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Stories by Les Whittington

Food banks’ COVID experience validated federal aid but the crisis for Canada’s poor is worsening

Opinion|By Les Whittington
As government support payments were phased out and the pandemic-driven burst of inflation took hold, the situation has grown steadily worse for the unemployed, low-income workers, and those on social assistance.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Although the looming implosion in the Conservative Party gives the Liberals an edge, this daunting and potentially tumultuous agenda will put Trudeau’s reputation up for grabs.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
For a neighbouring country dependent on U.S. economic and political stability, Canada has to be giving some thought to the volatility and potential dysfunction brewing below the surface in parts of the American polity.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
There’s nothing wrong with tough election ads. But everyone involved should be aware by now of the mounting danger to democratic norms from the flood of false and misleading data on politics.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Good-faith diplomacy only goes so far, for instance, when the world is facing dual crises of COVID-19 and global warming, the Rome summit underscored.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
If inflation persists, the Liberals will need to somehow balance their transformative vision with increasing demands from the public for practical, down-to-earth relief.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The task is mind-numbingly immense, requiring all national governments to engage in a rare co-operative effort to turn off the fossil fuel-based economic engine and transition to entirely different energy sources.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Will O’Toole hang on and keep trying to sell a moderate-sounding package designed to break through his party’s 34 per cent ceiling with a wider coalition, or is the party about to go in the other direction?
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Opinion|By Les Whittington
Will Canadians be as inclined in coming elections to continue choosing governments that don’t really like government?
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The government needs to push forward as quickly as possible on this, although Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s continued status as minority government leader could make decisive action difficult.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
A smooth-working minority Parliament, while not impossible, seems highly unlikely.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
On health, climate, energy, the pandemic, childcare, and possibly pharmacare, Trudeau’s government will have to navigate pronounced regional divisions and try to win consensus with a mixed bag of premiers.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Let’s hope voters shelve their anger and zealousness and lend some clear direction for the next government as it tries to define Canada for the post-pandemic future.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Canada doesn’t need its national leaders contributing to untrue conspiracy theories at a time when disinformation and unhinged paranoia on social media have splintered the information universe.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
While Canada certainly needs to do more to help low-income earners, the CCB is given the lion’s share of credit for bringing about a marked decline in poverty in this country since the Trudeau Liberals took power.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
I was trying to think of a more abject, bold-faced repudiation by a political leader of his own party’s platform on an issue of significance. I couldn’t think of one.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Overall, Erin O’Toole’s proposals owe a great deal to Stephen Harper and the Reform-based movement he brought to power more than a decade ago.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
It’s unclear how anti-vaccine politics, a counterintuitive issue that owes much of its prominence to Donald Trump’s refusal to face up to the reality of COVID, will ultimately play out with Canadian voters.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Although Trudeau is as gutsy as anybody, he doesn’t talk like a tough guy, which probably works against him with a certain group of macho-aspiring males.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
A former corporate lawyer who portrays himself as an average Joe, the Conservative leader is running a campaign that is a study in ambiguity and vagueness, touching all the bases without committing to much of anything.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The current outlook gives Trudeau only about a 50-50 chance of achieving the majority government that was, after all, the aim of this whole endeavour.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Polls show the public could be much more ready to support sweeping change along progressive, left-of-centre lines than at any time in recent decades.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
A larger percentage of the population in Canada has now received COVID shots, but the right-wing base continues to exert an outsized influence in the virus response in certain provinces.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The next election has the potential to be like none other. The actual ballot question is impossible to envision. And who knows what most Canadians are looking for after 17 months of struggling with the pandemic?
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Donald Trump’s idolizing base continues to rage against the establishment, progressives, Democrats, and the minority groups who tend to support Democratic candidates.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The reluctance to imbue the federal government with a full leadership role or embrace dynamic national cohesion is part of the reason Canadians have been stuck in COVID hell for 16 months.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Worrying about trees during a pandemic might seem a diversion for dilettantes. But these trees are an important element of our everyday environment and part of what helps make it an attractive urban space.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Crazy, paranoid theories have now erupted into mainstream political thinking in a way that would not have seemed possible only a few years ago.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
With interest rates not expected to go up soon, half-baked efforts by federal and provincial authorities to discourage risky home buying are not expected to significantly slow the runaway housing market.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
With the U.S. pounding on the doors and some Canadians becoming increasingly impatient, this longstanding national shortcoming has the potential to emerge as much more of a political risk factor.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
If, as expected, Trudeau manages to prompt a fall election, the Liberals are in a position to argue Canadians have gotten past COVID and are ready to take a leap into a more environmentally attuned and innovative future.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
As a seasoned performer, Johnson is welcoming his chance at the first post-Trump summit to reassert his country’s claim to go-it-alone international significance.
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