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Pierre Poilievre’s lead spells trouble for Tories

Jul 4 2022 — Geoffrey Stevens — The hardest thing a political party has to do is to choose the right leader at the right time. If it were simple, the federal Liberals would not have burned through two “permanent” leaders, Stéphane Dion and Michael Ignatieff, and one interim leader, Bob Rae, before settling on Justin Trudeau. If it were easy, the […]

Politicians should admit their dumb mistakes

Jun 27 2022 — John Milloy — I can finally admit it: during my 20 years as a political staffer and elected politician I was involved in many political coverups. Don’t get too excited, they weren’t the type of coverups that you see in movies or read about in political thrillers — no Canadian versions of Watergate, Irangate or any other gate. […]

Conservative leadership candidate Patrick Brown dismisses allegations from opponent Pierre Poilievre

Jun 21 2022 — — Conservative leadership candidate Patrick Brown dismissed allegations made by opponent Pierre Poilievre’s campaign alleging improper reimbursement of membership fees. “It certainly does not sound like a confident front-runner,” said Brown in an interview prior to addressing the Hamilton chapter of the MacDonald-Cartier Club at the Marquis Gardens on Rymal Road June 16. “The allegations have […]

Some tips for Doug Ford during his second term in office

Jun 4 2022 — John Milloy — Although the size of Doug Ford’s election victory was surprising, the fact that he won was hardly shocking. Voters often reward first-term governments with another mandate. Now for the tricky part — the second term. Second-term governments are strange animals. On the one hand, those in power better understand the intricacies of governing. At the […]

Election debates lack real purpose

May 20 2022 — John Milloy — Why do we have leaders’ debates? I suspect those Ontarians who bothered to watch the most-recent election debate are probably asking themselves that very question — I know that I am. It’s not that there was anything particularly wrong with the evening and kudos to both the moderators and party leaders for all trying their […]

Let’s take a deep breath over Roe V. Wade

May 7 2022 — John Milloy — Could we all take a deep breath? A leaked draft decision from the U.S. Supreme Court about abortion has created a bizarre political firestorm here in Canada. The most dangerous place to be these days is between a live microphone and a Canadian politician wanting to tell us how they will fight until their dying […]

Language, history and the new Governor General

Mar 22 2022 — Percy Downe — There is a bill currently before the Senate regarding language requirements for governors general that would still allow Julie Payette to be appointed, but not Indigenous leader and current Gov. General Mary May Simon. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau deserves credit for appointing Simon, notwithstanding the criticism that he knew he would be facing. He recognized […]

The role of religion in the Ottawa protest

Mar 1 2022 — John Milloy — The end of the “freedom convoy” in Ottawa has already led to much soul searching — how could it have happened? One of the topics certain to be discussed is the role that the Christian faith played in the protest. There were a lot of Christians up in Ottawa — you could see it in […]

Trudeau’s clear path on priorities

Nov 29 2021 — Geoffrey Stevens — Although Justin Trudeau’s Liberals may have the thinnest public support of any federal government in Canadian history, a shade less than one-third of the two-thirds of the eligible voters who cast ballots on Sept. 20 — or roughly 20 per cent of the entire electorate — we should probably stop calling them a minority government. […]

Election forum shows how religion and politics can indeed mix

Sep 10 2021 — John Milloy — It has become almost accepted wisdom in Canada that religion and politics should never mix. That doesn’t mean that politicians don’t like to talk about religion. On the contrary, many seem to enjoy talking about it as long as they can cast it in the most-damning light possible. The current federal campaign is no exception. […]

Adam Vaughan leaves politics with his fight for affordable housing far from won. Who will step up to fill the void?

Aug 9 2021 — Heather Scoffield — For years now, Toronto MP Adam Vaughan has personified the Liberals’ housing policy, an outspoken advocate within the government ranks, pushing to entrench Ottawa in the subsidy game and making affordable housing his cause célèbre. But if he thinks the federal work is done on the affordable housing front, he should think again. As he […]

Celebrate our achievements as motivation to build a better Canada

Jun 30 2021 — John Milloy — Should we celebrate Canada Day? As we head toward July 1, the idea of cancelling our national birthday has gained momentum. Canada’s history, many argue, is too often the story of those on the margins being oppressed or subjugated. The continuing discovery of the remains of children at former residential schools and the senseless killing […]