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Stories by Les Whittington

Trudeau gets an unexpected ally in the climate change wars

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.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
It would make sense to have Freeland in position to ensure that the more than two years of work Canada has put in to preserve North American free trade in the face of threats from Trump is not wasted.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The current minority, the first since 2011, is taking place against a backdrop of extreme partisanship, personal animosity, and the fuming public anger that feeds off social media.
Thanks to the climate-action-denier crowd, the country is actually in danger of moving in the wrong direction. But voters on Oct. 21 may have at least opened the way for some kind of progress.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The election ushered in what is certain to be a period of uncertainty and discord unseen in Canada for years.
Growing economic anxiety powers populism, begets anger and cynicism and has people searching for answers on what are usually seen as the extremes of policy.
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Opinion|By Les Whittington
It’s hard to know if Andrew Scheer is using this kind of personal demonization and misinformation because he sees it as vital to his populist-oriented appeal or if he’s just reading the script he’s been handed.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Despite the national outpouring of environmental angst last week, Canada could wind up on Oct. 21 with a climate policy not unlike the essentially empty approach fashioned by Harper more than a decade ago.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The platform covered promises of support to nearly every segment of society except the wealthy, writes columnist Les Whittington.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Trudeau’s blackface debacle complicates the whole picture, but the crucial question remains whether young Canadians, particularly those alarmed by climate change, will make their positions felt on Oct. 21.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Many thought NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh won the debate, though it was mostly a matter of beating low expectations.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
By personalizing his attacks on Justin Trudeau, Andrew Scheer has tried to incite the anger that is the lifeblood of populism. It thrives on resentment and a feeling of being betrayed.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Any extension of drug buying here by Americans beyond what is currently allowed for limited personal use would quickly turn the current drug shortage problem in Canada into an emergency.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Beyond the carbon tax, and not counting the obligatory bloviating about the budget deficit, it’s hard to know what, if anything, Scheer envisions for Canadians.
Politics goes through phases, but when will the willingness of voters to embrace the leadership of would-be autocrats fade as the negative impact becomes undeniable?
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals promised in 2015 to take handguns and assault weapons ‘off our streets,’ but have made only limited progress in the face of strong opposition.
U.S. demographics are changing, and one has to think that the obsession with guns is part of the waning fantasy of past greatness at the heart of what President Donald Trump is selling.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
In the U.S., the white supremacy movement hasn’t bothered to hide the sense of licence created by Trump.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s free-form approach can be seen as far back as the mid-1980s when he switched his stance from conservative to social democrat to win the presidency of the prestigious Oxford Union.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Unfortunately, Donald Trump may only be getting rolling as he bets his anger-based, divisive election blitz can overcome his historically low popularity ratings come November 2020.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
It may have been unintentional, but the premiers helped define some issues that Canadians need to sort out before the Oct. 21 election.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The development of Lindenlea, a neighbourhood of about 160 lots on the highest point in the city, was unlike any other in Canada.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The G20 of today has been thrown into chaos, with the consensus-building imperative at the heart of these summits pushed aside by Donald Trump’s one-man show.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
It’s hard to see how Andrew Scheer keeps a straight face, since in any other context he would, as a conservative, presumably be ridiculing the idea of trying to accomplish a society-wide goal by government intervention.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Assuming NAFTA 2.0 is not at a dead end, Justin Trudeau will at least be able to tell voters this fall that he managed in the face of Donald Trump’s irrational protectionism to preserve free trade with the U.S.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Treat the public like a bunch of dazzled rubes, avoid annoying demands for consultation and advance information, personal grudges are as good a basis for public policy as anything else, and other lessons from year one.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Regardless of how the latest U.S.-Mexico tension unfolds, the takeaway for Canada is that the outcome of the NAFTA redo forced by Trump is as unpredictable as ever.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The risk of Britain careening into a ‘disorderly’ no-deal Brexit is ‘alarmingly high,’ Bank of England Governor Mark Carney warned last month.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
John Bolton's extreme anti-globalist American-supremacy rhetoric might even be funny if he were just your ordinary crackpot and not the president’s national security adviser.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
While the U.S. debates aid cuts, Canada should talk about the need to do more—not less—to improve the conditions that are forcing Central Americans to flee north.

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