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Friday, 5 October 2012

Friday, October 5, 2012
Trudeau Scores Big Endorsement
Poll Yields Clues To Why Tories Push Free Trade
WATCH: HuffPost's Althia Raj Talks Trudeau, Beef And U.S. Debate
Transgender Bathroom Use Offends Sun News And Rob Anders (VIDEO)
Gilles Vaillancourt, Laval Mayor, Has Home, Office Raided By Police In Quebec Corruption Investigation
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Colleen Westendorf: Rob Anders' "Bathroom Bill" Theory Belongs in the Toilet
MP Rob Anders is currently objecting to Bill C279, that would enshrine the same rights for trans people that everyone else (in theory) already is entitled to. He claims that "the bill's goal is to give transgendered men access to women's washrooms. Contrary to Anders' feeble attempts to narrow the discussion, bill C279 is about much more than "bathroom privileges." Moreover, using that kind of transphobic, intentionally myopic language reduces people to body parts. C279 is about filling the gaps in legislation that was designed in intent to prevent discrimination, but currently remains dangerously incomplete.
Ike Awgu: Why Justin Trudeau Is the Liberal Party's Biggest Liability
Justin Trudeau is dangerous because he can be easily caricatured by the Conservatives and the NDP. The Liberal party will have to be incredibly careful in shaping his narrative -- his story, because if they're not, if they allow his opponents to define him, he will do horrible damage to the Liberal brand.
Daniel D. Veniez: Don't Blame Trudeau for Being Popular
Justin Trudeau launched his campaign this week and did it as well as any one I've seen in a long time. Much of the commentary -- including commentary from some Liberals -- has taken on a decidedly personal character. This is uncalled for, cheap, and I think tinged with more than a bit of envy. It's as if they think that somehow Trudeau is in control of the attention he has received.
Andreas Souvaliotis: Justin Trudeau: Our Chance to "Reset" Democracy
Justin is exactly what our country needs right now. For too long we've been starved for inspiration, for passion, for real engagement in the business of our beautiful nation. We've been on a slow and steady decline towards complete apathy. We have so tuned out as a nation -- and we really need to hit the "reset" button.
Keith Beardsley: Memo to Harper: Don't Micromanage the Majority
Ministers, their staff and individual MPs often find it almost impossible to get PMO to move away from a position or talking point that they have adopted. The micro-management style worked initially because in 2006 most staff and ministers were new at what they were doing. Micro-management and message control also worked because of the minority situation the government found itself in. Majority rule has changed that dynamic. All in all, there are Interesting times ahead if you sit on the backbenches of the government side.

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