John Turner had an unflagging faith in the people

John Turner had an unflagging faith in the peopleBack then, I worked for John Turner’s Liberal government and my then-girlfriend worked for Brian Mulroney’s Conservatives. On the afternoon of Sept. 4, 1984, I was heading home to Calgary and law school. So I went to the Ottawa polling station where she was volunteering. She was sad to see me go (I guess) but…

Has Donald Trump finally been tripped up?

Has Donald Trump finally been tripped up?When I was a kid at David G. Burnet Elementary School in Dallas, Texas, we would stand at our desks every morning and do the Declaration of Independence. “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands,” we’d say, our hands over our hearts.…

Just what does Erin O’Toole really believe in?

After becoming Conservative leader, he’s flip-flopped on policy. But when you try to be all things to all people, you end up satisfying nobody

Just what does Erin O’Toole really believe in?The best way to win the Republican presidential nomination in the United States, someone once said, is to run as far as possible to the right. Then, when one wins the nomination? Start running back to the centre. Conservative Party of Canada Leader Erin O’Toole heeded that advice. His leadership campaign was brimming with the…

Don’t expect a federal election any time soon

In a pandemic, the fundamentals of electioneering and voting can get some of us sick – and make some of us die

Don’t expect a federal election any time soonThere isn’t going to be a federal election in Canada. Not anytime soon, anyway. Blame COVID-19. For a while, it looked like there could be. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s minority Liberals had surged ahead of the leaderless Conservatives in the polls. His lead was big – big enough to suggest a parliamentary majority was likely.…

How the Opposition can use the WE scandal to topple Trudeau

It gives them an opportunity to totally dismantle the Liberal Party’s leadership and the party’s policies

How the Opposition can use the WE scandal to topple TrudeauThe metastasizing WE scandal has many tendrils, like a noxious weed. It is spreading, inexorably, into the centre of the Trudeau government. It may kill it. The fundamentals are well-known. Justin Trudeau’s immediate family received hundreds of thousands in secret payments – after he became Prime Minister. Trudeau thereafter handed a billion-dollar contract to WE,…

Justin just keeps digging his political grave

With the WE scandal, Trudeau is at it again

Justin just keeps digging his political graveThe coronavirus pandemic is one of the biggest events of our collective lifetimes. You don’t have to take a poll. It just is. Millions of Canadians without work. Companies going bankrupt. Families in crisis. And, of course, 110,000 of us infected with Covid-19, and more than 9,000 dead. It has been a cataclysm. It has…

One step forward, two steps back for the Conservatives

The Conservatives will soon have a new leader but divisive politics have dragged the party away from Stephen Harper's winning fundamentals

One step forward, two steps back for the ConservativesCan you lose by winning? It’s not a riddle, it’s a fair question. Surveying the wreckage that now litters the Conservative landscape, it’s a timely question, too. Because make no mistake, the Conservatives’ leadership race has dramatically set back their party, perhaps for years to come. Among other things, it has revealed the once-great Conservative…

Are you gay?

When a personal question becomes a political issue – and hypocrites like Jason Kenney dare to suggest we infringe on the rights of others, including children

Are you gay?“Are you gay?” It was 1983 or so and my Carleton University journalism professor, Roger Bird, asked me if I was gay. I was surprised. “Is that an issue?” I asked him. “If you’re writing an investigative series about gay people in politics, I think it is,” Bird said and he was probably right, as…