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Andrew Scheer needs to up his flaccid performance

Jun 13 2019 — Robyn Urback — Behind the scenes, Conservative operatives were buzzing after Jody Wilson-Raybould, then still a member of the Liberal caucus, testified before the House of Commons justice committee back in February. Keep watching. Something BIG is coming. Wilson-Raybould’s allegations were explosive: the prime minister himself had pressured her to interfere in the criminal case of engineering firm […]

We’re adopting U.S. abortion anxieties as our own. They don’t fit

May 27 2019 — Robyn Urback — Stephen Harper must have found the greatest hiding spot in the world for his secret agenda. So great, in fact, that he forgot where it was. Canada’s near-decade under Prime Minister Harper did not bring about new abortion laws or a repeal of gay marriage — despite a free vote in 2006 over a motion […]

Wilson-Raybould’s intentions might not be completely righteous. And?

Apr 1 2019 — Robyn Urback — Let’s assume for a moment, since many have already, that Jody Wilson-Raybould’s actions as they relate to the SNC-Lavalin saga have indeed been driven by a toxic combination of malevolence and self-importance. Take the position that she — either spurned by the Prime Minister’s Office or motivated by her own pursuit of power and notoriety […]

Doug Ford’s government is a government of grifters

Mar 15 2019 — Robyn Urback — Doug Ford’s government is a government of grifters. It claims to be a truck-stop government: “For The People,” and other nonsense. That’s while holding $1,600-per-plate fundraisers — known as “cash-for-access” fundraisers back when the Liberals were doing it — after gutting the law that the previous administration put in place to stop wealthy stakeholders from […]

If Jane Philpott doesn’t have confidence in Justin Trudeau, why should anyone else?

Mar 5 2019 — Robyn Urback — If your stomach can handle it, spend a few minutes listening to the interview Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland gave to CBC’s Ottawa Morning last week, the day after Jody Wilson-Raybould testified before the House of Commons justice committee. Wilson-Raybould, you’ll recall, spent the previous afternoon meticulously filleting the prime minister’s credibility on the SNC-Lavalin […]

The SNC-Lavalin affair offers the bingo of betrayed Liberal commitments

Feb 13 2019 — Robyn Urback — The destructive power of the SNC-Lavalin scandal — of which we appear to still be in the early stages — lies in its sheer comprehensiveness. It is not simply an indictment of the Liberals’ professed commitment to transparency. Or of the illusion of a shift away from Harper-era “self-serving” partisanship. Or of the Trudeau government’s […]