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Liberal Interpretations

Making sense of Justin Trudeau and his party

Clock Watching

The nuclear threat lingers still

Spending Power

Can compassion and efficiency be combined in the use of public funds?

Tom Flanagan

Tom Flanagan is a professor emeritus of political science and a distinguished fellow at the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary.

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The Half-Life of Politicians

They never seem to go away any more, do they? April 2015
It used to be so simple. Before the rise of democracy, kings and emperors ruled until they died or were overthrown by invasion or rebellion. If they abdicated, it was usually under intense pressure, which removed them from any further public role even if they were allowed to go on living. But democracy has allowed a new species to flourish—the former head of state or head of government who wishes to continue politically activity after completing his or her elected term of…

Pages from the Liberal Handbook

Conservative strategist critiques a Grit’s modus operandi. January–February 2008
Warren Kinsella’s new book, The War Room: Political Strategies for Business, NGOs and Anyone Who Wants to Win, is a must-read for anyone interested in political campaigning in Canada. And not just political campaigning. Kinsella is a leader among those now applying the techniques of political campaigning to the causes pursued by…

Solidifying Gains

Major strategists in the Conservative Party know that sticking together is the crucial thing. December 2006