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What the House of Commons needs right now is … more lawyers?

Jan 14 2019 — Colby Cosh — Maybe someone should put in a kind word for Jagmeet Singh on the rare opportunities when an occasion presents itself. The federal NDP leader found himself on the right side of a ridiculous argument over the weekend as his byelection in the riding of Burnaby South got officially underway. Singh’s Conservative opponent for the open […]

Does Justin Trudeau realize just what he’s really done in the Senate?

Dec 17 2018 — Colby Cosh — On Friday the Prime Minister promised that his government will amend the Parliament of Canada Act to allow his “reformed” Senate to organize itself a little better. The existing procedures of the Senate contemplate the presence of government and opposition blocs in the chamber, but the latest round of Senate appointments, announced in October, has […]

Trudeau’s visit to Calgary becomes a walk through the lion’s den

Nov 23 2018 — Colby Cosh — It has been a strange week in Calgary, all right. On Monday the city’s council met to hear the official, mathematical bad news about the plebiscite on a 2026 Winter Olympics bid. Mayor Naheed Nenshi introduced an omnibus motion annihilating all the various committees, boards and secretariats involved in preparing the doomed project. He then […]

Andrew Scheer’s CPC starting gun is more fizzle than sizzle

Oct 22 2018 — Colby Cosh — Andrew Scheer published an “open letter to Canadians” in the Toronto Sun this Saturday. “Sunday marks exactly one year until the next federal election,” the federal Conservative leader observed, proceeding thereupon to a critique of Justin Trudeau’s government. As someone who is still trying to take stock of Scheer, I read the letter hoping for […]

Maxime Bernier doesn’t need an army. A few elite commandos will do

Sep 17 2018 — Colby Cosh — Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that you have high hopes for the new Max Bernier Party. Perhaps you believe, as my colleague Andrew Coyne does, that there is still far too much fly-blown 1970s-style intervention and protectionism in Canada’s economy. Perhaps you are in favour of a more hard-headed approach to immigration policy, […]

There’s pipeline rage in Alberta, but what does it amount to?

Sep 8 2018 — Colby Cosh — What are the consequences of the Federal Court of Appeal’s Trans Mountain pipeline delay for electoral politics in Alberta? The FCA ruling has created undoubted consternation and rage here — perhaps not least among provincial New Democratic politicians, who had been posing proudly with shovels and hardhats at Trans Mountain’s Alberta work sites, and who […]

When it came to Kevin O’Leary, Canada, we done good

May 3 2018 — Colby Cosh — One thing Canada cannot ordinarily be accused of is being slow to pat itself on the back. And yet! When it comes to the failure of Kevin O’Leary’s quixotic campaign for the federal Conservative leadership, we have a sort of unnoticed national mystery that demands an explanation. Whether or not you were a fan of […]

Trans Mountain cries for help but Alberta’s bailout won’t save it

Apr 9 2018 — Colby Cosh — On Sunday night, the infrastructure company Kinder Morgan announced that it is mothballing the planned expansion of its Trans Mountain pipeline and will cancel the project unless it has an agreement among “stakeholders” before May 31. Kinder Morgan’s press release goes on to describe what such an “agreement” means: the government of British Columbia has […]

The Tale of the Handsome Prime Minister Who Did Nothing Wrong

Dec 22 2017 — Colby Cosh — Everybody who has written about the prime minister’s violations of the federal Conflict of Interest Act—even if they did so cautiously, long in advance of this week’s formal finding of guilt by the Ethics Commissioner—is suddenly meeting with a great deal of social media resistance. I don’t think I’ve touched the Aga Khan-spiracy issue personally, […]

Why Trudeau got taken for a ride in China

Dec 8 2017 — Colby Cosh — My favourite part of the fair has always been the sideshow. And when it comes to Justin Trudeau’s official visit to China, the sideshow definitely turned out to be the most interesting part of the proceedings. Interpreting the outcome of the visit involves a certain amount of old-fashioned Kremlinology, applied to both sides, but it […]

Hands off Morneau! In defence of a great Albertan

Oct 20 2017 — Colby Cosh — A colleague told me the other day that I should write a column about Finance Minister Bill Morneau — basically, because no columnist should pass up a chance to face wash some politician for ineptitude or deviousness. This struck me as a strong argument. But my response was that I would never dream of treating […]