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The Tories show they can act more unethically than Bill Morneau

Dec 1 2017 — Terence Corcoran — Somewhere the Andrew Scheer Conservatives must have policies and messages that counter the Trudeau government’s parade of unfocused fiscal and ideological spins. If the Tories continue to place the lynching of Finance Minister Bill Morneau as their top priority, voters may never find out whether Scheer offers meaningful and principled alternatives to the Liberals. That […]

Why the rich should revolt — and it’s not for the reasons they think

Sep 15 2017 — Terence Corcoran — On July 15, a beautiful 26 C summer day in Ottawa, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the Justin Trudeau government’s plan to revamp tax rules for small business corporations. The Liberals say these corporations — formally known as Canadian-Controlled Private Corporations — take advantage of giant tax loopholes that Canada’s wealthy use to dodge billions […]

Liberals’ baffling electoral survey needs reform

Dec 6 2016 — Terence Corcoran — The best thing about the Trudeau government’s new online survey on democracy is that you can vote as often as you want. I completed it twice. Somebody tweeted that they’d answered all the questions at the government’s mydemocracy.ca site five times, each time with different answers. Social media set fire to mydemocracy.ca in a bonfire […]

Beware Justin Trudeau’s new pension-plan socialism

May 18 2016 — Terence Corcoran — Judging by the words of the prime minister, the era of pension-fund socialism has finally arrived, and only four decades later than we thought. After the Quebec government’s Caisse de dépôt et placement unveiled its plan to build, own and operate a $5.5 billion Montreal electric train system, it sounded like Justin Trudeau could barely […]

Gagnier hands Justin Trudeau a pot of rotten corporatism

Oct 16 2015 — Terence Corcoran — Well, that’s some pot of rotten corporatism Dan Gagnier has left on Justin Trudeau’s lap. Maybe the Liberals didn’t notice that the co-chair of their campaign has a long track record of corporate-government copulation. Those of us who follow the workings of the sustainable development movement created by Maurice Strong dedicated to the co-mingling of […]

Tax free and loving it in 2080

Apr 24 2015 — Terence Corcoran — The dogs of Canada’s ongoing ideological war against lower taxes are circling Tax Free Savings Accounts. Led in part by the barker-in-chief at the CBC, the hounds certainly believe they have Finance Minister Joe Oliver in a corner. Oliver, you see, delivered a slight post-budget faux pas the other day when he told Amanda Lang […]

The end of Canada’s oil superpower pipe dreams

Jan 7 2015 — Terence Corcoran — The Washington dust has not yet settled around Canada’s Keystone XL pipeline, but the fuzzy images visible Tuesday through the political storm do not look promising. Nothing in the current play of politics and oil prices would lead to the conclusion that Keystone will ever get approved. But it’s worse than that for Canada. As […]

Get the CBC out of the free market

Sep 19 2014 — Terence Corcoran — On Tuesday night, millions of Canadians gathered round their televisions and other devices tuned in to CBC Television’s flagship news report, The National. In a rare moment of national unity, viewers took in the public broadcaster’s latest contribution to creating a “shared national consciousness and identity” by providing a “distinctively Canadian” interview with Barbra Streisand. […]

$80,000 or not, leave Peter Mansbridge alone

May 15 2014 — Terence Corcoran — For all I know the CBC is a mismanaged, overstaffed, bloated nightmare that should be overhauled, restructured and maybe even sold off by Ottawa to the highest bidder. If that’s the case, then the grandstanding blowhards in the Senate should get on with the job instead of parading their petty sensation-seeking preoccupations with the personal […]

A fitting tribute to Jim Flaherty

Apr 17 2014 — Terence Corcoran — At Tuesday’s state funeral for James Michael Flaherty — politician, minister of finance in two governments, master of self-deprecation, hockey player, husband and father — more than a few at St. James Cathedral in downtown Toronto mentioned that Mr. Flaherty was of Irish descent. What nobody could say, however, is that he should be inducted into the Irish […]