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CSIS and Trudeau's adviser clashed on foreign inference threat during 2021: report

CSIS and Trudeau's adviser clashed on foreign inference threat during 2021: report

Intel­li­gence regard­ing for­eign inter­fer­ence some­times did­n’t make it to the prime min­is­ter’s desk in 2021 because Canada’s spy agency and the prime min­is­ter’s nation­al secu­ri­ty advis­er did­n’t always see eye to eye on the nature of…

How AI Could Transform Political Discourse: The Power of Emotional Intelligence

How AI Could Transform Political Discourse: The Power of Emotional Intelligence

Har­ness­ing vot­ers’ emo­tions has always been a cor­ner­stone of demo­c­ra­t­ic…

Doug Ford's change to booze sales could cost far more than $225M

Doug Ford's change to booze sales could cost far more than $225M

Bon­nie Crom­bie calls deal a ​‘bil­lion dol­lar booze boon­dog­gle,’ but gov­ern­ment…

Ontario seals $357M housing deal with feds. Here’s what it could mean

Ontario seals $357M housing deal with feds. Here’s what it could mean

The fed­er­al gov­ern­ment and the gov­ern­ment of Ontario have reached a $357-mil­lion…

Tory insiders say fear of a Pierre Poilievre victory has Doug Ford considering an early election call

Tory insiders say fear of a Pierre Poilievre victory has Doug Ford considering an early election…

Pre­mier Doug Ford is con­sid­er­ing an ear­ly elec­tion call before the sched­uled 2026…

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Conservatives lead Liberals by 15 points As Inflation top national issue of concern

Conservatives lead Liberals by 15 points As Inflation top national issue of concern

The Week­ly Nanos Track­ing is pro­duced by the Nanos Research Cor­po­ra­tion,…

Canadians who work for large businesses have pride in both their work and place of employment – They are six times more likely to have a negative view versus a positive view of politicians who criticize their employer.

Canadians who work for large businesses have pride in both their work and place of employment –…

A strong major­i­ty of Cana­di­ans who report work­ing for large busi­ness­es* say they…



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How AI Could Transform Political Discourse: The Power of Emotional Intelligence

How AI Could Transform Political Discourse: The Power of Emotional Intelligence

Har­ness­ing vot­ers’ emo­tions has always been a cor­ner­stone of demo­c­ra­t­ic…

Danielle Smith can't win without Justin Trudeau

Danielle Smith can't win without Justin Trudeau

In Alber­ta, depend­ing on which con­ser­v­a­tive politi­cian you ask, Prime Min­is­ter…

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Opposition MPs call for closer look at Trans Mountain

Opposition MPs call for closer look at Trans Mountain

Oppo­si­tion MPs are join­ing forces to demand an exam­i­na­tion of the exor­bi­tant cost…

The Race Next Door - #1

The Race Next Door - #1

Every two weeks until the Novem­ber Pres­i­den­tial Elec­tion in the US, I’ll post…

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Should moving fast and breaking things include moral rights? #ScarJo

Should moving fast and breaking things include moral rights? #ScarJo

This week, a scan­dal erupt­ed when seri­ous alle­ga­tions made by promi­nent…

Be wary of mocking hatred of paper coffee cup lids.

Be wary of mocking hatred of paper coffee cup lids.

As with stars about to go super­no­va and die an explo­sive death, sure signs por­tend…



Opinion (Continued)

The UK is heading toward the wrong kind of coronation

The UK is heading toward the wrong kind of coronation

If an elec­tion is ​“no time to dis­cuss seri­ous issues,” to quote for­mer Prime…

Trudeau's blackface crisis: What Butts and Telford knew about the photos before news broke

Trudeau's blackface crisis: What Butts and Telford knew about the photos before news broke

Book excerpt: How the Lib­er­al cam­paign team helped Justin Trudeau sur­vive arguably…

Bad-faith criticism of Justin Trudeau overwhelms the public discourse

Bad-faith criticism of Justin Trudeau overwhelms the public discourse

Stephen Maher is hav­ing a book launch for his lat­est book, The Prince: The…

Trump’s vulgarity fast becoming signature across so much of our politics

Trump’s vulgarity fast becoming signature across so much of our politics

How did gross inci­vil­i­ty take over so much of the pub­lic square in both Cana­da and…

If Donald Trump is elected president again, will the biggest loser be Justin Trudeau or Pierre Poilievre?

If Donald Trump is elected president again, will the biggest loser be Justin Trudeau or Pierre…

Susan Dela­court: Cana­di­an elec­tions are rarely fought on for­eign pol­i­cy. Even the…

Maybe it’s time for Canada’s politicians to move beyond the “ideology” insult

Maybe it’s time for Canada’s politicians to move beyond the “ideology” insult

There’s a new trendy insult in Ottawa these days.

