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Forget the Cold War, this cyber conflict is hot

Apr 7 2021 — John Ivison — Two days before Superbowl LV in Tampa in early February, someone hacked into a water treatment plant in nearby Pinellas County and tried to poison Florida’s water supply. The unknown attacker used a password to break into the remote access software platform that controls the plant and adjusted the level of sodium hydroxide to more […]

Ford’s latest lazy lockdown plan shows he hasn’t learned from the last ones

Apr 1 2021 — Randall Denley — Messages don’t come much more mixed than the ones delivered Thursday by Ontario Premier Doug Ford and his top COVID-19 advisers. In the morning, Dr. Adalsteinn Brown, co-chair of the province’s science advisory group, presented his usual prophecy of doom. The latest COVID modelling projects sharply increasing case numbers as the deadlier, more contagious virus […]

Conservatives ask lobbying commissioner to investigate contacts by former Liberal minister Sheila Copps

Apr 1 2021 — Christopher Nardi — The Conservatives are asking the commissioner of lobbying to investigate if former Liberal Minister Sheila Copps broke the law last spring when she reached out to the government regarding a COVID-19 “procurement opportunity”. But Copps told the National Post that she ran any personal protection equipment (PPE) purchasing discussions she had with government by the […]

Liberals sitting pretty as Canadians’ wealth rises, but budget spending needs to be reined in

Mar 31 2021 — John Ivison — The Trudeau government’s brazen dismissal of the will of the House of Commons, when it comes to sending political aides to testify before parliamentary committees, is deepening divisions between partisans. “Why would anyone vote for the Liberals?” bemoaned one Conservative on social media, citing WE, SNC, rail blockades and vaccine missteps as evidence that hanging […]

The Liberals’ contemptible snubbing of parliamentary procedure

Mar 30 2021 — John Ivison — If the Liberals are trying to bait the opposition parties into finding the government in contempt of Parliament and thereby sparking an election, they are doing a fine job. It would be hard to conceive a more convincing display of disrespect toward open government than Pablo Rodriguez’s performance before the ethics committee on Monday, where […]

Auditor general finds pandemic pushed public service to perform, but there were still failures

Mar 25 2021 — John Ivison — It was a close shave but the Trudeau government has been given pass marks for its response to the COVID pandemic by the federal auditor general. In her report, Karen Hogan says the “all-hands-on-deck” emergency prompted a startling reaction from the bureaucracy, where a service mindset replaced the process-oriented approach that often sees the machinery […]

Liberal MP John McKay is a maverick with a mission

Mar 25 2021 — John Ivison — Parliamentarians are often derided as trained seals – interchangeable bobbleheads who always vote at their party’s call and never think for themselves at all. But it doesn’t have to be that way, as Liberal MP John McKay has proven in his nearly quarter of a century in the House of Commons.

What was Erin O’Toole thinking, you may ask

Mar 23 2021 — — The Conservative leader’s policy speech was long on cue card rhetoric, short on actual specifics. A friend recently asked what Erin O’Toole was thinking bringing forward a Conservative convention resolution that “climate change is real” instead of saying “man-made climate change” or specifying policy options. Which, though superficially very sensible, seemed to me to incorporate […]

Erin O’Toole must put this comedy of errors behind him

Mar 23 2021 — John Ivison — “He must have a long spoon that must eat with the devil”: Dromio of Syracuse in William Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors. This quote came to mind while reviewing last weekend’s Conservative convention. In truth, the plotline was more like one of the Bard’s tragedies, in which the flawed hero is consumed by his own ambition. […]