Martin Cauchon

Google search data proves it: the Tory leadership race is dull

The search engine giant’s data suggests Conservative leadership candidates are having a hard time standing out in the crowded race

How Trudeau performs when tested

John Geddes revisits ‘the coronation route’

Live: The Liberal Not-A-Debate in Winnipeg

The leadership candidates enjoy a series of casual chats

Aaron Wherry’s formerly live blog of the Liberal leadership debate

One blog, nine candidates, two hours, 23 entries

Martin Cauchon takes on Steven Harper

The former Liberal Justice minister is a late-breaking candidate for the federal Liberal leadership. He lost to Tom Mulcair in Outremont in 2011 and did not contest the three elections before that, but back in the olden days Jean Chrétien handed him an increasing series of responsibilities. He was justice minister when Canada began to legalize gay marriage and almost decriminalized pot. He may be seen as an exciting candidate.

Jean Chrétien gets hung

Past and current MPs came out for the hanging of Jean Chrétien’s official portrait painted by artist Christan Nicholson. Below, Chrétien with the portrait.


The Liberal Christmas party

(Left to right) MPs Navdeep Bains, Mark Holland, Martha Hall Findlay, Mario Silva, Gerard Kennedy and former MP Omar Alghabra.


Alec Castonguay FTW

Le Devoir’s young political reporter, recently departed from Ottawa (no fool he) to ply his trade back home in Montreal, turns in easily the best tick-tock of the events leading up to Denis Coderre’s unfortunate televised auto da fé of the other day. This sort of access reporting is obviously open to the obvious caveats — how do we know who his sources were? But couldn’t some of them be (gasp) (hand across brow) self-interested? — but it builds a plausible case that this entire business began as a simple case of crossed wires.


Denis, Denis

Coderre’s resignation, writes Andrew Coyne, was the political equivalent of a suicide bombing


Now there’s an idea

Introducing the Liberal Party of Canada’s new candidate in Outremont:


The Coderre-Ignatieff two-step

Martin Cauchon has been offered the Liberal nomination in Jeanne-Le Ber, which was contested in 2008 (I was at the nomination meeting. It was very entertaining), on a platter, by Michael Ignatieff at Denis Coderre’s recommendation. Renewal being, apparently, a higher priority for the Liberal party in the northern part of downtown Montreal than it is in the western part.


Chantal Hébert endorses Trudeau!

Not quite. But then, around here we like the spicy headlines. Here’s what friend Chantal actually says in her column today about the Cauchon-Coderre hijinx: