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Trudeau and the problems of populism

Apr 25 2017 — Susan Delacourt — Future historians may have a hard time explaining why citizens in a populist mood are putting powerful families in high office these days. Anti-elite Americans opted to be governed by Donald Trump, a billionaire who has installed his family members as deputies in the White House. It’s been a while since I looked at my […]

Tasha Kheiriddin

It’s probably too late for a crackdown on border-hoppers

Apr 25 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — It’s not a flood — yet — but the river of refugees coming to Canada continues to rise. Since January 1, the RCMP has intercepted 1,860 migrants crossing illegally into Canada from the United States: 315 in January, 658 in Feburary and 887 in March. Most of those have crossed into Quebec, near Lacolle, and […]

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Martin calls for Toews to be removed from bench

Apr 21 2017 — Stephen Maher — Former NDP MP Pat Martin says that Justice Vic Toews should recuse himself from acting as a judge until the Canadian Judicial Council can determine if he is fit to continue in the role. Toews, the former minister of Justice under Stephen Harper, was found Friday to have twice violated the federal Conflict of Interest […]


Investigator in Guergis case admits withholding information from MPs

Apr 21 2017 — James Munson — Senior RCMP officers pressured a private investigator to withhold information from a House of Commons committee looking into alleged wrongdoing by former Status of Women minister Helena Guergis in 2010, the investigator now alleges. Derrick Snowdy says he kept information from MPs at a Commons committee as Stephen Harper’s government was struggling with the fallout […]


Happy 4/20, pundits. Try to relax.

Apr 20 2017 — Stephen Maher — The Canadian commentariat — worn down, no doubt, by decades of opining about disappointing and tedious Canadian political doings — have found little to celebrate in the legislation the Liberals tabled last week to legalize marijuana. Our wisest scribes were surprisingly glum about the whole thing. Chantal Hebert, noting the grim way the Liberals rolled […]


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. […]

Tasha Kheiriddin

The problem(s) with a guaranteed annual income

Apr 18 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — From Italy to India, the basic annual income is back in the news. Around the world, eight jurisdictions — including Kenya, Finland, the Netherlands, Uganda and California — are conducting experiments providing regular payments to cover basic living costs, regardless of recipients’ economic situations. With welfare programs consuming billions of tax dollars without eliminating poverty, […]


Trudeau’s marijuana plans may be deep in the weeds

Apr 18 2017 — L. Ian MacDonald — All things considered, it would have been much easier for the Trudeau government to simply decriminalize marijuana. Easier, at least, than legalizing the stuff, as proposed in the legislation presented to the House last week. The very timing of the legislation — surfacing on the last day of a sitting before a two-week spring break […]

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Are journalists going easy on Trudeau?

Apr 17 2017 — Paul Adams — I was struck by something Andrew MacDougall wrote about reporters the other day as he grappled with something that seemed strange to him: the fact that, despite Justin Trudeau’s many misfires and outright fails, his popularity is undiminished. MacDougall offered many explanations, including the enduring power of Trudeau’s “sunny ways” narrative and his good looks […]

Member of Parliament Iqra Khalid is congratulated by colleagues as she makes an announcement about an anti-Islamophobia motion on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle

Anti-abortion group got $56K federal grant from Liberal MP

Apr 12 2017 — Amanda Connolly — Liberal MP Iqra Khalid allocated more than $50,000 in federal summer job funding last year to a group known for its dogged opposition to abortion rights, despite running under the banner of a “resolutely pro-choice” party. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed in the last election campaign to protect reproductive rights and said that all candidates […]


Trudeau and Freeland are sending Russia the right signals

Apr 11 2017 — L. Ian MacDonald — Bashar al-Assad finally overplayed his hand with the international community last week in unleashing an unspeakable chemical attack that killed 87 Syrian civilians, including many children and infants. The horrific images of this event have sparked a consensus among western leaders that Assad must finally “be held to account” — in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s […]