O’Toole is not bringing about the promised change

In a week of parliamentary brinksmanship, it pays to read a little further beyond the words on the page or the credulity of certain media personalities, and delve a little deeper, because some of the details of what took place appears to have been missed by everyone playing the “will they or won’t they?” game.  […]

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UCP may be coming around to sustainable energy development

  “There is a crack in everything”, wrote Leonard Cohen. In recent weeks there has been a little light getting through Jason Kenney’s dark-ages commitment to the oil-and-gas economy at all costs. He made a tiny nod to the realities of international energy politics in a session at a recent United Conservative Party convention. A […]

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For Trudeau, this victory should ring hollow

  Ah, anticlimax, hello old friend.  Welcome back to Canadian politics. After days of bluster and posturing, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has not fallen.  And while it has turned out we are not going to an election, this little bit of farce and theatre has taught us a little something about Trudeau: he’s not […]

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Trudeau trades up his position on the back of the NDP

  Justin Trudeau really wanted this election.  Despite the Liberals talking points, it is obvious that by declaring the Conservative motion to create a special committee to look deeper into the WE scandal a question of confidence, Justin Trudeau was more than prepared to go to the polls.  Worst case scenario, one of the opposition […]

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Hallowe’en hasn’t been “cancelled” in Ontario, but health and safety must take priority

  “Shiver me timbers!  Batten down the hatches!  Release the hounds, Smithers!  Doug Ford just cancelled Hallowe’en!” This partially sums up the litany of yelling, screaming, whining and complaining that occurred on Monday.  People from all walks of life believed the Premier of Ontario had actually cancelled this fun, spooky celebration.  Houses normally adorned with […]

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Obfuscating jurisdiction to score points

  It seems to come as a surprise to many people that Canada is a highly decentralized federation, with a constitutionally entrenched division of powers that prevents the federal government from blundering its way into the affairs of the provinces.  Sure, there are a few areas of shared jurisdiction that come with some push and […]

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The Dangers of Media-spun Political Stories

  Apparently, the Prime Minister’s Office is hiring a “storyteller.”  I must admit, when I first heard this bit of news, it seemed funny to me, in a “how could the government possibly do something so crazily stupid” sort of way.  Imagine using tax dollars to pay a “storyteller” nearly $100,000 a year to do […]

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Trump is counting on data smog

  Forget it.  Two years ago, in a limitless and sunny August when a global pandemic seemed like an impossibility, my daughter and I knocked on doors for the Democrats in Portland, Maine.  We were using a list of registered Democrats living in a tidy West Portland neighborhood.  The houses weren’t terribly big, but nor […]

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