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NDP could be in for divisive Israel-Palestine debate

Opinion|By Peter Larson
New NDP leader Jagmeet Singh would probably prefer to avoid a public debate over Israel and Palestine at the party’s policy convention in Ottawa this week, but forces both outside and inside the party will…
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit this week to India seems to be part of a game plan to garner Indo-Canadian votes, for one can find no other credible reason for the weeklong visit. Canada is…
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
OTTAWA—Political parties have already begun recruiting candidates and campaign workers for the next federal election in 2019. Many candidates could be drawn from the federal public service, as there you find people who understand government…
Opinion|By Tim Powers
OTTAWA—Dale Carnegie, in his renowned book How to Win Friends and Influence People, would have probably advised not to go to your hometown to tell your brethren they are almost shagged. But I did that…
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
OTTAWA—It was with little fanfare and even less drama that the first Canadian contingent that had deployed to Latvia returned home to Edmonton last month. This 450-strong battle group based in the First Battalion of…
Poverty reduction advocates, including Food Banks Canada, have high expectations for a long-awaited national poverty reduction strategy the federal government is preparing to table in early 2018. These groups have been pushing for this action…
Opinion|By Les Whittington
OTTAWA—It’s fascinating, in the eruption of excitement over a possible United States presidential run by Oprah Winfrey, to hear the cognoscenti prattling on about her lack of qualifications and experience for the office. One has…
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Of all the things the Steven Spielberg Pentagon Papers drama The Post is, a period piece isn’t one of them. Yes, it’s set in 1971. Yes, there are shots of hot metal typesetting and everyone’s smoking their…
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TORONTO—Canada is on a difficult economic journey that requires a rethink of many of the things we do to encourage economic growth if we are to reach our destination. The destination is a prosperous economy…
OTTAWA—Earlier this month, Conservative Party defence critic James Bezan put forward a motion requesting that Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan appear before a House of Commons committee. It was Bezan’s hope that Sajjan could answer questions…
OTTAWA—I guess I am just a feminist bitch. I, for one, was delighted when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sparked global reaction by putting an inclusive spin on the word mankind. Too bad that a horrendous…
CHELSEA, QUE.—It's a relief to know the one per cent will be well represented in the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership race. Wealthy populist gadfly Doug Ford has already launched his campaign—from his mother’s basement—vowing war…
OTTAWA—We get a peek at what security intelligence services do all too rarely in this country. In contrast, the recent leaking of an FBI memo on the investigation into possible Russian meddling in the 2016…
Opinion
Energy issues can be a polarizing force in Canadian politics, all too often pitting region against region, or opening up divisions between rural and urban. So when we kicked off the Citizen Dialogues on Canada’s…
OTTAWA—Whenever United States President Donald Trump hears facts and figures that he does not agree with, he simply dismisses them with his catch-all phrase “fake news.” This, of course, only serves to delight both the…
The worldwide movement to fight climate change is electrifying unprecedented momentum in the global cleantech market. This momentum is characterized by a global race to innovate, develop, verify, and bring solutions to market. Canada has…
“Is Canada an essential country at this time in the life of our planet?” asked Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland in her major foreign policy address to the House in June. There is one area where…
Now that Canada’s defence policy has been introduced, and has moved toward implementation, we have an opportunity to assess what Canada accomplished—and what it didn’t—with this new document. Especially from the perspective of Canada’s closest…
OAKVILLE, ONT.—“They came at us, in the same old style," is how the Duke of Wellington famously described the French tactics at the Battle of Waterloo. And that tactic reminds me a bit of Canada’s…
TORONTO—In the social media era—in our mad rush to judgment—people get ground up and spat out. Happens all the time. Happens too often. Ask ‎Aziz Ansari, the Muslim comedian and author whose career now lies…
Opinion|Megan Leslie
OTTAWA—In response to staggering levels of wildlife loss, conservation organizations and federal parliamentarians of all political stripes have asked the Government of Canada to make nature a priority in the looming federal budget by allocating…
Editorial
Opinion|Editorial

House committee ought to have heard from ag groups on food guide

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came into office and immediately sent his ministers on a number of listening tours to hear from Canadians about everything from electoral reform to defence policy to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade…

Trudeau should answer questions in daily Question Period like he does at his town halls

For a minute last Friday afternoon, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sounded a little like a bad TV talk show host at the town hall meeting in Nanaimo, B.C. Frustrated by the non-stop heckling from the…
Opinion|Editorial

