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How Trudeau wants to ride the populism wave, in a ‘middle-class’ Canadian kind of way

Mar 3 2017 — Andrew MacDougall — What a difference a year makes. Last March, the going political concern was the “middle class,” as evidenced by the Trudeau government’s inaugural budget, titled Growing the Middle Class, which mentioned everybody’s favourite ill-defined group 111 times. But following a year of Brexit, Trump and a Conservative leadership race that’s fast becoming an exercise in […]

Andrew Cohen

Trudeau offered a brilliant defence of Canada in Washington

Feb 14 2017 — Andrew Cohen — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came to Washington on the 25thday of the maiden voyage of Donald J. Trump. He found a presidency in disarray. The Senate was considering the nomination of Wilbur Ross as Secretary of Commerce. He could not meet Trudeau because, like other contentious nominees, he is unconfirmed. Trump has the fewest number […]

Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose asks a question during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Thursday, September 22, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Tories to force House vote on taxing health and dental benefits

Feb 2 2017 — Kady O'Malley — Even after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seemingly assured the House that the upcoming budget will not include a new tax on private health and dental insurance benefits, the Conservatives are aiming to get that commitment on the record by forcing a day-long debate on a motion that would, if adopted, see the House formally call […]


Maxime Bernier still number one on the Conservative leadership fundraising circuit

Jan 31 2017 — Kady O'Malley — For the second quarter in a row, Quebec MP and loudly self-avowed libertarian Maxime Bernier has managed to outhustle his rival Conservative leadership candidates on the fundraising circuit. Data on directed donations provided to Elections Canada by the Conservatives reveals a total three-month haul for Bernier of $586,165.27 via 3,804 individual contributions. His closest challenger, […]


Ontario’s Liberals spar with Kevin O’Leary as practice for 2018

Jan 24 2017 — David Reevely — Having all but lost control of the story of their own government, Ontario’s Liberals are trying to get it back with a volley of open letters at Kevin O’Leary and election-style fact-checks of Progressive Conservative media appearances. The open letters to O’Leary began with one from Premier Kathleen Wynne on Sunday, followed by more from […]