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Economic Rebound Gives Trudeau Momentum Ahead of Fall Election

Jul 18 2019 — Stephen Wicary

A dead heat among voters over which leader is best suited to steer the Canadian economy appears to breaking in Justin Trudeau’s favor. The Liberal prime minister is pulling ahead of his main rival on the crucial question of economic stewardship in the run up to the October election. According to a survey by Nanos […]

Jul 18 2019 — Aaron Wherry

Justin Trudeau never promised to be perfect. “When we make a mistake, as all governments do, it is important that we acknowledge that mistake and learn from it,” he wrote in an open letter to Canadians issued the day he was sworn in as Canada’s 23rd prime minister. “We know that you do not expect […]

Jul 18 2019 —

The hashtag #TrudeauMustGo soared to the top of Twitter’s trending list in Canada on Tuesday, perhaps giving some observers the impression that Canadians were taking to social media en masse to express their discontent with the prime minister. But a closer look revealed that much of the activity surrounding the hashtag was actually driven by […]

Trudeau, Tusk open talks at EU summit on Canada-EU trade agreement

Jul 18 2019 —

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European Council President Donald Tusk have begun their formal talks that will centre on the comprehensive trade agreement between Canada and the European Union. Cecilia Malmstrom, the EU trade commissioner, is joining them today in Montreal after the leaders of the 28-country bloc toured Montreal’s bustling port on Wednesday. Trudeau […]

Jul 17 2019 — Marco Vigliotti

Andrew Scheer is accusing the Trudeau government of mistreating Canadian dairy farmers by repeatedly missing its own deadlines to announce compensation to the sector for recent trade concessions. The Conservative leader told the Dairy Farmers of Canada’s (DFC) annual general meeting in Saskatoon today that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau didn’t understand the need to provide […]

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Trudeau should try killing the Conservatives with kindness

Jul 18 2019 — Andrew MacDougall

Going negative works. The Conservative Party proved it for years with successive attacks on Liberal leaders Stéphane Dion and Michael Ignatieff. Both men had much to offer, but the respective Tory counters of “not a leader” and “didn’t come back for you” had too much truth to be ignored by voters. Indeed, Ignatieff was so […]

Justin Trudeau, Liberal virtucrat

Jul 18 2019 — Lorrie Goldstein

The Liberal “fear and smear” campaign against Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer orchestrated by Prime Minster Justin Trudeau is nothing new. The Liberals have always campaigned on the basis that the Conservatives are not only wrong, but evil. It’s part of the Liberals’ DNA. Thus, Trudeau and Co. absurdly suggest Scheer is a white supremacist sympathizer […]

Canada’s new business watchdog is already a failure

Jul 17 2019 — Jennifer Wells

Child labour in supply chains. Forced labour. Non-existent safety regulations. Rape. The list is tragically longer. Hopes were high that the Trudeau government would act smartly in creating a robust office with the powers to track and investigate Canadian corporations operating abroad after a dismal showing on this issue under the Harper years. The previous […]

UCP solidarity, never a sure thing, shows some early cracks

Jul 17 2019 — Don Braid

Alberta’s politics are carved in stone right now. It seems that the UCP dynasty, like the Sphinx, won’t begin to erode for a couple of millennia. That’s the prevailing thought, especially among conservatives. They earnestly believe that with a stark right-left choice the NDP will now start to fade and lose most of its 25 […]

The Power of Declining Expectations

Jul 16 2019 — Glen Pearson

Like it or not, and whether it is indeed an accurate assessment, the terms “populism” and “class war” are increasingly creeping into our political language the closer we get to this fall’s federal election.  Numerous pundits have spent the past year assuring Canadians that nothing like Brexit or the Trump phenomenon would happen here in […]

Jul 15 2019 — Gillian Steward

Justin Trudeau came to Alberta last week and amidst stoneface employees at the Trans Mountain pipeline terminal just outside Edmonton held what can only be described as an election campaign photo-op. He spoke forcefully about tackling environmental issues while at the same time ensuring jobs in the energy sector by green lighting controversial projects, such […]

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Jul 15 2019 — Tom Walkom

The brief get-together of five conservative-minded premiers last week was meant to highlight the divide. Alberta’s Jason Kenney, Ontario’s Doug Ford, Saskatchewan’s Scott Moe and New Brunswick’s Blaine Higgs all gathered before the cameras to flip pancakes at the Calgary Stampede. They were joined by Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod who, while technically non-partisan, shares […]

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Jul 15 2019 — Michael Coren

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer is in a very difficult position. A genuinely decent man, considered by many to be far too timid for the cut and thrust of party politics, he’s a devout and orthodox Roman Catholic leading a party that is divided on socially conservative issues, hoping to govern a country that is largely […]

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Jul 14 2019 — Lorne Gunter

Justin Trudeau wants Quebec seats so badly in this fall’s election that he doesn’t care what he does to Alberta, as long as it brings him votes in Montreal. On Wednesday, there was the prime minister and Liberal leader hoisting clutched hands high with long-time anti-oil activist Steven Guilbeault who had just become Trudeau’s nominee […]

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Jul 14 2019 — Lorrie Goldstein

With 98 days to go before the Oct. 21 federal election, the pollsters say human-induced climate change will be high on voters’ minds. Given that, voters should understand the election debate about this issue will be entirely about political perception as opposed to political reality. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna want […]

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