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Liberal MPs fear Justin Trudeau’s budget is a gift to Pierre Poilievre — and that the Grits are shooting themselves in the foot

Liberal MPs fear Justin Trudeau’s budget is a gift to Pierre Poilievre — and that the Grits are…

Wor­ry is start­ing to set in. Days after Finance Min­is­ter Chrys­tia Free­land tabled her government’s lat­est bud­get, with $53 bil­lion in new spend­ing and a $19-bil­lion tax increase to help pay for it, there is con­cern among some Grit MPs…

Bonnie Crombie hurt by Progressive Conservatives’ ad blitz, poll suggests

Bonnie Crombie hurt by Progressive Conservatives’ ad blitz, poll suggests

The Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­v­a­tives’ mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar adver­tis­ing blitz is…

Liberal government turning to influencers to get its message to younger Canadians

Liberal government turning to influencers to get its message to younger Canadians

Den­nis Mathu and Stephanie Gor­don first start­ed post­ing financial−advice videos on…

Liberal and NDP MPs lament departure of longtime Tory MP as status of women chair

Liberal and NDP MPs lament departure of longtime Tory MP as status of women chair

Lib­er­al and NDP MPs are lament­ing the loss of the long­time Con­ser­v­a­tive chair of…

Senator references ‘Trumpian denialism’ in foreign interference debate around China

Senator references ‘Trumpian denialism’ in foreign interference debate around China

Three cen­tral voic­es in the ongo­ing debate around for­eign inter­fer­ence say the…

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Political Alignment of Newcomers to Canada

Political Alignment of Newcomers to Canada

Fol­low­ing the release of our recent study, Crack­ing the New­com­er Code, Leg­er…

Majority of Canadians support requiring telecom companies and their employees to continue providing services in the event of a labour dispute; nearly two in three support companies employing temporary workers to ensure consistent service

Majority of Canadians support requiring telecom companies and their employees to continue providing…

A strong major­i­ty of Cana­di­ans say it is impor­tant that telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions…



Opinion

The foreign interference inquiry features a parade of senior Liberals protesting too much

The foreign interference inquiry features a parade of senior Liberals protesting too much

We are part­way through the man­date of the Pub­lic Inquiry into For­eign Inter­fer­ence…

Would Pierre Poilievre or Justin Trudeau be the better party host? Airplane seatmate? Here’s who Canadians say they’d prefer to hang out with

Would Pierre Poilievre or Justin Trudeau be the better party host? Airplane seatmate? Here’s who…

Pol­i­tics doesn’t feel like too much of a par­ty these days, which is more bad luck…

News

Jewish Canadians can’t be responsible for Israeli government’s actions, MPs unanimously vote

Jewish Canadians can’t be responsible for Israeli government’s actions, MPs unanimously vote

As police link a rise in anti­se­mit­ic attacks to Israel’s war with Hamas, MPs this…

As Russia presses forward, Ukraine pleads with Canada for armour, air defence

As Russia presses forward, Ukraine pleads with Canada for armour, air defence

A lead­ing mem­ber of the Ukrain­ian par­lia­ment deliv­ered stark warn­ings to…

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Liberals are not doing enough to combat auto theft

Liberals are not doing enough to combat auto theft

Across Cana­da, a silent bat­tle is rag­ing against auto theft, a nation­al…

The Importance of Journalists in a Dangerous Time

This past week­end, the annu­al Cana­di­an Par­lia­men­tary Press Gallery din­ner was…



Opinion (Continued)

Budget 2024 highlights need for more workers, Regulated Career Colleges offer training solution
Despite best efforts, Justin Trudeau can’t direct attention away from the carbon tax

Despite best efforts, Justin Trudeau can’t direct attention away from the carbon tax

Gov­ern­ments often use bud­gets to change the chan­nel from what their oppo­nents want…

A Budget for a Disenchanted Base

A Budget for a Disenchanted Base

One day four­teen years ago, after speak­ing to what was then called Ryer­son…

Will the Budget Move the Liberal Re-Election Needle? Likely Not.

Will the Budget Move the Liberal Re-Election Needle? Likely Not.

