Author Archives: phantomobserver

About phantomobserver

I'm a professional librarian currently working in Ottawa, Ontario.

Premier Wynne Doesn’t Really Know Her Tory History, Does She?

You might think, given the role of Ontario in Canadian history, that Premier Wynne (or at least her speechwriters) would be at least passingly familiar with Canadian history. Or at least did a brief search on Wikipedia. Apparently not: “I’ve … Continue reading

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About Last Night . . .

No, I didn’t watch the first leaders’ debate. And judging from the feedback, I didn’t miss all that much. Michael Den Tandt of the National Post was the earliest mainstream pundit to declare a winner — except, actually, he didn’t. … Continue reading

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The Leadership Lesson of Eglinton-Lawrence

It isn’t often that a political party’s grassroots manage to save its leadership from the consequences of its own actions. Such, however, is the case of the riding of Eglinton-Lawrence and the local Liberal riding association’s rejection of Justin Trudeau’s … Continue reading

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No Government Department Will Ever “Get” Facebook

Here’s a question for those of you who use Facebook: do you ever use it to look for government departments? I see a few hands up out there, and to them I say: okay, now put your hand down if … Continue reading

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So Why Is Warren Kinsella Linking To An Anti-Justin Ad?

Okay, I do get that most of my audience would publicly declare that they wouldn’t give Warren Kinsella’s blog the time of day. Not surprising, given his normal anti-Tory stance. However, one of Mr. Kinsella’s virtues is that, when he … Continue reading

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Tin Ear Lizzie

There is one truism in modern politics that its practitioners always seem to forget: politicians have never been, and will never be, “hip.” It’s the nature of the beast. To have a career in politics implies an ability to display … Continue reading

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Random Thoughts On An Orange Alberta

Well, those who would have thought Jim Prentice would be Stephen Harper’s successor should be thankful they didn’t bet any money on the idea. No, I’m not going to weep / wail / mourn the so-called “death” of conservatism in … Continue reading

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Why Peanuts Should Matter to Margaret Wente

There’s a passage in Margaret Wente’s otherwise readable Globe column that bothers me: No matter how outraged we may be, the actual amount of money scammed from the public adds up to peanuts. The cost of Mr. Duffy’s lengthy trial, … Continue reading

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Why Sensible People Don’t Become Members of Parliament

So what do you think of your MP? Odds are: not much. I don’t mean that you have a low opinion of your member of Parliament. I do mean that whatever she or he does, doesn’t occupy a significant chunk … Continue reading

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Note To The Wise: Political Parties Never Leave People

Does this sound familiar to you? For a long time now I have found myself defending my membership of the Labour party while wondering what values of mine it defended any more. I didn’t leave the Labour party. It left … Continue reading

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