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Prime Minister Trudeau plays his hand in game of election poker

Sep 17 2020 — Michael Smyth — Justin Trudeau says he doesn’t want a federal election this fall, but he is daring his opponents to force one with next week’s critical throne speech. The Sept. 23 outline of the Trudeau government’s agenda will not be your typically boring “throne drone.” Instead, Trudeau has signalled the speech will map a bold, once-in-a-generation plan […]

In B.C., John Horgan could be next to roll the election dice

Sep 15 2020 — Michael Smyth — It was 30 years ago this month that Ontario residents witnessed an amazing political reversal of fortune. David Peterson, then the Liberal premier, was enjoying a wave of popularity in the summer of 1990 when he decided to roll the dice on an early election call. Just three years into a majority government mandate, Peterson […]

Trudeau’s weak case for WE looks weaker under scrutiny

Aug 4 2020 — Michael Smyth — According to Justin Trudeau, the reason his government handed a sole-source contract to WE Charity to run a $912-million student-grant program is a pretty simple one. WE Charity was the only organization in Canada capable of doing the job, the prime minister has said repeatedly. “We needed to have a partner to help establish the […]

Justin Trudeau is WE-deep in trouble

Jul 23 2020 — Michael Smyth — Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government are clearly unfamiliar with the old political Band-Aid metaphor when it comes to managing a nasty scandal. Any experienced spin doctor will tell you it’s always best to rip the Band-Aid off quickly and reveal the entire festering ugliness of a political wound all at once.

As the blockaders get bolder, pressure rises on Horgan and Trudeau

Feb 16 2020 — Michael Smyth — Political nerves are getting frayed as the anti-pipeline blockades continue. With budget day — and more protests — looming, what can Horgan and Trudeau do? As anti-pipeline blockaders ramp up their activities, pressure is growing on Premier John Horgan and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to do something about the mayhem. So far, both levels of […]

Trudeau and Horgan all buddy-buddy as federal election looms

Sep 2 2019 — Michael Smyth — Justin Trudeau and John Horgan are heaping praise on each other as the election nears. Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart is a Trudeau fan, too. Poor old Jagmeet Singh! Relations between B.C. premiers and Canadian prime ministers have run hot and cold over the years. NDP premier Glen Clark clashed with then-prime minister Jean Chretien over […]

Scheer wants lower gas prices, slams Trudeau’s refinery talk

Jul 30 2019 — Michael Smyth — Tory Leader Andrew Scheer says British Columbians deserve cheaper gas prices, but how would he achieve that? Metro Vancouver gas prices have eased back since setting sky-high records last spring, but local prices at the pump continue to gallop ahead of most jurisdictions in North America. One reason for the pain in drivers’ wallets is […]

Jody Wilson-Raybould ‘overwhelmed, grateful’ — and seeking re-election

Mar 3 2019 — Michael Smyth — Jody Wilson-Raybould says she is “overwhelmed and grateful” about an outpouring of public support since her scorching testimony in the SNC-Lavalin scandal. And despite a nasty internal backlash after her explosive appearance before the federal justice committee, she has no intention of quitting the Liberal caucus in Ottawa. “It really has been quite remarkable,” Wilson-Raybould […]

B.C. byelection bedlam! Two crucial contests get crazy

Jan 17 2019 — Michael Smyth — Two crucial byelections. Two days of turmoil on the campaign trails. Where is it all heading? It was B.C. byelection bedlam Wednesday as two crucial contests — one federal, one provincial — both took wild-and-crazy turns. In the federal faceoff, Liberal candidate Karen Wang dropped out of the race in Burnaby South, where she was […]