A candid and honest politician. Is that too much to ask?

Trudeau continues to struggle with his facts, telling one part of the country one thing and another part something quite different

A candid and honest politician. Is that too much to ask?In politics, lying is in. I know. I know. You could dig into history and argue that it’s always been in. But, right now, it appears to be front and centre, thanks in large part to that guy in the country south of us whose name I’d rather not mention. And, as That Guy has…

Is Trudeau’s warranty running out?

The botched electoral reform initiative and the access-for-cash mess highlight a growing disconnect between the voters and the Liberals

Is Trudeau’s warranty running out?Are Liberal voters suffering buyer’s remorse? Is it even possible following Justin Trudeau’s fairy-tale victory just over a year ago? A young and exuberant man with an appealing platform, a charming wife and family, the prime minister made waves during the election campaign and beyond. A refreshing change from his predecessor, Trudeau was upbeat, offering hope, change…

The slings and arrows of (political) misfortune

Justin Trudeau’s mistake wasn’t being a passenger on Air Aga Khan. It was hanging out with a billionaire, and then trying to keep it a big secret

The slings and arrows of (political) misfortuneIs Justin Trudeau guilty? Yes he is: of using a dangling preposition. Here’s the relevant news report: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he made use of the private helicopter of the Aga Khan during a family vacation at the billionaire Ismaili Muslim leader’s retreat in the Bahamas in what appears to be a direct breach…

The best faith-based response to physician-assisted suicide

Canadians need quality, accessible palliative care, not a quick end to life

The best faith-based response to physician-assisted suicidePhysician-assisted suicide is coming soon to a health-care institution near you, and you won't need to be terminally ill to access this medical intervention. In its decision in the Carter vs. Canada case, the Supreme Court has given Canadians the right to die, and an answer for the perennial problem of pain and suffering. But the Carter…

Trudeau’s ethics guide to ministers is full of loopholes

Tough new rules are needed to ensure that cabinet ministers and their staff stay true to new ethical standards

Trudeau’s ethics guide to ministers is full of loopholesJustin Trudeau's mandate letters to ministers reminds them that they must be honest, impartial and maintain the highest ethical standards, including avoiding even the appearance of a conflict of interest. However, the prime minister's accountability guide, which sets out the above standards, is not legally binding. Neither the letters nor the guide set out any penalties for…

Keeping election promises can be overrated

It is too early to accuse the Trudeau government of breaking its election promises

Keeping election promises can be overratedSome people are getting pretty fussed about the Trudeau government not keeping its election promises. I wonder whether I am the only one who isn’t yet ready to pile on. The accusations are coming pretty fast for a government that has barely had time to find the washrooms. They’re also a bit of a stretch.…