Trudeau on tour: a study of a leader’s body language

How the prime minister presented himself during his town hall meetings across Canada tell us a great deal more than he may have wanted to reveal

Trudeau on tour: a study of a leader’s body languageWhat does the body politic learn from a political leader's body language? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's town hall tour of the nation offered a tremendous opportunity to study how he interacts with average Canadians – and to try to understand the subliminal messages his body language and speech patterns sent to us all. Maya Angelou…

Death of a tyrant

The best assessment of Castro came from his daughter Alina who, when told he was a dictator, replied: “Strictly speaking, Fidel is a tyrant”

Death of a tyrantI never liked Fidel Castro. Not even a little bit. Part of my aversion had to do with a general antipathy towards 20th century dictators, especially charismatic ones. They were, after all, the most dangerous. Intelligent people who waxed apoplectic over the alleged authoritarian tendencies of Stephen Harper and wet the bed over the prospect…

Despite his faults, Trudeau still outshines Trump

Trudeau is everything Trump is not: Likeable. Sane. Decent. Smart. Democratically elected

Despite his faults, Trudeau still outshines TrumpGrateful, relieved, happy. That's what not a few of us felt when Donald Trump "won." Nobody who is sane was in any way grateful, relieved or happy when Trump "won," naturally. Anyone with the slightest stake in the present was variously outraged, mystified and/or scared spitless. We still are, on a global scale. But, nationally,…

Something changed for the Liberals the night of ‘elbowgate’

When the prime minister intentionally grabbed and yanked the Conservative whip, it met the Criminal Code definition of assault

Something changed for the Liberals the night of ‘elbowgate’On the night in question, I was at an event in Toronto honouring Sen. Murray Sinclair. As it was getting underway, I received a text message from one of the members of Parliament who had been at the very centre of it all. “He should not have been out of his seat,” the text said.…

A sobering sign for Trudeau from the boxing ring

There is a danger that Trudeau is dancing too close to the klieg lights, and is about to fall into the orchestra pit

A sobering sign for Trudeau from the boxing ringThe media advisory slipped silently into email inboxes last week on the same day the news was happening. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would be in New York from Wednesday to Friday to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change. While there, he would be speaking to some NYU students, and answering their questions. Oh, and…

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.…

Trudeau in danger of being another ‘all hat/no cattle’ politician

We need a national economic strategy that details Canada's way forward

Trudeau in danger of being another ‘all hat/no cattle’ politicianPrime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Alberta last week doing what he does best – rallying support, acknowledging problems and making positive public statements. But bolder action will be required, and soon. After meeting with Premier Rachel Notley, Trudeau announced that upwards of $700 million in infrastructure funding would be fast-tracked to help struggling Albertans. Regrettably, the problems…