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Alberta is owed and it’s time for the federal government to pay

Jan 22 2021 — John Ivison — Douglas Stuart’s Booker Prize winning novel about Hugh “Shuggie” Bain, a sensitive boy growing up in a tough housing estate near Glasgow in the 1980s while tending to his alcoholic mother, is a gripping, relentlessly grim portrayal of a society in transition from industrial hub to … well, at the time no-one was quite sure […]

The cabinet shuffle is a puzzle

Jan 12 2021 — John Ivison — François-Philippe Champagne has been promising a tougher line on China for over a year. It was a curious quirk of providence that at the precise moment he finally announced tough new measures aimed at addressing human rights violations in Xinjiang province, he was being shuffled out of the foreign affairs portfolio.

It’s all about the base for O’Toole

Jan 6 2021 — John Ivison — Erin O’Toole wants all Canadians to see themselves in his Conservative Party. “Canadians haven’t always seen themselves in our party. We are going to change that,” he says in a new online ad. O’Toole recognizes that winning an election will require him to convince voters who backed other parties last time around, and he has […]

A message of hope for my children

Dec 26 2020 — John Ivison — Kids: recognize that as pandemic haunts the planet, you are lucky to live in the relatively safe haven of Canada, where hardship for most constitutes a week-long wait for test results. Still, it has been a tough year.