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Singh hoping ‘Power To Change’ will help NDP’s electoral hopes

  Jagmeet Singh’s NDP has been, for quite some time now, struggling to get traction in the polls.  The national narrative is about a two-way race between the Liberals and the Conservatives.  The NDP has been marginalized and is too often ignored, which is a dangerous yet well-known situation for the party.  Jagmeet Singh’s arrival […]

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Things Andrew Scheer Might Actually Do: Part I

  In light of stateside abortion bans, it’s been incredibly difficult trying to convince my pro-choice and feminist friends that Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is nothing to fear.  Literally, nothing.  My 10-month-old Newfoundland is more intimidating than this guy.  At least he has a deep (if rarely used) bark. But Scheer has given other people a great […]

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Senators setting the stage for Parliament to sit in July

  There are officially three sitting weeks left in the House of Commons, and the government is ensuring that they will be long sitting weeks as MPs will be sitting until midnight four days a week to pass the bills still on the Order Paper, while the government still introduces more of them – this […]

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Gutsy, however Wilson-Raybould and Philpott are doomed

  Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott took another step towards their place in history as a political footnote by announcing they were both running again as Independent candidates. Their separate announcements were made a few minutes apart, in a political choreography rarely seen outside of political parties, with white outfits and coordinated messaging.  It was […]

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Taxing sugar drinks is both bad politics and bad policy

  Crack open a ginger ale.  Toast with Sprite.  Douse yourself in cola if you’d like.  A national sugar tax has been averted.  For now, at least. I wouldn’t celebrate for too long though.  Despite the wealth of evidence indicating that taxing sweetened drinks doesn’t actually curb obesity, the push to do so never seems […]

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Feeling good about recycling is a lie we tell ourselves

  Do you feel good about recycling?  Feel like maybe you’re helping the planet, keeping garbage out of landfills, plastic out of the ocean, and so on? You shouldn’t.  Recycling in this country is a lie. The easiest way to illustrate this is to look at the news.  Both the Philippines and Malaysia are sending […]

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Jason Kenney and UCP clouded with controversy

  No collusion.  No obstruction. It’s the political mantra of the age.  The strategy is simple: wait out the rising tide of accusations and investigations until everyone, and particularly the general populace, loses interest. But Alberta’s new government needs to rise above the low benchmark of current North American politics and come to grips with […]

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Wilson-Raybould, Philpott independent in politics and beliefs

  They apparently still believe in the Liberal Party but not its PM.  So they may be biding their time until Trudeau is gone They’re running as … independents. That’s what former Liberal cabinet ministers Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott told the nation on Monday during separate press conferences in their respective ridings. When their […]

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Can you have an economic vision that ignores economics?

  Conservative leader Andrew Scheer has been giving a series of speeches laying out his “economic vision” for the country, which, strangely enough, fails to have much an actual economic case for much of what he proposes.  He talks about crippling deficits that are actually small and sustainable with an economy as large as ours, […]

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