Why Trudeau should say no to a wealth tax

Caving on a wealth tax to appease the NDP would be a huge mistake

Why Trudeau should say no to a wealth taxAs the federal budget approaches, taxpayers are holding on to their wallets a little tighter. Even though Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared less than two years ago that “the last thing Canadians need is to see a rise in taxes,” the government will likely have to win the support of the NDP to get a…

Record-breaking Vancouver gas prices heading your way

And taxes are a big part of the problem

Record-breaking Vancouver gas prices heading your wayThe price at the gas pumps has hit a record-breaking $1.82 per litre in Vancouver. That’s the most expensive gasoline in North America. While some readers in Winnipeg and Calgary might chuckle at the karma coming back to bite a city whose mayor personally blocked the building of pipelines, it’s important to remember that bad…

Politicians, bureaucrats shielded from the pain they cause

Let them eat cake

Politicians, bureaucrats shielded from the pain they causePoliticians and government decision makers are financially divorced from the Canadians they’re supposed to represent. And it shows. From higher taxes to revolving lockdowns, government decisions during the pandemic have been full of pain. But that pain hasn’t been felt by those pulling the levers. Quite the opposite. While millions of their constituents struggled, members…

Respect was once a cornerstone of Canadian society

You can disagree with the opinions but you must always show respect to the person who presents them

Respect was once a cornerstone of Canadian societyAs a Canadian, I was deeply saddened by a recent exchange in the House of Commons between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and members of the Opposition. Trudeau said, “Conservative Party members can stand with people who wave swastikas. They can stand with people who wave the Confederate flag.” In fact, interim Conservative Leader Candice Bergen…

O’Toole paid the price for flip-flopping on carbon tax

He forgot that Canadians aren’t stupid

O’Toole paid the price for flip-flopping on carbon taxHere’s a free tip for all Conservative Party leadership candidates: don’t break your promise to fight carbon taxes. Former Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole lied to taxpayers about the carbon tax. And he paid the price. The next leader of the Official Opposition needs to hold Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accountable for rising tax bills.…

Leaders’ Debates Commission is a waste of public money

Why are we paying for something the private sector was more than happy to pay for in the past?

Leaders’ Debates Commission is a waste of public moneySay your backyard needs a new fence and your neighbour offers to pay for it. Chances are you would take that deal. That’s what we’ve done historically with federal leaders’ debates. Large media organizations would cover the costs and haggle with the parties about how the debates should be organized. Since 2018 though, the federal government…

Erin O’Toole was a big mistake for the Conservatives

Now the party has a chance to do it over again

Erin O’Toole was a big mistake for the ConservativesThe iffy position of the Conservatives was one of my takeaways from last year’s federal election. Not only had they lost ground electorally, but there was also “an ominous speck on the horizon.” Specifically, the first signs of base alienation were evident. With a five per cent vote share – twice that of the Greens…

Where do the Conservatives go in the wake of Erin O’Toole?

Conservatives must ensure that core values remain permanent components of their ideology

Where do the Conservatives go in the wake of Erin O’Toole?Erin O’Toole was elected Conservative Party leader on Aug. 24, 2020. Less than 18 months later, it’s over. After a disappointing showing in last September’s federal election, the relationship between O’Toole and his Conservative caucus had become strained. Some wanted him to resign immediately. Others, like Sen. Denise Batters, preferred to hold a referendum on…

The beginning of the end for O’Toole began the day he won the leadership

The failed experiment of going to the mushy middle of the Canadian political spectrum is over

The beginning of the end for O’Toole began the day he won the leadershipAs the Conservative member of Parliament for Edmonton Griesbach, I was one of Erin O’Toole’s biggest fans and truly believed he had what it would take to be prime minister. I was also one of only a handful of Conservative MPs who supported him both times he sought the leadership of the Conservative Party of…

How a bike ride across Canada restored my belief in people

It changed my view of Canadians and perhaps of human nature itself

How a bike ride across Canada restored my belief in peopleSo, we enter another year under a cloud. Omicron is on a rampage. Airlines are cancelling flights. Putin is playing brinksmanship with Biden. Colorado is experiencing wildfires in the winter. House prices are on speed. And Canada’s national debt is at historic levels. There’s a lot to be stressed out about. It’s a bad year…