Year End Political Panel

Depending on how you look at it, 2010 was either a boon for democracy ... or a bust. To probe that question and wrap up the year in Canadian politics, we have gathered three top political watchers. Susan Delacourt is The Toronto Star's senior writer in Ottawa. Rob Russo is the Ottawa Bureau Chief for the Canadian Press, and Greg Weston is a reporter with the CBC's Ottawa bureau.



PART ONE

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It's Monday, December 27th.

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Year End Politcal Panel

Depending on how you look at it, 2010 was either a boon for democracy ... or a bust.

On the one hand, the year opened with hundreds of thousands of people signing petitions against Prime Minister Stephen Harper's decision to prorogue Parliament. Then there was the uproar over changes to the long-form census. That was something that caught many by suprise. But then voters this year were full of surprises. They rallied in revolt against Gordon Campbell in B.C. And they enthusiastically jumped on the Rob Ford bandwagon to derail the so called gravy train in Toronto.

Canadians sure seem to be engaged all of a sudden. And yet, those same Canadian voters appear to be sticks in the mud where the federal parties are concerned. Polling numbers for all parties remain stuck roughly where they have been for years.

So what's the real story of 2010? Was it a year of political upheaval or stagnation?

To probe that question and wrap up the year in Canadian politics, we have gathered three top political watchers. Susan Delacourt is The Toronto Star's senior writer in Ottawa. Rob Russo is the Ottawa Bureau Chief for the Canadian Press, and Greg Weston is a reporter with the CBC's Ottawa bureau.

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