Mad Max’s Quest: The Road Ahead

Maxime Bernier and shitty political blogs: Name a match more tailor-made, I’ll wait.

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I guarantee that somebody on /r/MetaCanada has made a Mussolini-esque mural out of this very picture. (Photo: Canadian Press)

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Quick Hits Episode 6: In Which I Give You Stale News, and You Like It

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What’s it been since my last one of these? Twelve years? Something like that?

I meant to have this one out last week when these stories were much more relevant (although some of it is still ongoing), but I got sidetracked by other things. I considered trashing it and starting with a newer one, but I figure that I should at least show some signs of life before writing my next one. And also, it’s pretty good. But mainly because Maxime Bernier is supremely entertaining, sometimes.

Anyways, it’s a short one this week, but next time we’re talking about Saudi Arabia. So that should be fun. Or not, because good news is a luxury that we apparently can’t afford.

Moving on!

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Quick Hits Episode 5: A Brief, Yet Triumphant Return

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We are all Xavier Trudeau/Nous sommes tous Xaver Trudeau.

Because I can’t understand steel tariffs, and because of the torrent of anger and vitriol that Colten Boushie case stirs up inside of me, we’re going to start with the literal least important possible thing to happen in the last couple weeks: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s surreal visit to India for a state visit and meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Jagmeet Singh, and What He Means​

For my previously published two-part preview of the NDP leadership election, click here for Part 1, and here for Part 2!

Full disclosure: It’s not really that much of a surprise to me that Jagmeet Singh was elected leader of the New Democratic Party. Polling during the NDP’s leadership election seemed to indicate that his efforts to bring new voters to the party was pulling the title of “favourite” away from previous frontrunner Charlie Angus, and towards Singh. I was pretty sure that Angus was gonna win in the third round because Singh didn’t have a whole lot of second or third ballot support, but I could just as easily see Singh winning in the second or third. One thing was for sure: It probably wasn’t gonna end in the first ballot.

And then he did. Because I am clearly not a pollster or a mathematician, and why should my uninformed opinion mean anything?

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I should’ve figured out the jig was up when this happened, honestly. 

What I clearly did NOT accurately predict was how much first-ballot support Singh would have. Because, to put it in layman’s terms, he had a metric shit-ton. 53.8% of voters had Singh as their first choice. That is over 30% more than Angus’ total (19.4%), to say nothing of Niki Ashton (17.4%) or Guy Caron (9.4%). That goes beyond a landslide: It’s straight-up decimation.

But enough sober reflection and reconsideration of my abilities as a political commentator. Just what does Jagmeet Singh’s election mean for the NDP and for Canada as a whole?

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