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Trudeau visits Kyiv, predicts victory for Ukraine on invasion's two-year anniversary

Trudeau visits Kyiv, predicts victory for Ukraine on invasion's two-year anniversary

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau emerged Sat­ur­day in the Ukrain­ian cap­i­tal of Kyiv, join­ing oth­er world lead­ers at the site of one of the war’s first and fiercest bat­tles to mark the sec­ond anniver­sary of the bru­tal Russ­ian inva­sion.…

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says 'weakling' Putin executed Navalny to crush dissent

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says 'weakling' Putin executed Navalny to crush dissent

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau is call­ing Vladimir Putin a ​“weak­ling” ahead of…

China wants Canadian private investment in Belt and Road projects, amid scrutiny

China wants Canadian private investment in Belt and Road projects, amid scrutiny

China’s ambas­sador in Ottawa says he wants Cana­di­an busi­ness to col­lab­o­rate with…

Info watchdog investigating record destruction allegations related to ArriveCan app

Info watchdog investigating record destruction allegations related to ArriveCan app

The fed­er­al infor­ma­tion watch­dog says she will look into alle­ga­tions about…

Poilievre vows to 'always stand with Ukraine' as third year of Russian war begins

Poilievre vows to 'always stand with Ukraine' as third year of Russian war begins

Pierre Poilievre has vowed that ​“Cana­da will always stand with Ukraine” as the world…

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Most Canadians think Putin will win if the west stops helping Ukraine

Most Canadians think Putin will win if the west stops helping Ukraine

Our lat­est research con­duct­ed in con­sul­ta­tion with the Cana­di­an Glob­al Affairs…

Canadians Assess How Federal Politicians Are Elected

Canadians Assess How Federal Politicians Are Elected

More than three-in-five Cana­di­ans have no qualms about the elec­toral sys­tem used in…



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Trudeau signs $3-billion security deal for Ukraine on 2nd anniversary of Russian invasion

Trudeau signs $3-billion security deal for Ukraine on 2nd anniversary of Russian invasion

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau signed a deal in Kyiv on Sat­ur­day com­mit­ting…

Poilievre said MPs from other parties should have voted against millions for ArriveCan as costs grew

Poilievre said MPs from other parties should have voted against millions for ArriveCan as costs grew

Con­ser­v­a­tive Leader Pierre Poilievre says MPs in oth­er par­ties should have vot­ed…

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The Big Tobacco moment comes for Big Oil

The Big Tobacco moment comes for Big Oil

Ear­li­er this month, I intro­duced Bill C‑372 to end the decades of green­wash­ing…

What is Canadian content if Canada has no identity, and AI is creating art?

What is Canadian content if Canada has no identity, and AI is creating art?

One of the under-dis­cussed tragedies of Canada’s mul­ti­ple cur­rent (and pre­ventable)…



Opinion (Continued)

A Stephen Harper tweet was the latest reminder of the depth of Western bias on Israel-Palestine

A Stephen Harper tweet was the latest reminder of the depth of Western bias on Israel-Palestine

On Wednes­day, for­mer Cana­di­an prime min­is­ter Stephen Harp­er was in Jerusalem,…

The Politics of Personality: Is Likeability the New White Whale?

The Politics of Personality: Is Likeability the New White Whale?

In an era of celebri­ty pol­i­tics, in which brand is every­thing, a lot hinges on…

If he wants to protect kids, Pierre Poilievre should forget about porn and look in the mirror

If he wants to protect kids, Pierre Poilievre should forget about porn and look in the mirror

There’s noth­ing that excites Pierre Poilievre more than when Prime Min­is­ter Justin…

The government’s ‘national security’ claim for withholding documents from Parliament is exposed as a sham

The government’s ‘national security’ claim for withholding documents from Parliament is exposed as…

Why did the gov­ern­ment call an elec­tion in August, 2021, in the mid­dle of…

Truth, lies and emissions caps

Truth, lies and emissions caps

He might be trail­ing in the polls and on his way to an epic elec­toral defeat, but…

Chrystia Freeland should rethink the flawed alcohol escalator tax

Chrystia Freeland should rethink the flawed alcohol escalator tax

When Finance Min­is­ter Chrys­tia Free­land tables the 2024 fed­er­al bud­get, it will be…

Liberals, you'd be fools

Liberals, you'd be fools

Watch­ing Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau give an extend­ed inter­view to Alber­ta’s Ryan…

