Gerry Nicholls is a communications consultant and writer who has been called a “political warrior” a “brilliant strategist” and one of the “canniest political observers in Canada.”
He has worked as a consultant in both the United States and Canada and was formerly a senior officer in the National Citizens Coalition.
A regular columnist with the Ottawa Hill Times, his work has also appeared in the Globe and Mail, the National Post and in the Sun Media chain; and he has appeared on countless TV and radio public affairs programs. He is the author of the book, Loyal to the Core, Harper, Me and the NCC.
“Loyal to the Core is a daring and provocative work. It deserves to be read by conservative activists and politicos.” – Western Standard
“This is a very important book.” -- Michael Coren, TV host
“A fascinating read” --- Seamus O'Regan, Canada AM
“I really enjoyed Loyal to the Core. It’s a great book”, - Charles Adler, radio host.
"Loyal to the Core should be required reading for anyone considering or starting a career at a conservative think tank or in electoral politics in general …Consider Loyal to the Core a cautionary tale that’s also a funny, easy read – with a few highly “stealable” ideas for media campaigns thrown in for good measure.”- Kathy Shaidle, author Tyranny of Nice
“Every Canadian remotely interested in politics and the state of the country should have a read of Loyal to the Core. – blogger Wendy Sullivan
"It’s rare to find a politico, however, who is equally passionate about policy and strategy, but columnist, pundit, author and Western Standard blogger Gerry Nicholls is such a person." Matthew Johnson, owner Western Standard
"If you are a conservative who wonders how conservatives can communicate their message in a hostile media climate, Loyal to the Core is a must read." -- At Home in Hespeler
"You HAVE TO read this book!" -- Connie Fournier Free Dominion
But Gerry, I thought we already *had* a Thatcher? You know, our humble friend? (o:
I'm a huge fan of Maggie Thatcher...and Reagan, and Churchill.
But this is Canada.
And I'm not the least bit convinced Canadian voters would have a foggy clue in hell what to do with any one of them.
Liberals have done such a bang up job of making the government teat a major part of our national identity, I sincerely doubt anybody could get elected dog catcher, forget about PM, who even remotely looked like even a veiled threat to the status quo.
The only hope is a very slow...i.e., incremental...weaning of Canadians.
Look at the trouble that the "arts" crap and a promise to crack down on young thugs terrorizing our streets ended up causing him...not the least being a majority he well earned. It was just plain pathetic.
Harper is as close to a real Conservative PM as I have ever seen in my 54 year lifetime. Nobody else came even remotely as near.
And I'm quite satisfied with that.
... Great article, Gerry.
... Ultimately, a leader TEACHES... teaching an understanding of where we are going, and why it is the virtuous way.
... This is Mr. Harper's failing. He teaches nothing, and therefore has achieved almost nothing.
... Canada needs a Thatcher.
Perfect one! I can just agree. I think most of the big leaders, who were trying to help their country, not just to follow their personal ideas (like Hitler or Stalin) had to cope with people's opposition.
But there is always only the strong core - union leaders, lobby, extreme leftist - which makes the biggest mess. Once the leader gains hearts of ordinary citizens, no matter how many demonstrations will take place, he will be the winner...
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