Feb 8 2018 — Don Martin — CTV Power Play — The Great Divide forms the southern stretch of Rocky Mountain border between Alberta and British Columbia. Rain falling on the western side flows toward the Pacific. On the eastern slope, it gurgles toward the Atlantic or Arctic oceans. But this geographically defining landmark turned politically rocky this week with two premiers under the NDP flag […]
Feb 1 2018 — Don Martin — CTV Power Play — What happened in Vegas ended up as a very public triumph for an underrated MP on the floor of the House of Commons this week. The MP everyone would’ve voted least likely to succeed in 2011 has been named the NDP House Leader. Then-33-year-old Ruth Ellen Brosseau immediately negotiated all-party agreement to fast track anti-sexual […]
Dec 22 2017 — Don Martin — CTV Power Play — Predicting the future of Canadian politics is a dark and murky art. But after consulting insiders and veteran observers, I’m going to try a glimpse the year ahead and hope my mostly-wrong 2017 predictions were a particularly miserable anomaly. For starters, it’s pretty clear NAFTA will be axed in late spring with President Donald Trump […]
Dec 7 2017 — Don Martin — CTV Power Play — So three days after and Kent Hehr is still in cabinet. That would be three days after the disabled minister of disabilities shrugged off victims with disabilities using some the coldest, crassest and frankly craziest language I’ve ever heard a politician utter. To the survivors of Thalidomide, who looked to him for compassionate understanding, Hehr […]
Nov 23 2017 — Don Martin — CTV Power Play — It’s been 25 years since a politician named Stockwell Day held up a loonie at his swearing in as Alberta finance minister and declared he would never forget each one was soaked with the sweat of a taxpayer and must be spent carefully. It was corny as hell and his eventual claim to fame was […]
Nov 16 2017 — Don Martin — CTV Power Play — It’s been four decades since two undercover cops ripped open the doors of my parked Rambler and busted all four of us for pot possession because they found some cannabis seeds in the ash tray. At the time, we could never have imagined how many cops would retire with full pensions to join the marijuana […]
Nov 9 2017 — Don Martin — CTV Power Play — Watching the Trudeau government dodge, weave and retreat through the prolonged crisis on taxation and ethics this fall, one question comes to mind: Are they smart or are they weak? The revolt against small business tax fairness was quelled by excessive damage control with a costly unplanned tax cut. The affirmation of employee discount taxation […]
Nov 2 2017 — Don Martin — CTV Power Play — This government is too young to act so old. It usually takes a full term or two for a government to achieve a level of sufficiently arrogant entitlement to boldly spew patronage, wildly squander money or rule by secretive decree – and it usually hits just before voters throw the bums out. But there are […]
Oct 21 2017 — CTV Power Play — The Strategy Session says Minister Morneau’s jabs at the media will deal a harsh blow to the finance minister’s perception in Canada.
Oct 19 2017 — Don Martin — CTV Power Play — When crisis communicators of the future need an example of a reputation-shredding failure to enact timely damage control, they will point to the Bill Morneau debacle. It took four days for the finance minister to act on the obvious – he was, at very least, distracted by a perceived conflict of interest by controlling a […]
Oct 14 2017 — CTV Power Play — The Strategy Session discusses the fruitfulness of PM Trudeau’s visit to U.S. President Trump during NAFTA negotiations.