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Michael Chong’s pro-carbon-tax stance could make for a rocky Tory leadership bid

Feb 19 2017 — Campbell Clark — Michael Chong sometimes seems like he’s running for the Conservative Party leadership in the hardest possible way. Last week, while most Conservative MPs were struggling with Liberal motion M-103 on condemning Islamophobia, Mr. Chong supported it, saying that after January’s shooting at a Quebec City mosque, it’s time to study anti-Islamic prejudice. And the centrepiece […]

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Conservatives can’t win without support from Quebec

Jan 8 2017 — Campbell Clark — There was a time when Conservatives could win without Quebec, but now it would be folly to try. Yet it seems some Tory leadership candidates and putative contenders are trying to convince the party to do just that. Kevin O’Leary, the TV personality who keeps hinting he’ll run, has come up with bizarre excuses for […]

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Can Trudeau find a self-interest angle in fundraising reform?

Dec 19 2016 — Campbell Clark — If you’re wondering how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau might revamp federal fundraising rules to get out of the cash-for-access controversy, it’s worth looking at the lessons of history: The great leaps in federal fundraising ethics have gone hand in hand with screwing over the other guy. Jean Chrétien did it, adopting new rules that made […]

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Trudeau promised electoral reform, but failed to say what kind

Dec 2 2016 — Campbell Clark — It’s hard to list all the reasons why Liberal MPs on the Commons electoral-reform committee decided that their leader’s election promise was a lousy idea. There just isn’t enough time. Few people are paying attention. It’s complicated. People might have had very different ideas of what the promise meant. And it’s hard to know if […]

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We’re about to see just how ruthless Trudeau can be

Nov 28 2016 — Campbell Clark — There’s a scene in The Godfather that ties up the many strands of the plot into a sudden series of conclusions in a single day of mob hits when Michael Corleone “settled all family business.” In Ottawa, the next month is going to be a little like that, in a bloodless way, as many of […]

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Trudeau’s policy of diplomatic re-engagement a step in right direction

Nov 16 2016 — Campbell Clark — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Cuba this week talking to Raul Castro. Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion was in The Hague campaigning to save the International Criminal Court. These are places that Stephen Harper didn’t go. The Liberals’ policy of diplomatic re-engagement, of reconnecting to countries and institutions that Conservatives more or less shunned, […]

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Trump’s victory shifts political ground for Trudeau

Nov 11 2016 — Campbell Clark — The big question for newly elected Justin Trudeau last year was whether he was really going to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada. A big question for Donald Trump is whether he’ll really build a border wall. These are two leaders going in different directions: on refugees, borders, trade, climate change, even international security, on […]

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Big Canada concept has some major drawbacks

Oct 31 2016 — Campbell Clark — Big Canada. It’s a bold idea, especially the king-sized version called the Century Initiative – it would expand immigration so the population reaches 100 million by the year 2100. This week, we should get a better sense of whether Justin Trudeau’s Liberals will embrace it. Already, the government’s advisory council on economic growth – chaired […]