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Fumbling Trump best case against strongman politics

Jun 19 2017 — Dan Leger — You’ve got to hand it to Donald Trump. He’s doing more to restore common sense to politics than anyone these days. Bear with me here, I have not lost my mind. Yes, Trump has blurred the line between what is real and what is fake. He’s an obvious serial liar and conspiracy peddler. He is […]

Ambitious plans for the forces, but are they the right ones?

Jun 12 2017 — Dan Leger — Back in misty yesteryear, in the times before Trump, Ottawa realized that the navy needed new ships. Around that time, I spoke with Defence Minister Peter MacKay, who suggesteda new day in military procurement was dawning. MacKay said the Conservative government would lay down the law with shipbuilders. They would ban the time-tested practice of […]

Scheer is a leader who masks his personal beliefs to succeed

Jun 5 2017 — Dan Leger — The new federal Conservative Leader, Andrew Scheer, is entitled to a honeymoon, just like every other leadership newbie. Right? Some weeks of nice headlines and pictures of the family and usually an encouraging bump in the polls. Most new leaders feel some love, at least at the start. In Scheer’s case, it might be a […]

Nova Scotians show reluctant approval of McNeil

May 31 2017 — Dan Leger — That sound you hear is the sound of a slow, slow clap. It is the sound of cranky Nova Scotians endorsing more years of plodding, managerial government by Stephen McNeil and the Liberals. Re-electing McNeil is a muted celebration of the status quo by an electorate that seems to tolerate the lanky Liberal without warming […]

NS Liberal election victory likely, poll shows

May 29 2017 — — Nova Scotia will be Liberal red on election day if the polls prove correct. Seat projections prepared by Corporate Research Associates exclusively for The Chronicle Herald predict the Liberals will most likely take anywhere from 24 to 30 seats. It takes 26 seats for a majority. Prior to the election call, the Liberals held 34. […]

Trump is playing with fire, America is getting burned

May 15 2017 — Dan Leger — On July 1, Canada will turn 150 years old, cause for national celebration. The country isn’t perfect, but its vital signs are strong. Three days later on July 4, the United States will mark 241 years as a democracy, the world’s oldest. It is really showing its age. Given what’s been going on in Washington, […]

Lots of hypocrisy to go around in the Harjit Sajjan controversy

May 8 2017 — Dan Leger — For connoisseurs of political hypocrisy, the case of Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is a gourmet meal, with heaping plates for everyone at the table. The beleaguered minister is being assailed for exaggerating his role planning a key Canadian battle in Afghanistan, an overstatement Sajjan admits and for which he has ruefully apologized. And well he […]

Poll shows NS Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil polarizing figure for voters

May 8 2017 — — Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil is a polarizing figure, with voters just as likely to love or hate him, according to new public opinion poll data. A leader rating survey completed last week by Corporate Research Associates for The Chronicle Herald shows 44 per cent of respondents have a completely or mostly favourable view of […]

N.S. Election Poll: Liberals lead, Tories, NDP trail

May 6 2017 — Andrea Gunn — Nova Scotia’s Liberals have pulled out of a nosedive that started last November, leaving them in reasonable shape heading into the second week of the provincial election campaign. A new Corporate Research Associates poll conducted for The Chronicle Herald and released Friday shows Stephen McNeil’s Liberals at 45 per cent support, up one per cent […]

The dairy and softwood bluster is pure Trump posturing

May 1 2017 — Dan Leger — All that is old becomes new again and all that is new becomes old. Such is the rhythm of Canada’s economic relationship with a self-absorbed United States. As evidence, every few years, Canada and the U.S. fight over softwood lumber. They have since 1982, the year Canada got a Constitution, ET: the Extra-Terrestrial was the […]

Outsiders are making a mark on Conservative, NDP contests

Apr 24 2017 — Dan Leger — When they work right, national party leadership campaigns stimulate serious conversations on politics and the country. And they offer opportunities. The Conservative and New Democratic Party leadership races have the potential to do both. The campaigns have attracted intriguing outsiders who are having an impact. Whether they can win is another matter subject to party […]

Yes, Mr. President, governing is hard

Apr 17 2017 — — So, it turns out that killing health insurance for millions of Americans was a bad idea for Donald Trump, especially without a backup plan. It also turns out that NATO might be useful. Or as the president put it, “I said (NATO) was obsolete; it is no longer obsolete.” It also turns out the Russians […]

Indian navy may be in market for Canada’s Sea Kings

Apr 11 2017 — Andrea Gunn — The Indian navy is considering purchasing several Sea King helicopters from Canada, a New Delhi-based newspaper is reporting. A source told the Financial Express officials plan to discuss the purchase during an official visit by federal defence minister Harjit Sajjan later this month. “At this time Canada is in the process of decommissioning four of […]