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Rise of the Green Tories

03.01.16 | Commentary, Strategy |  Kai Nagata

Part 2 in a two-part series about the next leader of Canada’s Conservative party. Part 1 is about Kevin O’Leary and the temptation presented by Donald Trump. The most intriguing Conservative leadership contender so far is Michael Chong, and I don’t just say that because he’s a half-Asian guy like me who favours carbon pricing […]

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Canada’s Donald Trump?

03.01.16 | Commentary, Strategy |  Kai Nagata

Part 1 in a two-part series about the next leader of Canada’s Conservative party. Part 2 is about Michael Chong and the rise of the Green Tories. The Donald loomed large over last weekend’s Manning Conference in Ottawa, a bright orange beacon of either electoral salvation or ruin, depending on your vision for the future […]

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China is a country, not a race

02.25.16 | Commentary, Stand Up To China |  Kai Nagata

Xi Jinping, the President of China, makes Donald Trump sound like a liberal poseur. Cracking down on Muslims? Check. Torturing political enemies? Check. Mass surveillance, violation of reproductive rights, military aggression? Check, check, check. When such actions are carried out by Western nations, the condemnation from Western progressives is swift. Canada is routinely “called out” […]

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Want Free Trade? Build A West Coast Pipeline, Says China

01.20.16 | Commentary, Stand Up To China |  Kai Nagata

With final arguments in the Kinder Morgan pipeline review underway in Burnaby, a top Chinese official is using the moment to offer Canadians a deal. In his visit to Ottawa last Friday, Han Jun, China’s Vice-Minister of Financial and Economic Affairs, said the world’s second-largest economy would be willing to sign a Free Trade Agreement […]

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!!!!!!!!, and other lessons from the federal election

12.24.15 | Commentary, Election - Canada 2015, Strategy |  Kai Nagata

What do you think was the best-performing email subject line of the entire federal election campaign at Dogwood? If you guessed eight exclamation points in a row and nothing else, YOU’D BE RIGHT!!!!!!!! What may have been the product of mental exhaustion turned into a surprisingly effective get-out-the-vote email in the dying days of the […]

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People, place and power

12.23.15 | News, Organizing |  Kai Nagata

This is a blog post about voting reform, though I’m going to start by talking about Star Wars. Bear with me you must. The enemy in the original Star Wars trilogy is the Galactic Empire, and its signature act of despotism is the destruction of Alderaan, Princess Leia’s home world. Nobody wants to feel like […]

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Which voting system is best?

10.30.15 | Commentary, Elections |  Kai Nagata

When a favourite sports team falls short in the playoffs, fans are quick to find fault with the umpires, the weather, the league – in short, blaming everything the players themselves can’t control. A similar refrain is often heard after elections. “If only the rules were different, my team would be in a different position […]

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Strategic voting didn’t defeat Harper. Voter turnout did.

10.23.15 | Commentary, Organizing, Strategy |  Kai Nagata

History rarely repeats itself, but it does rhyme. Long before Justin Trudeau ever contemplated a life in politics, his father stoked the embers of Western alienation that would give rise to the Reform movement. Driven by a fiery hatred for the legacy of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Reform MPs like Stephen Harper led the unified Conservative […]

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