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Justin Trudeau explains Donald Trump to Europe

Feb 20 2017 — Tom Walkom — Justin Trudeau has discovered Europe. The prime minister had hoped to find there a counterweight to Canada’s economic dependence on the U.S. He found instead a continent anxious about American intentions and desperate to find someone who could interpret Donald Trump. “It’s easier for the Canadians to speak to the Americans,” European Parliament President Antonio […]

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Brian Mulroney sings for Donald Trump

Feb 19 2017 — Bruce Campion-Smith — Former prime minister Brian Mulroney and musician David Foster made for an unlikely Canadian duo to entertain Donald Trump and guests at his Florida estate Saturday night. With Foster, the famed songwriter and producer, on the keyboards, Mulroney took to the stage and performed, “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling,” to an audience that included Trump. […]

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Forget the White House, pay attention to our own House

Feb 19 2017 — Penny Collenette — It should have been a good week for Canada. The Prime Minister cleanly and professionally zipped in and out of Washington, aided by an earlier assist from former prime minister Mulroney. The PM later left for Europe to “seal the deal” on CETA, the trade arrangement with the European Union, which had been initiated by […]

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Trump discovering the insurgent’s eternal challenge

Feb 19 2017 — Robin V. Sears — It’s fun running an insurgent campaign. Running an insurgent government less so. On the campaign trail, you can say the most outrageous things — as Donald Trump established, you can even tell daily lies — and get lots of attention, and never be pushed too hard on “Just how would you go about doing that […]

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Trudeau has created an opening for the NDP

Feb 19 2017 — — Times have been tough for the federal New Democrats. They entered the 2015 election as contenders for the big prize but, as a result of a series of unfortunate decisions, on election day voters returned them to their traditional third-party role. It didn’t take long for many New Democrats to publicly denounce their leader. The […]

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The next leader of the Conservatives is … one of these 14

Feb 18 2017 — Alex Boutilier and Alex Ballingall — A reality television personality and political outsider is the perceived frontrunner in a large field of experienced politicians, and to the party establishment’s surprise, could end up leading conservatives into the next election. Sound familiar? Surprisingly, that’s where the Conservative Party of Canada finds itself three months before members vote on who will replace Stephen […]

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The two faces of the Conservative party

Feb 17 2017 — Susan Delacourt — On some significant foreign-policy matters this week, the federal Conservatives and Liberals were in harmonious agreement. Even before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau headed to Washington for his first face-to-face meeting with Donald Trump on Monday, Conservatives declared that they were standing behind him. Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose sent Trudeau an official letter in advance […]

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Top 10 late night jokes about Donald’s Trump’s Thursday press conference

Feb 17 2017 — — Donald Trump’s impromptu news conference on Thursday came out of nowhere, like a surprise storm, to dominate the day’s news feed. Here are our top 10 comments about it from comics Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, Jimmy Kimmel, James Corden and Seth Meyers: When Trump was asked by an African-American reporter if he planned to reach […]

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Are U.S. spy agencies trying to bring down Donald Trump?

Feb 17 2017 — Tom Walkom — Donald Trump’s craziness isn’t always crazy. The U.S. president has an irritating habit of mixing facts and hyperbole. But sometimes there is a nugget of sense in what he says. So it was on Wednesday when he railed against Washington’s spy agencies for leaking material unfavourable to Michael Flynn and against what he called the […]

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Anti-Islamophobia motion puts Tories on the horns of a dilemma

Feb 17 2017 — Paul Wells — Most Fridays, I appear as an all-purpose pundit-for-hire on Radio-Canada’s popular noon-hour radio current-affairs show out of Montreal. Five days after the massacre at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec, one of the topics was, “Will anything change?” It was a fair question. Justin Trudeau and Philippe Couillard, the Quebec premier, had spoken powerfully at […]

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Ontario auditor refuses to back down in $10.7B pension feud

Feb 16 2017 — Robert Benzie — Ontario’s legislative watchdog is escalating a $10.7 billion standoff with the provincial government over taxpayer-funded pension surpluses. Auditor general Bonnie Lysyk insisted Thursday the co-sponsored Ontario Public Service Employees’ Union Pension Plan and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan shouldn’t be booked as assets because the government does not have ready access to the funds. And […]

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What took Charles Taylor so long to reverse his position on Quebec’s religious restrictions?

Feb 16 2017 — Chantal Hébert — Almost a decade ago, Montreal philosopher Charles Taylor — one of Canada’s leading intellectuals — co-presided a provincial commission on religious accommodation that recommended among other measures that Quebec impose a secular dress code on the province’s judges and police forces. In so doing, he and historian/sociologist Gérald Bouchard inadvertently planted the seeds of Quebec’s […]