Plenty of challenges await Liberals

The diversity and complexity of Canadian federal politics echoes through the 2019 general election results

Plenty of challenges await LiberalsSo I voted Liberal. What did that accomplish? The 33.1 per cent of the 66 per cent of Canadian voters who managed to vote in the 2019 federal election gave the Liberals 157 seats, or 46.4 per cent of the 338 seats in the House of Commons. Clearly first past-the-post system has its advantages. The…

Like father, like son? How Justin and Pierre compare

I thought Justin Trudeau was largely free of his father's unattractive qualities. Or would at least hide them better. I was wrong

Like father, like son? How Justin and Pierre compareSome of the chatter around the federal election focused on the potential comparison between Justin Trudeau in 2019 and his father, Pierre Trudeau, in 1972. Given the circumstances – both men running to defend convincing majorities won four years earlier – it was an obvious topic. I wrote a column on it last January, specifically…

Jenica Atwin is a nobody, and that’s fantastic

Jenica Atwin is a nobody, and that’s fantasticWho is Jenica Atwin and why should election-afflicted Atlantic Canadians – indeed, any Canadian in the morning after – care? The answer to the first part of that question is straightforward: She’s the political candidate who defeated her more seasoned Liberal and Conservative rivals to become the first Green Party of Canada member of Parliament…

Lessons learned from the 2019 federal election

We must aim to do better in terms of better focus and articulation, reduced amounts of rhetoric and far less finger-pointing

Lessons learned from the 2019 federal electionThis column is being written a few hours before the final votes have been cast in the federal election. Canada’s next prime minister will be announced shortly. Nevertheless, I’m going to offer some personal observations of this nearly completed campaign that was historic, albeit for the wrong reasons. It’s been a pleasure writing about this…

A reality check for Canada’s next federal government

Trying to deal with both affordability and the environment is like to trying to suck and blow at the same time

A reality check for Canada’s next federal governmentThe goal of politicians is to get elected. At one time, political parties put together carefully constructed platforms, and voters could then support candidates from the party whose platform they preferred. Now, rather than putting a platform together in advance, parties are more likely to poll the populace to find out what appeals to the…

Canadians among the few privileged to vote

Be grateful you live in a nation in which you are free to raise your voice without fear of retribution or persecution

Canadians among the few privileged to voteWhen an election rolls around, I get emails, Facebook messages, phone calls, and the occasional text message or two. Questions range from a forthright “Who should I vote for?” to “Where can I even go to get information?” My personal favourite communiques are ones like a four-letter, “HELP!” We live in an age of information…

Conservatives emerge as Canada’s only centrist party

Nothing in the Liberal platform will move Canada forward. Rather, it will hold us back, and may break us up

Conservatives emerge as Canada’s only centrist partyInstead of “Choose Forward,” it seems the Justin Trudeau Liberals’ rallying cry should be “Go Back.” Historic economic problems related to high deficits and debt, low productivity and competitiveness, common decades ago, are resurfacing. The threat to national unity hasn’t been this strong since the first Trudeau (Justin’s father, Pierre) was in power. The Justin…

How a federal minority could work for Alberta

Albertans are looking for a government that can move beyond ideology to a clear-eyed vision for the future

How a federal minority could work for AlbertaOf all the Canadians sitting on the edge of their chairs Monday night watching the federal election results, it’s hard to imagine any who would be more anxious than the people of Alberta. The ability of this province to pull itself out of an agonizing economic malaise hinges very much on the makeup of the…

Here’s why I’m voting Liberal

The government has an impressive team, a strong record of legislation and has raised our international standing

Here’s why I’m voting LiberalAided by corrosive social media, omnipresent angry groups and the need for climate tempering, the countdown to the federal election has been divisive and grouchy. While many viewed at least one of the leadership debates, I sense Canadians understand that there’s much more at stake than individual party leader street credentials in this election. Some…

Coalition government may open door to dire electoral changes

Among the possible consequences are higher deficits, bigger government, a rise in regional tensions and a fractured nation

Coalition government may open door to dire electoral changesIn the final days of election 2019, talk of minority government and the possibility of a Liberal/NDP coalition has dominated the headlines, with NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh declaring that, “People should know that New Democrats aren’t going to work with putting in a Conservative government. We’re not going to do that.” Of course, whether the…