Immigration Minister needs innovative solutions – Regulated Career Colleges have the answer
Sinking to Pierre Poilievre’s level won’t make Liberals look any better

Sinking to Pierre Poilievre’s level won’t make Liberals look any better

It wasn’t nice. ​“Mr. Speak­er, the Con­ser­v­a­tive leader is wear­ing more make­up than…

Eco-activist Liberal ministers could ruin a $300M lifeline for a struggling First Nation

Eco-activist Liberal ministers could ruin a $300M lifeline for a struggling First Nation

The Ehat­te­saht First Nation’s chief makes clear that his peo­ple know bet­ter than…

MPs debate high cost of food; fallout over allegations made in Sask. legislature | Political Pulse

MPs debate high cost of food; fallout over allegations made in Sask. legislature | Political Pulse

The Com­pe­ti­tion Bureau has launched inves­ti­ga­tions into the par­ent com­pa­nies of…



Prepare for the Meanest Election in Canadian History

Prepare for the Meanest Election in Canadian History

IERRE POILIEVRE first came to my atten­tion in 2004, when we were both new to Ottawa and…

Trudeau needs to read the writing on the wall

Trudeau needs to read the writing on the wall

In Octo­ber of 2022, when I start­ed work­ing on my book about Justin Trudeau’s…

Eighteen years and $46-billion later, the CPP admits it could have earned more just by buying index funds

Eighteen years and $46-billion later, the CPP admits it could have earned more just by buying index…

The Cana­da Pen­sion Plan Fund had a bad year last year. You’d nev­er know it to…

A high-stakes fish fight is fracturing Trudeau’s cabinet

A high-stakes fish fight is fracturing Trudeau’s cabinet

Eco-activist min­is­ters are clash­ing with the fish­eries min­is­ter over…

Rishi Sunak’s lesson for Justin Trudeau

Rishi Sunak’s lesson for Justin Trudeau

For a text­book exam­ple of polit­i­cal debate unglued from real-world con­cerns,…

Poilievre refuses to be pinned down

Poilievre refuses to be pinned down

Cana­di­an Finance Min­is­ter Chys­tia Free­land­said this week that she will put…

The country is on fire. Pierre Poilievre doesn’t seem to care

The country is on fire. Pierre Poilievre doesn’t seem to care

For weeks now, for­est fires have been rag­ing in many parts of the coun­try. This isn’t…

Liberals like to portray Pierre Poilievre as scary, but a lot of Canadians simply aren’t frightened

Liberals like to portray Pierre Poilievre as scary, but a lot of Canadians simply aren’t frightened

Lib­er­als like to say that the large polling gap with the Con­ser­v­a­tives will be…

Piecemeal tax changes won’t do. To get out of Canada’s productivity rut, we need radical reform

Piecemeal tax changes won’t do. To get out of Canada’s productivity rut, we need radical reform

Once again the Trudeau gov­ern­ment has stepped on the hornet’s nest called tax reform,…

The Speaker is under attack again — maybe it's time for a more independent approach

The Speaker is under attack again — maybe it's time for a more independent approach

The Con­ser­v­a­tive Par­ty sent a note to sup­port­ers on Tues­day after­noon with…



The sudden, mysterious muteness of Pierre Poilievre

The sudden, mysterious muteness of Pierre Poilievre

If low­er­ing tax­es is the Con­ser­v­a­tives’ strength, it’s strange that the leader…

Naheed Nenshi wants to reshape the NDP’s role in Alberta

Naheed Nenshi wants to reshape the NDP’s role in Alberta

Naheed Nen­shi gets a lot of applause from Alber­ta NDP audi­ences these days.…

Never-changing playlist of political hits growing stale

Never-changing playlist of political hits growing stale

The Vic­to­ria Day long week­end has come and gone. An elec­tion is still well more than…

The one thing Pierre Poilievre can’t change

The one thing Pierre Poilievre can’t change

He just can’t help him­self. With a dou­ble-dig­it lead in the polls and the…

Danielle Smith’s revamping of Alberta health care system is a prescription for chaos

Danielle Smith’s revamping of Alberta health care system is a prescription for chaos

It’s now glar­ing­ly obvi­ous that Danielle Smith is will­ing to go to extra­or­di­nary…

