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McKenna says you can’t erase a troubled history by removing statues

Aug 15 2018 —

The minister responsible for Parks Canada says tearing down statues is not the solution when it comes to addressing the darker side of Canadian history. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has asked the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada to look at how to address concerns with historical figures like John A. Macdonald, whose role […]

Aug 15 2018 —

Asked if he’s concerned that selling weapons to Ukraine would escalate the conflict in that country, the owner of a Canadian arms company said: “It may sound callous, but not particularly.” “Since the dawn of time, mankind has been engaged in war, and part of that is equipping yourself properly,” Ross Spagrud, owner of PGW […]

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Aug 15 2018 — Peter Zimonjic and Vassy Kapelos

Quebec’s leading trade negotiator on the NAFTA file says he’s not remotely worried by the fact that the U.S. and Mexico are talking trade without Canada. Raymond Bachand, a former Quebec provincial finance minister and the province’s NAFTA negotiator, made the comments in an interview with CBC News Network’s Power & Politics on Tuesday. “I’m […]

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The Saudi temper tantrum could land one devastating blow — to Canadian health care

Aug 15 2018 — Neil Macdonald

Here’s a proposed Canadian reply to the escalating Saudi temper tantrum. Call in the kingdom’s ambassador and tell him: Sorry, Mr. Ambassador, but Canadian universities will never again accept Saudi medical residents. The government could explain that cancelling orders for relatively piddling amounts of wheat and maple syrup is the kingdom’s perfect right, subject of […]

Conditions are almost perfect for a snap election

Aug 14 2018 — Susan Delacourt

Maxime Bernier probably wasn’t trying to make life easier for Justin Trudeau when he put his fellow Conservatives on the hot seat by speaking out against the prime minister’s alleged “radical multiculturalism.” And NDP leader Jagmeet Singh likely wasn’t thinking too much about boosting Liberal fortunes when he decided to shoot back at some insults […]

An “Atlantic Community” to bolster the West

Aug 15 2018 — John Milloy

Is the West falling apart? Although news of the West’s demise may be premature, the increasingly erratic policies of US President Donald Trump are placing enormous pressure on the military and nonmilitary ties that bind us. And it’s not just the United States. Britain’s exit from the European Union, no matter how amicable the eventual […]

Don’t take Maxime Bernier’s bait

Aug 14 2018 — Scott Gilmore

Conservative provocateur Maxime Bernier lit up the lines today after he decried our “cult of multiculturalism.” He tweeted about his opposition to “Trudeau’s extreme multiculturalism and cult of diversity” which he fears will “divide us into little tribes.” As a Canadian columnist, this is the part where I take sides and either double-down by arguing […]

Aug 13 2018 — John Ivison

Certain things in public life should not be taken at face value — including election promises, government spending estimates and former ministers furthering their commercial interests under the guise of speaking about the national interest. John Baird’s appearance on the Saudi regime’s mouthpiece channel, Al Arabiya, complaining that the Trudeau government has been “poking a […]

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Aug 13 2018 — John Ibbitson

The painful confrontation with Saudi Arabia is yet another example of the continuity-of-error that defines much of this Liberal government’s approach to Canada in the world. “It’s a sad tale of unfulfilled promises and possibilities left unexplored and amateurish stumbling about,” says Daryl Copeland, a foreign policy analyst who spent three decades as a diplomat […]

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Aug 14 2018 — Jen Gerson

Brian Pallister figures it must have taken his father, a lifelong farmer and a man of few words, more than a week sitting on his tractor to formulate a response to his son’s first political win. It is 1992 and Pallister the younger has been elected to the provincial legislature. “He says, ‘Congratulations, boy. If […]

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