Bill Davis, the man who understood Ontario

His sense of what Ontario wanted was on the money

Bill Davis, the man who understood OntarioBill Davis, the former Ontario premier, died on Aug. 8. He was the first Conservative I ever voted for. It happened in the October 1971 provincial election. My previous trip to the polls – in 1968 to vote for Pierre Trudeau’s federal Liberals – had been an enthusiastic occasion. Not this time. Davis wasn’t the…

Is the fractured Conservative Party ready for an election?

The conservative intellect is lost in the proverbial forest

Is the fractured Conservative Party ready for an election?It’s officially silly season, with campaign-style announcements, candidate nominations, and parties ramping up fundraising and logistical planning, signalling a federal election is on the horizon. Incredibly, Teflon-Trudeau remains high in the polls, with a two-dose summer has Canadians spending and optimistic about the future, making it a perfect time to pull the plug on an…

If history is any guide, a Liberal majority government is within reach

The current Liberal iteration hasn’t been in power long enough for serious fatigue to set in and Justin Trudeau isn’t Paul Martin

If history is any guide, a Liberal majority government is within reachShould the mooted federal election materialize, it’ll be the third time in 50 years that a minority Liberal government took an early trip to the polls. So will the result resemble Pierre Trudeau of 1972 and 1974 (a minority followed by a big victory) or Paul Martin of 2004 and 2006 (a minority followed by…

Conservative climate plan falls into familiar traps

Remarkably similar to pretty much every past plan, whether dressed in conservative or liberal phrasing

Conservative climate plan falls into familiar trapsA lot has been written in Canada about the recently-revealed Conservative Plan to Combat Climate Change. Most of that (including my own first take) focused on the carbon tax part of the Conservative Party of Canada’s plan, which is just another rhetorically packaged tax-and-rebate scheme that has become the norm for carbon-tax implementation. Governments levy…

O’Toole pledges swift and effective action on climate change

The Conservative plan puts the decision-making back in your hands

O’Toole pledges swift and effective action on climate changeCanada’s Conservatives have a plan to take swift action on climate change and trust Canadian families to be part of the climate change plan. Canadians can’t afford Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax hike and we must rebuild our economy after COVID-19. Our plan will achieve the same emissions reductions as the Liberal carbon tax…

O’Toole set to break carbon-tax pledge

Would you prefer cash back under the Trudeau model or O’Toole bucks towards buying a solar-powered e-bike?

O’Toole set to break carbon-tax pledgeConservative Party leader Erin O’Toole is set to lose the trust of millions of Canadians and betray hard-working taxpayers by embracing carbon taxes. The Conservative Party has long promised to repeal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s federal carbon tax mandate immediately after forming a government. Former Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer’s promise to repeal the carbon…

The speech O’Toole should have made

It’s time Canada had a prime minister who won’t fall for China’s lies. Build jobs at home, not in China

The speech O’Toole should have madeConservative Leader Erin O’Toole’s speech at the party’s convention was an opportunity to attract Canadians wanting change. Unfortunately, as John Ivison reported in his March 24 National Post column, six in 10 Canadian voters remain politically homeless after the speech. Here’s my version of a speech that would have resonated with many of those politically…