Julian Fantino shows no contrition, only combativeness and a talent for reading talking points in the House of Commons.
An institution that can’t find a way out of this mess has only itself to blame for the perception under which it now labours.
But he will have to be careful in how he handles a brash and increasingly frustrated Liberal government in Ontario.
Data compiled by the non-profit Canadians for Responsible Advocacy leave no doubt about the access to Harper’s Langevin Block office given to an Ottawa lobbyist—a former employee of Harper’s opposition office—acting on behalf of eight provincial ‘open shop’ construction associations.
How this craven killer is ultimately labelled will have an impact on Canadians far beyond the twin killings of soldiers.
I’d like to think that the neighbourhood will be back, that the shortcut across the War Memorial will be routine and the greetings of the security guards will be the same, but once fear invades the neighbourhood, it feels like it will never be the same again.
When independence does erupt in the Commons, indecision is sometimes confessed and MPs can veer from party lines on principle, without being branded mavericks or sparking a media feeding frenzy.
Ezra Levant sparked a boycott of Sun News by Trudeau. Paul Calandra had faced days of criticism and appears to have been taken to the woodshed by his boss. Justin Trudeau was facing a demand for an apology by the ambassador, among others.
Federal lessons cannot always be gleaned from provincial experience, but New Brunswick parallels were too enticing to ignore.
The Prime Minister may have a number of perfectly legal reasons to testify, but should he do so, he loses, Duffy wins and the Senator sleeps soundly in the political world in which they both live.
We can’t just cheer from the sidelines. But the government should treat Canadians as adults, drop the phony 30-day reassessment deadline and explain why we will do more.
Maybe it’s just more talk with familiar names. But when some of our former leaders decide that this issue still deserves their efforts, only the most cynical would not listen. And if they can force this dialogue onto the agenda in a federal election year, we all benefit.
Conventional wisdom will tell you Justin Trudeau is on the ascendancy and this is frightening Conservatives, as evidenced by their over-the-top torch jobs on his judgment and character.
In Ottawa, mutual ceasefires and peace talks are only for the weak-kneed and faint of heart.
Under the government’s bill, Emily Symons of Prostitutes of Ottawa, Work, Educate and Resist, says those who want out of the trade have all the human rights, at the expense of those who wish to stay in the trade.
This is a government determined to bring its brand of law and order to this country, whether it is cracking down on bogus refugee claimants, giving police more surveillance powers, bringing in mandatory sentencing, ending early parole or always going the extra mile to bring down the hammer in the name of victims’ rights.
The voting trends are the only real numbers we have—they are not crowd counts, or Question Period performance, fawning local coverage in small towns or even fundraising numbers.
One of these two men will emerge as the real alternative to the Conservatives in 2015.
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.