This year’s fed­er­al bud­get was pre­sent­ed against a chal­leng­ing back­ground.…

The failure of Canada’s health care system is a disgrace – and a deadly one

The failure of Canada’s health care system is a disgrace – and a deadly one

What can be said about Canada’s health care sys­tem that hasn’t been said count­less…

We need more Canada, not less

We need more Canada, not less

As part of its weeks-long pre-bud­get roll­out, the Lib­er­al gov­ern­ment has sent…

Gusher of Liberal spending won't put out the fire in this dumpster

Gusher of Liberal spending won't put out the fire in this dumpster

The goal of Bud­get 2024(opens in a new tab) was sim­ple enough: Put out the rag­ing…

The federal budget is a Liberal strategy driven by panic

The federal budget is a Liberal strategy driven by panic

Chrys­tia Free­land is so averse to pri­vate enter­prise, she’s now try­ing to put…

Trudeau was Teflon, now he’s Velcro

Trudeau was Teflon, now he’s Velcro

The polit­i­cal tra­jec­to­ry of Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau from 2015 to 2024 can…

The Importance of Journalists in a Dangerous Time


You cannot run a country on outrage and insults

You cannot run a country on outrage and insults

If recent polls remain the same, some­time between now and Octo­ber 2025 Con­ser­v­a­tive…

With its eighth budget, the Liberal government tries to re-win the fairness fight

With its eighth budget, the Liberal government tries to re-win the fairness fight

The Trudeau gov­ern­men­t’s eighth bud­get is aimed explic­it­ly at the fact that, for…

A Global Context for Canada’s Budget: The IMF’s ‘Policy Tests’

A Global Context for Canada’s Budget: The IMF’s ‘Policy Tests’

“With­out a course cor­rec­tion, we are indeed head­ing for ​‘Tepid Twen­ties’ –…

Justin Trudeau has a budget bucket list — and it’s aimed at Pierre Poilievre

Justin Trudeau has a budget bucket list — and it’s aimed at Pierre Poilievre

One big thing has changed between the 2024 bud­get and the one Justin Trudeau’s…

A government with no priorities, no anchors, and when it comes to growth, no clue

A government with no priorities, no anchors, and when it comes to growth, no clue

“The Cana­di­an econ­o­my,” boasts the Trudeau government’s lat­est bud­get, ​“is doing…

Budget 2024: The Cost of Fairness

Budget 2024: The Cost of Fairness

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Finance Min­is­ter Chrys­tia Free­land tabled Bud­get 2024 on…

What sort of vision for the country can you conjure from inside a very deep hole?

What sort of vision for the country can you conjure from inside a very deep hole?

When you’re new to the job of gov­ern­ing, a bud­get is a man­i­festo writ­ten…

Liberal budget hits a home run on housing, but plays small ball on care economy

Liberal budget hits a home run on housing, but plays small ball on care economy

Chrys­tia Freeland’s Bud­get 2024 lets the fed­er­al Lib­er­als play two styles of…

Danielle Smith’s latest attempt to own the libs will cost Alberta

Danielle Smith’s latest attempt to own the libs will cost Alberta

“Some of you may die, but it’s a sac­ri­fice I am will­ing to make.” That’s the…

Danielle Smith’s Big Pierre Poilievre Problem

Danielle Smith’s Big Pierre Poilievre Problem

Aba­cus Data’s lat­est polling has the fed­er­al Con­ser­v­a­tives out to their biggest…



Canada’s Arctic defence policy update: All flash, no bang

Canada’s Arctic defence policy update: All flash, no bang

The Cana­di­an government’s recent defence pol­i­cy update, Our North: Strong and Free,…

Israel must ignore the likes of Mélanie Joly and rally to the fight against Iran

Israel must ignore the likes of Mélanie Joly and rally to the fight against Iran

“Take the win.” That was the advice giv­en by For­eign Affairs Min­is­ter Mélanie Joly to…

Budget 2024: Brampton calls for collaboration on infrastructure, security, housing and supports for asylum-seekers

Budget 2024: Brampton calls for collaboration on infrastructure, security, housing and supports for…

As the may­or of Bramp­ton, Canada’s fastest-grow­ing large city and a crit­i­cal…

The carbon tax is almost dead, and NDP leaders are helping to kill it

The carbon tax is almost dead, and NDP leaders are helping to kill it

The car­bon price is a dead tax walk­ing. NDP lead­ers Jag­meet Singh and Wab Kinew…

Trudeau's pre-budget dance isn't impressing the audience

Trudeau's pre-budget dance isn't impressing the audience

Since 2015, Justin Trudeau has been a Pied Piper, play­ing a tune jaun­ty…

Canadian conservatives have more than just newfound confidence on their side

Canadian conservatives have more than just newfound confidence on their side

Back when the annu­al Cana­da Strong and Free Con­fer­ence, which wrapped up Fri­day,…

We must demand greater accountability from police

We must demand greater accountability from police

This is your reg­u­lar six-month pub­lic ser­vice announce­ment that the RCMP lacks…

Canada’s salute to militarism is sad

Canada’s salute to militarism is sad

Let us lament the decline of Cana­di­an for­eign pol­i­cy now sub­sumed into Canada’s…

Justin Trudeau is doing everything he can to gain traction. Is it working?

