Prime Minister Stephen Harper quietly took a meeting last month with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a likely candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and a bête noire to American progressives for his anti-union policies and vocal opposition to same-sex marriage.
Walker visited Ottawa in mid-June on a six-day trade mission through Canada that also took him to Montreal and Quebec City, where he met with Premier Philippe Couillard.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker thinks he and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are "kindred spirits," with their recent histories of being Republicans who have come out on top in fairly blue states. They've both "taken on unions," as they like to say, and they both have reformed public pensions. But Walker did make sure to say that his pension reforms were a little more significant than Christie's.
I have good news to report in Wisconsin.
The recall election for Republican governor Scott Walker will take place on June 7. Polls show Walker Leads Barrett 52%-45%.
Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker leads Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett by 7 percentage points in the state’s June 5 recall election.
Activists in Wisconsin have hit upon a method that coud conceivably lead to the end of the deadlock there. Several Republican State Senators are eligible for recall, and progressives in the state are going to go for it:
“Scott Walker is a national disgrace.” With those six words, Richard Trumka, the head of the nation’s largest union, the AFL-CIO, welcomed perhaps the Republicans’ most promising candidate on domestic policy to the race.