We can’t afford to turn a blind eye to corruption

The SNC-Lavalin affair shows us how pernicious behaviour can seep into the deep spaces of our institutions

We can’t afford to turn a blind eye to corruptionA key thing that makes the SNC-Lavalin quarrel such a showcase for corruption is its utter confusion about who did what to whom. Since the uproar erupted two weeks ago as a major Globe and Mail scoop, it has become a comedy of compounding curiosities. On Monday, it cost the prime minister’s principal secretary his…

No ifs, ands or Butts at the Trudeau PMO

When someone this powerful steps down, it means the political dam is about to burst

No ifs, ands or Butts at the Trudeau PMOLike most Canadians, I was having a pleasant and relaxing Family Day. I spent time with my wife, took my son sledding and enjoyed a few rays of sunshine. Then all hell broke loose at the prime minister’s office in the most unexpected of ways: Gerald Butts announced his resignation. Butts was the principal secretary…

When a politician says nothing, it speaks volumes

Jody Wilson-Raybould won't talk about her role in the SNC-Lavalin controversy. And others are being very guarded

When a politician says nothing, it speaks volumesDid you hear the news? A Canadian politician has decided to say nothing on a particular issue. That’s right – absolutely nothing! Whoa! Take it easy, ladies and gentlemen. Put the party hats and streamers back in the box, keep the champagne on ice and tell the marching band to take five – and then…

Trans Mountain shoe is now firmly on Trudeau’s foot

As proud owners of this stinking mess, Trudeau and Morneau are going to find out first-hand the challenges the oil and gas industry has had to face over the years

Trans Mountain shoe is now firmly on Trudeau’s footAmerican author Robert Byrne once opined: “Until you’ve walked a mile in another man’s moccasins, you can’t imagine the smell.” It’s time to smell the roses on the Trans Mountain pipeline. The federal government is about to stumble 1,770 kilometres in the oil industry’s shoes over the Federal Court of Appeal’s decision to revoke approvals…

A #MeToo cloud hangs over Justin Trudeau

Allegations of a groping incident 18 years ago won't go away. The prime minister needs to be more definitive in his response

A #MeToo cloud hangs over Justin TrudeauIs Justin Trudeau telling the truth about an alleged groping incident with a female reporter 18 years ago, or is the prime minister lying through his teeth? Yes, that’s a harsh way of laying it out. But there’s no point in sugarcoating this unusual story any longer, as some media organizations were doing up until…

Federal infrastructure spending a mess of delays, misguided priorities

A mere 10.6% of the nearly $100 billion in new infrastructure spending is for trade and transportation

Federal infrastructure spending a mess of delays, misguided prioritiesBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute In 2015, Prime Minster Justin Trudeau’s government came into office on the promise of running small annual budget deficits of no more than $10 billion for three years. The intent was to finance new spending on infrastructure projects that would help improve the economy. That’s not…

Data breach tsunami sweeps toward Liberals

In the wake of Christopher Wylie's revelations of personal information mined for political purposes, there will be damage enough for everyone

Data breach tsunami sweeps toward LiberalsIt almost seems kind of quaint. Back when the Conservative Party of Canada was running things, the commentariat were apoplectic about something called CIMS: the Constituent Information Management System. “Tory database draws ire of privacy experts,” went one CTV News headline. An “unethical invasion of Canadians' privacy,” thundered Conservative-turned-Liberal MP Garth Turner. It was “chilling,”…

The Trudeau train wreck

Trudeau's National Lampoon’s Indian Vacation was an embarrassment to Canada

Dear Justin,  You don’t mind if we call you Justin, do you? In other circumstances, we’d call you prime minister, but – to be perfectly candid – your Indian family vacation wasn’t terribly prime ministerial. The complications arising from that trip continue to be felt, too. On Wednesday morning of last week – on what…

Indigenous businessman decries Canada Summer Jobs edict as ‘insidious’

Compares the government's rule change to the reviled Indian Act for imposing ironclad status-quo thinking

Indigenous businessman decries Canada Summer Jobs edict as ‘insidious’Just days before the extended deadline for the Canada Summer Jobs program, David Acco still can’t reconcile what the federal government wants employers to do as part of a new application process. “It’s crazy,” Acco says from Montreal. “I would never tick the box they want me to tick. They should be looking at this…

Why did Justin Trudeau rush into a photo-op with Joshua Boyle?

No political spin doctor or Liberal-friendly talking head can ever make Trudeau’s inexplicable meeting with the Boyle family go away

Why did Justin Trudeau rush into a photo-op with Joshua Boyle?Joshua Boyle’s story has never smelled right. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his senior advisers surely knew this, so it boggles the mind why they proceeded with a meeting with the former Afghanistan hostage. The son of a federal tax court judge, Boyle grew up in Breslau, Ont. He graduated from the University of Waterloo…