Archive for the ‘Politics/NDP’ Category

NDP loses top party boss to Chow campaign

- March 26th, 2014

Nathan Rotman

Nathan Rotman, pictured above at last year’s Toronto Centre NDP nomination meeting, announced this morning he is leaving his job as executive director of the federal NDP to return to Toronto and join the team trying to help make Olivia Chow the mayor of Toronto. Read more…

Flashback: Cressy storms the House of Commons

- March 24th, 2014

Joe Cressy hopes to make it into the House of Commons this year as the new MP for Trinity-Spadina, replacing Olivia Chow who resigned her seat to run for mayor in Toronto. I first met Cressy in 2009 in that very same chamber but on that day, he was part of a group of about 120 protesters who, in the middle of Question Period stood up and started hollering questions at the government from the public gallery. That’s a very big no-no House-of-Commons-procedure-wise and an army of security guards ended up dragging the protesters out. I was sitting in the House of Commons press gallery that day and Read more…

Me and Tom Mulcair: How will the NDP win in 2015?

- January 16th, 2014

“Young people are very involved. They’re the most engaged generation in our history. And yet they don’t see what happens in this place [the House of Commons] as being very relevant. That’s where we come in.” – NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair.

The 2013 Mulcair Christmas Card

- December 4th, 2013

Thomas Mulcair Christmas card front

Just arrived in the office, the official Christmas Card from the Leader of the Official Opposition Thomas Mulcair and his wife Catherine Pinhas. Adds to the set from Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his family and from Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and his family. Read more…

New Democrats complain about the media’s Liberal obsession

- November 4th, 2013

Ever since I arrived on Parliament Hill in 2005, I’ve heard complaints from New Democrats that they can’t get any respect from the Parliamentary Press Gallery. I didn’t think much, at first, of their complaints. After all, they were the third fourth party and none of the press gallery colleagues I was getting to know seriously thought they’d ever be the government. Parliament Hill reporters paid attention to them in minority parliaments only when their votes mattered on a confidence motion. Read more…