Justin Trudeau is doing everything he can to gain traction. Is it working?

The prime min­is­ter is not get­ting ahead in pub­lic opin­ion polls. Could he still be…

Pierre Poilievre had a very good week — thanks to Justin Trudeau and Jagmeet Singh playing follow the leader

Pierre Poilievre had a very good week — thanks to Justin Trudeau and Jagmeet Singh playing follow…

Con­ser­v­a­tive Leader Pierre Poilievre may not have, in his words, Prime Min­is­ter…

The Long Game

The Long Game

This week we learned what Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau knew about inter­fer­ence by…

Banning abortions in 2024? History tells us what this is really about

Banning abortions in 2024? History tells us what this is really about

When Arizona’s Supreme Court rein­stat­ed an abor­tion ban this week, it yanked…

Political Pulse Panel: Carbon tax partisan split and foreign interference

Political Pulse Panel: Carbon tax partisan split and foreign interference

Fred DeLorey, the for­mer cam­paign man­ag­er for the Con­ser­v­a­tive Par­ty of Cana­da,…

News (Continued)

The Trans Mountain saga is nearing its end — the larger debate will go on

The Trans Mountain saga is nearing its end — the larger debate will go on

In Novem­ber 2018, Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau went to Cal­gary to speak to the…

Good Talk - The Budget Fallout from Economics to Leadership

Good Talk - The Budget Fallout from Economics to Leadership

Lots to talk about this week and much of it con­nect­ed to the fall­out from the new…

Freeland doubles down on capital-gains hike after meeting with tech leaders

Freeland doubles down on capital-gains hike after meeting with tech leaders

Finance Min­is­ter Chrys­tia Free­land on Fri­day made a renewed case for the…

N.S. Justice Minister Brad Johns resigns from cabinet

N.S. Justice Minister Brad Johns resigns from cabinet

Nova Sco­tia Jus­tice Min­is­ter Brad Johns has resigned from cab­i­net. Pre­mier Tim…



Disability expert resigns from federal advisory group over benefit program

Disability expert resigns from federal advisory group over benefit program

One of Canada’s lead­ing dis­abil­i­ty schol­ars is quit­ting a fed­er­al advi­so­ry…

MPs grill 'incompetent' health agency on fired National Microbiology Lab scientists

MPs grill 'incompetent' health agency on fired National Microbiology Lab scientists

Fed­er­al offi­cials in charge of the Nation­al Micro­bi­ol­o­gy Lab defend­ed secu­ri­ty…

Canada urges halt to escalating violence as Israel suspected of airstrike on Iran

Canada urges halt to escalating violence as Israel suspected of airstrike on Iran

The prime min­is­ter is urg­ing de−escalation of ten­sions in the Mid­dle East, though he…

Liberal MP Hepfner may have to duke it out with NDP MPP Monique Taylor in ‘progressive bellwether’ riding of Hamilton Mountain in 2025, say Liberal and NDP insiders

Liberal MP Hepfner may have to duke it out with NDP MPP Monique Taylor in ‘progressive bellwether’…

Rook­ie Lib­er­al MP Lisa Hep­fn­er, who won her rid­ing by one of the clos­est mar­gins…

Iran and Israel may have taken a step back from a catastrophic regional war

Iran and Israel may have taken a step back from a catastrophic regional war

As the sun rose over both Iran and Israel Fri­day morn­ing, the details of what hap­pened…

Conservatives ‘riding the stronger horse’ in competing narratives about budget: pollster Lyle

Conservatives ‘riding the stronger horse’ in competing narratives about budget: pollster Lyle

Two nar­ra­tives about the 2024 fed­er­al bud­get set out by the finance min­is­ter and…

Conservatives ask interference inquiry judge to rule elections were flawed

Conservatives ask interference inquiry judge to rule elections were flawed

The Con­ser­v­a­tive Par­ty of Cana­da has urged the judge over­see­ing the Pub­lic…

Israel launches strike on Iran, US official says

Israel launches strike on Iran, US official says

A region­al intel­li­gence source with knowl­edge of Iran’s poten­tial reac­tion to…

Demands of defence policy almost double military's recruitment gap, top soldier warns

Demands of defence policy almost double military's recruitment gap, top soldier warns

The recruit­ing hole in which the Cana­di­an mil­i­tary finds itself is deep­er and…



