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
When the topic of Govt in contempt comes up,
it seems Libs own go to expert, Prof Ned Franks, is not so sure the Govt is in contempt:
"If the finding of contempt is purely the result of a political game, it's not super serious....
"I have wrestled with this, and I'm not convinced that there actually is a contempt of Parliament and I don't think it's the important issue.
I think the important one is identifying a problem, and the solution is not for the government to overload Parliament with documents at the end of the process."
Damage control 101 for Harper:
1. Push down all other scandals, hold a news conference and throw each one away... except for the hooker deal.
2. Tell the public that the hooker deal will be fully investigated for wrong doing and that it did not touch the PMO as the media suggests. Don't run from it, in fact embrace it. Turn it into positive PR.
3. Begin attack on Iggy's person: in order to win, conservatives must smash him.
4. Be nice to the NDP and the Block, because they can always be useful.
5. Dig, dig, and dig for dirt on the Liberals.
6. Let the media know that being on the outs with the government can be bad for business.
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