With Trudeau spiralling, Mark Carney waits in the wings

With Trudeau spiralling, Mark Carney waits in the wings

When fed­er­al pub­lic ser­vice unions recent­ly threat­ened a sum­mer of…

Here’s what I learned from my conversation with Justin Trudeau: There’s only one way to fix Canada and everyone is going to hate it

Here’s what I learned from my conversation with Justin Trudeau: There’s only one way to fix Canada…

I was not a big believ­er in re-open­ing the con­sti­tu­tion, until Prime Min­is­ter…

The Liberals’ response to the arrest warrants against Israel is mired in typical fudge

The Liberals’ response to the arrest warrants against Israel is mired in typical fudge

The world doesn’t allow for moral rel­a­tivism. Israel is a fel­low democ­ra­cy…

Goodbye Dr. Google: Will AI Make Healthcare Smart?
Canada needs to brace itself for a Trump dictatorship

Canada needs to brace itself for a Trump dictatorship

Don’t cosy up to your neigh­bour if he is a dic­ta­tor. Japan and Europe learned…

Do not weep for the Butcher of Tehran

Do not weep for the Butcher of Tehran

The announce­ment of Ebrahim Raisi’s death was as pro­tract­ed as the list of peo­ple he…

The UCP has ensured Alberta’s new ethics commissioner will never be seen as independent

The UCP has ensured Alberta’s new ethics commissioner will never be seen as independent

It’s clear that Alber­ta Pre­mier Danielle Smith feels the wind is at her back. This is…

The Liberals lob their last-minute weapon 17 months from an election

The Liberals lob their last-minute weapon 17 months from an election

It seems a lit­tle ear­ly for the kitchen sink. But Justin Trudeau and his…

News (Continued)

Agriculture labour shortages unlikely to ease

Ottawa — A sur­vey of farm com­pen­sa­tion prac­tices released by the Cana­di­an…

Canada purchasing 16 new fighter jets out of current budget, minister says

Canada purchasing 16 new fighter jets out of current budget, minister says

The first 16 of the air force’s new F‑35 fight­ers will be paid for out of the cur­rent…

Moe says cabinet minister who took gun into legislature didn't initially remember

Moe says cabinet minister who took gun into legislature didn't initially remember

Saskatchewan Pre­mier Scott Moe is defend­ing a cab­i­net min­is­ter who said he…

'Decades-long fight': MPs unanimously pass 'anti-scab' legislation

'Decades-long fight': MPs unanimously pass 'anti-scab' legislation

A bill that would ban fed­er­al employ­ers from using replace­ment work­ers or ​“scabs”…



Conservatives put forward motion to oust Greg Fergus as Speaker of the House

Conservatives put forward motion to oust Greg Fergus as Speaker of the House

Con­ser­v­a­tives are ask­ing the House of Com­mons to vote to remove Speak­er Greg…

Sex education group 'incensed' by N.B. premier's targeting of school presentation

Sex education group 'incensed' by N.B. premier's targeting of school presentation

The head of a non-prof­it group work­ing to pro­mote repro­duc­tive health says she…

“It’s Like a Cult”: Breaking Free from the Far Right

“It’s Like a Cult”: Breaking Free from the Far Right

EYOND HIS JOB as a free­lance process serv­er in Toron­to, thir­ty-five-year-old…

Canada getting ‘closer’ to key NATO defence spending target, minister says

Canada getting ‘closer’ to key NATO defence spending target, minister says

Defence Min­is­ter Bill Blair main­tains Cana­da remains com­mit­ted to reach­ing NATO‘s…

ASIRT recommended charging Lethbridge officers who spied on MLA, but Crown won't prosecute: letter

ASIRT recommended charging Lethbridge officers who spied on MLA, but Crown won't prosecute: letter

Alber­ta’s police watch­dog rec­om­mend­ed lay­ing charges against three Leth­bridge…

Former PC cabinet minister Kevin Klein buying Winnipeg Sun from Postmedia

Former PC cabinet minister Kevin Klein buying Winnipeg Sun from Postmedia

A for­mer Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­v­a­tive cab­i­net min­is­ter and MLA is buy­ing…

Miller increases cap on applications for Palestinians to join relatives in Canada

Miller increases cap on applications for Palestinians to join relatives in Canada

Immi­gra­tion Min­is­ter Marc Miller is increas­ing the num­ber of appli­ca­tions that…

Canada’s two nuclear powers battle to build nuclear power

Canada’s two nuclear powers battle to build nuclear power

OTTAWA — With Canada’s biggest-ever nuclear con­struc­tion pro­gram in the works, the…

Government by Gmail: Doug Ford’s chief of staff used private email for ‘political discussions’

Government by Gmail: Doug Ford’s chief of staff used private email for ‘political discussions’

