When you dangle a political carrot, someone will take a bite

Kevin O’Leary was right about voter fraud, but his mudslinging has also opened the door to further Tory leadership campaign nastiness

When you dangle a political carrot, someone will take a biteFinancial commentator Kevin O’Leary isn’t my choice to be the next federal Conservative leader. He’s one of the recognized front-runners but I don’t think he’s a suitable candidate – I have many concerns about his policies, statements, positions and political brand. Regardless, O’Leary and his team deserve full credit for correctly saying that voter fraud was…

Canada’s contribution to the environment means very little

Trudeau can go blue in the face talking about Canada’s crucial role in protecting the environment, but it is only political rhetoric

Canada’s contribution to the environment means very littleMost Canadians are worried about the environment in some way, shape or form. Opinion research firms have shown this on multiple occasions. For instance, a November 2015 Nanos Research poll of 1,000 Canadians noted that 73 per cent either agree or somewhat agree that “climate change presents a significant threat to our economic future.” A…

Touchdown: an NFL franchise in Canada would score big

A Toronto team would easily sell out. New advertising revenue, jobs and industries would be created. Hotels, restaurants and bars would flourish

Touchdown: an NFL franchise in Canada would score bigIt’s a great time of year to be a sports fan. Hockey and basketball playoffs are only a few weeks away. Baseball spring training has started. Soccer, tennis and golf are in full swing. Football is still a few months away. Canadian Football League training camps open in late May, followed by the National Football…

My choice for the next federal Tory leader is …

Bright, capable people are running, but none have produced exceptional policy platforms or possess fundamental leadership qualities

My choice for the next federal Tory leader is …You'll find my endorsement for the next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada at the end of this column. However, I can’t stress enough how close I came to selecting no one. Late last year, I announced I would endorse one of the 14 Tory leadership candidates in early 2017. Although I’ve not held…

Did Brian Mulroney just help strengthen Canada-U.S. relations?

The former PM likely used his association with Trump to get the president’s ear, work a little magic and ensure Trump's meeting with Trudeau went smoothly

Did Brian Mulroney just help strengthen Canada-U.S. relations?Last week’s meeting between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump was a success. Relations between our two countries remains solid, thanks to the hard work of political staffers and willingness of both leaders to work together. Yet there are often unsung heroes involved in the fine art of international diplomacy. Their…

Trump and Trudeau might just be able to work together

The Trudeau-Trump relationship could end up being closer to workable (Harper-Obama) than divisive (Diefenbaker-JFK)

Trump and Trudeau might just be able to work togetherIt goes without saying that meetings between Canadian prime ministers and U.S. presidents have been historically significant. Some were positive (Brian Mulroney and Ronald Reagan, Jean Chretien and Bill Clinton), some were negative (John Diefenbaker and John F. Kennedy, Pierre Trudeau and Ronald Reagan), and others went better than expected (Stephen Harper and Barack Obama).…

Electoral reform is dead for now. But not forever

Many Canadians are confused by the lofty alphabet soup of models, leading to several high-profile failures on the provincial front

Electoral reform is dead for now. But not foreverAfter months of hemming and hawing, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finally put the proverbial dagger in a significant campaign promise: “2015 will be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system.” In his recent mandate letter to the minister of Democratic Institutions, Karina Gould, he acknowledged the “tremendous work by the House of…

Sid Ryan: the final roar of the socialist lion?

Can Ryan ride the new populist, nationalist and anti-establishment wave that’s sweeping through western democracies – as a socialist?

Sid Ryan: the final roar of the socialist lion?The world has understandably been consumed by U.S. President Donald Trump’s first days in office. Controversial decisions, including renegotiating trade deals and stricter rules for immigration, have created a tsunami-like media frenzy. Yet while so many were engulfed by a range of Trump-sparked emotions from total angst to partial schadenfreude, other intriguing news stories were occurring – one of them in…

Could Trumpism replace small ‘c’ conservatism?

Without Trump and the shift to "crazy" conservatism, it’s quite possible the Republicans could have been wiped out by the Democrats

Could Trumpism replace small ‘c’ conservatism?U.S. President Donald Trump’s ascendancy as a political tour de force is nothing short of remarkable. He ignored the conventional political handbook, defied conventional political wisdom, and ran one of the most unconventional – and successful – political campaigns of all time. Attempting to understand Trump’s political mindset has, therefore, been a daunting task for…

Obama’s ‘legacy’ little more than a fading stain

Obama’s legacy may be end up being that there really wasn’t a legacy at all

Obama’s ‘legacy’ little more than a fading stainCNN host Fareed Zakaria has produced two recent specials about outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama. The first two-hour special, The Legacy of Barack Obama, first ran in early December . The second, The End: Inside the Last Days of the Obama White House, airs Wednesday. Zakaria’s films du jour attempt to create a mythology about…
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