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Stories by Les Whittington

While Trump spews lies next door, countries join forces here for global media freedom

Opinion|By Les Whittington
The pandemic, coupled with the rise in illiberal political movements, has made the future of free-flowing information and facts more in doubt than ever.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Despite Biden’s victory, hoped-for improvements in U.S. co-operation on trade, economic matters, and the environment may prove largely elusive.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Anti-elitist politics, based on resentment, misinformation, and demagogic messaging, have consequences.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The PMPRB’s recent experience, which saw the new guidelines challenged in court by the pharmaceutical industry, provides a glimpse of the challenge ahead.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Regardless of polls, it’s difficult to write off Trump, whose surreal fun house of lies, demagoguery, and hate keeps his deluded right-wing base coming back for more.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
A Democratic victory on Nov. 3 by Joe Biden would eliminate the gratuitous anti-Canadian attitude favoured by Trump, but the Democrats’ attitude on free trade is mixed.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
It goes without saying that, with the second wave of the pandemic roaring ahead, Canadian leaders need to work much harder to reinforce the message that individual responsibility is the key to holding back COVID-19.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
It is obvious now, with the pandemic bouncing back fiercely, that the virus will dictate socio-economic conditions and every government’s programs for some time to come.
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Opinion|By Les Whittington
Bringing new ideas about creating a better Canada to life will require time and an ongoing, historic commitment once the pandemic recedes.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The Conservative standard bearer has continued his party’s policy of demonizing Justin Trudeau, never missing a chance to depict the prime minister as a preening celebrity.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Canada has not been fertile ground for this approach, but heavy-handed, illiberal populism gains ground with the normalization of extremism and the politics of fear, hate, and resentment.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The shape of the country’s politics, social policy framework, and economy will hang in the balance as leaders manoeuvre for advantage around the upcoming speech from the throne.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
That nearly half as many Conservatives cast ballots for Sloan as MacKay tells you everything you need to know about this contest.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The challenge will be bringing the Conservatives together forcefully enough to take advantage this time of the Liberals’ renewed problems.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
Canadians should be ready for further trade ambushes on flimsy national security grounds, including possibly renewed tariffs on Canadian steel.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
There’s a direct line over the decades connecting the Montreal massacre to the outpouring of sexualized hate and threats against McKenna.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
As the epidemic reshapes everything, it’s time for the country to put aside traditional convictions and economic frameworks and try to pull together to build a future better suited to a changing, endangered world.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
On pharmaceuticals, Canada appears to be the most salient miscreant in Trump’s contrived attempt to finally do something about the drug price outrage in the U.S.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
This lack of official information after such an incident would not be tolerated in any other so-called advanced country; here we live with it.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The U.S. president has adopted a scorched-earth campaign intended somehow to reverse the political devastation caused by his mishandling of COVID-19 and the racial justice movement.
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.
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.

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