The Chief of Staff to Ontario Pre­mier Doug Ford rou­tine­ly relied on a per­son­al…



Ontario privacy commissioner probing deleted Greenbelt emails

Ontario privacy commissioner probing deleted Greenbelt emails

Ontar­i­o’s pri­va­cy com­mis­sion­er says she will pub­lish a spe­cial report about…

Inside the Canadian oilsands lobby’s request to fast-track a major project

Inside the Canadian oilsands lobby’s request to fast-track a major project

A lob­by group rep­re­sent­ing Canada’s biggest oil and gas pro­duc­ers has asked the…

Hong Kong police make threatening phone call to prodemocracy supporter living in Canada

Hong Kong police make threatening phone call to prodemocracy supporter living in Canada

Hong Kong nation­al-secu­ri­ty police recent­ly threat­ened a man from the city, who…

Third-party political advertising is at a crossroads. Do the current rules protect voters' rights?

Third-party political advertising is at a crossroads. Do the current rules protect voters' rights?

The Supreme Court of Cana­da heard argu­ments last week in a case con­cern­ing…

This senator wants Canadian banks to fight climate change

This senator wants Canadian banks to fight climate change

Rosa Galvez has tak­en on a Her­culean task: force Cana­di­an finan­cial…

‘Crappy’ polling numbers make some Liberal MPs uneasy about electoral prospects, but still consider next election ‘worth fighting’

‘Crappy’ polling numbers make some Liberal MPs uneasy about electoral prospects, but still consider…

Odds are stacked against the gov­ern­ing Lib­er­als, mak­ing some MPs ​“ner­vous” and…

Canada mulls Chinese EV tariff following U.S. move but is not committing to it

Canada mulls Chinese EV tariff following U.S. move but is not committing to it

Cana­da is look­ing at the mas­sive new U.S. import tar­iffs on Chi­nese-made elec­tric…

Experts seeing 'more and more' hate content created by artificial intelligence

Experts seeing 'more and more' hate content created by artificial intelligence

The clip is of a real his­tor­i­cal event — a speech giv­en by Nazi dic­ta­tor…

Trudeau will mark 80th anniversary of D-day at Juno Beach ceremony in France

Trudeau will mark 80th anniversary of D-day at Juno Beach ceremony in France

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau will trav­el to France next month for the 80th…

Blaine Higgs 'furious' over sexual education presentation

Blaine Higgs 'furious' over sexual education presentation

New Brunswick Pre­mier Blaine Hig­gs has shared his anger on social media over…

What's behind a historic, unusual U.S. military cash transfer to Canadian mines

What's behind a historic, unusual U.S. military cash transfer to Canadian mines

The Unit­ed States was grow­ing des­per­ate, months before its entry into the Sec­ond…

The time Pierre Poilievre got a dressing-down from Stephen Harper

The time Pierre Poilievre got a dressing-down from Stephen Harper

Pierre Poilievre’s sec­ond term was marred by what remains one of the biggest mis­takes…

No sign Canada has a plan to reach NATO defence spending target: U.S. NATO ambassador

No sign Canada has a plan to reach NATO defence spending target: U.S. NATO ambassador

The U.S. ambas­sador to NATO says despite the Cana­di­an gov­ern­ment claim­ing to ​“take…

Reality check: Pierre Poilievre says Justin Trudeau legalized hard drugs in British Columbia. Is that true?

Reality check: Pierre Poilievre says Justin Trudeau legalized hard drugs in British Columbia. Is…

You’ve prob­a­bly heard him say it: Con­ser­v­a­tive Leader Pierre Poilievre claims…

NDP MP raps Conservative over ‘fake news’ video

NDP MP raps Conservative over ‘fake news’ video

NDP MP Matthew Green says Con­ser­v­a­tive MP Bran­den Leslie should apol­o­gize for…

Quebec premier says he's open to limiting social media use as CAQ debates age limits

Quebec premier says he's open to limiting social media use as CAQ debates age limits

Que­bec Pre­mier Fran­cois Legault says he’s open to ​“tak­ing major steps” to curb…

Albertans think Danielle Smith is bad on affordability. Here's why she isn't paying for it

Albertans think Danielle Smith is bad on affordability. Here's why she isn't paying for it

The three most impor­tant issues to Alber­tans are health care, the cost of liv­ing and…

A new report on poverty challenges both Liberals and Conservatives

A new report on poverty challenges both Liberals and Conservatives

Con­ser­v­a­tive Leader Pierre Poilievre under­stand­ably seized on a new report…

