March 10th, 2017 | J. Hodgson
March 5th, 2017 | J. Hodgson
Andrew Scheer is quickly emerging as the consensus candidate that many card-carrying CPC members are looking for. After a series of strong debate performances, Scheer has rocketed up the list of Poletical’s leadership tracker, where he regularly battles for top spot. And why shouldn’t he? He’s young, smart, articulate, bilingual, and solidly conservative. The aftermath of the election in 2015 led many Conservative voters to believe that what the party needed was simply a change in tone. A “Harper 2.0” is a strong option in this race and a legitimate path to victory. Is Andrew Scheer the guy we want? Is he the guy we need?
May 1st, 2016 | J. Hodgson
Conservatism in Canada has taken a beating over the past year, but things may be turning around now that Brad Wall has won his third term and Brian Pallister ended the Manitoba NDP. Conservatism is on the rise in the provinces, but at the federal level it is at a crossroad. How do we move forward in the face of Justin Trudeau’s 24/7 celebrity party? This question brings us to Maxime Bernier. As returning Poletical visitors know, Maxime Bernier has a lot of fans here, both among our readers and our writers. We’ve written multiple articles about him and his libertarian-style conservative brand over the years. We even floated him as a leadership candidate back in 2013. An online poll we conducted that year had Bernier support for leadership at 33%.
July 1st, 2015 | J. Hodgson
It’s been two months since Alberta’s epic, election night status quo shake up. Much of the focus recently has been on Alberta’s new NDP government and the untested candidates, along with out-of-province advisors involved behind the scenes. For those of us –myself included– who are bracing for the worst, we can take comfort in knowing that the official opposition is made up of representatives dedicated to maintaining the spirit of the Alberta Advantage. These representatives are all members of the new Wildrose Party, and Chestermere’s own Leela Aheer is at the forefront of this vanguard. She took some time to sit down with me recently at the Waiting Room Cafe in Chestermere.
July 1st, 2015 | J. Hodgson
Dave Reesor sits at Higher Ground coffee shop and greets me with a smile. He buys me a coffee and a muffin and I settle in for his pitch. He’s planning big things for the libertarian movement in Canada. “I was inspired by reading Mark Steyn’s book After America.” Mark Steyn is most likely a familiar name amongst Poletical readers. If you don’t know who he is you should browse his website. His biggest thesis revolves around 21st century Western Civilization becoming decadent and lazy and consequentially vulnerable to Islamic conquest.
March 15th, 2015 | R. Rados
Drew Barnes is the only Wildrose leadership candidate who holds a seat in Alberta's legislature, but with two other competitors vying for the top job, he has his work cut out for him. Of late, the Wildrose has been marred by by-election losses and betrayals, but that hasn't stopped the party's faithful from keeping up the fight against Alberta's Progressive Conservative dynasty. Before the infamous floor crossing, Drew Barnes was the only candidate on the inside with a complete picture of what really happened.
June 1st, 2014 | R. Rados
The media in Toronto would have voters believe that the only alternative to Olivia Chow is Rob Ford or John Tory. Experienced and worthy contenders like David Soknacki and Ari Goldkind appear to be whited out of most news scripts. With Ford Nation sinking deeper into irrelevance, the media still continues to saturate headlines with Rob Ford's disgraceful misadventures.
April 1st, 2014 | J. Hodgson
Jim Hnatiuk’s six year leadership of the Christian Heritage Party has come to an end. In this time of transition, Poletical’s Jeff Hodgson wanted to check in with the party to assess where it is, where it’s going and what the future for Canada’s most conservative party will be. We were happy to sit down with the Deputy Leader of the Christian Heritage Party...
October 1st, 2012 - J. Hodgson
Steven Woodworth has done what no Canadian politician has done, in any meaningful way, since 1989. He has attempted to re-open the abortion debate. He’s done it publicly. He’s done it officially. Bill 312 seeks to legally redefine the point when life begins. The current state of Canada’s law goes back 400 years, to a time when clergy debated as to whether the soul entered a baby’s body during the time of quickening or not.
October 1st, 2012 - Q & A
With Regina's Civic election around the corner, Poletical asked one of the city's most educated and qualified candidates, Dr. Liz Brass, a few questions.
July 1st, 2012 - R. Rados
Not everyone agrees with street pastor, Artur Pawlowski. He and his Street Church have been working in Calgary for years, attempting to convert average citizens and educate them about the Bible. In 2011, during the peak of the Occupy Movement, Artur and his organization received some unwelcome attention when the newly minted mayor, Naheed Nenshi, ordered them removed from city hall for preaching the gospel during Christmas.
April 1st, 2012 - J. Hodgson
Big things happen with small beginnings and this frosty afternoon at Pizza Bob’s, off Memorial Drive in Calgary, small things are unfolding. With pizza and beer greasing the wheels of candidate Shane McAllister’s volunteer sign-up party, I got the chance to sit down with him and talk election politics.
May 4th, 2012 - R. Rados
Just as Ottawa's parliamentary watchdog, Kevin Page, reveals his allegations about the Conservative government's deliberate attempt to lowball the costs of future F-35 purchases, Ralph Goodale has responded to a question asked by Poletical on April 8th about his recent use of the term "boondoggle" and the opposition's attempts to spin the F-35 debacle into a full fledged "scandal".