06.27.2012 09:28 AM

Akin, Coletto, me on Trudeau, Harper, Mulcair, blah blah blah



  1. Dan says:

    I don’t think Trudeau has as much youth appeal as you think. His appeal is nostalgia. If you want to see Trudeaumania Pt 2, Justin has to find the right issues as much as his dad did. It’s pretty late in the game for him to find a cause.

  2. Ottawa Civil Servant says:

    Only Nixon could go to China.
    Maybe it will take a Trudeau to open the Health Care can of worms and seriously tackle the issue.
    Canadians would listen to a bold, innovative idea.

    And it would be the Liberals LAST chance. After that, it’ll be either Liberals or NDP standing tall (in 2nd place, of course.)

    • Dan says:

      There’s nothing bold about dismantling the public health care system. Bold would be telling corporate donors that we’re going to improve public health care by raising their taxes. Too bold though. They won’t like that.

      • Danny says:

        Bold is not throwing money at a problem and raising taxes to do it. That would be classic Liberal ‘Tax & Spend’ policy.
        We need to look at other options. Unfortunately the embedded powers that be have created a climate in Canada where it is impossible to talk about touching Health Care and having a reasonable debate. Canada does not have the best system in the world , not by a long stretch. But to raise the discussion is to touch the political third rail in Canada. That is why Harper promised a 6% raise in revenue for 5 years, and then ducked and ran out. The provinces need to show some leardership on this as it is a provincial responsibility.
        My two cents say, we need to get the private sector more involved. Competition rather than a big government beauracracy is the route to look. Exactly how, not so sure.
        Some options are things like privatizing hospitals and have them compete for patients/clients.
        Paying doctors and hospitals for outcomes, like reducing wait lists.
        My favourite is to privatize the entire industry, but keep the insurance side public. Much like BC does with car insurance. This is what Taiwan did recently.
        But I am not holding my breath waiting for a proper debate. Pity.

        • Tim Sullivan says:

          “Tax and spend” is a classic conservative expression, not a Liberal policy. But the expression has always intrigued me. What government does not tax, and spend?

          As for taxing, my payroll taxes went up. I see the federal government has increased in size between 2006 and 2011. Humm, Danny. It seems the current government has a tax and spend policy. The only difference between the Liberals in 1995-2005, they spent less than they took in. The current Conservative government spends more than it takes in.

          Form what opinion you want. The facts are not up for grabs.

  3. Michael says:

    Just saw on Facebook that Deborah Coyne announced her leadership bid.

    Her slogan “Sir, you are no Pierre Trudeau”

  4. Ronald O'Dowd says:


    Not exactly cricket, if true. Can’t help but wonder if this is but an unfortunate beginning in this leadership race.

  5. Bill From Willowdale says:

    I am not convinced that Trudeau is the savior, but I hope you’re right. I can’t wait for all the candidates to put their names on the ballot. I was prepared to vote NDP if Rae was crowned king. At least there is a chance for a come back and the Liberal can start talking ideas again and stop the infighting. Good interview!

  6. Jason says:

    If Trudeau keeps giving speeches like this, nobody will take him seriously:


  7. Eric says:

    Hmmm … the reason that I know about Deborah Coyne is that the March 1993 edition of Saturday Night (lament) mentions on the cover an inside story “Trudeau’s Child; the crusades of Deborah Coyne”. The reason I really remember that is that Leonard Cohen is the cover photo and he signed it when I met him a few months hence, and it hangs on my wall to this day.

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