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.
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.
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.
It is still stunning to contemplate how much the national mood has changed with the advent of a new government.
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.
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.
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.
Nothing happens quickly, or cheaply, in Ottawa, no matter who is in charge. Trudeau has four years to get to more extensive structural repairs.
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.
The only thing missing from the Prime Minister’s campaign through this troubled land is the black cloak and the scythe.
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.
Eventually, these cumulative inconsistencies have to register with voters.
The Prime Minister’s approach suggests a siege mentality on the part of a tired, unpopular government.
Trudeau is moving, belatedly, to fill the policy vacuum. It would be reckless to count him out.
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.
As evidence, consider the election ads produced by three major parties last week.
Everyone else is looking for a leader, and a party, with a grander vision than liquidating government and dividing the spoils among favoured stakeholders.
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.
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Party Under the Stars organizer Cheri Elliott, National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, and Chief Government Whip Andrew Leslie.
Environics' Louis Charles Roy, Greg MacEachern, and their newest hire Chris McCluskey.
The crowd inside the Sir John A. Macdonald Building on Feb. 3.
Liberal MPs Joyce Murray, Sukh Dhaliwal, and Hedy Fry with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.
B.C. Liberal MP Joe Peschisolido and Premier Christy Clark.