Climate

We’re already having an election about climate change

  People have very much taken to heart the lesson of that one Bill Clinton campaign quote that “It’s the economy, stupid.”  And despite this being Canada, a totally different country than the one where Clinton was president, this is the sort of aphorism that passes for, ahem, wisdom. Why bring this up?  Well, we’re […]

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Trudeau and Iveson’s partnership in combatting Kenney

  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson had perfect spring weather last week for a GQ-style photo op and press conference. Smartly turned out in similar dark blue suits, the two youngish (Trudeau is 47 and Iveson is 39) politicians looked picture-perfect against the background of the North Saskatchewan River valley as […]

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Trudeau’s sunny ways are turning into dark days

  Will the Norman affair have more political impact than SNC-Lavalin when voters head to the polls this fall? What will be the bigger political scandal involving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government?  SNC-Lavalin is well out in front, but the Norman affair is slowly starting to catch up. It all begins with […]

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Let’s not get too complacent about populism

  Last week, the Samara Centre for Democracy released a new report titled Don’t Blame “The People,” which was their look at the issue of populism in Canada.  By way of public opinion surveys, they managed to conclude that there isn’t really a problem with populism in Canada, but it was more top-down rhetoric by political […]

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Green Wave or Populist Surge?

  Rationally-speaking, it’s totally wrong for pundits and political journalists to read too much into the results of a single federal by-election. Yet, it seems nobody can resist reading all sorts of things into the recent federal by-election in British Columbia’s Nanaimo–Ladysmith riding, the one which saw the Green Party score an impressive win. Ever since […]

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Everybody Calm Down – The Greens Are No Herald of Change

  Over the years I’ve learned to expect crippling, crushing and constant letdowns when it comes to Canadian politics.  On every level.  Even your political opponents can be counted on to behave in such a boneheaded and amateur-hour fashion that somehow, you end up disappointed in them. You see, I expected that left-populism would come to […]

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Climate

Climate-change strategy offers Scheer a way to win election

  How does a Liberal government that can’t campaign on its abysmal record go about gaining re-election? As the federal election approaches, the Liberal government’s record has become increasingly more difficult to defend. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promise in the last election that he would run only ‘modest’ deficits has burgeoned into a national debt […]

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The Canadian right shouldn’t beef with plant-based proteins

  I rarely eat red meat, and I can’t remember the last time I cooked with ground red meat.  Maybe once a month I’ll serve stew or steak.  But the stew is usually made with lamb, and I like to splurge on bison steaks when I can.  So I’m probably not within the target market […]

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Are we missing the bigger problem in the Mark Norman case?

  On Wednesday, the trial of Vice Admiral Mark Norman came to an end with the charge of breach of trust being withdrawn by the Crown prosecutors.  In many respects, this whole trial has been one of the most inside baseball “scandals” in Ottawa, touching on military procurement, leaks to lobbyists, and accusations of political […]

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