Archive for July 5th, 2012

U.S. Presidential TV Ads through the years

- July 5th, 2012

Just discovered this fascinating site, The Living Room Candidate, which contains the TV ads  from presidential campaigns stretching back to 1952. Check out the one below from the 1952 Eisenhower campaign in which he criticized Democrats for too much debt and lousy economic conditions. Sound familiar?

In the US, SuperPACS find a way to skirt disclosure laws

- July 5th, 2012

The Center for Responsive Politics finds a bunch of SuperPACs obeying the letter of the law when it comes to transparency of donors in U.S. politics but doing whatever they can to ignore the spirit of the law. Notably, all but one of the SuperPACs fingered for exploiting a disclosure loophole are pushing Republican candidates. So a question to Republican candidates and donors: Why are so afraid about telling voters where the money is coming from? Read more…

Harper: Expect major cabinet shuffle, agenda change in “mid-term”

- July 5th, 2012

Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the tiniest of tweaks to his cabinet yesterday, moving Julian Fantino from his job as Associate Minister of Defence (procurement) to Minister of International Co-Operation, a job that came open with Bev Oda quit. Bernard Valcourt will move into Fantino’s old defence spot while holding on to his previous duties as minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

Plenty of us here in the Ottawa press gallery thought Harper would do something much more radical to his cabinet. Today, in Calgary, Harper spoke to talk radio host Dave Rutherford about his cabinet shuffle and prorogation plans. (Transcript courtesy of the PMO) Read more…

US Ambassador pushes back on “Obama lost Canada” meme

- July 5th, 2012
U.S. Ambassador David Jacobson

David Jacobson, the U.S. Ambassador to Canada, peers from behind an American flag at the Ambassador's annual 4th of July party Wednesday at his residence in Ottawa. (Chris Roussakis/QMI Agency)

Obama’s [decision to suspend the Keystone XL decision] marked a triumph of campaign posturing over pragmatism and diplomacy, and it brought U.S.-Canadian relations to their lowest point in decades. It was hardly the first time that the administration has fumbled issues with Ottawa. Although relations have been civil, they have rarely been productive. Whether on trade, the environment, or Canada’s shared contribution in places such as Afghanistan, time and again the United States has jilted its northern neighbor. If the pattern of neglect continues, Ottawa will get less interested in cooperating with Washington. Already, Canada has reacted by turning elsewhere — namely, toward Asia — for more reliable economic partners.

- Derek Burney and Fen Hampson, “How Obama Lost Canada”, published June 21, 2011 by Foreign Affairs

The thesis put forward by Burney — a former Canadian ambassador to the U.S. and Hampson – an academic at Carleton University — has generated some pushback. Read more…