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U.S. Republicans follow the leader, trampling on democratic principles

Opinion|By Les Whittington
The GOP has become more committed to power than the notion of the peaceful transfer of it.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
If USMCA is approved by Congress, Donald Trump claims he fixed a bad trade deal. If not, he blames the Democrats for the damage to the industrial and agricultural sectors.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Fear of what might happen if the deal isn’t agreed to may be May’s best hope for securing it.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
To get re-elected next October, the Liberals will need to persuade voters that the overall economic picture is considerably rosier than commonly thought.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Many of Canada’s leaders are increasingly content to pander to their constituents’ most selfish, parochial instincts. This is government in a time of small-minded populism.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
While not the sweeping renunciation of Trump many had hoped for, the midterms showed that, despite the advantage of incumbency two years from now, the Republican leader could be vulnerable.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
After many years in which Germany, and Chancellor Angela Merkel, were the most important advocates of deeper EU unity, there are now pressing questions about Europe's future with her imminent departure from politics.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
On Nov. 6, American voters will get an opportunity to come to grips with the hate-filled political reality of late, and it’s hard to overestimate what’s at stake.
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Opinion|By Les Whittington
Voters are clearly in a volatile what-about-me frame of mind, driven by a desire for change and impatience with the usual patterns and personalities in elected office. So will Trudeau be kept on as PM?
Opinion|By Les Whittington
He says he’s more scared of leftist populists than ones like Donald Trump. But Stephen Harper’s not seeing his kind of trickle-down economics is partly what’s breeding populism.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
A right-wing anti-immigration party has the potential to be the kingmaker in a hung Parliament after last month’s election.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Given the U.S. president’s paranoid view of international dealings as commercial warfare, the new NAFTA deal reached this week was about as good an outcome as could be expected for Ottawa.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The company deserves credit for using its weight to counter Donald Trump’s race-driven smear campaign against protesting ex-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Gaining membership to the European Economic Area is just one of many possibilities being kicked around in the U.K. as the runaway train that is Brexit gathers momentum.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The Ontario premier’s response to this week’s court ruling on the size of Toronto city council shows an alarming lack of awareness of the boundaries of executive power.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer showed in Halifax during the party’s convention that he is convinced his only hope in 2019 is to buy into the enemy-slagging populism exploited by Donald Trump and Ontario's Doug Ford.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Minuscule as it is in overall Canada-U.S. trade, dairy has been a constant thread in Canada’s deteriorating ties with Washington.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Ontario faces a lot more serious choices on problems affecting millions of its residents than beer prices.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The national discourse on trade in the U.S. comes down to seemingly endless attempts to educate the president on its most basic aspects.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Prime Minister Theresa May’s career is at stake as the clock ticks down to Britain’s divorce from the European Union.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The Ontario premier has established the template for the federal Conservatives as they search out an election strategy to overcome their lack of an inspiring leader or compelling policies.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The potential long-term damage from Trump’s attempts to deconstruct U.S. foreign policy is incalculable.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The challenges, and opportunities, for incoming president Andrés Manuel López Obrador are immense.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
With little government experience, Doug Ford must be delighted to have been embraced by a large group of displaced Harper-era staffers from Ottawa and ex-MPs.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Only half of U.S. citizens stand in opposition to their president’s continuing personal, ethical, and governmental outrages.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Ontario’s Doug Ford followed the Donald Trump model: a rich business person who fumed about how people were being screwed by the evil elites and waved around a lot of vague promises to fix everything for the little guy.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Trump and his senior officials’ tirade has brought Canada-U.S. relations to an historic low.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The PM and other pro-trade nations should try to protect the highly valuable rules-based multilateral trading system while at the same time addressing the worst of globalization.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Now he’s using an obscure section of the U.S. 1962 Trade Expansion Act to investigate whether vehicle imports are a threat to national security.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
With Donald Trump involved, the utility of the multi-million-dollar annual G7 gathering could become a very open question.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
He may eke out a surprising win in North Korea, but on Iran and Israel, he’s deteriorating years of careful diplomatic work.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The French president has shaken up the political world in his country, yet his public approval has dropped to only about 40 per cent.

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