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Trudeau can’t have it both ways on pipelines: or can he?

But the thorniest problem is political: new pipelines have become a desperate lifeline in Alberta, as 20,000 oil jobs vanish and unemployment grows. Real people, real anguish—but the solution for them, and for oil workers elsewhere, is not a hugely expensive bet on the past. It is an investment in their future.


  
Venting is not a military strategy

The armchair generals have been in high dudgeon lately, condemning Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his insufficiently bellicose reaction to recent terror attacks, including the tragic incident in Burkina Faso that killed six Canadians.


  
Why are we still suckers for the siren call of tax cuts?

The Trudeau Liberals have been pretty benign. But when it comes to taxes, they are playing the same old cheesy game. Free money! Whee! That wouldn’t happen if we didn’t keep falling for it.


  
A season of peace and hope on Parliament Hill, of all places

It is still stunning to contemplate how much the national mood has changed with the advent of a new government.


  
Paris conference: This changes nothing (so far)

Our new prime minister offered Paris the same promise he campaigned on: Liberals take climate change seriously and will take action. But, so far, nothing specific.


  
Epidemic of old fogeyism hits Ottawa hard

The arrival of a new, untested government—a government that promised to do things differently, and, shockingly, seems to mean it—has provoked the latest outbreak.


  
Justin Trudeau’s healing ministry: bring it on

What will insulate the new Prime Minister most is national weariness after 10 years of divisive, dark and dismal politics. We are more than ready for a long stretch of sun.


  
For Justin Trudeau: revolution-on-a-budget

Nothing happens quickly, or cheaply, in Ottawa, no matter who is in charge. Trudeau has four years to get to more extensive structural repairs.


  
The TPP: Less than meets the eye

No one has yet seen the fine print and the TPP may not survive the U.S. Congress, which means it will not survive at all. We won’t know until January.


  
Mulcair’s caution could be his undoing

  
Harper will be Harper to the bitter end

  
If ‘change’ voters want is generational, does Trudeau win?

  
Stephen Harper’s travelling gripefest

The only thing missing from the Prime Minister’s campaign through this troubled land is the black cloak and the scythe.


  
More debates, more May, would be good for democracy

How this micro-debate about future debates unfolds will speak volumes about the sincerity of the leaders’ devotion to democracy. And their fear of Elizabeth May.


  
Harper economics: nothing adds up, but will voters notice?

Eventually, these cumulative inconsistencies have to register with voters.


  
Stephen Harper’s shrinking world

The Prime Minister’s approach suggests a siege mentality on the part of a tired, unpopular government.


  
Too early to dismiss Trudeau: there is guile behind the smile

Trudeau is moving, belatedly, to fill the policy vacuum. It would be reckless to count him out.


  
Why Harper is toast (clip and save)

This government has run out of steam, ideas, talent and—worst of all, for a Prime Minister so fuelled by anger—out of new enemies.


  
Keeping our politics dull an all-party effort

As evidence, consider the election ads produced by three major parties last week.


  
Note to opposition parties: go bold, or go home

Everyone else is looking for a leader, and a party, with a grander vision than liquidating government and dividing the spoils among favoured stakeholders.


  
Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
MPs party under the stars, B.C. politicos come to Ottawa Feb. 8, 2016

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Party Under the Stars was held on Feb. 3 at Ottawa City Hall. Conservative MPs Erin O'Toole and Steven Blaney dancing with performer Jully Black. 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Party Under the Stars organizer Cheri Elliott, National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, and Chief Government Whip Andrew Leslie. 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Mr. Sajjan and Ms. Elliott.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Environics' Louis Charles Roy, Greg MacEachern, and their newest hire Chris McCluskey.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Chief Government Whip Andrew Leslie.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ottawa city councillor Jody Mitic.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP James Bezan.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP Rob Nicholson. 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP Peter Kent.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Jully Black with emcee of the evening Sarah Freemark.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The crowd inside the Sir John A. Macdonald Building on Feb. 3.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

B.C. Liberal MPs at Wednesday's reception.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Liberal MPs Joyce Murray, Sukh Dhaliwal, and Hedy Fry with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Harjit Sajjan and Sukh Dhaliwal.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

B.C. Liberal MP Joe Peschisolido and Premier Christy Clark.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Liberal B.C. MP Hedy Fry.

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