“Didn’t come back for you” was the Conservative attack line trained on the last leader of the Liberal Party, and it may well have helped douse the political career of Michael Ignatieff. Will “in over his head” do the same to Justin Trudeau? Things could change, of course, but so far, not very many voters are […]
A prominent Ottawa architect is accusing the federal government of “stealing” the site that’s been chosen for the new Memorial to Victims of Communism. In an open letter to Stephen Harper, Barry Padolsky urges the prime minister to find a “more appropriate” location for the memorial, to be built on a 5,000-square-metre property on Wellington […]
Oxidized copper is no longer the only cause of green rooftops around Parliament Hill. The parliamentary precinct got its first live green roof last week. Hundreds of sprigs of stonecrop, a low-growing, low-maintenance ground cover, were planted on the roof of the newly constructed annex to the Sir John A. Macdonald building, just across Wellington […]
Canada’s modest military might has always made it hard for its prime ministers to strut convincingly on the world stage. Stephen Harper is only the latest to offer stirring rhetorical contributions to the Western alliance, without having much firepower to back them up. When it comes to speeches, Harper has not pulled his punches, even […]Read More
Alberta’s former deputy premier Thomas Lukaszuk, now a Conservative leadership candidate, is being accused of hypocrisy for his public stand against entitlement after an anonymous tip to CBC News revealed he flew his young daughter on several government flights. After receiving an unsigned letter on Friday, CBC News reviewed flight manifests posted online that showed […]Read More
Controversial Conservative MP Rob Anders may not find the welcome mat out as he attempts to make the move from a big-city riding where he lost his nomination to a brand new rural one. Earlier this year, Anders lost a bitterly fought nomination battle in Calgary Signal Hill, which takes in a large part of […]Read More
Justin Trudeau and his Liberal team are using New Brunswick’s Sept. 22 election to test-drive their organization and potential policies for the federal campaign expected in the fall of 2015. Both Mr. Trudeau and the 32-year-old provincial candidate for premier, Brian Gallant, are young, fluently bilingual and untested leaders, who are riding high in the […]Read More
Toronto’s suburbs are becoming a Mandarin-speaking powerhouse for the federal Liberal Party. Four ridings around in Toronto have Chinese-Canadians candidates, and in sharp contrast to the Conservatives’ top-down ethnic strategy of wooing voters through messaging that appeals to a specific minority, the Mandarin community is fielding its own candidates. In Don Valley North’s nomination contest, […]Read More
Stephen Harper has been one of the toughest-talking leaders throughout the Ukraine crisis, yet newly released figures show National Defence is expected to face an even deeper budget hole in the coming year than previously anticipated. The ongoing reductions come as the prime minister is expected to resist pressure from allies at this week’s NATO […]Read More
Most young people aren’t interested in politics and changing their minds will take more than voting campaigns or a high-school course in civics. Engagement has to happen on their terms. And for that we need to think way outside the box. Two news stories last week may point the way. STORY 1: According to the […]
The revelation in The Morning After, Chantal Hebert’s important new book on what would have happened had the Yes side won the 1995 referendum — or rather, what the protagonists think would have happened — is not that they had, almost without exception, given very little thought to the matter in advance of the event. […]
“Keep the Russians out, the Americans in and the Germans down” was how Lord Ismay, NATO’s first Secretary General (1952 to 1957), described the Alliance that has since become both the sword and shield of our liberal international order. Recent events revalidate Lord Ismay’s trope except that Germany now needs to take on responsibilities within […]
Last week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper made his ninth annual photo-op pilgrimage to the Canadian Arctic. As has become the custom, the Canadian military provided some martial-looking props to emphasize the Conservative government’s resolve to exercise our sovereignty in the Far North. One ridiculous image that received widespread circulation in the media was that of […]
If you can’t earn a reputation through action, you can always take it by fiat. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government, long ridiculed for being internationally inept, at last appears strong and principled in foreign affairs, thanks in no small part to the fact that it has taken to calling itself just that: strong and principled. […]
So, 1,200 of your family, friends and neighbours are murdered, or go missing. Would you be upset? How about this? The murders and the disappearances have been going on, unchecked, since 1980. Is that upsetting? No? Then, let’s say you go to Ottawa for help, and they shrug and refuse to do anything. Upset yet? […]
Without national independence on the horizon, can Quebec reclaim its place in the Canadian federation? Should it? There has been a groundswell of political reflection taking place these days among Quebec’s journalists, politicians and intellectuals, and this — compellingly — is the question that keeps floating to the top.
After tragic occurrences, we’re used to political leaders making a stop or two at hospitals to have their pictures taken with the afflicted. But how about a prime minister visiting 52 hospitals, speaking to wounded and dying soldiers individually at each, taking notes from them for their Canadian families back home?
It’s been clear for months that President Barack Obama is already in retirement mode. He is closing in on 200 golf games since becoming president. He regularly skips his briefings. He’s disengaged from files,making only grudging statements about national crises. Then a U.S. citizen, James Foley, was beheaded by the terrorist group called the Islamic […]
Arnold Schwarzenegger may have shagged the maid — but wife Maria Shriver is no June Cleaver. The Kennedy heiress was sleeping with her husband’s lead campaign strategist well before Schwarzenegger’s old affair with their housekeeper came to light, campaign staffers and other sources told The Post.