Columns Archives: January

Kenney barrelling ahead with unconstitutional Senate “elections”

  Last week, the Alberta legislature passed Bill 26, the Senate Elections Act, which premier Jason Kenney crowed was part of the province’s “democratic reform” agenda.  It’s one of a series of measures that Kenney has undertaken under the guise of “empowering the people” of the province, along with making provisions to hold additional referenda […]

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Trudeau survives the day despite being colour blind

  No matter what was going to happen, it was going to be a turning point.  The last time a Prime Minister testified before a House of Commons committee because he was in political hot water was on March 3, 1932.  Then, as of now, there were allegations of misuse of funds from the Canadian […]

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Three reasons the Green leadership contest could re-shape Canadian party politics

In less than 10 weeks, Green Party of Canada members will elect their new leader. Before you scoff and suggest the Greens are of minimal relevance to Canadian politics, we should acknowledge that the party’s leadership contest could become important for three reasons.  First, the Greens are enjoying unprecedented electoral success; second, the next federal […]

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What can we expect from Trudeau on WE? Not much

  It was some time around 3:30pm Tuesday that my brain started leaking out of my ear.  I’d been watching Craig and Marc Kielburger testify before the House of Commons finance committee for about two-and-a-half hours and something inside started to crack.  The hours of smarmy non-replies from the two brothers, the co-founders of WE […]

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Tories may not be able to put the political Humpty Dumpty back together again

There’s always been an understood rule of thumb about party leadership races in Canada and other democratic countries.  Candidates will often debate, disagree, dispute, dissent and, once in a while, disassociate with one another on the campaign trail.  Once all the ballots have been counted, and a winner has been formally announced, they’re supposed to […]

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Trudeau needs to lay the groundwork for Payette’s replacement

News last week out of Rideau Hall of bullying and verbal abuse of staff by Her Excellency Julie Payette and her Secretary, Assunta Di Lorenzo, was not exactly a surprise to those of us who had been paying attention to the vice-regal happenings in this country.  Concerns about Payette’s suitability for the role of Governor […]

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