What Brad Lavigne’s book does is remind us of the challenges thrown at Tom Mulcair since he assumed the job, challenges that Jack Layton would have faced had he had the chance to be opposition leader.
It is a sure bet that one of the three federal parties will ultimately pay an electoral price in Quebec for this speedy repudiation of the charter. It is to the credit of all three of them that they looked beyond that inconvenience and chose human rights over political timidity.
The world is split into many camps on the most serious international dilemma since Prime Minister Stephen Harper came to power.
Much has been written about the plunging morale in a Canadian bureaucracy which feels diminished by its Conservative government masters and you can now add our representatives abroad to that list.
'We've been working hard behind the scenes, and obviously we're deeply disturbed, deeply concerned about President Putin signing this bill into law,' says Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird.
A man who will not again face the electorate may be looking for a legacy issue and Canadian politicians may have unwittingly helped hand it to him.
As for the tone and demeanour of this government, very little happened on July 15 to indicate a change there.
The RCMP says it was a tip from the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service that twigged police to the alleged B.C. plot. If this turns out to be a real plot, good on CSIS.
If Justin Trudeau is Canada’s shiny object, then Tom Mulcair is Canada’s enigma wrapped in a beard.
It is either take down, or be dragged down with them.
There are clearly problems with online methodology, which does not capture the views of those for whom English is the second language. Too many of those polled are not voting.
But the frenetic pace of politicking here in the past couple of weeks has allowed for a close examination of the strengths and weaknesses of the three main political parties and their leaders.
That is likely the last mock striptease in the Justin Trudeau’s career. His d’Artagnan look will likely now be shelved and he should hang up the boxing gloves. But if he becomes too conventional, he will be playing into the hands of his opponents because Canadians are desperate for a little colour in a federal political palette awash in grey.
And they can fall through a combination of arrogance, sloppiness, ethical wanderings, voter fatigue, leadership battles, backbench revolts.
While the Keystone XL is attracting the most media and political attention at the moment, the $6.5-billion Northern Gateway pipeline is the Conservative government’s route to Asia, via supertankers, from Kitimat, B.C.
If 2013 is the Stephen Harper mid-term year of Cabinet shuffles, new, younger, likely female faces on the front benches and a Throne Speech in the fall, the budget document was the first obvious pivot toward the next campaign