Perceptions of a Front Runner

The nomination race in Brandon-Souris which saw MLA Larry Maguire acclaimed has attracted a bit of attention. A couple of local reporters referred to Chris Kennedy has the “perceived front-runner”. I prefer Pundit Guides description of Chris as “popular local Conservative” because I’d like to think Larry Maguire’s campaign left the best impression.

It has all been overhauled and updated, but I wanted to keep a gallery of nomination campaign online.





























Larry Email


Five Digital Political Blogs To Follow

Campaign and Elections has a new article on top political consulting blogs to bookmark. I thought we needed a Canadian list of blogs that cover the practice of politics in the digital age.  In the spirit of Follow Friday, here are five excellent must-read political blogs. Whether you are a lobbyist, staffer or campaigner, bookmark these sites.

Full Duplex

Full Duplex’s multi-author blog is updated almost daily and provides a mix of posts about navigating social media and the intersection of digital with public policy. A must read if you’re in government relations.

About the Authors

We help you communicate the meaningful elements of your story to connect with Canadians. We know precisely how online information and interaction affect the flow of national public opinion—and how to translate that understanding into intelligent action.

Grassroots Online

While not updated as frequently as Full Duplex, the quality analysis is worth the wait. If you need a weekly fix, the email newsletter is among my favorite emails to open. A must read if you’re planning a political campaign.

About Grassroots

Grassroots Online is a social media consultancy based in the Greater Toronto Area specializing in online advocacy, public affairs and activist engagement. We counsel clients on how to achieve their goals in the rapidly changing digital environment.

Mark Blevis

Mark’s Digital Makeovers are back! While there are a lot of other great posts, plenty of insights, I love the digital makeover series. A must read if you’re a political staffer.

About the Author

Mark Blevis’ speciality hinges on the use of digital in public affairs and politics. His company,, provides clients with services focused on reputation management and crisis communication in the digital age..

Pundits Guide

You know nothing Jon Snow! And you probably know less about politics unless you are reading Pundits Guide. Detailed data breakdowns, tracking political financing, and often the first to report riding-level news! Pundits Guide is a must read for media and political nerds.

About the Author

Alice Funke graduated from Carleton University in Political Science, and formerly a business intelligence specialist with the federal government in Ottawa.

C.T. OverDrive

Political web designer Connor Turner’s blog provides thoughtful analysis on the world of political websites. A must read for web designers but if you are considering a run for municipal politics I would encourage you to read it twice!

About the Author

I am a Web Designer, Front-End Developer, Political Campaign Consultant, Start-up Junkie and an Online community organizer. I proudly run a swanky freelance web design studio called Armadillo Studios Inc


Build This List

Do you know a great Canadian political blog? Post in the comments or send me a tweet @MP_Host

The Political Benefits of Responsive Design

If you are running for office or planning your next campaign, you know you need a website, but you may not be sure if it is worth the extra expense to ensure it works well on all the different mobile devices.

Before adopting any technology or tactic for your campaign strategy you need to ask the person pitching/selling you the idea a few questions, especially if it is yourself.

Is there a political benefit to being mobile-friendly?

Easy, yes!  It doesn’t matter if it is on print, radio, tablet, or smartphone, you always need to look your best.

Voters aren’t superficial, they are busy, and they won’t spend time looking at ugly design. If they need to pinch and pull their way around your website, they will not complete a contact form.

Is it measurable?

The rise of mobile use in Canada is leading the world. Here are some figures Google recently released that Brent Bell shared via his excellent newsletter:

  • 56 percent of adults are using a smartphone, nearly double the 33 percent from a year earlier;
  • 35 percent said they’d give up TV before having to part with their smartphone;
  • 8 in 10 will not leave the house without their smartphone and two-thirds use in on a daily basis;
  • 75 percent said they had streamed video on their phone and nearly one in five said they did it daily;

From internal data I can tell you that organic visits to political websites on mobile devices has increased from 11% to 18%.responsive email campaigns drive traffic to political websites

But the numbers of visits on mobile devices rises considerably for referral visits, in particular from social media and email campaigns.

Even in rural ridings?

Yes! I recorded an email campaign where 20% of the opens where from iPads! in a rural riding. Add in 24% from iPhones and nearly half of the emails sent were opened on a smartphone or tablet.

A Responsive Solution

If you are sending emails to supporters, they need to be able to read and use the emails.

If they follow your call to action and land on a mobile-unfriendly website, they won’t complete the action you asked of them.

Worse, you increase friction the next time you call them to action!

Responsive design fits and scales to match whichever medium it is being viewed on.

Adopting a responsive design ensures you always look your best.

What do you think?




Welcome to the Digital Political Age

Welcome, and thank you for visiting my personal website. was supposed to be just a basic biography page but there were topics I wanted to write about which didn’t fit naturally into any of the other 3 blogs I contribute to (Help Blog, Digital Caucus, Lost & Found).

This blog will (time allowing) be the repository of longer form essays on the what I have come to call the Digital Political Age.

There is obviously a huge shift in how citizens acquire and share political news stories but the most fundamental aspect of a democracy, since Ancient Athens, is still getting warm bodies to come out and vote.

Our 21st century democracy exists in between to polities, the digital polis, and the national polis. Many commentators are now catching onto big data in politics, and social media continues to attract much analysis,  but I feel most of this analysis comes from people lacking in the practice of actual retail politics. My aim is to study the “retail” digital political strategies which translate into effective real world political engagement and the technologies being adopted or employed to engage voters.

If you are interesting in learning more, I would strongly recommend two websites/blogs to start: – The Victory Lab: Sasha Issenberg has literally written the book on the information technology revolutions inpact in US politics

Mark –  Digital Public Affairs: Mark Blevis provides a wealth of information on the digital public affairs in Canada, including regular analysis of the Twitter feed #cdnpoli 

I am still on the steep part of the learning curve of digital media and information technology. If you can recommend any articles or websites, please, don’t hesitate to comment or email me:

Digital Political Disclosure

Full disclosure: If you have randomly come across this blog, know that I am not an impartial analyst or detached political scientist. I have skin in the game! As a campaigner and purveyor of Political & Digital Services Exclusively for Conservatives, my research and writing has a purpose.

So, you are welcome to comment, but fair warning, any insightful commentary may contribute to electing Conservatives.

The Tory Digital Political Age