The election issues the politicians avoided

Lost in the click bait of this election campaign were the substantive issues that affect ordinary and everyday Canadians

The election issues the politicians avoidedThe 43rd Canadian federal election has been, by any stretch of the imagination, a very strange campaign. First there was the Justin Trudeau’s blackface scandal. Then there was Andrew Scheer’s dual citizenship/resume exaggeration controversy. Finally, there was an exchange caught on video decrying Jagmeet Singh wearing a turban. Lost in the click bait were the…

Trudeau exposes himself as the one we can’t trust

Maybe Trudeau should have dressed up as a clown at that party in 2001. It would have suited him better

Trudeau exposes himself as the one we can’t trustPierre Elliott Trudeau’s defining accomplishment as prime minister was the creation of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Regardless of the politics surrounding the creation of the document, it embodies Canadian democracy in the highest form. The senior Trudeau’s intention was to create a “just society” – a term that was his trademark during the…

Ontarians pay too much for auto insurance

Blame fraud for part of the problem. Blame the insurance industry as well. But the government can help consumers

Ontarians pay too much for auto insurancePremier Doug Ford’s government recently announced its intention to tackle the multibillion-dollar car insurance industry. The move is critically important to Ontario’s economy. I’ve written before about why the Progressive Conservatives should focus on insurance policy. Ontarians pay the highest rates in Canada, despite the roads being among the safest in the world. The Ministry…

Doug Ford’s abuse of power for petty personal gain

The premier is ignoring very real problems across Ontario in order to settle a personal vendetta with Toronto city council

Doug Ford’s abuse of power for petty personal gainIt’s no shock that Ontario Premier Doug Ford wishes to shrink the size of Toronto city council. Conservatives like small government. Ford, a former Toronto city councillor, and his late brother Rob, a former mayor of Toronto, were known to be libertarian. They regularly made it clear that they believed that government should be leaner…

Greenbelt development plan could be Ford’s undoing

The Ontario PC leader boasting that he would build homes on the fiercely-protected lands illustrates stunningly bad political instinct

Greenbelt development plan could be Ford’s undoingOne of Patrick Brown's legacies is the ample war chest the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario has for the June 7 provincial election campaign. Among the largest donors in recent years are land developers. A recently-released video of PC Leader Doug Ford (Brown’s successor) speaking behind closed doors to supporters exposes his plans to open…

Salvaging the Ontario PC wreckage

Five clear policy ideas that will resonate with the province’s voters and make a party leadership candidate stand out

Salvaging the Ontario PC wreckageIt's difficult to keep up with the implosion that has become the Ontario Progressive Conservative party. Four new leadership contenders showed how confused they are about their party's People's Guarantee policy document – which promises all sorts of expensive goodies paid for by a carbon tax these contenders reject – during their first televised debate.…

Trudeau putting Canada’s economic interests at risk

While Asian nations are interested in our goods and services, not one of them is interested in buying the values that Trudeau keeps proselytizing

Trudeau putting Canada’s economic interests at riskEngaging in international trade is perhaps the greatest of Canadian economic traits. We’ve been traders since the first Europeans arrived. The accounts of the competition between les voyageurs and les coureurs du bois, and between the Hudson Bay Co. and the North West Co., are part of national folklore. Canada has always been a nation of…

Patrick Brown’s colossal betrayal of conservative values

The Ontario PC leader is either suffering an ideological identity crisis or is one of the biggest political opportunists we’ve seen in some time

Patrick Brown’s colossal betrayal of conservative valuesOntario Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown’s 78-page campaign manifesto reminds me of the old line: if you can’t beat them, you may as well join them. Brown’s recently-released People’s Guarantee makes 147 promises. But despite vowing to bring change for Ontario voters in 2018, the only obvious change is that he would spend even more than…

Trudeau’s Asian trip a diplomatic and trade disaster

The PM had a chance to join a global effort to protect Canadian research and innovation, but he failed. And that wasn't his only failure

Trudeau’s Asian trip a diplomatic and trade disasterBefore Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's recent trip to Asia, the Liberal government promised to promote trade, economic opportunities and investment in Canada. But the trip didn't quite go as planned. At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) gathering, world leaders hoped to revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal after the United States left the agreement…

Ramping up immigration without a broad-based plan disastrous

The federal government's plan to substantially increase new arrivals requires close co-ordination with provincial and municipal officials

Ramping up immigration without a broad-based plan disastrousWith a falling birth rate, an aging workforce and a shortage of skilled workers, Canada depends  on immigration. Instead of talking about building walls like our U.S. neighbours, Canadians acknowledge that immigration is essential to our prosperity. So few dare question the official immigration policy, even as it becomes increasingly apparent that strong criticism is…
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