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Jagmeet Singh has ground to make up

Aug 13 2018 — Tom Parkin — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has put it all on the line. He’s running in a by-election in the Vancouver-area riding of Burnaby South. A loss could be politically fatal. But with a win, the idea might start to catch on that the political class needs a swift kick in the pants. It’s pretty clear now […]

All this “illegal” border talk is just dog-whistle politics

Jul 23 2018 — Tom Parkin — From the start, NDP Immigration Critic Jenny Kwan has been calling out Conservative dog-whistle politics that falsely label refugees as law-breaking “illegals.” Good for her. Unfortunately, it’s been a lonely task. Canadian law is very clear: someone crossing our border at any place to claim asylum, whether the trip is made “directly or indirectly” from […]

Political gesturing on carbon pricing could cost Canadians billions

Jun 18 2018 — Tom Parkin — If you’re a fan of politicians who play cynical political games at public expense, good times are coming. The federal government’s carbon pricing legislation passed in the Senate last week. Across Canada, carbon pricing will become mandatory on Jan. 1, 2019. Nine of 10 provinces already have carbon plans in place. But now a trio […]

A Horwath majority is best way to stop Ford

May 23 2018 — Tom Parkin — Ontarians are trying to find their way out a political morass to a fresh start. We may not make it. The collapse of the Kathleen Wynne‘s Liberals is the central fact of this election. Every poll shows the governing Liberals in third. And they’re third in every region, including Toronto 416, according to the Tuesday’s […]

Why Andrea Horwath has the momentum

May 16 2018 — Tom Parkin — The pundits on the politics shows can’t explain it. The reporters can only watch it. The opinionists only care what they think. The pollsters don’t get it. This week’s Ipsos poll shows Andrea Horwath’s strong momentum. According to Ipsos, support for her NDP has grown six points in seven days. Now Doug Ford’s PCs are […]

Andrea Horwath is the new centre of Ontario politics

May 10 2018 — Tom Parkin — After 15 years, Ontarians are done with a Liberal government that is more concerned about itself than the mounting challenges faced by Ontarians. But even though Doug Ford’s PCs are currently riding 11 points ahead of Andrea Horwath’s second-place NDP, that gap could be quickly closed, a new IPSOS poll suggests.

With Ford the winner, now is the NDP’s big chance

Mar 12 2018 — Tom Parkin — Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals have run out of hats and rabbits. They’ve run out of time. They’re toast. But new PC Leader Doug Ford is no improvement. Ontarians deserve something better than a horrific choice between Wynne and Ford. And that gives Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath the best winning chance for her party […]

Philippines helicopter deal raises more questions about Trudeau’s human rights commitment

Feb 11 2018 — Tom Parkin — A $233 million deal to supply 16 Canadian-made helicopters to Philippines strongman Rodrigo Duterte may be dead after a human rights group intervened over concerns the Trudeau government may have tried to willfully ignore. Duterte, elected in 2016, is under investigation by the International Criminal Court for thousands of extra-judicial murders. He has bragged about […]

NDP outsider aims to pry open Ottawa’s secret ways

Jan 28 2018 — Tom Parkin — Before she was elected, Ruth Ellen Brosseau sometimes worked three part-time jobs trying to keep afloat, provide for her son and pay back her student loans. But as she says, hard work for low pay is common in her Quebec riding of Berthier-Maskinonge. Now that experience of hard work and long hours has put Brosseau […]

Canada’s jobs news is good, but the party is already winding down

Jan 7 2018 — Tom Parkin — Friday’s economic headline was good news—Statistics Canada reported December unemployment fell to 5.7%. No doubt Justin Trudeau and Bill Morneau will be popping corks and patting each other on the back. Look deeper. Over two-thirds of December’s new jobs were part-time—55,000 part-time, just 24,000 full-time.

With no signature success, Trudeau’s popularity faltered in 2017

Dec 27 2017 — Tom Parkin — Jean Chretien held a net positive approval rating for almost six years. Stephen Harper for just two. Now, two years and two months into his mandate, more Canadians disapprove of the job being done by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau than approve. Why not? And with almost nothing to show after two years of government, why […]