Sorry, prime minister, we are at war with ISIL

Grim reality can’t be dodged with disgraceful Liberal wordplay

Sorry, prime minister, we are at war with ISILWhen Justin Trudeau and the Liberals won last year’s federal election, Canadians knew things were going to be different. Just how profoundly different is starting to become clear. Here’s the example to end all examples: the federal government actually believes Canada isn’t at war with ISIL. After last week’s terrorist attacks in Brussels, Trudeau told…

Are the Trudeau Liberals fiscally responsible?

When it comes to fiscal responsibility, Trudeau is all words and absolutely no action

Are the Trudeau Liberals fiscally responsible?What does fiscal responsibility mean to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau? Honestly, I don’t have the foggiest idea. Trudeau recently told Bloomberg TV, “One of the things that’s really important to me is fiscal responsibility. You don’t have to make a choice between being fiscally responsible or making investment, but you have to be making investments…

Canada better start taking the idea of a Trump presidency seriously

His position regarding free trade isn’t conducive to maintaining healthy Canada-U.S. relations

Canada better start taking the idea of a Trump presidency seriouslyCanadians have watched the wild, crazy and circus-like political atmosphere in the U.S. with great amusement. Many of us are floored at the prospect of businessman Donald Trump becoming the Republican Party nominee over well-established politicians like Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. We’re also surprised that former First Lady, New York Senator and Secretary of…

Did Justin Trudeau succeed or fail on 60 Minutes?

The 60 Minutes interview worked - mostly - to Trudeau’s advantage, but was it really necessary to insult Americans?

Did Justin Trudeau succeed or fail on 60 Minutes?When word first leaked out that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was going to appear on the popular U.S. television program, 60 Minutes, the Canadian reaction was predictable. Liberals cheered, Tories grimaced and New Democrats sighed. These were, unsurprisingly, pretty much the same reactions when Trudeau’s interview with 60 Minutes’s Lara Logan aired this past Sunday.…

Kevin O’Leary not ready for leadership primetime

O’Leary really doesn’t understand political strategy and communications

Kevin O’Leary not ready for leadership primetimeMost of us assumed financial commentator Kevin O’Leary was considering a run for the federal Tory leadership in 2017. Until he unexpectedly announced that he might run for the Liberals. What’s going on? The ultimate political game of cat and mouse, with O’Leary pulling the strings. This past weekend, O’Leary spoke at the Manning Centre…

Government has no right to decide who is, or isn’t, a journalist

The Notley government overstepped the boundary of a free and democratic society by attempting to ban Rebel website

Government has no right to decide who is, or isn’t, a journalistWho decides whether a journalist is a journalist? This unenviable Pandora’s box opened its gloomy lid during the recent brouhaha between Ezra Levant’s The Rebel news website and the Alberta NDP government. Getting it shut is going to be a very difficult task. As some Canadians know, two individuals associated with The Rebel were isolated…

Tories’ NDP fixation led to election defeat

The lesson the Tories should heed: Take all of your rivals seriously, and don’t play favourites

Tories’ NDP fixation led to election defeatAfter an election campaign has ended, it is interesting to see how reporters, columnists, strategists and others interpret what has unfolded. Unique insights, however, comes from a political insider who is, for whatever reason, willing to talk. Which brings us to Jenni Byrne. The former senior Tory strategist caught some people off-guard with her version…

$137 gets you None of the Above

Ontario byelection candidate Sheldon Bergson legally changed his name to ensure that voters could choose none of the above

$137 gets you None of the AboveHave you ever gone to vote in an election, looked at the list of candidates, and said to yourself, “Man, I’d rather support none of the above.” Well, guess what? Some voters will actually have this opportunity. Sort of. On Feb. 11, a provincial byelection will be held in the Ontario riding of Whitby-Oshawa. The…

Four policies that will help secure the Conservatives’ future

Building a political consensus in these four policy areas may prove the salvation of the Conservative Party

Four policies that will help secure the Conservatives’ futureSo. The federal Tories recently announced they won’t select a new, permanent leader until May . . . of 2017, that is. For the few innocent souls who genuinely like long, drawn-out political campaigns, this was nirvana. For the vast majority of us, however, it’ll only serve to prolong the agony of the circus-like environment…

China just one of many trade growth opportunities

Concentrating on increasing trade relations with China is certainly relevant, but it's hardly original on Trudeau's part

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s strategy to enhance Canada’s role in the global economy has received extensive praise. To be honest, it’s hard to understand why. The federal Liberals have targeted a free trade deal with China as its first priority. A push to finalize a long-awaited trade arrangement with India is also on the agenda.…