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.
Few politicians have the insight, or the courage, to stare down the powerful and polluting ‘extractive’ industries. Supporting ‘green’ political candidates can’t hurt.
This Prime Minister, who markets himself as steady and responsible, appears to act, very often, from a combination of hot impulse and cool political calculation.
Harper winning the PR war, but support for Iraq war is uneasy and provisional.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, rather than uniting Canadians, is fuelling Islamophobia—aimed, ironically and explicitly, at Muslim women, whom he claims to be protecting from the excesses of their religion.
This is a government that doesn’t need more tools, or encouragement, to crush its many, many enemies— or is it paranoid to say so? In fact, if anyone is wearing tinfoil hats, it is Harper and his friends in the RCMP.
Attendees packed into Social on Sussex Drive last Thursday, a mix of Canada 2020 delegates and Hillites. The bar was lit up red and the party went on well into the wee hours of the morning.
Policy Options Editor Dan Gardner, Environics' Greg MacEachern, and Shaw's Jim Patrick.
Canadians for Clean Prosperity’s Tom Chervinsky and Mollie Anderson, with United Way Ottawa VP Adam Smith.
Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries’ Nicholas Todd and Canada 2020’s Alex Patterson.
Adriana Vega, William Norman, and Liberal MP Anita Vandenbeld’s legislative assistant Hillary Buchan-Terrell.
NPR Radio host in D.C. David McGuffin and Liberal volunteer Mike Lapointe.
The Globe and Mail’s Adam Radwanski and Samara’s Kendall Anderson.
Great Work’s Jen Hunter and Allana Graham, flanking Canadian Home Builders' Association’s Jason Burggraaf.