Major General MacKenzie Interview on the Canadian Military and War on Terror

By Greg Farries on Apr 3, 2008

My interview with retired Major General, Lewis MacKenzie has finally been posted. The General had a number of interesting things to say relating to Canada’s Armed Forces, the War on Terror and Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan.

Here are some of the points I found the most interesting:

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RSS Feeds Available for Features, Weblog and Forums

By Greg Farries on Mar 17, 2008

For those of you who use Real Simple Synication (RSS) to stay on top of news and events on Internet, you might be interested to know that we're now providing RSS feeds for our Features, Weblog and for any new topics posted in the forums.

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What Will Low Voter Turnout Do in the Alberta Election?

By Harold Jansen on Feb 28, 2008

I've been enjoying reading the comments of my University of Lethbridge colleague Professor Peter McCormick over on his blog at the Calgary Herald/Edmonton Journal Alberta Votes website.

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The Leadership Debate is Going to be Important

By Harold Jansen on Feb 21, 2008

There's always a lot of attention paid to the leaders' debate, but frequently they don't matter much. I think tonight's debate might be different. Since no one has caught fire and voters don't seem to be paying much attention, the leaders have a real opportunity here to turn this around. In addition, debates often make a difference when leaders perform significantly above or below expectations.

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We Finally Have Some Alberta Election Polling Numbers!

By Harold Jansen on Feb 20, 2008

I've been waiting for some polling numbers and we finally have them, thanks to a National Post/Global TV poll done by Ipsos Reid. Basically, it shows the Conservatives well out in front, thanks to a commanding lead (46%) outside of Edmonton and Calgary.

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2008 Alberta Election: Nominations are Closed

By Marco Navarro-Genie on Feb 19, 2008

Candidate nominations for the present general election in Alberta closed yesterday. The biggest news (again) is that Elections Alberta does not make it very friendly for people to use their data (A nice printable file, if not a downloadable spreadsheet file, would make the lives of people in the media a bit easier).

The New Democrats and the Progressive Conservatives are presenting candidates in all 83 ridings. The Liberals, surprisingly, are not running a candidate in Peace River. The Green Party has augmented its team to 79 for this election, up from 46 in 2004. They’ll be absent in Dunvegan-Central Peace, Peace River, Lac La Biche-St. Paul, and Whitecourt-Ste. Anne.

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Happy Family Day

By Harold Jansen on Feb 18, 2008

It seems entirely appropriate that we're in the midst of a provincial election on Family Day. Those of you who are really old (like me) will remember that Family Day originated duing the 1989 election campaign. Let's see if this sounds familiar....

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Interview with Senate Speaker, Noël A. Kinsella, Please Submit Your Questions!

By Greg Farries on Feb 13, 2008

I am scheduled to do an interview with Senator Noël A. Kinsella, Speaker of the Canadian Senate. I'm providing visitors (and forum members) the opportunity to submit potential questions to Senator Kinsella.

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Mason has a point (or at least the start of one)

By Harold Jansen on Feb 12, 2008

NDP leader Brian Mason is proposing an end to corporate and union donations to political parties in Alberta. Mason is pitching this as something that would eliminate (or at least reduce) corruption in Alberta.

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Rocky Election Start for Ed Stelmach

By Marco Navarro-Genie on Feb 12, 2008

Ed Stelmach's first week during the campaign has been rocky, if the media coverage is any indication.

The start of the Alberta election should have been an opportunity to showcase the government's accomplishments in the last 12 months. Instead, Ed Stelmach got questions about the coinciding election date with the third anniversary of the Maythorpe killing of four RCMP officers. What was reported were speculations about insensitivity or incompetence.

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Searching for Peter Lougheed

By Harold Jansen on Feb 6, 2008

I'm not ordinarily in agreement with Lorne Gunter, the political columnist from the Edmonton Journal, but I thought he diagnosed the election and the mood of the province correctly in a recent column.

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Submit Your Questions for an Interview with Major General (Ret) Lewis Mackenzie

By Greg Farries on Jan 14, 2008

Mapleleafweb is scheduled to do an interview with Major General (Ret.) Lewis Mackenzie, former Canadian Armed Forces general and writer. We are providing visitors to Mapleleafweb the opportunity to submit potential questions to General Mackenzie.

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Good Reading - The Unexpected War: Canada in Kandahar

By Harold Jansen on Dec 21, 2007

Janice Gross Stein and Eugene Lang's book on Afghanistan is a timely contribution to the debate on Canadian foreign and defence policy.

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Best Prime Minister Since Pearson?

By Harold Jansen on Dec 15, 2007

If you haven't seen Gordon Gibson's Globe and Mail essay about the best Canadian PM since Lester Pearson, you can read it here. Gibson argues that Brian Mulroney wins the prize as best post-Pearsonian PM. It's pretty clear, though, that it's not an easy call.

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