James McLean is a professor in the Department of Journalism at Concordia University in Montreal. His interests include political war rooms, how they craft messages and how journalists are implicated in strategic political speech.

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The media frame: The red door et la porte orange

It was a telling moment. Michael Ignatieff's Liberals had just brought down the government. The Conservative war room had shown its hand, the phrase “reckless coalition” welded into every minister's media lines, an automatic response …

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The messenger is the message

This was, arguably, the longest election campaign in Canadian history. It began on the floor of the Liberal leadership convention in December 2006 when Conservative Party operatives passed out buttons mocking Bob Rae’s stint as …

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