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Bill to start unrigging tax haven laws needs Canadians’ support

Nov 13 2017 — Tom Parkin — We’ve had cash-for-access. Billionaire island. French villas. Ethical loopholes. Conflict of interest. Now it’s tax havens and tax dodging. Until now, the Trudeau government has been able to ride out scandals without fixing problems—and the same depressingly rotten politics continues in Ottawa. Minister’s ethical fundraising rules go unenforced. Morneau’s conflict of interest loophole still isn’t […]

The not-shocking truth about Morneau’s pension and infrastructure plans

Nov 6 2017 — Tom Parkin — Anyone who thinks Bill Morneau might get dropped as Finance Minister is forgetting a key fact: he does what investors and CEOs want from a Finance Minister. Why shocked? From 2010 until the year before his election, Morneau was chair of C.D. Howe Institute—which has a board of directors including bank CEOs, insurance CEOs, investment […]

Justin Trudeau has met his match in Jagmeet Singh

Oct 1 2017 — Tom Parkin — The New Democrats have licked their wounds. And overwhelmingly they’ve decided they want back in the fight. On the first ballot, 54% of NDP members voted for Jagmeet Singh who is now leader of the federal New Democratic Party. Finally, Justin Trudeau will have a strong opponent on the left. Singh’s victory signals a big […]

Half way through this term, problems remain for Trudeau’s opposition

Sep 10 2017 — Tom Parkin — About two years before the next election, political parties are all polling at about the same place they were at last election day. That’s good news for Trudeau who, in an election today, would probably regain a slim majority. For the Conservatives, it’s not. Harper’s record on the economy, law and order, veterans and the […]

Wait—maybe Charlie Angus leads the NDP leadership race

Aug 14 2017 — Tom Parkin — A pair of polls suggest Charlie Angus and Guy Caron may have significant momentum in the NDP leadership race—at least among certain current members—even though Jagmeet Singh boasts the strongest fundraising and endorsement list. But Quito Maggi, president of Mainstreet Research, which did the survey, freely admits the poll has flaws. Maggi’s company did not […]

As Jagmeet Singh emerges as front-runner, NDP race gets chippy

Aug 7 2017 — Tom Parkin — There’s still almost two months until NDP members start voting and a lot can change. But by the only measures we have — fundraising and endorsements — Jagmeet Singh is the front-runner in the NDP leadership race. That perception has others launching attacks on Singh, not always fairly. One line of attack has come over […]

NDP leadership candidate Guy Caron’s jobs and growth plan is a political winner

Jul 31 2017 — Tom Parkin — Candidates in the NDP leadership race — rightfully — have had a good debate on anti-poverty and fair taxation policy. But social democracy isn’t capitalism and free markets with a redistributive tax policy wrap-around. It’s also about creating jobs, paycheques and bottom-up growth using active government policies and investment. That crucial piece hasn’t had a […]

Canada’s middle class shrinks — let’s talk about Trudeau’s socks

Jul 3 2017 — Tom Parkin — The average Canadian wage is falling behind inflation and the distribution of Canadian income is becoming more unequal. Isn’t that a news story? Statistics Canada reports the average Canadian wage in May 2017 was $25.88 an hour—just 33 cents up from May 2016, a paltry 1.3% increase. It’s below the inflation rate, which stands at […]

NDP premiers are the pipeline winners, while Trudeau loses

Jun 11 2017 — Tom Parkin — Alberta NDP Premier Rachel Notley and in-coming BC NDP Premier John Horgan disagree. One supports the Trans Mountain pipeline. The other does not. But in holding opposite positions each will be rewarded by their province’s voters. The losers are their provincial opponents and, most of all, Justin Trudeau. For Notley’s Alberta, the pipleline would boost […]

Quebec NDP success requires more than speaking French

May 23 2017 — Tom Parkin — In a province with a strong social democratic impulse, which hosted the Orange Wave, Quebec offers big potential for the New Democrats and they know it. And to win more Quebec seats, the next NDP leader will need to inspire while navigating political currents such as secularism, say Valerie Dufour and Karl Belanger, two former […]

The new independent Senate isn’t all that improved

Apr 24 2017 — Tom Parkin — In 150 years, the Canadian Senate hasn’t done us any good. It’s mostly been a useless sort of place – only really effective as a comfy nest for political insiders, donors and heirs to great fortunes. But, on the other hand, the Senate’s done little real harm. Sure, it has the power to propose and […]

Federal Liberals threaten to repeat Ontario Liberals’ corporate welfare

Apr 10 2017 — Tom Parkin — Every politician wants to talk about infrastructure and be seen as a civic-minded future-builder. The insidious genius of the Ontario Liberals was to put that noble public urge at the service of private greed. And now it seems the federal Liberals’ have the same thoughts. The Trudeau Liberals are proposing to create an Infrastructure Bank […]

Trudeau’s corporate welfare hurts middle class

Apr 3 2017 — Tom Parkin — Just 10% of Canadians believe Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent budget will help the middle class, according to a recent poll by Forum Research. Meanwhile 41% say it’ll hurt the middle class, 31% say its effects will be neutral, and 19% don’t know. It’s a sign Canadians are coming to see what I’ve been warning […]