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Liberal MP Judy Sgro, like Trudeau, is incapable of shame

Oct 9 2019 — Christie Blatchford — In her initial defence of Mr. Blackface, veteran Liberal MP Judy Sgro offered up the usual nonsense: We were all young once and sometimes made poor choices and mistakes, blah, blah, blah. This would wash, perhaps, if Justin Trudeau was a child when he wore blackface, but he has admitted doing it three times over […]

Will McCaffrey have to throw friend Goldy all the way under the bus?

Sep 15 2019 — Christie Blatchford — The recent brouhaha about Conservative candidate Justina McCaffrey — Should Andrew Scheer fully disown her? Must McCaffrey herself fully denounce her pal Faith Goldy and distance herself from Goldy’s hard right-wing views and past affiliation with white supremacists? — made me think about the nature of friendship. Liberal Maryam Monsef, Canada’s first Muslim Cabinet minister, […]

Why Trudeau can dodge the two key campaign issues

Sep 11 2019 — Christie Blatchford — Natural cynicism aside, elections are ridiculously exciting for the participants and those, like me, watching them. Thus when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau poked his handsome head into the press section of his plane Wednesday on day one of the federal campaign and offered a cheery “Hello ink-stained wretches!” it was hard not to feel just […]

Was Hamilton forensic pathology unit punished for testifying against provincial bosses?

Jul 20 2019 — Christie Blatchford — Hamilton forensic pathologists say their busy unit at Hamilton General Hospital is being closed because they were witnesses in a complaint against Ontario’s top forensic pathologist, Dr. Michael Pollanen, and the province’s top coroner, Dr. Dirk Huyer. The unit is one of seven forensic pathology facilities in Ontario, handling medical-legal autopsies and investigations in sudden […]

A war memorial ‘built for soldiers by soldiers’ — that soldiers can’t even go see

May 22 2019 — Christie Blatchford — As the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Jon Vance, said on Facebook, the importance of the new Afghanistan Memorial Hall, particularly for the families of the fallen, “cannot be understated.” And then of course he and the Department of National Defence (DND) went and massively understated it. As my Ottawa Citizen colleague David Pugliese […]

My top three ‘lessons learned’ from the Mark Norman case

May 10 2019 — Christie Blatchford — They’re big on “lessons learned” in the Canadian Forces, so here then, are my top three from the recently concluded Vice-Admiral Mark Norman case: 1. The private bar will almost inevitably kick the living hell out of prosecutors. This wasn’t always true, arguably still isn’t true of provincial prosecutors, but with federal prosecutors, alas, it […]