A Liberal cabinet freezeout comes to an end for Calgary

Calgary came in from the cold when newly elected Liberal MP Kent Hehr was appointed minister of Veteran Affairs

A Liberal cabinet freezeout comes to an end for CalgaryFifty years ago this week, a popular Calgarian went down to federal electoral defeat as the incumbent MP for Calgary South. It would be the last time this western city would have a Liberal cabinet minister for half a century. That long and lonely drought came to an end Wednesday when Kent Hehr, newly elected…

This time, the West will see a much different Trudeau

The West faces a new political reality, one that fundamentally shifts the way in which western provinces relate to Ottawa

This time, the West will see a much different TrudeauTo paraphrase a prime minister on the night of his unexpected election victory in 1980, welcome to the 20-teens. The West woke up yesterday morning to find that change-hungry voters have handed a solid majority to the Liberals. It includes almost every region of the country, except the four western provinces. A look at the…

OPSEU’s anti-privatization campaign draws on old stereotypes

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union's ad campaign against private liquor stores plays loose with the facts

OPSEU’s anti-privatization campaign draws on old stereotypesOne would have hoped that Canadians had gotten past the impulse to pick on other regions of the country to advance their personal interests. It appears that not everyone has gotten the message. Alberta, it turns out, is once again being vilified by a group of Ontarians as the cowboy province that can’t control its…

You want votes? Get off the script

The party that wins this election will be the one that finds a way to connect with Canadians in an authentic way

You want votes? Get off the scriptAn election campaign is a contest, not for the party faithful, but for the undecided voters who could tilt toward any of the major choices under the right circumstances. But, just as the outdated consumer loyalty to a certain automotive has gone out the window, so too has party loyalty. Votes are no longer passed…

Early election battles give democracy a boost

The real winners of the first leaders debate were the viewers

Early election battles give democracy a boostAgainst all odds, this overly long summer federal election campaign is turning out to be a worthwhile exercise. The election-day outcome 10 long weeks from now is far from certain. Authentic issues are front and centre. And voters have the choice of three distinct parties which all have a prospect of forming a government. It…

Not the time for Brad Wall to play western alienation card

His argument, however, hits the mark on so many points

Not the time for Brad Wall to play western alienation cardSaskatchewan Premier Brad Wall stoked the fires of western alienation when he suggested this week that equalization dollars should be sent to Ontario and Quebec in a pipeline. Make no mistake, these comments struck a deep chord in the West. After all, the western Canadian identity was forged in the concept of western alienation –…

The naughty sex wasn’t the problem

Waiving one's right to privacy by engaging in 3-way sex in an alley is the tacky part

The naughty sex wasn’t the problemGeorge Orwell, where are you now? Are you looking down from some distant lookout, shaking your head and marvelling that the absurd world you imagined way back in 1948 has become so real in 2015? Are you surprised that the plot twist you didn’t foresee in your dystopian novel 1984 was that people around the…

Ending spat with United States could help us both

Our best allies should be the ones closest to home

Ending spat with United States could help us bothCanadians have had good reason to feel like we’re the wallflower who is taken for granted by the big, hunky neighbour to the south. Softwood lumber? Canadians again face the threat of tariffs when an eight-year truce expires in October. Country of origin labelling for beef? You bet. And our oil is so “dirty” in…

In the Internet age, we don’t need TV debates

Whatever we might have lost by Harper's withdrawal, we stand to gain several times over in the wild, crazy and uncontrollable online world

In the Internet age, we don’t need TV debatesTelevision news folks are in a lather over the Conservatives’ announcement that they won’t participate in the traditional leaders’ debate in the upcoming federal election campaign. Motives have been impugned, with many commentators concluding that the Conservatives see a strategic advantage in keeping their colourless incumbent leader out of the stultifying spotlight. Though the theory…

Rachel Notley’s leadership turned the orange tide

A win for the persuasive power of quality leadership over cynical political manipulation

Rachel Notley’s leadership turned the orange tideOK, everybody, sit down and take a few deep breaths. You’re going to be all right. The sun will rise tomorrow. If you haven’t already lost your job in the oil price crash, you’re not going to lose it now. Your taxes won’t go up tomorrow. No energy companies have imminent plans to move out…