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Policy Q&A: Recovering G7 Sherpa Sen. Peter Boehm on Biarritz Schadenfreude, Trump and the Future of the G7

Aug 22 2019 — Lisa Van Dusen — Before retiring from a distinguished foreign service career last year, Senator Peter Boehm served as Canadian sherpa to the 2018 G7 in Charlevoix, Québec. Ahead of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, he spoke with Policy Associate Editor Lisa Van Dusen about his Biarritz Schadenfreude, the emotional roller coaster of Charlevoix, those notorious Donald Trump […]

The Quite Honourable Joe Clark

Jun 5 2019 — — This is a big week for Joe Clark. On June 4th, 40 years ago, Clark was sworn in as Canada’s 16th prime minister. And June 5th marks his 80th birthday. Through all the years, in triumph and turmoil, the man from High River has marked these milestones with the two women in his life; his […]

Unscripted: The Serious Stakes for Ukraine’s New Leader

Apr 26 2019 — Yaroslav Baran — By the time Ukraine’s voters cast their ballots in the second round of presidential elections on April 21st, it was all but certain what the outcome would be — change was in the air. Indeed, when the ballots were counted, 73 per cent of voters had voted for a new president. “Chocolate King” oligarch Petro […]

Letter from Davos, 2019: Trade, Trust and Trump

Feb 5 2019 — — What a difference a year can make. Last year, a buoyant, synchronized global expansion set an optimistic mood at Davos, President Emmanuel Macron of France was confident that the battle against populism was turning, Britain was expected to muddle through on Brexit, President Donald Trump’s speech gave some hope that his tweet was worse than […]

The GTA Shuffle is Done. On to the BBQ Circuit

Jul 20 2018 — L. Ian MacDonald — The mid-summer cabinet shuffle was about getting the Liberal government past rough patches through to the October 2019 election. And a lot of the campaign positioning from their perspective is about Ontario and Quebec, the heartland of Liberal dynasties going back to Laurier’s time. Ontario has been responsible for the last two majority governments, giving […]

What Could Have Been Done on Corporate Tax Reform

Oct 18 2017 — Jack M. Mintz — As I write this article on the latest version of private corporate tax reform, not all the details have been revealed. Nor has there been sufficient time to fully digest the October amendments to the historic July 18, 2017 proposals and understand their economic impacts. As a reminder, the July 18 pro‎posals included three major […]

The B.C. Conundrum

Jun 16 2017 — Yaroslav Baran — The coming week will mark the beginning of a protracted political drama in British Columbia, with Premier Christy Clark recalling the legislature for a Speech from the Throne — presumably step one on the ill-fated road to try to establish the confidence of the legislature in her government. Many have predicted it will amount to […]

A Green Balance of Power in BC

May 14 2017 — Elizabeth May — At a moment in politics when it seems positive firsts are few and far between, the news that the BC Green Party — the BC cousin of the federal Greens — will be forming its first-ever caucus in North America and in my home province was a rare blast of blessed good news. The results […]

Donald Trump, disruptive surrealist

Jan 29 2017 — Lisa Van Dusen — Ten days into the previously unthinkable Trump administration, the outlines of a conceptual framework through which to view the new American president’s political philosophy are beginning to emerge amid the fog of confusion and perpetual avalanche of tweets. We can safely conclude that Donald Trump is not a realist, after a week that began with […]

NAFTA, Keystone and the new American president

Jan 24 2017 — L. Ian MacDonald — It was not a speech urbi et orbi — to the city and the world. Donald Trump’s inaugural address was a campaign speech, reiterating the isolationist, protectionist and nativist themes of the unlikely election result that made him the 45th president of the United States. I meant what I said then, he said now. Power […]

Spooky Action at a Distance and the Redefinition of Power

Jan 9 2017 — Lisa Van Dusen — The Le Carré-ish tale of Russia’s narrative manipulation of America’s presidential election is more than a geopolitical inflection point, it’s an object lesson in the redefinition of power. In the two decades since the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution brought on by the internet, power has shifted from the post-Cold War status quo of […]

The Political Hornet’s Nest of #ERRE

Dec 4 2016 — L. Ian MacDonald — It’s not every day you see a party with a majority of seats in Parliament submit a minority report on an issue they themselves put on the political agenda. But it’s not every day a majority government relinquishes its majority on a parliamentary committee, as the Liberals did last June in allowing the opposition parties […]

The Awkward Adios

Nov 27 2016 — L. Ian MacDonald — Maybe it was the jet lag. Justin Trudeau woke up Saturday morning in Madagascar, eight time zones ahead of Ottawa, and was informed that Fidel Castro had died Friday night in Cuba. At noon local time, four o’clock in the morning back home, Trudeau’s office issued a statement that read as though the prime minister […]

For Canada, Trade Trumps All

Nov 20 2016 — L. Ian MacDonald — On January 20, Donald Trump will stand on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol and be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. In delivering his inaugural address, he will be looking out directly to the Canadian Embassy, just a couple of blocks away on Pennsylvania Avenue. Canadians gathered at the […]