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Is Stephen Harper pulling Jason Kenney’s strings?

Jul 18 2018 — Gary Mason — By all measures, Jason Kenney should be feeling pretty good these days. His United Conservative Party recently won two by-elections in Alberta by whopping margins. Sure, they might have been in extra-safe seats, but still, the magnitude of the victories was notable. In one, the UCP candidate was 73 points ahead of the NDP’s sacrificial […]

Does Justin Trudeau actually hate the West?

Jun 27 2018 — Gary Mason — Does Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government really dislike Alberta and the West or is this just a convenient narrative, peddled by conservative politicians who have nothing but their own self-interest in mind? The question is asked again in the wake of last week’s revelation that the federal government quietly renewed, for another five years, […]

Stephen Harper comes in from the cold

May 18 2018 — Gary Mason — Stephen Harper is back! Those words will send shivers down the spines of many Canadians but not all. In fact, there are undoubtedly even old critics of the former Conservative prime minister who now miss his bland, plodding leadership style. A few years of Justin Trudeau’s travelling roadshow will do that. Since resigning from politics […]

Why a pipeline could cost Justin Trudeau the next election

Apr 13 2018 — Gary Mason — It wasn’t long ago that the thought of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau being a one-term wonder would have been unthinkable. Not any more. A confluence of issues and events – hello, India! – have reshaped the Liberal Leader’s image in the unkindest of ways. However, it’s his government’s contentious environmental agenda, and his handling of […]

How Patrick Brown’s private life became a problem for the Ontario PCs

Mar 3 2018 — Gary Mason — If there was one thing Patrick Brown’s advisers never stopped worrying about, it was the women. It was an all-encompassing concern virtually from the outset of his ill-fated leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservative party. Today, more than a month after a CTV report alleging sexual misconduct with two women led to Mr. Brown’s resignation, […]

Kent Hehr does not belong in cabinet

Dec 14 2017 — Gary Mason — What is Kent Hehr still doing in the federal cabinet? Mr. Hehr is the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities who has been making news recently, and not in a good way. He has been accused by a number of women of conducting himself inappropriately in meetings, mostly by making comments that were rude, […]

What of CBC’s strange corporate culture?

Dec 13 2017 — Gary Mason — Back when I was a young political reporter, a colleague and I decided to write a book about the shambolic government of Social Credit premier Bill Vander Zalm. Keith Baldrey and I were both reporters for The Vancouver Sun based in the capital, and had unparalleled contacts and access to those in the best position […]

Clark’s uninspiring battle plan reminiscent of Harper’s

Apr 15 2017 — Gary Mason — Heading into the 2015 federal election, Stephen Harper’s Conservatives felt they had a solid record on which to run. While Mr. Harper’s personal governing style left a lot to be desired, the Conservatives believed that their résumé, certainly as it pertained to growing the economy and managing the treasury, was an attractive one. The country […]

Ignoring polls, Clark bets on status quo election strategy

Apr 11 2017 — Gary Mason — There is an old saying in politics that governments are compared to perfection at the start of an election campaign but simply the best alternative by the end of it. BC Liberal Leader Christy Clark is certainly hoping this is the case as she attempts to carry an election for a second time, running against […]