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Stories by Andrew Caddell

The life of an MP is not as easy as it may seem

Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
Within the coming weeks, there will be dozens of new MPs who arrive in Ottawa without a clear understanding of what an MP does.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
If O’Toole does win on Sept. 20, he will wake up with a mounting pile of IOUs to people like François Legault, who will be telling him to ‘pay up.’
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
The human condition renders every one of us ordinary, but with the capacity to be exceptional. It is something our politicians might remember as they seek our votes on Sept. 20: a little humility can go a long way.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
If I were advising him, I would tell the prime minister he owes his fellow citizens a mea culpa.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
The only party refusing to pander to Quebec is the Green Party, whose leader, Annamie Paul, has a clear-eyed understanding of the threat Bill 96 poses.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
The West’s own debacle of Afghanistan is now ending, with much the same result as the British and the Russians. The tragedy is that each invader thinks it will do better.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
The only reason the election will be called is Liberal Party brainiacs believe they will get the majority they have been lusting for since Oct. 21, 2019.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
A recent CSIS report says the agency has ‘observed persistent and sophisticated state-sponsored threat activity targeting elections for many years now and continues to see a rise in its frequency and sophistication.’
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Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
Canada should work night and day to assist Cuba in making the transition from autocracy to democracy. If the prime minister acts as an impediment to this process, he has lost the moral right to govern.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
Today, we face a new authoritarianism, as we are repeatedly told not to 'trigger' reactions in others through words or actions. But this self-censorship connotes an underlying anti-intellectualism.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
The greater Canadian public has at last been awakened to the tragedy of First Nations in Canada. Politicians of all stripes and in all jurisdictions have a window of opportunity to act.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
There is clearly no longer a national will for Canada, so I think we might as well shut it down. This state of disrepair is not temporary: it is bound to get worse.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
The anglophone community in Quebec is furious with its MPs. Given a million angry English speakers are concentrated in two-dozen Quebec ridings, if I were a Liberal, I would be very, very worried.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
Section 33 threatens the even application of the law, it undermines individual rights and freedom of expression, and it handcuffs the judiciary.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
The recent White Paper on Official Languages says there were a little more than a million mother tongue francophones outside Quebec. According to Statistics Canada projections, it could be three per cent by 2036.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
The growth in the use of French by non-French mother tongue citizens, should be celebrated, not ignored.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
While the Canadiens’ ownership recently employed coaches and general managers who speak French, fewer and fewer players have been francophone or Quebec-born.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
The experts at Finance must be tearing their hair out, even if they know this budget is designed to get the Trudeau Liberals re-elected. So much for the 'wisdom' of minority governments.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
For all the money spent, the effort made, the pitiful result, and the anguish of nearly losing my job, it was an unforgettable experience.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
While many Canadians admire the achievements of our American cousins, we should never want to emulate their dysfunctional society.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
Our fading collective memory forgets Israel was founded as a Jewish state in the wake of the Holocaust. And that it has survived several wars in one of the world's most dangerous neighbourhoods.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
The death of any public figure is a time for reflection, and I feel sympathy for the Queen at the loss of her husband. But in this outpouring of grief, we have come across as a colony rather than an independent country.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
If authorities fail to be consistent in managing the pandemic, the numbers of the disaffected are bound to increase.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
There is an old saying: if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it is probably a duck.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
In the worst-case scenarios, the presence of a political appointee leaves scars: relations with the host country decline, staff leave, and trade progress is lost.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
History is ‘significant events' including 'those that resulted in great change over long periods of time for large numbers of people'—and the recent ratings-grabbing interview doesn't meet the threshold.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
I pride myself in puncturing frauds, and I may now be on a do-not-call list for scammers, but I let my guard down recently.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
The objective of nationalists is to sabotage Justin Trudeau, who needs Quebec votes at the next election, by attacking his father’s legacy. It’s ugly politics and worse journalism—but not surprising, considering the sour
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
For many Anglo Quebecers, this document will be seen as a betrayal of the federal government’s historic commitment to protect their services and institutions.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
If Mamadi Fara Camara receives a gargantuan civil settlement to compensate for his treatment and false arrest, perhaps the police and even Premier Legault will begin to recognize systemic racism has a real, harsh price.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
Only days after encouraging Canadians to support mental health on Let’s Talk Day, Bell inflicted enormous emotional trauma into the lives of hundreds of Canadian families.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
I’m sure there are medical professionals in PHAC today not finding any joy in saying 'We told you so.' It seems all the bad habits at Health Canada infected the agency, and the chaotic pandemic response was the result.
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