Early polls suggest Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will win youth support, but lose seniors with his support for legalization—but that, for a significant majority, pot will not be a ballot box question in 2015.
Of all the oil pipelines on offer these days, none are as politically provocative, environmentally menacing, difficult to build, and—to use the technical term—totally nutty, as the Northern Gateway.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper doesn’t waste time explaining. His leadership style is authoritarian, arrogant, and sometimes hostile. It shouldn’t work, but, so far, it has.
It’s time we started exposing and embarrassing the cheaters, not just their victims.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has refused to enrich the Canada Pension Plan, which currently pays a maximum of $12,500 annually to those who contribute during their working years.
Pauline Marois is trying, with some success, to ride to victory on the backs of Quebec’s religious minorities by appealing to inchoate fears, particularly in rural Quebec, of Islamic fundamentalism.
The proposed Quebec charter of values is a petty, mean-spirited, dangerous and unnecessary piece of legislation unworthy of Canada and, if it passes, deeply damaging to Quebec’s reputation. Now why doesn’t someone in Ottawa say so?
If there is never an appetite for overall tax increases, a case can be made for targeted hikes.
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty risks becoming too dangerously interesting for the Harper Cabinet.
‘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.
U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman, right, and his wife, Vicki, were all smiles at hosting their first Fourth of July bash in Ottawa. Some 3,000 guest attended. The mood was good and there was a lot of dancing, eating, and chatting.
Vicki and Bruce Heyman. The dress code was summer whites. The atmosphere was light and lovely.
Bluesky's Susan Smith, Ottawa University's Robert Asselin, and Bluesky's Tim Barber.
House of Commons protocol's Elizabeth Rody and Jane Kennedy.
Canadian Chamber of Commerce President Perrin Beatty, wearing a nice summer hat.
The National Arts Centre's Peter Herndorff and Rosemary Thompson.
Sisters, Maggie Creskey, left, and Hill Times publisher Anne Marie Creskey.
The guests on the front lawn of the U.S. ambassador's official residence in Ottawa's swishy Rockcliffe neighbourhood, high up above the Ottawa River.
Shaw's Alayne Crawford and Gary Clement, senior manager of GR at TD Bank (Toronto).
CCCE's Ailish Campbell, Ekos' Frank Graves, Amgen's Kim Furlong, and H&K's Jackie King.
Environics' Greg MacEachern, CPAC's Natalie LeMay-Calcutt, and Shaw's Jim Patrick.
CommuniquéDirect's Nick Masciantonio and MDA's Leslie Swartman.
Postmedia News columnist Andrew Coyne and Global TV News reporter Laura Stone.
Former Liberal MP Martha Hall Findlay, right, and a friend.