Patrick Gossage was Pierre Trudeau’s press secretary. In 1985 he founded Media Profile, a public relations agency. He was a political adviser to former Ontario premier David Peterson and former Toronto mayor David Miller. He was a board member of the East Toronto social service agency Dixon Hall for 10 years. He is now a political commentator and writer.

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A loss for Liberals, not liberalism

In a very typically Canadian way, voters chose quiet, moderate change on election night. There was no revolution. But how do we rec- oncile the electoral victory of the most right wing federal party this …

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Fear and loathing in 2004

Ah, the whiff of gunpowder, the roar of cannon, the cama- raderie of the war room, and the thrill of seeing the enemy fall. The suspension of all normal peacetime sense of honesty, propor- tion and …

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Governments have to start acting on poverty

Over a quarter-century ago, Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour of a motion by NDP Leader Ed Broadbent to end child poverty by 2000. Few such well-intentioned parliamentary actions have produced such disappointing results. Since then, the …

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Risky business

The decision made by some 5,000 delegates at the Liberal leader- ship convention in December will be determined by the level of risk they are willing to assume with their pre- ferred candidate. And make …

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Taking aim at the messenger

The last session of Parliament was marked by drama of almost Shakespearean dimensions. Perhaps the most compelling episode, played out in the media in almost salacious detail, was Peter MacKay's broken-hearted performance over being double-crossed …

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The blue sweep of Toronto

The old liberal ”œFortress Toronto” fell on election day, and the sweep of suburban ridings by the Conservatives continued. Only a single Liberal, John McCallum, managed to hang on in the 905 suburban belt around …

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What I saw at the Liberal think-in

Can the Liberal Party renew its principles to enunci- ate policies that could lead to electoral success? Or, as Jim Travers asked in the Toronto Star, ”œwhat does it mean to be progressive in the 21st …

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