The ugly Nenshi-Parker dust-up and the politics of personal insult

The ugly Nenshi-Parker dust-up and the politics of personal insult

A bat­tle of insults on social media shows how far we’ve descend­ed into per­son­al…

Canada needs a wealth tax

Canada needs a wealth tax

After the City of Edmon­ton and its tax­pay­ers gave him hun­dreds of mil­lions of…

Pierre Poilievre wants to look tough but bows to Donald Trump

Pierre Poilievre wants to look tough but bows to Donald Trump

So let me get this straight. Pierre Poilievre is going to make life more afford­able for…



Danielle Smith breaks pledged tax cut while promising the moon for Alberta’s Heritage Fund

Danielle Smith breaks pledged tax cut while promising the moon for Alberta’s Heritage Fund

Alber­ta, Danielle Smith has just announced, has one last shot at get­ting it right. And…

Danielle Smith bets Albertans would rather save than spend — finally

Danielle Smith bets Albertans would rather save than spend — finally

Pre­mier pitch­es mas­sive Her­itage Fund as she shelves tax cut, tight­ens spend­ing.…

Climate Change Isn’t an Election Issue, It’s an Era

Climate Change Isn’t an Election Issue, It’s an Era

“Every elec­tion is a cli­mate elec­tion.” Far from being just a slo­gan, this…

Poilievre signals he’s up for taking a good whack at runaway immigration levels

Poilievre signals he’s up for taking a good whack at runaway immigration levels

Lib­er­als who make lazy com­par­isons between Don­ald Trump and Pierre Poilievre risk…

Zero Carbon: The heat beneath our feet

Zero Carbon: The heat beneath our feet

Moth­er Nature’s Ice­landic lava show has been an impres­sive reminder that we are…

The road to climate hell is paved with muddled messaging

The road to climate hell is paved with muddled messaging

Last week wasn’t a great one on the cli­mate change front. If, like me, you know…

What Power Reveals: Trudeau 2015 vs. Trudeau 2025

What Power Reveals: Trudeau 2015 vs. Trudeau 2025

It per­sists as the cen­tral ques­tion on people’s minds when they think of the…

Nobody wants to have a beer with Justin Trudeau

Nobody wants to have a beer with Justin Trudeau

If, as the cliché goes, polit­i­cal elec­tabil­i­ty is about who vot­ers want to sit down…

Cracking shells and credibility: MacAulay’s lobster feast in Malaysia exposes Liberal disconnect

Cracking shells and credibility: MacAulay’s lobster feast in Malaysia exposes Liberal disconnect

In the realm of pol­i­tics, the image pro­ject­ed by those in pow­er can often speak…

Liberals denigrate Canada, no wonder the military can't recruit

Liberals denigrate Canada, no wonder the military can't recruit

Who will fight for Cana­da? With all the sabre-rat­tling hap­pen­ing around the world,…



Pointe-Claire demonstrates the nonsense in Poilievre’s housing formula

Pointe-Claire demonstrates the nonsense in Poilievre’s housing formula

Pierre Poilievre held a press event in a shop­ping-mall park­ing lot in…

What Kind of Populist is Pierre Poilievre?

What Kind of Populist is Pierre Poilievre?

When Pierre Poilievre began char­ac­ter­iz­ing him­self dur­ing the 2022 Tory…

Obvious loser in ArriveCan scandal is Trudeau government

Obvious loser in ArriveCan scandal is Trudeau government

Apart from the Cana­di­an pub­lic, the obvi­ous los­er in the Arrive­Can scan­dal is the…

The Millennial Makeover of Canadian Politics

The Millennial Makeover of Canadian Politics

I’ve spent much of my career explor­ing the views and behav­iours of my gen­er­a­tion…

This is what reconciliation looks like and it’s the Churchill Health Centre

This is what reconciliation looks like and it’s the Churchill Health Centre

On the north end of the province of Man­i­to­ba on the mighty Churchill Riv­er sits…

The painful truth about Trudeau’s ‘rebranded’ carbon tax

The painful truth about Trudeau’s ‘rebranded’ carbon tax

It’s absurd that Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau and the Lib­er­als believe that…

Alexei Navalny death: Where was Pierre Poilievre's outrage at Putin?

Alexei Navalny death: Where was Pierre Poilievre's outrage at Putin?

