The slings and arrows of (political) misfortune

Justin Trudeau’s mistake wasn’t being a passenger on Air Aga Khan. It was hanging out with a billionaire, and then trying to keep it a big secret

The slings and arrows of (political) misfortuneIs Justin Trudeau guilty? Yes he is: of using a dangling preposition. Here’s the relevant news report: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he made use of the private helicopter of the Aga Khan during a family vacation at the billionaire Ismaili Muslim leader’s retreat in the Bahamas in what appears to be a direct breach…

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…

Justin Trudeau’s unforgettable Fidel faux pas

No matter who wrote the statement, the prime minister’s name is on it, effectively ending his political honeymoon

Justin Trudeau’s unforgettable Fidel faux pasThere’s been much speculation as to what it would take for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s extended political honeymoon to end. The answer, it turns out, is a recently deceased Marxist-Leninist revolutionary. The PM’s official statement about Fidel Castro, the 90-year-old former president of Cuba who died on Nov. 25, has been ripped apart by critics…

Conservatives rising to new challenge in Ottawa

Holding a government accountable is no easy task for a group of MPs accustomed to being in power, but the Tories have shown they can adapt

Conservatives rising to new challenge in OttawaA year ago, the Conservative Party had become pretty lousy at government. A year later, the Conservative Party has become really good at opposition. That’s not to say they’ve redeemed themselves for running a ridiculous election campaign entirely about a hijab worn by very few women in Canada. Nor can they be forgiven for their leadership race, a…

Defending the indefensible Liberal moving expenses

Three points to consider before outright condemning the Trudeau Liberals over Freight Gate

Defending the indefensible Liberal moving expensesWhen I was a kid, my parents moved around a lot. But despite their best efforts, I always found them. [Badda-boom! – Ed.]  OK. OK. That’s Rodney Dangerfield’s joke, not mine. And there’s nothing funny about the moving cost controversy now buffeting the year-old Justin Trudeau government. I know. But sometimes, you’ve got to laugh.…

Liberals’ moving expenses apology bogus

It took the Conservatives nine years to spend a fraction of the amount the Trudeau government managed to spend in its first year

Liberals’ moving expenses apology bogusThere are times when an apology is genuine, based on personal regret over a decision, direction, thought or action that ultimately caused some harm. There are also times when an apology is based on the fact that someone got caught doing something wrong. In my opinion, the apologies by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s two senior advisors, principal secretary…

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…

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.…
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