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For Trump and the Trudeaus, the past is back

Feb 24 2017 — Susan Delacourt — It is hard to imagine a better gift for Donald Trump than the one Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave him during that recent White House visit: a framed photograph of Trump and Pierre Trudeau on stage together at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in 1981. For Trump, who expertly played the politics of nostalgia in the presidential […]

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Trudeau’s season of contrition

Feb 21 2017 — Susan Delacourt — Every now and then, politicians will let us in on what’s keeping them up at night. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been dropping a lot of those hints lately — notably during a speech in Hamburg, Germany on Friday night. “Too many people around the world are anxious about what the future may hold,” Trudeau […]

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The two faces of the Conservative party

Feb 17 2017 — Susan Delacourt — On some significant foreign-policy matters this week, the federal Conservatives and Liberals were in harmonious agreement. Even before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau headed to Washington for his first face-to-face meeting with Donald Trump on Monday, Conservatives declared that they were standing behind him. Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose sent Trudeau an official letter in advance […]

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The centre cannot hold: Canada faces a populist eruption

Feb 14 2017 — Susan Delacourt — Now that Justin Trudeau has taken the first steps into President Donald Trump’s circle of trust, he may want to turn his attention back to serious trust issues back here in Canada. A new, international “trust index” released today contained some troubling news for the prime minister and his Liberal brand: Canadians’ trust in government […]

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The feds love to consult us. But does anyone listen?

Feb 10 2017 — Susan Delacourt — A new voting system for Canada wasn’t the only casualty when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walked away from his electoral-reform promise this month. The whole idea of consulting the public on difficult policy decisions may now be in doubt, too. And that’s a problem for a government so avowedly attached to consultations — at least […]

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We haven’t seen the last of Nick Kouvalis

Feb 3 2017 — Susan Delacourt — And don’t mistake his resignation for a rout of the alt-right in Canadian politics. If Nick Kouvalis didn’t exist in Canadian politics at this particular time in the country’s history, we might have had to invent him. The now-ex campaign manager for Conservative leadership contender Kellie Leitch had become the personification of Donald Trump-style politics, […]

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Trudeau won’t meet Trump this week — and not in Ottawa

Jan 31 2017 — Susan Delacourt — President Donald Trump won’t be coming to Canada for his first face-to-face meeting with Justin Trudeau — nor will that get-together be taking place this week, a source close to the prime minister has confirmed. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that a tradition is being broken here — the one which usually sees new U.S. presidents […]

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Lessons from Mary Tyler Moore’s newsroom

Jan 27 2017 — Susan Delacourt — In a week that saw the death of Mary Tyler Moore, perhaps it’s a good time for journalists to be asking: are we going to make it after all? Many of us who grew up watching The Mary Tyler MooreShow in the 1970s saw a cultural trail being blazed for women in the media workplace. […]

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Ottawa called on to spend $200 million to save Canadian journalism

Jan 26 2017 — Susan Delacourt — Days after Canada’s largest newspaper chain announced a fresh round of layoffs, the federal government is being handed a dozen options today to help fix the ailing news media business in Canada — ranging from taking digital ads off the CBC to injecting funds into local, indigenous and investigative journalism. The recommendations come in a […]

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Trump will test Trudeau. How might he react?

Jan 25 2017 — Susan Delacourt — Chances are that Donald Trump is not going to be convening any all-day cabinet meetings on how to deal with the Canadian government — even if he is flattered that Justin Trudeau’s ministers are spending so much time in Calgary this week thinking about the new president. We’re still not even sure how much Trump […]

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Don’t underestimate the power of fear

Jan 20 2017 — Susan Delacourt — Some of Justin Trudeau’s biggest applause-getting lines — before he became prime minister — revolved around the politics of fear. You may remember the Liberal ad that aired in the closing days of the 2015 election, featuring moments from a large campaign rally in Brampton. “Stephen Harper isn’t afraid of me, my friends,” Trudeau shouted […]

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Freeland, Trump and the rage of the 99 per cent

Jan 18 2017 — Susan Delacourt — Chrystia Freeland has a great new job as Canada’s top diplomat, but in case anyone has forgotten, it’s not the job she was expected to do when she left journalism for politics a few years ago. On the heels of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s big cabinet shuffle last week, Oxfam has delivered a report that […]

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How Trump’s tantrums can be tamed

Jan 13 2017 — Susan Delacourt — Everyone who has had to deal with a temper tantrum, whether from a toddler or a boss, knows that how you react to the outburst is the important thing. On this score, the reporters attending Donald Trump’s tense press conference this week fell short. In fact, the only sight more painful than Trump’s angry outburst […]

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Trudeau retools his front bench for an alarming new world

Jan 10 2017 — Susan Delacourt — The best person to explain the big new-year changes to the federal cabinet’s makeup might well be someone who doesn’t even live here: outgoing U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden. During a visit to Canada a month ago, Biden told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that Canada needs to step up, internationally — comments that were widely interpreted […]