Alex­ei Naval­ny could have been killed any­time, real­ly. In 2020, he was poi­soned with…

“Go Like Hell”: Tim Houston's urgent bid to transform Nova Scotia's healthcare

“Go Like Hell”: Tim Houston's urgent bid to transform Nova Scotia's healthcare

In Nova Sco­tia, where recent snow­storms have added a chill to dai­ly lives, an…

Political Pulse Panel: Scathing AG report, Guilbeault’s roads controversy and pharmacare deadline

Political Pulse Panel: Scathing AG report, Guilbeault’s roads controversy and pharmacare deadline

It was a busy week in Ottawa pol­i­tics with an extreme­ly crit­i­cal report from…

No better time to fight for democracy

No better time to fight for democracy

Every­where we turn there is doubt, a sense of dimin­ish­ment, even despair.…

Guilbeault’s right: The feds should get out of the road-building business

Guilbeault’s right: The feds should get out of the road-building business

The nerve of that Lib­er­al Envi­ron­ment Min­is­ter, propos­ing that we dig up all the…

Is it time for the Liberals and NDP to break up?

Is it time for the Liberals and NDP to break up?

The deal between Justin Trudeau’s Lib­er­als and Jag­meet Singh’s New Democ­rats has…

The Trudeau Liberals need to be better at doing politics

The Trudeau Liberals need to be better at doing politics

There’s a litany of poten­tial expla­na­tions for the dis­as­trous drop the Trudeau…

News (Continued)

Good Talk - Have The Liberals Given Up?

Good Talk - Have The Liberals Given Up?

Lit­tle things can make a dif­fer­ence is the old say­ing. And this week…

Ottawa appeals court decision finding its use of Emergencies Act was unreasonable

Ottawa appeals court decision finding its use of Emergencies Act was unreasonable

Ottawa has filed to appeal a Fed­er­al Court deci­sion that found its invo­ca­tion…

Interference inquiry head says feds have signalled need for closed-door hearings

Interference inquiry head says feds have signalled need for closed-door hearings

The head of a fed­er­al inquiry into for­eign inter­fer­ence says the gov­ern­ment…

RCMP confirms 'alarming' cyber event targeting its networks

RCMP confirms 'alarming' cyber event targeting its networks

The Roy­al Cana­di­an Mount­ed Police con­firmed to CTV News on Fri­day that it was…



Liberals and NDP reach deal on pharmacare

Liberals and NDP reach deal on pharmacare

The Lib­er­als and the NDP have reached a deal to table phar­ma­care frame­work…

Liberals and New Democrats reach a deal on pharmacare

Liberals and New Democrats reach a deal on pharmacare

The fed­er­al Lib­er­al gov­ern­ment and the NDP have come to an agree­ment on…

Former CBSA officials say they are being scapegoated in a ‘coverup’ over ArriveCan

Former CBSA officials say they are being scapegoated in a ‘coverup’ over ArriveCan

Two pub­lic ser­vants who were sus­pend­ed with­out pay in con­nec­tion with mis­con­duct…

Canada sanctions 10 more people in Russia over war with Ukraine ahead of anniversary

Canada sanctions 10 more people in Russia over war with Ukraine ahead of anniversary

Cana­da is adding 10 peo­ple and 153 enti­ties to its sanc­tions list, with Russia’s…

Concordia, McGill to take Quebec to court over tuition hikes for out-of-province students

Concordia, McGill to take Quebec to court over tuition hikes for out-of-province students

Two Eng­lish uni­ver­si­ties in Mon­tréal are launch­ing sep­a­rate law­suits against the…

U.S. Pushes Canada to Impose Visas on Mexican Visitors to Ease Flow from North

U.S. Pushes Canada to Impose Visas on Mexican Visitors to Ease Flow from North

The U.S. is push­ing Cana­da to impose visa require­ments on Mex­i­can vis­i­tors,…

Government threat report warns about attacks in Canada inspired by Hamas-Israel conflict

Government threat report warns about attacks in Canada inspired by Hamas-Israel conflict

The government’s ter­ror­ist threat assess­ment agency is warn­ing that extrem­ists…

'Freedom Convoy' organizer suing Ottawa for using Emergencies Act to freeze accounts

'Freedom Convoy' organizer suing Ottawa for using Emergencies Act to freeze accounts

A main orga­niz­er of the ​“Free­dom Con­voy” is suing the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment for…

Most Canadians think Putin will win if the west stops helping Ukraine

Most Canadians think Putin will win if the west stops helping Ukraine

Cana­di­ans believe that Russ­ian aggres­sions will not stop there, and Cana­da should do…



Trudeau takes a swipe at Poilievre over his stance on age verification for porn

Trudeau takes a swipe at Poilievre over his stance on age verification for porn

Poilievre sup­ports a law that would require age ver­i­fi­ca­tion before access­ing…

Are Doug Ford's Conservatives obsessed with Bonnie Crombie?

