Stephen Harper

Cartoon: The Liberals and the NDP Exchange Roles of Propping Up Conservative Government

Find a political cartoon depicting the Liberal Party of Canada and the New Democratic Party of Canada exchanging roles of propping up the minority Conservative government.

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Cartoon: The Media's Fixation on the Trivial at the G8 Summit

Find a political cartoon depicting the main stream news media as being fixated on trivial details at an otherwise important Group of Eight (G8) summit in Italy.

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Cartoon: Mulroney Schreiber Affair - Will Calling the Inquiry Hurt PM Harper?

Find a political cartoon that depicts Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper being hurt by the continuing saga that surrounds former Progressive Conservative Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and his dealings with controversial German business man, Karlheinz Schreiber.

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Cartoon: US Coal or Alberta Oil Sands - What's Really Dirty Energy?

Find a political cartoon that illustrates the big difference between the United States coal production and Canada's oil product via the Alberta Oil Sands.

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Cartoon: Obama Visits Canada, While Bob Rae Sends Omar Khadr a Valentine

Find a political cartoon depicting President Obama Visiting Canada, while Liberal MP Bob Rae sends Omar Khadr a Valentine.

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Cartoon: Obama Says Buy American why Harper Waves Bye to Fiscal Conservatism

Find a political cartoon depicting US President Barack Obama saying "Buy American" why Prime Minister Stephen Harper Waves Bye to Fiscal Conservatism with his high spending.

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Cartoon: The New Standards of Leadership with President Obama in Charge

Find a political cartoon that depicts the new - and unrealistic - standards of leadership after the election of Barrak Obama as President of the United States of America.

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Cartoon: Prime Minister Stephen Harper Prorogues Parliament to Stop Coalition

Find a political cartoon depicting Prime Minister Stephen Harper proroguing parliament to stop the coalition for the Liberal Party, Democratic Party, and the Bloc Quebecois.

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Cartoon: NDP - Liberal Coalition Makes Harper Eat Humble Pie

Find a political cartoon depicting the proposed coalition partners, Jack Layton, Gilles Duceppe, and Stéphane Dion making Prime Minister Stephen Harper eat "humble pie."

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Events Leading to the Liberal - NDP Coalition Agreement

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Dec 18, 2008

On December 1, 2008, the Liberal Party of Canada, the New Democratic Party and the Bloc Québécois officially signed an agreement to defeat the Conservative minority government led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Under this agreement, the Liberals and NDP agreed to form a coalition government, which would be supported by the Bloc. The following article provides an overview of factors and events surrounding the signing of this agreement.

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(What's so Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding? Reconciliation and Prorogation

By Harold Jansen on Dec 4, 2008

The more I think about the prorogation decision, the less comfortable I am with it. Essentially, it can gut the central principle of Canada's system of responsible government: that the government must have the support of a majority of the members of the House of Commons. The Conservatives are pointing out that they passed the last confidence vote, which was on the Throne Speech as justification for this, but that's pretty flimsy. They lost the confidence of the House and they know it. Only messing around with the scheduling in Parliament saved them.

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Considering the Governor General's Decision to Prorogue Parliament

By Harold Jansen on Dec 4, 2008

Like many Canadians, I was glued to the television to see what the governor general would decide in response to Stephen Harper's request to prorogue Parliament. I have a lot of sympathy for the governor-general: the Prime Minister put in her a very difficult position with this request. I'd also like to give credit to the opposition leaders. Rather than attacking the governor general and needlesly politicizing her decision, they pointed the finger at Stephen Harper. That's where the blame belongs, if there is any.

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Constitutional Refresher Course: What is a Prorogation of Parliament?

By Harold Jansen on Dec 4, 2008

As I write this, Stephen Harper is currently meeting with Michaelle Jean and is reportedly requesting a prorogation of Parliament. I've been asked a lot what exactly this means and how it relates to the current situation in Ottawa. So, here's a refresher course on prorogation.

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Harper and Dion take to the airwaves

By Harold Jansen on Dec 3, 2008

In case you missed it, both Harper and Dion took to national television to make their cases directly to the people. Neither really had much new to say. Here are my impressions of both speeches.

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Will the Conservative MPs Resign En Masse in Response to Coalition?

By Greg Farries on Dec 2, 2008

CFRA's Lowell Green, QR77's Dave Rutherford, and Bourque Newswatch are reporting that the Western Canadian MPs may take a drastic measure if the Governor General allows the coalition to form government - they will resign en masse.

This drastic measure - effectively removing significant political representation from a large portion of the country - would certainly push the Governor General and or the coalition to consider dissolving the House and calling an election.

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