Stéphane Dion

Cartoon: The Dion Era is Over - Liberal Party to Start Over

Find a political carton depicting the end of Stéphane Dion disastrous Liberal party of Canada platform. Micheal Ignatieff claims they will have to start fresh.

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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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Cartoon: With Ignatieff as Leader of the Liberal Party, is the Coalition Dead?

Find a cartoon depicting Jack Layton, Gilles Duceppe and Stéphane Dion as being disappointed with Michael Ignatieff being given the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada.

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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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Is the Problem Coalitions in General or THIS Coalition?

By Harold Jansen on Dec 5, 2008

Although the question of whether a coalition can take over is primarily a constitutional and parliamentary question, there's no doubt that public opinion is a factor, lurking in the background of all of these discussions. And the polls are coming in. They suggest that Canadians prefer Stephen Harper and the Conservatives to govern.

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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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Cartoon: Dion: It's Undemocratic to Remove Party Subsidies, but this Coup is Different

Find a political carton depicting Dion stating that the removal of the state subsidies given to political parties in Canada is undemocratic, but his attempt to overthrow the Conservative government with his coalition with the New Democrats and the Bloc Quebecois as a different situation.

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Cartoon: Coalition Prime Minister Stéphane Dion Comes with a Expiry Date

Find a political cartoon that depicts the possibly of the coalition Prime Minister Stéphane Dion as having a expiry date.

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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.

How do you pay off a $200,000 leadership debt? $1,100 at a time

By Harold Jansen on Oct 21, 2008

So, Stephane Dion has announced he's quitting ... eventually. There's lots of speculation as to why he's staying, but one popular theory is that he's sticking around until the party crowns a new leader in order to pay off his lingering leadership campaign debt, estimated to be over $200,000. I thought it might be useful to quickly review the law over leadership finance to understand how daunting Dion's task is. When the Liberals changed the party finance laws in 2004, they put in a $5,000 cap for a number of kinds of donations, including to leadership contests.

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2008 Canadian Federal Election: Results and Summary

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Oct 21, 2008

On October 14, 2008, Canadians returned Stephen Harper and Conservative Party of Canada to a second minority government. In this feature, learn more about the results of the 2008 federal election, including an overview of the results, discussions of key factors/non-factors in the election, and an examination of the election’s impact.

On October 14, 2008, Canadians returned Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party of Canada to a second minority government. On the one hand, the 2008 election did little to change the Canadian political landscape, as the major political parties were returned to Parliament with similar seat totals and percentages of the national vote as in the previous 2006 election.

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If the Liberals thing replacing Dion will solve all of their problems, they're delusional. Or stupid. Or both.

By Harold Jansen on Oct 18, 2008

For most of the parties on election night, there was some good news. The Conservatives and NDP both have larger caucuses, the BQ was revived againm and the Greens increased in votes and dollars from the annual state subsidy. For the Liberals, however, you had to look hard for good news. The party earned its lowest share of the popular vote in its history, had one of its lowest seat totals ever, and was down in almost every region of Canada. The bright spots? Well, Quebec was bit kinder to the Liberals than most people expected. Also, despite a pretty ineffective campaign, the party still has a significant degree of support. The Liberals may have reached bottom and the only way to go is up.

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Cartoon: Rae and Ignatieff Praise Dion and then Show Him the Door

Find a political cartoon depicting Liberal leadership contenders Bob Rae and Michael Ignatieff praising Liberal Party of Canada leader, Stéphane Dion, and then showing Dion the door.

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English debate preview: pressure on Dion and Layton

By Harold Jansen on Oct 2, 2008

Tonight is the big show: the English language debate at 9 Eastern/6 Pacific. The dynamics here are a little different than in French. The Conservatives are in a stronger position outside of Quebec, so Harper mainly has to stay out of trouble. I imagine we'll see the relaxed prime-ministerial sweater vest version of Stephen Harper again. All four leaders will be gunning for Harper again. I don't expect we'll see the NDP and Liberals squabble too much over who is the real opponent to Harper. The way the Conservatives are poised to break through in British Columbia means they both have to dump on Harper big time. Harper just has to weather the storm. It's pretty much impossible for an incumbent prime minister to "win" the debate; you win by not losing, which is about the best you can hope for.

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