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McKenna’s smear of oil industry will cost Canada billions

Jun 16 2019 — Lorne Gunter — Want to know why federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna turned down the bulk of important amendments to the Liberal government’s Bill C-69 – the pipeline assessment legislation that will make approval for new projects so complicated it has been dubbed the No More Pipelines Act? McKenna rejected nearly 80 amendments – the ones designed to […]

So far, Canada’s political ads are just preaching to the choir

Jun 12 2019 — Lorne Gunter — The anti-Tory ads from Engage Canada, that began airing Monday during Game 5 of the NBA Finals, are probably only moderately useful to the cause of those groups that paid for them – mostly Unifor and other large unions hoping to prevent Andrew Scheer from becoming prime minister this fall. The ads claim Scheer is […]

Unifor’s bias will only worsen Liberal media bailout

May 29 2019 — Lorne Gunter — The very second last November when the five-person national executive of Unifor (Canada’s largest, private-sector union), decided to post a photo online proclaiming themselves to be “The Resistance,” and boasting they would be “Andrew Scheer’s worst nightmare” in the 2019 federal election — that very second — they became utterly unqualified to sit in judgment […]

The Beyak suspension leaves us to ask, who is next?

May 12 2019 — Lorne Gunter — The Aboriginal Healing Foundation, an Indigenous-run corporation set up in the 1990s to help mitigate the harm done by residential schools says, “The students’ experiences of residential schools were not all bad. Different people had differing experiences. Many dedicated, good people worked in the system.” Of course, the AHF also points out that the schools […]

There’s nothing new about extreme weather in Canada

Apr 28 2019 — Lorne Gunter — Have you ever heard of “Duff’s Ditch?” Technically it’s called the Red River Floodway (or Canal de derivation de la riviere Rouge). It’s a 47-kilometre-long manmade channel that redirects floodwaters from the Red River around Winnipeg. The floodway was constructed after disastrous floods in the 1950s left large sections of Winnipeg underwater from spring runoff […]

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 […]