The Senate Chamber.

Protracted negotiations? Hardly.

  While appearing before the Senate modernization committee this week, the Government Leader in the Senate – err, “government representative,” Senator Peter Harder, pushed for both “flexible rules” and a business committee for the Senate going forward, starting this fall if at all possible.  This while the Senate’s Order Paper is filling up with bills […]

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Booze-buying adventures in the wild, wild Pacific Northwest

  Anyone with cursory experience of Ontario’s alcohol distribution regime doesn’t buy Premier Kathleen Wynne’s health and safety excuses for an instant.  As is routinely the case, the protection of unionized jobs at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), as well as the provincial revenue stream, is the priority.  But you almost have to […]

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Doug, why should we vote for you?

  With two weeks to go the Ontario election race seems to be tightening in several ways.  One is that Liberal collars are contracting as the scale of their looming debacle becomes clear.  Another is that the NDP is closing in on the Tories in many polls because, I would argue, only the socialist party […]

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What Needs To Happen For The NDP To Actually Win This Election

It would appear that my podcasting partner Graeme C. Gordon has caught the Orange Fever, and with good reason: The PC’s appear to be doing everything in their power to throw this one away, as per usual. If it were any other time, any other campaign, any other leader, I’d be putting my money under the […]

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Doug Ford, maybe not that great at this

  It’s been interesting to see how Doug Ford has fared out in the open and on his own as the leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives.  In his past political life he’s been so tied to his brother, intertwined with the late Rob, it was hard to tell where one ended and the other began. […]

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Trudeau’s Carbon Tax Candy

  If Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants to win Canadians over to his carbon tax scheme, he’ll first need to master the art of political propaganda. And when I say “propaganda” I mean that word in its old school sense, i.e. using the powers of persuasion to get people to do things, they might not […]

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Maple-glazed Trump? Doug Ford’s populism is Canadian-made

Canadian and American flags fly as Doug Ford speaks during a campaign stop in Niagara Falls, Ont., on May 14, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tara Walton In the wake of Donald Trump’s election to the U.S. presidency in November 2016, Canadian exceptionalism has enjoyed a healthy renaissance. Trump’s nativist, misogynistic, xenophobic rhetoric leading up to his […]

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Time to re-engage with our constitutional monarchy

  With the focus on the royal wedding this past weekend, along with the more subdued celebrations for Victoria Day, there have been a few reminders about the fact that in Canada, we have always been a monarchy.  As with any event featuring our shared monarchy, there were a number of disingenuous stories about how […]

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The Art Of The Deal, And Why Canadians Are Awful At It

It’s so strange.  Here we are in the midst of The Worst Canadian Election Ever (until the next election, which will inevitably be worse) where all the parties have huge financial holes in their platforms, where the promises either cannot or should not be fulfilled, and everyone is massively unpopular and we only have “front-runners” […]

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