‘This time it’s the rich and powerful against the educated, the cultivated, and the just plain unconvinced. Anyone who questions the new order (its smug assumptions and harsh remedies) is accused of contempt for the wisdom of the common people. Of elitism.’
The economy will trump every other issue, as it almost always does. If things are going well—lots of jobs, rising wages—Stephen Harper could be re-elected. Even if things are going badly, voters may not want to risk a leap into the unknown. So far, that is what the Liberals are offering under Justin Trudeau.
It was a close call for Harper and an ugly victory—and the story isn’t over. But he finally has a rival, right across the Commons aisle, as skilled, relentless, and competitive as he is.
Liberals say the choice for federal voters in 2015 is simple: they want hopeful and positive over brooding and negative. But don’t be so sure.
Symbolically, Leona Aglukkaq’s perfect. Practically, her appointment as Environment Minister is intended to blunt aboriginal opposition to pipelines and mines.
It’s moving inexorably closer to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
The most disconcerting thing about Prime Minister Stephen Harper is that no one knows, no one can even reasonably guess, what he will do next.
The NDP leader looked more interested in embarrassing Justin Trudeau than cleaning up Parliament. He certainly wasn’t leading the charge towards more accountability.
If a Canada-E.U. trade deal led us to match Europe’s superior environmental and food safety standards, it would be worth signing. But, judging by fragmentary reports, the opposite appears to be true.
PM Stephen Harper either backs off, blames a bureaucrat—or, better still, a Liberal—and waits for another day. What he never does, and never will do, is apologize, admit a mistake or allow the enemy to take a prisoner.
First, if you want to sell your magnificent record of environmental stewardship, in the hopes of allaying U.S. administration qualms about the Keystone XL pipeline, you don’t send Joe Oliver to Washington.
Trudeau vows to fight the personal attacks by not responding in kind—confessing to Mansbridge that his approach may be naive. But he is convinced that Canadians are disgusted as he is with Harper’s tactics.
The central quest of Canada’s newly-awakened First Nations activists could hardly be more profound. What they are asking for, in various ways and different languages, is respect, recognition of the injustices they have endured and, amazingly, reconciliation with the non-native majority.
I don’t know about you, but I’m confused. What does it take to be fired by Stephen Harper?
Trudeau’s controlled and cautious campaign points to a conservative, rather than transformative, approach to government—deferential to the oil industry, foreign investors, powerful interest groups, and, dream-like rhetoric aside, the economic status quo.
Former South African president Nelson Mandela visited Ottawa in May 1992. The honorary Canadian who helped end apartheid in his country died on Dec. 5 at 95 years old. Governor General David Johnston said, "When history speaks of the very best examples of humanity, we will speak of Nelson Mandela." He's pictured here with former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney.