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Liberals try to rush rule changes to benefit themselves

Mar 23 2017 — Don Martin — Conservative bellyaching which insists the Trudeau government gets a coddled ride from an adoring media is invariably baseless and increasingly tiresome. But there are exceptions. Had the Harper government pushed to radically change the way the House of Commons operates in the same full-throttle way Liberals are rushing it forward now, thundering newspaper editorials would’ve […]

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Mexicans deported from U.S. planning to come to Canada

Mar 16 2017 — Don Martin — In a budget next week that’s dedicated to innovation, the federal government might want to set aside funds to fend off innovative immigration. About 4,000 kilometres southwest of Ottawa, migrant shelters line the Mexico border where, Reuters reports, many of those now being deported from Trump’s America are plotting a Canadian invasion. They’re telling reporters […]

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Why the Liberals’ electoral reform promise will be broken

Jan 26 2017 — Don Martin — It may be a challenge, but stay awake for the next few minutes if you can. Let’s talk electoral reformzzzz. C’mon, stay with me here. It’s more important than Justin Trudeau’s private helicopter rides to visit his billionaire buddy or the latest bizarre Kellie Leitchism. It’s a key Liberal election promise to change the way […]

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Even Conservatives couldn’t bear to watch leadership debate

Jan 19 2017 — Don Martin — More than one Conservative MP told me they turned on the television Tuesday and, after a few minutes, clicked it off. It was the all-French debate for their party’s leadership and even they couldn’t bear to watch a bland and at times bitter hodge-podge of current and former MPs, many struggling in a language they […]


An extremely polarized fight to define the Conservative Party

Jan 5 2017 — Don Martin — The bonds have been straining for a year. Yesterday, the last traces of Conservative Party unity snapped. Ironically it fell to MP Lisa Raitt, the mostly-conciliatory former cabinet minister of many portfolios, to drive a wedge deep into the party. She unleashed uncharacteristic vitriol against probable rival Kevin O’Leary and ideological opposite Kellie Leitch. It […]

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Rare case of a PM acting in national interest over political calculations

Dec 1 2016 — Don Martin — It would’ve been great fun to join the pile-on and dedicate this Last Word to Prime Minister’s Justin Trudeau’s big Cuban gaffe this week. That fawning tribute to Fidel Castro as “Cuba’s longest serving president” overlooked the fact he was a ruthless ruler spared the inconvenience of free speech opposition or elections. Much hilarity ensued. […]