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Canada must be ready for the mayhem Trump’s about to unleash

Mar 26 2020 — Gary Mason — You could argue that U.S. President Donald Trump’s short-sighted and bungled handling of the COVID-19 pandemic began before the virus took hold in his country. Two years earlier, Luciana Borio, the president’s biodefense preparedness advisor, warned that a flu pandemic – not a 9/11 redux – was the country’s No. 1 health security threat. As […]

The Conservative climate plan is a sad joke

Jun 25 2019 — Gary Mason — Since its introduction last week, the federal Conservatives’ plan to fight the growing impact of climate change has been met with eye-rolling derision. The plan has been broadly portrayed as facile, vacuous and a cynical attempt to dupe a gullible public. Other than that, the rollout went swimmingly. You would think that this type of […]

Conservative lies about the carbon tax need to be called out

Apr 4 2019 — Gary Mason — Being a politician isn’t easy, with all those rubber chickens you’re forced to eat while gobbling for votes. Perhaps worse is the stomach you must have for taking positions you know in your heart aren’t right, or good for humanity, but nonetheless give your party the best chance at scoring cheap political points. And if […]

The uncomfortable truth about Jagmeet Singh’s political future

Jan 16 2019 — Gary Mason — The only thing worse than being talked about, Oscar Wilde once said, is not being talked about. I’m not sure federal NDP stalwarts would agree. They wouldn’t mind if their leader, Jagmeet Singh, wasn’t talked about for a while, I’m sure. Every time he is, it doesn’t seem to reflect well on him. The seatless […]

Is Andrew Scheer itching for his own war with the press?

Oct 31 2018 — Gary Mason — If federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer declares journalists the “enemy of the people,” we will know he will have unburdened himself of any final reservations about adopting U.S. President Donald Trump’s war with the press as a means of winning and maintaining power. To this point, Mr. Scheer and his Conservative colleagues have mostly taken […]

Maxime Bernier personifies Canada’s climate dilemma

Oct 26 2018 — Gary Mason — Not long after the federal government announced details of its carbon tax rebate plan, Maxime Bernier, founder of the People’s Party of Canada, took to Twitter to render his verdict. “Libs can only sell their carbon tax if they lie,” Mr. Bernier wrote. “Lie #1: You’ll get your money back. Lie #2: It’s a price […]

Once pipeline pals, Notley and Trudeau may be headed for a split

Sep 11 2018 — Gary Mason — After the initial shock of the Federal Court of Appeal’s judgment on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, life is returning to normal for Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. That is, the new normal that exists in the long, cold shadow of the court’s verdict, with the many ramifications for her government that flow from it.

The many travails of NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh

Aug 29 2018 — Gary Mason — It’s been a rough 11 months for NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. Since assuming the top job in his party last October, Mr. Singh has had to exert his authority over 42 NDP MPs in Ottawa from the outside looking in. As strategies go, it’s been a washout. Many people in the country don’t know who […]

Derek Fildebrandt’s desperate bid for attention

Jul 20 2018 — Gary Mason — Once Jason Kenney kicked Derek Fildebrandt out of Alberta’s United Conservative Party, you knew there’d be a counter-move. Perhaps no one expected this one, however. Mr. Fildebrandt has announced the formation of a new right-wing political association in the province – the Freedom Conservative Party. And if that sounds a little Ayn Rand-meets-American Tea Party, […]

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 […]