Are Doug Ford's Conservatives obsessed with Bonnie Crombie?

Call it the Con­ser­v­a­tives’ Crom­bie com­pul­sion. Pre­mier Doug Ford’s Pro­gres­sive…

Conservative MP Says He Trusts Porn Companies Won’t Leak Digital IDs of Canadians Who Visit Porn Websites

Conservative MP Says He Trusts Porn Companies Won’t Leak Digital IDs of Canadians Who Visit Porn…

One of Pierre Poilievre’s Con­ser­v­a­tive MPs says Cana­di­ans who vis­it porn web­sites…

In move called ‘blatant’ patronage, ex-Doug Ford staffers appointed to committee that selects Ontario judges

In move called ‘blatant’ patronage, ex-Doug Ford staffers appointed to committee that selects…

The inclu­sion of two of Pre­mier Doug Ford’s for­mer senior staffers on the com­mit­tee…

The Liberals and NDP still have reasons to work together — are they good enough?

The Liberals and NDP still have reasons to work together — are they good enough?

If the 44th Par­lia­ment can hold it togeth­er until April 28, it will become the…

Ravaged by war, Russia's army is rebuilding with surprising speed

Ravaged by war, Russia's army is rebuilding with surprising speed

As the sec­ond anniver­sary of the full-scale inva­sion of Ukraine arrives, the Russ­ian…

Suspended public servants say they're being scapegoated for telling the truth about ArriveCan

Suspended public servants say they're being scapegoated for telling the truth about ArriveCan

Two senior fed­er­al offi­cials sus­pend­ed with­out pay fol­low­ing alle­ga­tions of…

Conservative criticism of MacAulay lobster photo ‘insensitive’ to Atlantic fishery: industry

Conservative criticism of MacAulay lobster photo ‘insensitive’ to Atlantic fishery: industry

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the lob­ster and seafood indus­tries in Atlantic Cana­da are…

Canada wavers on military exports to Israel under pressure to suspend shipments

Canada wavers on military exports to Israel under pressure to suspend shipments

Cana­da has stopped issu­ing export per­mits for sell­ing mil­i­tary equip­ment to…

Independent MP Kevin Vuong says he would be 'open' to joining Conservatives

Independent MP Kevin Vuong says he would be 'open' to joining Conservatives

Inde­pen­dent MP Kevin Vuong says he is ​“open” to join­ing the fed­er­al…

Claws come out for federal minister who shared picture of lobster lunch in Asia

Claws come out for federal minister who shared picture of lobster lunch in Asia

A pho­to of fed­er­al Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Lawrence MacAulay eat­ing lob­ster in…

B.C. election budget boosts family benefits as deficit soars to $7.9 B

B.C. election budget boosts family benefits as deficit soars to $7.9 B

British Colum­bia fam­i­lies and small busi­ness oper­a­tors are expect­ed to ben­e­fit…

The Ford government kneecaps provincial energy regulator

The Ford government kneecaps provincial energy regulator

Ontario Pre­mier Doug Ford’s gov­ern­ment is tabling new leg­is­la­tion to over­rule the…

Some sectors of oil industry 'dragging their heels' on climate in favour of profit: Trudeau

Some sectors of oil industry 'dragging their heels' on climate in favour of profit: Trudeau

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau and Alber­ta Pre­mier Danielle Smith found them­selves at…

Gatineau Mayor France Bélisle steps down, citing hostile political climate

Gatineau Mayor France Bélisle steps down, citing hostile political climate

The may­or of Gatineau, Que., says she’s step­ping down effec­tive imme­di­ate­ly. France…

Nova Scotia Liberal Brendan Maguire crosses floor to join Tory cabinet

Nova Scotia Liberal Brendan Maguire crosses floor to join Tory cabinet

Nova Sco­tia Lib­er­al mem­ber Bren­dan Maguire has crossed the floor to join the…

Justin Trudeau claims eight out of 10 Canadian households get more back from rebates than they pay in carbon pricing. Is that true?

