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Remember when Conservative premiers were Justin Trudeau’s biggest headache?

Sep 20 2020 — Susan Delacourt — In the olden days, before the pandemic, the four men sitting behind a long table in an Ottawa hotel on Friday represented Justin Trudeau’s biggest problem — the “real” opposition. Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, Quebec Premier François Legault and Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister were in Canada’s capital to remind the prime […]

For better and worse, Justin Trudeau has been reacting to a crisis. Now it’s time for him to set a post-pandemic agenda

Sep 12 2020 — Susan Delacourt — Justin Trudeau’s critics like to dismiss him as an actor. But this prime minister’s time in power has seen him doing more reacting than acting, mainly to large global events out of his control. Trudeau’s “build back better” plan — the focus of the coming huddle with his cabinet ministers this week — will be […]

WE Charity scandal sends a powerful message to young people: Even in a pandemic, it’s still politics as usual

Sep 10 2020 — Susan Delacourt — In its heyday, the WE Charity probably prodded countless young people to pursue lives in global activism. Thanks to recent events, WE Charity has probably done the opposite for politics. No matter who ultimately gets the blame for the demise of WE Charity’s Canadian operations, announced sorrowfully this week, there is nothing in the whole […]

As an activist, Steven Guilbeault took on polluters. As Canada’s heritage minister, he’s going after tech giants

Sep 8 2020 — Susan Delacourt — Steven Guilbeault was an environmental activist before he landed less than a year ago as heritage minister in Justin Trudeau’s government. Oddly enough, Guilbeault is finding background that to be good preparation for his looming battle with tech giants such as Facebook and Google, and the resistance they’re showing to having their power reined in […]

Is Justin Trudeau getting ready to pick a fight with Facebook?

Sep 1 2020 — Susan Delacourt — Picking a fight on social media is now just another day at the office for political partisans. Picking a fight with social media, however, is a more perilous exercise, as Australia learned this week when Facebook announced it was ready to pull the plug on all that country’s news content on its platform. Justin Trudeau’s […]

How did we suddenly end up talking about a fall election?

Aug 30 2020 — Susan Delacourt — Can you catch election fever during a pandemic? In the next few weeks, Canada’s federal politics will serve as the laboratory for that question. While most Canadians are more focused right now on how COVID-19 will affect schools, jobs and public health this fall, the prospect of a federal election has suddenly crept onto the […]

Here’s why Justin Trudeau told his MPs to stop tweeting about Kamala Harris

Aug 23 2020 — Susan Delacourt, , — Several Canadian cabinet ministers tweeted their approval earlier this month when Kamala Harris was picked to be Joe Biden’s running mate in the U.S. presidential election. Nothing like that is going to happen again before November. Justin Trudeau’s government has adjusted its rules of engagement with the United States for two big reasons. First is […]

Of all Justin Trudeau’s star candidates, Chrystia Freeland is the only one who’s still shining

Aug 18 2020 — Susan Delacourt — Six years ago, Chrystia Freeland was a rookie political celebrity on stage in Montreal, part of a cast of other “star recruits” to Justin Trudeau’s Liberal party, when everything seemed possible. She is now Canada’s first female finance minister and arguably the most powerful woman in politics in this country. But inside Trudeau’s Liberal government, […]