By Paul Wells - Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 0 Comments
Power is fleeting. As Paul Wells reports, for some, it’s already fled
Watch later this morning for the Maclean’s Power List. In the meantime, here are five who did not make the list:
1. Cheryl Gallant: Conservative MP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke. Once tweeted, “No carbon tax please, Igafi!” A reference to the leaders of the Liberal party and Libya. Deleted the tweet later. Doesn’t talk much in public these days.
2. Scott Reid: Another eastern Ontario Conservative. Vegan. Said the wrong thing about bilingualism in 2004. Hasn’t really recovered. Snappy dresser.
3. Jim Karygiannis: Liberal MP for Scarborough-Agincourt. Believes he holds the key to a Liberal resurgence in ethnic communities. Can’t get anyone to ask for the key.
4. Bloc Québécois: Campaign slogan in 2011 was “Let’s Talk About Quebec.” Lost 43 seats. Quebec was talking about the NDP. Leader Daniel Paillé isn’t an MP.
5. Norman Spector: Former Mulroney chief of staff. Lives in Victoria. Tweets about what’s going on in Ottawa. Gets most of it wrong.
By Philippe Gohier - Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 2:30 PM - 54 Comments
Having taken a full four days to think it over, various Liberals have settled on two explanations for their party’s losses: their leader and their leader’s answer to one criticism levelled during the English language leader’s debate.
Veteran Toronto MP Jim Karygiannis groaned along with Liberals across the country. Apparently, Ignatieff didn’t understand the pivot. Karygiannis (Scarborough-Agincourt), who easily spends more time in his riding than in Parliament, was practically screaming answers at the TV screen: “Look, you’re a professional pol, Jack. You stay in Ottawa. I’m out working hard and talking to real Canadians, listening to them and working with them. That’s … what I’m doing.”
Extensive Star interviews with campaign insiders and politicians show a large slice of the loss must be attributed to the arrogance of the Liberal leader. In the end, a central Conservative criticism against Ignatieff — that he was arrogant — turned out to be true. It wasn’t the demeanour of a man deliberately trying to be haughty. Rather, as a Liberal communications expert noted: “Any political party is like a Masonic Lodge. You’ve got to know the secret handshake — and he didn’t know what he didn’t know.”
By Aaron Wherry - Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 11:05 AM - 0 Comments
Over the weekend, Jeffrey Simpson lamented for the lifers he sees as presently dominating federal politics. He defined a lifer as one who has been involved for a long period of time at any level of politics, not just as a candidate or elected representative. In this way, for instance, Mr. Harper is a lifer because he has been involved in politics since the mid-80s.
The academic research in this regard—though Simpson’s definition complicates a direct comparison and his focus on party leaders is relevant—has generally raised the alarm about the exact opposite concern: that our MPs have too little experience and are too prone to turnover. To wit. Continue…
By Aaron Wherry - Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 4:08 PM - 17 Comments
Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis gets accusatory at a meeting of the immigration committee.
“What happened in Kingston, Jamaica? … I’ll tell you what happened. They’re black and you don’t want them in.”
That set off a chorus of condemnation… and a point of order by Conservative MP Terence Young who called Karygiannis’s behaviour embarrassing. Karygiannis apologized for his choice of words (said he should have used the word ‘African’), but not his point.
By Aaron Wherry - Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 6:21 PM - 31 Comments
The Scene. Aside from the lonely man in religious garb who often spends his days pacing in front of pictures lamenting abortion, the sight of a public protest on Parliament Hill is perhaps rarer than you might assume. Yesterday, a couple hundred young people sat in circles and smoked pot, though this seemed less an act of defiance than a lazy way to spend a spring afternoon.
For a week now though, crowds of varying size have lined Wellington Street, near the imposing Langevin Block that houses the Prime Minister and his staff, and chanted incessantly about the civil war in Sri Lanka. This afternoon, in perhaps a climactic show of force, more than 30,000 Tamils filled the front lawn, waving black flags, denouncing violence and generally insisting on the world’s attention.
Not that many noticed. Or at least seemed interested in noticing. Indeed, for all the politicians in the immediate vicinity, only the NDP’s Jack Layton was reported to have addressed the crowd. In the midst of the demonstration, the matter merited just three queries in Question Period—ministers Lawrence Cannon and Bev Oda compelled to offer answers for a situation without an obvious solution. Afterwards, Liberal Jim Karygiannis rose on a point of order and requested that the House schedule an emergency debate on the matter. He was promptly shouted down. Continue…
By Aaron Wherry - Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 6:30 PM - 0 Comments
Parliament, in a roundabout way, passes judgment on the war in Iraq
The Scene. Yeas 137, Nays 110. The morning papers, let alone history, may make little mention of that tally, but there you have it. In a format sports fans can understand, here is the closest this Parliament of Canada may ever get to an explicit and complete denunciation of the war in Iraq.
The Speaker called the members in shortly after 3 pm this afternoon and, as luck would have it, most were already there, having just sat through another spirited session of Question Period. (In case you were wondering, the government would still rather you stop asking about the former foreign affairs minister’s choice of date.) What proceeded was altogether unbecoming so seemingly momentous a moment.
Liberal leader Stéphane Dion had packed up his things and was on his way out when party whip Karen Redman reminded him of his democratic responsibility. He turned and sat back down. The Prime Minister was not so encumbered, government whip Jay Hill apparently powerless to keep Mr. Harper from slipping away quietly before the vote could be taken. Continue…
By Aaron Wherry - Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 3:00 AM - 0 Comments
The Prime Minister’s second answer on Thursday included this meditation on patriotism. “Whenever this government announces something for the men and women of the forces, the Liberals always attack it. They always complain. Canadians know their attitude and that is why they elected a government to be for the Canadian Forces.”
The same day, Rick Fuschi, Conservative candidate in 2006 for Windsor-Tecumseh, posted these thoughts on one of our Forces’ more decorated veterans. “Romeo Dallaire is a Liberal soldier. That’s similar to jumbo shrimp. Before he became confused about right and wrong, he was best known for having had emotional difficulty after witnessing wholesale slaughter in Rwanda, and becoming confused about the required action. The height of his confusion was becoming a Liberal senator. Now he is doing his best to confuse the rest of us about the definition of ‘enemy.’” Continue…