A year-end report card for federal politicians

Even in one of the crummiest years in memory, many of Canada's elected representatives deserve high marks

A year-end report card for federal politiciansAs the crummiest year in living memory grinds to a close, it’s time for the report card on your elected representatives in Ottawa. Every other member of the punditocracy is doing one, so why can’t your humble narrator? It may be a cliché but it’s fun! Here goes: Justin Trudeau: He’s the most popular prime minister…

Tom Mulcair: the New Democrat nobody knew

Mulcair was never someone who could win

Tom Mulcair: the New Democrat nobody knewShowing the pride and impenetrably thick hide of the best political performers, NDP leader Tom Mulcair ignored his own deep wounds to savage the Liberal government in the Commons this week. He was fresh from crippling betrayal by his party at a weekend convention in Edmonton. Yet Mulcair was still at his finest going after…

Will Mulcair actually leave after his long goodbye?

Mulcair may rise from the ashes once the consequences of the NDP's radical shift to the fringes become apparent

Will Mulcair actually leave after his long goodbye?Last week’s NDP convention in Edmonton had all the makings of a typical political event. Instead, it turned out to be one of the biggest political bombshells in Canadian history. Early on, there were few indications that anything unusual was about to happen. Various discussions about policy ideas and political goals went smoothly. Partisan speeches…

There’s is no way to win for Mulcair and the NDP

Whatever the outcome of the vote in Edmonton, he will lose. And the New Democrat mutineers will lose, too

There’s is no way to win for Mulcair and the NDPSpare a thought, this morning, for Tom Mulcair. Later today, the NDP faithful decide his fate at their weekend gathering in Edmonton. Whatever the outcome, this much is beyond dispute: the NDP face a choice that is the worst of both possibilities. If the assembled Dippers summarily dismiss Mulcair, they collectively face the prospect of a leadership…

A balanced budget no miracle cure for ailing Canadian economy

Proposing a balanced budget reflects a failure to grasp the modern economic role of government

A balanced budget no miracle cure for ailing Canadian economyThe 2015 federal election will go down in history for establishing a new record and confirming a reality check. First, it will be recorded as the longest campaign in Canadian electoral history. Our political campaigns used to be a sprint to the finish line. This time, it is a marathon of perpetual political bashing and…

Trudeau, Mulcair autobiographies election season pap

Trudeau's autobiography reads like it was written by committee; Mulcair's is not telling the whole story

Trudeau, Mulcair autobiographies election season papBoth Justin Trudeau and Tom Mulcair recently wrote political autobiographies. The Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, had the good sense to write about hockey, which many Canadians actually care about. When self-serving politicians write about themselves, the results are usually badly written and filled with clichés (as both these books are). Worse, they are boring. Reading…