C’est l’économie, stupide: Political veterans say Québec nationalist outreach is important, but economic messaging key for Conservatives
Following its convention in Québec, the Conservative Party has raised expectations for its performance there in future elections. Even modest gains in Québec make their path to a majority government far easier in the rest of Canada.
MORE SIGNAL. LESS NOISE. THE HUB NEWSLETTER.
In order to exercise power the government must remain alert and responsive at all times to the interests and opinions of a range of elected and unelected persons. A parliamentary government follows, even as it leads.
While the government is still talking tough, the Online News Act has been an utter disaster, leading to millions in lost revenues with cancelled deals, reduced traffic for Canadian media sites, and declining investment in media in Canada.
If the last twenty years in the wine world have been largely about the ascendency of smaller boutique producers, maybe the next few years will see a resurgence of interest in larger wine-making operations.
Diplomatic capital must be earned. Constantly shirking international obligations, most egregiously the direct request to increase Canada’s defence budget and effective contribution to international security, has exhausted that.
We can’t escape the past any more than we can escape our own past. Even when we forget it, it re-emerges like an atavistic gene.