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The Supreme Court rules. And the winner is … Erin O’Toole?

Mar 26 2021 — Andrew Coyne — It’s early days, but the biggest winner from Thursday’s Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of the federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act could turn out to be Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole. To be sure, the ruling is a clear victory for Justin Trudeau’s government, fully vindicating its choice of pricing carbon and other greenhouse […]

Ontario has no clue how to get to fiscal sustainability

Mar 25 2021 — Andrew Coyne — Somewhere in the bowels of Ottawa, officials are quietly preparing contingency plans for a fiscal bailout of Newfoundland, should that become necessary. They may wish to add Ontario to their plans. Ontario’s fiscal situation was dire before the pandemic; it has grown much worse because of the pandemic; and it is going to get still […]

The same arguments? It would be nice if the Tories made any

Mar 23 2021 — Andrew Coyne — Erin O’Toole’s speech to the Conservative convention, admonishing party members to “change” and “grow,” was well received on the whole. One passage attracted particular notice: “We must present new ideas, not make the same arguments hoping that maybe this time more Canadians will come around to our position.” It sounds bold, clear-eyed, logical. But is […]

Better a hereditary head of state than any other kind

Mar 16 2021 — Andrew Coyne — It wouldn’t be a royal scandal without a bevy of Canadian pundits seizing on it to demand the abolition of the monarchy. Or never mind royal scandal: royal visit, royal lunch, royal flick of a light-switch – no occasion is too trivial to propose dismantling a centuries-old institution that is the foundation of our entire […]

The era of big government is back. Or is it?

Mar 10 2021 — Andrew Coyne — A year into the pandemic, its legacy appears mixed. On the one hand, you have the millions of dead, the tens of millions sickened, the worldwide paralysis of social and economic life around the planet, and all that. On the other hand, it has helped make the world safe for big government. As the Prime […]

With an election coming, O’Toole needs to pick a lane

Mar 2 2021 — Andrew Coyne — You have to feel for Erin O’Toole. The Conservative Leader has been busily reinventing himself at regular intervals – as the principled, “True Blue” candidate of the leadership race who wants to make Canada “the world’s freest economy,” but also the union-courting leader who rails against “bad trade deals” and is in no hurry to […]