Ottawa to force banks to call carbon rebate a carbon rebate in direct deposits

Ottawa to force banks to call carbon rebate a carbon rebate in direct deposits

Cana­di­an banks that refuse to iden­ti­fy the car­bon rebate by name when doing direct…

Canada Targets 12 Foreign Grocers to Lure to Food-Retailing Market

Canada Targets 12 Foreign Grocers to Lure to Food-Retailing Market

Canada’s indus­try min­is­ter is weigh­ing a list of a dozen for­eign gro­cery…

‘Nonsense fearmongering:’ Health minister slams Poilievre for ‘lies’ on pharmacare bill

‘Nonsense fearmongering:’ Health minister slams Poilievre for ‘lies’ on pharmacare bill

The fed­er­al health min­is­ter is accus­ing Pierre Poilievre of spread­ing ​‘lies’ after…

Poilievre blasts budget, won't commit to keeping new social programs like pharmacare

Poilievre blasts budget, won't commit to keeping new social programs like pharmacare

Con­ser­v­a­tive Leader Pierre Poilievre deliv­ered an hour-long rebut­tal to the…

LeBlanc says he plans to run in next election, under Trudeau's leadership

LeBlanc says he plans to run in next election, under Trudeau's leadership

Cab­i­net min­is­ter Dominic LeBlanc says he plans to run in the next elec­tion as…

Lack of detention space could force CBSA to release detainees, internal memo warns

Lack of detention space could force CBSA to release detainees, internal memo warns

The Cana­da Bor­der Ser­vices Agency is scram­bling to find space to hold high-risk…

Labour leader urges unions to expose Poilievre's working-class overtures as 'fraud'

Labour leader urges unions to expose Poilievre's working-class overtures as 'fraud'

Con­ser­v­a­tive Leader Pierre Poilievre is a ​“fraud” for por­tray­ing him­self as…

Anger, pessimism towards federal government reach six-year high: Nanos survey

Anger, pessimism towards federal government reach six-year high: Nanos survey

Most Cana­di­ans in March report­ed feel­ing angry or pes­simistic towards the fed­er­al…

Pierre Poilievre’s top adviser, Jenni Byrne, not yet contacted in Lobbying Commissioner probe

Pierre Poilievre’s top adviser, Jenni Byrne, not yet contacted in Lobbying Commissioner probe

The fed­er­al Lob­by­ing Com­mis­sion­er has not yet been in touch with Con­ser­v­a­tive…

Former B.C. minister Mike de Jong seeks federal Tory nomination

Former B.C. minister Mike de Jong seeks federal Tory nomination

One of British Columbi­a’s longest-serv­ing MLAs has launched a cam­paign to run for…

Capital gains tax change draws ire from some Canadian entrepreneurs worried it will worsen brain drain

Capital gains tax change draws ire from some Canadian entrepreneurs worried it will worsen brain…

A cho­rus of Cana­di­an entre­pre­neurs and investors is blast­ing the fed­er­al…

For its next trick, Ottawa must unload the $34B Trans Mountain pipeline. It won't be easy

For its next trick, Ottawa must unload the $34B Trans Mountain pipeline. It won't be easy

In her bud­get speech to the House of Com­mons on Tues­day, Finance Min­is­ter Chrys­tia…

The conflict in the Middle East could be affecting the next federal election already

The conflict in the Middle East could be affecting the next federal election already

Fareed Khan some­times becomes over­come by grief when he talks about the grow­ing death…

Bill Morneau slams Freeland's budget as a threat to investment, economic growth

Bill Morneau slams Freeland's budget as a threat to investment, economic growth

Finance Min­is­ter Chrys­tia Free­land’s pre­de­ces­sor Bill Morneau says there was talk…

Capital gains tax dominates Budget Day conversation

Capital gains tax dominates Budget Day conversation

One day after the speech­es have been made, what have Cana­di­ans noticed about the…

Justin Trudeau’s close friend Dominic LeBlanc wants his job

Justin Trudeau’s close friend Dominic LeBlanc wants his job

Behind the scenes, the plot thick­ens in regards to the future lead­er­ship of the…

In rare move, House admonishes private citizen for contempt in ArriveCan testimony

In rare move, House admonishes private citizen for contempt in ArriveCan testimony

The House of Com­mons admon­ished a pri­vate cit­i­zen Wednes­day for the first time…

Sponsored travel climbed back to pre-pandemic levels in 2023 as MPs accept trips to Israel, Taiwan, U.K.