Different times trigger different concerns for Alberta voters

Different times trigger different concerns for Alberta voters

Jason Ken­ney swept to vic­to­ry in 2019 with a tight­ly focused mes­sage on what…

US Poli

Ohio lawmakers holding special session to ensure President Biden is on 2024 ballot

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio law­mak­ers gath­ered Tues­day for a rare spe­cial…

Wisconsin Republican leader who angered Trump targeted for recall a second time

Wisconsin Republican leader who angered Trump targeted for recall a second time

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Sup­port­ers of for­mer Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump who are try­ing to…

The Race Next Door - #1

The Race Next Door - #1

Every two weeks until the Novem­ber Pres­i­den­tial Elec­tion in the US, I’ll post…

Texas runoffs put Republican Rep. Tony Gonzales, state's GOP House speaker in middle of party feud

Texas runoffs put Republican Rep. Tony Gonzales, state's GOP House speaker in middle of party feud

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — U.S. Rep. Tony Gon­za­les of Texas is out to save his job Tues­day…

Voter outreach groups targeted by new laws in several GOP-led states are struggling to do their work

Voter outreach groups targeted by new laws in several GOP-led states are struggling to do their work

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dur­ing the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion four years ago, the Equal Ground…

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Trump is 'innocent,' defense lawyer tells jury as closing arguments get underway in hush money trial

Trump is 'innocent,' defense lawyer tells jury as closing arguments get underway in hush money trial

NEW YORK (AP) — Don­ald Trump is ​“inno­cent” and did not break the law, a lawyer…

Israel close to approving Gaza reunification program before Rafah invasion: Miller

Israel close to approving Gaza reunification program before Rafah invasion: Miller

OTTAWA — Immi­gra­tion Min­is­ter Marc Miller says Israel seemed to be on the verge of…

Who's guilty: leaders of Israel or Hamas? Take your pick

Who's guilty: leaders of Israel or Hamas? Take your pick

Both sides of the Gaza war object­ed strong­ly when the pros­e­cu­tor of the…

Top Russian military officials are being arrested. Why is it happening?

Top Russian military officials are being arrested. Why is it happening?

It began last month with the arrest of a Russ­ian deputy defense min­is­ter. Then…

U.K.’s Rishi Sunak calls snap general election for summer

    U.K.’s Rishi Sunak calls snap general election for summer

    British Prime Min­is­ter Rishi Sunak on Wednes­day called a snap gen­er­al elec­tion…

    Think Tank

    Beheading Canada’s history: The desecration of Sir John A. Macdonald’s image in the Canadian national memory

    Beheading Canada’s history: The desecration of Sir John A. Macdonald’s image in the Canadian…

    Canada’s first prime min­is­ter, Sir John A. Mac­don­ald, used to be regard­ed as one of…

    Canada in Extremis

      Canada in Extremis

      Rebal­anc­ing t he Cana­di­an Armed Forces and Rebuild­ing the Cana­di­an Navy.

      Roadblocks ahead: Internal barriers to trade in Canada’s truck transportation sector

      Roadblocks ahead: Internal barriers to trade in Canada’s truck transportation sector

      Canada’s truck trans­porta­tion sec­tor faces sig­nif­i­cant eco­nom­ic and legal…


      Substacks

      A collection of SubStack publishing within Canadian public affairs.

      Who's guilty: leaders of Israel or Hamas? Take your pick

      Who's guilty: leaders of Israel or Hamas? Take your pick

      Both sides of the Gaza war object­ed strong­ly when the pros­e­cu­tor of the…

      What do Palestinians and Israeli hostage families share? A common enemy

      What do Palestinians and Israeli hostage families share? A common enemy

      Good morn­ing — here is your Sat­ur­day newslet­ter. I have record­ed an arti­cle…

      A tribute to Canada's first information commissioner

      A tribute to Canada's first information commissioner

      Inger Hansen (1929−2013), Canada’s first infor­ma­tion com­mis­sion­er, knew some­thing…

      Podcasts

      The Prince

        The Prince

        We go On Back­ground with Stephen Maher, award win­ning writer who has cov­ered…

        Culture Collapse

          Culture Collapse

          Hot Docs, Van­cou­ver Folk Music Fes­ti­val, Just for Laughs, just the lat­est cul­tur­al…

          Politicians search for a fountain of youth votes

            Politicians search for a fountain of youth votes

            They’re work­ing late, because they want your atten­tion. The Lib­er­als and…

            Foreign interference, and what we should do about it, with Lynette Ong

              Foreign interference, and what we should do about it, with Lynette Ong

              Host Peter Maz­ereeuw inter­views Lynette Ong, an expert on pow­er and…