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Myron Thompson was a unique figure in Canadian politics

  The late conservative MP from Alberta held strong views and wasn’t afraid to voice them, but he was also willing to listen If you’ve been around politics for a spell, the name Myron Thompson will be permanently etched in your memory banks.  He was a unique figure in Canadian politics, the likes of which […]

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Learn the difference between expenses for the office and for its holder

  If you’re new to political punditry, if it’s a slow news week, or if everyone else has covered every possible angle of the scandal du jour, you can always write about government spending.  A questionable purchase by those elected to represent the taxpayer’s interests can turn itself into 500 to 750 words well ahead […]

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Trudeau’s PMQ road show

  Prime minister Justin Trudeau is on one of his “town hall” tours, going across the country to get a chance to engage with “real Canadians” in order to let them ask him questions – unscripted, and from audiences who aren’t necessarily all friendly to him.  It’s something that very few politicians in Canada have […]

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The arrogance of Jagmeet Singh

  CORRECTION: A previous version of this column misstated Cullen’s role within the NDP. He is the environment critic, not the leader in the house. I have to wonder sometimes what it is NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh makes of all this. Here he is the leader of a federal party, and yet basically an unknown. […]

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Passions run high over Bighorn’s future

  The Alberta government cancelled public consultations over contentious park development in the central west foothills because of incidents of harassment and intimidation last week. “We can’t necessarily guarantee the safety of the public given the content that has been shared with us,” Environment Minister Sharon Phillips said, adding she had consulted with the RCMP […]

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A strong NDP does not necessarily translate into a Conservative win

  Listening to Conservatives whining these days, you would think that the only thing preventing Andrew Scheer from becoming Prime Minister is Jagmeet Singh. While the prevalent narrative is that a strong NDP would mean a Conservative government, what do the facts actually show? Since its creation in 1961, the New Democratic Party of Canada […]

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Spaghetti dinner with Doug Ford welcomed change to Ontario political fundraising

  It shouldn’t be noteworthy that the Premier of Ontario will be sharing some spaghetti with supporters this weekend, but somehow it is. Doug Ford will be headlining a $25-a-plate pasta dinner in Kitchener on Friday, his first since loosening Kathleen Wynne’s overzealous restrictions on campaign financing. Many of the 2016 changes implemented by the […]

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Revealing The Secret Behind Populist Sleight-Of-Hand

  Happy New Year!  Now that you’ve had your holiday helpings of political report cards and predictions that are almost certain to not come true, I thought I would kick off 2019 with a description of this year’s political arc as it will actually happen, not as the pundits would like it to happen. First of all, the inadequacy of the liberal world […]

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