Sponsored travel climbed back to pre-pandemic levels in 2023 as MPs accept trips to Israel, Taiwan,…

Fed­er­al politi­cians accept­ed spon­sored trav­el in 2023 at a rate not seen since…

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Man who set himself on fire outside Trump trial dies of injuries, police say

    Man who set himself on fire outside Trump trial dies of injuries, police say

    NEW YORK (AP) — A man who doused him­self in an accel­er­ant and set him­self on…

    Melania Trump, long absent from campaign, will appear at a Log Cabin Republicans event in Mar-a-Lago

      Melania Trump, long absent from campaign, will appear at a Log Cabin Republicans event in Mar-a-Lago

      WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — For­mer first lady Mela­nia Trump will attend…

      Final jurors seated for Trump's hush money case, with opening statements set for Monday

        Final jurors seated for Trump's hush money case, with opening statements set for Monday

        NEW YORK (AP) — The final jurors were seat­ed Fri­day in Don­ald Trump’s hush mon­ey…

          Seeking 'the right side of history,' Speaker Mike Johnson risks his job to deliver aid to Ukraine

          WASHINGTON (AP) — Star­ing down a deci­sion so con­se­quen­tial it could alter the…

          Person who was on fire outside Trump's hush money trial is rushed away on a stretcher

            Person who was on fire outside Trump's hush money trial is rushed away on a stretcher

            NEW YORK (AP) — A per­son who was on fire in a park out­side the New York…

            Think Tank

            Widespread shortages, skyrocketing costs: the growing calamity that is government-controlled child care

            Widespread shortages, skyrocketing costs: the growing calamity that is government-controlled child…

            In its 2021 fed­er­al bud­get, the Lib­er­al gov­ern­ment intro­duced its nation­al child…

            Budget 2024: A glaring omission in Canada’s health security defenses

            Budget 2024: A glaring omission in Canada’s health security defenses

            The fed­er­al gov­ern­ment out­lined a num­ber of small steps in pan­dem­ic…

            Budget 2024: A major step forward for Indigenous project ownership

            Budget 2024: A major step forward for Indigenous project ownership

            A doc­u­ment imbued with incre­men­tal­ism offered at least one big ener­gy pol­i­cy…


            Substacks

            A collection of SubStack publishing within Canadian public affairs.

            Confessions of a Spendaholic

            Confessions of a Spendaholic

            Remem­ber the Shopa­holic book series of the ear­ly 2000’s? Author Sophie Kin­sel­la made…

            Trouble in the ring at the RCMP's Musical Ride

            Trouble in the ring at the RCMP's Musical Ride

            There’s trou­ble in the ring at the RCMP’s icon­ic Musi­cal Ride, where the hors­es are…

            Diaspora Nation

            Diaspora Nation

            Immi­gra­tion has built Cana­da since its ear­li­est days. While main­tain­ing har­mo­ny…

            Podcasts

            A new tax on the rich, a long awaited pipeline, and a crisis in sports betting

              A new tax on the rich, a long awaited pipeline, and a crisis in sports betting

              It may sound bor­ing, it might be con­fus­ing, but the fed­er­al government’s new…

              Good Talk -- The Budget Fallout from Economics to Leadership

                Good Talk -- The Budget Fallout from Economics to Leadership

                Lots to talk about this week and much of it con­nect­ed to the fall­out from the new…

                Jane Philpott on how to fix health care

                  Jane Philpott on how to fix health care

                  For­mer health min­is­ter Jane Philpott comes on the pod­cast to talk about how to fix…

                  Budget 2024 & Optimizing Defence Procurement

                    Budget 2024 & Optimizing Defence Procurement

                    On this episode of Defence Decon­struct­ed, David Per­ry unpacks Bud­get 2024 and its…

                    The Numbers: Could an election make sense for the NDP?

                      The Numbers: Could an election make sense for the NDP?

                      This week, we assess the pros and the cons of an elec­tion for the New Democ­rats as…

                      Federal budget buy-in and blowback

                        Federal budget buy-in and blowback

                        At Issue this week: The Lib­er­als work to sell their mul­ti-bil­lion dol­lar spend­ing…

                        2024 Herle Burly Budget Lock-up: Meredith, Robson, and Speer

                          2024 Herle Burly Budget Lock-up: Meredith, Robson, and Speer

                          The Her­le Burly was cre­at­ed by Air Quotes Media with sup­port from our pre­sent­ing…

                          How Shipping is Adapting to the Houthis with Jakob Larsen

                            How Shipping is Adapting to the Houthis with Jakob Larsen

                            On this episode of the Ener­gy Secu­ri­ty Cubed Pod­cast, Kel­ly Ogle and Joe Cal­nan…