Justin Trudeau claims eight out of 10 Canadian households get more back from rebates than they pay…

In the lead-up to the next fed­er­al elec­tion, the Star is tak­ing a look at the…

Former Conservative Party candidate says Poilievre's transgender comment 'confuses the issue'

Former Conservative Party candidate says Poilievre's transgender comment 'confuses the issue'

Han­nah Hod­son, a trans­gen­der for­mer can­di­date for the Con­ser­v­a­tive Par­ty…

Canada only country without a plan to meet NATO defence spending target: ambassador

Canada only country without a plan to meet NATO defence spending target: ambassador

Cana­da is the only NATO mem­ber with­out a plan or a time­line to reach the…

GST, HST on carbon price could raise billions over next seven years: budget watchdog

GST, HST on carbon price could raise billions over next seven years: budget watchdog

The fed­er­al government’s car­bon price could gen­er­ate more than $5 bil­lion from the…

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says 'weakling' Putin executed Navalny to crush dissent

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says 'weakling' Putin executed Navalny to crush dissent

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau is call­ing Vladimir Putin a ​“weak­ling” ahead of…

China wants Canadian private investment in Belt and Road projects, amid scrutiny

China wants Canadian private investment in Belt and Road projects, amid scrutiny

China’s ambas­sador in Ottawa says he wants Cana­di­an busi­ness to col­lab­o­rate with…

Trudeau visits Kyiv, predicts victory for Ukraine on invasion's two-year anniversary

Trudeau visits Kyiv, predicts victory for Ukraine on invasion's two-year anniversary

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau emerged Sat­ur­day in the Ukrain­ian cap­i­tal of Kyiv,…

Trump enters South Carolina's Republican primary looking to embarrass Haley in her home state

    Trump enters South Carolina's Republican primary looking to embarrass Haley in her home state

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — For­mer Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is look­ing to win his fourth…

    Trump says his criminal indictments boosted his appeal to Black voters

      Trump says his criminal indictments boosted his appeal to Black voters

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For­mer Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump claimed Fri­day that his four…

      Think Tank

      Is Canada Trying to Break the Internet?

      The AI rev­o­lu­tion has led coun­tries around the world to grap­ple with what the future…

      The politics of culture wars in contemporary Canada

      The politics of culture wars in contemporary Canada

      “Cul­ture wars” refers to the con­tention between cul­tur­al social­ism –…

      National Pharmacare: Laying the Groundwork

      National Pharmacare: Laying the Groundwork

      Drug cov­er­age in Cana­da is a patch­work of provin­cial, ter­ri­to­r­i­al and…


      Substacks

      A collection of SubStack publishing within Canadian public affairs.

      RCMP hobbled by century-old policing model: minister's briefing

      RCMP hobbled by century-old policing model: minister's briefing

      The RCMP receives ​“insuf­fi­cient fed­er­al invest­ment” to car­ry out its increased…

      Weekly Writ for Feb. 21: The seats that would give Poilievre a majority government

      Weekly Writ for Feb. 21: The seats that would give Poilievre a majority government

      With the kinds of polling num­bers we’ve seen over the last few months, Pierre…

      Forget Putin. Our defence budget is all about Trump

      Forget Putin. Our defence budget is all about Trump

      The man with a pret­ty good shot at being the next U.S. Pres­i­dent sent shock­waves…

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      Death threats, intimidation and assault — all this for baby eels?

        Death threats, intimidation and assault — all this for baby eels?

        It sounds sur­pris­ing, but baby eels, or elvers, have become big busi­ness in Cana­da.…

        Good Talk - Have The Liberals Given Up?

          Good Talk - Have The Liberals Given Up?

          Lit­tle things can make a dif­fer­ence is the old say­ing. And this week…

          Trudeau’s rules for A.I.

            Trudeau’s rules for A.I.

            The Hot Room digs into the Trudeau government’s bill that aims to cre­ate new rules…

            Is Canada ready for Trump 2.0?

              Is Canada ready for Trump 2.0?

              Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau man­aged one chaot­ic term under U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald…

              Personal attacks over online harms bill

                Personal attacks over online harms bill

                At Issue this week: The fed­er­al Lib­er­als are set to announce a bill to make the…

                The Numbers: Races for second places

                  The Numbers: Races for second places

                  A new poll shows the NDP with­in spit­ting dis­tance (yes, Philippe, that’s a real…

                  John Hannaford on the historic challenges facing the public service

                    John Hannaford on the historic challenges facing the public service

                    This week on WONK the Clerk of the Privy Coun­cil dis­cuss­es val­ues and ethics, the…

                    The Impact of Renewables on Canadian Energy Security with Vittoria Bellisimo

                      The Impact of Renewables on Canadian Energy Security with Vittoria Bellisimo

                      On this episode of the Ener­gy Secu­ri­ty Cubed Pod­cast, Kel­ly Ogle and Joe Cal­nan…




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