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Granic Allen move shows Doug Ford building credibility among centrists

May 7 2018 — Martin Patriquin — Doug Ford’s brusque dispensing with noted social conservative Tanya Granic Allen over the weekend was surprising only if one subscribes to a longstanding stereotype surrounding the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario leader. This stereotype, heartily endorsed by the Ontario Liberal Party, goes like this: Doug Ford, noted right-wing mouthbreather, is both electorally and ideologically beholden […]

The spectacular cynicism behind Trudeau’s pipeline morass

Apr 28 2018 — Martin Patriquin — The electoral brilliance of Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party approach to pipelines lies in its simplicity: we can at once protect the environment and harvest our landlocked, carbon-heavy oil and pipe it to the coast, to be sold and burned at great profit. The abject hypocrisy in this approach — claiming environmental stewardship while enabling environmental […]

Jagmeet Singh must disavow political violence if he plans to lead Canada

Mar 16 2018 — Martin Patriquin — There are certain parallels between the Quebec separatist movement and the pursuit of a separate Sikh state in India. Both were born from government-abetted inequality against an identifiable group, albeit to wildly different degrees: the Québécois in Canada, the Sikh minority in India. Both movements wished for peaceful relations with their former oppressors following the […]

Tired Team Trudeau sees Ford as manna from heaven

Mar 12 2018 — Martin Patriquin — Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government, purpose built in 2015 for a Hillary Clinton presidency, has a Clintonian approach to campaigning. The formula is simple: elect a telegenic, ever-smiling leader to fill hearts and ears with feel-good bromides and progressive-sounding promises. While the leader does this, ensure the organization around this ever-smiling leader demonizes the sweet hell […]

Ford relying on high-octane anger to win on first ballot

Feb 7 2018 — Martin Patriquin — In 2000, Canadian conservatism was at a precipice. Having sat out of power for seven years, the Progressive Conservative Party stunk of dry rot and entitlement gone unfulfilled. The Reform Party, a wind blowing in from the west bringing prairie rectitude and anti-Quebec sentiment to Ottawa, had reduced it to a 12-person rump led by […]

Rumour mill hurting everyone, including the #MeToo movement

Feb 3 2018 — Martin Patriquin — This week, self-styled raconteur and bon vivant Warren Kinsella wrote about the coming #MeToo tide barreling towards Ottawa. “There are other men who are about to be exposed,” Kinsella, a professed Liberal Party insider, wrote. “Count on it. The media have been on their trail for many weeks. Once it gets through the editors — […]

The cynical roots of Rempel’s female genital mutilation crusade

Dec 20 2017 — Martin Patriquin — The procedure by which a woman’s clitoris is surgically removed is usually performed without anesthesia and in unsanitary conditions. Unnecessary, retrograde and associated with a host of physical ailments, the surgery also can saddle a woman with a lifetime of psychological issues. The very purpose of the surgery — to deprive a woman of sexual […]

The niqab law is appalling. It’s also clever, amoral politics.

Oct 23 2017 — Martin Patriquin — Racist. Misogynist. Xenophobic. Anti-Muslim. Anti-religion. Hateful. Divisive. A blunder. That’s just a short list of a few choice epithets from a few choice sources on Bill 62, which has now graduated to become Quebec’s new religious neutrality law. The law, which targets those few women who cover their face with the niqab, has been subjected […]

Do as we say, not as we do: The Liberals revert to type

Oct 18 2017 — Martin Patriquin — Political parties project well-deserved stereotypes of themselves — earned through years of either governing the country or kvetching in opposition. The Conservatives — bless their tar paper souls — are petty, secretive, bullying and utterly doctrinaire in spirit if not always in practice. The NDP, having never tasted real power in its nearly 60 years […]

Why Niki Ashton blames the media — and why she’s wrong

Oct 16 2017 — Martin Patriquin — Niki Ashton would like you to know that she has been treated unfairly. The Manitoba MP and erstwhile NDP leadership contender, who placed third in that particular dustup a couple of weeks ago, recently blamed her loss on a lack of media coverage and a soupçon of sexism permeating the mainstream press. “It was under-reported […]

Will racist attacks work on Singh? We’re about to find out.

Oct 3 2017 — Martin Patriquin — First, a declaration: That the New Democratic Party has elected Jagmeet Singh as leader is nothing short of extraordinary. Canada’s democratic institutions have been too slow for too long to reflect the populations they serve. That we now have a brown-skinned young man in a turban as the leader of a major political party brings […]

Have Conservatives learned anything from losing?

Sep 5 2017 — Martin Patriquin — Let’s hear it for Liberal losers. Let’s give it up for Stéphane Dion, who followed up his unexpected leadership win in 2006 with a monumental electoral cockup in 2008. And here’s a slap on the shoulder for Michael Ignatieff, who combined noblesse oblige and intellectual haughtiness in a way that led to even worse electoral […]

Why is Couillard suddenly trashing Muslims? Because it works.

Jun 26 2017 — Martin Patriquin — One can easily mix metaphors when describing Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard. Imagine a tubful of grey porridge dressed in an unremarkable blue suit, standing on the deck of a steady ship as it traverses the choppy waters of Quebec’s political ocean. Trust me, this is no insult. Couillard’s ability to be at once earnest and […]