The Liberals also face strong opposition parties and some formidable MPs. After all, when the Liberal wave swept across the country in last fall’s election, the stronger ones survived in the opposition benches. This is one of the strongest Parliaments ever.
This is an unprecedented national project that will go down in history with the other great refugee experiences.
Sometimes there is a sense that the white male is still the norm and anybody outside that description is affirmative action. But Cabinets need to reflect society, says Andrew Cardozo.
The truth is the Conservative government has been most skilled in immigrant outreach, while playing to the “old stock” Tory base, using the language of economic success and national security. Lost in this positive argument is the immigrant family, somehow not an important issue in the family values agenda.
The federal race is beginning to look like last year’s Ontario provincial race where the Liberals are showing progressive chops and economic competence and the NDP is caught in the Conservative trap of austerity.
Flora MacDonald’s funeral attracted folks from all political parties which also said something about the bygone era of Red Toryism and the disappearing broad political consensus of basic Canadian values that used to cross party lines.
While it can be very effective politics sometimes, micro-targeting can also be extremely dangerous, not to mention terribly unprincipled.
Times are changing and we need a royal commission to advance our democracy.
Trudeau is attracting a strong team but the message doesn’t seem to be getting out.
Public displays high levels of financial stress, low confidence in social mobility, and pessimism about the future of Canada’s middle class.
Museums, schools, city halls, town halls, and Parliament should be engaging people about Flag Day on Feb. 15.
Canadians don’t get to head up major international bodies often, and the chances are getting scarcer. Michaëlle Jean provides a new look for who we are as Canadians on the world stage. Not bad.
If the polls remain high for Liberals and stagnant for the government, Stephen Harper has to wonder whether his choices are to go into an election next fall against Trudeau and lose, or do the right thing for his party and conservatism and leave by the end of this year, giving his successor a good chance to turn things around.
All in all, the mother of a hearing is grappling with a lot of big issues at stake. The Conservative government is sending all sorts of messages, which will be hard for the commission to ignore.
As the new president of the Canadian Labour Congress, Hassan Yussuff has brought more positive media coverage to the labour movement in the last week than it’s had in a year.
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.