A promised overhaul of Canada’s citizenship guide remains a work in progress with just months left in the Liberal government’s mandate. That leaves newcomers to the country with the existing guide — which is riddled with historical gaps and outdated information — as their primary document for preparing for the citizenship test. The government is […]
A Canadian man detained in China for two years says the government should keep the detention Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig top of mind when it comes to interactions with Chinese officials.
Newfoundland and Labrador’s recent election resulted in a rare minority government, partially due to wins by two Independent candidates — and both former Liberals say they won’t be swayed to rejoin any political party. Eddie Joyce and Paul Lane both crossed the floor to sit as Independents since Dwight Ball’s Liberal majority government took office […]
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says the government is going “full steam ahead” with ratifying the new NAFTA trade deal now that metal tariffs are out of the way. Canada and the U.S. reached an agreement on Friday to end the reciprocal tariff war that has been raging for almost a year. The tariff deal […]Read More
The federal team charged with finding a replacement for the government’s troubled Phoenix pay system will present the Liberals with options within weeks that are expected to include “multiple pilot projects,” government officials say. The plan could pit at least two of the three potential bidders on the projects against each other in a competition […]Read More
One Canadian and four Americans were killed after a small plane crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from Roatan, a popular island destination on the Atlantic coast of Honduras. Officials initially gave conflicting reports about the victims’ nationalities, suggesting all five of the victims were Canadians; however, the country’s armed forces later said […]Read More
Bev Norman was watching television in her home in the east-end Ottawa suburb of Orleans around 5 p.m. when the screen flashed images of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. It was April 6, 2017, and the prime minister was taking questions from journalists. One of them was about Bev’s husband, Vice-Admiral Mark Norman. Mark Norman was […]Read More
The SNC-Lavalin affair helped turn the party’s best political asset – the prime minister – into a burden. Justin Trudeau was elected in 2015 in part because he changed the way many Canadians felt about politics. But if Trudeau is going to be reelected in 2019, party insiders admit he needs to change the way […]Read More
Canada’s parole officers say the country’s corrections system is at a breaking point due to workloads that are “insurmountable” — a situation they say poses real risks to public safety. A recent survey of parole officers by the Union of Safety and Justice Employees suggested more than two-thirds of parole workers are worried they’re not […]Read More
When Justin Trudeau took the stage in October 2015 to celebrate the Liberals’ majority victory, he spoke of his party’s “positive vision,” for Canada. Their campaign, he said, had “defeated the idea that Canadians should be satisfied with less, that good enough is good enough and that better just isn’t possible … this is Canada, […]
Last week I listed the front-runners to replace Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer if he doesn’t win a majority government this October. The list included Doug Ford, Jason Kenney, Erin O’Toole, Lisa Raitt, Peter MacKay and Stephen Harper. The one who by far solicited the most positive response by email and on social media was Harper. […]
Forty years ago this spring, an eloquent, passionate, young American-educated German named Petra Kelly helped to launch the Green movement that swept first West Germany and then much of Western Europe. Kelly was one of those naturally charismatic politicians who drew supporters from a broad sweep of German voters: left and right, young and old.
Trudeau wins a majority government thanks to his personal popularity, as regular Canadians take to the streets to pose for photographs with him, swooning over his style. This is a description of Justin Trudeau and the 2015 election, right? Sure, but the same words equally apply to the original Trudeaumania – the 1968 election that […]
As it turns out, the Canadian political leader with a “hidden agenda” is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, not Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer. Because while Trudeau was boasting about his “sunny ways” of governing, and falsely accusing Scheer of being sympathetic to white supremacists, the Liberal government he presided over was, in the unforgettable words of […]
Less than a year after their election, it was revealed last week that two Ontario Liberal members of provincial parliament will be formally resigning in the pursuit of new leadership roles. MPPs Marie-France Lalonde and Nathalie Des Rosiers, representing the ridings of Orléans and Ottawa-Vanier respectively, announced that they will be departing the provincial political […]
To sum up Andrew Scheer’s recent foreign policy speech in a sentence: Advance and protect Canadian interests abroad, stand proudly for the values Canadians we hold dear, strengthen our relationships with traditional allies, and leave Mr. Dress-Up’s tickle trunk at home.
