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The perils of political hypocrisy

Feb 15 2017 — Tim Powers — Hypocrisy is alive and well in our body politic. Is it any wonder carnival-barking outsiders like Kevin O’Leary get so much attention? By simply purporting not to be a standard politician, you can come across as a winner. In the past week we have seen some great displays of false moralizing: 1) the Liberals placing […]

Of politicians, vacations, and helicopters

Jan 18 2017 — Tim Powers — Politicians, vacations, and helicopters do not make a comfortable threesome. Now get your mind out of the gutter if somehow you ventured there. Justin Trudeau’s vacation to the Aga Khan’s private island in the Bahamas is causing the prime minister and his government lots of grief. Most of it seems to be of their own […]

Raitt risks blood in her quest to sink the big fish

Jan 11 2017 — Tim Powers — Lisa Raitt has gone shark fishing! As someone who grew up in the era of the epic Jaws films, she knows it can be a pretty bloody endeavour to catch the big fish, but well worth the glory if you do. Last week, Raitt, who to date has had generally a quite uneventful Conservative leadership […]

A word of advice for Mr. Wonderful

Dec 14 2016 — Tim Powers — Kevin O’Leary, if he does read or study political history, ought to look at the chapter on Michael Ignatieff. Because if the self-described Mr. Wonderful does enter politics, he doesn’t want to suffer the same spectacular flameout that the former can’t-miss candidate and Liberal leader Ignatieff experienced. The putative political career of O’Leary has some […]

Leitch is more Clinton than Trump

Nov 16 2016 — Tim Powers — Donald Trump is now the president-elect of the United States. Whether you like it or not (I don’t), you have to accept the result. Democracies don’t always give us the verdict we want, and when they don’t, sulking isn’t the solution. Most of the world seems to be in a funk about Trump’s win, but […]

Shit disturbers play well in drab contests. Step forward Brad Trost

Oct 5 2016 — Tim Powers — Brad Trost the Conservative Member of Parliament from Saskatchewan appears to be having the time of his life in his role as menace-in-chief of the Conservative Party’s leadership race. Trost’s name may be new to many after his long years of glorious service on the Tory backbenches since 2004. But after 12 years, this lamb […]

Expense scandals undermine Liberals’ ‘we are different’ message

Sep 28 2016 — Tim Powers — Political scandals in Canada come from the strangest places. Who would have predicted the Liberal government would be in the midst of a storm over moving relocation expenses? The symbolism of this story is the most dangerous thing for the government. The Liberal proposition to the public during the 2015 election was they were not […]

NDP needs to get back in the game, show Canadians they matter

Sep 21 2016 — Tim Powers — It has to be a frustrating time to be a New Democrat in Canada. In 2015, becoming government seemed like an actual possibility. Currently finding a pulse is a real challenge. The guy they fired in April seemingly won’t leave his job until a new leader is elected. Nothing says change like staying the same. […]

Supreme Court, like Parliament, can accommodate unilingual members

Jul 27 2016 — Tim Powers — The prime minister soon has another important choice to make. Justice Thomas Cromwell will be stepping down from the Supreme Court of Canada on Sept. 1 and will need to be replaced. This will be Justin Trudeau’s first appointment to the highest court in the land. Cromwell’s seat on the court by convention is designated […]

I’m jealous of Teflon Trudeau

Jul 13 2016 — Tim Powers — David Cameron, Barack Obama, and other world leaders must sometimes wish they were Justin Trudeau. At this point in his political career, our prime minister is coated in Teflon. Weeks after the Brexit vote, months after Donald Trump’s poison preaching, and at a time when the world just seems pissed off at disconnected elites, Justin […]

Robinson was a giant in backrooms of Canadian politics

Jul 6 2016 — Tim Powers — Decency in politics is something you rarely hear about. Programs like House of Cards, or real-life dramas like Boris Johnson’s neutering by his colleagues last week, capture the deceit and dirty games of the political arena. Being good and gracious often gets you less attention, but it says a hell of lot more about your […]

Painful to watch Kenney, Clement support Brexit

Jun 29 2016 — Tim Powers — Watching some Canadian Conservative party “would-be” leadership candidates prostrate themselves to be on the winning side of the post-Brexit-vote debate has been painful. How are these possible candidates—supposedly avowed free-traders, and members of the cabinet that pushed to finish the Canada-Europe trade agreement—now Brexiters? Hypocrisy is often the bed-mate of a politician in search of […]

Stéphane Dion is cabinet’s weakest link

Jun 22 2016 — Tim Powers — Parliament has risen for the summer. By and large, the Trudeau government will be happy with its performance and that of many members of the federal cabinet. There is, however, one dramatic exception: Stéphane Dion, the minister of foreign affairs. Dion is the weakest link in the Liberal regime. By all reports, Dion is a […]