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War Room vs. Press Room: Glen McGregor on media, politics, and campaigns

Nov 24 2023 — Fred DeLorey — We go On Background with Glen McGregor, award-winning journalist, with decades of experience on Parliament Hill and covering federal election campaigns. Glen and Fred trade war stories as they battled through some of politics’ biggest “scandals” in this century, and talk about what the relationship between media and campaigns could look like with Pierre Poilievre.

Today in Canada’s Political History: Canada starts to confront the legacy of residential schools

Nov 23 2023 — Arthur Milnes — The ongoing journey of confronting Canada’s legacy of residential schooling for Indigenous children took another step forward on this date in 2005. The government of Prime Minister Paul Martin announced that residential school survivors would be receiving $2 billion in compensation. The announcement was made by Minister of Justice Irwin Cotler who said the schools […]

Media fails Canadians by giving a free pass to Pierre Poilievre

Nov 23 2023 — Bob Hepburn — If recent opinion polls are right, Pierre Poilievre will be Canada’s next prime minister, easily defeating Justin Trudeau and the Liberals in an election that could come less than a year from now. Those same polls also indicate Poilievre and his Conservatives will likely form a majority government, which would see him in office for […]

Trudeau’s days off? The media needs to get serious

Nov 23 2023 — Max Fawcett — When in doubt, blame the media. That’s long been a strategy deployed by unpopular politicians, and now some extremely online Liberals are using it to explain their party’s increasingly precarious predicament. Notwithstanding my obvious biases here — my faith in the value of good journalism is about as close to religious belief as I can […]

Canada’s CPTPP Leadership in 2024: Managing the Rival Accession Bids of China and Taiwan

Nov 22 2023 — Kristen Hopewell — The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is one of the world’s biggest mega-regional trade agreements, encompassing over 15 per cent of global GDP. It originated as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), until the U.S. withdrew from the agreement under the Trump administration. The remaining 11 members – Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, […]

Trudeau again tries to turn around the Liberal death march

Nov 22 2023 — Rick Bell — Sunny ways have turned into darkening storm clouds. Not doom but definitely gloom. Bleak. If this was supposed to be a Hail Mary pass in the direction of Trudeau’s political redemption, the pass was incomplete, under-thrown, hopelessly off-target. The high cost of living. Groceries, mortgages, rents, the pri

2023 Fall Economic Statement: Outrunning the Hard Rain

Nov 22 2023 — Kevin Page — Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland tabled the 2023 Fall Economic Statement in Parliament on November 21st. Contrary to some catchy characterizations, it is most definitely an economic statement, not a mini budget. There are few new announcements of fiscal significance. Times are tough. The economy is not growing and unemployment is rising. […]

Fixing Canada’s problems will remain an uphill struggle until voters start holding provinces accountable

Nov 22 2023 — Les Whittington — In recent months, with the whole country screaming for action on housing affordability, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has stepped up its engagement with municipalities by offering direct funding for residential construction through the Housing Accelerator Fund. The initiative—which offers tens of millions of dollars to cities for speedy development and promotes zoning changes to […]

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