Justin Trudeau and Conrad Black don’t have much in common, but both of them have had a pretty good week with President Donald Trump. While Black got a presidential pardon, Trudeau won what he and his government were boasting was a “full lift” of steel and aluminum tariffs. On both counts, the good news came […]
Justin Trudeau welcomed the removal of U.S. tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum with an almost manic exultation — hugging just about anyone who came within arm’s reach. “This is pure good news for Canadians and for families as we head into a long weekend,” he said. Most of all perhaps, it is pure good […]
Heavy on symbolism, light on detail. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer left Parliament Hill on Thursday for Toronto’s financial district to roll out his proposals for Canada’s economy, the second in a series of policy speeches meant to define his campaign to become the next prime minister. He evoked the memory of gold magnate Peter Munk, […]
Whatever other adjectives might describe the 2019 federal election campaign, “novel” is unlikely to be one of them. Four years ago, Justin Trudeau asked us to look past a dozen positive economic indicators and instead interrogate our feelings: “Are you better off now than you were 10 years ago when Stephen Harper became prime minister?” […]Read More
What will it take to make the A-list in Canadian media? Answer: the government’s blessing. As per the spring budget, a cabinet-appointed group will put together a list of “qualified Canadian journalism organizations” eligible for tax breaks and payroll subsidies, and whose subscribers will also benefit from a tax credit of up to $75 a […]Read More
It’s tough to blame him. In its own way it seemed kind of inevitable. Francis Fukuyama was little known to the outside world in 1989, but his star was rising within the American State Department. And his timing was perfect when he published The End of History and the Last Man six months prior to […]Read More
So nobody won in Newfoundland and Labrador—not really. It was a snap election the people of Newfoundland didn’t particularly want. The two leading parties, the governing Liberals and the Progressive Conservatives, were so alike that one voter said she could close her eyes and put a check mark next to either one. Another joked she […]Read More
Today was the 13th question period in the House of Commons this month. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has attended just three of them, only one being on a Wednesday when he dances around every opposition query. Mind you, Official Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer hasn’t exactly earned a gold star for House attendance. He’s only made […]Read More
Why are Liberals tweeting and petitioning and fundraising about access to abortion, which is not under threat in Canada? They’re in panic mode. You know things are going particularly well for the Liberals when abortion becomes the topic du jour. Stuck in the high 20s/low 30s after months of SNC-Lavalin and a side of Mark […]Read More
Canada’s Greens have never had it so good. The party now has two MPs elected under the Green banner, after Paul Manly won the Nanaimo—Ladysmith byelection earlier this month. Meanwhile, the latest Nanos Research poll suggests national support for Elizabeth May’s party has broken through 10 per cent — the highest level in 15 years […]Read More
It is not only on the pipeline front that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a politically critical call to make in the lead-up to the upcoming federal campaign. At some point in the not-so-distant future, he will have to decide whether to become more actively involved in Quebec’s ongoing securalism debate. That time is almost […]Read More
It is hard to remember now, but there was a time when it was the Conservatives who wanted to make oil more expensive and the Liberals who campaigned against it. It was 40 years ago this year that the Liberals brought down Joe Clark’s minority government over a budget that would have increased the tax […]Read More
Half of Canadian voters hold opinions that might make populism appealing to them, a new poll from Earnscliffe Strategy Group shows, and while Canadian populists lean distinctly to the right, they are not alienated outsiders but rather highly motivated politics watchers. In the report, the lobbying firm cautions that “in order to avoid unnecessary hysteria,” […]Read More
Saturday Night Live aired its final cold open for its 44th season with a grand musical number that spoofed rock band Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” with a parody of U.S. President Donald Trump, played by Alec Baldwin, and gang singing.