No mayor holds a veto over a pipeline but it will be hard to secure a social licence for any project absent more support from the political leaders who are closest to the day-to-day life of so many voters.
Justin Trudeau has promised to deliver a different voting system in time for the 2019 election so speed is presumably of the essence. But there is no ready-made process to deliver as major an electoral reform in a manner that inspires confidence in its legitimacy.
A governing party supported by a minority of voters should not use its parliamentary majority to unilaterally change the way MPs are elected.
Under the guise of a migration to the digital world, Canada’s news media is undergoing the biggest journalistic fire sale of its history.
The Senate saga was the biggest political drama of the last federal decade but it earned none of its main actors a curtain call.
That is not to say that Harper’s succession is Peter MacKay’s for the asking or even that he wants the leadership. But if he did throw his hat in the ring he would be the prohibitive front-runner, especially in a field that will probably not even feature some of the names that tested best in the Abacus poll.
It is not just Canada’s environmentalists who have cause to hope Alberta’s decision to embrace the fight against global warming will be a game-changer. So does the oilsands industry.
From a Canadian perspective, it was on tone that an unscripted Justin Trudeau most came up short.
In fact, the Conservatives should not assume they hit rock bottom on Oct. 19.
For the first time, the province was the scene of a real four-way federal battle and while the Liberals came out on top, the NDP and the Conservatives both won more Quebec seats than the Bloc.
Over and above all other Cabinet choices, Justin Trudeau’s picks for the Finance and Environment portfolios are the ones that stand to define his rookie government.
An historic three-way battle may make for epic horse race stories, but it also invites caution, because all three men can smell victory.
By comparison, the manifesto published earlier this week by a group of high-profile activists comes across like a prescription for a revolution. Some of its leading signatories have long-standing ties to the New Democrats. It is hard to imagine that they inhabit the same planet as Mulcair’s NDP.
It is hard to connect enough dots to get a solid take on the big picture of the first NDP federal government. But reading between the lines of the fiscal framework, that government hardly looks like it was worth the 60-year wait of the Canadian Left.
The refugee crisis appeared on the campaign radar at a time when the Conservatives were in dire need of a shot of momentum after a bruising first month on the hustings.
NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair has been making some hefty promises on the way to a leading position in voting intentions.
For the many federal Liberals in Quebec who saw Trudeau as a saviour, the first three weeks of the election campaign have been sobering ones. The party is nowhere near where it had expected to be in Quebec.
Trudeau will have to fight hard just to hang on to the handful of Montreal seats that he inherited from Michael Ignatieff.
The assumption that any post-provincial-election ill will toward Wynne will drive votes to Harper in October could be flawed.
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.