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Hypocrisy is at the crux of the Trudeau groping allegation

Jul 8 2018 — Robyn Urback — This is about hypocrisy — not about what did or did not happen at a music festival 18 years ago. It is about “believing women,” until it happens to you; about taking all allegations of sexual misconduct seriously, except if they happen to pass some arbitrary expiration date. It is about employing an unwavering zero-tolerance […]

Trudeau has boxed himself in with his own zero-tolerance policy on sexual misconduct

Jun 27 2018 — Robyn Urback — If the climate in Canada were different, an 18-year-old allegation of sexual misconduct against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would be swiftly addressed, then probably dismissed. The allegation originally appeared in an August 2000 edition of the Creston Valley Advance, a small community newspaper in B.C. The editorial, which resurfaced earlier this month, claimed that the […]

What’s the point in having MPs if all they can do is toe the party line?

Jun 15 2018 — Robyn Urback — Many more Canadians would surely tune in to question period each afternoon if we found a way to fill the benches with seals — actual seals — who would clap and honk at each leader’s statements. Mr. Speaker, because of another failure of the prime minister, Canadians involuntarily became shareholders in the Trans Mountain pipeline. […]

Never mind the grassroots — who holds the political pen? Robyn Urback

May 10 2018 — Robyn Urback — Long, long ago, there was a young political staffer named Stephen who helped to cultivate the populist vision for Preston Manning’s Reform Party. The relationship that this Stephen H. — or perhaps that’s too obvious: let’s go with S. Harper — would have with Reformers would eventually become strained, but much of his subsequent popularity […]

Doug Ford can’t coast on not being Kathleen Wynne

Apr 5 2018 — Robyn Urback — The campaign strategy for Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford has now become clear: say little, avoid specifics, remind voters that you are not Premier Kathleen Wynne. This is a good strategy for, say, a houseplant running to be Ontario’s next premier. In fact, I am confident a houseplant really could win the provincial election if […]

Wynne’s ploy to buy Ontarians’ votes is admirably shameless

Mar 29 2018 — Robyn Urback — The Ontario Liberals’ re-election strategy, as delivered through Wednesday’s budget, appears to consist of one central promise: We’ll give you literally everything. Pharmacare for seniors. New funding for hospitals. A couple billion for mental health care. Expanded drug and dental coverage. Funding for a high-speed rail line. Hundreds of millions in new funding for children […]

Ontario PCs choose the path of most resistance with Doug Ford

Mar 12 2018 — Robyn Urback — There’s an episode in the sixth season of The Simpsons where Marge tries out for the local police force. During the physical fitness test, she lumbers across a field carrying heavy anchors, shimmies herself under a wire fence and hurls herself at a brick wall that she struggles to climb over. Watching Marge attempt to […]

Congratulations on Patrick Brown’s candidacy, Kathleen Wynne

Feb 22 2018 — Robyn Urback — Patrick Brown is doing this for you, Ontario. This is not about clearing his name — though he has said he’s on a mission to clear his name. This is not about exacting revenge on his enemies — but don’t forget that a small group of insiders is trying to derail him and his campaign. […]

There’s a pattern to credible #MeToo allegations. The one against Steve Paikin doesn’t fit

Feb 9 2018 — Robyn Urback — There is a pattern, of sorts, to almost every legitimate high-profile #MeToo allegation. A credible media outlet publishes a claim against a particular man, usually after months — sometimes years — of investigation. The accuser or accusers are typically named, but occasionally their identities are withheld for fear of public retaliation. In the days following […]