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Ford must eschew grievance politics in favour of practical outcomes

Mar 11 2018 — Tasha Kheiriddin — Disaster. Debacle. Clusterf***. There simply aren’t enough epithets to describe the shambles that was the Ontario PC Party leadership convention this past weekend. Members, media, and twitterati watched in amazement as the counting dragged on for four hours while lawyers for the rival leadership camps of Christine Elliott and Doug Ford duked it out with […]

Not all privilege is created equal

Mar 6 2018 — Tasha Kheiriddin — Check your privilege. In the House of Commons, that used to mean, check your constitutional rights and immunities. You can’t be sued for what you said in the House; members benefit from freedom of speech, from arrest in civil actions, and can regulate their own internal affairs. To be privileged was a good thing, because […]

When did honest debate become a four-letter word?

Feb 8 2018 — Tasha Kheiriddin — Does the promotion of anti-abortion views violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms? The issue recently arose in the context of the Canada Summer Jobs Program, a federal program which funds businesses and organizations seeking to hire students over the summer break. In past years, some MPs, including Liberal Iqra Khalid and Conservative Rachael Harder, […]

Doug Ford puts rest of Ontario political elites on notice

Jan 30 2018 — Tasha Kheiriddin — Elites, start your engines! The race for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, which unofficially began even before Patrick Brown’s corpse began to chill last Thursday night, has taken yet another turn – and it’s one that will define the race. Doug Ford, businessman, former Toronto city councillor, and of course brother […]

Wynne double-doubles down on a risky wage war

Jan 8 2018 — Tasha Kheiriddin — Happy New Year? Not for Tim Hortons. The iconic coffee chain has been roasted recently for decisions by some of its franchise operators (including the children of its founders) to cancel paid coffee breaks and oblige employees to fund 50 to 75 per cent of the costs of their benefits. “These changes are due to […]

This ‘bonjour-hi’ business is silly — and dangerous

Dec 4 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — “Hi.” One word. Two letters. So much power. Who knew that a modest greeting could undermine the established social order, threaten a culture, destroy a language — and command the attention of over one hundred politicians who, doubtless, have more important things to do? In Quebec it can — when paired with the word “Bonjour,” […]

Patrick Brown plays it safe

Nov 27 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — Is change the answer to Ontario’s many woes? Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown is saying ‘yes’, of course, and offering himself as the man to deliver it. At the PCs’ weekend policy convention, the party unveiled its ‘People’s Guarantee’, a glossy 78-page platform document featuring Brown’s face on the cover and the word “change” […]

Why Trudeau should take a pass on free trade with China

Nov 21 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — Should Canada consider a free trade deal with China? As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mulls a possible trade mission to the country next month, the answer ought to be a resounding “No” — not because such a deal would damage our economy or our trading relationship with the U.S., but rather because it threatens something […]

A war in Paradise — and moral high ground for the Conservatives

Nov 6 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — There’s trouble in paradise — and it’s bad news for Justin Trudeau’s government. This weekend saw the publication of the Paradise Papers, a data dump of 13.4 million electronic files detailing the tax structures wealthy individuals and corporations have used to reduce their tax burden. From Great Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur […]

Stop tiptoeing around Quebec’s veil ban, feds

Oct 30 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — There are so many third rails in Canadian politics — issues so explosive that parties will tie themselves in knots to avoid them, or else choose to punt them to the courts. Same sex rights, abortion and private health care top the list, to which — thanks to Quebec’s Bill 62 — we can now […]

The Liberals dig that tax policy pitfall a little deeper

Oct 23 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — Three strikes, you’re out. That’s the rule in baseball. In politics, you can always keep swinging — but your odds of a home run fade with every miss, while the fans get more and more restless and wonder if its too late to switch teams. That’s the position the Liberals find themselves in following their […]