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Why is Couillard suddenly trashing Muslims? Because it works.

Jun 26 2017 — Martin Patriquin — One can easily mix metaphors when describing Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard. Imagine a tubful of grey porridge dressed in an unremarkable blue suit, standing on the deck of a steady ship as it traverses the choppy waters of Quebec’s political ocean. Trust me, this is no insult. Couillard’s ability to be at once earnest and […]

So-conned: Why social conservatives lost when Scheer won

May 29 2017 — Martin Patriquin — Of the 13 Conservative party leadership candidates who gathered in Toronto to face fate this past weekend, three can be safely and reliably labelled ‘social conservatives’. Brad Trost, a brick-faced dolt from southern Saskatchewan, believes gay marriage is a Trojan horse for both sodomy and rampant socialism. Ontario’s own Pierre Lemieux, meanwhile, once stood up […]

How Saskatchewan does cash-for-access — in broad daylight

Apr 19 2017 — Martin Patriquin — Politicians who navigate a corrupted political system have some of the easiest jobs in the world. With the weight and legitimacy of the state behind them, they need not sell anything more than access to themselves. And it is a seller’s market. For a long time, there was no better example of this than Quebec. […]

Don Meredith would like your sympathy now

Mar 20 2017 — Martin Patriquin — By claiming to be the victim of racial persecution, he’s insulting the actual victims. Senator Don Meredith (Don Meredith would like you to know) is a victim of Canada’s prevailing and overwhelming racism. As a 52-year-old black man, he is seen as a predator, sexual and otherwise, who has risen too high in life for […]

Snatching defeat – Marc and Jodie Emery are winning the battles in the war to legalize pot, but have lost the moral high ground

Mar 13 2017 — Martin Patriquin — Those who follow the often-fraught politics of marijuana in Canada are familiar with a few enduring realities. There are the ‘slippery slope’ politicians — step right up, Tony Clement! — who conflate the stuff with hard drugs, saying that legalizing it is akin to giving your child heroin, meth or whatever boogeyman narcotic is currently […]

The Conservative Party leadership debate that didn’t matter

Jan 18 2017 — Martin Patriquin — First, let’s address the very English elephant in the room. Much like the first effort in Moncton just over a month ago, the second French debate in the Conservative leadership race was hamstrung by sheer numbers and too few tongues properly acclimatized to Canada’s French fact. The end result was akin to watching a terrifically […]

Why should a PM speak French? Political reality.

Jan 13 2017 — Martin Patriquin — Before the advent of Stephen Harper, a remarkably successful conservative politician, there existed a fellow named Stephen Harper, plucky young conservative egghead. It was this Harper who, in 2001, wrote an oft-quoted column about official bilingualism. “As a religion, bilingualism is the god that failed. It has led to no fairness, produces no unity and […]

Inside Nick Kouvalis’s fake news strategy

Jan 12 2017 — Martin Patriquin — Leitch’s campaign manager calls it ‘Operation Flytrap’—his plan to root out anyone joining the Tories just to oppose his candidate. At 6:25 p.m. on Jan. 2, Nick Kouvalis sent out a tweet suggesting that the Canadian government was, among other things, directly funding known terrorist groups. Kouvalis, who is campaign manager of Conservative leadership candidate […]

The Trump Side of Canadian Immigration

Oct 19 2016 — Martin Patriquin — The term “Canadian values” is normally a harmless cliché — a reminder that the planet’s second largest country by land mass is a Boy Scout-like bastion of tolerance and fairness. This trope regained some of its luster with last fall’s election of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who might as well be the country’s Boy Scout […]

Does Justin Trudeau risk being overexposed?

Aug 26 2016 — Martin Patriquin — It’s as though he never stopped campaigning. Nearly a year since Justin Trudeau was propelled into office on a near-narcotic wave of optimism, he remains the personification of “sunny ways,” the Liberal party’s de facto mantra, mode de vie and campaign slogan. It was on display last fall, when Trudeau was mobbed by civil servants […]

On assisted dying, the Senate is a necessary evil

Jun 10 2016 — Martin Patriquin — Canadian senators sit in a lavish room coloured bordello red. Much like bordellos, the Senate doesn’t usually allow cameras to film the goings-on within its walls—for reasons of tradition, shame or discretion, no one is quite sure. The analogy is further fitting for many pundits and politicians alike. After all, senators rise to the top […]

Electoral reform: The Fredo Corleone of campaign promises

May 20 2016 — Martin Patriquin — Electoral reform is the unloved dope amidst the feel-good clichés of the Trudeau government’s Sunny Ways. It lacks the immediate appeal of middle-class tax cuts or cabinet parity, and is about as sexy as infrastructure spending, without the nerdy zing of the long-form census. If “meaningful action on climate change” is the Michael Corleone of […]