority?
It's not that silly a question when you consider two things. First, most Canadians didn't want this election to begin with. So, to see the Trudeau Liberals barely survive with a slimmer minority, (not the majority the prime minister coveted), will call his "mandate" into question. Second, it leaves it up to a wounded Trudeau to mop up the divisiveness of the campaign while coping with a new year that will be dominated by the fourth (fifth?) wave of the pandemic. Brett James, Senior Counsel at Sussex Strategy Group in Toronto offers his insights.
22 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
Getting personal on the federal election campaign is one thing but taking shots at family is way out of line
Yes, the tone has changed on the federal campaign trail. And that may have been predictable. But there was a nasty moment when protestors began making inappropriate comments about Justin Trudeau's wife Sophie. Deb Hutton says that's not new, but it doesn't make it right. Deb advised a couple of premiers in Ontario, worked on leadership and election campaigns and experienced campaigning as a spouse when her husband, Tim Hudak, led the Progressive Conservatives in the 2011 and 2014 Ontario elections.
28 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
What kind of Canada will we vote for on September 20th?
This federal campaign has been dominated by wedge issues, personal attacks, and a disaster of a debate. Where is the vision? Where is the deep discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing Canada? Scott White, CEO and Editor in Chief at The Conversation Canada, joins John Wright and Dave Trafford in this edition of The WRIT Race.
27 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
It's time to abandon campaign debates if that's the best we can do
The english federal leaders' debate was, in the words of Dana Bash, "a shit show." I heard "pundits" complaining that we always complain about the format and never focus on the substance of the debate. That's because the format is the problem. It doesn't allow for substance, let alone debate. The time has come to either overhaul the system, (take it out of the hands of the media consortium), or scrap the debates altogether.
33 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
Will Trudeau run in the next election? "I don't know if he wants to" @kinsellawarren
Warren Kinsella is our guest on this edition of The Writ Race. He offers his insights on debate prep and whether, whether he wins or loses, Justin Trudeau is likely to lead the Liberals into the next election campaign. Kinsella doesn't think he wants the job anymore.
25 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
Can Trudeau use the anger and violence on the campaign trail to his advantage?
On today's episode of The WRIT Race, we're joined by Laura Babcock at Power Group. In a normal campaign, we'd be focussing on the french and english consortium debates. But that's been overshadowed by the increased harassment and violence that has target the Liberal campaign. John Wright points out this coincides with slow but steady gains in the polls by the People's Party of Canada. Has this underlying anger highlighted by anti-vaccine demonstrators and opposition to the vaccine "passport" set a new dynamic for the final two weeks of the federal campaign?
15 minutes | Sep 5, 2021
Getting set for DEBATE WEEK in the federal election campaign
The french and english "consortium" federal leaders' debates will be broadcast this week. Bob Pickard, Principal at Signal Leadership Communications assesses the campaign messaging and tactics as the race to election day tightens. And Nik Nanos and his Nanos Research team have been doing daily polling. Nik says we're at a point in the campaign where an issue that may not be a top priority for Canadians can shift voting preferences in some key areas of the country.
15 minutes | Sep 4, 2021
Is Doug Ford Ducking for cove in Ontario and is Jagmeet Singh up to the challenge of a federal campaign?
This morning we woke up to news that Ontario Premier Doug Ford has decided to prorogue the provincial legislature. The Ledge won’t sit again until October 4th - two weeks after the federal election. Keith Leslie weighs in on Ford's strategy. And Thomas Mulcair, former leader of the Official Opposition in Ottawa, joined to assess the Labour Day effect on the national campaign.
29 minutes | Sep 3, 2021
Did Erin O'Toole win the TVA debate by not losing? Anne Lagace-Dowson (@alagacedowson) weighs in
Anne Lagace-Dowson joins The Writ Race #cdnpoli #podcast to offer a view from Quebec, the morning after the first federal leaders' debate in the 2021 campaign. Did Erin O'Toole's performance move the momentum needle for the Conservatives? Did Justin Trudeau do anything that would turn the tide for his Liberal fortunes?
23 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
Political parties approach women to run so they can check a box.
Erin Trafford and Amanda Galbraith join us for this special edition of The Writ Race to talk about the role women should be playing in Canadian politics. And we also explore the idea that Rural Canada is increasingly being left out of the political discussion in this country.
23 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
Air games are great but who will have the ground game to Get-The-Vote-Out on September 20?
Amanda Galbraith is back! So, another F-Sharp warning is in order:) We're now half way through the federal election campaign in Canada and the latest seat modelling suggests the Liberals and the Conservatives are in a dead heat. It suggests to Amanda that the televised debates will matter. It may well make the difference in motivating voters to go to the polls.
25 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
Jagmeet Singh is wasting the party building done by Layton and Mulcair.
Bob Richardson is a longtime Liberal Party organizer and strategist. He's critical of the Trudeau campaign to date but says there's still time for recovery. It will be a fight between Trudeau and Conservative leader Erin O'Toole. Bob says NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh isn't ready for prime time. Jack Layton and Thomas Mulcair did the "gut work" to put the party on solid footing. And "this guy's doing TikTok videos."
21 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
In the absence of a Liberal platform, has Justin Trudeau become a "ballot question"?
It's DAY 15 for John Wright and me on our daily #cdnpoli podcast - The WRIT Race. A few things you'll learn from today's show. 1) Writs don't get "dropped". 2) John give us a master class on how polls work 3) Justin Trudeau is emerging as a Ballot Question in this campaign. Take 20 minutes. Let us know what you think!
30 minutes | Aug 27, 2021
Erin O'Toole's response to the ISIS attack in Kabul and #WhereIsDougFord
Mere hours after a suicide bomb attack at the Kabul airport, Conservative leader Erin O'Toole seemed to be heeding John Wright's advice on how to respond to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Liberal campaign insiders are telling the Toronto Star there is no plan to shift direction or hit the reset button on the campaign plan. But Keith Leslie suggested the Trudeau campaign would attempt to Ontario Premier Doug Ford into the campaign. Shortly after we wrapped our recording session, the Liberal leader was taunting Ford on Twitter over his refusal to order vaccine certificates.
14 minutes | Aug 26, 2021
"Afghanistan is now the ballot question in Canada's federal election." says John Wright @johnwrightlive
John Wright says the bombings and ISIS attacked near the Kabul airport Thursday afternoon have squarely centred "Afghanistan" as the ballot question that will define the Canadian federal election campaign. And that raises a critical question for the Liberal team. How does Justin Trudeau answer the Afghanistan question? Is this Erin O'Toole's time to breakthrough, not only as the Conservative leader but a leader who is a veteran?
28 minutes | Aug 25, 2021
Maryam Monsef calls the Taliban "brothers". Amanda Galbraith @agalbraith calls that a F##K UP!
We engage in an unvarnished discussion with Amanda Galbraith about the state of the federal election campaign. (NOTE: Feminism is her second favourite F-word:) Amanda says we're into the "meh" phase but don't think for a minute that what happens in week's two and three aren't going to affect the outcome. She points to Women and Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef referring to the Taliban as "brothers". It's an example of a Liberal campaign that can't get out of its own way.
32 minutes | Aug 24, 2021
Getting to know Erin O'Toole
Sussex Strategy co-founder, Brett James joins John Wright and Dave Trafford in the DAY 9 edition of The WRIT Race. In this episode we talk about everything from Conservative Party leader Erin O'Toole's efforts to ingratiate himself to Canadian voters, even if that risks criticism from the right-leaning element of the party's core to the effect of digital campaigns. And we close by remembering Rolling Stones legend, Charlie Watts.
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