Elizabeth May should be further removed from bullying investigation

After facing bullying allegations from former party staffers, reported in The Hill Times and Toronto Star, Green Party leader Elizabeth May called for an “independent investigation” into the claims. But those who levelled the accusations…
Letters to the editor

Scott Taylor wrong again on Latvia, says ambassador

Re: “Latvia mission a waste of money and troop deployment,” (The Hill Times, Feb. 7, p. 9) This article is yet another in a stream from Scott Taylor, who questions the wisdom of doing anything…

Article’s headline treats MP Charlie Angus unfairly

Re: “Failed NDP leadership candidate Angus tweets, then deletes, criticism of party under new leader Singh,” (The Hill Times, Jan. 24, online). The headline and the article’s first sentence identified this veteran MP, Charlie Angus,…

We’re delivering to help veterans deal with very unique challenges: O’Regan

Re: “Government fails to meet veterans' expectations regarding re-establishment of 'lifelong pensions' under new Veterans Charter,” (The Hill Times, Jan. 29, by Brian Forbes, chair of the National Council of Veteran Associations and executive chair…
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OAKVILLE, ONT.—The trendiest word in the political lexicon these days is “change.” Everywhere you look, political parties are inserting this term into their electoral messaging. “It’s Time for a Change," “Change you can count on,"…
LONDON, U.K.—It began, as so many things do these days, with a Donald Trump tweet. Frustrated by his inability to kill the ‘Obamacare’ expansion of public health-care provision in the United States, Trump seized on…
TORONTO—Should the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia name something after a neo-Nazi? It’s not a hypothetical question. Fall River, N.S. (pop. 11,526) is a little community in Halifax’s regional municipality. By all accounts, it’s…
State of Denial: Bush at War, Part III. Bob Woodward New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006. The water-cooler take on Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein has long been that Woodward was the plodding, anal one…
What a year it has been for women in politics in Canada. The developments have been dramatic in some cases, lacklustre or downright disturbing in others. While generally there’s been progress, the devil is in the details.…
Opinion
Opinion|Tim Powers
OTTAWA—Compared to our southern neighbours, we are blessed these days to have predictable patterns in our national politics. One of those familiar routines is to have columnists and others write the obituary of the opposition…
Opinion
The National Council of Veteran Associations and the War Amps of Canada contend that Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O'Regan's announcement regarding the long-awaited "lifelong pension" has failed to live up to the Liberal government's election commitment…
As negotiations for NAFTA 2.0 wrap up today in Montreal, it’s hard not to reflect on the progress that Canada, the U.S., and Mexico have made as trading partners, and the fundamental role that railways…
There has been a lot of rhetoric in the media recently about meat taxes with the inference that eating less meat will reduce ones’ carbon footprint. Unfortunately, balance and context are often absent from this…
Opinion
The leaders of the world provide inspiration for many of us—or do they? British Prime Minister Teresa May is having trouble getting out of the EU club after most people voted to get out and…
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer's year may be off to a rough start. Two national polls published back to back this week suggest the official opposition's fall offensive in the House of Commons has failed to…
Opinion|Gwynne Dyer
LONDON, U.K.—There are comical elements in the current Turkish invasion of northern Syria. Its name, for example: Operation Olive Branch. Or the frantic back-pedalling by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about the announcement that…
TORONTO—I'm against the death penalty, in favour of same-sex marriage, and personally against abortion, but also support the right of women to choose. But these are my personal opinions I'm expressing in this column. Reality…
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In the escalating feud between Alberta and British Columbia over the expansion of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is—for now—a referee without a whistle. Much as he might want to call…
  POWERS: I hope enough Quebecers tell Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marios to kiss Prince Harry’s recently displayed arse on Sept. 4 and that Jean Charest is returned to power. Any leader like Marois who wants…
OTTAWA—Thomas Mulcair got it right a few years back when, commenting on the approach of Stephen Harper’s government to the role of science in policy development, he said the Conservatives relied on “decision-based fact-making.” But,…
TORONTO—As we know, life goes on no matter what. Now that Jack Layton is resting in peace, the race to replace him is on, both as leader and MP for the Toronto Danforth riding. There…
POWELL RIVER, B.C.—Justin Trudeau has proven to be much more bold in his first couple of weeks than almost anyone imagined. And unlike Jean Chrétien and his 1993 election Red Book, Trudeau actually seems to…