Jamie Carroll

Jamie Carroll is a former National Director of the Liberal Party of Canada and a long-time political organizer and commentator. Jamie runs a number of businesses and is mainly focused on deploying cleantech technology and helping start-ups breakthrough in tough markets.

Jamie blogs at https://foolfromthehill.home.blog/posts/, Tweets from https://twitter.com/jec79 and has no idea what TikTok or SnapChat are.

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Time to rotate some federal cabinet tires

Time to rotate some federal cabinet tires

PICTUTED ABOVE: Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, and Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence. So last week I was critical of Doug Ford in terms of his competence to govern – imagine the shock from voting for someone who’s biggest policy issue was the price of beer not [...]

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The real cost of cheap beer

The real cost of cheap beer

Right now Ontario is paying a huge price for cheap beer. Look, governing is complicated and should only be undertaken by serious people. But the thing about democracy – and we can debate if its a bug or a feature – is that we get the government we deserve based on how and for whom we vote. [...]

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Paging Mark Carney. . . your table is ready

Paging Mark Carney. . .  your table is ready

Look, Mark Carney is running. For the House of Commons? Yup. For a cabinet seat? Duh. For the Prime Minister’s Office? Yeah, probably that too. The man has become ubiquitous: a special advisor to the PM; author of a new book on the economics of climate policy; media panels; and now as a featured [...]

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Skip the election tea leaves and grab a summer cocktail

Skip the election tea leaves and grab a summer cocktail

It is once again time to play official Ottawa’s favourite game show: wild-ass nonsensical election speculation! You’ll forgive me for not being excited. The volumes of ink (digital and otherwise) spilled on prognostications of one sort or another during a minority government could drown [...]

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Seriously, WTF is wrong with Jason Kenney?

Seriously, WTF is wrong with Jason Kenney?

Look: I’m going to start with a complement! While to some extent is a result of demographics, it is clear Jason Kenney is no longer trying to kill us. Alberta’s vaccine roll-out will be one of the first to inoculate Canadians under the age of 60 and by the end of April even us folks in our [...]

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There’s something rotten in Lethbridge

There’s something rotten in Lethbridge

Above: Shannon Phillips was the former NDP MLA from Lethbridge, Alberta and a member of Rachel Notley's cabinet. (PHOTO: via CBC, The National) Folks outside of Alberta likely haven’t heard much about this story. But they really should. You see, the MLA (that’s like an MPP for Ontario [...]

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Not exactly grace and dignity but turns out that interview was thoroughly Royal

Not exactly grace and dignity but turns out that interview was thoroughly Royal

So I watched it. That interview. Like everyone else, apparently. But then I took some time and thought about what it all meant. First and foremost, I was an avowed monarchist going in and nothing I heard or saw changed that. From that perspective, the interview was profoundly frustrating – more [...]

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Polling is an imperfect science, volume 10,672

Polling is an imperfect science, volume 10,672

One of my all-time favourite scenes in the West Wing was a short interaction between Josh Lyman and Will Bailey. Josh: 68 per cent think we give too much in foreign aid, and 59 per cent think it should be cut. Will: You like that stat? Josh: I do. Will: Why? Josh: Because 9 per cent think it’s [...]

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“What we have here is a failure to communicate.”

“What we have here is a failure to communicate.”

Above: Paul Newman in an outake from the film Cool Hand Luke. The captain in Cool Hand Luke (1967) wasn’t referring to Canada’s vaccine roll out but man, his famous line is apt. Let’s be clear: most Canadians want the Covid-19 vaccine ASAP. So do most Belgians. And Germans. Argentinians. [...]

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Jason Kenney is worse than Doug Ford. No, really.

Jason Kenney is worse than Doug Ford. No, really.

Above: Ontario's Rod Philips and Alberta's Tracy Allard both travelled outside the country for Christmas and pre-taped videos for social media that gave the impression they were celebrating the holidays at home. If you believe Rod Philips resigned you likely think Julius Caesar died of natural [...]

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