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
I would suggest the Liberal "Greenshift" election platform was a blunder that is deserving of the list.It was confusing,expensive and did not set any targets for the reduction of GHG's.
Martin's "Mad as hell" tour was a bust as well.
Nicholls your list may be accurate for major "arrogance" attacks but are hardly blunders affecting the entire nation.
I agree with 12:16 PM that the green shift was a massive blunder and would add to that Trudeau's NEP. The NEP has left deeply embedded scars on the political landscape whereas the aftermath of Peterson or John Tory is really minor.
Don't confuse political ego with disasterous policy.
I disagree with the "John Tory Gets An Education" item. The faith based initiative was only a small part of the Conservatives platform, yet McSquinty & his Liberals kept bringing it up ad nauseum.
I vote for the Green Shift, and the Liberal crowning Igantieff as Liberal Party Leader with no competition.
The "Green Shift" plan would be #6 on the list; picking Stephane Dion as leader would be #7.
For sheer entertainment value, there's no beating the "Coalition Speech Late Tape Event" of Dec. 2008. Dion managed to get the media huffy at him - an almost impossible feat for a Liberal. The look on Bob Fife's face alone, was worth the price of admission.
Glad you tagged Mitless Joe's blunder as the cause of the NEP. He escaped public ire for that out west. Except perhaps in High River Alberta where I understand they threw rocks at him as a kid ;-)
Not to PMSH: Maybe Albertans have a sixth sense for detecting sell outs.
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