Jun 8 2017 — Don Martin — CTV Power Play — The Liberals rolled out their redefinition and rearming of Canada on the world stage this week. It’s a major revamp, a line of political demarcation in the life of this Liberal government. But you’d never know it from Question Period in the Commons. Tuesday saw one opposition question, far down the lineup, on a foreign […]
Jun 1 2017 — Don Martin — CTV Power Play — The Great Divide is a towering mountain range which also serves as the southern boundary between British Columbia and Alberta. A raindrop landing on the eastern face flows to the Atlantic or Arctic oceans. If it lands a few metres west, it runs to the Pacific. Here endeth today’s geology lesson.
May 26 2017 — Don Martin — CTV Power Play — It’s easy to ridicule Conservative fortunes as this baker’s dozen of leadership hopefuls prepare to sell themselves as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s worst political nightmare. Half of them have no business being on the stage tonight and their speeches are merely a self-promotional payoff for that $100,000 race entry fee. And there are no Trudeauesque […]
May 11 2017 — Don Martin — CTV Power Play — Justin Trudeau hates Question Period. Stephen Harper, no fan of the inquisition either, at least seemed to relish the odd battle of wits and would uncharacteristically grin at his backbench when he gave back better than he got across the aisle. But because this prime minister is fixated on a message track from which no […]
May 4 2017 — Don Martin — CTV Power Play — Almost within sight of Parliament Hill on the Quebec side of the river, there’s a slightly-shabby but always-busy store where a law now headed for the Supreme Court is broken dozens of times every day. Hundreds of cases of cheap suds and wine pour out of Beer King in Gatineau into the open trucks of […]
Apr 27 2017 — Don Martin — CTV Power Play — The announcement Kevin O’Leary was calling it quits on his Conservative leadership bid after less than 100 days as a candidate was greeted with mass social media and pundit derision. “Clown down,” screamed one headline. “O’Lexit!,” hollered a tweet. “Elvis has left the building,” gloated a former rival. But keep in mind a couple things […]
Apr 20 2017 — Don Martin — CTV Power Play — You have to experience a bust to fear the bubble. That’s why Ontario is taking politically smart and economically necessary steps to open a small leak in what many experts call a hyper-inflated housing bubble in the Toronto area. You only have to spend an Easter weekend with Toronto relatives to observe all the symptoms […]
Apr 9 2017 — CTV Power Play — The Strategy Session panel weighs in on how Trudeau should negotiate with Trump and the suspicion of leaked documents.
Apr 6 2017 — Don Martin — CTV Power Play — Conventional wisdom has it that Senator Don Meredith will soon be tossed out the Senate door with a “good riddance” sticker on his back. His disgraceful stalking of a teenage girl, who eventually and reluctantly succumbed to a sexual relationship under the heavy sway of his honorable title, is toxic to a Senate trying to […]