Big political graves are dug with tiny shovels

Trudeau regime spinners now trotting out the same facile lines to explain misdeeds as every government since time immemorial

Big political graves are dug with tiny shovelsBack when he was Liberal leader, I was Jean Chrétien's special assistant. I wrote speeches for him, helped out on question period, approved his correspondence, stuff like that. I didn't ever have anything to do with his trips across Canada. Other guys did that. Early on, one story made the rounds in the office of the…

Alberta and Enron: A tale of two twisted power plays

By challenging the Enron clause, Alberta's NDP government takes on the system it inherited and a dark piece of Ralph Klein's legacy

Alberta and Enron: A tale of two twisted power plays“Oh, what a tangled web we weave/When first we practise to deceive.” Having launched its campaign against carbon-emitting power plants, the Alberta government has inadvertently opened Pandora’s box, only to find the grisly face of Enron Corp. staring out at them ... snickering. Enron (that now-failed poster boy for corporate malfeasance) was a principal adviser…

Russia’s Olympic pass a blow to IOC’s credibility

The IOC made a spineless decision that could set a bad precedent

Russia’s Olympic pass a blow to IOC’s credibilityIf anyone still has a modicum of respect left for the International Olympic Committee, their blinders must surely be wide and thick. The IOC’s decision to treat Russia with kid gloves at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, after a major doping scandal is, to put it mildly, shameful. Last November’s 323-page World Anti-Doping…

Ontario’s education file lacks accountability

The education department needs more than a fresh new face; it needs a full review that includes a new way of delivering on public education

Ontario’s education file lacks accountabilityAs is often the case with tired governments low in popularity and mired in scandal, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne shuffled her cabinet this week. The ministry with one of the biggest expenses – Education, at $22 billion – is also the most troubled. Under former Education Minister Liz Sandals, school closures, extraordinary payouts to unions,…

Tootoo’s problems really are personal

It’s not particularly fair for social media to condemn Tootoo before any evidence he did something wrong

Tootoo’s problems really are personalGeorge Clooney, of all people, said it best: “I don't like to share my personal life. It wouldn't be personal if I shared it.” Personally, I’d have to agree with that. Up here in Trudeaustan, delineating what is personal and what is public has again become the stuff of newspaper opinion columns and Ottawa water…

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.…

Liberals’ electoral reform would stack the deck in their favour

The aim of the Liberals' proposed shift to preferential balloting is a simple power grab aimed to keep them in power for years to come

Liberals’ electoral reform would stack the deck in their favourPrime Minister Justin Trudeau wants to change Canada’s voting system to make it more democratic and representative of the people’s views. Unfortunately, the Liberals’ preferred electoral reform model isn’t representative of either value. Let me explain why. Canada uses a first-past-the-post system (FPTP) for federal elections. The political candidate who finishes first in a riding…

A cautionary tale for political advisers

It happens all the time. A senior staffer blows into town on the wings of someone else’s election victory and starts to believe they deserve all the credit

A cautionary tale for political advisersMeet Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications to the President of the United States of America. Or, as he was recently described in a headline in Foreign Policy magazine, an asshole. That’s a quote. “Asshole.” Foreign Policy – that most revered and reserved of publications, the sine qua non of the U.S. diplomatic and bureaucratic classes, used the…

University of Calgary blind to conflict of interest

Everything the administration has done has been damage control

University of Calgary blind to conflict of interestInteresting times have returned to the University of Calgary in a very negative way. The unsatisfactory nature of student experiences at the university is exemplified by the dispute between the Students’ Union (SU) and the Administration over the ownership of MacEwan Hall, “a central focus for student life on campus,” as Board of Governors Chair…
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