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Federally, and provincially, Yours Truly has been a broken record. To wit:

• The only people who think federal Conservative scandals (cf. robocalls) are a big deal are the media and political hacks.
• Justin Trudeau has reached his lifetime gaffe limit. His strengths (his youthfulness, his political inexperience) have fully become his weaknesses.
• Grits grossly underestimated Stephen Harper – again.
• In Ontario, Kathleen Wynne has waited too long to go to the people, and she doesn’t have a ballot question.
• Andrea Horwath has supported Wynne one too many times.
• Tim Hudak is reaping the benefits of his opponent’s mistakes. He’s tossed his crazy labour policy, and he’s tossed his tormentors (Klees, Hillier, Kouvalis, et al.) under the bus. With a good campaign, he can win.

The net effect of all that nationally, according to Ipsos:

“For the first time since the fall of 2013, the Federal Tories and Liberals are all tied up at 33% of the national vote each, according to a new Ipsos Reid poll conducted on behalf of CTV News.

In May 2013, following the election of Justin Trudeau as Liberal leader, the Liberals catapulted ahead of the Tories. For September and October the two parties were essentially tied, never drifting more than two points away from each other, but throughout the entire winter the Liberals held a lead – but not anymore.”

Not anymore: yep. That’s federally. In the heartland of Ontario, also from Ipsos:

“Tim Hudak and the Ontario PC Party are smartly advancing their vote support in all the right places (in the 905 and 519), increasing their provincial lead to 5 points, according to a new Ipsos Reid Poll conducted for CTV News, CP24 and Newstalk 1010.

…While an election has not been called, if these figures hold true, the Liberals would likely be crushed on their right flank while trying to fend off an attack from an emboldened NDP which is putting up a strong fight for centrist ground historically occupied by the Liberals, who have veered left.”

What’s it mean, Virginia? It means honeymoons – Wynne’s, Trudeau’s – don’t last forever. He may have peaked too soon, and she definitely waited too long.

We will see if I’m right, soon enough. But Ipsos, at least, persuades me that I’m not all wrong.

What’s your take, O gentle reader?

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From a regular reader. This is fascinating:

Hi Warren:

Just thought I would give you a heads up about a slip up from the Tory web team. It seems that they were also involved in building a site for the tobacco industry, Stop Illegal Tobacco. How does one know that? Well, because they used the same meta description from the Subway Relief Line microsite, which they neglected to change:

 

Unfortunately, when you post the Tobacco site to places like Facebook, you get a John Tory talking point:

It has now also been indexed by Google, for all to see:

 

Inside baseball, to be sure. But it certainly is illustrative of the campaign Mr. Tory is running (poorly).

Thought you’d like to know. Keep up the good work!

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…and now you guys get it, too!  It’s well done. (My earlier response, however, stands, and is here.)

The Ontario Legislative Assembly, like the House of Commons in Ottawa and other Parliaments in other provinces, provides recognized party caucuses with funding for research, communication, and administrative services.
 
In Ontario, annual funding is provided to Liberal, PC, and NDP caucuses to support elected MPPs in their duties. 
 
The Liberal Caucus Service Bureau follows the same rules as the NDP caucus and PC caucus, both of whom use consultants and outside experts to support their elected officials.
 
Information about the expenditures identified is public, published in the annual Public Accounts: http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/paccts/
 
Public Accounts identifies recent payments to PC affiliated firms like the Responsive Marketing Group, and Tim Hudak advisor Michael Prell.
 
Public Accounts also identifies payments to NDP affiliated firms like NOW Communications, Strategic Communications Inc., pollster James Matsui, and former NDP Campaign Director Rob Milling.
 
All parties use their caucus budgets to consult with outside communications help to support their MPPs.

UPDATE: Radwanski knew the Ontario NDP director had a caucus services contract before he wrote his story.  He didn’t make a single mention of it, did he? How interesting.

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Lisa’s, too (and who just became a Catholic, BTW).

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Bjorn reminded me Da Brudders first LP – my fave ever, still – came out 38 years ago today. Here they are in Arturo Vega’s loft in 1975, around the time that a teenage misfit in Calgary was starting to hear about them. God-like geniuses. Can’t believe it’s been almost 40 frigging years.

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This Saturday night at the Bovine Sex Club on Queen West – see it live, buy merch, help us pay for our therapists!


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