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Will Trudeau even make it to the election?

Mar 30 2019 — Lorne Gunter — There’s a problem for the federal Conservative Party in Justin Trudeau’s nosedive: The badly damaged PM may not survive long enough as Liberal leader to lead his party into the next election. And that would end the Conservatives’ best chance of defeating the government. There is talk in Liberal circles (and so far I’m sure […]

It’s time to give House of Commons committees some teeth

Mar 24 2019 — Lorne Gunter — House of Commons committees have to be reformed. They have to be made fully independent. Opposition committee members have to have the authority to call witnesses whether the government majority approves or not. We saw what a partisan farce a Commons committee could be when the Liberal majority on the Justice committee voted last week […]

Butts is out, which only fuels further speculation

Feb 18 2019 — Lorne Gunter — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, has resigned. But, he says, it’s not because he’s done anything wrong in the SNC-Lavalin/Jody Wilson-Raybould affair. Uh, huh. Powerful people with nothing to hide resign all the time. In his resignation letter, posted online on Sunday, Butts insisted allegations he improperly pressured former Attorney General Jody […]

Liberals shielding Trudeau from the spotlight of truth

Feb 15 2019 — Lorne Gunter — Edmonton Centre MP Randy Boissonnault was among the Liberal MPs on the House of Commons Justice Committee who Wednesday blocked a formal investigation into whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau improperly pressured former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to end the criminal prosecution of the influential Quebec corporation SNC-Lavalin. This committee is “not an investigative body,” Boissonnault […]

Rahaf Mohammed became a useful prop for Liberals

Jan 16 2019 — Lorne Gunter — Give us your tired, your poor, your fashionistas yearning to shop freely. To be honest, I’m glad Canada stepped up and offered asylum to Rahaf Mohammed, the 18-year-old Saudi woman who claimed to be escaping abuse in home country. But why the haste? Why the bypassing of ALL our refugee regulations? Why the hero’s welcome […]

Relax, it’s OK to make light of Trudeau’s India trip

Jan 6 2019 — Lorne Gunter — At the end of every year, Radio-Canada does a satirical send-up of major newsmakers called “Bye-bye.” Every New Year’s Eve millions tune in to see who will be skewered this time. The politician who came in for the greatest mocking this year was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over his Mr. Dressup tour of India last […]

The year Canadians woke up to the farce of Trudeau

Dec 30 2018 — Lorne Gunter — Maybe 2019 will be a better year than 2018, politically and economically. When our editors asked me to write a column about the biggest stories of the year just past and predict the ones that will be big in the year ahead, I came up with two. In Alberta, of course, pipelines dominated most people’s […]

New roadside stop laws are a slippery slope

Dec 23 2018 — Lorne Gunter — It’s possible, I suppose, that the federal Liberals’ new drunk driving law will be upheld by the courts. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould believes it will be even though it clearly seems to violate the Charter’s protections against unreasonable searches. The Charter itself recognizes that no right is absolute. Section 1 says all rights are subject […]

Are the Liberals economy-halting ways enough to send them packing from office?

Dec 5 2018 — Lorne Gunter — There is one thing that could defeat the Liberals next October – their juvenile mismanagement of Canada’s economy. Frankly, I suspect they’ll win at least a minority government next October because just enough voters still fall for Trudeau’s charm and self-righteous political correctness. The economy shrank unexpectedly in September and the annualized rate of GDP […]

Saudi spat shows need for Canadian oil pipelines

Aug 10 2018 — Lorne Gunter — On Thursday, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said the current diplomatic spat between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and Ottawa would not affect Saudi oil sales to Canada. Of course not. That’s money we pay them. Everything action they’ve take so far affects only money they send us. The Saudis aren’t stupid. We get […]

Trudeau responds quite differently when he’s the one accused

Jul 10 2018 — Lorne Gunter — Up to this point, I have not thought Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should be “fried” for his groping of a young reporter at a music festival in the B.C. interior nearly two decades ago. But that changed with his outrageous and infuriating remarks about the “Kokanee Grope” while attending the Calgary Stampede last week.

Trudeau’s housing strategy has pros, but how will we pay for it?

Nov 26 2017 — Lorne Gunter — There are some facets of the federal Liberal government’s national housing strategy, released in Toronto on Wednesday, that make a lot of sense. No, seriously. I am not currently in the Postmedia concussion protocol as I write this. Much of the housing strategy is the kind of feel-good gobbledygook we have come to expect from […]

Trudeau’s damage control is both bizarre and insulting

Oct 18 2017 — Lorne Gunter — The news conference Monday at a pizzeria in Stouffville, Ont, at which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced a reduction in the federal small business tax rate, was both bizarre and insulting. First the insulting part. The announcement – that over the next 14 months the Liberal government will lower the […]