Election Day Exactly One Month Away

It’s the final (ish) countdown starting today, exactly one month until the Municipal Election here in Guelph (and many parts of Ontario). Practically speaking, I have about one-quarter of the candidates’ responses to the Politico candidate questionnaire, and I expect that I’ll be getting many more through the week. I have one mayoral candidate podcast in the bank, but I’m still chasing the two main competitors in the race to give them their 15 (or 30 to 40) minutes. As we enter October, I hope to put the emphasis on issues reporting, and less on information gathering, so there will hopefully be a chance to generate some good discussion. But as we’re marking one month to Election Day, I thought I would post this little treat. Continue reading “Election Day Exactly One Month Away”

GUELPH POLITICAST #12 – Anthony MacDonald, Progressive Conservatives

“It’s the economy, stupid.” That was once of the three messages that Democratic strategist James Carville created for Bill Clinton’s 1992 Presidential Campaign, and it worked. “It’s the economy, stupid,” might as well be on Anthony MacDonald’s campaign signs because if there’s a four word message from our interview, I think that is it. According to the Progressive Conservative candidate, and I quote, “there’s nothing more important than the economy.” The question is though, will Guelph think that MacDonald is the right man for the job and send him to Queen’s Park as its Member of Provincial Parliament? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #12 – Anthony MacDonald, Progressive Conservatives”

GUELPH POLITICAST #11 – Juanita Burnett, Communist Party of Ontario

Both the national and provincial Communist Party have made their presence known in Guelph the last several years, and why not? It’s only fitting because the party, the second oldest registered political party in the country, was started right here in Guelph in 1921. For the last several years, Drew Garvie has carried the Communist flag – as it were – in the Royal City, but with Garvie moving on to Toronto, the local Communist Party has turned to Junita Burnett to speak for the working class in the 2014 Provincial Election. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #11 – Juanita Burnett, Communist Party of Ontario”

GUELPH POLITICAST #10 – James Gordon, New Democratic Party of Ontario

Arriving at the Essex Street campaign office for James Gordon, the candidate takes a minute to show my around his digs. He leads me to the back and says you’ll like this. He opens the door to a large backroom where in one corner there’s a stack of campaign signs, and in the other a drum kit and amps. It seems that you can take the boy out of the band, as it were, but then he brings the band with him onto the campaign trail. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #10 – James Gordon, New Democratic Party of Ontario”

GUELPH POLITICAST #9 – Liz Sandals, Liberal Party of Ontario

When last we spoke to Liz Sandals during the 2011 Provincial election, she was merely a Liberal backbencher seeking to return to the Ontario Legislature. But now, she’s the Minister of Education, looking to help her new boss, Premier Kathleen Wynne, hold on to power in an increasingly divided and partisan Queen’s Park. Obviously, she likes her chances in spite of everything. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #9 – Liz Sandals, Liberal Party of Ontario”

GUELPH POLITICAST – #8 – Mike Schreiner, Green Party of Ontario

So season three of the Guelph Politicast will cover the Guelph candidates running to the Royal City’s Member of Provincial Parliament. Obviously, the scheduling of the podcast will depend on the availability of the candidates, which is why it was something of a surprise when the first campaign to set a time and day for a sit down was the one being fronted by a provincial party leader. Yes, the first election edition Guelph Politicast of 2014 is with Mike Schreiner, leader of the Green Party of Ontario and the Green candidate for the riding of Guelph.  Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST – #8 – Mike Schreiner, Green Party of Ontario”