Wounded and vulnerable, Trudeau faces his biggest challenge

Aside from the fickleness of the modern voter, the Liberals have done a superb job in starting to dig their political graves

Wounded and vulnerable, Trudeau faces his biggest challengeAfter a wonderful and relaxing Christmas, my thoughts turn to politics (as they often do). In particular, why Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will find 2018 to be just as challenging as 2017. The PM’s political honeymoon pretty much ended late this year, and many Canadians are considering political alternatives. We shouldn’t be surprised: aside from…

Don’t be so quick to take offense

A bad joke or inappropriate comment is often just that: a bad joke or inappropriate comment. Calm down, and carry on

Don’t be so quick to take offenseMy old friend and colleague, Postmedia columnist Lorrie Goldstein, recently tweeted out, “The ‘new racism’? Apparently it’s something called ‘microaggressions.’” More specifically, it relates to “racial microaggressions,” a term coined by psychiatrist Chester M. Pierce in the 1970s. It was reintroduced by Columbia University psychologist Derald Wing Sue several years ago, after he and an…

How Toronto FC’s win could transform soccer’s reputation in Canada

The MLS champions have put the spotlight on the 'beautiful game' like never before in this country

How Toronto FC’s win could transform soccer’s reputation in CanadaIt wasn’t long ago that Toronto FC was regarded as one of the worst teams in Major League Soccer history. Now, they’re at the pinnacle of success – and in a unique position to permanently transform soccer’s reputation in Canada. On Saturday, Toronto FC (Football Club) won the MLS Cup by beating Seattle Sounders 2-0…

When speech isn’t free, society pays a high price

A recent incident at the University provides a glimpse of what the future may hold for Canadian post-secondary education – and it ain’t pretty

When speech isn’t free, society pays a high priceAt one time, universities respected free speech and the exchange of different ideas. Intellectual discourse and thought-provoking debates were viewed as healthy, vibrant and treasured. Unfortunately, speech isn’t nearly as free on today’s university campuses. Intolerance of opposing philosophies, and hurt feelings among the hordes of special interest groups, have come to define modern institutions…

People’s Guarantee puts Brown on the road to election success

The Ontario Progressive Conservative leader has released a map for his election campaign that dovetails with broadly-held principles

People’s Guarantee puts Brown on the road to election successIn October, I helped end the long-running discussion of who Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown is. A month later, Brown has helped end the long-running discussion of what he stands for. Last weekend’s Progressive Conservative policy convention in Toronto was highlighted by the release of a 78-page document entitled the People’s Guarantee. Designed like a…

If NAFTA collapses, could Cuba help fill the void for Canada?

Canada and Cuba already have an established trade relationship, as do Mexico and Cuba, and Canada and Mexico

If NAFTA collapses, could Cuba help fill the void for Canada?It’s no secret that the North American Free Trade Agreement’s future is in jeopardy. But if NAFTA collapses, what will Ottawa do next? NAFTA is in trouble largely due to U.S. President Donald Trump, who once called it the “worst trade deal in the history of the world.” And Trump’s America First plan, rooted in economic nationalism,…

Dissecting Trudeau’s Trans-Pacific tap dance

Was the prime minister simply late to a critical meeting on the trade deal or did he attempt to sabotage it?

Dissecting Trudeau’s Trans-Pacific tap danceDid Prime Minister Justin Trudeau intend to cause an international incident? That’s what many columnists and pundits are still trying to figure out after our national leader’s confusing absence, and sudden reappearance, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC). Let’s go back a few steps. Trudeau was in Danang, Vietnam, last week to meet with…

Julie Payette crossed the line

Payette’s disrespectful comments tarnish her position as Queen Elizabeth II’s federal viceregal representative

Julie Payette crossed the lineIt only took one speech for new Canadian Gov. Gen. Julie Payette to confirm why some columnists and pundits (including me) were lukewarm about her nomination in the first place. “Oh, but she’s an astronaut and a scientist,” crowed her enthusiastic support base during the dog days of summer. “She’ll bring a fresh new outlook…

Is Jason Kenney Alberta’s premier-in-waiting? 

The new United Conservative Party leader is laser-focused on defeating the Alberta NDP and it would be unwise to bet against him

Is Jason Kenney Alberta’s premier-in-waiting? Albertans won’t head back to the polls until May 2019. Nevertheless, the narrative for the province’s 30th general election has just become clearer. Jason Kenney, the last Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta leader, was elected as the leader of the new United Conservative Party last weekend. He received 35,623 votes, or 61.2 per cent of…

Unlocking the mystery of Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown

Brown has the intelligence, ability and tools to rebuild this tattered province after 14 years of Liberal mismanagement

Unlocking the mystery of Ontario PC leader Patrick BrownEver since Patrick Brown won the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership with 61.8 per cent of eligible votes on May 9, 2015, the man-who-would-be-premier has been the source of mystery and confusion for many Ontarians. Brown’s impressive victory over Christine Elliott, a high-profile MPP and wife of late federal Tory finance minister Jim Flaherty, rocked the…
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