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Next up… Minister of Platitudes And Words That Sound Nice

  I’m amazed Canada doesn’t have a Minister of Platitudes And Words That Sound Nice to deal with the influx of equally absurd portfolios in the new Canadian ministry. Justin Trudeau unveiled his re-elected government’s cabinet on Wednesday, featuring a line-up more noteworthy for the positions invented from thin air rather than the particular choices […]

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Will the new Cabinet backslide on changing government?

  The unveiling of the renewed Cabinet this week gave us a few hints about how the way in which Justin Trudeau’s government operates will likely change over the life of the current hung parliament, and most of those changes are not positive ones.  When they formed government in 2015 under the motto of doing […]

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The post of “Minister of Middle Class Prosperity” is nauseating

  Cabinet shuffles really turn my crank.  Unfortunately they turn it the wrong way.  I’m certainly not alone in finding the concept of a “Minister of Middle Class Prosperity” nauseating.  But it’s just part of a much larger problem: a constitutional order deformed by vain ambition and hallucinations worth of Hieronymus Bosch. Some journalists love […]

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Kenney on the hotseat over firing of Election Commissioner

  It’s in the mid 20s in Texas this week, much warmer than snowy Edmonton. But Jason Kenney, who is on an investment attraction junket to Houston and Dallas, isn’t nearly as hot as he would be if had stayed home to face the music over the firing of the Alberta Election Commissioner. The firing […]

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A cabinet of farce and menace

    What is there to say, really, about this new cabinet? You could say there are a lot of familiar faces, not much has changed.  You could focus on Christya Freeland’s move out of foreign affairs, and what that says about the focus of the government.  You could even talk about Catherine McKenna’s departure […]

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Sorbara shows why being a political staffer is a noble profession

  I read Pat Sorbara’s book in a single evening. It is classic Pat; direct, clearly written, very organised and full of sensible advice. Most of the coverage in the press to date has focused on her revelations about the inner workings of Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government and the office politics that led to her […]

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Musical chairs in the Senate

  Two more senators moved caucuses on Monday, and the game of musical chairs in the Senate continues – and will continue for the weeks to come.  Conservative Senator Jean-Guy Dagenais left the Conservative caucus in a bit of a huff, citing Andrew Scheer’s social conservatism as a killer for the party in Quebec and […]

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First task for new Parliament should be to improve political discourse

  In the midst of the federal election campaign, Justin Trudeau levied charges against the Conservatives for running “one of the dirtiest, nastiest campaigns” in Canadian history. The Conservative campaign was indeed nasty, often personal and without much display of class or civility.  That much was clear long before the opening of the English languages debates, when […]

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