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Unfazed by the deficit hawks, Morneau uses ‘snapshot’ to preview environmental, social justice priorities

Opinion|By Les Whittington
Instead of worrying overly about deficit spending, Finance Minister Bill Morneau told reporters he is more concerned about people and jobs.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The Liberals need to quit fiddling at the edges and finally do something about institutionalized racial injustice and police violence, starting with the RCMP and the implementation of effective accountability.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
This struggle south of the border is worth watching closely, as American political thinking has a way of sloshing over into Canada, whether we admit it or not.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Rooting out deeply ingrained prejudice toward Indigenous people and racialized Canadians will require long-term, radical solutions that will challenge the public’s attitude no less than that of police officers.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
This uprising, which has shown unusual staying power, has some speculating that the time for profound and desperately needed reforms has arrived after all these years.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Donald Trump, who has been enabling white racists throughout his tenure, appears almost thrilled at the chance to play the law-and-order card now.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
With Donald Trump’s future in doubt after Nov. 3, the president’s approach is degenerating into an implacable embrace of ugly, unhinged, and extremist behaviour.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
No one (leaving aside Donald Trump and his fantasies) thinks the road back to prosperity will be easy. The task will be daunting, whether it’s Trudeau or someone else carrying the prime minister’s mantle.
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Opinion|By Les Whittington
Will the collective shock compel people to think seriously about a fundamental transformation of political motivation to prioritize social justice?
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Tiff Macklem brings experience in global-level financial deliberations, commercial banking, and crisis management—all of which Finance Minister Bill Morneau must see as invaluable.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The Liberals, for all their good intentions, are burdened with an all-consuming struggle over COVID-19. And tightening gun ownership rules remains a worrisome wedge issue for a minority government.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The Trump-derived anti-WHO, anti-China thrust may keep the Conservatives’ right-wing supporters in Western Canada on-side, but is unlikely to be acceptable among Canadian voters as a whole.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
With the worst of the epidemic and the potential economic disaster of Brexit ahead, Britons can only hope that PM Johnson can trade his populist mentality for something approaching constructive statesmanship.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The implications of the current crisis are unknowable, but there is a school of thought this upheaval will lead to a re-examination of this mentality, with an eye to rebuilding more generous social structures.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
There's speculation over how the U.S. election will be handled in the age of the pandemic. The prevailing view is that the president would not be able legally to postpone the vote, although, with Trump, who knows?
Opinion|By Les Whittington
How all this will play out as this current crisis unfolds is, of course, unknowable. But what is clear is that one day some months from now, we will wake up to a world marked by huge changes.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The economic and social repercussions of this historic struggle will likely be felt for years. But in Canada, as elsewhere, the legacy of leaders at all levels will be shaped by their ability to rise to this event.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The contest is already shaping up as the ugliest, most surreal, and out-of-bounds campaign in modern times.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Barring a miraculous containment of COVID-19, it looks like it will take more than a round of rate cuts by central banks to significantly mitigate the onrushing economic crunch.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
While MacKay’s and O’Toole’s tough talk may rev up the Conservative base, it’s not likely to build the wider support the party needs among Canadians.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Any sense that Justin Trudeau was in a position to keep his minority government afloat this winter with a fairly low-key approach is now gone.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Bridging the gap between the general electorate and a Conservative base that has an aversion to actual society-wide incentives on climate change will be a test, no matter who winds up as leader.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
U.K. citizens have cast themselves into an unknown future that could mean many years of economic decline, serious ongoing internal strains, and possibly the break-up of their own union as a result of Brexit.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
It’s a crucial defining moment for the Democrats. The sometimes bitter splits in the volatile nomination battle hold serious risks for the party and could, despite everything, help put Trump back in office.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
While U.S. President Donald Trump and his allies touted last week’s ‘Phase 1’ agreement with China as a victory, most analysts saw it as, at best, a saw-off.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
A year from now, Canadians may be looking at very different geopolitical landscape. Or 2020 could usher more years of turmoil, uncertainty, and risk.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
To say the flagrant attack on the Iranian military leader changed the channel for Trump is an understatement. By the weekend, there was little trace of the impeachment issue in the media.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Facing impressive obstacles on all sides, it’s not surprising the update sounded a lot like the rhetoric the Liberals penned to try to win over voters in the election campaign.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Banning specific guns is only a small part of the overall effort Canadians need to undertake if the country is going to confront the rise of violence and hate-mongering, particularly against women.
Mark Carney, who is leaving the Bank of England for a new role with the United Nations, has been pushing the financial community to wake up to the implications of global warming.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
If the complaints about Andrew Scheer continue, one has to think it might be wise for him to consider stepping aside before facing possible humiliation by his fellow Conservatives in a few months.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Analysts see demand for oil hitting a plateau in about a decade. And the global shift toward renewable energy could happen a lot faster if countries decide radical steps are needed to avoid climate catastrophe.

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