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It’s not about manners

By Robin V. Sears      

Dialling back the diatribes, reversing the relentless slide of politics into a permanent effort to game public opinion, and opening up to counsel from beyond one’s tribe should not be so hard. It might even prove to be politically popular.

The same challenges exist in Ottawa as a legacy of the heavy-boots-Harper approach to politics. Sadly, too much of the excessive spin and ‘announcement-itis' has been picked up, perhaps even accelerated, by the Trudeau team, writes Robin Sears. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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OTTAWA—Imagine a new boss came into your workplace and introduced a "straight talk" policy enabling vicious and demeaning exchanges between colleagues. Or, as a gift of a new marriage, a partner joins your family who is similarly inclined to indulge nasty and insulting exchanges as "truth-telling." Two outcomes are certain. First, your family and your workmates would divide into camps, one arrayed around the new regime, seeking the new boss’ protection. The other united in angry, if initially

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